September 7, 2006

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

September 7, 2006 (8:00 a.m.)

John Hoftyzer (ECO), Michael Sheng (HST), Pam Sailors (PHI), Beat Kernen (PLS), James Moyer (REL), Karl Kunkel (SOC), Victor Matthews and Lorene Stone.


*Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

1)September 15 – Tenure/Promotion applications due to Provost

2)September 15 – CHPA Picnic, Phelps Grove Park, 5:00 p.m.

3)September 18 – AAA, 3:00-5:00 p.m., PSU 400

4)September 20 – President’s Annual Report to Campus

5)October 19 & 20 – CHPA Grant Writing Workshop.There will be personalized packets for each
attendee.Slots are still available.Interested faculty are encouraged to
sign up through their department heads.

6)October 25 – CHPA Scholarship Banquet.Invitations have been sent to Department Heads,
donors and scholarship recipients.

*The Provost announced at Academic Council that Ron Fairbairn has been appointed the new Associate Provost for Public Affairs & University Engagement.

*The Provost also announced that the Foundation Awards and two University Service Awards will

*Frank Einhellig has been selected as the new AA representative on the President’s Public Score Card

*Deans and Department Heads are invited to the President’s Leadership Institute, October 9, 3:00-5:00

p.m.President Nietzel wants a strong leadership team at the University.He has asked Jack Stack, a

prominent business leader from the community, to speak at the Leadership Institute.Dean Stone

needs to know ASAP what department heads will be attending.

*Public Affairs Conference – April 18-20, 2007

1)A CHPA representative for the PA Conference Task Force is needed.This person will be part of the steering committee that sets the theme of the conference and coordinates panel participants.Dean Stone asked the Department Heads to poll their faculty and let her know who is interested in serving on this important committee.

2)CHPA committee to plan and organize panel – Ken Rutherford (Conference Chair) is concerned that there is not enough engagement by the campus community in the conference.Therefore, all colleges have been asked to plan, organize, and sponsor one panel (with 3-4 invited panelists) at the conference.Dean Stone asked the Department Heads to seek volunteers for this committee.Department heads expressed concern about the amount of committee work being asked of faculty.

*Dr. Matthews has been appointed the administrative representative to APRC.

*Articles for the Fall CHPA Newsletter are being solicited.Submissions should be sent to Dr. Matthews.


*Recruitment Plans and Hiring

1)New process – new hiring guidelines will be available soon.

a.Letters of recommendation and official transcripts are no longer part of the application packet.

b.The off-list call is to be made after the on-campus interview.Department heads questioned these changes.

2)Emphasis on research – The recruitment plan and advertisement must emphasize the candidate’s demonstrated ability to engage in research, instead of focusing only on teaching.

3)Authorization Form – All applicants as well as per course must fill out the authorization form that includes self-reporting on convicted felonies.

*Sabbatical applications are due November 6 to the Dean’s office.Because sabbaticals will now be

funded by the Cost Center (i.e., College), there will be a new procedure for awarding sabbaticals.

The Provost’s office is working on a draft of the new procedure.Dean Stone reported that:

1)College-level committee will make recommendations to the Dean.

2)The Provost has recommended that ¾ salary be paid for full year sabbaticals.It is believed that a larger number of faculty will be attracted to the full year sabbatical with this change.

3)The Dean’s office has determined that approximately 26 CHPA faculty are eligible to apply for sabbatical this year.The Provost (and Dean) recommend that no more than 1/7 of the eligible faculty be awarded one-semester sabbaticals.That means that no more than 4 one-semester sabbaticals will be awarded for 2007-2008.

4)There was discussion over research sabbaticals vs. Professional Development Leaves.The Provost expects all sabbaticals to focus on research (i.e., there must be an outcome).

*Compensation Plan

Final Department standards and faculty weights are due to Dean Stone by September 30.Department Heads expressed concern over the timeline.To give the departments as much time as possible to complete work on performance criteria, Dean Stone agreed that Department Heads are to email copies of department plans to all CHPA Department Heads and the Dean’s office by September 20 and bring hard copies for everyone to the Department Heads’ meeting on September 21 for comparison purposes.This will then give Department Heads a little over a week to make any necessary changes and to negotiate the performance parameters with all faculty.