Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Meeting of the Faculty Senate
October 2, 2012
The meeting was called to order at 4:08 p.m. All departments were in attendance except Academic & Student Development, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, and Special Education.
II. Proposed Courses and Programs
III. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
Faculty Senate Chair Börger-Greco reported that Counseling & Human Development will be changing its Senate representation, making it necessary to elect a new senator to serve as Chair Pro Tempore. She thanked Senator Saunders for her years of service and leadership at Senate. Dr. Börger-Greco asked for any nominations or volunteers. A Börger-Greco/A Miller motion to close nominations and elect Shaun Cook as Chair Pro Tempore was approved without dissent.
Chair Börger-Greco encouraged faculty to plan to attend commencement on December 16 and to volunteer for service in the remaining vacant seats on campus committees.
A discussion was held regarding collegiality among faculty in our shared governance structure with APSCUF. Key points were:
- There needs to be more deliberate communication among senators, APSCUF representatives, and departments as a whole. We may want a committee or task force to serve as mechanism for strong APSCUF-Senate collaboration. A joint meeting of the two bodies was recommended.
- The results of the changes to Gen Ed would likely not be any different. However, the process and actions related to the change lacked clarity and moved forward without sufficient consultation with some departments. Leadership of governance bodies need to be notified of important issues that will be raised so the agenda can reflect discussions to be held and members can come prepared with input from departments. The mechanism for how changes impacting the entire university are carried out is being discussed and will ultimately be approved jointly by APSCUF and Senate.
- There is a postponed vote on the table at APSCUF to suspend the curriculum function of Senate while issues related to referendum votes are evaluated. During any interim time, APSCUF would assume responsibility for the curricular review process. Even if Senate no longer handles curriculum, it would carry on with other roles within a clarified charge.
- Administration meets regularly with APSCUF leadership as well as attending Senate meetings. Administrative presence at Senate is more substantial now than in the past. The administration appreciates being welcome to interact with faculty in either setting. MU has history of more collegial relationships between faculty and administration than PASSHE in general or other campuses.
IV. Report of the Student Senate President
Student Senate President Snyder reported on first year elections and constitutional changes redefining representation based on student organizations. It was clarified that current senators will continue to serve in liaison roles with the bodies they represent. However, there is potential for the process to move towards election of senators from within the represented bodies themselves. Senate is working with CSIL on this and welcomes conversation on the issue.
V. Report of the Graduate Student Association
VI. Report of the Administrative Officers
Assoicate Provost for Academic Affairs
A question was raised about DARS reflecting updated GenEd requirements. Dr. Adams noted that implementation may have missed students who started earlier than predicted by the Registrar for students graduating in December 2012. Advisors are encouraged to contact the Registrar or Provost to resolve residual cases. Dr. Adams invited faculty to participate in the CAE sessions led by Dr. Linda Shadiow.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
(1) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
BUAD 207: Introduction to Information Science, 3 credits. Proposal to change the course number to 307 and the name to Management Information Systems.
(2) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
BUAD 251: Organization and Management, 3 credits, G3, W. Proposal to change the course name to Principles of Management and update the course description.
(3) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE<
BUAD 306: Business Research Methods, 3 credits. Proposal to change the course number to 206 and adjust math prerequisites.
(4) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
BUAD 308: Quantitative Methods in Business, 3 credits. Proposal to change the course number to 358 and the name to Management Science and to adjust prerequisites.
(5) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
BUAD 366: Federal Income Tax I, 3 credits. Proposal to establish minimal grades in prerequisites.
(6) CHANGE TO UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
BUAD 455: Strategic Management, 3 credits. Proposal to change the course name to Strategy and Policy.
VIII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
IX. Faculty Emeriti
A Wushanley/Igyor motion that Professor Adele S. Ruszak be granted the honorary title of Assistant Professor of Wellness and Sport Sciences Emerita was approved without dissent. [see Attachment #1]
X. Other/New Business
Meeting was adjourned at 5:23 p.m.
Aimee L. Miller
Faculty Senate Secretary
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