Meeting Agendas

Faculty Affairs


April 24, 2018 Agenda

  1. Comments by the Chair
    • Vote on the Minutes from previous meeting
    • Report from Officers and Chairs Meeting
  2. Full Committee Meeting
    • Review of AD-53 and related Principles Link
    • Review of AD-XX (a new policy)
    • Draft ADXX – Penn State Identification Numbers (PSU IDs)
    • Brainstorm Charges for Next Year
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    March 13, 2018 Agenda

    8:30 am:   Guest Speaker from Office for Research Protection, Clint Schmidt, Director of the Conflict of Interest Program, Office for Research Protections

    9:00 am:   Comments by the Chair
    Vote on the Minutes from previous meeting
    Report from Officers and Chairs Meeting
    Discussion of Charges – Updated Mid-Year Report

    9:30 am:   Full Committee Meeting
    Review of AD-14 and Options
    Review of AC-24 and Options

    10:30 am:  Call to close
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    January 23, 2018 Agenda

    8:30 am:  Comments by the Chair
    Vote on the Minutes from previous meeting
    Report from Officers and Chairs Meeting Mid-Year Review of Charges

    10:15am Full Committee Meeting
    Reporting out from subcommittees for full committee feedback

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    December 5, 2017 Agenda

    8:30 am Call the Meeting to order.

    Vote on the Minutes from previous meeting (Faculty Affairs October 17 Minutes)
    Report from Officers and Chairs Meeting
    Discussion of Charges (Faculty Affairs Committee Priority Form)

    9:00 am Split into Subcommittees.

    Assemble, Faculty Development (FacDev): Chair: TBA
    A2) Consider writing an advisory/consultative report that recommends establishing a policy prohibiting state or federal legislators from working as paid university employees.
    B2) Write an advisory consultative report recommending revisions to Policy AD92 POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES.

    Assemble, Faculty Rights & Privacy Issues (FRPI): Chair: TBA
    A3) Consider drafting an advisory/consultative report recommending a mechanism whereby faculty can call for an early AD14 review of a university administrator.
    B3) In consultation with Global Programs, draft an advisory consultative report recommending changes to the family travel policy. Follow-up on Faculty Affairs Spring of 2017 letter to Global Programs. [Global Programs will take the lead on this report.]

    Assemble Promotion, Tenure, Absences, & Leaves (PTAL): Chair: TBA
    A1) Jointly with IRC, review and revise the draft 2016-17 report on Provision of Multi-year Contracts for Fixed-term Faculty.” Be certain to make exceptions for research or clinical faculty as appropriate. [FA will take the lead on this report.]

    A4) Jointly with IRC, commission a Promotion Flow Report that tracks the progress of fixed-term faculty as they move through the new promotion process. [This charge will fall primarily to the Faculty Affairs Committee.]

    Meeting adjourned at 10:30am.
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    October 17, 2017 Agenda

      1. 8:30 am Joint Committee Meeting
        1. Change to clean-up AC-21, re: including standing FT faculty.
        2. Change to expand AC-21, re: provision of multi-year contracts.
      2. 9:30 am Comments by the Chair
        1. Vote on the Minutes from previous meeting
        2. Report from Officers and Chairs Meeting
        3. Update on Charges
        4. Discussion of Program Proposal Requests (Please Review in Advance)
      3. 9:50 am Assemble Subcommittees and Subcommittee Meetings
      4. 10:30 am Adjourn.

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    September 12, 2017 Agenda

    Comments by the Chair

    Vote on the Minutes from previous meeting
    Faculty Affairs April 25 Minutes.docx

    Report from Officers and Chairs Meeting

    Discussion of Charges
    Faculty Affairs Committee Priority Form.pdf

    Discussion of Program Closure Requests (Please Review in Advance)
    P4 Associate in Engineering Technology in Plastics Engineering Technology.pdf
    P4 Closure of Teaching and Learning Online Minor.pdf
    P4 Closure of Dance Minor.pdf

    Assemble Subcommittees and Subcommittee Meetings

    Assemble, Faculty Development (FacDev): Chair: TBA
    A2) Consider writing an advisory/consultative report that recommends establishing a policy prohibiting state or federal legislators from working as paid university employees.

    B2) Write an advisory consultative report recommending revisions to Policy AD92 POLITICAL CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES.

    Assemble, Faculty Rights & Privacy Issues (FRPI): Chair: TBA
    A3) Consider drafting an advisory/consultative report recommending a mechanism whereby faculty can call for an early AD14 review of a university administrator.

    B1) Prepare an advisory/consultative report on the forthcoming “Addressing Allegations of Faculty Misconduct” policy recently drafted by the Office of the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. This report is not yet available for circulation.

    B3) In consultation with Global Programs, draft an advisory consultative report recommending changes to the family travel policy. Follow-up on Faculty Affairs Spring of 2017 letter to Global Programs. [Global Programs will take the lead on this report.]

    Assemble Promotion, Tenure, Absences, & Leaves (PTAL): Chair: TBA
    A1) Jointly with IRC, review and revise the draft 2016-17 report on “Provision of Multi-year Contracts for Fixed-term Faculty.” Be certain to make exceptions for research or clinical faculty as appropriate. [FA will take the lead on this report.]

    OLD IRC Multi-yearFTContracts2017.docx Rank and Title Chart.pdf
    Charting Proposed Relationship between Rank and Minimum Contract Length for Fixed-Term Faculty.docx
    DRAFT Multi-Year Contracts.docx

    A4) Jointly with IRC, commission a Promotion Flow Report that tracks the progress of fixed-term faculty as they move through the new promotion process. [This charge will fall primarily to the Faculty Affairs Committee.]

