College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin No. 14

Pages 263-273

8 Mar. 2002

 

Contents

Page    Topic

263      Contents

264      Announcements:

                  Spring 2002 College Senate and Senate Committee Meeting Schedule

                  Senate Bulletin Mailing List

            Roark Award Call for Nominations

265      Minutes of the All-College Meeting, 5 March 2002

270      Minutes of the College Senate Meeting, March 5, 2002

 

 

                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

Correspondence:  Janice A. Lovett, Department of Biology,

Bailey 210; e-mail: lovett@geneseo.edu; phone: 245-5413

 

                                                                                                                    

Announcements:

 

Spring 2002 College Senate and Senate Committee Meeting Schedule

       March 5           All-College Meeting and College Senate Meeting

         March 12         Student Affairs Committee, 4 p.m., Welles 134

                                 Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 4 p.m., Newton 209

         March 19         Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 4 p.m., Newton 209

         April 2              Executive Committee Meeting

         April 9              College Senate Meeting

         April 16            Student Affairs Committee

         April 23            Executive Committee Meeting

         April 30            College Senate Meeting

         May 7              Student Affairs Committee

 

Senate Bulletin Mailing List

Any member of the College Community may receive an individual copy of the College Senate Bulletin. If you would like to receive a copy please send your name as you would like it to appear on the mailing label and your campus address to the Senate Chair, Janice Lovett, lovett@geneseo.edu or 210 Bailey.

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

 

2001-2002 Richard Roark Award

 

 

Shortly after Richard Roark's untimely death in 1970, a group of his friends established an award to honor his memory. Richard's friends described him this way: "Richard was a special kind of human being who valued the humane and ethical above all else. He was a scholar and intellectual who treasured learning and especially books with which, he thought, every person could access the accumulated knowledge of all previous civilizations."

 

The Richard Roark Award is given to a graduating senior whose scholarship and community service exemplify the qualities that were so important to Richard. The recipient is given a stipend to purchase books, and the recipient's name will be inscribed on a plaque displayed in the MacVittie College Union. Please submit nominations by April 5 to Janice Lovett, Department of Biology, Bailey 210.
 

MINUTES OF THE ALL-COLLEGE MEETING

5 March 2002

Newton 204

 
Call to Order

Chair Lovett called the All-College Meeting to order at 4.05PM.

 
Nominations Committee Report

Lovett presented Committee and Senate nominations on behalf of Nominations Committee Chair T. Everett.

 
Presentation of the Nominees for the Professional Leave Review Committee

 

Natural Sciences with Mathematics and Computer Science Area:
      David Geiger (Chemistry)
      D. Jeffrey Over (Geological Sciences)

Humanities
      Carlo Filice (Philosophy)
      Kenneth Asher (English)

Social Sciences
      Ray Lougeay (Geography)

Presentation of the Nominees for the General Education Committee

 

Professional Programs Area:
      Kathleen Jones (Communicative Disorders and Sciences)

Natural Sciences with Mathematics and Computer Science Area:
      Olympia Nicodemi (Mathematics)
      Kurt Fletcher (Physics)
      Duane McPherson (Biology)

Since they came from the academic departments, the slates for both the Professional Leave Review and General Education Committees were not amendable from the floor.

 

Presentation of the Nominees for Senator-at-Large (Over Six Years of Service)

 

      Cynthia Klima (Foreign Languages)
      Judith Bushnell (Library)
      D. Jeffrey Over (Geological Sciences)
      Margaret (Meg) Stolee (History)
      Richard Young (Geological Sciences)
      Anthony Macula (Mathematics)
      James Bearden (Sociology)
      Elias Savellos (Philosophy)

Chair Lovett called for additional nominations. There were no additional nominations.

 

Presentation of the Nominees for Senator-at-Large (Under Six Years of Service)

 

      Yanxiang (Anthony) Gu (Business)
      Michael Oberg (History)
      Patricia Barber (Education)
      Maryellen Schmidt (Education)
      James McLean (Physics)
      Christina Geiger (Chemistry)
      Eric Helms (Chemistry)
      Intekhab (Ian) Alam (Business)
      Jasmine Tang (Foreign Languages)

Chair Lovett called for additional nominations. There were no additional nominations.

