Senate Information

Click to view the Proposed Bylaws Changes, submitted by the Bylaws Committee for the Dec. 4, 2015 Faculty Senate meeting.

Click HERE to comment on the proposed Bylaws Revisions, and to participate in the Bylaws Discussion Forum

comments received (as of 12/16/15):


12/15/15 - Lorenz:

Reviewed.


12/16/15 - Margaret Torrell:

Our departments have two concerns regarding the "Liberal Arts Committee" (we understand that the name itself is subject to further discussion). One is narrow, one broad. 

 Broad: The description needs to be written so as to recognize the expertise, and safeguard the authority and primary role, of faculty in the areas concerned. (As an example, faculty in CP and BS departments bear the responsibility for designing and designating courses fulfilling the Natural Sciences domain.) In the case of the College-Wide Proficiencies, Mathematics and Writing, there appears to be a possibility of erosion in the central roles of the MA and EL departments, respectively. Within the overall authority of the Committee to decide the required level of proficiency, the expertise, authority, and primary role of the MA and EL departments in determining curricular content and teaching methods need to be safeguarded. If, in future, a college-wide WAC requirement is put in place as an extension of Writing Proficiency requirements, the same will apply to the WAC faculty for the courses involved in this program. 

 We propose the following language pertaining to all the areas for which this Committee will be responsible: "Curricular content in domains, College-wide Courses, and College-wide proficiencies will be determined by the Departments regularly offering courses in the respective areas." 

Narrow: The old By-Laws contained a sentence deleted in the draft for the new Committee: "These faculty members should teach regularly in the particular General Education domain that they represent." Rather than being deleted, this sentence needs to be adapted to include College-wide course requirements and College-wide proficiencies, and retained in the new By-Laws. 

 Submitted jointly on behalf of the Mathematics and English Departments


12/16/15 - Geta Techanie:

Our departments have two concerns regarding the "Liberal Arts Committee" (we understand that the name itself is subject to further discussion). One is narrow, one broad.
Broad: The description needs to be written so as to recognize the expertise, and safeguard the authority and primary role, of faculty in the areas concerned. (As an example, faculty in CP and BS departments bear the responsibility for designing and designating courses fulfilling the Natural Sciences domain.) In the case of the College-Wide Proficiencies, Mathematics and Writing, there appears to be a possibility of erosion in the central roles of the MA and EL departments, respectively. Within the overall authority of the Committee to decide the required level of proficiency, the expertise, authority, and primary role of the MA and EL departments in determining curricular content and teaching methods need to be safeguarded. If, in future, a college-wide WAC requirement is put in place as an extension of Writing Proficiency requirements, the same will apply to the WAC faculty for the courses involved in this program. We propose the following language pertaining to all the areas for which this Committee will be responsible:

• "Curricular content in domains, College-wide Courses, and College-wide proficiencies will be determined by the Departments regularly offering courses in the respective areas."
Narrow: The old By-Laws contained a sentence deleted in the draft for the new Committee:

• "These faculty members should teach regularly in the particular General Education domain that they represent." Rather than being deleted, this sentence needs to be adapted to include College-wide course requirements and College-wide proficiencies, and retained in the new By-Laws.
Submitted jointly on behalf of the Mathematics and English Departments

12/16/15 - Ed Bever:

While overall I think the suggested revisions are well considered and useful, I think it is a mistake to take out the sentence in Article 6, Preamble, Item 2 that says "Committees whose work requires a partnership with the administration shall assume responsibility for working closely with appropriate administrators, assuring mutual consultation, and notifying them of actions taken." More importantly, I think it is a mistake to remove administrators as non-voting members of the APC, CAP, the Gen Ed Committee, and the TLRC.
On the latter point, I served on all of these committees, some for a good number years, and I think that they have been well served by having administrators like Ron Welton and Laura Anker who are familiar with the often byzantine regulations of SUNY and SED, provide an institutional memory for what the College and the committee has done in the past, and provide an important channel of communication between the faculty and administration.
On the more general issue, I think that the College has functioned relatively well with the existing collaborative structures and principles, not without any tension, of course, since some tension between faculty and administration is not only natural but good, but with the
tension eased by frequent, collegial interactions between members of the faculty and members of the administration. I fear that severing those routine links between the two bodies will lead to increasing separation of their decision making and confrontations when resolution of their differing, more-fully-developed-in-isolation approaches needs to be made. I am reminded of an old saying and a new one (from a friend): 1) "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," and 2) "It died of improvements."


12/16/15 - anonymous:

It would help the discussion if there were page numbers printed on the pages so that people could easily reference items. On p.10 I think, where it says "in initial appointments, the ARPT Chair (or a designated subcommittee) may approve the file,or in cases of disapproval, shall refer the caseto the full ARPT Committee;" there needs to be a space between file,or and caseto.


12/16/15 - anonymous:
Just some stylistic remarks: The acronym RABPC is used at least four times throughout the document without ever specifying what it means; in any case the committee is rumored to be more or less defunct and on the demise.
The acronym ARPT sometimes has the word Committee after it, and sometimes it doesn't. A uniform agreement would be stylistically nice. 
On p.32, "college wide-course requirements" appears; the dash should be between college and wide.



Executive Committee (2014-15)

 Kate VelsorChair
  Fernando Guerrero, Vice Chair
  Robert Gero, Secretary-Treasurer
 
(vacant), At-Large Member
 Minna Barrett, University Faculty Senator
 Duncan Quarless, immediate past Chair
 
Werner Sbaschnik, Parliamentarian

Fall 2014 Schedule of Meetings

October 3, 2014 - FULL FACULTY MEETING
September 12, 2014 - Faculty Senate
 12:30 pm, in NAB 1115, all are welcome


subsequent meetings TO BE ANNOUNCED
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2014-15 Committees and Chairs


Academic Practices: TBA
ARPT:
TBA

CAP: Cary Lange (BU)
Faculty Judicial:
Jim Fornaro (BU) & Yogesh More (MA)
Faculty Rights and Responsibilities: Jacob Heller (SY)
Faculty University Awards: 
Bob Hoyte (CP)

General Education: Mandy Frisken (AS)

Nominations and Elections: Werner Sbaschnik (LIB)

Student Life: TBA

Teaching and Learning Resources: Ryoko Yamamoto (SY)



Fall 2014 Schedule of Meetings

October 3, 2014 - FULL FACULTY MEETING
 Time: 12:30-2:30 pm
 Location: S-100, Natural Science Building
 All are welcome

September 12, 2014 - Faculty Senate
 12:30 pm, in NAB 1115, all are welcome

subsequent meetings TO BE ANNOUNCED
~ please check back soon ~

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Senate Chair's Annual Report, 2013-14

submitted by Prof. Duncan Quarless, 8/15/14

Acad. Practices:
no report received
ARPT: (pending final determinations)
CAP: no report received
Fac. Judicial:
Annual Report 2013-14
Fac. Rights and Responsibilitites
: no report received
Fac. Univ. Awards:
Annual Report 2013-14
General Education
: no report received
Nominations & Elects.: Election Results (spring 2014)
Student Life:
Annual Report 2013-14
Teaching & Learning Resources: Annual Report 2013-2014

Resolutions Passed by the Senate, fall '13

 Academic Educational and Governance Space Resolution (11/1/13)

 Access To and Priority in Master Schedule Resolution (11/1/13)


Visit the ARCHIVE for more complete meeting materials.


  "An Era of Neglect" (Chronicle of Higher Ed, 3/3/14)

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