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College Senate Bulletin

State University of New York at Geneseo

College of Arts and Sciences

 

Correspondence to Dennis Showers, School of Education, South 222C, showers@geneseo.edu, 245-5264

Note: Page numbers indicate pages as per the paper copy of the Bulletins.

 

Bulletin No. 3

 Pages 26-32

October 16, 2007

 

Contents

Page Topic

27 Agenda: All College Meeting of October 23, 2007

27 Proposal for Amendment to Faculty Constitution Articles V, VI, and By-

Laws: Senate Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair: Terms and Duties

28 Proposal for Amendment to Faculty Constitution Article VI: Senate Secretary Duties

28 Agenda: Senate Meeting of October 23, 2007

30 UCC: Descriptions of Proposed Course and Program Changes for Senate Consideration 10/23/07

31 Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee Meeting of October 2, 2007


 

 

 

 

 

 

Agenda for the All College Meeting on October 23, 2007

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Nomination Committee Report: Bill Gohlman

Presentation of Nominees for Faculty Personnel Committee

Presentation of Nominees for Committee on Nominations

Call for additional Nominations for Committee on Nominations

Proposal for Amendment to Faculty Constitution Articles V, VI, and By-Laws: Senate Chair, Vice Chair,

Past Chair: Terms and Duties (Bulletin #3, pp.27-28)

Dennis Showers

Proposal for Amendment to Faculty Constitution Articles V, VI: Senate Secretary Duties (Bulletin #3, p.28)

Dennis Showers

Adjournment



Proposed Amendment to Faculty Constitution Articles V, VI, and By-Laws: Senate Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair: Terms and Duties


College Senate Executive Committee—proposed revisions to Faculty Constitution

ARTICLE V: OFFICERS

Section 1: The elected officers of the Faculty shall be the Chair, the Vice Chair, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and the Immediate Past Chair. They shall also serve in these capacities for the College Senate.

Section 2: The Chair shall be elected as specified in Section 6 to serve a one-year term to expire on May 31. A vacancy in the office of Chair shall be filled by the Vice-Chair until an election can be conducted to find a replacement. If the Executive Committee decides no election is necessary due to the time remaining in the Chair’s term, it may approve the Vice Chair to complete the term of the Chair. Reelection to the position of Chair is possible.

Section 3: The Vice Chair shall be elected as specified in Section 6 to serve a one-year term to expire on May 31. A vacancy in the office of Vice Chair shall be filled by an appointment by the Chair with the consent of the Executive Committee. Re-election is possible.

Section 4: The Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected as specified in Section 4 to serve one-year terms. These terms shall expire on May 31. Any vacancy in either of these offices shall be filled by appointment by the Chair with the consent of the Executive Committee. Re-election is permissible. The term of office of the Chair shall expire on May 31, unless the incumbent shall have become Chair after the start of the Spring Semester of that year, in which case it will expire on the May 31 following. Any vacancy in the office of Chair, whether at the expiration of the term of office or at any other time, shall be filled immediately by the incumbent Vice Chair. Any vacancy in the office of Vice Chair shall be filled by election as specified in Section 4.

Section 5: The University Faculty Senator, elected in the Fall semester of the incumbent's term, shall be considered an officer of the Faculty and representative officer to the College Senate. The Alternate University Faculty Senator shall be the person receiving the second highest number of votes. The term of office for the University Faculty Senator and the Alternate shall be three years and shall expire on May 31 with re-election possible in accordance with University Faculty Senate Bylaws. The Alternate University Faculty Senator shall act in the absence of the University Faculty Senator only on matters described in ARTICLE VI, Section 5 of this Constitution. Any vacancy in the office of University Faculty Senator shall be filled immediately by the Alternate. Any vacancy in the office of Alternate shall be filled by election as in Section 4.

Section 6: Election to the offices as specified in Sections 1- 4 and 2 shall be by secret ballot by the highest number of votes cast by the Faculty from a slate prepared by the Committee on Nominations. Elections shall be held not later than April 15 for vacancies occurring through expiration of term of office. Elections to fill vacancies occurring at other times shall be held within the first two weeks that the College is in session following the occurrence of the vacancy.

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS


Section 2: The Vice-Chair. The Vice-Chair shall, in the absence of the Chair, preside at meetings of the College Senate, the Executive Committee, and the Faculty, and represent the Faculty at appropriate College functions. S/He shall assume responsibility for all duties delegated by the Chair. S/He shall serve as the Chair of the Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks Committee.

Section 6: Immediate Past Chair. The Immediate Past Chair shall serve as an advisor to the Chair. The Immediate Past Chair shall serve a one-year term to end on May 31 of the year following the completion of her/his term as Chair. The Immediate Past Chair serves as a member of the Strategic Planning Advisory Group. If there is no Immediate Past Chair, the Chair may appoint a member of Senate to serve in any capacity that would have been held by the Immediate Past Chair.

