by Faculty Senate on 10/21/2008
OF THE FULL FACULTY AND
FACULTY SENATE MEETING
May 6, 2008
H. Richard Naslund (Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies and chair
of the Faculty Senate) called the full faculty meeting to order at 11:47 A.M.
in UU 133. He presented the proposed
to the Faculty Bylaws (attached to agenda). Prof.
Naslund explained the three changes:
1) corrects an oversight regarding departments with at least 11 members
but no more than 19 members; 2) requires majority of Senior Personnel Committee
members to be from within the academic subdivision; 3) allows chairpersons
to serve on the All University Personnel Committee.
There were no questions. The
proposed changes will now be sent to the full faculty for vote.
Prof. Naslund adjourned the full faculty
meeting and began the third Faculty Senate meeting of the 2007-2008 academic
year at 11:50 a.m.
1) Minutes. a) Correction to minutes
of October 23, 2007 meeting. Referring
to a question at the February 5, 2008 meeting, the last sentence in the second
paragraph of the October 23, 2007 minutes (insertion in italics)
should read, “As always, Binghamton’s
students are exceptional and more than 85% of new undergraduates fall in the
SUNY system’s highest quality rating”.
The minutes now stand approved as corrected.
b) The minutes
of the February 5, 2008 meeting were approved as submitted.
2) Announcements. a) Necrology.
reported the deaths of two former faculty members, Charles Forcey,
professor emeritus (History), and Lin
Chiao, associate professor emeritus (School of Management). The Senate observed a moment of silence. As is established practice, a note of condolence has been
sent to the families on behalf of the Senate.
Reports. a) Prof.
Chair, Faculty Senate Executive Committee (FSEC) on committee business in
James reported on issues the committee has considered: proposal for Masters in Student Affairs
Administration; faculty evaluations of Nancy Stamp, Dean of the Graduate School
and John Meador, Director of Libraries; met with dean candidates for both
Harpur College and School of Education; passed several Faculty Bylaws changes;
approved the proposal for a department of Asian and Asian American Studies and the
proposal for a law school.
b) Prof. Sandra Michael,
University Faculty Senator, on University Faculty Senate (USF) business. Prof. Michael
reported on two activities of the University Faculty Senate. The Student
Life Committee is concerned about the ratio of mental health counselors to
students on individual campuses. The UFS endorsed a recommendation from
the International Association of Counseling Services calling for one counselor
for every 1,000 students if there are limited opportunities available in the
local community, and one counselor for every 1,500 students in communities
where such services are readily available. The current ratio of licensed
mental health counselors to students is approximately 1:1625 across SUNY
campuses according to a survey by System Administration. The proposal was given to the
Also, there is ongoing concern about the process of
transferring credit between SUNY community colleges and the baccalaureate
schools. Many students have their community college credits rejected in
the major at the four-year schools. A
SUNY Joint Committee on Transfer and Articulation has developed and approved a
concept proposal which it believes will mitigate the problem. The Joint Committee includes provosts,
registrars, transfer officers, System representatives, as well as faculty
representing the two and four year schools. There is concern at the UFS level about giving
up too much control of the appropriate content of courses to be used to fulfill
major requirements. Accordingly, the UFS
asked the Joint Committee to rework the proposal for consideration at the UFS's
Dr. Michael McGoff, Acting Vice President for
Administration and Vice Provost for Strategic and Fiscal Planning, spoke about
the budget. He stated that it is a
complex situation. Originally, SUNY
received a $34 million cut which meant about $1.8 million less for Binghamton. However, since then the governor decided that
$800 million less should be spent or about $109 million for SUNY. It is not known how this latest cut will be
directed but it is known that it will be on ‘all funds.’
Eckert (Computer Science) asked if
there would be a hiring freeze. Dr. McGoff
answered that the governor has mentioned it but one has not yet been imposed on
SUNY. Locally the administration has
agreed to slow down hiring until more information becomes available.
New Business. a) approval of degree
candidates. Prof. Naslund 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.
b) Election of 2008-2009
Faculty Senate Procedures Committee. The
slate is: Vice Chair – Sara Reiter; Secretary – Caryl Ward. Prof.
Naslund will continue as Senate
chair in 2008-2009. A motion was made to
approve this slate for Vice Chair and Secretary. On voice vote, the motion carried
Naslund reported that Prof. Douglas Summerville (Electrical and Computer
Engineering) was elected by the FSEC as the next chair.
for Asian and Asian American Studies department (attached to agenda). The proposal is moved and seconded from the
FSEC having been approved by that body and the Faculty Senate Educational
Policy and Priorities Committee (EPPC).
John Chaffee (History and Director of the Asian and Asian American
Studies Program) said that for the purposes of this department, the cultures
and languages of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia
are included. There is a separate
proposal to apply for a title XI national resource center in Pan-Asian studies
to include the cultures and languages of Russia,
and some countries that speak Arabic.
This resource center would be separate from and larger than the
John Eisch (Chemistry) asked what countries would be included in
the definition of ‘Asian’. Prof. Chaffee
replied that there is no intention of including central Asia
in the department. Prof. Eisch
asked if it was not better to list the countries of interest in the
proposal. He also asked if it was better
to specify what the new department was going to cover right now. Prof.
Chaffee replied that the list of
countries was in the document and that as funds allow other areas in Asia could be included.
Michael asked if the faculty listed as joint and affiliated
are in support of the proposal, in particular assistant professors? Prof.
Chaffee replied affirmatively saying
that the list is faculty who have been involved for some time with the
program. There is unanimous consensus
for the new department. Many of those
listed will soon receive tenure.
