Appendix F

1/29/19

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

Revisions to Standing Rules; Article II – Senate Committee Structure, Section 6 (l)

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval By the Senate

Introduction and Rationale

The Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) is charged with fostering and promoting the creation of new knowledge by faculty and students in all disciplines across the Penn State campuses, as well as with facilitating interdisciplinary and intercampus collaboration in this regard.

Its mission statement mentions graduate research, and close collaboration with the Graduate Council Committee on Research (whose chair and members serve on the Committee) to achieve common aims and shared objectives. The committee membership also includes a graduate student senator and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School, who is also an appointed Senator and therefore has full voting privileges according to Article IV Section 2 of the Bylaws. Graduate student research has a strong voice on RSCA.

Undergraduate research, on the other hand, only has a single undergraduate student senator on RSCA. RSCA feels that undergraduate research should be given more emphasis. RSCA included “fostering undergraduate research” as a priority last year, and intends to organize a presentation, for the Senate floor, on undergraduate research opportunities in the coming year. RSCA has invited Dr. Alan Rieck, the Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, to attend several RSCA meetings as a guest. Dr. Rieck leads undergraduate research initiatives offered through the Office of Undergraduate Education, including the University’s annual Undergraduate Exhibition. He also collaborates with groups from across the University on broad issues concerning undergraduate education. His presence at the RSCA meetings was well received and informative.

To give undergraduate research a stronger voice on the committee, it is proposed that a representative, responsible for Undergraduate Research, from Undergraduate Education, be added to the membership of the Senate Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, as a resource member. This position would be non-voting.

This addition will enhance Committee awareness about undergraduate research issues, and will facilitate communications about research issues and policies to the undergraduate students.

In addition, there are some corrections to typographical errors, some members’ titles have been updated to reflect office name changes, ranks of other non-voting resource members have been dropped for consistency and to prevent conflicts when personnel changes occur, and phrasing has been added for certain members to send a designee when needed. The administrative members whose listing in the Standing Rules would be affected by these changes have been consulted and concur with the changes.

RSCA submitted these editorial changes and membership recommendations to the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules (CC&R). CC&R accepts the committee’s recommendations.

Recommendation:

That Article II, Section 6(l) of the Standing Rules be and is hereby amended as follows:

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete]. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].

Article II

(l) Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

  1. Membership:

(i) At least ten elected faculty senators

(ii) One graduate student senator

(iii) One undergraduate student senator

(iv) Six members of the Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research including the Committee Chair

(v) Vice President for Research*

(vi) Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School [Add] or their designee* [End Add]

(vii) Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs [Add] or their designee** [End Add]

(viii) [Delete] Associate Vice President for Research and [End Delete] [Add] Director of [Delete] Technology [Delete] Transfer [End Delete] [Add]Management or their designee** [End Add]

(ix) [Delete]  Associate Vice President for Research, [End Delete] [Add] Director of [End Add] Research Protections [Add] or their designee** [End Add]

[Add] (x) Representative from Undergraduate Education responsible for undergraduate research** [End Add] 

* nonvoting unless Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws applies

** nonvoting resource person for the committee


Clean Copy

That Article II, Section 6(l) of the Standing Rules be and is hereby amended as follows:

Article II

(l) Committee on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

  1. Membership:

(i) At least ten elected faculty senators

(ii) One graduate student senator

(iii) One undergraduate student senator

(iv) Six members of the Graduate Council Committee on Graduate Research including the Committee Chair

(v) Vice President for Research*

(vi) Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School or their designee*

(vii) Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs or their designee**

(viii) Director of Technology Management or their designee**

(ix) Director of Research Protections or their designee**

(x) Representative from the Office of Undergraduate Education responsible for undergraduate research**

* nonvoting unless Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws applies

** nonvoting resource person for the committee

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

  • Jonathan Abel
  • Michael Bérubé
  • Renee Borromeo
  • Victor Brunsden, Vice-Chair
  • Ann Clements
  • Dennis Jett
  • Beth King
  • Binh Le
  • Richard Robinett
  • Nicholas Rowland
  • Keith Shapiro, Chair
  • Ann Taylor
  • Rodney Troester
  • Matthew Woessner