Academic and Professional Affairs (A&P) Committee

Valerie Kepner, A&P Chair

This Committee has the responsibility to study and suggest policies in all areas of general academic concern and professional questions such as academic freedom, policies about sabbatical leaves or leaves of absence, general policies on promotion and tenure, academic calendar, faculty organization and governance, institutional resources, etc. It shall apply established public policy on professional conduct to individual cases brought to its attention and make recommendations to appropriate administrative officers. All major initiatives and policy recommendations made by members of the A&P committee must be referred to Faculty Council for its approval.

Summary of A&P’s December 15, 2017 Meeting

A&P met on December 15. Major topics covered included the following:

  • E-dossiers Sub-Committee Report: The sub-committee will meet to compose a list of questions to pose to members of the standing Tenure and Promotion Committee regarding the possible introduction of e-dossiers.
  • Division Restructuring Sub-Committee Report: The timing of the survey was discussed. The survey will most likely be sent out to faculty during the week before the next semester’s classes start.
  • Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee Report: Specifics of a recommendation to Faculty Council were discussed. The discussion is on-going.
  • Use of different academic integrity violation forms across the College: The form found in the Faculty and Student Handbooks is the most up-to-date form with a Word version of the form to be created and eventually posted to the Faculty Resources webpage.

The next meeting of the A&P Committee will take place on Friday, January 26, starting at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115.

A&P Meeting on December 15

Dear Colleagues,

A&P will be meeting this Friday, December 15, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115. All faculty are welcome to attend. Please find A&P’s agenda below.

All the best,

Valerie Kepner

A&P Chair

 

A&P AGENDA

December 15, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115

 

I.    Call to Order

II.    Minutes

III.  Chair’s Report

IV.  Old Business

  1. E-dossiers Sub-Committee Report
  2. Division Restructuring Sub-Committee Report
  3. Composition of Standing Committees Sub-Committee Report
  4. Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee Report
  5. Updating of Faculty Handbook Language
  6. Use of different academic integrity violation forms across the College

V.    New Business

VI.  Adjournment

 

Next Meeting:

January 26, 2018

2:10 PM

SF 115

Summary of A&P’s December 1, 2017 Meeting

A&P met on December 1. Topics covered included the following:

  • E-dossiers Sub-Committee Report: Bill Keating and Pete Phillips were in attendance and provided pros and cons of different platforms and answered questions.
  • Division Restructuring Sub-Committee Report: A revised draft of an earlier survey discussed at the last A&P meeting was reviewed and will be sent to all A&P members for further feedback. The survey will soon be sent to faculty.
  • Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee Report: The sub-committee members are continuing their work researching best practices.
  • Updating of Faculty Handbook Language: A&P members will forward to the A&P chair any changes to the first 25 pages of the Faculty Handbook relating to the titles of deans. The remainder of the Handbook was divided into sections and each A&P member will review a section and again report changes to the A&P chair.
  • New business included the formation of the Summer Research Grant Committee and discussion surrounding the use of different academic integrity violation forms across Student and Faculty Handbooks, the Faculty Resources website and what’s distributed to students in FYE.

The next meeting of the A&P Committee will take place on Friday, December 15, starting at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115.

A&P Meeting on December 1

Dear Colleagues,

A&P will be meeting on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115. All faculty are welcome to attend. Please find A&P’s agenda below.

All the best,

Valerie Kepner

A&P Chair

 

A&P AGENDA

December 1, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115 

I.      Call to Order

II.    Minutes

III.  Chair’s Report

IV.  Old Business

  1. E-dossiers Sub-Committee Report and visit with Bill Keating and Pete Phillips
  2. Division Restructuring Sub-Committee Report
  3. Composition of Standing Committees Sub-Committee Report
  4. Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee Report
  5. Updating of Faculty Handbook Language

V.    New Business

VI.  Adjournment

Next Meeting:

December 15, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115

Summary of A&P’s November 3, 2017 Meeting

A&P met on November 3. Topics covered included the following:

  • E-dossiers: An example tenure portfolio has now been created using both the Moodle and Sharepoint platforms. Bill Keating and Pete Phillips will be in attendance at the December 1 meeting to answer and address questions and concerns as well as to make recommendations.
  • Division Restructuring Sub-Committee: A majority of the meeting was spent reviewing the sub-committee’s rough draft of a survey to be distributed to faculty asking for feedback regarding the perceived importance of serving on standing committees among other questions.
  • Updating of Faculty Handbook Language: Committee members agreed to read the first 25 pages of the Faculty Handbook before the next A&P meeting at which time we will discuss how to proceed with the updating of outdated language.