 
Presentation of the Nominees for Senate Officers

 

Vice Chair:
      Charles Freeman (Physics)
      Maria Lima (English)

Treasurer:
      Maryellen Schmidt (Education)
      Charles Freeman (Physics)

Secretary:
      Graham Drake (English)

Chair Lovett called for additional nominations. Except for a jocular suggestion by the Former Senate Chair, there were no additional nominations.

 

The slates for all of the above were moved unanimously as presented. Lovett thanked Everett and the Nominations Committee for their work.

 
Presentation of Amendments to the Constitution

 

Next, Chair Lovett presented and explained amendments to the Senate Constitution which would appear on an upcoming ballot.

 
Amendment Proposal 1

 

Regarding Article III, Section 4 of the Senate Constitution, entitled The Committee on Professional Leave Review,

 

In order to improve the logical sequence of topics and to increase the structural similarity to Article III, Section 3: Committee on Faculty Personnel,

 

Faculty Affairs Committee proposes to reorder the subsections in the following way:

·        Move Subsubsection 4.a.2 to Subsection 4.b. with the title Selection of Committee Members, renumbering sections currently following 4.a as appropriate.

·        Renumber Subsubsection 4.a.5 to Subsubsection 4.a.2, renumbering subsubsections currently following 4.a.5 as appropriate.

Amendment Proposal 2

 

Regarding Article III, Section 4 of the Senate Constitution, entitled The Committee on Professional Leave Review,

 

In order to improve continuity of the Committee,

 

Faculty Affairs Committee proposes to change the term for service on the Committee from two years to three years.  Specifically, FAC proposes to reword Subsubsection 4.a.3 as follows (removals in strikeout, additions in bold):

4.a.3. Each member of the Professional Leave Review Committee shall be elected to a two three year term. Terms of office shall end on May 31.  No member shall be elected to more than two consecutive terms. Thereafter, half One third of the Committee membership will be eligible for election yearly, with election from the areas of Natural Science, Social Science, and Humanities occurring in the spring of even-numbered years 2004 and every third year thereafter, election from the areas of Social Science and Fine Arts occurring in 2006 and every third year thereafter, and elections for the remaining areas occurring in the spring of odd-numbered years 2005 and every third year thereafter.

In addition, in order to transition to the new schedule, FAC proposes the following special elections:

 
Election year
   
Area
   
Term length

2003
   

Professional Studies
   

Two years

2003
   

Education/Communicative Disorders
   

Two years

2003
   

Fine Arts
   

Three years

2004
   

Social Sciences
   

Two years

 
Amendment Proposal 3

 

Regarding Article III, Section 4 of the Senate Constitution, entitled The Committee on Professional Leave Review,

 

In order to ensure that professional leave review is an evaluation by peers (noting that continuing appointment is necessary to be granted professional leave), and

 

In order to guard of a possible conflict of interest in which A reviews professional leave for B while B recommends on continuing appointment of A,

 

Faculty Affairs Committee proposes to make continuing appointment a requirement to serve on the Committee.  Specifically, FAC proposes to reword the Subsubsection on eligibility (4.a.5 currently; 4.a.2 if PROPOSAL 1 is approved) as follows (additions in bold):

2. Any full-time member of the teaching Faculty with continuing appointment is eligible for election to the Professional Leave Review Committee.

Amendment Proposal 4

 

Regarding Article III, Section 4 of the Senate Constitution, entitled The Committee on Professional Leave Review,

 

In order to ensure expertise on sabbaticals within the Committee,

 

Faculty Affairs Committee proposes to require that at least half of the Committee members have had a professional leave approved.  Specifically, FAC proposes to add to the Subsubsection on eligibility (4.a.5 currently; 4.a.2 if PROPOSAL 1 is approved) the following:

2. Any full-time member of the teaching Faculty is eligible for election to the Professional Leave Review Committee. At least half of the Committee members must have had professional leave approved in the past.

In order to implement this, FAC additionally proposes to change the Subsection on committee selection (4.a.2 currently; 4.b if PROPOSAL 1 is approved) to the following (removals in strikeout, additions in bold):

b. Selection of Committee Members:

 

1. These members of the Committee will be elected during the Spring semester of each year.  In this section, “previous leave individual” refers to someone who has had professional leave approved in the past.

