T H E S E N A T E R E C O R D
Volume 40 ----- April 24, 2007 ----- Number 6
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
FINAL AGENDA FOR APRIL 24, 2007
Minutes of the March 20, 2007, Meeting in The Senate Record 40:5
Senate Curriculum Report of April 10, 2007
Update on the Implementation of the Uniformity of Course Abbreviations
Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid
Enrolled Nondegree in Credit Courses (Report appears on the Senate Web site at
Senate Committee on Committees and Rules
University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee
Standing Joint Committee on Tenure
Faculty Rights and Responsibilities
Faculty Advisory Committee to the President
Senate Secretary for 2007-2008
Senate Chair-Elect for 2007-2008
The University Faculty Senate
Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at 1:30 p.m.
The University Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. in room 112 Kern Graduate Building with Dawn Blasko, Chair-Elect, presiding.
Chair-Elect Blasko: Before we begin today’s meeting, I ask that you join me in a moment of silence to remember the 32 Virginia Tech faculty and students who lost their lives last week. In the lobby there are tables with paper and pens where you may write a note to our faculty governance counterparts at Virginia Tech. Your notes will be sent along with a letter to Kerry Reddington, President of Virginia Tech’s Faculty Senate.
As you may have noticed Senate Chair Joanna Floros isn’t able to be here today due to a family medical emergency.
MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING
Chair-Elect Blasko: The March 20, 2007, Senate Record, providing a full transcription of the proceedings, was sent to all University Libraries and is posted on the Faculty Senate Web site. Are there any corrections or additions to this document?
Seeing none, may I hear a motion to accept?
Senators: So moved.
Chair-Elect Blasko: Second?
Chair-Elect Blasko: All in favor of accepting the minutes of March 20, 2007, please say aye.
Chair-Elect Blasko: Opposed say nay. Ayes have it, motion carried. The minutes of the March 20, 2007, meeting have been approved.
Senate Curriculum Report of April 10, 2007. This document is posted on the University Faculty Senate Web site. Appendix B provides an update on the implementation of the Uniformity of Course Abbreviations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lee Kump, Chair of the Uniformity of Course Abbreviations Committee and ask him to stand and be recognized for his many efforts in implementing this legislation.
At the end of the Senate agenda are the minutes from the April 10 meeting of Senate Council. Included in the minutes are topics that were discussed by the Faculty Advisory Committee to the President at the April 10 meeting.
Chair-Elect Blasko: Out of courtesy to our presenters, please turn off your cell phones and pagers at this time. Thank you.
I would like to ask Dale Holen, Chair of the Student Life Committee, to come forward and introduce the John W. White Fellowship recipients.
The John White Fellowship is one of
the oldest and most enduring fellowships at
Our first 2007 Fellowship recipient is Kate Brizzi.
Kate will graduate as a Schreyer Scholar with a B.S. in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering option. Kate has been accepted to several medical schools and plans to pursue a joint M.D. / Master of Public Health degree. She is interested in working in the interface of health and human rights, specifically through research into infectious diseases. Kate has been involved with the dance marathon and is a Pennsylvania Literacy Corps volunteer.
The second recipient is Rachel Evans.
Rachel will graduate as a Schreyer
Scholar with a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management, a B.A. in Comparative
Literature, and a minor in French. She
will be attending
The third recipient is Craig Schwartz.
Craig will graduate as a Schreyer
Scholar with a B.S. in Meteorology and a Bachelor of Music in Composition. Craig will continue his studies in Atmospheric
Sciences at the
The fourth recipient is John Waldeisen.
John will graduate as a Schreyer
Scholar with a B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics and minors in Bioengineering
and Economics. John will study Biomedical
Chair-Elect Blasko: At the end of each academic year, a number of senators complete their terms of office. I will read their names and ask you to join me in thanking them for their service.
College of Agricultural Sciences: Thomas Bruening, Diana Cox-Foster, Gregory Roth, and Richard Yahner
College of the Liberal Arts: Bénédicte Monicat and Iyunolu Osagie
Military Sciences: John Kilgallon
University College: George Franz, Delaware County; Fred Adams, Fayette; Michelle Kline, Lehigh Valley; James Donovan, Mont Alto; John Urenko, Schuylkill; Parminder Parmar, Worthington Scranton.
