Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
The Second Annual Spotlight on Faculty will be held TODAY, 3:15pm – 7:00pm in the HUB Hage Room, dinner will be provided. Colleagues from Keene, UNH, and GSC have been invited to attend.
Presentations will include these and more:
For more information: http://plymouth.edu/online/events/2011_spotlight.html
The Deadline for nominating a colleague for Distinguished Teacher has come and gone, but you still have today to nominate a colleague for the Distinguished Scholarship or Excellence in Faculty Service awards. The Deadline is today.
Award for Distinguished Scholarship: http://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/survey/fillsurvey.php?sid=259
Nomination deadline: Today, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Faculty may self-nominate. PLEASE NOTE: Nominees will be asked to submit a 3 page (max) CV that includes the most pertinent scholarship activities only. From the recommendations and CVs the Committee will choose approximately three finalists who will be asked to provide further materials.
Award for Excellence in Faculty Service: http://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/survey/fillsurvey.php?sid=260
Nomination deadline: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 PLEASE NOTE: The nomination process for this award will involve Nominees being asked to submit further materials.
On March 3-6, a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) team visited PSU to review all of the undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs (Biology, Chemistry, Childhood Studies, Early Childhood Education, English, Health, Language and Linguistics, Music, Physical Education, Special Education, Social Studies, TESOL, and Visual Arts); advanced certification programs (Principal, Superintendent, School Psychology, School Counseling, Library Media, and Reading and Writing); and advanced graduate programs designed to provide professional development for classroom teachers (CAGS programs, Integrated Arts, Instrumental Music, Special Education Administrator, Curriculum Administrator and the Doctor of Education).
PSU has been working on developing, implementing, and analyzing data from key assessments across the programs for the past three years. Additionally a PSU NCATE accreditation website was developed to give reviewers access to the data collected and analyzed. On Sunday evening of the visit, all programs presented samples of student work for the reviewers.
Prior to leaving PSU, the NCATE team chair presented preliminary findings to the President and Provost, our two newest Deans, Gail Mears and Cynthia Vascak, George Tuthill and Irene Cucina, the Director of Teacher Education. The team noted the work that the faculty has done to use data for continuous improvement. All six of the Unit Standards were met for the initial teacher preparation programs and five of the six were met for the advanced graduate programs. NCATE will render a final accreditation decision at its Unit Accreditation Board’s annual meeting in the fall.
The faculty and staff of the teacher preparation programs should be commended for their dedication and commitment to using data and reflection in order to improve their programs.
Congratulations and much gratitude go to Irene Cucina, Kelsey, Deb, and Kathy from the Office of Teacher Certification.
Graduate Commencement Speaker
Wellness expert and PSU alumna Nancy Puglisi, will be PSU’s Graduate Commencement speaker. Puglisi, who is the director of Organizational Wellness at the University System of New Hampshire, will address graduates at the University’s Graduate Commencement ceremony on May 14. Puglisi is the director of PSU’s Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing (PATH) and Organizational Approaches to Transformation and Healing (OATH) programs, and is an adjunct graduate faculty member who teaches courses in PSU’s MEd, MBA, EdD and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs. She also directs Faculty and Staff Wellness, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and organizational transformation programs for 4,300 faculty and staff members employed by the University System. In addition to the MEd she earned from PSU in 1981, Puglisi holds a BS from Keene State College and a PhD from Union Institute and University.
Get your Passport
The Global Education Office will host a community passport processing day on April 2 from 10-2. The event will be held in the Savage Welcome Center in the Ice Arena.
NEWS FROM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Atmospheric Sciences and Chemistry
Center for the Environment
Center for Rural Partnerships
College of Business Administration
College of Graduate Studies
Communication and Media Studies
Global Education Office (GEO)
Health and Human Performance
Languages and Linguistics
Library and Academic Support Services
Music, Theatre and Dance
Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
April 7, 2010
What a glorious start we’ve had to Spring. I hope you will all take a few moments from your busy schedules to walk our campus this week and enjoy the budding trees and the magnolias that are in full bloom.
As we near the end of the semester I want to take a moment to thank you for all that you do on behalf of our students. The last few weeks of the academic year often get so hectic, we sometimes forget to stop what we are doing and look around us at all the wonderful work that is happening. Soon students will be performing, presenting research, reading poetry, publishing works, and exhibiting art. We will soon be honoring their achievements and rejoice in seeing them reach their milestones. This is a time of year to reflect on why we are here and to join in the celebrations. These occasions are what it’s all about. Enjoy!
