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fc minutes 4-18-19

Faculty Council Meeting Minutes, April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019

228Chambers Bldg
2:30-4:30 pm


Attendees:  Dr.’s Richard Hazler, Fran Arbaugh, David Monk, Marsha Modeste, Hyung Joon Yoon, Barbara Schaefer; Samantha Koon (UGSC), Annie Maselli (GSC)

Of the 11 voting members, 5 were in attendance. It was decided to move forward with the meeting but not vote on the minutes from the March 21, 2019 meeting.  (Minutes Approved at the September 19, 2019 Faculty Council Meeting.)

The council was called to order at 2:45 PM by Richard Hazler, Chair.

1.     Minutes of the Preceding Meeting held on March 21, 2019 --  Due to the limited number of voting council members in attendance, the Chair’s decided to table the vote on the preceding meeting minutes until September.

2.     Announcements by the Chair

2.1.  College of Education Elections Update

2.1.1.     New Faclty members to the council 2019-20: Tracy Raulston, EPCSE, Soo-yong Byun (2nd term) EPS, Jacqueline Reid-Walsh CI, Carla Zembal-Saul, CI

3.     Communications to the Council

3.1.  Graduate Student Council Updates (Annie Maselli)

3.1.1.     Annie will serve as the representative for the Graducate Student Council next academic year, 2019-20.

3.1.2.     Endowed Professorship (Hoy). Disappointed that the finalists were all white males. Looking for transparency on how the finalists were selected.

3.2.  Undergraduate Student Council Updates (Samantha Koon)

3.2.1.     Donuts with the Deans this past Monday was a successful event.

4.     Comments by the Dean of the College

4.1.  Dean Search -- There are four finalists for the dean’s position and on campus interviews are starting to happen.  Please participate and share your feedback. 

4.2.  Faculty Searches -- We have two signed contracts for tenure-line faculty appointments, one in counselor education and one in secondary English education.  Several offers are pending at the moment in the other searches.  We’re hoping to wrap these up soon.  Additionally, we are still working on the search plan for next year’s tenure-line searches. An announcement will be forthcoming.

4.3.  Chambers Building Renovations -- The Place Committee met recently and discussed a revised version of the earlier Phase One idea which we’re now calling Phase Alpha.  We’re recognizing that the earliest the Link project will happen will be at the start of the next capital plan which will begin in 2023.  We’re talking about creating a demonstration project that will allow us to test drive some of the ideas we’ve been talking about to gain experience and to become smarter about the larger project.

4.4.  Guidance Document

4.4.1.     There is a new draft of the Guidance document that has benefitted from input from a number of groups.  The Equity Team has been visiting departments and the feedback has been helpful.

4.4.2.     We have finalists interviewing for a post-doc position that is designed to facilitate curriculum development around diversity, equity, and inclusion themes.

4.5.  Staff Advisory Council – We have a draft to share of the guidelines for creating a Staff Advisory Council.

4.6.  Summits – We had a very successful Prison Education summit several weeks ago. The Discovery Summit was also quite successful and showcased the work of a number of our faculty members. Plans are being made for the Waterbury Summit in May with a focus on the Learning Sciences.

4.7.  Website Redesign – A survey will soon be distributed from the outside vendor who is working with us on the redesign of the College website. There will also be focus groups in the near future.

4.8.  Commencement Speaker – 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.

4.9.  Post-Doc in Equity – Interviews occurring today.

4.10.  P&T –  Wrapping up 4th year reviews.  Greg & Rayne scheduling P&T workshops in May for faculty

5.     Reports of Standing Committees

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

5.1.1.     Marsha agreed to chair the committee 2019-20.

5.1.2.     Awards ceremony was held last Thursday, April 11.

5.2.     Curricular Affairs  (Uju Anya) --  no report

5.3.     Graduate Studies and Research Policy (Scott Metzger)

5.3.1.     Barbara Schaefer has agreed to represent the faculty council on this committee 2019-20.

5.4.     Technology (Hyung Joon Yoon)

5.4.1.     Joon has agreed to continue as the Chair for 2019-20.

5.4.2.     Innovative Uses for Technology Fund RFP due May 15.

5.4.3.     College of Education Roundtable Series delivered their second roundtable on April 18. Approximately 10-15 participants both online and in-person.

5.4.4.     Next round table will be on E-Portfolio – September 2019.

 6.     Reports of Special and Ad-Hoc Commitees

7.     News from the University Graduate Council (Scott Metzger) – no report

8.     News from the Faculty Senate (Diandra Prescod) – no report

9.     Unfinished Legislative Business

10.     New Legislative Business

11.     Forensic Business

12.     Comments and recommendations for the good of the College

12.1.    Thank you to Dean Monk for his support and leadership.


Meeting Adjourned at 3:35PM.

Next Faculty Council Meeting:

9/19/19, 2:30-4:30 PM, 228 Chambers