    A5) Jointly with IRC, write an informational report exploring the reasons why a relatively low proportion of faculty from the Commonwealth Campuses are promoted to the rank of Full Professor. [IRC will take the lead on this report.]

    Break

    Full Committee Meeting

    Reporting out from subcommittees for full committee feedback


    April 25, 2017 Agenda

          1. Comments by the Chair (8:30-9:00)
            • Vote on the Minutes from March 21, 2017
            • Report from April 24 Officers and Chairs Meeting
          2. Old Business (9:00-9:45)
              • Meeting with Gary Langsdale, University Risk Officer, about travel policy for study abroad courses
              • Depends on whether we hear back about our HR80 question

            Break (9:45-10:00)

          3. New Business (10:00-11:00)
            • Consult with Tim Balliett about AD47 (General Standards of Professional Ethics)

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    March 14, 2017 Agenda

              1. Comments by the Chair (8:30-9:00)
                • Vote on the Minutes from January 24, 2016
                • Report from March 13 Officers and Chairs Meeting
              2. Reports in Progress (9:00-10:15)
                • Update on A6—Intra-University Relations report on multi-year contracts for Fixed-Term faculty
                • Update on family travel policy for study abroad courses
                • Discuss Tenure Flow Report
                • Discuss report of Special Committee on Engaged Scholarship
              3. Break (10:15-10:30)
              4. Matters for the Full Senate
                • Discuss afternoon vote on advisory/consultative report A2—Recommend a uniform Fixed-Term Rank title structure for continuity and use across all Penn State campuses and units
                • Discuss A5—Angela Linse’s report on SRTE effectiveness

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    January 24, 2017 Agenda

                1. Comments by the Chair (8:30-9:00) 
                  • Vote on the Minutes from December 6, 2016
                  • Report from December 5 Officers and Chairs Meeting
                2. Reports in Progress (9:00-10:15)
                  • Discuss afternoon forensic session on A2—Recommend a uniform Fixed-Term Rank title structure for continuity and use across all Penn State campuses and units
                  • Discuss further revisions to AD92
                  • Discuss A6—Intra-University Relations report on multi-year contracts for Fixed- Term faculty
                  • Distribute and discuss A5—Angela Linse’s report on SRTE effectiveness
                3. Break (10:15-10:30)
                4. Summary
                  • Preliminary plans for A3—Revisions to HR80, “Outside Business Activities and Private Consulting”

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    December 6, 2016 Agenda

            1. Comments by the Chair (8:30-9:00)
              • Vote on the Minutes from October 18, 2016
              • Report from December 5 Officers and Chairs Meeting
            2. Reports in Progress (9:00-10:15):
              • Discuss and vote on A2—Recommend a uniform Fixed-Term Rank title structure for continuity and use across all Penn State campuses and units
              • Discuss A3—Revisions to HR80, “Outside Business Activities and Private Consulting”
            3. Break (10:15-10:30)
            4. Summary
                • Move forward with Fixed-Term Rank title structure report
                • Consolidate proposed revisions to HR80 report
                • Set schedule for Angela Linse’s SRTE report

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              October 18, 2016 Agenda

                  1. Comments by the Chair (8:30-9:30)
                    • Vote on the Minutes from September 6, 2016
                    • Report from October 17 Officers and Chairs Meeting
                  2. Subcommittee Meetings (9:30-10:15): Discuss and organize tasks and time lines:
                    • Faculty Development (FacDev): Chair: Patricia Hinchey
                      A2—Recommend a uniform Fixed-Term Rank title structure for continuity and use across all Penn State campuses and units.
                    • Faculty Rights & Privacy Issues (FRPI): Chair: Rosemary Jolly
                      A4—AD 88 Policy (Code of Ethics)
                      A7—Conflict of Interest Policy (following report on entrepreneurial research)
                    • Promotion, Tenure, Absences, & Leaves (PTAL): Chair: Stephen Snyder
                      A3—HR 80 revision
                  3. Break (10:15-10:30)
                  4. Full Committee Meeting (10:30-11:00)
                    • Reporting out from subcommittees for full committee feedback

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              September 6, 2016 Agenda

                  1. Comments by the Chair (8:30-9:00)
                    • Vote on the Minutes from April 19, 2016
                    • Report from September 2 Officers and Chairs Meeting
                    • Discussion of orientation document
                  2. Subcommittee Meetings (9:15-10:00): Discuss and organize tasks and time lines:
                    • Faculty Development (FacDev): Chair: Patricia Hinchey
                      A2—Recommend a uniform Fixed-Term Rank title structure for continuity and use across all Penn State campuses and units.
                      B1—Consult with Global Programs on the rules and ability of spouses to travel with Travel Courses.
                    • Faculty Rights & Privacy Issues (FRPI): Chair: Rosemary Jolly
                      A4—AD 88 Policy (Code of Ethics)
                      A7—Conflict of Interest Policy (following report on entrepreneurial research)
                    • Promotion, Tenure, Absences, & Leaves (PTAL): Chair: Stephen Snyder
                      A3—Implementation issues with recently passed Fixed-Term Committee Legislation
                      A6—Multiyear contract guidelines for Fixed Term Faculty (IRC is lead)
                  3. Break (10:00-10:15)
                  4. Full Committee Meeting (10:15-11:00)
                    • Reporting out from subcommittees for full committee feedback

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