Faculty Senate Minutes – Friday, April 13, 2018
Portage Meeting Facility
Voting Members Present:
K. Al Shamaileh, A. Alavizadeh , A. Angriawan, M. Block, R. Brusca-Vega, R. Calix, C. Chandramouli, M. Connolly, D. Detmer, K. Donah, J. Duzinkiewicz, A. Elmendorf, M. Garcia-Verdugo, R. Hallock, P. Hecht, K. Kincaid, J. Kuhn, Y. Lee, S. Mo, D. Nalbone, L. Pelter, V. Quinn, S. Rezak, C. Roper, A. Schooley, G. Schultz, K. Scipes, J. Spores, P. Stompor, S. Trekles, F. Wang, D. Whitten, D. Wilbur, X. Yang, Y. Zhang
Voting Members Absent:
N. Desai, T. Dobrowski, C. Morrow, S. Nakayama, J. Pula, S. Smithson, J. Thomas
Non-voting Members Present:
T. Keon, S. Lerner, R. Mueller, C. Panlilio, J. Schooley, D. Thibideau, S. Turner, M. Watson
C. Arroyo, R. Biddings-Muro, D, Clark, R. Clark, J. Colwell, K. Falzone, L. Feldman, L. Goodnight, A. Gregory, B. Law, N. Nemeth, K. Niederer, K. Parli, T. Radtke, R. Rupp, B. Stankowski, S. Steele, J. Williams
- Determination of quorum
A quorum was declared at 10:02 A.M.
- Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by the Chair, G. Schultz.
- Approval of the Agenda
G. Schultz moved to approve the agenda, D. Nalbone seconded. F. Wang would like to have FSD 17-27 corrected as the voting names reflect a different committee. Also, move the Memoriam up to Remarks by Senate Chair. The agenda was approved unanimously by voice vote.
- Approval of the Minutes of the March 9, 2018 meeting
G. Schultz moved to approve the minutes and D. Nalbone seconded. Minutes approved unanimously by voice vote.
- Remarks by the Chair
G. Schultz mentions there is a buffet lunch after the meeting, compliments from the Chancellor’s Office.
Rob Peterson is the new Pam Riesmeyer and will be handling the Senate web site.
A reminder for Senate elections. Only 50% of the areas have returned results.
A warning that if you do not give your final on the day and time designated, the students can appeal the issue and they will win.
Professor Saul Lerner gives a memorial of Dr. Lance Trusty.
G. Schultz introduces the new representatives from Student Government; James Schooley and Dustin Thibideau.
- Remarks by the Chancellor or Designee
The Chancellor showed his presentation to the Board of Trustees. Overall, our enrollment numbers are up as well as our retention levels. Applications and admits have increased; we have an advertisement in Crain’s Business Magazine; we’re starting to feel a positive impact with the out-of-state 150% tuition; PNW now has their own license plate; double tracking will possibly increase the population in surrounding areas; new recruiters have been hired; we’re expanding in new ways with interdisciplinary study.
K. Scipes mentions that students are saying we moved the Psychology program from Westville to Hammond and there have been broken promises to the students about traveling from one campus to another. Chancellor Keon’s says that if a class doesn’t meet the enrollments, then it’s cancelled. The students have a choice to take that class later or go to the other campus. Concentrations are offered at one campus, not both. A program may not have enrollment to be viable.
There is a concern that more and more programs will go to the Hammond campus, making Westville unattractive to applicants. Chancellor Keon says we will have a program review in the future and we have to have viable strategies. Provost Mueller states that we are seeing good promising enrollment statistics for both campuses for Fall 18.
J. Duzinkiewicz says to be sensitive to the student needs and just not the big picture.
Provost Mueller mentions that West Lafayette has reached out and they are doing a listening tour about online education either April 26 or April 27. Please tell your colleagues to RSVP. An email will be forthcoming with more information.
- Concurrent Enrollment Update
Dr. Anne Gregory gave her presentation on the update of Concurrent Enrollment. Which include 72% of high school teachers are accredited and met HLC guidelines; 13.1% of CEP students enroll at PNW; a decrease in both number of CEP credits and schools participating; created a Board of Advocates, made up from internal and external people; hosted fieldtrips to campus; piloting ENGL 105 at Westville, students would have to come to campus; have two (2) eight-week courses at Hammond, to introduce students to the campus resources; looking at program alignment efforts; future directions include summer programming, common assessments, common Blackboard, liaison and teacher training and PNW Board of Advocates.
