FACULTY MEETING MINUTES
September 8, 2000
WELCOME AND PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President Studley welcomed the faculty to the 2000-01 academic year. She thanked them for the support, loyalty and wisdom they shared with her during her first year as President. Last year was a listening year and she listened to the voices of students, faculty, and alumni. This coming year will be one of action and planning. She is profoundly moved by the devotion of the faculty to our students and inspired by the hunger of so many of our students for community, the chance to serve and to do an outstanding job, and the respect of the faculty.
Last year IPC and President Studley talked about Skidmore’s planning history and what would best serve the College’s needs at this time. Together they chartered a Summer Planning Group to design a planning process for the campus. Their charge was to recommend to IPC a process that would be inclusive, educational, and stimulating, and that could realistically lead to a synthesis of our community’s thinking on strategic directions by the end of the school year. The next step is for the group is to make recommendations to IPC, which will happen within the next two weeks. President Studley is optimistic that IPC will be very receptive and that the next time the faculty meets, we will be launching a process that will help us chart Skidmore’s course for the future. President Studley thanked the members of the Summer Planning Group: Tom Denny, Chair; Barbara Beck, Dave Domozych, Ken Hardy, Mary Lynn (IPC liaison); Deborah Meyers, Jon Ramsey, and Mark Youndt. Jeanne Waldinger served as the Alumni Association liaison. Anne Henderson, Joe Stankovich and Jim Gette provided valuable assistance.
Tom Denny, Chair of the Summer Planning Group, briefly reported that the group met several times during the summer. The group’s charge is both to develop a process to guide Skidmore’s planning and to educate the community about the complex challenges that lie ahead. It consists of members of faculty, student and staff members, and a liaison to the Alumni Association Board. The group expects to present its recommendations to IPC. A number of members from the Summer Group will be serving on IPC next year.
President Studley introduced the new members of the President’s Staff who arrived over the summer: Michael Casey, Vice President for Advancement; and John Berman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. She also announced that Mary Lou Bates joins the President’s Staff as the Interim Dean for Admissions and Student Aid. She will serve on an interim basis during this academic year.
DEAN OF THE FACULTY’S REPORT
Dean Berman told the faculty that he was happy and honored to be here as Skidmore’s first Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Coming in from the outside and from a very different place, he is impressed with the quality of Skidmore College. The faculty consists of outstanding teacher-scholars, supported by an excellent staff and facilities. The faculty has been addressing some tough issues in the past, and he hopes to be actively involved in their continuing efforts to work on them in the future. The amount of interdisciplinary work that goes on at Skidmore, such as the LS1 program, the Honors Forum, the Tang Teaching Museum, and others, is another aspect that stands out to him. He is also impressed by the unique nature of the residential liberal arts college. The strength of a place like Skidmore lies in what happens in addition to excellent individual courses, and we need to think about how the academic side of the College can work with other aspects of the Skidmore community to enrich the total student experience.
He finds that there is a good a fit between the direction Skidmore is going and his sense of what should be addressed in higher education today. The biggest challenge is for an institution is to find a focus, i.e., to get a sense of what one is good at and try to make that even better.
He is glad he decided to come here and looks forward to working with each of the faculty in the future.
Dean Berman introduced Professor Chuck Joseph, who is a new Associate Dean in his office; Barbara Doyle-Wilch, the College Librarian; and Ian Berry, Curator of the Tang Teaching Museum.
Susan Bender, Associate Dean of the Faculty, introduced the new full-time faculty members. She also thanked the appointing departments and chairs for all of their hard work and wise decisions that brought us such a promising group of new faculty to Skidmore. (See Attachment A.)
John Brueggemann, Chair of CEPP, reported that CEPP is moving forward with a proposal for a revised core curriculum. CEPP believes that there is substantial interest among the faculty for consideration of such a proposal, and plans to hold a special faculty meeting on September 22, 2000. A working draft of the proposal will be circulated before the meeting. CEPP expects to move on a formal proposal at either the October or November faculty meeting and hopes have a vote at the December faculty meeting. The goals are to have a broad and open discussion and examine all the various issues thoroughly and bring the process to closure in December in order to implement a new curriculum for next year.
Don McCormack, Dean of Special Programs, reported that his department had a very busy and productive summer and thanked the community and his staff for their hard work. He thought it was the best summer they had ever had. There were larger turnouts for his department’s public events than any summer he can remember. He will make available to the faculty a document that his office prepares for the Board of Trustees that will summarize the activities of his programs during the summer.
Michael Casey, Vice President for Advancement, introduced Barry Pritzker, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations.
Dean Pat Oles introduced Andrew Demaree, Counselor, Counseling Center; and the two new community coordinators, Sherry Matulock and Melissa Kennedy. Lewis Rosengarten will be an academic counselor in HEOP, although he is not new to the College.
Karl Broekhuizen introduced Jeff Clark, Director of Management Information Systems, and Bret Ingermann, Director and Chief Tech Services Officer for CITS.
Ken Hardy ’01, President of SGA introduced the executive committee for the 2000-01 academic year: John Eick ‘02, President for Clubs and Organizations; Margaretta Walton ‘01, Vice President for Financial Affairs; Kate Nedelman ‘02, Vice President for Residential Affairs; Adam Abramowitz ‘01, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Keith Kirshner ‘02, Vice President for Communications. He spoke to the importance of responsibility and cooperation and stated that if the faculty has any concerns or needs to please contact the Student Government Association.
The May 17, 2000 minutes were approved as written.
Mehmet Okekon for CFG moved the adoption of the 2000-01 Faculty Handbook and presented three motions. (See Attachment B.) He asked members of the faculty to review the revisions. A vote will be taken at the next faculty meeting.
David Domozych, Chair of the Faculty Development Committee, informed the faculty that there is a booklet available that contains information about opportunities for scholarly work at the College. These opportunities can also be accessed through the web page from the DOF web site as well. He reminded the faculty that the deadline for the Keck Scholars application is September 25.
Terry Diggory, Coordinator of LS1, encouraged members of the faculty who have received the LS1 reader to read it. There is an LS1 web site that is accessible from the Skidmore home page, and it includes the LS1 syllabus. LS1 lectures are open to any faculty member who wants to attend. They are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:25 - 2:20 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:05 - 2:00 in the theater.
Susan Kress, Chair of CAPT, informed the faculty that they would be receiving electronically, the CAPT calendar and two operating codes. There will also be hard copies in the DOF office. One of the codes is the new operating code for CAPT’s review procedure, which was passed on the floor of the faculty about three years ago. In the Faculty Handbook there is a description of membership and function for the tenure review board and the tenure appeals committee, but this is the first time the faculty has seen an operating code. CAPT is mandated to meet with new faculty this month to explain the reappointment and tenure system to them.
President Studley invited the faculty to attend the opening events of the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and to use this new resource in teaching and scholarship. She also invited them to Scribner House immediately following this meeting in honor of new faculty and staff.
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