Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
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Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
February 3, 2010
I can’t tell you what a joy it is to see a vibrant active campus now that faculty and students have returned. Welcome back!
The Admissions process for Fall 2010 is largely behind us, but now the real work begins. Students have applied and have been admitted to PSU and now is the time when they are making decisions about where they will attend. How do we impact their choices? What can we do to ensure students admitted, become students enrolled?
At the Council of Chairs Retreat last week, we brainstormed ways that faculty could impact our fall new-student enrollment. We know from the experience of some departments who already call admitted students, that personal contact with faculty is very effective in helping students make the decision to attend PSU. Parents and students have told me how much it meant to them that the Department Chair (or advisor, or faculty member) actually took the time to call them. As a result of the conversations at the Chair’s retreat, we have decided to develop an institution-wide faculty calling program. Over the next couple months, students will be deciding whether to come to PSU for their education. No one can help them make that decision better than the faculty who will teach them.
We live in different times. We can no longer expect that the Admissions office is solely responsible for recruiting our incoming class. The enrollment process has to be our collective responsibility.
This week we will be working on the logistics of the program that will take place over the next 3-4 weeks.
We will be asking for department faculty volunteers to sign up for one of more evenings. We recognize everyone is not comfortable making calls like this. That’s ok. What I think many of you will find, is that this is a lot of fun.
More details will follow in the next week. But in general, the plan is that we’ll come together as a group, (we’ll feed you) and provide you with talking points and student contact information. Following that gathering, faculty may either call from their offices or call from a bank of phones that will be provided. This is an exciting new initiative, an opportunity to “meet” our future students and an opportunity for you to have an impact on who the students are that will enroll in your future classes.
I’d like to thank the Chairs for their leadership in this initiative. It’s a very important one. I thank you all in advance for your participation.
At the December meeting I promised I would give an update this month regarding plans for reorganization.
I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in conversations over the last two years about this process. We’ve discussed a few different models and have debated the best directions for PSU. In our most recent conversations we debated the number of colleges (three and four were discussed). After much thought and in consideration of financial constraints, I’ve decided to move forward with three colleges.
Dennis points out the cost of creating new colleges could be expensive. This would be true if we simply added new positions requiring new salaries and benefits rather than taking steps to re-allocate and use existing resources. It also assumes there is no return on the investment, which of course, would not provide the full picture. It’s true, if funding were not an issue, we would have moved forward this year with all three colleges. Because we do need to be mindful of costs, and because we must find ways to move forward without causing financial distress, we’ve had to move more slowly.
You will recall, the reason we chose the College of Business Administration to be the first College is because they were largely structured as a college already. This was a department with 40 FTE faculty and 25% of the entire undergraduate student body. As such, they already had a fulltime chair, and numerous other individuals with release time to provide support for such a large department. From a cost standpoint, the structure was largely in place. We did not have to create new positions to establish the CoBA and the costs were therefore minimal. This has allowed a shifting of responsibilities to free up the Dean to focus in new areas. In time, will there be additional resources needed? Yes, but those will be incremental and will occur only as new revenues are realized and can cover the additional expenses.
The reason we have not moved forward more quickly on the others is because, here too, we need to do so in a way that has minimal impact on the budget. I assure you, this can, and will be done.
It’s easy to look at something like re-organization as an expense that should be avoided, particularly at times like these. In making decisions like this, we have to take a longer view at what is best for the institution and what will put PSU in the best position for success. I assure you, moving to Colleges will be a small investment in PSU’s future that will pay great dividends. We have already seen evidence of this with our first Dean in the way he has been successful in developing new programs, new streams of revenue, partnerships, donors, and sponsorships. He has more than covered the cost of moving to a College, literally 40-times over.
Breakdown of future colleges:
The Bagley Center has been renamed, the Global Education Office to reflect an increased emphasis on international programs and services. Deb Regan and Daniel Moore co-chair the International Steering Committee which is looking at everything from academic programming to issues surrounding travel courses to ensuring that PSU is prepared to provide necessary services that support international students.
The Global Education Office continues to offer services related to internships, career services, study abroad, and short-term faculty led trips.
I recently asked the Global Education Office to provide me with an update on Career Services that are provided. I was impressed with the vast array of programming and services offered and thought I would share it with you.
Email to students and faculty regarding services we provide at the beginning and at the end of each semester
Monthly email newsletter to campus staff and offices that provide career and academic advising outlining current market trends and resources such as videos, webinars, and workshops.