S. Lerner mentioned that we may want think about adding the credentialing to the graduate program.
P. Hecht wondered if the grades were inflated; meeting 5 days a week vs. 2-3 days.
J. Duzinkiewicz would like Dr. Gregory’s report made accessible.
D. Thibideau wondered if we could potentially access the SAT scores for these CEP students.
K. Kincaid mentioned the positive effectiveness of the field trips. A survey that was sent to the students and counselors had very positive comments. He recommends faculty to open up their classrooms to host these student field trips.
- New and Old Business
- Curriculum Document Approval
- CES 17-03 through 17-08
- CHESS 17-10, 24, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 39
- COB 17-03 through 17-18
- CON 17-09 through 17-12
- HONR 17-01 and 17-02
D. Whitten moved to have the curriculum documents approved, D. Detmer seconded. The curriculum documents were approved by unanimous voice vote.
- Election of Senators/Vice Chair Election (Nominations)
D. Nalbone sent a call for senators via email. Most departments have submitted the names of the newly elected faculty.
Election of a Vice Chair; five (5) people have been nominated and four (4) have declined. Tony Elmendorf has accepted his nomination. D. Nalbone asks if there are any nominations from the floor and Paul Hecht nominates himself.
Both gave impassioned speeches about why they should be elected as Vice Chair. T. Elmendorf said that faculty issues drive the need of the Senate. P. Hecht has a different opinion of the role of faculty governance and that Faculty Senate drives institutional change.
Ballot voting commences with T. Elmendorf being elected as the 2018-2019 Senate Vice Chair. The voting tally: T. Elmendorf – 23, P. Hecht – 9 and 1 ballot disqualified.
- Associate Vice Chancellor Search Updates (F. Wang, P. Hecht)
F. Wang reports that for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness, there were two (2) applicants and one withdrew.
P. Hecht reports that for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, there were four (4) applicants, three have moved forward and will have an open fora.
- Senate Documents for Discussion/Action
- FSD 17-16 Staggered (Executive). T. Elmendorf brings forth this document as an amendment to the Bylaws. He motions to approve, D. Detmer seconds. Document is passed unanimously by voice vote.
- FSD 17-17 Grade Appeals/Academic Integrity (Student Affairs). T. Elmendorf brings forth this resolution with improvements to the document and improved structure. He motions to approve, F. Wang seconds.F. Wang explains there is no monger a college committee only a university committee. At this time there is no appeal committee and he recommends that an appeal committee be created. T. Elmendorf says this issues is still under consideration by Student Affairs. J questions the organization system. K. Kincaid explains that when he calls for volunteers, it’s difficult getting faculty to go to the other campus. He likes to have the hearing on the campus in question and there is a greater number of grade appeals at the Hammond campus. Call to question. Document is passed unanimously by voice vote.
- FSD 17-18 Senate Fall Convocation (Faculty Affairs) M. Block brings for this this resolution to have a fall convocation and celebration which would recognize faculty achievements. She motions to approve and R. Brusca-Vega seconds.J. Duzinkiewicz asks if this would include workshops. Workshops will be included in this convocation. P. Hecht mentioned in past North Central workshops, the leadership was attacked by Faculty Affairs. D. Wilbur says the workshops were great, but would recognizing faculty achievements downplay Founder’s Day? J. Duzinkiewicz mentions the workshops from North Central included participation from senior leadership. M. Block says the organization still needs to be thought out, but it would recognize new colleagues. AVCAA Lori Feldman mentions the Center for Faculty Development and Leadership could collaborate in a joint effort with Faculty Affairs on the workshop(s). D. Wilbur says we need to think of a word different than “celebrations”. Provost Mueller mentions that we have the New Faculty Orientation, so we don’t have competing or conflicting information.
Document is passed unanimously by voice vote.
- FSD 17-20 Disposition of Senate Documents (Executive). D. Wilbur presents this document for action. This document adds a specific place of where it goes next after the document is passed. It’s a purely a housekeeping issue. Once a document is passed, it should go to the VCAA’s Office no later than five business days after being approved.F. Wang states that his name is missing from the document under Absent voting. He also wonders if President Daniels name be on the document. G. Schultz says no.
Document is passed unanimously by voice vote.
- FSD 17-21 Course Exception (Gen Ed/Assessment). P. Hecht presents this for action as there is no university policy about course articulation and exceptions. He motions to approve and T. Elmendorf seconds.Document is passed unanimously by voice vote.
- FSD 17-24 Workload Issues/Taskforce (Faculty Affairs). M. Block presents this document for action and motions to approve and T. Elmendorf seconds. A survey was sent last year to look at the faculty workload issues. Looking at an ad hoc committee. D. Nalbone would like a timeframe for the next academic year. R. Brusca-Vega says this will be a qualitative survey looking at the inequities in workload assignments. In some areas, new faculty are assigned three (3) courses, but that’s not the case in other areas. F. Wang recommends 3 members of each college make up the committee structure and they would need a specific timeline. Also note, some areas are already working on this issue. This is to take effect in the fall and it’s not set in stone. There will always be room for revision.Document is approved unanimously by voice vote.
