THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
T H E S E N A T E R E C O R D
Volume 36-----JANUARY 28, 2003-----Number 4
The Senate Record is the official publication of the University Faculty Senate of The Pennsylvania State University, as provided for in Article I, Section 9 of the Standing Rules of the Senate and contained in the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the University Faculty Senate, The Pennsylvania State University 2002-03.
The publication is issued by the Senate Office, 101 Kern Graduate Building, University Park, PA 16802 (Telephone 814-863-0221). The Record is distributed to all Libraries across the Penn State system, and is posted on the Web at http://www.psu.edu/ufs under publications. Copies are made available to faculty and other University personnel on request.
Except for items specified in the applicable Standing Rules, decisions on the responsibility for inclusion of matters in the publication are those of the Chair of the University Faculty Senate.
When existing communication channels seem inappropriate, Senators are encouraged to submit brief letters relevant to the Senate's function as a legislative, advisory and forensic body to the Chair for possible inclusion in The Senate Record.
Reports that have appeared in the Agenda of the meeting are not included in The Record unless they have been changed substantially during the meeting or are considered to be of major importance. Remarks and discussion are abbreviated in most instances. A complete transcript and tape of the meeting is on file. Individuals with questions may contact Dr. Susan C. Youtz, Executive Secretary, University Faculty Senate.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Final Agenda for January 28, 2003
A. Summary of Agenda Actions
B. Minutes and Summaries of Remarks
II. Enumeration of Documents
A. Documents Distributed Prior to
January 28, 2003
III. Tentative Agenda for February 25, 2003
FINAL AGENDA FOR JANUARY 28, 2003
A. MINUTES OF THE PRECEDING MEETING -
Minutes of the December 3, 2002 Meeting in The Senate Record 36:3
B. COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE - Senate Curriculum Report (Blue Sheets) of
January 14, 2003
C. REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL - Meeting of January 14, 2003
D. ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR -
E. COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY -
F. FORENSIC BUSINESS -
G. UNFINISHED BUSINESS -
H. LEGISLATIVE REPORTS -
I. ADVISORY/CONSULTATIVE REPORTS -
J. INFORMATIONAL REPORTS -
Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid
Report on Fall 2002 Campus Visits
Status of University Park Construction Projects
Proposed Sale of Circleville Farm
K. NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS -
L. COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY -
M. ADJOURNMENT -
The University Faculty Senate met on Tuesday, January 28, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 112 Kern Graduate Building with John W. Moore, Chair, presiding. One hundred and ninety-nine Senators signed the roster.
Chair Moore: It is time to begin.
Moving to the minutes of the preceding meeting, The Senate Record, providing a full transcription of the proceedings of the December 3, 2002, meeting, was sent to all University Libraries, and is posted on the University Faculty Senate's web page. Are there any corrections or additions to this document? All those in favor of accepting the minutes, please signify by saying, "aye."
Chair Moore: Opposed? The aye’s have it, and the motion is carried. The minutes are accepted.
COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SENATE
You have received the Senate Curriculum Report for January 14, 2003. This document is posted on the University Faculty Senate's web page.
REPORT OF SENATE COUNCIL
Also, you should have received the Report of Senate Council for the meeting of January 14, 2003. This is an attachment in The Senate Agenda for today's meeting.
ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE CHAIR
Chair Moore: I am pleased to have received many complimentary email messages about December’s history-making thirty-minute Senate meeting. That brief meeting does not constitute a precedent. Rather, since most Senate meetings last about two hours, I figure that we now have an unused ninety minutes to tack onto some meeting if not this year then next. Does that seem right? No? Well, Senate Council did not think it was right either.
The fourth issue of the Senate Newsletter was distributed last week. We welcome all helpful and complimentary comments in addition to suggestions for improvement.
We anticipate that the 2003-2004 Senate elections will be conducted on-line this spring. In the next two to three weeks the Senate Office will conduct a pilot election to test the process of an on-line election. Many of you will be invited to cast a ballot electronically during this pilot election. We encourage your participation and look forward to receiving your feedback on this new technology innovation initiated by our Executive Secretary, Susan Youtz.
The Mont Alto Campus Alumni Association has established a Renaissance Scholarship in the name of George and Judy Bugyi. Most of you recall that George is the Executive Secretary Emeritus of the University Faculty Senate and served the Senate for 19 years. The Faculty Senate is cooperating with the Office of University Development in a targeted solicitation campaign to add funds to this scholarship program for academically gifted and needy students. We encourage those targeted to make a contribution to this worthwhile program. If for some reason we failed to target you and you wish to honor George and Judy in this way, please consult the Senate Office about how to contribute and we will make the process as easy as possible for you.