Semester newsletter (on line): Fall and Spring
**Since July ‘09, 37 students (+ 43 alums below) have received individual advising/counseling services. This represents a decrease in student traffic (seen in our office) from July-December ’08 where we advised 104 students and alumni (sorry, we don’t have an exact breakdown for last year). Part of the reason for this is, since we didn’t have the walk-in advisor position available to us this year, we made the decision to provide more of our services (where appropriate) in group settings such as the classroom (see below). We still maintain walk-in advising hours but on a more limited basis.
Alumni: Significant Increase in number of alumni seeking career counseling and/or job search assistance (largely due to job loss): 43 appointments since July ‘09
**Number of presentations has tripled from last year, from 4 to 13 for the fall semester.
Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
February 4, 2009
Welcome back everyone and best wishes for a successful semester.
The State Department of Education visit for all teacher education programs will take place in Fall 2009. Teacher education faculty have been working to prepare for the fall State Department visit as well as to meet NCATE requirements for a future reaccreditation site visit. They will need the support of department faculty in the coming months. Thank you in advance all for your efforts to provide the required materials as we prepare for this important review process. A special thank you to Irene Cucina and the staff in the Office of Teacher Certification for their efforts in leading the teacher education faculty through this process.
We have an exciting opportunity to apply for “National Institute of Health (NIH) Collaborative Funding for enhancing research infrastructure and training at undergraduate institutions” through NH-INBRE (Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence). Funds are available for faculty in multiple disciplines interested in studying “health related issues important to the local community surrounding the partner institution”
While most of the proposed research projects will involve faculty in laboratory disciplines such as Biology, Psychology, or Chemistry, a significant portion of related research is also done by non-laboratory researchers such as public health researchers, computer scientists, geographers, mathematicians, social scientists and statisticians.
If you are interested in more information, please contact George Tuthill as soon as possible. The Dartmouth program director will be on campus shortly. The internal deadline is February 13th with an INBRE deadline of Feb. 20th.
2nd Annual Faculty Research Grant awardees named. The Research Advisory Council has recommended funding five faculty proposals for FY10. Thank you to all those who participated.
Congratulations to the following faculty:
Lisa Doner, Climate Influences on Amphibian Phenology, Hermit Lake, Mt. Washington, NH
Karolyn Kinane, Medieval and Renaissance Forum and Fair: Improving outreach efforts to New England scholars, PSU, and the Plymouth Community.
Deborah John, Associations among Translation of Center of Foot Pressure, Balance, Functional Fitness, and Fear of Falling with Middle-to-Older Adults by Falls Risk
Brian Eisenhauer, Kate Donahue, How Can We Help?: A Qualitative Needs Assessment for EcoHouse Outreach
Margie King, Quantification of Qualitative Clinical Assessment in Rehabilitation.
Spirit Night 2/5
Thursday night is Spirit Night at the Foley Gymnasium. The Plymouth State University Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams take on the Lyndon State College Yellow Jackets . The women’s game tips off at 5:30 PM and the men’s at 7:30 PM. Free t-shirts, music, DJ, and performances by our very own PSU Dance Team and Cheerleaders. This will be a great night of hoops, spirit, giveaways, and Panther Pride.
Can’t make it to the game? Tune in to the Webcast. Log on to www.nsnsports.net to watch complete live coverage.
ETC’s Wizard of Oz will close this weekend at the Capital Center in Concord. Tickets are selling fast for Friday evening at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at https://tickets.ccanh.com/Online/
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Plymouth State University
Monthly Report to the Faculty
from Provost Julie Bernier
February 6, 2008
Welcome back to campus! I hope that you all found some time to refresh and relax during the winter break.
Thank you for your feedback regarding the search process for the Assoc VP for UG Studies. Based on what I’ve heard from the faculty, I’ve decided to do an external search that would also allow internal candidates to apply.
In addition to the fact that we are currently conducting a search for VP for Finance and Administration, I am concerned about the lateness of beginning an external search for AVP. An internal search would have logistically been possible, but I feel the best timing for an external search process would be to advertise in the fall. Therefore, I will ask the Steering Committee and the PAT and OS Senates to nominate search committee members by the end of February. I will work with this group later this spring to review the position description and develop an appropriate timeline for the search process. They will then serve as the search committee through the process next fall.
I’ve asked David Zehr to continue in his role for one more year and he has graciously agreed to
Announcing – Faculty Fellow position for 2008-09, Vice Provost for Academic Administration
Next fall there will be a term faculty fellow position for Vice Provost of Academic Administration. A position description will be sent out to faculty shortly. Any faculty members interested in learning more about this faculty fellow position are encouraged to meet with me to learn more about the opportunity.
Dr. Roger Marshall is joining the faculty of Computer Science and Technology and will begin his term as Chair of this department. Dr. Marshall has extensive experience in CS&T and in serving in the role of department chair. He comes most recently from the University of District of Columbia. Please join me in welcoming him.
On February 29th, Dr. Patrick Bourgeron will join PSU as the new director for the Center for the Environment and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy. Dr. Bourgeron has been a fellow of INSTAAR (the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Please welcome him when he arrives at the end of the month.
Congratulations to Thad Guldbrandsen, Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships, who was just included in the Manchester Union Leader’s “40 Under 40” list this year. The list just ran this week in a recent Sunday paper, and Thad will be honored at a recognition dinner in March.
I am pleased to announce that Helen O’Brien (Social Work) has been chosen as the Limerick Program faculty member for the Fall 2008 session.
A reminder that applications for Diversity Fellow are now being accepted for the 2008-09 Diversity Faculty Fellowship, and are due no later than April 1, 2008.
Congratulations to Trish Lindberg and the cast and crew of the 2008 Educational Theatre Collaborative production of Pollyanna. This was the world premiere of the musical whose script and lyrics were written by Trish- music written by Will Ogmundson with choreography by PSU alum Michael David Stoddard and Acting Dance Director, Amanda Whitworth! Special thanks to everyone at Silver Center for the Arts for all they do to support ETC and to everyone on campus who works “behind the scenes” to make ETC happen. FYI- Did you see Robert Miller (ED), Cynthia Vascak (AR), Daryl Browne (CS), Jon Darrow (BU) and Tim Keefe (Dean and CJ) in the show?
Departments and Faculty
Monthly Academic Affairs Report
To the Faculty of PSU
From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
February 7, 2007
Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday and restful winter break. I have a number of announcements I’d like to share with you:
In January I requested volunteers to serve on the ad hoc Calendar Committee. A number of Faculty, PATs and OS members have volunteered. The committee will be appointed later this week and will be charged with looking at the start and end dates for fall semester beginning fall 2008 and going forward.
In recent months a number of you have approached me inquiring about the possibility of moving to half-time teaching loads. You’ve expressed to me your interest in continuing to teach and be part of our academic community; at the same time, you would like the greater flexibility offered by a reduced load.
I am pleased to share with you that the Cabinet and the Department of Human Resources have developed the Voluntary Retirement Transition Plan for Tenured Faculty. This plan will allow eligible faculty members to transition to half-time loads for a maximum of 5 years, at which time they will complete the transition to full retirement.
There are a number of potential benefits to this plan. First and foremost it will provide an avenue to keep our treasured faculty in the classroom, where our students will benefit from their skill, expertise, and passion for teaching. Second, it will provide a means for us to “grow the faculty.” We will use the salary cost savings from faculty who have transitioned to half-time to create new faculty lines, thereby increasing the total number of full-time faculty lines.
Later today you will all receive a copy of the Transition plan which the specifics, including the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions of the plan. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this plan in further detail. Additionally, Laura Alexander and Carol Kuzdeba are available to answer your questions.
I have some very exciting news to share with the campus. For a number of years we have talked about the possibility of establishing a distinguished teaching award for our adjunct faculty. I am pleased to announce that this year, we will be awarding our first Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award.
It is no secret that our adjunct faculty are integral to the success of our programs. Our students value their work, and in many instances, adjunct faculty have been nominated by students for the Distinguished Teaching Award. It will be a pleasure to finally be able to recognize the excellence that our adjunct faculty bring to the classroom and, indeed, the campus.
A committee made up of David Zehr (Dean of Undergraduate Studies), Jay Moskowitz (adjunct faculty, Art), Elizabeth Ahl (Chair, English Department), Holly Oliver (adjunct faculty, Music), and Dick Hunnewell (Professor of Art History) was appointed in the fall to develop the criteria and application process for the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award. Their proposal was approved by President Steen last month.
The proposal calls for nominations for the Distinguished Adjunct Teacher to be part of the same process which recognizes our Distinguished Teacher. Next week, the week of February 12th, email notification of the opening of nominations for both awards will go out. Information, including the criteria, nomination forms, and other details will be available on the VPAA website, and a link will be included in the email announcement. Additionally, the Distinguished Teacher Award Committee has recommended some changes in the process for their award.
You’ll notice a new timetable, a new part of the process for our nominees, and a change in the awards for the Distinguished Graduate teacher. These will also be noted on the website.
I’d like to thank the Distinguished Awards Committees for their hard work. I encourage you to participate in this year’s nomination process.
Please watch for the emails, signs and other notifications pertaining to our Distinguished Awards this year.
Julie Bernier, EdD, ATC
Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Plymouth State University, MSC 3
Plymouth, NH 03264