College Senate Bulletin

Bulletin 28
4 May 2001

 

 

  Upcoming Meetings

 

 

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Sometime in September

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Correspondence: Christopher C. Leary, Department of Mathematics, South 324D
E-mail: leary@geneseo.edu Phone: 245-5383
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Contents

Comments from the Chair
Applications for Professional Leave
Call for Nominations
Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks
Publication Schedule
Minutes
Student Affairs Committee--24 April 2001 (Amendments)
Report from the University Faculty Senator
128th Plenary Session—SUNY Cobleskill—20-21 April 2001 


Comments from the Chair

Applications for Professional Leave

Applications for professional leave for the 2002–2003 academic year are due in Department offices on 15 September 2001 and in the Provost's Office 15 October 2001. In accordance with the Constitution, the Professional Leave Review Committee is charged with publishing the criteria by which they evaluate applications. Here is their statement:

"Sabbatical leave proposals are evaluated on the following criteria: clarity of presentation of proposed objectives (including schedule and planned outcomes), potential contribution of the project to teaching or professional stature, necessity for leave, and evidence of productivity in prior leaves or ongoing scholarly activity. See the Guidelines for the Submission of Proposals for Sabbatical Leaves for further detail and clarification."

The Guidelines for Submission of Proposals for Sabbatical Leaves are (is?) available in the Provost's Office.


Call for Nominations

Excellence Awards and Distinguished Ranks

Nominations are now being accepted for the following SUNY Ranks
 
 

  Distinguished Teaching Professor
  Distinguished Service Professor
  Distinguished Librarian
  Distinguished Professor

And for the following Chancellor's Awards:
 
 

  Excellence in Teaching
  Excellence in Librarianship
  Excellence in Professional Service

Nominations for these ranks and awards must be submitted in writing by Monday,
September 17, 2001 to Terry Bazzett, College Senate Vice Chair, Sturges 34. Confidential nominations should consist of a 1-2 page nomination letter describing the nominee's qualifications for the award or rank.



Publication Schedule

I expect there to be two more issues of this year's Bulletin. If I am really lucky, only one more issue. We shall see...

 


Minutes

Student Affairs Committee--24 April 2001 (Amendments)

The Student Affairs Committee informs me that the following amendments should be made to the minutes of their last meeting, as published in this Bulletin on pages 455–474.

1. p. 457 "5. He is an optimist by nature, and assures questions…."

___ change to: "Because he is an educator, he is an optimist by nature. He assures questions …"

2. p. 473 " the value added by the laptop initiative for students is to enable teachers to do more and better teaching…"

___ change to: "the value added by the laptop initiative for students is to enable teachers who desire to use technology to teach more effectively to do so...."

3. p. 474 "He concluded by saying that students have a number of options to get their voice heard,…"

___ change to: "In response to a student's question: ' What can the students do about this?', Bob Bonfiglio concluded by saying that students have a number of options to get their voice heard,…"

4. p. 474 "Bob Bonfiglio commented that he resented the casting of the program and its implementations as 'shady,'…"

___ change to: "In response to a student's comment that the proposal 'seemed shady to her,' Bob Bonfiglio commented that he resented the casting of the program and its implementations as 'shady,'…"

5. p. 474 "Michelle Brummell offered some solutions."

___ change to: "Rebecca LaFountain offered some solutions."


Report from the University Faculty Senator

128th Plenary Session—SUNY Cobleskill—20-21 April 2001

The University Faculty Senate held its 128th Plenary Session at SUNY Cobleskill on 20-21 April 2001. In addition to the senators attending, the campus governance leaders from across the system were in attendance. Chancellor King did not attend as he was visiting Turkey, but Provost Salins, Vice Chancellor Richard Miller, and Associate Provost Poskanzer attended to represent the administration.

A large part of the discussion during the meeting centered on the report from the Provost's Advisory Council on Teacher Education (ACTE). A copy of the report is on reserve at Milne Library. President Dahl served as a member of this council. The senate took a strong stand in favor of the report. However, there was considerable concern over the possibility that this document would be "trumped" by a resolution that was floated by Trustee deRussy at a recent meeting of the SUNY Academic Standards Committee. Some senators and governance leaders saw similarities between this move by deRussy and the moves that were made prior to the system wide imposition of the general education requirements. Prior to passing the general education resolution, certain trustees made public their concerns about the quality of SUNY's general education requirements. A document released by deRussy appears to be making the same sort of case against the system's teacher education programs. Although there is documented evidence that SUNY graduates perform better on state certification exams than do students graduating from private colleges and universities, deRussy's proposal suggests that teacher education programs throughout the system need to be overhauled. Given the experience with the general education issue, there is strong sentiment against allowing intervention of this sort to take place. Ultimately, a resolution was passed that endorsed the ACTE report and strongly urged the Chancellor to ensure that any modification of teacher education programs be guided by the expertise of the faculty. Responding to questions from senators, Provost Salins indicated that he was pleased with the ACTE report and was "hopeful, but not certain, that an alternative resolution will be unnecessary." It appears that system administration is not eager to become engaged in another battle of this sort. Salins also indicated that SUNY needs to play a larger role in supplying teachers for the states urban areas. He reported that there is considerable evidence that a disproportionate number of SUNY teacher education graduates obtain positions in suburban and rural parts of the state, when the cities are experiencing a severe shortage. This issue will be addressed by ACTE as it establishes its "action agenda."

Provost Salins commented a several other issues as well. In particular, he sees this as a good time for the system to move away from a "centralized approach" to general education review, and allow for more "local consideration." How this plays out remains to be seen.

Salins also indicated that assessment of the implementation of the general education programs will be "campus based" and that he will convene a meeting in June to work out the details.

Several resolutions were passed during the business session. These are summarized below:

1. The Senate unanimously passed a resolution concerning legislation that prohibits SUNY faculty from serving as expert witnesses in cases brought against the state in cases brought before the state Court of Claims (A copy of the pages of state law containing this provision is on reserve at Milne Library). The resolution urges the Chancellor to seek an exemption for SUNY faculty from the Public Officers Law, and opposes any extension of the provisions of the law in future legislation.

2. The Senate unanimously approved a resolution to endorse a policy statement composed by the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) which outlines recommended procedures for the selection of trustees at public colleges and universities (A copy of this policy statement is on reserve at Milne Library).

The resolution also recommends that the AGB policy statement be adopted by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

3. The Senate unanimously passed the resolution concerning teacher education programs mentioned earlier. The resolution "applauds the professionalism that produced the ACTE report, reaffirms the responsibility of the SUNY faculty for the content, structure and conduct of Teacher Education programs" and supports Chancellor Kings charge to develop an action agenda based on the ACTE report.

4. The Senate passed, although not unanimously, a resolution introduced by the Campus governance Leaders. This resolution called for the Chancellor to arrange a meeting with governance leaders, the leadership of the senate, and members of System Administration in order "to advance the understanding of the excellence of the SUNY Teacher Education programs."

 

Lastly, the Senate conducted an election for President on Friday morning. Four candidates were nominated, including the incumbent, Joe Flynn from Alfred State. On the first ballot, Joe Hildreth of Potsdam was elected and will assume office on July 1, 2001.

Respectfully Submitted

Ed Wallace

University Faculty Senator