Faculty Senate Committees

Faculty Senate Committees

2017-2018 Committees

Executive Committee

Election Committee

Standing Committees (see Appendix A):

Academic Affairs Committee
Faculty Affairs Committee
Library Committee
Scholarly Affairs Committee
Student Affairs Committee

Special Committees:

Promotion and Tenure Committee

Ad-Hoc Committees:

Diversity in Education
Academic Integrity


Executive Committee

Authority: Article IV, Section 4, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate Constitution

Membership: The Executive Committee consists of the chairperson, immediate past chairperson, vice-chairperson, two members at large elected by the Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate from its membership, and the senior representative to the University College Council and the senior University Faculty Senator from Penn State Wilkes-Barre. The Chancellor is an ex officio member.

Duties:

  1. (Article IV, Section 4, Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate Constitution): This committee acts as an advisory and consultative group to the Chancellor. It also advises the chairperson and vice-chairperson on the composition of standing committees of the Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate.
  2. (Article II, Section 6, Bylaws of the Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate): Schedules regular meetings with the administration to discuss faculty business. Conducts routine and executive functions such as: preparing agendas, referring correspondence, scheduling meetings, selecting faculty representative for search and screen committees for campus administrative positions.

Members

Chair: John Weber
Past Chair: Marshall Davis
Vice Chair: Renee Rosier
Members at Large:
University College Council Rep:
University Senators: Willie Ofosu, Wei-Fan Chen
Chancellor (ex officio): Dale Jones
Chancellor Appointment: Ellen Gregorio, Rachel Olszewski


Election Committee

Authority: Article I, Elections, Bylaws of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate

Membership: Members appointed (within the first 12 days of Spring Semester) by the Senate chairperson in consultation with the Executive Committee. At least three senate members including the chairperson.

Term of Service: One year (to end of next fall semester; calendar year)

Duties: This committee conducts elections as follows:

  • Spring Semester Election (completed at least one week prior to last class day)
    • The chairperson-elect
    • Two at-large members of the Executive Committee
    • One ombudsperson and an alternate
    • Two members of the Good Offices Panel and an alternate
    • Two members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Fall Semester Election (by the end of the semester)
    • Senators to the University Faculty Senate
    • Representatives to the University College Faculty Council

Academic Affairs Committee

Authority: Article IV, Section 1, Bylaws of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate

Membership: Chief Academic Officer (ex officio); at least three full-time faculty members; one student designated by the Student Government Association.

Duties: This committee advises the Office of Academic Affairs on scheduling, proposed new courses and evaluation of present courses, academic standards, academic advising, admission, and other matters related to academic affairs, including policy. This committee also acts as the Curricular Affairs Committee mandated by the Constitution of the Commonwealth College Faculty Senate.

Charge to the Committee: To be developed.

Members

Chief Academic Officer:
Dale Jones (ex officio)
Faculty:
Marshall Davis
Bob Faux
Wei-Fan Chen
Rick Dierenfeldt
Ann Brennan
Walteen Grady Truely
Student:


Faculty Affairs Committee

Authority: Article IV, Section 5, Bylaws of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate

Membership: At least three full-time faculty members including the chairperson of the Faculty Senate. The Committee Chairperson must be a tenured faculty member.

Duties: This committee shall concern itself with faculty awards, the composition of search and screen committees for new faculty members, the rights and responsibilities of faculty members, and the educational environment in which the faculty works. It is empowered to study any situation or grievance brought to it by any member of the campus faculty or administration.

Members


Renee Rosier (chair)
Frouke De Quillettes
Willie Ofosu
Tim Sichler


Library Committee

Authority: Article IV, Section 3, Bylaws of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate

Membership: The Campus Librarian (ex officio); at least five full-time representative faculty members; one student, appointed by the Librarian.

Duties: This committee is consultative and advisory to the Campus Librarian and the Campus Administration. It serves as a liaison between the Campus Library and the faculty at large through the WB Faculty Senate.

Members

Faculty:
Jennie Knies (ex officio)
Jeff Chiampi (chair)
Melisa Naylor
Fred Stefon
Anatoli Ivanov

Student:


Scholarly Activities Committee

Authority: Article IV, Section 4, Bylaws of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate

Membership: Chief Academic Officer (ex officio); at least three full-time faculty members

Duties: This committee advises the Office of Academic Affairs on means to encourage scholarly activities and disseminate information about research and other scholarly activities to and among the faculty.

Charge to the Committee: To be developed.

Members

Chief Academic Officer: Dale Jones (ex officio)
Faculty:
Anson Carter (chair)
Dudley Snyder
Garrett Huck
Violet Mager
Rick Dierenfeldt


Student Affairs Committee

Authority: Article IV, Section 2, Bylaws of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate

Membership: Director of Student Services and Engagement (ex officio); at least three full-time faculty; and two students: one designated by the Student Government Association and one by the Director of Student Services and Engagement.

Duties: This committee advises the Office of Student Affairs on extracurricular activities and student Senates, scholarships and awards, and other matters related to student affairs.

Charge to the Committee: To be developed

Members

Director: Wanda Ochei (ex officio)
Faculty:
Megan Mac Gregor (chair)
Getinet Gawo
Dimitrios Bolkas
Esra Tekdal Yilmaz
Megan Mac Gregor
 


Promotion and Tenure Committee

Authority: Article V, Section 1, Bylaws of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate

Membership: By HR 23

  1. For second-, fourth- and sixth-year review and promotion to associate professor: two core members, elected by eligible faculty from the campus, plus three ad-hoc members selected by the core. Of these five at least three will be in the candidate’s disciplinary area.
  2. For promotion to professor: three professors, two of which will be in the discipline of the candidate.

Terms of Service:

  1. Core members: Two years; terms start on consecutive years.
  2. Ad-hoc members: One year.

Duties: This committee reviews dossiers of candidates and provides the campus administration with recommendations.

Core Members

Albert Lozano
Christyne Berzsenyi


Ad Hoc Diversity in Education Committee

Authority: Article V, Section 1, Bylaws of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Faculty Senate

Duties: Provide analysis and input on Diversity in Education issues.

Members

Steve Putzel (chair)
David Chin
Frank Derby
Lynda Goldstein
Fred Stefon


APPENDIX A: Standing Committee Structure and Formation

Formation: (Article III, Section I) Senate by 2/3 vote may create or terminate standing committees.

 

Membership: (Article III, Section 2) Membership of standing committees is determined by the Senate chairperson and vice-chairperson, with advice from the Executive Committee, from the names submitted to them by those faculty who wish to serve on a standing committee and who have stated their committee preference.

Term of membership: (Article III, Section 3) One year; no limit to number of consecutive years served.

Committee chairperson: (Article III, Section 4) Elected by the committee. May not be ex officio or student members.

Committee reports: (Article III, Section 5) Every committee reports its activities to the Senate at each Senate meeting.