Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
December 1, 2010
Colleagues, as we approach the end of the semester, I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season.
The OS and PAT’s are conducting their annual fundraising events to support student scholarships.
OS Festival of Trees Deadline Extended! The 3rd Annual Festival of trees will be held at the Senior Center on December 3 and 4, in conjunction with the annual Plymouth Holiday parade. We hope you plan on joining us this year by donating a decorated tree that will be won by one of the lucky visitors. Departments, businesses, groups, organizations, families, etc are welcome to join in and donate a fully decorated artificial tree to be raffled off. Proceeds will be used to help support the Operating Staff Endowed Scholarship and related expenses. Register your tree by visiting www.surveymonkey.com/s/osfestivaloftrees or by contacting a committee member. Please contact Nikki Nunes at ext. 53071 or Christine Hoch at ext. 52593.
Tickets available at the HUB Pawsway this week (Monday-Thursday) from 12-1:30 p.m. You can also purchase raffle tickets directly from one of the members of the Fundraising Committee – Angela Adams (Highland Hall 233/ext. 5-3097), Gail Carr (Speare 116/ext. 5-2228), Joyce Larson (Speare 205A/ext. 5-2846), and Karen Urciuoli (Holmes House 224/ext. 5-2915)
To view the raffle prizes: (http://oz.plymouth.edu/~amadams/PAT2010RafflePrizes.doc) (and there are more items being donated daily). Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.00. The drawing will take place at the December 3, 2010 PAT meeting.
PAT Silent Auction- Reserved PARKING SPACE for one year !
The winner may have a parking spot in any sanctioned PSU lot! If you cannot visit them at the HUB, but want to place a bid, please e-mail Karen Urciuoli.
NEWS FROM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
Center for the Environment
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Communication and Media Studies
Counselor Education and School Psychology
Environmental Science and Policy
Global Education Office (GEO)
Health and Human Performance
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Languages and Linguistics
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Monthly Report to the Faculty
Provost Julie Bernier
December 2, 2009
As the winter season approaches, I want to remind you of our standard practices regarding delayed openings and curtailed operations. Whenever possible, a decision will be made by 6 am. We have learned that the delay on the WMUR postings can take as long at 30 minutes. For this reason, we suggest you sign up for the e2campus alert. You may also check the website, your email, or call the PSU storm line (535-3535). To sign up for e2campus, click here http://www.plymouth.edu/alerts/
We will make decisions based on the current conditions at the time and the forecast data available while trying to balance the fact that the vast majority of our undergraduate student body live on or within walking distance of campus. We recognize that faculty and staff and approximately 500 undergraduate students commute to campus. It is impossible for us to predict what driving conditions will be like for all locations from which people might be driving. For this reason, individuals must make the decision that is right for them based on driving conditions.
Faculty who are unable to make it to campus when classes are in session must inform students via email as early as possible AND contact their Department Chair and department Administrative Assistant to inform them of your plans. Last year we had several students who drove in poor weather conditions to get to class only to find out once they arrived, that their professor had cancelled classes. No notice had gone out to the class. While it’s true that most students live in Plymouth, please be conscious that there are many students driving to campus on a daily basis. Please do everything possible to inform your students as early as possible if you need to cancel classes. Likewise, your students who are unable to drive to campus should contact you immediately to inform you of their situation. Now might be a good time to have conversations with your classes about protocol.
Two weeks ago the NH-DOE spent 2 ½ days on campus evaluating our education programs. I had the opportunity to interact with several of the team members who left with a very positive view of PSU, our students, and our faculty and staff.
My sincere thanks to all of the teacher certification faculty and the Council of Teacher Ed. Members for all the work they did in preparation leading up to the visit.
A very special thank you to Irene Cucina, Kathy Vestal, Deb Mardin, and Kelsey Donnelly for their tireless efforts over the last year and a half in preparing the programs and most especially in the months leading up to the visit. Unless you live through a process like this, you can’t imagine the work involved in organizing reports, artifacts and other materials, and in coordinating the visit itself. On behalf of the institution, thank you!
On August 19th, President Steen sent the following message:
Plymouth State University and the University System of New Hampshire have a longstanding commitment to providing a safe workplace and a comfortable learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Human Resources has been active in creating workshops and online programs for employees to learn about issues such as discrimination and sexual harassment. This is part of our responsibility to students and each other.