I would also like to read the names of the student senators, many of whom will not be returning. Katie McNiff, Perry Bindelglass, Sari Santoso, Elizabeth Rodgers, Christopher Hanson, Christopher Engelhardt, Damir Amonov, George Khoury, Leslie Stahl, Michael Anderson, Laura Nolan, Eric Wertz, Amanda King, Jeffrey Dew, Jim Kimmel, Paul Fogle, Resham Patel, Anthony Zmoda, Adam Seitz, Matthew Mobilio, Kaushik Chatterjee, Leah Liu, Meliss Franklin, and Ricardo Torres.
The following ex-officio and appointed senators will not be returning to the Senate; Stephen McCarthy, Gary Miller, James Thomas, and Vicky Triponey.
We appreciate all that you have contributed to the Senate, and we will miss each one of you. Let’s show our thanks to these senators for their good work.
At this time, we have special recognition to three members of this group who are leaving us with particularly distinguished records of service. As each comes forward, I will present them with a certificate signed by President Spanier and Joanna Floros acknowledging their dedicated service to the Senate.
Would Gregory Roth please come forward?
Greg has served eight years as a
I would also like to acknowledge Tom Frank who could not be with us today. Tom has served as a Health and Human Development senator for eight years, and served as vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Faculty Benefits for the past three years. We would like to thank Tom for his service, and we will also mail his certificate to him.
I would like to ask George Franz to please come forward.
George Franz has served as a
Without objection I would like to
present to the Senate for its consideration the following resolution. George W. Franz, Director of Academic
WHEREAS, George Franz has had a
distinguished career at
WHEREAS, George Franz is a Martin Van Buren scholar who has published and presented many papers on the American Revolution and Pennsylvania’s early days, and
WHEREAS, George Franz has served with distinction as Director of Academic Affairs at the Delaware County Campus since 1997, and
WHEREAS, George Franz has served the University Faculty Senate as a Delaware County campus Senator for 34 years, making him the longest serving senator in the history of the Senate, and
WHEREAS, George Frank’s vita constitutes a compendium of University service, reflecting his leadership as an elected officer of the University Faculty Senate from 1978-1982; his service to 43 University and Senate Committees; his participation on 34 college, department and campus committees, and
WHEREAS, George Franz has spent thousands of hours in meetings and driven thousands of miles on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (with occasional stops at the Lancaster Outlets), and
WHEREAS, George Franz has been the recipient of awards for excellence in teaching and advising and for his contributions to the welfare of the University faculty, and
WHEREAS, George Franz in his 14 years as Senate Parliamentarian has brought order to Senate meetings, and
WHEREAS, through his knowledge of parliamentary process he has guided many Senate chairs through such parliamentary minefields as assessing the relevance of an amendment, fielding multiple points of order and calls for Division of the Assembly, and skillfully dodging substitute motions, while still retaining his unique sense of humor, and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the
University Faculty Senate of the
Chair-Elect Blasko: All those in favor of affirming the resolution, please say aye.
Chair-Elect Blasko: George will also receive a certificate for his 34 years of service to the University.
George Franz: I am sure some of you are sitting out there thinking that I am truly insane, and you may be right, doing this for 34 years. You need to understand that I was even nuttier when I first started in the Senate, because in 1971 we met every month even in the summer. I may have taken Senate service to an extreme, but I do think it is important. If we may take seriously our role in shared governance, then faculty needs to participate actively in the governance structures of their campus, college, and university. Some of us need to do it over an extended period of time so that there is an institutional memory. In my case it may have moved into dementia, but there needs to be some continuity among the faculty on the governance structures of the University. Service on the University Faculty Senate is important because it is one of the few organizational units in the entire University that functions effectively across all locations, and it is in fact, what helps make us one University. University Libraries and Employee Benefits are units that I think help support this concept. There are many units that pay lip service to being University-wide, and I think it is important to state that the unit with the greatest faculty voice and control over its structure and function, truly is University-wide and it has been that way for 30 some years.
I would be less than honest if I
did not admit that I have sat through a number of boring Senate meetings, but
that is the price you pay for letting faculty colleagues have access to the
floor in a deliberative body. However,
if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I want to emphasize what I have said at
numerous new senator orientations, the important work of the Senate is done in committees. I want to give one example from my
experience. In the mid seventies, I served on the Undergraduate Education
Committee and we went around talking to student groups in various colleges
about their perception of the quality of their education and the experience at
Having been at this University for
39 years, and having been fortunate to see many things from a University-wide
perspective, let me say that is what makes this University work is the people,
the staff, and the faculty.