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon will begin February 21, 2003, at 7:00 p.m. in Rec Hall and will continue through February 23, 2003. This fund-raising event benefits The Four Diamonds Fund, Conquering Childhood Cancer. The Four Diamonds Fund provides comprehensive care and monetary support for pediatric cancer patients and their families while continuing to foster innovative pediatric cancer research initiatives. The Dance Marathon is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, and, through its efforts since 1973, over $20 million has been raised for kids with cancer! I urge you to attend this very important fund-raising event to show your support for the efforts of our students here at Penn State. The event is well worth attending! Just drop by Rec Hall and watch for a while, and I am sure you will be impressed and will have a good time as well.
The Senate Officers visited the College of Arts and Architecture yesterday, and we will visit four other units before our next Senate meeting. Upcoming visits are to Engineering on February 6, 2003, Education on February 18, 2003, the Graduate School on February 19 and February 20, 2003, and Agricultural Sciences on February 24, 2003. The schedule of Senate Officers’ visits is posted on the University Faculty Senate web site.
Please encourage your faculty colleagues to attend. These meetings go best when ten or more faculty are present to express their views. We, of course, look forward to seeing you there as well.
The Senate Nominating Committee met on January 14, 2003 and will meet again on February 11, 2003 for the process of nominating Senators for Chair-Elect and Secretary of the University Faculty Senate and a faculty member for the Faculty Advisory Committee to the President. Please send any suggestions to John Nichols, Chair of the Nominating Committee, or to a member of the Senate Council. We will be very grateful for your nominations.
May I now ask Professor Patricia Koch to join me at the podium? And Professor Koch today is accompanied by her son Jason.
In the early 1980s, the Penn State Alumni Association established a generous annual prize to be given to faculty who had distinguished themselves as classroom teachers. The holder of this award was to be called the Alumni Teaching Fellow. We are delighted today to honor this year’s Teaching Fellow, Patricia Koch, Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development, the 2002 Alumni Teaching Fellow.
Professor Koch’s field is human sexuality, and her courses deal with sexual development, sexual orientation, and sexual assault. Class discussion of these topics requires great sensitivity as well as the tact necessary to balance openness on the one hand with fidelity to the subject matter on the other. Professor Koch teaches in order to facilitate changes in attitudes that affect the lives of her students. One anecdote crystallizes both her method and her achievement. The story deals with two young men in an introductory sexuality class with an enrollment of fifty. One student, let’s call him Tom, was failing the course through lack of effort and motivation. Another, let’s call him Andy, had cerebral palsy and came to class in a wheelchair. Andy did not allow his slurred speech and intermittent muscle spasms to interfere with his class participation. The other students could not understand why he was in the class or participating in discussion because how could Andy have a sex life! Andy knew that people considered him asexual and that was why he wanted to take this class. In fact, he asked to do a special presentation concerning sexuality and disability in order to debunk myths and misinformation. During the presentation, the class was spellbound as Andy openly disclosed the negative attitudes he had to face and the challenges he had to confront in finding intimacy with another person. His classmates left the room with a new-found understanding of sexuality and humanity. Tom, the lazy student, later confessed to Professor Koch that Andy’s talk had changed his life. He realized as never before that he was not making any effort at all in school or in his own life. Faced with Andy’s heroic determination, Tom had to change. Professor Koch comments on this incident with profound understatement: “Being able to facilitate such transformative experiences is the most rewarding part of teaching.”
Good teaching, she writes, begets the "aha" moment of epiphany, that sudden flash of comprehension. The incident we have just heard probably provoked that response in each of us. Imagine what it must be like to experience a full semester of classes that lift the veil on the mysteries of human sexuality and lead one to better comprehend this aspect of our humanity and to become more at ease in discussing it with others. No wonder that both undergraduate and graduate students and her Penn State faculty colleagues all speak of her courses as transformative. Professor Koch has also written that master teachers are both artists and scientists. The teacher’s role, she says, is that of an expert who has developed the gift of insight into the needs, interests, and abilities of her students as well as their often unexpressed questions and who can then transform those insights into meaningful learning experiences. Great teaching then is done by subject matter experts who possess the artistry of every day intuition and decision-making. Professor Koch’s abilities as a scholar and teacher have won her both a national and an international reputation with recent work in China, Japan, Columbia University, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Professor Koch, you are indeed a master teacher who has transformed the lives of your students by leading them to understand better their sexuality, themselves, and the humanity we all share. Congratulations and many more years of success in your Penn State classroom!