The next meeting of the A&P Committee will take place on Friday, December 1, starting at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115.

A&P Meeting on November 3

Dear Colleagues,

A&P will meet on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115. All faculty are welcome to attend. Please find A&P’s agenda below.

A&P AGENDA

November 3, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115

I.      Call to Order

II.    Minutes

III.  Chair’s Report

IV.  Old Business

  1. E-dossiers
  2. Division Restructuring Sub-Committee
  3. Composition of Standing Committees Sub-Committee
  4. Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee
  5. Updating of Faculty Handbook Language

V.    New Business

VI.  Adjournment

Next Meeting:

December 1, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115

Summary of A&P’s October 20, 2017 Meeting

A&P met on October 20. Topics covered included the following:

  • E-dossiers: Work on this continues. Academic and Instructional Technology staff will be asked to attend a future meeting to discuss options.
  • Division Restructuring Sub-Committee: Work on a faculty survey continues.
  • Composition of Standing Committees Sub-Committee: The sub-committee provided a summary of what was learned regarding the seating of committees at our comparison schools. Substantive discussion ensued with the agreement that it would be best to wait for the results of the faculty survey to be conducted by the Division Restructuring Sub-Committee before moving forward with a recommendation.
  • New Business: Raised was the question whether there should be student representation on standing committees. It was noted that the Faculty Handbook does call for a student to serve in an advisory capacity on C&T, though it doesn’t seem to be happening in practice. The Chair will speak with C&T leadership about this. Also raised was a concern regarding the transparency of the list of comparison schools used by administration when statements are made regarding faculty salary parity.

The next meeting of the A&P Committee will take place on Friday, November 3, starting at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115.

A&P Meeting on October 20

Dear Colleagues,

A&P will be meeting on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115. All faculty are welcome to attend. Please find A&P’s agenda below.

A&P AGENDA

October 20, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115

  1. Call to Order
  2. Minutes
  3. Chair’s Report
  4. Academic Affairs Report
  5. Old Business
    1. E-dossiers
    2. Division Restructuring Sub-Committee
    3. Composition of Standing Committees Sub-Committee
    4. Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee
    5. Updating of Faculty Handbook Language
  6. New Business
  7. Adjournment

Next Meeting:

November 3, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115

 

Summary of A&P’s September 29, 2017 Meeting

A&P met on September 29. Topics covered included the following:

  • Chair’s Report: The Chair reported on the most recent Faculty Council meeting.
  • E-dossiers: A working Moodle template was viewed and feedback solicited from A&P members. Work on this continues.
  • Division Restructuring: The subcommittee has begun the work of preparing a survey to be distributed to faculty; it was recommended that faculty members with expertise in composing effective survey questions be asked to review the survey before distribution.
  • Composition of Standing Committees: The subcommittee is currently reviewing how standing committees are seated at our comparison schools and also reviewing AAUP guidelines.
  • Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee: Information was shared with A&P members regarding the practice at Wilkes University, Misericordia University, Marywood University, and Fairfield University (Connecticut). Work on this continues.

The next meeting of the A&P Committee will take place on Friday, October 20, starting at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115.

A&P Meeting on September 29

Dear Colleagues:

A&P will gather for its third meeting of this academic year on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115. All faculty are welcome to attend. Please find A&P’s agenda below.

 

A&P AGENDA

September 29, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115

I.      Call to Order

II.    Minutes

III.  Chair’s Report

IV.  Academic Affairs Report

V.    Old Business

  1. E-dossiers
  2. Division Restructuring & Composition of Standing Committees
  3. Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee
  4. Updating of Faculty Handbook Language

VI.  New Business

VII.         Adjournment

Next Meeting:

October 20, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115

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