(Change the current Section 6 to Section 7)


BY-LAWS

ARTICLE 1: ELECTIONS

Section 2: Elective Procedures

a.   Presentation of the Slate of Officers

1.       One month before the annual election, the Committee on Nominations shall present a slate of nominees for Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Committee shall also prepare a slate of nominees for Senators-at-Large at the designated time requested by the Executive Committee.



Proposed Amendment to Faculty Constitution Article VI: Senate

Secretary Duties


College Senate Executive Committee—proposed revisions to Faculty Constitution

ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 3: The Secretary. The Secretary shall take review the minutes of the Executive Committee of the College Senate, of the College Senate, and of those general Faculty meetings at which the Chair presides. The Secretary must provide the minutes to the Chair for prompt publication in the College Senate Bulletin. The Secretary shall be responsible for moderating Faculty-L, maintaining the College Senate web site, and performing other duties as directed by the Senate Chair.


Agenda for Senate Meeting on October 23, 2007

Call to Order

Adoption of the Agenda

Adoption of the Minutes of September 25 (Bulletin #2, pages 16-18)

Senate Reports

President Christopher Dahl

Provost Kate Conway-Turner

Chair David Granger

Vice Chair Dennis Showers

Past-Chair Dennis Showers

Treasurer Linda Ware

University Faculty Senator Maria Lima

Vice President, Student Assoc. Jarah Magan


Reports of the Standing Committees of the Senate

Undergraduate Curricula Robert Owens

 

UCC Proposes For First Reading:

New Courses (Listed on pages 30-31)

AMST/HIST 262, American Indian Law and Public Policy

ANTH 392, Undergraduate Research Seminar in Anthropology

ECON 350, Law and Economics

ENGL 232, Topics in Pre-1700 British Literature (Slot course)

ENGL 233, Topics in Post-1700 British Literature (Slot course)

ENGL 320, Irish Literature

ENGL 359, Film Authors

GSCI 201, Geology of Alien Worlds

PLSC 326, Government and Politics of South America


Revised Courses (Listed on page 31)

ENGL 285, Film Classics

Changes are title to Introduction to Film Studies

Change in syllabus/requirements and course description

Change in hours 3 (2-2)

ENGL 317, Contemporary British Literature

Change is description

MGMT 370, International Business

Change is prerequisite


Deleted Course (Listed on page 31)

ENGL 362, Structure of English


Revised Major (Listed on page 31)

BA in Mathematics w/Certification in Adolescent Education

Proposed change in course requirements

BA in Psychology

Proposed changes include additional course and minimum grade requirement.

BS in Biochemistry

Proposed changes include courses, addition of coordinator position, and writing requirement


Revised Concentration (Listed on page 31)

English concentration

Proposed change updates course listings


Deletion of Minor (Listed on page 31)

Organizational and Occupational Behavior


Undergraduate Policies Ed Wallace

Graduate Academic Affairs Susan Salmon

Student Affairs Denise Scott

Faculty Affairs Joan Zook


Old Business

New Business

Adjournment


UCC Proposal Descriptions


New Courses

AMST/HIST 262, American Indian Law and Public Policy

Surveys the constitutional status of Indians in the American federal system, and the issues and controversies affecting Native American communities and individuals today. Credits: 3(3-0)


ANTH 392, Undergraduate Research Seminar in Anthropology

This course provides experience in formulating research projects and applying research techniques in anthropology through participation in a faculty-supervised research project and a student-faculty research seminar. Prerequisite: ANTH 100 and permission of instructor. Credits: 3 (3-0). Offered every semester.


ECON 350, Law and Economics

The purpose of this course is to introduce to students the analysis of law from the perspective of economics. Based on the economic concepts and principles of scarcity, choice, preferences, and incentives, this course uses the microeconomic tools such as cost-and-benefit analysis, and supply-and-demand models to explain legal and political rules, firms and contracts, government organizations, and other institutions. Topics in this course include economic analysis of property law, contract law, tort liability, criminal law, and antitrust law.

Prerequisite: Econ 101 and junior standing. 3 (3-0)


ENGL 232, Topics in Pre-1700 British Literature (Slot course)

A study of selected works in British Literature prior to 1700, seen within multiple contexts, such as themes, cultural issues, intellectual movements, nationhood, and genre (may be taken for credit twice under different subtitles). 3(3-0) Offered fall of even years


ENGL 233, Topics in Post-1700 British Literature (Slot course)

A study of selected works in British Literature after 1700, seen within multiple contexts, such as themes, cultural issues, intellectual movements, nationhood, and genre (may be taken for credit twice under different subtitles). 3(3-0) Offered spring of even years


ENGL 320, Irish Literature

A study of works by representative Irish authors writing in English. Course topics may include Ireland’s position within and relationship to the United Kingdom; the material, social, and psychological impacts of British colonization; the Irish Literary Revival and its influence; class and sectarian divisions; the attempt to reclaim Irish identities; the loss (or eradication) of the Irish language and the problems of translation; gender and its relationship to Irish identities; the impact of the Catholic Church; exile, emigration, and the role of the artist in times of violence. 3(3-0) Offered spring of odd years