Just a reminder, the Distinguished Teaching Award recipients will be named immediately following the May faculty meeting. Please plan to attend and celebrate with your colleagues.
Along with director Jane Weber, six student consultants from the Writing Center (Amanda Cook, Michael Eddy, Ashley Schena, Jenny Wyatt, Abbey Filiault, and Kristen DiMatteo) will attend the annual North East Writing Center Association’s annual conference at Boston University on April 10th.
Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
April 1, 2009
Mary Cornish, Cathie Leblanc, David Mackey, Gail Mears, and Daniel Moore have agreed to serve on this council. The PT&E Council will serve in an advisory role in response to the requests of the faculty Welfare Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Task Force report. Their main charge will be to make recommendations relative to the Promotion and Tenure process and faculty evaluation. The first order of business is to review the draft “Workplan” and “Workload Policy,” develop criteria, answer questions about the policy and the process and to develop a document that could be used in a pilot next year.
Many departments have made curricular revisions that reduce their degrees to 120 credits, reduce the size of their major, remove unnecessary barriers (pre-requisites), and provide additional electives for programs that were tight. All of these changes will greatly benefit students and improve time to degree. Additionally, some departments have made decisions to remove highly specialized low enrolled courses or have made plans to offer such courses on a rotating basis. They are finding ways to offer their curriculum in a more efficient manner and therefore are beginning to move to a 3/3 or 3/4 teaching load. The revision process is expected to continue through next year.
Departments that did not make the catalog deadline, but who move to 120 credits this spring or next fall, may provide a “blanket request” to the Office of Undergraduate Studies so that current students may benefit from the 120 credit requirement.
In the Spring of 2008, PSU was the recipient of an Award for “Innovative Practice” from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for policies that support family and work/life balance. The award was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and conducted by the American Council on Education (ACE) with support from the Families and Work Institute and is based on policies and practices that support career flexibility for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The work of the Sloan Foundation and ACE on this topic was in response to the unique demands placed on faculty members working toward tenure and/or promotion and how “life events” can sometimes make it impossible to achieve either. Specifically, they look at policies that create career flexibility to address:
Vice Provost Moore, Carol Kuzdeba and I have spent the academic year participating with a cohort of 6 institutions all working on such policies and examining our own to make recommendations for possible changes. We are working with Faculty Welfare and should have a report to share with you at the May or September 2009 meeting.
The time to submit nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award is running out. today, April 1st, is the deadline, but it’s not too late!
For the Distinguished Teaching Award:
For the Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award:
For the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award:
Using the new online form for nomination submission has generated a nice increase in nominations. We look forward to receiving yours.
The Plymouth State University Award for Distinguished Scholarship is presented annually to a member of the faculty whose body of creative and scholarly works is recognized for its rigor, originality, and expressiveness. The award recognizes that scholarly pursuits support and enrich the faculty’s commitment to excellence in honoring our educational mission and values. Nominated faculty must demonstrate exceptional research, creativity or scholarly work. Important factors include quality, originality, the impact on one’s field, reputation of the scholar and his/her scholarly works, and the ability to generate and successfully disseminate the scholarly or creative works. The successful candidate will demonstrate and document the following: Scholarly work that has received positive external acceptance and/or peer review regionally, nationally and/or internationally, such as published or professionally accepted works, books/chapters and/or other artistic forms, and work of high quality, sustained over time, including recent work (within approximately five years) that enhances academic recognition for PSU. Voting members of the faculty with five or more years of service at PSU are eligible. Faculty may self-nominate.
To submit a nomination for this award, use this link to submit your online nomination no later than Friday, April 24: http://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/survey/fillsurvey.php?sid=185
Plymouth State University’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service is awarded to the faculty member who best exemplifies the goal of balanced and sustained service that has had a quality impact on the campus and/or the broader community. To be nominated, a faculty member must demonstrate evidence of short- and/or long-term impact of his or her service. There must be evidence of continuing service to the University and/or the broader community. Service must exceed the work generally considered to be part of a faculty member’s basic professional obligations. The scope of the service must extend over several years and must be geared toward affecting positive change. The nominees must be tenured and have at least five years of service at Plymouth State. Faculty may not nominate his or her self.
To nominate a colleague for this award, use this link to submit your online nomination no later than Friday, April 24: http://www.plymouth.edu/webapp/survey/fillsurvey.php?sid=189.
I thank you for your thoughtful nominations for these important recognitions of the excellence of our faculty.
Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
April 2, 2008
At the meeting today the Credit Model Taskforce will lead a discussion on whether to pursue a change to a 4-credit system. This is an important discussion for our campus. I hope you will attend and participate in this discussion.
