February 20, 2012
I. Approval of agenda: approved.
II. Approval of minutes from November 21, 2011: approved.
III. President’s Report (E. Mendieta)
- Shared reflections about what he has learned during the last decade being in the A&S Senate.
- Nominations are coming up in the next few weeks. Urge faculty members to volunteer for open positions on standing committees or as at-large senators.
- Has met with Dean Squires about the Senior Lecturer Title Award. Have not yet heard back from the Provost on the status of the award files submitted last fall.
- Met with Fred Walter (Pres., University Senate) and Dean Squires about the Shared Services resolutions.
- Drafted a response to the “Branding Initiative”.
- The Provost will present a report at the April meeting.
- Visited the HSC Senate to talk about our Senates.
IV. Announcement of winners of the Distinguished Travel Award that GSO and the Graduate School awarded. (S. Trujillo)
- There were 22 applicants for the fall call. Chose 8 recipients.
- The award is worth up to $1,500.
- Provides travel money for graduate students to national and international conferences and performances to highlight their work.
- Listed the names of students who received the travel award.
IV. Academic Judiciary Report (P. Bremer)
- Thanked Wanda Moore and Diane West for their work compiling the data for the report.
- The number of accusations has gone up over the years.
- The internet has opened up the door to a lot of plagiarism.
- Safe assign has helped in catching academic dishonesty.
- Plagiarism in Bio Labs was way up.
- Slightly more transfer students accused.
- If you do need to make an accusation, there is an online form on the AJC website.
- If a student is either found guilty or pleads guilty to academic dishonesty, they get penalized grade wise and then they have to take the Q-Course (a 10 week course held during campus life time).
- Motion made to accept report: All in favor.
V. Presentation by FRRP on “Non-salaried and Courtesy Appointments” (H. Silverman)
- In the Fall the FRRP presented its fall report.
- This is the second part of a two part project. The first part was accepted and approved (Guidelines for Cross-Departmental Secondary Academic Appointments) and can be found on the Provost’s and the FRRP websites.
- This part has to do with Non-Salaried/Courtesy appointments.
- The purpose of this document was to come up with terminology that can be used across-the-board.
- One of the difficulties that has come up is the term “adjunct” that is used in two completely different ways on campus.
- A suggestion was made to add sponsoring faculty to the form.
- Vote to accept: all in favor, none opposed, no abstentions.
VI. Discussion of re-naming of the A&S Senate (E. Mendieta)
- It was felt that the current name was being confused with the CAS Deans Office.
- Three names were suggested: Arts, Humanities and Sciences Senate, Sciences, Arts and Humanities Senate and Humanities, Arts and Sciences Senate.
- Discussion from the floor. Majority felt it was not necessary to change the current name.
- Motion made to leave the name as is: All in favor, none opposed, 3 abstentions.
Library PTC issue: Dr. Walter explained the problem with the Library PTC. The committee has become dysfunctional and they are having a hard time reaching a quorum. Best course of action would be to abolish the committee and move the cases to the Promotion and Tenure Committee. Librarians are constituents of the A&S Senate. This will be taken to the University Senate for a vote.
VII. School of Journalism Report (H. Schneider)
- SOJ launched in 2006. There are 249 undergraduate majors and 58 minors (only one at the time in the SUNY System). Graduated 102 students.
- Began a Master’s program in Journalism this year with concentrations in health, science, the environment, technology and medicine. Nine students enrolled.
- Mission not to just train journalists but to train news consumers and communicators, in this case, science and health communicators.
- Journalism students are required to earn 127 credits to graduate (47 credits in journalism).
- Launched Journalism Without Walls. Students have been to China, Russia and Cuba.
- More than 7,500 students took News Literacy in the past 5 years. Now being taught at 29 Universities. Satisfies DEC B or G.
- Center for Communicating Science launched in 2009. Trains scientists to be better communicators. Nine graduate students enrolled in M.S. program. Fifty-six non-journalism graduate students enrolled. New course (will be an elective) approved in the School of Medicine for fall 2013. National Outreach – workshops across the country.
- Brought in almost 4 Mil. in the last five years in funding from various sources.
- Undergoing a curriculum review after five years. Will be seeking accreditation in 2013-2014.
VIII. Old business: no old business.
IX. New business: no new business.