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Faculty Council Minutes for February 20, 2014

Faculty Council Minutes for February 20, 2014

February 20, 2014
2:30pm – 4:00pm
221 Chambers

Members of the Council in attendance were Dr.’s Bernard Badiali, Bill Carlsen, Ed Fuller, Greg Kelly, Scott Metzger, Dana Mitra, Rayne Sperling, Jeanine Staples, Julia Plummer, Priya Sharma, Pamela Wolfe, and Heather Zimmerman. Also in attendance was student representative Emily Miller.

A quorum was reached to conduct official business at this meeting.

1. Approval of January 16, 2014 Minutes.

2. Announcements by the Chair

2.1. Elections for both the University Faculty Senate and the Graduate Council are moving forward with full slates. Elections are currently underway.
2.2. Karen Mogle will be retiring on April 1, 2014. The chair recognized Karen for all of the outstanding support she has offered Faculty Council over many years.

3. Communications to Faculty Council

3.1. Bernard Badiali – Susan Brandt from Phi Delta Pi will be on campus February 21, 2014. She is an alum of Penn State. She will be presenting tomorrow at noon in 221 Chambers. The goal is to spark interest in revitalizing Phi Delta Pi’s Penn State Chapter.

4. Comments by the Dean (Greg Kelly reported for Dean Monk)

4.1. Searches are still very active. Dean has made offers and received acceptances from Karly Ford in Higher Education, Peter Nelson in School Psychology, and Rachel Wolkenhauer in Curriculum & Supervision. He has extend offers to individuals in Special Education – CYFC Co-funded position (Innovative Methods), School Psychology, Higher Education, and Workforce Education (Career & Technical Educational Leadership and Development). Searches are continuing in Child Protection & Well Being/CYFC Co-Funded, Educational Leadership, and Learning Sciences. Both Karen Mogle and Sharon Patrick are retire within the next two months. Searches are currently underway to find replacements for these positions.

4.2. The new on-line faculty search/application process will go live at the end of February.

4.3. Strategic Planning process is continuing. The Steering Committee has been appointed. Members are Brandon Hunt, Gwen Lloyd, Bill Hartman, Priya Sharma, Jeanine Staples, Sue Tighe, Suzanne Wayne, Peter Licona, and Patricia Best. Plans from the Departments and Budget Units have been submitted and will be reviewed by the Steering Committee. Leadership for Study Teams focused on cross-cutting themes is being identified. The plan is for co-leaders to be identified for each theme and for there to be opportunities for all members of the College community to have input regarding each of the themes. We’re hoping to have at least one face-to-face meeting for each of the study teams as well as opportunities for input to be provided electronically. The Steering Committee will be reviewing the results from the Department and Budget Unit planning efforts along with the results from the Study Teams to stitch together a draft of a plan that will be thoroughly vetted throughout the College. The plan is due in the Provost’s office on July 1, 2014.

4.4. The Rock Ethics Institute has announced some co-funded opportunities. Dana Mitra is on their review committee. One page sketches are due on Monday, February 24, 2014 from the Departments wishing to participate. A maximum of 2 proposals can be submitted from each College. The Rock Institute anticipates launching 6 searches next year. There will be additional rounds of searches next year.

4.5. Nominations for Distinguished Professor have been submitted for Drs. David Passmore and Patrick Shannon.

4.6. A discussion on CETC update/upgrade practices/policies occurred.

4.7. A feasibility study has been submitted for our Social Studies Education Laboratory. Construction on the Language and Literacy Laboratory is scheduled to begin in late summer.

4.8. A sidewalk and lighting upgrade will begin during spring break here in the Education quad.

4.9. Dean Monk is a member of the CAEP Data Task Force. They are working on developing reasonable metrics that programs can use to demonstrate their effectiveness in accreditation reviews.

4.10. We are developing a new College directory. This new directory will allow visitors to search faculty research and teaching interests. To facilitate this the faculty has been asked to complete an anonymous survey to help us determine which topics to include.

5. Reports of Standing Committees

5.1. Committee on Faculty, Staff and Student Concerns (Chair Pamela Wolfe) –Discussion continued on whether or not staff should be represented on Faculty Council. A consensus was reached – staff should not be represented on Faculty Council but it would be permissible, under the Faculty Council By-laws, to have staff serve on subcommittees of Council.

5.2. Committee on Curricular Affairs (Chair Rayne Sperling) – We continue to review proposals and it really has become a challenging experience in dealing with the Grad School.

5.3. Committee on Graduate Studies and Research Policy (Chair Julia Plummer) – We have a meeting scheduled for next week.

5.4. Committee on Technology (Chair Priya Sharma) –A wireless network service for visitors to campus will begin March 3, 2014. PSU blogs will be shifting on May 12, 2014.

6. Reports of Special and Ad Hoc Committees

6.1. Survey on Shared Governance (Ed Fuller) – Bernard Badiali and Bob Hendrickson will be serving on the committee with Ed Fuller. It is strongly advised that if the survey is not ready to go out before the beginning of April, it is probably best not to send out until the fall. Once the survey is developed, we will bring it to Faculty Council.

7. Report from Faculty Senate (Bill Carlsen)

7.1. No new news since the last Faculty Council meeting.

8. Report from Student Representative (Emily Miller) – No report was sought.

9. Unfinished Legislative Business – None.

10. New Legislative Business

10.1. Discussion occurred on what Council felt should be Town Hall subjects. It was noted that not all Town Halls need to be problem focused.
10.2. The Council still needs to fill 2 seats on Council; one seat coming from the Commonwealth Campus and the other seat from our graduate student ranks.

11. Next Faculty Council Meeting is scheduled for March 20, 2014 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm in 221 Chambers.