In part because USNH has a good record of being proactive in this regard, we have been invited, and have accepted, an invitation to participate with a few other schools in a pilot project with our insurer, United Educators. By informing all employees about the laws related to discrimination and sexual harassment, we will reduce our ongoing premiums for several years, a substantial savings to the campuses. United Educators is flexible about the form by which the information is provided, and a team of specialists in Human Resources has evaluated online programs that may be useful and selected one containing case studies to which employees respond. The program informs you about relevant laws, followed by sample situations; and you may read and respond, leave, and return to the program at your convenience. Or, if you prefer, you may choose to attend a campus workshop. You will hear from Elaine Doell soon with dates that you might consider.
Whatever format you choose, this is an opportunity for us to “do well by doing good.” I hope you will make time to participate. Your participation is important to the overall success of the project.”
Recently a few of you have asked questions about the online discrimination/ harassment training. To clarify, the harassment training is not mandatory, though we hope that everyone will be willing to participate because we care about our students and our colleagues. If you prefer to participate in person rather than in the online training, you may do so by contacting Elaine Doell. Some have asked the question “what happens to the names of those that do not participate?” The answer is… nothing. Human Resources has kept track in order to contact those that have not yet participated. The names of those who do not complete the training will not be used for any other purpose.
I know I said at the November meeting that I would provide an update this month. I’d like to put this off until next semester when I have more to report. As you know, we’ve moved ahead with the College of Business Administration. Our plans are to move forward with other colleges, but the exact timeline is unknown. The appointment of Deans will include a campus-wide process with a search committee election overseen by the Faculty Steering Committee. More on this next semester.
Student Sustainability Fellow, Kelly Donovan and Director of Sustainability Bill Crangle shared the campus plans to participate in RecycleMania 2010 with the President’s Cabinet. RecycleMania is a nation-wide competition that occurs during the Spring semester and promotes recycling and waste reduction within college communities.
Why is PSU participating in RecycleMania? Section II, G. of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment states that we must “Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.” Some of the measures PSU participates in include: Active program to sell or donate campus surplus; implementing campus initiatives which prohibits or discourages unlimited printing in computer labs and copy rooms; offering discounts or other incentives for using reusable mugs in campus dining operations; dining hall “going trayless.”
Waste Minimization Category: The waste minimization category is designed to increase the number of materials being recycled while reducing both the solid waste and recyclable materials consumed at the University.
PSU co-mingles its recyclables by collecting glass, aluminum, and all plastics, 1-7 which are later separated and recycled by a vendor. Here are our two-year recycling results:
What you can do to help: Promote recycling within your department. Encourage faculty, staff and students to reduce the paper-products used, change printer settings to double-sided printing, reuse office paper as scratch paper. RecycleMania has become a campus-wide effort, and it needs your help to spread the word.
Please take time to complete this short survey about the use of technology in the classroom. Your responses will help us help you!
The University System has set aside $500,000 to support technology initiatives that will lead to greater use of “rich media.” Note- The term rich media describes a broad range of digital interactive media, which may be downloadable or may be embedded in a web page.
(For those of you that are competitive) Thus far PSU has the highest survey completion rate of the three residential campuses….but UNH is close.
To complete the survey, please click here http://tiny.cc/USNHMEDIA
This should take between 5-10 minutes of your time.
Kristen, along with Sharon Paulson from Ball State University, had a paper entitled “Predicting College Attendance: An Examination of Individual and Family Factors,” accepted for presentation at the Society for Research on Adolescence 2010 Biennial Meeting. The two also had a paper, “An Examination of How Place Moderates the Relations between School Factors and Postsecondary Education Attendance,” accepted for presentation at the 2010 AERA Annual Meeting.
The topic was very germane because at the moment the Shannon River, which flows by the campus of the University of Limerick, is at flood stage and has been for the past week or so.
December Report to the Faculty
from Provost Julie Bernier
It’s hard to believe that this is the last report for 2007. After this busy semester comes to an end I hope you are all able to enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday break.
