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Faculty Senate Minutes from 8/20/2014

Call to Order: 1:05pm by David Chin


Faculty: Christine Berzsenyi, Ann Brennan, Wei-Fan Chen, David Chin, Jeffrey Chiampi, Terry Clemente, George Coroian, Marshall Davis, Francis Derby, Linda Goldstein, Anatoli Ivanov, Melisa Naylor, Brian Naberezny, Willie Ofosu, Steven Putzel, Frouke de Quillettes, Renee Rosier, Thomas Seybert, Tim Sichler,  Dudley Snyder, Fred Stefon, Thomas Winter

Administrative Members: Charles Davis, Albert Lozano

Student Representative: None

Announcements: seek nominations/volunteers for faculty senate positions

Chancellor’s Report:

  • Delivered during Campus Meeting earlier in morning
  • Focus on breakout sessions after faculty senate meeting

DAA Report:

  • Enrollment change across all University campuses
  • Ways to promote recruitment (focus of breakout sessions)
  • Discussion of 2013 student credit hours by faculty
  • Academic integrity violations and reporting
  • Elements of syllabus and Disability liaison for campus
  • FAR digital measures
  • P-Card for faculty travel
  • Campus vehicle v. rentals
  • Academic search results for Survey Engineering; Rehabilitation & Human Services
  • Attendance and impact on student financial aid; request for reporting of attendance and performance
  • Reminder of August 22, 2014 welcome for new students

Committee Reports: None

  • Scholarly Activity Committee: None
  • Student Affairs Committee: None
  • Academic Affairs Committee: None
  • Faculty Affairs Committee: None
  • Library Committee: None
  • University Faculty Council Report: None
  • University Senate Report: None

Old Business: None

New Business: None

Comments for the Good of the Order: None

Next meeting – October 14, 2014 at 12:05 in T-101

Meeting was adjourned at 1:30pm


Faculty Senate Minutes From 10/14/2014

Call to order: 12:05pm by David Chin


Faculty: Melisa Naylor, Tim Sichler, Bob Faux, Jeff Chaimpi, Anson Carter, William Chickillo, David Chin, Frank Derby, Thomas Winter, Renee Rosier, William Bachman, Brian Naberezny, John Weber, Fred Stefon, Tom Seybert, Dudley Snyder, Lynda Goldstein, Willie Ofosu, Marshall Davis, Walteen Truly

Administrative Members: Albert Lozano, Charles Davis

Reviewed minutes for the 8/20/2014 meeting.


  • U. Park Faculty Senate will be visiting and also the Penn State Laureate will be presenting this Thursday. Dr. Susan Russell, noon-hour presentation.  Her theme is Dignity; topic is“turning obstacles into order”.  Next Tuesday Oct.21, Dr. Nichola Gutgold from the Schreyer Honors College will be on campus. It will be an open presentation to both faculty and students.

Chancellor Report:

  • Our enrollment is down by 53 students compared to fall of last year; 36 of those are part-time students. We really up scaled our marketing media, marketing materials, etc. We changed our focus on open house, we are focusing more on the quality of the education and faculty, and the success of our students. Our October open house will a PowerPoint presentation continuously running called “Meet the heart of Penn State Wilkes-Barre.” Please give Rachel your information for this video. Challenge each of you as a faculty member to spend 10 to 15 minutes a week to reach out to one potential student. Contact Ellen and she will see you get a name each week if you do not know a potential student. Copy Ellen so she can follow up with that potential student.
  • The Advisory Board formed an ad hoc committee on enrollment management and admissions. Rick Struthers is going to chair that committee; David Reese, and Jim Reno will be on that committee as well.

 DAA Report: (Please see faculty secretary for handouts)

  • Digital Measures. Discipline coordinators the DAA talks to each discipline.  It is very important that digital measures are in your file. Before the next deadline submission which is January 15, please make sure that all of your data in digital measures in accurate. Also note that from digital measures you can print out your information. Albert will send out a document that contains all the possible entries. 
  • Faculty and staff searches: Personal and Career Counselor; we are also searching for an Assistant Professor for Surveying and Engineering. Interviews are scheduled for mid-November. We are also searching for an Assistant Professor for Rehabilitation and Human Services; this is tenure track position. 
  • Campus-to-Campus enrollment. 582 students. Albert had a breakdown of the campuses and comparisons. All campuses are seeing a decline in enrollment. Majority of our student are Pennsylvania residents. The bulk of our students are full time.
  • Questions: how University Park figures in data for all of this. Are we comparing apples and apples? 

 Committee Reports:

  • Scholarly Activity: has not met.
  • Student Affairs:  Met on Oct. 1, 2014. Possible topics and discussion for the future:
    • Student surveys that were completed about issues that are happening on campus; there is a very low completion rate.  Maybe redistribute them.
    • General education information session that was available to faculty and staff: offer it to students to give them a voice.
    • Advisor rating effectiveness.
    • Next meeting is scheduled for Monday October 27, at 12:15. Hemlock Room in the Student Commons.
  • Faculty Affairs: please see faculty secretary for minutes.
  • Library Committee: please see faculty secretary for minutes.
    • Met Oct 1.
    • Spoke briefly with Megan McGregor. Two items:
      • Developmental program to inform students about what they have available to them.
      • She is also interested in any faculty feedback of any issues the students may have with the University Library.
  • University Senator’s Report: (See faculty secretary for printed report.) Willie discussed the faculty benefits. The healthcare benefits is an ongoing process.  The multiplying factor of the number of credits the faculty is teaching.
  • Academic Affairs:
    • John Weber presented about the General Education task force.
    • Online course delivery: issues and concerns. Bob Faux talked about the survey feedback and the issue in technology. Students are signing up for online courses and they have no type of technology at home. We had to lend the students computers on a weekly basis over the summer. Course objectives: we have to be sure our content experts are making good decisions about whether a course can be presented online. That needs to be on-going recommendation from the course experts with some discussion with some people in that department, can this really be done.  There are definite limitations and there is huge preparation to put these courses online. In addition, faculty are all at different places from a technology standpoint, and some will probably be more comfortable teaching online than others. As the DAA thinks about offering online courses, it would great to recruit and encourage faculty, and not just assign. Training and education online. Cumbersome; could not find my way through it. We need an expert in doing this. University Park is using tools that we do not have available to us. Their faculty meets with a web designer and they design the course as they go. Looking for support recommendation, how are we doing this and with whom. Quality assurance standards: is there actually a faculty member on the other end.  Incentives and compensation, when we are teaching an online course of 300 students, what will that workload be? This is a benefit for some students because of the flexibility; it is also a liability. John Weber was involved in a redesign for Finance 101. John was very impressed with the amount of resources World Campus actually had. When you have a team of seven people, which is what he was working with, you really see the product at the end. A number of issues have come up and it is important to be on top of this.  Many students prefer a hybrid, the technology of the students have availability to them. Bill Bachman had a student who could not get a report done because of a dust storm in Saudi Arabia. Student from China who had poor technology. Would like to continue discussion at next meeting and receive more input.  Email John Weber (jpw10@psu.edu) with any questions or comments, so he can put an agenda forward to the committee. This would allow the committee to review our concerns so we could possibly get a vote. (Please see the Academic Affairs Committee’s motion on formalizing policies and procedures regarding non-traditional course delivery methods, sent to all faculty in email.)

Next meeting is Dec. 2, 2014.

Meeting was adjourned at 1:00 pm.