 

2. Each spring, the Committee on Nominations will identify individuals who are willing and eligible to be elected from within each area needing a new representative.  This list will be provided to the departments by the end of January, including an indication of which of them are previous leave individuals.

 

3. Each department within the six eligible areas listed above shall nominate two individuals from within the department's area, only one of which whom may be from within the department itself, and at least one of the two must be a previous leave individual.  These nominations will be returned to the Nominations Committee by the end of February.

 

4. The Committee on Nominations shall accept these nominations and select the two candidates from each area who receive the most votes nominations. However, if at least one previous leave individual must be elected in that year, then the Committee on Nominations will select as candidates from each area the previous leave individual who receives the most nominations and the person from all other eligible individuals who receives the most nominations.

 

5. These names will be placed on the ballot. The faculty shall vote for one of the two candidates in each of the six areas.  The minimum number of previous leave individuals required will be chosen to serve on the Committee according to which such candidates receive the most votes, with no two of them being in the same area.  To fill the remaining open seats, the The candidate in each unrepresented area receiving the most votes will serve on the Committee.

Finally, FAC proposes that this amendment should in no case cause the removal of previously elected members from the Committee.

 
Amendment Proposal 5

 

Regarding Article III, Section 4 of the Senate Constitution, entitled The Committee on Professional Leave Review,

 

In order to recognize all forms of conflict of interest, and to provide the smooth resolution of such situations,

 

Faculty Affairs Committee proposes to reword Subsubsection 4.a.4 as follows (removals in strikeout, additions in bold):

 

4. No member with a conflict of interest (for example, whose application who applies for a leave is permitted to serve during the year his/her application is to come before the committee) is permitted to serve on the Professional Leave Review Committee.  Members having a conflict of interest will identify themselves to the The Executive Committee, which will replace the member having this conflict of interest with another nominee the other candidate from his/her area from the year of the member’s election, or if that person is unable to serve, with another full-time member of the teaching faculty from that area.  The replacement will be for the year of the conflict of interest only.

 
Amendment Proposal 6

 

Regarding Article III, Section 4 of the Senate Constitution, entitled The Committee on Professional Leave Review,

 

In order to ensure experienced leadership of the Committee,

 

Faculty Affairs Committee proposes to add to the Subsubsection on the Committee Chair (4.a.6 currently; 4.a.5 if PROPOSAL 1 is approved) the following:

5. The Vice-Chair of the Professional Leave Review Committee, who shall chair the committee in the following year, shall be elected annually from within the committee by the six committee members. In the event that the Vice-Chair cannot serve as Chair, the committee shall elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from its membership. The Chair and Vice-Chair must have previously served on the Committee for at least one year.

Each of the proposed amendments would be voted on separately. Lovett noted that the amendments would change membership, eligibility, and methods of nomination and election, but not procedures.

 

Lovett commented on individual proposals as follows:

 

AMENDMENT PROPOSAL 1

This proposal will change the Faculty Personnel section of the Constitution to parallel that of the Faculty Personnel Committee.

 

AMENDMENT PROPOSAL 2

Lovett called this a major change: three-year terms would replace two-year terms. This change would mean an annual membership turnover of only two in a Committee of six, rather than the usual three—in other words, from one-half of the Committee to one-third.

 

AMENDMENT PROPOSAL 3

The addition of  “with continuing appointment” to Part 2 would require Faculty on the Committee to have tenure. Since the only Faculty eligible for sabbaticals are those with continuing appointment themselves, this change would create more of a peer evaluation. This would also prevent a possible conflict of interest in which a member of the PRLC who is non-tenured might be evaluating the sabbatical proposal of someone who [by definition] has continuing appointment.

 

AMENDMENT PROPOSAL 4

In order to ensure both continuity and expertise on the Committee, at least half of its members would have to have had a previous sabbatical. To realize this change, the section on selection of Committee members had to be altered, with a different means of soliciting and electing these members.

 

AMENDMENT PROPOSAL 5

This proposal eliminates a conflict of interest—so one cannot be on committee when one is also up for sabbatical.

 

AMENDMENT PROPOSAL 6

The Chair and Vice-Chair must have previously served on the Committee for at least one year.

 
Adjournment

Chair Lovett moved to adjourn the All-College Meeting at 4.20PM.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Graham N Drake

College Senate Secretary