by Faculty Senate on October 23, 2007
OF THE FACULTY SENATE MEETING
May 8, 2007
The fourth Faculty Senate
meeting of the 2006-2007 academic year was called to order by Prof. Sandra
Michael (Biological Sciences and chair
of the Faculty Senate) at 11:46 a.m. in UU 133.
1. Minutes. The minutes
of the March 27, 2007 meeting were approved as submitted.
2. Announcements/Questions. a) Prof. Michael reported the death of Prof. Emeritus John Hagan
(English). The Senate observed a moment
of silence. As is established practice, a note
of condolence will be sent to the family on behalf of the Senate.
Prof. Michael also reported: 1) the results of the recent election for
University Faculty Senator: she was
elected senator; George
Catalano (Mechanical Engineering)
was elected alternate. 2) Provost Mary Ann Swain expresses regret at not being able to attend today’s
meeting; 3) President Lois
DeFleur has approved the recent
Faculty Bylaws changes that were overwhelmingly passed by the faculty.
There were no further
announcements. There were no questions.
3. Reports. a) Prof. Gary James,
Chair, Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC), on committee business in
2006-2007. He gave a summary of issues
considered: approved Educational
Leadership Certificate program; reported on undergraduate bioengineering
program; approved MS/PhD in Biomedical Engineering program; bylaws revisions;
met with two vice presidents; met with candidates for dean and vice president
positions; approved additional Faculty Bylaws changes which are forthcoming to Senate
in fall semester; met with computer center about new email system; filled most
assessment category teams (ACTs) with faculty members; campus governance
leaders met regularly with president and provost; Evaluation Coordinating
Committee facilitated review of School of Management dean, three others in
process; response to Pandemic Flu Committee.
University Faculty Senator, on University Faculty Senate business. He reported on several issues considered: chancellor’s resignation and replacement; Commission
on Higher Education; leadership development for faculty and students; pending
legislation regarding textbook costs; implementation of Spellings Commission
Knuepfer also reported on concerns discussed by representatives
of the four SUNY centers: graduate
student funding; library funding; ownership of intellectual property.
The body thanked Prof. Knuepfer
for his years of service in this position.
4. New Business. a) Approval of proposed change to C (Composition)
general education requirement (attached to agenda). Prof. James gave background information saying that he was contacted
by Prof. Sara Reiter (School of Management
and Chair of the Faculty Senate University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
[UUCC]) about the following sentence from the state mandate: “Students will perform the basic operations
of personal computer use; understand and use basic research techniques; and
locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources”. This sentence was included in Binghamton’s C requirement
although it does not apply to all composition courses. She suggested instead that it be infused in
the overall general education requirement.
The FSEC concurred and placed it in the general description of the
undergraduate general education program.
Richard Naslund (Geological Sciences) added that this change is not a
precedent; there are two other parts of the state mandate that are outside
course requirements. Prof. James
Dix (Chemistry) commented that not
having this requirement in a particular category could mean that it may not be
implemented. Prof. Howard Brown (History) said there was some
discussion of this in the FSEC. Under
the current structure of general education assessment, i.e. ACTs, this
requirement as it now stands complicates the assessment structure. The FSEC felt that perhaps it would be better
assessed in a different manner such as a competency test in the third year.
Michael reported that the motion is moved and seconded from
the FSEC. On voice vote, the motion
carried, 1 against.
b) Approval of degree
candidates. Prof. Michael
explained that approval is a formality signifying the faculty role in granting
degrees. A motion was made to approve
the lists of degree candidates contingent on completion of requirements for
respective degrees. On voice vote, the
motion was unanimously approved.
c) Election of 2007-2008 Faculty
Senate Procedures Committee. The slate
is: Chair – TBA; Vice Chair – Andrew Scholtz; Secretary
Michael explained that this year there were
a few challenges in filling the slate pending the election of the University
Faculty Senator, FSEC, changes to Faculty Bylaws, etc. A motion was made to approve the slate above
for Vice Chair and Secretary. On voice
vote, the motion carried unanimously.
Regarding the election of
the chair, Prof.
Michael reported that the person must be
a returning elected senator and as explained above, there were a few challenges.
Since the FSEC members serve until August 31 and to avoid another meeting
during exam week, the FSEC is asking permission from the body to identify
a person during the summer and appoint that person to this position. There was no objection. On voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at
Present: Sal Agnihothri, Laura
Serdar Atav, Douglas Bradburn, Howard Brown, Sandra Card, David Davies, James
Dix, Richard Eckert, Vincent Grenier, William Heller, Gary James, Peter
Knuepfer, Karen Kozlowski, Hal Lewis, Patrick Madden, Kenneth McLeod, Andrew
Merriwether, Sandra Michael, Robert Micklus, H. Richard Naslund, Isidore
Okpewho, Richard Pastore, Michael Pettid, Beverly Rainforth, Nadia
Rubaii-Barrett, Pamela Smart, Antonio Sobejano-Moran, Douglas Summerville,
Eugene Tettey-Fio, Gary Truce, Caryl Ward, Tsu-Ming Wu
Excused: Zu Yan Chen, John Eisch, Ross Geoghegan, Joseph Graney, Srinivasan Krishnamurthy, Mark Lenzenweger, Sam Morell, Mary Ann Swain, N.
Absent: David Bartine, Karen Barzman, Mary Burgess,
Subimal Chatterjee, Michael Conlon, Lois DeFleur, Christopher Knapp, Edward
Kokkelenberg, Ricardo Laremont, Brett Levinson, Steven Lynn, Roy McGrann, Bruce
Murray, Tim Perry, Jean Schmittau, Victor Skormin, John Thomson, Dale Tomich,
Don Weiss, Linda Wong, Cynthia Altmansberger, Joseph Goldman, Rebecca Kaufman