Patricia Koch, College of Health and Human Development: Thank you all. I must admit that I was going to be interested to hear what John had to say because I know he looked through many of my materials and I think even spoke to some of my colleagues and so thank you. That was as he said, one of the experiences that I have been fortunate to have here at Penn State. I want to add a little bit to that story. The other student that he is calling Tom, was the “lazy student,” there was not a possibility for him to pass the class because of the poor work that he had done throughout. And he realized that, but he said that he wanted to continue coming to the class anyway because it was such an important experience to him, so that was also, as you said, a very transformative time for him.
Just quickly, I want to thank the Faculty Senate for this honor, and I also want to thank my colleagues, many of them who are standing in the back, who I am fortunate enough to work with. Also, for their recognition and their support of our work. I want to say that this is an especially meaningful honor coming from you all who are my colleagues and peers here at Penn State, who clearly value education because you devote your time, your energy, your expertise to the job here that you do at the Faculty Senate. The Senate looks at our curriculum making sure that it is innovative and cutting edge and challenging, and to creating the supportive learning environment which includes university policies that facilitate the learning and make this a more positive environment for both the students and the teachers. I know that this is something too that you make extra effort for doing, and it may not always be valued, and so I want to express too my appreciation to all of you because I think what we are all doing working together really helps to improve Penn State and all of our academic lives including the teaching and the research and the service.
And finally, I did want to acknowledge my son Jason who is here, he is a junior here at Penn State in political science, and I just wanted to say that he has also helped rekindle my excitement and enthusiasm for being a faculty member, for my teaching, and for my research, and for my service and has constantly reminded me as to the importance of what we do and that we actually really touch and improve other people’s lives. Thank you all very much.
Chair Moore: No doubt you have been asking yourselves what do old Senate Chairs do? If you are John Nichols, you keep on serving the Senate. Not only is he chairing our Senate Nominations Committee, but he has also assumed a role of national leadership in matters of faculty governance.
Each year, faculty governance leaders from all the CIC institutions meet to discuss common issues. The issue that John has grabbed hold of is the proper place of intercollegiate athletics at major institutions of higher learning and how such universities can maintain the proper balance between learning and athletics, a balance that Penn State has successfully achieved and works hard to keep. But, not all institutions seem to be doing as well. Close readers of The New York Times noticed in its January 17th edition an article entitled, “Unusual Alliance Forming to Rein in College Sports.” The alliance referred to is that between senate leaders and the Association of Governing Boards, the national trustee organization. The article identifies John as an early leader of the Big Ten initiative of 2001, when he was our Senate chair, and he is quoted several times. Three days later, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article entitled, "Trustees Group Plans to Work with Faculty Senates for Reform of Big-Time Athletics." The article makes reference to the resolutions passed by the Big Ten faculty governance leaders—resolutions that John helped draft. On January 2, the new president of Stanford shared his concern with an environment that “encourages athletic success over academic success as well as a creeping professionalism.”
As this topic gathers momentum, keep in mind that on this issue John Nichols holds a position of national prominence among faculty governance leaders.
Chair Moore: Now what about our chair-elect? There is much to admire about our Chair-Elect, Chris Bise. As a scholar he holds the George H. Jr. and Anne B. Deike Chair in Mining Engineering. As an undergraduate advisor, he is the current holder of the Undergraduate Student Government/Academic Assembly Award for being the best faculty advisor in the entire university. As an administrator, he is the Program Chair of Mining Engineering and Industrial Health and Safety in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. I particularly treat him with great respect because he has a black belt in judo and plays racquetball on a national championship level. As a Senator, he has served as Secretary and has chaired the Senate Committees on Curricular Affairs, Libraries, and Outreach Activities and was a prominent member of our General Education Task Force. In addition, he has chaired the University Promotion and Tenure Committee.
Well, okay, so Chris is a great scholar, and advisor, administrator, and Senator, but what kind of a teacher is he? Chris will have to miss next month’s Senate meeting in order to receive a national teaching award from his professional society, The Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. At its national meeting, his professional colleagues will bestow upon him the Ivan Rahn Education Award, the society’s highest academic award. Congratulations, Chris!
