Approved by Faculty Senate on December 8, 2009
MINUTES OF THE FULL FACULTY AND
FACULTY SENATE MEETING
October 13, 2009
Sara Reiter (School
of Management and Chair
of the Faculty Senate) called the full faculty meeting to order at 11:50 A.M.
in UU114/Old Union Hall of the University Union. She welcomed President
DeFleur and turned the meeting
over to her.
DeFleur reported that the university has again welcomed
another outstanding class to campus. The
university received a record number of applications, more than 33,000, an 11%
increase. The high demand means that Binghamton is more
selective. Enrollment was kept level
because of budgetary constraints.
The university recently
welcomed 2,000 alumni and their families to campus for Homecoming
celebrations. A highlight of this
celebration was the dedication of the John
to memorialize Prof.
Arthur and his many contributions
to the university.
Student learning and
awareness is changing. There is more attention
to on line courses, 65% of Binghamton’s
summer courses were taught on line. Students
are also showing interest in new fields of study such as sustainability,
service learning, and green technologies.
To address issues such as these, President DeFleur announced that she is establishing
a task force on undergraduate education for the digital generation. It has been ten years since the task force on
undergraduate learning in the new millennium gathered information about trends
and future undergraduate programs.
Other campus initiatives
occurring are a self study to prepare for the decennial Middle States
Accreditation in fall 2010; ongoing construction of engineering and science
building, Science V, new residence halls, etc.
Further expansion of
University research facilities is needed to continue the growth of research and
scholarship. Binghamton’s research awards for the first
quarter are up 35% compared to last year.
Faculty are expanding
international outreach such as the new Confucius Institute being established by
the Asian and Asian-American Studies Department.
DeFleur commented on recent events in the men’s basketball
program and resulting team and administrative changes. An external audit of the athletic program is
currently being conducted. The
administration fully supports this review and believes it will be both thorough
DeFleur spoke about the current state financial situation. New
revenues are down 36% resulting in an almost $3 billion deficit. Governor Paterson has mandated a $500 million reduction
in expenditures for state agencies, $90 million of which will be applied to
SUNY. The amount of Binghamton’s reduction is not yet known but
could be as much as $4 million. Binghamton is in a good
position fiscally because of conservative spending and careful planning. She reiterated that she is committed to
protecting permanent faculty and staff.
Looking toward the future, President DeFleur said
the presidents of the university centers and two medical schools are taking a
proactive approach. They are working
together to develop legislation for operational flexibility and differential
tuition. This proposed Innovation and
New Economy Act of 2010 focuses on the value of the research institutions.
Binghamton is developing a strong advocacy plan for this year,
“Think Green. Think Global. Think Binghamton.” This plan draws attention to existing
strengths and provides an integrated vision for development. She urged faculty to visit the
Think.Binghamton website and participate in advocacy efforts.
There were no questions. Prof.
(Geological Sciences) moved to adjourn the full faculty meeting and begin the
Faculty Senate meeting. On voice vote
the motion was approved.
The first Faculty Senate
meeting of the 2009-2010 academic year was called to order by Prof. Reiter
at 12:15 p.m.
1. Minutes. Prof. Wayne
Jones (Chemistry) moved to approve
the minutes of the May 5 and 12, 2009 meetings as submitted. On voice vote the motion was approved.
a) Necrology. Prof.
Reiter read a list of former faculty who had
recently passed away: Prof.
(Geography), Prof. Norman
Lazaroff (Biological Sciences), and Prof. Bernard
Mason (History). The Senate observed a moment of silence. As is established practice, a note of
condolence has been sent to each family on behalf of the Senate. Prof.
(Mathematical Sciences) objected to the word ‘necrology’ and asked that a more
suitable word be used. Prof. Reiter
Prof. Reiter reported that recent
changes to the Faculty Bylaws had been approved by the faculty and subsequently
approved by President DeFleur. They will be incorporated into the bylaws
Prof. Reiter also reported that the Faculty
Senate Executive Committee (FSEC), as directed by the Senate at the May 5, 2009
meeting, has established the SOOTs (Student Opinion of Teaching) task force. The charge from the FSEC to this committee
into teaching evaluation practices at other universities, the possible
implications of making public the results of SOOT and similar surveys, and
consideration of the broader context of the motion from the EPPC to make these
With respect to practices at other universities, the Senate has requested
information such as are faculty required to participate, how is the information
made available and to whom, does the state have similar privacy and FOIL laws,
and statistics on tenured and non tenured faculty, student response, etc.
Consideration of possible implications and the broader context should include
analysis of mechanisms and consequences for dissemination SOOT information to
students and other constituents, policy recommendations for the release of SOOT
information on this campus (i.e. opt in? opt out? required? voluntary?),
and needed changes to the SOOT instrument, if any."
3. New Business. a) Revision
to composition of Faculty Senate University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
to remove School
representative. Prof. Reiter
stated that the motion is from the FSEC.
She explained further that because the Senate committees are part of the
appendix to the Bylaws and not the actual Bylaws, only FSEC and Senate approval
is needed. She said that the reason for
the motion is that the school does not have an undergraduate program. On voice vote the motion carried.
b) Annual reports of
2008-2009 Faculty Senate standing committees and others (attached to
agenda). Regarding the Budget Review
Committee report, Prof.
(German and Russian Studies) asked for comment about the statement concerning
lack of discussion/consultation by the administration on the prioritization and
distribution of future budgetary reductions.
Prof. Knuepfer, chair of the committee, replied
that there has been further discussion and faculty concerns were
expressed. Vice President for
Administration James Van Voorst has recently assured the committee that the
decision making process used by the university in previous years for budgetary
increases will be employed in the same way for budgetary reductions, i.e. an
operations committee that does not involve faculty will make recommendations
and those recommendations will be presented to the committee for comment before
being forwarded to the president for implementation.
A motion was made to
receive the reports. On voice vote the
Susannah Gal (Biological Sciences) expressed concern about the
room acoustics and the need for amplification.
Prof. Reiter stated that the problem should be
rectified by the next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 12:30
Present: A. Serdar Atav, Herbert Bix, Katharine
Bouman, Benjamin Brewster, Karen Bromley, Andy Cavagnetto, Lois DeFleur,
Shelley Dionne, John Fillo, Susannah Gal, Ross Geoghegan, Joseph Graney, J. David
Hacker, Scott Henkel, Norah Henry, Angelique Jenks-Brown, Wayne Jones, Clifford Kern, Kelly Kinney,
Peter Knuepfer, Karen Kozlowski, R. Kevin Lacey, Ricardo Laremont, Richard Lee,
Michael Lewis, Patrick Madden, Sarah Maximiek, Marcin Mazur, Michael McDonald,
Sandra Michael, Rosmarie Morewedge, Haim Ofek, Christine Reiber, Sara Reiter,
Kristian Rydqvist, Thomas Sinclair, Antonio Sobejano-Moran, Gale Spencer, Jim
Stark, Douglas Summerville, Mary Ann Swain, Steven Tammariello, Gary Truce,
Elizabeth Tucker, Srinivasa Venugopalan, Lisa Yun, Susan Lewis, Daniel
Nagarur, M. Stanley
Catalano, Zu-Yan Chen, David Davies, Mark Fowler, Sharon Holmes, Albrecht Inhoff, Jonathan
Kurtz, J. Koji Lum, Steven Lynn, Luiza Moreira, Ravi Palat, Steven