Minutes of Senate Council (February 20, 2018)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – 1:30 p.m.

102 Kern Graduate Building

Members Present: Ansari, M. Bérubé, V. Brunsden, C. Eckhardt, G. Grimes, N. Jones, L. Kitko, J. Nousek, J. Ozment, J. Plummer, L. Posey, N. Rowland, R. Shannon, Smithwick, J. Strauss, M. Strickland, B. Szczygiel, A. Taylor, R. Troester, W. Wenner, M. Woessner, D. Wolfe

Absent: R. Jolly, R. Shurgalla

Guests/Others: K. Bieschke, D. Blasko, P. Brown, R. Engel, M. Hanes, R. Pangborn, E. Seymour, M. Whitehurst


CALL TO ORDER

Chair Woessner called the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. on February 20, 2018, in 102 Kern Graduate Building.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF JANUARY 9, 2018

The minutes of the January 9, 2018 meeting were approved.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMARKS

Chair Woessner reported that the Faculty Advisory Committee met this morning with Provost Jones and discussed the following topics:

  • Discussion of Multi-Year Contracts
  • Updates on Search, Admissions, Strategic Plan, LionPath and WorkLion

The next regularly scheduled FAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  Please submit any topics for discussion at that meeting to elected FAC members Victor Brunsden, Rosemary Jolly, and Galen Grimes or to any of the Senate Officers.

COMMENTS BY THE EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND PROVOST JONES AND VICE PRESIDENTS/VICE PROVOSTS

Provost Jones updated the group on efforts to improve cyber security by “phising” the faculty and staff. These efforts caught hundreds of people, who will receive training on how to avoid phising scams. They are becoming more sophisticated and harder to detect with time.

There was an update on applications for admission. Overall, we are somewhat lower than normal, with larger drops in international students from some counties such as South Korea.

Rob Pangborn is working with a team to make the application process easier; by having better communications and an easier application. Financial aid information can also be streamlined so students do not get multiple letters with offers of aid.

The new version of the Bulletin is nearly ready. With a better user interface, it should provide better search functions and make it easier for students to explore different programs.

The Strategic Plan Committee has funded 22 proposals for projects that will forward the principles of the Strategic Plan.

Kathy Bieschke, Vice President of Faculty Affairs, reported that the new Dean of Nursing would be announced very shortly. There are four candidates coming to interview for Director of Millennium Science. The search for a dean of the College of Liberal Arts is underway.

Vice President of Commonwealth Campuses, Madlyn Hanes, announced that the search for a new chancellor for Penn State York will get started after spring break and the search for the chancellor of Schuylkill with began at the end of spring. Launch boxes across the University need Commonwealth Campus faculty to get involved.

Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Marcus Whitehurst, reported that Friday, the 23rd was interview weekend for a new group of Millennium scholars. The Martin Luther King Day of Service was very successful with students and faculty participating in service work across the University. Sonia DeLuca Fernández, Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Equity at Penn State, began Nov. 28. She will work on diversity and inclusion at UP and the campuses.

Interim Vice Provost for Online Education, Renata Engel reported that the One Penn State 2025 report has been accepted by the Provost and will be presented to leaderships groups including the Faculty Senate. The five guiding principles of the reports will be opened up to discussion.

COMMENTS BY THE SENATE OFFICERS

The Officers had no comments.

Senate Executive Director, Dawn Blasko, reminded members that nominations were still be sought for the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee, University Promotion and Tenure Committee and the Standing Joint Committee on Tenure. Recommendations for nominees can be sent to dgb6@psu.edu at the Senate office. Nominations can also be made on the floor of the Senate.

ACTION ITEMS

Annie Taylor, Chair of the Unit Constitution Subcommittee, presented the approved the revision of the Penn State Abington Constitution. Senate Council voted to approve the revision and the chancellor and faculty leadership of Penn State Abington will be notified.

An election for new members of CC&R was conducted by secret ballot. The five newly elected members of CC&R for 2018-2019 are listed below:

  • Renee Borromeo, Penn State Mont Alto (2020)
  • Beth King, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (2020)
  • Binh Le, Penn State Abington (2020)
  • Keith Shapiro, College of Arts and Architecture (2020)
  • Rodney Troester, Penn State Erie (2020)

DISCUSSION ITEMS: None

REPORT OF GRADUATE COUNCIL

Councilor Eckhardt reported that current discussion in Graduate Council has focused on improving the relationship between supervising faculty and graduate students. She reported that these are guidelines, a set of ideals, not a contract. Chair Woessner announced that Graduate Council will have their next meeting on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

SENATE AGENDA ITEMS FOR MARCH 13, 2018

Forensic Business: None

Unfinished Business: None

Legislative Reports

Committees and RulesRevisions to Bylaws; Article I – Officers, Section 1.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Strickland/Eckhardt motion.

Committees and RulesRevisions to Constitution; Article II – Membership, Section 5(c).  This report was placed on the agenda on an Eckhardt/Ozment motion.

Advisory/Consultative Reports

Faculty BenefitsRecreational Facilities Memberships for Faculty at University Park.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Nousek/Rowland motion.

Global Programs Global Citizenship and Global Competency.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Szczygiel/Strickland motion contingent on changes for clarification.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity – Proposed Revisions to Penn State Policy RP06, Disclosure and Management of Significant Financial Interests (formerly RA20).  This report was placed on the agenda on an Ozment/Nousek motion.

University PlanningDissolution of the Facilities Planning Advisory Board.  This report was placed on the agenda on an Eckhardt/Shannon motion.

Informational Reports

Admissions Records, Scheduling, and Student AidFaculty Senate Scholarships Awarded to Undergraduates.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Eckhardt/Shannon motion.  Five minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Committees and RulesNominating Report for 2018-19.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Brunsden/Grimes motion. A motion was approved to place this nominating report at the beginning of the informational report section of the agenda.

Elections CommissionRoster of Senators by Voting Units for 2018-2019.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Ozment/Nousek  motion. The report will be placed on the Senate website.

Faculty Affairs and Intra-University RelationsPromotion to the Rank of Professor.  This report was placed on the agenda on an Eckhardt/Ozment motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Faculty BenefitsChildcare at The Pennsylvania State University.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Rowland/Brunsden motion.  This report will be placed on the Senate website.

Faculty BenefitsWorkLion Update 2018.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Eckhardt/Ozment motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Intra-University RelationsInterim report on implementation of AC-21.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Smithwick/Posey motion contingent on revisions.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion.

Libraries, Information Systems, and TechnologyAugmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Technologies at Penn State: Current Projects, Partnerships with Penn State IT, and Additional Opportunities.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Nousek/Ozment motion. This report will be placed on the Senate website.

Senate CouncilNominating Committee Report 2018-2019.  This report was placed on the agenda on an Eckhardt/Brunsden motion.  A motion was approved to move this nominating report to the beginning of the informational report section of the Senate agenda.

Senate CouncilAnnual Report from the Dean of the Graduate School.  This report was placed on the agenda on a Szczygiel/Strickland motion.  Ten minutes was allocated for presentation and discussion. The report will now be presented at the April meeting due to scheduling conflicts.

University Planning, 2017-2018 Operating Budget. Twenty minutes was allocated for this report. Provost Jones will present the report as part of the comments by the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University.

NEW BUSINESS: None

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Woessner thanked Council members for their attendance and participation.  The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

Dawn G. Blasko
Executive Director