- FSD 17-25 Digital Submission of P&T Dossiers (Faculty Affairs). M. Block says they are now looking at vendors and using shared governance to move this forward. AVCAA Lori Feldman would be the ex-officio on this committee. Provost Mueller is very supportive and excited that this effort came jointly from Senate and the VCAA. Once we sign the contracts, we’re locked in. Make sure we know what we’re doing. K. Scipes suggests keeping the first contract we sign sort in term to see how the product works. M. Block says we will be bringing information back to Senate to keep everyone informed.M. Block motioned to approve the document and F. Wang seconded. Document approved unanimously by voice vote.
- FSD 17-26 University Calendar (Ed. Policy DISCUSSION). D. Detmer brings forth for discussion an extended calendar until the year 2031-2032. Cheryl Arroyo does not see the 4 week nor the 12 week summer sessions. The Chancellor noticed that Founder’s Day is not on the calendar. D. Detmer will research and revise.
- FSD 17-27 Student Progress Reports (Ed. Policy DISCUSSION). K. Scipes presents a resolution for discussion that cites different progress reports for different groups. This document is being moved to the May meeting.
- FSD 17-28 Majors, Minors, Concentrations (Ed. Policy DISCUSSION). K. Scipes says the document is not ready. F. Wang mentions that Hammond had a document pass in 2014 and need a new document for PNW says how we define a major, minor and concentration. D. Whitten brings up that we have a lot of documents out there now. The Catalog terms may conflict with the documents and the Catalog would have to be changed. The Chancellor would like to add “certificates” to the list.
- FSD 17-29 TIP Resolution (FAC DISCUSSION). M. Block mentions that the criteria for the TIP award is you need to have above average ratings and ask that end of the semester student evaluations not be used. J. Duzinkiewicz says a West Lafayette study showed that student evaluations were unfair to minorities and women.
- FSD 17-30 Senate Budget Priorities (Executive DISCUSSION). T. Elmendorf presents a document for discussion regarding the Faculty Senate budget and transparency. The document is proposing “the following personnel order be granted a ¼ FET release from Senate funds; 1) Senate Chair; 2) Senate Vice-Chair; 3) Chair of Grade Appeals Committee; 4) Chair of Curriculum Committee; and 5) Senate representative to the West Lafayette Senate and IFC”.F. Wang mentions that his name is not on the document under Absent voting. Also he is opposed to funds for the Vice-Chair and the Senate rep to West Lafayette, explaining that the position represents the entire university and not just the Senate. C. Roper wants to look at the most time-consuming positions within Senate. J. Duzinkiewicz disagrees with F. Wang’s statement and says the Senator does not represent the entire university. D. Whitten says it’s a manual system now for curriculum documents. With Curriculog, that person may or may not need more time. F. Wang would like a release for a future Senate Secretary if M. Watson does not serve. The rep for IFC needs a release but not from Senate. The Provost is pleased with this discussion of trying to prioritize what the Senate needs, but he is not in the position to increase the Faculty Senate budget. K. Kincaid mentions that he has grade appeals during the summer and wants to know if the Chair of Grade Appeals is a 9 month or 12 month deal. T. Elmendorf states that these priorities are not set in stone and it’s a good time for Senate to have this discussion.
- FSD 17-31 General Education Course List (Gen Ed/Assessment). P. Hecht received emails to remove Gen Ed courses from the list. He had the Registrar’s Office run impact reports to see if those courses were in other programs.
- Curriculum Document Approval
- Remarks by the Representative(s) of the Student GovernmentNew President, James Schooley and Vice-President, Dustin Thibideau made a presentation on the current status of Student Government. They are implementing a House of Representatives. The House will consist of representatives from each college, 3 from each campus. They will be able to draft legislation, work on SGA committees and attend meetings. This would be effective Fall 2018 and they are taking applications now.
J. Duzinkiewicz says the Board of Trustees meet at a different regional campus every year and ask SGA to present a report.
K. Kincaid states the House will have more reps than Senate. They have initiatives in the summer to keep students active. The house members are volunteer and they don’t have to meet the time requirement as Senate members.
J. Schooley claimed the elections were a fiasco and election week was suspended due to possible posting violations. Lisa Goodnight iterated that they followed due process so student’s rights were upheld.
- Remarks by the University Senate/Intercampus Faculty Council Representative(s)
J. Pula is absent. There is no update
- Open DiscussionNo time for open discussion
G. Schultz motioned to adjourn and F. Wang seconded. Meeting adjourned at time 12:21 p.m.