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fc minutes 3-21-19

Faculty Council Meeting Minutes March 21, 2019


March 21, 2019

228Chambers Bldg
2:30-4:30 pm


Attendees:  Dr.’s Richard Hazler, Gregory Kelly, ChanMin Kim, Liza Conyers, Hyung Joon Yoon, Uju Anya, Marsha Modeste, Barbra Schaefer, Edward Fuller, Diandra Prescod; Annie Maselli (GSC Rep), Samantha Koon (UGSC Rep), and the College Equity Team

A quorum was met to conduct official business.

Meeting called to order by Chair, Richard Hazler at 2:36 PM

1.     Minutes of the Preceding Meetings

1.1.  Minutes of January 17, 2019: Motion to approve the revised minutes (Marsha Modeste).  Motion approved

1.2.  Minues of February 21, 2019: Motion to pass the revised minutes as presented (Liza Conyers).  Motion unanimously approved.

2.     Announcements by the Chair

2.1.  College of Education Elections Update

2.1.1.     Chair-elect for 2019-20 is Julia Bryan.

2.1.2.     Ombudsperson – Erica Frankenberg; Alternate Ombudsperson – Pamela Wolfe

2.1.3.     P&T election resulted in a tie – a “run-off” election is being conducted and will finalize next week.

2.1.4.     University Graduate Council and the Fixed-term Promotion committee elections will be finalized next week.

2.2.  Need to identify members to serve on the faculty council sub-committees. If interested in serving as the chair of a sub-committee    please contact Fran Arbaugh prior to the next Faculty Council meeting.

3.     Communications to the Council

3.1.  Graduate Student Council Updates (Annie Maselli)

3.1.1.     March 30 – Survivor Research Island will be held. This is a mini conference for graduate students.

3.1.2.     Questions – How can feedback from students be provided to the Chambers Place Committee and on the Deans Search?   Referred to Dean’s Office for these types of questions.

3.2.  Undergraduate Student Council Updates (Samantha Koon)

3.2.1.     Honor students in CoE are not feeling as supported as they would like. There aren’t many honors courses available which is making it difficult to receive the honors credits necessary for the honors program.  Would like more ways to incorporate honors curriculum into their courses to meet the criteria of the honors college.

3.2.2.     Richard Hazler reported update on previous USC expressed concerns about EDPSY 400. A full revamp of the course has been in progress and is approximately 75% complete at this time.

4.     Comments by the Dean of the College

4.1.  Dean Search

4.1.1.     The position has been posted and the search committee is hard at work.  Zoom interviews are in the process of being conducted and the plan have follow-up multi-day on-campus visits for the finalists in mid- to late-April.  Each finalist will be making a public presentation and there will be opportunities to provide input to the president and provost regarding perceived strengths and weaknesses.

4.2.  Faculty Searches

4.2.1.     We have two signed contracts in hand for tenure-line faculty appointments, one in counselor education and one in secondary English education.  Both are outstanding appointments.  The remaining searches are progressing.  One offer is pending and in the other cases candidates are still arriving for visits.

4.2.2.     There was discussion about future tenure-line faculty searches at the April 11th meeting of the College’s Advisory Committee.  The chair of the Faculty Council is a member of that committee.  Decisions will be made soon about searches for next year.

4.3.  Chambers Building Renovations

4.3.1.     The Place Committee met recently and received an update on the north side renovation.  Some new ideas are in the mix that may affect the initial proposal for a phased approach to the renovation.  There is some discussion about possibly gaining the space between the two sides of Chambers Building to truly establish a front door for the building.  Filling in this space would also have advantage for the mechanical upgrades that need to be part of the plan. The architects will be meeting with the Place Committee at its next meeting.

4.4.  Guidance Document

4.4.1.     A draft of the Guidance document that is intended to serve as a resource for faculty and staff members as they think about how to contribute to the enhancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion is being vetted and will be shared with the Faculty Council later in this meeting.  The feedback has been helpful and will be incorporated into the document.

4.5.  Staff Advisory Council

4.5.1.     An ad hoc planning committee is working on the design for a College of Education Staff Advisory Council.  We expect to see a proposal before the end of the semester.