In October when I addressed the faculty at the Frost Faculty Center and again in my November Faculty report I shared with you my priorities for the year. Among them was the work we are doing in Academic Affairs to improve the adjunct salary pay scale, which has remained unchanged since the mid-1990s. Since mid-October, my office has been working on a number of models and investigating how we might fund increases, even in phases. We will keep you informed as we move forward.
Last month I announced the establishment of a new Faculty Research Development Grant Fund. The request for proposals (RFP) is attached to this report. The Faculty Research Development Grant Fund is intended to support research and/or creativity and will provide funds in the range of $2,000-$10,000.
All tenured, tenure-track, or research faculty are eligible to apply. The purpose of these grants is to support research activity, to provide seed funding to leverage additional resources, and to provide pilot funding to facilitate future proposals. Proposals involving student participation are encouraged. Budget items may include: funding for release time to allow a faculty member to conduct research or write a proposal, stipends or hourly pay for student assistants for research or proposal writing, research expenses not covered by another source of funding, equipment for research use, travel related to a proposed project. In order to allow faculty and Chairs to plan for fall teaching schedules, the deadline for submission will be Jan. 5th. Please see RFP for more detail.
Thank you to all of you who commented and provided suggestions for the strategic plan. The final document will be released next week. The Planning and Budget Leadership Group (PBLG) is expecting your departmental planning/activity sheets by January 31. A reminder that this will be your process for submitting budget requests as well as your departmental plans. Contact Scott Mantie if you have questions about process.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2008-09 Diversity Faculty Fellowship, and are due no later than April 1, 2008. This position was created to enable an interested and qualified faculty member to work with the President’s Commission on Diversity and the administration on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. The recipient of this Fellowship will receive a 3-credit per semester teaching time release, or the equivalent . For more information on this opportunity and the details of the application process, please contact Deborah John, President’s Council on Diversity, MSC 22.
End of December report from Provost Bernier
Request for Proposals:
The 2008 Faculty Research Fund Proposal deadline: December 1, 2007 at 5pm
Project funding period: July 1, 2008- June 30, 2009
Only electronic submissions will be accepted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Provost’s office requests research development proposals from PSU faculty for the 2008 Faculty Research Fund. These dollars are intended to support research and/or creativity.
Proposals are expected to be funded in the range of $2,000-$10,000.
tenured, tenure-track, or research faculty are eligible. PSU faculty can be the lead Principal Investigator (PI) on one proposal. There is no limit on the number of proposals in which a person can participate as co-PI. Collaborative proposals with multiple PIs are encouraged. PIs are invited to email or call the Chair of the Research Advisory Council, Mark Okrant (email@example.com), to discuss the submission in advance of developing a proposal.
to support research activity not already being supported with grants, to provide seed funding to leverage additional resources, and to provide pilot funding to facilitate future proposals. Proposals involving student participation are encouraged. Budget items may include: funding for release time to pay an adjunct to allow a faculty member to conduct research or write a proposal, stipends or hourly pay for student assistants for research or proposal writing, research expenses not covered by another source of funding, equipment for research use, travel related to a proposed project. Professional development or conference travel will continue to be funded through the Provost’s professional development fund.
Proposals submitted by January 5 will be reviewed by the Research Advisory Council and the award decision made by January 15. The Research Advisory Council will evaluate proposals based on 1) intellectual/creative merit; 2) impact: the expected contribution to the regional mission or the faculty research direction, 3) the potential for follow-on activity or funding, 4) presentation and readability of the proposal for a general audience (limit the jargon please), and 5) level of student participation.
a final report to the Research Advisory Council is required. The reporting requirement may be met by a proposal submitted for future work, a paper or chapter submitted for publication, a final report submitted to an agency or collaborator, an abstract for presentation of a paper at a conference, or a description of the use and data collected by equipment funded. Awardees will present their work to the campus at a public gathering.
(submitted electronically by January 5th in MS Word to
firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line, “Faculty Research Development proposal”):
Proposal length is limited to two pages of text as described below, plus a half-page budget and half-page budget justification. Appendices include a 2-5 page CV and references. Required font: 12 point; margins: 1 inch all around. The proposal must be entirely self-contained and selfexplanatory; no cover letter.
The following sections are highly recommended for ease of review by the panel, with the section headings recommended to be in bold.
Maximum of two pages for items below:
Cost category Requested
Fringe and rate:
Total Direct Costs: