Minutes – Faculty Meeting – October 3, 2007

October 3rd, 2007 by Bridget

Plymouth State University

Faculty Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I. Approval of draft minutes of the 09/05/07 meeting. Approved as submitted.

II. Reports

a. President Sara Jayne Steen

i. Wonderful opening continues. President Steen recently took a North Country tour, which was wonderful. Meteorology students just won 4 of 21 national scholarships from AMS. Gene Martin is the rep to USNH Student Board. Drerup Art Gallery has had over 1100 visitors to its current show. Dan Perkins has been named the recipient of the Stevens-Bristow Fellowship. The Wixson Professorship in Math is forthcoming. Work is progressing on the emergency text system. Please encourage students to sign up. Shifting from an elected board to an appointed board for alumni. Working on strategic plan along with PSU plan. President’s Council is beginning a campaign. President Steen shared that the recent edition of the “Record Enterprise” contained an editorial about the importance of PSU to the community. There were no questions.

b. Provost Julie Bernier

Presented calligraphied, framed citations to Distinguished Teachers, Gary Goodnough and Christopher Chabot.

III. New Business

a. Resolutions of the Standing Committeesnone

b. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the following be added to the Faculty By-Laws, Article IV.A. (Officers). 5. The Speaker-Elect shall chair the Steering Committee (see article IX). (This action was approved by the Faculty at the April 4, 2007 Faculty Meeting although we did not approve the bylaw change at that time.) Clarification that this is added to 5. (see article IX). Motion passed.

c. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the Faculty By-Laws, Article X, list of Principal Policy-Making Committees be amended to delete the Academic Standards, Academic Policy and University Planning Committees, and add the Academic Affairs Committee. (Deleted committees are now defunct.) Motion passed.

d. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the Faculty By-Laws, Article X (Principal Policy-Making Committees), 3rd paragraph be amended to delete the wording in italics, “Administrators of the University shall not serve as chairs of the Principal Policy-Making Committees nor as the representative to the Executive Council.Motion passed.

e. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the Faculty By-Laws, Article X (Principal Policy-Making Committees), 5th paragraph be amended as follows:

Current wording: Principal Policy-Making Committees, as defined in the Faculty Handbook, will meet at times determined by the Executive Council, in consultation with those committees. These times will be noted in the materials distributed by the Nominating and Balloting Committee during the annual election period. Changes in the meeting times will need to be submitted to and approved by the Executive Council.

Amended wording: Principal Policy-Making Committees, as defined in the Faculty Handbook, shall publish meeting times in the materials distributed by the Nominating and Balloting Committee during the annual election period.

Some clarification and discussion regarding the meeting times. Motion passed.

f. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the Faculty By-Laws, Article XI.F.3.a.(1) and (2) (Athletic Council Composition) be amended to change all reference to the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to the Department of Health and Human Performance. Motion passed.

g. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the Faculty By-Laws, Article XI.F.3.a.(2) (Athletic Council Composition) be amended to delete the last sentence, “The Chair and the Representative to the Executive Council shall be elected from the voting faculty members of the Athletic Council.” Friendly amendment: revised to read that “The Chair of the Council shall be elected annually from the voting faculty members of the Council.” Motion passed.

h. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the Faculty By-Laws, Article XI.C. (Committees) delete the sentence, “Ad hoc committees shall be created by the Steering Committee as the need arises.”

A motion to amend this motion was proposed by Gary McCool. This amendment would keep the sentence in question and revise it to read “Ad Hoc committees shall be created by the Steering Committee as the need arises (see Article IX.B.3). This amendment was defeated. The original motion then passed.

i. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the Faculty By-Laws, Article XI.F.5.b (Curriculum Committee Function), last paragraph, be amended to delete all reference to the Executive Council.

Current wording: Upon being declared major, the Faculty Speaker will notify the chair of the Curriculum Committee, the Chair of the Executive Council, and the person responsible for the proposal. The latter person must provide, in a timely fashion, the Chair of the Executive Council with the proposal and any supporting materials.

Amended wording: Upon being declared major, the Faculty Speaker will notify the chair of the Curriculum Committee and the person responsible for the proposal. The latter person must provide, in a timely fashion, the Faculty Speaker with the proposal and any supporting materials. Removed from consideration at this meeting.

j. Motion from the GITF: (Linda Levy)

That the Faculty By-Laws, Article IX.C.1 (Duties) be amended to remove the words “as well as those of the Steering Committee” in the last sentence. Current wording: As needed, the Steering Committee shall meet prior to the week of the faculty meeting to assist the Faculty Speaker in creating an agenda for that meeting. Except program additions and/or policy changes, all decisions of the Principal Policy-Making Committees, as well as those of the Steering Committee, will appear on the faculty meeting agenda under one standing item titled “Resolutions of the Standing Committees” as described in Article VI.

Amended wording: As needed, the Steering Committee shall meet prior to the week of the faculty meeting to assist the Faculty Speaker in creating an agenda for that meeting. Except program additions and/or policy changes, all decisions of the Principal Policy-Making Committees will appear on the faculty meeting agenda under one standing item titled “Resolutions of the Standing Committees” as described in Article VI.

Rationale: The Steering Committee is not a policy-making committee so their actions will not require a faculty vote. Motion passed.

k. Motion from the Interdisciplinary Studies Council (John Krueckeberg):

That the faculty modify the current IS major to reflect three concentrations (See Appendix I for brief details, Appendix II for a one-page summary and separate attachment for full program description):

Option 1: Multi-field Studies

Option 2: Thematic Studies

Option 3: Liberal Studies

After making the motion, presented PowerPoint presentation to explain and clarify the motion. Took questions. Much discussion. A motion was made to move each option separately. Motion passed.

Option 1: Motion passed.

Option 2: Motion passed.

Option 3: Motion defeated.

l. Request from the Faculty Welfare Committee (Mary Cornish):

To conduct a brief discussion and a straw vote regarding the composition of the FWC. Should faculty from the same department be allowed to serve on the Faculty Welfare Committee?

Straw vote results: Yes.

IV. Announcements

Reminder to submit names for VPFA search committee.

Adjourned 5:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Alice O’Connor, Scribe

APPENDIX I

Rationale, in brief:

Outside reviews and self-studies undertaken in the past several years recommended finding ways to make the major more cohesive and thematic: more like our competitor and comparator institutions’ Interdisciplinary Studies degrees.

The Liberal Studies Task Force found that it is common for universities to have a Liberal Studies major and most of Plymouth’s Comparator and Competitor schools have a Liberal Studies program, or something like it. It recommended that PSU create a version that would be even better than those of our comparator & competitors.

The Continuing Education Committee and the Administration have undertaken studies that suggest that there is a small population that can be served by a program such as our proposal. Although that population looks to be very small, we believe our proposal will serve them well and thus meets Plymouth’s mission. Further, the proposal is sound enough to be engaged by traditional students seeking an interdisciplinary course of study that focuses on issues of diversity, globalism, and developing critical thinking skills appropriate for a graduate with a liberal studies degree.

This motion comes after passing Curriculum Committee, but not unanimously.

The specifics of the proposal, and supporting materials, are included as a separate attachment.

For those short on time, the highlights are: Page:

One-Page summary of Proposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISC 3

Process Undertaken by the ISC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISC 4

Justification/Rationale, broken down by option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISC 5

Program Details: New Courses; Curricular & Catalog Descriptions . . . . . ISC 10

Program Details: Resource and Staffing Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISC 17

Exhibits worth looking at . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ISC 20

APPENDIX II

ONE-PAGE SUMMARY: Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (BA/BS, 122 Credits)

All Options require a student to pursue at least 45 credits in their program after declaring the IS major

Option 1: Multidisciplinary Studies Option (BA/BS, 122 Credits)

Option 2: Thematic Studies Option (BA/BS, 122 Credits)

Option 3: Liberal Studies Option (BA, 122 Credits)

Option 1 is essentially the same program currently offered as the Interdisciplinary Studies major. It continues to be either a BS or a BA degree. It continues to allow a student to choose from among only a few disciplines. The student pursuing this option still will be interested in intertwining discipline-specific skills and related ways-of-knowing as applied to a student’s post-Plymouth goals. An advisor from each of the disciplines used will continue to guide their advisee. Advantages: Everything good about the current major remains essentially the same. Changes: 1) We would recommend students to take the new course proposed for the IS degree: IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies; and, 2) We would require students to take the new course proposed for the IS degree: IS 4444 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar (which fits with our last outside reviewer’s recommendations to build a sense of community with an introductory course and provide a capstone experience); 3) We would limit the number of fields to three disciplines, which is the norm for contracts approved over the past six years (technically the current program allows five).

Option 2 is a modification of the current program and embraces the recommendation made by both of the last two outside reviews of the IS program: to provide an option that allows a student to pursue a thematic course of study unbounded by the restraints of taking a minimum number of courses in each discipline code used. Advantages: Students pursuing this option (BA or BS) will be interested in taking classes that relate to a topic that cuts across discipline codes (e.g.: the environment, women, race, etc.) Changes: 1) No minimum number of courses from a specific discipline code; 2) A member of the IS Council (who may collaborate with a non-Council faculty specialist) will serve as the main advisor; the student will take both IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, and IS 4444 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar.

Option 3 brings the University into alignment with our competitor and comparator institutions as detailed by the Liberal Studies Task Force which recommended creating a program. The student pursuing this option will be interested in taking a range of courses that focus on: questions of their place in a diverse US society; questions of their place in a global community; and, both critical thinking and writing skills. All students will be advised by the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Council or by Council Members as designated by the Chair. For Connections, students will take their Writing course in IS 2222 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, their Quantitative from a list emphasizing statistics, their Technology from a list emphasizing questions of technology (not using it), and IS 4444 Interdisciplinary Studies Senior Seminar. Students will have the option of doing a practicum. Students will take the rest of their major from classes that emphasize Diversity, Global Awareness, and Critical Thinking by selecting from DICO, GACO, WRCO and INCO courses. This BA degree requires a foreign language.

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