ENGL 359, Film Authors

This course considers the work of one to three film directors through a close examination of their films, and to explore “authorship” as a concept with a constantly evolving and historically contingent definition. In doing so we will consider whether, when, and how a director and/or his or her biographical history is considered a substantial influence on a film’s meaning. Crucially, we will consider these films in relation to their historical moments and audiences. Prerequisites: another film course or permission of the instructor. 3(3-0) Offered when demand is sufficient


GSCI 201, Geology of Alien Worlds

Comparative geology of the terrestrial planets and major moons as currently revealed and documented by recent and ongoing NASA missions. Comparison of planetary objects less evolved than the Earth provides the means to understand the evolution of the Earth from a lifeless, cratered object to its present dynamic state. Studies of other solar system bodies with different evolutionary histories emphasize the unique position of Earth in our solar system. Coverage will include data from the Apollo missions to the present with an emphasis on solid planetary bodies. Prerequisite: 100-level lab science or earth science. 3 (3-0) Offered every other year.


PLSC 326, Government and Politics of South America

This course introduces students to the comparative political study of South America as well as the political development, political institutions, political economy, and political culture in several South American states. The course explores broad themes that are characteristic of the region’s politics such as authoritarianism, economic development and underdevelopment, political institutions, the impact and role of the United States, armed conflict, and democratization. The course examines why democracy struggled to take root in South America until the late twentieth century and how democracy across the continent reflect the types of democratic transitions each state underwent. The course also examines individual “case studies” in South America as well as searching out generalizable lessons that apply across the region and the world. Prerequisites: 120. Credits: 3 (3-0). Offered once every 2 or 3 semesters based upon demand.


Revised Courses

ENGL 285, Film Classics

Changes are title to “Introduction to Film Studies”

Change in syllabus/requirements and course description

Change in hours to 3(2-2)

ENGL 317, Contemporary British Literature

Change is description

MGMT 370, International Business

Change is prerequisite


Deleted Course

ENGL 362, Structure of English


Revised Major

BA in Mathematics w/Certification in Adolescent Education

Proposed change in course requirements

BA in Psychology

Proposed changes include additional course and minimum grade requirement.

BS in Biochemistry

Proposed changes include courses, addition of coordinator position, and writing requirement


Revised Concentration

English concentration

Proposed change updates course listings


Deletion of Minor

Organizational and Occupational Behavior


Detailed proposals for all courses and programs can be found at

http://boxes.geneseo.edu/outboxes/DeanOfCollege/doc/ucc/Undergraduate%20Proposals/



Minutes of the Student Affairs Committee

October 2, 2007


Present: Jesse Parent, Joe Cope, Michael Bagel, Kristy Hennig, Chip Matthews, Kelly Keegan, Bill Harrison, Ruel McKnight, Cristina Rowley, Marilyn Klotz, Bill Gohlman, Denise Scott (Chair)


Call to Order


Chair D. Scott called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.


The meeting began with a brief discussion about Celia Easton’s strategic plan for residence life. Chip Matthews noted that Dr. Easton’s plan involved the development of “learning communities,” or “learning houses.”
The Committee proceeded with a lengthy discussion of how SAC could and should address the issue of bias-related issues and incidents on campus, including College Planning Goal #2.
It was suggested that the Chair speak with Monica Schneider regarding the findings of her study, and that perhaps the findings from the study would helpful in SAC’s discussion of this issue. The Chair noted that she had spoken with Dr. Schneider, and that Dr. Schneider felt as though her findings are policy related. It was suggested by the Committee that perhaps her findings would be helpful in SAC’s advisory capacity. The Chair will look into the matter further.
Michael began a discussion of bias-related issues. He expressed a concern that the campus community is not made aware of these issues until they “blow up.” He asked what the campus policies are around diversity and bias-related incidents, and how information is communicated to students and the rest of the campus community. Committee members noted that a letter and pamphlet had been disbursed by the Administration over the summer, which outlined the procedures for reporting these incidents.
There was some discussion about adding diversity courses to the curriculum and/or requiring students to attend events and/or workshops.
 

Michael mentioned the possibility of a required course, or adding requirements to existing courses. Jesse suggested that the required courses/ workshops be carried out over the students’ course of study at the University. Bill G. suggested that the Chair check with UCC and the Multicultural Core Committee with regard to these issues. Bill H. asked whether SAC serves in an advisory capacity to the Administration. The Chair will check investigate these questions.

There was a discussion about the pros and cons of mandatory vs. voluntary attendance at “diversity” events and programs. Marilyn expressed that she is in favor of outside events and programs. Chip mentioned that the get-togethers following the “cultural dinners” are very successful at bringing students together. Michael added that making events and programs mandatory is important.

 

Joe suggested that diversity issues be worked into service learning. Cristina added that this would require a lot of work, and that there may be budgetary limitations.

 

There was consensus that making either courses/programs or workshop/events mandatory is important in addressing the problems of discrimination and bias on campus.

3. The Chair will contact Celia Easton with regard to speaking at the next SAC meeting.


Adjournment


Chair D. Scott adjourned the meeting at 5:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Denise Scott



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