4.6.  Research Incentive Funds (RIF) Update

4.6.1.     We’ve made a few changes to the report on how the Research Incentive Funds are being expended in the College.  Each year, the College (along with all the other colleges at Penn State) receives an allocation of RIF from the central administration.  The amount corresponds to the College’s share of the overhead that is generated on grants and contracts.  The University uses a formula that applies to all colleges to calculate this amount.  The University’s intent is for the colleges to use these dollars to build infrastructure to support research.  We’ve been doing this in the College of Education and we use these dollars to support the Research Initiation Grant program as well as activities in the research office.  We also earmark a portion to return to the PI’s as well as to the departments to support research.  The chart shows the dollar amounts that have come into the College and what the expenditures in these categories look like.  You’ll see that the expenditures exceed the revenues and this is because we use resources from other sources to supplement the support coming from the RIF dollars.  The other sources of support include unfilled positions and revenue sharing.  The chart has been posted on the internal web page for the College.

4.7.  Summits

4.7.1.     As mentioned at previous meetings, plans are continuing to be made for the Discovery Summit where we showcase faculty work for our alumni and friends.  This will take place here in Chambers Building tomorrow evening.  In addition, the Restorative Justice Summit in will take place March 29th and 30th, and the Waterbury Summit on the Learning Sciences will take place mid-May.

4.8.  Website Redesign

4.8.1.     A contract to an outside vendor has been issued for the redesign of the College’s website.  There will be activity like scheduled focus groups with key constituencies beginning later this semester.

4.9.  Commencement Speaker

4.9.1.     As mentioned previously, Pedro Rivera, PA Secretary of Education, has agreed to be our commencement speaker in the spring.  Suggestions for future speakers are always welcome.  Our undergraduate commencement ceremony will take place on May 5th.

5.     Reports of Standing Committees

5.1.     Faculty, Staff, Student Concerns (Marsha Modeste)

5.1.1.     Faculty/Staff/Student Awards Ceremony is Thursday, April 11, 3:00-4:30.

5.2.     Curricular Affairs  (Uju Anya) – no report

5.3.     Graduate Studies and Research Policy (Scott Metzger) – no report

5.4.     Technology (Hyung Joon Yoon)

5.4.1.     College of Education Innovative Uses of Technology for Education announcement sent with a deadline of May 15, 2019.

5.4.2.     New initiative:  Monthly Technology Brown Bag Series – first held today. Today they discussed Canvas Pride, Zoom, Qualtrics and LionPath uses to help in advising. Next topic, April 3 @ 11:30 will be on software programs to help in research. These are 30 minute facilitated sessions, followed with another 30 minute Q&A or additional discussion based on the participants interest.

 6.     Reports of Special and Ad-Hoc Commitees

7.     News from the University Graduate Council (Scott Metzger)

7.1.  Will be looking at updating the academic ethics policy.

7.2.  Faculty Senate has initiative to have the council chaired by a Graduate Faculty member instead of the Dean of the Graduate School.

7.3.  Graduate Research Exhibition --  March 22-24 at the HUB-Robeson Center.

 8.     News from the Faculty Senate (Diandra Prescod)

8.1.  Educational Equity and Campus Environment Committee – final report from July issues. Need a deeper look at AI practices on underrepresented minorities. Language vague on handling

8.2.  Global Programs Committee – Many students expressing anxieties surrounding their visas and employment following graduation.

8.3.  Scholarship awards mostly from Pennsylvania. No specific breakdown provided.

 9.     Unfinished Legislative Business

10.     New Legislative Business

11.     Forensic Business

11.1.  DRAFT Guidance Document for Reporting Faculty Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals

11.1.1.  Equity Team Presentation. Shared the cause for the team’s development, their purpose, focus, and resources gathered and developing.

11.1.2.  Distributed the most up-to-date Guidance Document which is a “living” document and may continue to evolve. Have begun meeting with the Departments at their faculty meetings. Working with DCEC.

12.     Comments and recommendations for the good of the College

12.1.  Uju Anya shared that there will be a candle light vigil for a faculty member’s son who was shot by local police sent to do a wellness check. Vigil will be at 7:00 PM at the Allen Street Gates.

Meeting Adjourned at 4:17 PM


Next Faculty Council Meeting:

4/18/19, 2:30-4:30 PM, 228 Chambers