Chair-Elect Blasko: Thank you George. At this point I would like to recognize the Senate committee chairs and vice-chairs. Will you all please stand. This group of individuals has provided leadership to the Senate this year, and will you please join me in thanking them. I would like to thank all the senators for their willingness to serve our University and for their hard work in the committees they served, and for providing their valuable expertise for the Senate body to successfully complete its work. The Senate officers and I are grateful to all of you, the faculty and administrators, as well as the Senate office staff, with a special thanks to the Executive Secretary Dr. Susan Youtz, and her assistant Patty Poorman.
The First-Year Seminar Committee
was constituted and charged on April 5, 2007. Past Senate Chair Kim Steiner and
Patti Mills the Associate Dean at
President Spanier has accepted the recommended revisions to HR-10; distinguished professorships passed at the March 20, 2007, Senate meeting, and have asked the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and the Associate Vice President for Human Resources to work together in revising the policy. We also received communication from the President on the status of the Advisory and Consultative report on HR-21 passed at the last Senate meeting.
President Spanier has accepted a portion of the report and has directed that HR-21 be modified to incorporate the rank of “professor of practice,” which will be available to Deans and Chancellors to use in a narrowly defined manner. Quoting President Spanier, “Professor of Practice should be reserved as a title bestowed on those individuals who are non-tenure track faculty, hired by the University to engage in teaching, research, and service, but who may not have terminal degrees, or may not have had the traditional academic background that is typical of faculty, as they move through the professorial ranks.” The President has not accepted the remainder of the report, and it will be directed to Faculty Affairs for further consideration. President Spanier’s letter will also be posted to the Faculty Affairs Web site.
A presentation of spring 2007 major
construction projects at
Chair-Elect Blasko: I would like to invite President Spanier to come forward to make some remarks.
President Spanier: Thank you. I thought I did some weird things, but George you take the cake. It has been a great pleasure for me to work with George for 12 years in his University Senate leadership roles, and I think he has spanned five University presidents. He has reformed all the others and is still working on me. George is one of those people who, early on in my first year as President, demonstrated to me what is possible for a Faculty Senate to do in collaborating with University administration on a range of issues, and George was on that leadership group who helped us work through a lot of changes in the University. This Senate over the time he has been involved has really been a model nationally of what faculty can do and what a model of shared governance can be by all working together. I would like to join with your colleagues here and thank you for your great service.
This has been a very difficult week
for all of American higher education because of the circumstances at Virginia
Tech. We have expressed our condolences in many ways, and
On a positive note, we are really
pleased that we hit the jackpot in our opinion on the hiring of a new
There is not much new to report in
Legislation is allowed to look backward into
things that you wrote or communications that you made before you knew there was
going to be such a law. I would just
caution you, before you jump to a conclusion that total transparency and the
Right-To-Know is great in all circumstances, to think about being in a position
to disclose everything such as classroom notes, or notes of meeting that you
attend. What would be included is
evolving, and a lot of negotiations behind the scenes are what is excluded. The
list of things that is being discussed is growing, but frankly we would not
like to be included at all. Most of what
people want to know about
May 1 is the official deadline for
students who have already been admitted into the University to tell us if they
are actually coming and sending in a deposit.
We are pretty much where we expected to be in that respect; we are up at
campuses around the state by 300 or so students. We are down, as planned to reach an area of
stability at the
Our capital campaign is in the
leadership gift phase. It is going to be
focused on making
Commencement is about three and one-half weeks away and I do want to urge all of you to attend your college and campus ceremonies. Some of you are amazing, you are always there and never miss, and then there are a few of you that I just don’t see at commencement. I guess you figure you put your time in at the Faculty Senate meeting, and I would love to see more of our faculty attend commencement. It is about the happiest day of the year and it shows why we are here, and what it has been all about. If you are one of those people who attend regularly, grab one of your colleagues and make them attend with you and take them to lunch.
In addition to thanking George, I also want to thank Joanna Floros for all her great work last year. She has been a very dedicated and passionate leader of the Faculty Senate and I think this has been a very meaningful experience for her. I know we will have our chance to express our appreciation to her along the way. A warm welcome to Dawn who has been in the wings warming up for this and we are very much looking forward to working with her as well.
Chair-Elect Blasko: Please stand, wait for the microphone and give your name and unit.
Mary Beth Clark,
President Spanier: Some of
our campuses have armed police and some don’t.
It varies by the culture of the campus, what they have decided and
wanted along the way, and what their proximity is to highly train armed police
in neighboring communities with whom they have mutual aid agreements. It has to do with qualifications and all of
our armed police must have college degrees. They have to go through the state
police training as a “licensed” public safety officer in the
President Spanier: With
regard to the budget of your academic department, I think it would be very
useful for you to invite the Dean in for a discussion, because there are no
departments in your college that have had their budget cut. What you are seeing is a reallocation where
the money may actually be coming back in a different way, and some things may
be shifting from one category to another.
We provide centrally to all units all the money for salary increases,
cost of faculty and staff benefit increases, and promotional increases. There is a recycling target that every unit
has, and it averages about one percent a year but a departmental budget will
generally increase three or four percent a year, because of the money coming in
for other categories. The
It is not difficult to imagine that in some categories of the budget, funds have been moved to other places to support personnel, or to put their emphasis on investing in new faculty as opposed to supplies or other things. I don’t want to say much more about that, because I don’t know the specifics or the dollars and cents in your department, but I certainly know the overall college budget and that is in pretty good shape. A lot of faculty are not involved in the budgetary decisions. It is not so much that the department is running a deficit from where it was, but they measure the deficit in relation to where they want the department to be, or what the department is not capable of, and that is an area where we all feel that we are falling behind. We have the potential to be doing a lot better than we are, but the resources are constrained to get there. I feel good about where we are, everything considered, even if I were to acknowledge that the feeling may be different in one department compared to another.
In terms of the purchasing card, that has been a great thing to many in the University because is provides the ability to go out and buy some items that there are funds for that you really need. The purchasing card has saved us a lot of money and has created a lot of efficiency. I am not sure of the particular use of that card that is troublesome for you. My advice for you is don’t use the card at all, or explore with the administrators in your unit what may be dysfunctional about the purchasing card for a particular set of uses that you may have.
In terms of the law school, it is a
unit on campus that predominately is supported by the tuition of the law
students. It is the only unit at
Communications, Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, and Business, discussions are underway about those collaborative arrangements. I think for many faculties on campus this is a very positive thing, and we are not really docking anyone’s budget because of the law school. The main investment that the University made in the law school is facilities and that is being paid separately through ways in which we manage our capital construction.
What happened to the $1.4 billion
in the Grand Destiny campaign? What most
people do not realize is we are not like Harvard; we are better than Harvard in
many ways. Harvard has about a $30
billion endowment, and we think about $10 billion of that, is
unrestricted. Back in the old days, the
way people donated money to Universities was that they wrote a check to the
University, and said we believe in you and here is our check, do something good
with it. Over 99 percent of
Mike Anderson, Division of Undergraduate Studies: I attended a Rally for Change today at
Old Main. I was also a student who walked from the capitol at
President Spanier: I thought
it was great that there were a number of students in the middle of things today
and they were concerned about this. We
are never going to be able to lower tuition, because at
I don’t really think that tuition is any higher or lower because of matters of transparency. If people were thinking that they could see a particular purchasing voucher in a department, and see what amount of money that department spent, then go on the Web to see if it is less money, then would that prove they are not managing their money, and that could lower tuition? You can check for money not being spent properly, but we have professionals in purchasing who would do that, and do it well. You can look at someone’s travel voucher and see that person stayed in a hotel room for $240.00, when I checked and there was a room available for $189.00 down the street, so that is money not well spent. What they may not know is that is where the convention was taking place, and there is a reason they are all staying in that hotel.
I don’t minimize for a moment the importance of trying to keep our tuition down, but I would say to all of you that this is a major issue hanging over our heads every time we make a budget decision at the University. The single biggest trade off that we will make in the coming weeks, once we get more information where the legislature is going to end up is how big faculty and staff raises can be in relation to our efforts to keep tuition down below certain numbers. Those are the two biggest items, and we don’t have control over a lot of other items, like what the increasing cost of health benefits may be, or what the State Employee Retirement System says we have to kick into your retirement benefits, or the utility bill that we get, or overtime pay for snow shoveling. There are very few things in that budget that we actually have control over, and I hope this is helpful to you and good luck in your campaign.
JoAnn Chirico, Penn State Beaver: Could you reconcile for me your comments of the last University Faculty Senate meeting, where you appeared to give the Senate an invitation to give you tools to create a more equitable situation for a large number of fixed-term faculty, and your action which created a situation which would reward a very small number of those faculty.
President Spanier: I only
realized after the Senate meeting that the question that was asked of me had
something to do with that piece of legislation.
We have a set of issues at this University, as do all Universities,
about fixed-term faculty members.
When I got your recommendation on this particular approach of Professor of Practice, we realized that there were some issues and in some ways I found that a different issue than the one related to the issue that you are raising. What we learned is there are a lot of different interpretations about what Professor of Practice meant. Some people saw it the way you are describing, which is a promotional opportunity to reward fixed-term, or adjunct faculty members who have been doing a great job for years and now need to have something bigger and better. What people thought Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Practice meant were found to have different interpretations.
We are also very concerned that there is a lot of anxiety because some of them thought that faculty on their campus who were supporting the change went right ahead and promoted everybody. Some of the tenured and tenure-track faculty were saying that they worked all their life to get a doctorate or terminal degree, to be subjected to certain hiring and promotion and tenure standards, and now you are going to bring someone into the same zone I am in and it is a different deal. We have had other colleges saying, “ no way,” we do not see putting anyone in that, and we decided if there is a Professor of Practice concept that makes sense, and the rationale for that which we think was reasonably clear was something that we would have done. Setting it up as a parallel system to make it look, act, and feel like our typical professorial ranks was not intended by a lot of people, and even if it was intended by some, we just thought that was not a workable system for us. I apologize if there was the perception that the comment I made was inconsistent, or if you went ahead and passed it because you thought that was what I was endorsing. If I got your vote for that reason thank you, but I hope I explained it.
Mary Beth Clark: I didn’t vote for the proposal because of your comments but had I known it was going to happen for legislation, I may have voted differently.
President Spanier: This was a tough one for us, this is the first or second time in 12 years that I have sent something back and said “no” and we tried to write the letter in a very nice way. We were saying “yes, but” as opposed to just no. There was something good that came out of it and Rod and Blannie will work with the Deans and Chancellors to implement that in a way that is as positive as can be. We do not want to close the door to future discussions about what we can do for our part-time and fixed-term faculty.
President Spanier: Are you saying that the medical center is relocating to an undisclosed location; do you mean that they won’t be able to find you?
Alexandros Vgontzas: No, if
I could phrase it better, the rumors are stating that we are moving somewhere,
and it could be here in State College,
President Spanier: I am not aware that anything has been decided, but I do know there are serious space issues at Hershey, and as they build new facilities there are things that are moving around. I had a tour of the construction that is underway, and the entire Department of Pharmacology will still be on campus, but you would have to change your parking space if you are in that department. On two-thirds of the 365 days last year, the bed occupancy of the medical center was over 96 percent, and there are some days when it is over 100 percent, which you are not allowed to be. The good news is that there are so many people coming to Hershey for the very high-level care that we are just booked solid, and we need more space for patient beds. As we build the new cancer center, and the new children’s hospital that will eventually happen, and units that have the ability to be moved around to create those spaces are the most likely ones where that would happen. I don’t know how far along discussions might be on what units are in the pipe-line for move, or what the specific situation is for Psychiatry.
Alexandros Vgontzas: The opinion of all the Department of Psychiatry is that we would like to stay within the campus because we believe the department is a necessary part of the clinical activities of a medical center. I would not have a problem being moved within the campus, but we believe moving miles away from the campus would lead to marginalization and fracturing of the department, and that could negatively affect our academic mission.
President Spanier: You heard
rumors about moving to
Alexandros Vgontzas: As far south
President Spanier: This is a great place up here.
Ricardo Torres, University Park Undergraduate Association Representative: Due to the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, has the administration considered having the service of PSU text, or something similar to that, instead of students opting in they could opt out? We feel the way it was managed at Virginia Tech that all students should carry their cell phones to classes.
Dennis Gouran, College of the Liberal Arts: Given what went on last week and what we have had to contend with, the grade distribution report was probably not on your most important reading list. But if you had a chance to look at it, are you at all concerned about the message that the extraordinarily high percentage of As and A minuses, and people showing up on the deans list is sending to people about the standards of the University?
President Spanier: If our
students are doing better because we are admitting more brilliant students than
we did before and they are working harder, and under your truly expert teaching
they are just performing really well, then I am not concerned. If you are all going soft and just handing out
As for the heck of it then I am concerned, and frankly I am not able to gauge
where we are on that. Certainly, nationally
there has been an overall grade inflation, and we know that today’s students
are in this consumer mode, where they will come in and argue you to death over
a minus or a plus, because they feel that they deserve it and their whole life
is at stake, based on the grade. I don’t
Chair-Elect Blasko: Thank you President Spanier.
As we begin our discussion of reports, I remind you to please stand, wait for the microphone, and identify yourself and the unit you represent before addressing the Senate.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON RESEARCH
Research and Graduate Education, 2007, Appendix C. The presentation given
by Eva Pell, Senior Vice President of Research and Dean of the
SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY PLANNING
and the Environment at
SENATE COMMITTEE ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Grade Distribution Report, Appendix I. Gregory Ziegler, Chair of the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Education presented this detailed review of grade distribution data for baccalaureate students for each spring semester from 1975-2005.
SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID
Annual Report of High School Students Enrolled Nondegree in Credit Courses, Appendix E. The annual report on High School Students Enrolled Nondegree in Credit Courses can be found on the Senate Web site. http://www.senate.psu.edu/agenda/2006-2007/apr24-07agn/appe.pdf
SENATE COMMITTEE ON FACULTY BENEFITS
Spring 2007 Officers’ Visits to
SENATE COMMITTEE ON STUDENT LIFE
Mark Casteel: Thank you, Dawn. I have a number of election results to report, but before I do, I would like to thank the nominating committees and the tellers who certified the recent elections.
The first is the election for Senate Council for
the 2007-2008 Senate year:
Ann Schmiedekamp, Penn State Abington
Brian Tormey, Penn State Altoona
Daniel Hagen, College of Agricultural Sciences
Bonj Szczygiel, College of Arts and Architecture
Zachary Irwin, Behrend College
Andrew Romberger, Penn State Berks
James Miles, Smeal College of Business
John Hellmann, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Dorothy Evensen, College of Education
Lynn Carpenter, College of Engineering
Winston Richards, Penn State Harrisburg
Gary Fosmire, Health and Human Development
Dennis Gouran, College of the Liberal Arts
Michael Chorney, College of Medicine
James Strauss, Eberly College of Science
Thomas Glumac, University College
John W. Bagby, University Libraries, Combined Departments of Military Science, College of Communications, College of Information Sciences and Technology, Dickinson School of Law, and the Great Valley Graduate Center
Committee on Committees and Rules:
for two-year terms.
for a one-year term.
University Promotion and Tenure Review Committee:
Elected for two-year terms.
Standing Joint Committee on Tenure
Elected for three-year terms.
Linda Miller, member
Jane Sutton, alternate
Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities:
Elected for three-year terms.
Jamie Myers member
Lynn Carpenter, alternate
Tramble Turner, member
Barbara Wiens-Tuers, alternate
Deans: (three-year terms)
Christian Brady, member
Daniel Larson, alternate
Faculty Advisory Committee to the President:
Secretary of the Senate:
Chair-Elect of the Senate:
Thank you. Congratulations to everyone.
Blasko: I know
Now we turn to the seating of our new officers. Pam Hufnagel may take Mark’s seat, and Ingrid Blood please take my seat. I will reserve the majority of my remarks for the fall meeting, but I would like to say that one of my goals is to help improve shared governance across the University. As you know, the Senate officers visit all of the campus and colleges over a three year cycle, but that is a long time for important issues to wait. I will be writing to the faculty leaders of each college and campus this summer to explore ways to improve communications between the University Faculty Senate and local governance bodies. I hope this would lead to regular forums where shared areas of interest and concern will be discussed. Now that George is retiring, you’re probably all wondering who your new Parliamentarian will be, so I am pleased to announce that Jean Landa Pytel will serve as Parliamentarian for the next Senate year. Jean is the Assistant Dean for Student Services and Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics. Jean plans to spend her summer committing to memory the tenth edition of “Robert’s Rules of Orders.”
Are there any comments?
Michael Anderson: I would like to comment about shared governance and I want to make an announcement that shared governance also extends to students. The UPUA is undergoing a constitutional amendment process and at the end of the process the Faculty Senate is able to appoint a person to a constitutional review board to check those processes. I was wondering if that person has been appointed yet.
Chair-Elect Blasko: I do not know the answer to that but we will find out for you.
May I have a motion to adjourn?
Senators: So moved.
Chair-Elect Blasko: All in favor please say aye.
Chair-Elect Blasko: Motion carries. The April 24, 2007, meeting was adjourned at 3:46 p.m.
The next meeting of the University Faculty Senate will take place on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building.