The Search Committee for the AVP has been elected and will meet before the end of the semester to review the position description and timeline for search in early fall. The composition of the committee is as follows:
At our last meeting I announced the creation of a Vice Provost position to be filled by a faculty fellow. Below is a copy of the position description. Any faculty member interested in learning more about this position should contact me in the next few weeks. An appointment will be made and announced at the May faculty meeting.
Position Description – Faculty Fellow position (must be a tenured faculty member)
We are receiving more and more requests for information under the public Right to Know Law. A request from the Manchester Union Leader for all state and University System employee salaries a few months ago was one such example. One month ago we received a request from “Pick a Prof” for course grades for last semester. The University System General Counsel confirmed that we had to comply and last week we reluctantly provided the information to the group. It appears the PickAProf.com provides the data to students on their website for a fee. UNH has been providing this information for some time. Keene and Plymouth were asked for the first time this semester.
Two ICE projects were recently funded by the Chancellor’s office.
An e-Learning Assessment team was formed out of the Technology Advisory Group (TAG) and the Office of Teaching and Learning Technologies to examine our future choice of online course management software. Please look for a message from John Martin who will be sending out a survey to faculty and students. Information gathered will help examine current usage patterns and needs and will be used to shape the future of our online learning environment. I encourage you to participate in this survey and future conversations about online practices and e-learning tools.
New Hampshire Magazine recently featured the town of Plymouth. “A lively college town set amidst nature at its most serene and situated in the geographic center of the state, Plymouth is a destination with something for everyone. Plymouth bills itself as the “Heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes and Mountains,” but that’s not altogether true. It’s more a scenic way station with lots to offer in terms of dining, lodging, shopping and — thanks in large part to a state university — culture, entertainment ……”
To read the entire article, click here http://www.nh.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080401/NHM01/848253698/-1/NHM0101
Monthly Academic Affairs Report
To the Faculty of PSU
From the Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
April 4, 2007
I hope that everyone found some needed relaxation time over the spring break. What happened to spring? It was here not long ago.
Update on EdD: I reported to you in March that the “Graduate Council had unanimously approved the pursuit of doctoral authority and specifically to explore a doctor of education (EdD) degree. A formal proposal and degree outline will be submitted to the Graduate Council and faculty later this spring.”
I wanted to provide you with an update and a proposed timeline.
Following Board approval we will begin a process for legislative authority which will take us into 2008.
Update on Strategic Plan: A draft of the Strategic Plan has been shared with the University PlanningCommittee (UPC) and we will discuss at our next meeting any recommendations they might have for future discussions on campus. At this point, I want to share the draft with you (see attached). Warning, you might want to review it “on screen” and decide which pages to print. The entire document is 55 pages with the actual “plan” only taking 2 pages, with the balance being a number of important, supporting documents
The immediate plan is to discuss this draft at upcoming meetings of the Council of Chairs, Extended Cabinet, and Executive Council.
The strategic plan is a living document that sets the overall direction for the University and will evolve as the University evolves and meets the goals presented in the plan.
Given the proposal on today’s agenda to dissolve the UPC, a new planning group will likely be formed for next academic year. Recommendations on purpose and composition are topics of discussion at the UPC and CBC committee meetings as well as with the President and Cabinet.
In the meantime, please feel free to share any thoughts you have about the draft or the planning process with Scott Mantie, or me.
Distinguished Teacher Nominations: The nominations for distinguished teachers are in and the committees are beginning their meetings this week to determine 3 finalists in each category who will be asked to prepare a statement of teaching philosophy and a self-assessment of teaching effectiveness. These statements will be reviewed by the committees, and recipients of the awards will then be determined. We are all excited to be presenting the first Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award this
Searches: Faculty searches are progressing. We have had 6 successful searches thus far, with 7 more to finish up. It has been gratifying to note the quality, diversity and enthusiasm of the candidates who have been coming to campus for interviews. News has spread that PSU is a great place to teach!
Annual Reports: The Annual Faculty Report form for this year is available online on the Academic Affairs website: http://www.plymouth.edu/acadaff/ann_fac_06-07_Word.doc.
You will again need to submit electronic versions to my office this year. Please send your electronic version to Alice O’Connor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include an updated CV. You will still need to submit a copy of your report to your department chair.
The deadline for submitting reports to department chairs and this office is Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
The chairs’ deadline for submitting annual evaluations to this office is Friday, June 1, 2007.
If there are any questions, please contact Alice O’Connor, x. 2091.
Two Fulbright Scholars Named at PSU:
The Fulbright Scholarship, which is sponsored by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, sends 800 US faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.