Prof. Neil Christian Pages
(GREAL) moved that when the proposed department is approved, the title of the
Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages be changed to the
Department of German and Russian Studies.
There was no objection.
A vote was taken on the
proposal as amended to include the motion above. The motion carried, 39 in favor, 1 opposed, 1
for BU law school. Prof. Naslund
reported that the proposal is moved and seconded from the FSEC having been
approved by that body and the EPPC. The
Graduate Council also approved the proposal.
The Faculty Senate Budget Review Committee also considered the proposal
but took no vote.
Provost Mary Ann Swain
commented that the proposal makes sense for the university intellectually, fits
in well with curriculums in humanities, social sciences, management, nursing,
etc., adds value to the state, meets part of the university’s strategic plan,
makes available reasonable quality legal training, etc. By adding this ‘first professional degree
program’, the law school would help secure Binghamton’s status as a research graduate
intensive institution. To move forward
the proposal will need to be approved by the SUNY system, SUNY Board of
Trustees, and the governor.
The administration has been
working with a consultant from the American Bar Association. The focus of the curriculum will be the
philosophical, historical, and social underpinnings of the law. In addition, an internationalization
perspective will be woven throughout the core curriculum. Planning will be done for a three plus three
The American Bar
Association controls the curriculum in law schools. A founding dean will need to be hired first
who will choose the elective paths according to opportunities available in the
state. Regarding funding, the consultant
agrees that projections stated are realistic.
It will be about seven years before the school is self-sufficient, there
is about a three million dollar expense per year. Donors will be solicited for funding and
scholarships sought from law firms.
However, no requests can be made until the program is approved. Provost Swain added that there is no intention of
taking funding from any other area to pay for the law school.
James Dix (Chemistry) asked for comment about the competitive
environment particularly Stony Brook’s drive for a law school. Provost Swain said the law school is in Binghamton’s strategic
plan; there is no law school in Stony Brook’s plan. There are many unknowns and politics do play
a part but Binghamton
feels it has somewhat of an advantage in that the former governor had an
initiative for economic revitalization of upstate NY.
Fernando Guzman (Mathematical Sciences) asked about timing. Provost Swain replied that there are no timetables
at any of the levels. A letter of intent
was put forward and SUNY campuses have 45 days to respond. The forty-five days is almost up. Once approved on campus, the proposal will
then be sent to System Administration.
Eckert asked for clarification of what exactly is being
voted on. Prof. Naslund
replied that the Senate is voting to approve the proposal for the
administration to forward to System Administration. Another question was asked about the status of
the proposal if the Senate votes against it.
Prof. Naslund replied that the administration
could still submit the proposal although it probably would not be prudent to do
so. Provost Swain said if the proposal were voted
down, she would want to know why.
Eckert expressed concern that since this is such a huge
investment and given the current state financial climate, the university as a
whole may suffer. Provost
Swain replied that she fully
supports the proposal but there are no guarantees. However, without necessary approvals, funding
cannot be obtained and the proposal cannot move forward.
Naslund asked for comment about funding after seven
Swain replied that about $200,000
would be needed to cover all expenses.
It is expected that the sources will come from private endowment money,
scholarships from law firms and other companies, fundraising, state tax
support, tuition, etc. She reiterated
that by year seven 95% of all expenses should be covered as noted above.
Prof. Max Pensky (Philosophy) asked Provost Swain for comment about which law schools
she sees as comparable and what are the projected faculty salaries in
comparison to other law salaries. Provost Swain replied
that she estimates all salaries including the law school at about the 75th
percentile of public schools in the northeast.
There is no single school of comparison.
Andrew Scholtz (Classical and Near Eastern Studies) asked how this
proposed law school would be different from the law schools at the other SUNY
Swain replied that both Buffalo and CUNY’s schools
are not ranked highly and are seen as having a particular niche. Binghamton’s
focus will be more traditional with a focus on the ‘why’ of how the law emerged
as currently expressed.
A vote was taken on the
proposal for the law school. The motion
carried, 39 in favor, 0 against, 2 abstentions.
The meeting adjourned at
Present: A. Serdar Atav, Bruce Borton,
C. Beth Burch, Sandra Card, Jaimee Wriston Colbert, Michael Conlon, Albert
Dekin, Patricia Dilorenzo, James Dix, Richard Eckert, John Eisch, Alex
Feingold, Joseph Graney, Vincent Grenier, Fernando Guzman, Sharon Holmes, Gary
James, Celia Klin, Jonathan Krasno, Srinivasan
Krishnamurthy, Harold Lewis, Patrick Madden, William Martin,
Sandra Michael, Bruce Murray, H. Richard Naslund, Neil Christian Pages, Maxim
Pensky, Glenn Pitman, Sara Reiter, Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, Andrew Scholtz,
Antonio Sobejano-Moran, David Stahl, Douglas Summerville, Mary Ann Swain,
Eugene Tettey-Fio, Gary Truce, Srinivasa Venugopalan, Caryl Ward, Deanne
Westerman, Zili Yang, Matt Landau
Jimenez-Munoz, Karen Kozlowski
Absent: Allan Arkush, Anne Bailey, Douglas Bradburn,
Cassandra Bransford, David Davies, Lois DeFleur, Frederic Deyo, Ronald
Gonzalez, Brett Levinson, Kenneth McLeod, Vladimir Nikulin, Haim Ofek, Isidore
Okpewho, James Pitarresi, Olga Shvetsova, Libby Tucker, Don Weiss, Thomas
Wilson, Joseph Goldman, Wazir Mohamed, Theresa Partell