COMMENTS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY
SENATE COMMITTEE ON ADMISSIONS, RECORDS, SCHEDULING, AND STUDENT AID
Mark A. Casteel, Chair, Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid
Mark A. Casteel, York Campus: Thank you, John. Good afternoon. This is an annually mandated report that outlines the number of students admitted to the University Park Campus under the Reserved Spaces Program. In the interest of time and because I think the report is fairly self-explanatory, let me just address two things. These things have come up since this report has gone to Senate Council. First of all, if you will look at the third table that outlines the numbers of students admitted under each of those evaluation indexes, these are numbers based on Fall 2002. The second thing is we have been asked to address time to graduate for students admitted under reserved spaces, and let me assure you that the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid is looking at that data as we speak. So I will take questions now.
Chair Moore: Seeing no questions, thank you Mark and thanks to all members of the Senate Committee on Admissions, Records, Scheduling, and Student Aid. The second informational report comes to us from Senate Council. This report appears as Appendix “C” in today’s Agenda and is titled, University Faculty Census Report – 2003-2004. Senate Council has set aside five minutes for this presentation and discussion. If we run out of time Secretary Blumberg will be pleased to answer questions after the Senate formally adjourns. Melvin Blumberg, Chair of the Election Commission and Secretary of the University Faculty Senate will present the report.
Melvin Blumberg, Penn State Harrisburg: Thank you, John. This is the annual census of faculty used to determine the number of Senators per academic unit and I will try to answer any questions.
Chair Moore: Are there any questions in regard to the census report? Seeing none, thank you and stay right where you are. The third informational report comes to us from Senate Council and is titled, Report on Fall 2002 Campus Visits. This report appears as Appendix “D” in today’s Agenda. Senate Council has set aside 20 minutes for the presentation and discussion. If we run out of time, Secretary Blumberg will be pleased to answer questions after the Senate formally adjourns. Melvin Blumberg, Secretary of the Senate will present the report.
Melvin Blumberg: This is a report of the Senate Officer visits to seven campuses of the Commonwealth College, four campus colleges and a visit to the Pennsylvania College of Technology. I will try to respond to any questions.
Chair Moore: Seeing no questions, thank you very much Mel for this report. The fourth information report comes to us from the Senate Committee on University Planning and is titled, Status of University Park Construction Projects. This report appears as Appendix “E” in today’s Agenda and will be presented by Associate Vice President for Physical Plant, William Anderson and Steve Maruszewski, Director of Design and Construction Services. Senate Council has set aside ten minutes for the presentation and ten minutes for discussion. If we run out of time, Associate Vice President Anderson will be pleased to answer questions after the Senate formally adjourns.
NEW LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY
May I have a motion to adjourn? The January 28, 2003, meeting of the University Faculty Senate adjourned at 3:51 PM.
DOCUMENTS DISTRIBUTED PRIOR TO JANUARY 28, 2003
Admissions, Records, Scheduling and Student Aid - Reserved Spaces Program Fall 2002 (Informational)
Senate Council - University Faculty Census Report – 2003-04 (Informational)
Senate Council -Report on Fall 2002 Campus Visits (Informational)
University Planning - Status of University Park Construction Projects (Informational)
University Planning - Proposed Sale of Circleville Farm (Informational)
THE FOLLOWING SENATORS WERE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE
JANUARY 28, 2003, SENATE MEETING
Althouse, P. Richard
Bridges, K. Robert
De Jong, Gordon
DeCastro, W. Travis
Holcomb, E. Jay
Jones, Billie Jo
Oliver, Mary Beth
Rebane, P. Peter
183 Total Elected
5 Total Ex Officio
11 Total Appointed
199 TOTAL ATTENDING
TENTATIVE AGENDA FOR FEBRUARY 25, 2003
Committees and Rules – Revision of Senate Standing Rules, Article I, Section 9: The Senate Record (Legislative)
Libraries – Policy for the Collection of Library Fines and Fees (Advisory/Consultative)
Computing and Information Systems – ANGEL Course Management System (Informational)
Outreach Activities – Penn State’s World Campus (Informational)
Student Life – Intergroup Dialogue: A Means for Promoting Understanding in a Diverse Community (Informational)
Student Life – Sexual Assault, Relationship/Domestic Violence, and Stalking (Informational)
Undergraduate Education – Academic Integrity Case Date (Informational)