August 31, 2006

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

August 31, 2006 (8:00 a.m.)

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

Announcements

*Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

1)August 31 – Futures Initiative Concept Papers (1-page) due to Dean Stone

2)September 1 – Carryover Plans and Department Goals for 2006-2007 due to Dean Stone

3)September 15 – Tenure/Promotion applications due to Provost (Form is on-line.)

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

5)September 20 – President’s Annual Report to Campus, Noon, PSU theater

6)October 19 & 20 – CHPA Grant Writing Workshop.Department Heads should send a list of
faculty who will be attending the workshop to the Dean’s Office.

7)October 25 – CHPA Scholarship Banquet

*Incentives

1)A profit sharing plan where Colleges get some money from Continuing Education for evening and intersession classes is being discussed by the higher administration.

2)Reallocation – Half of this year’s reallocation will return to the Cost Centers.Cost Centers are required to submit a plan of how they plan to use the .5%.Dean Stone suggested that the money be put into salary equity.

3)Raising Endowed Funds – A plan for giving one time pay incentives when funds are raised is being discussed by the higher administration

*The Provost has hired a new budget manager in her office to act as a liaison with the Cost Centers, and will follow a new budget model:

1)Faculty lines do not belong to departments.

2)The Provost will no longer pay for per course parking beginning with the Fall 2007 semester.How the parking will be paid will be discussed at a future Department Heads’ meeting.

*November 6 is the deadline for submitting Sabbatical Applications.The Office of the Provost will no longer fund Sabbaticals.Applications will be processed at the college level and a college committee will need to be selected.Salary savings will most likely pay for sabbatical replacements depending on funds available.Dean Stone encourages faculty to apply for a year-long sabbatical as opposed to a half-year.

*President Nietzel has reported that there will not be a list of new programs in the long-range plan.While plans for new programs will continue, the Provost emphasizes that new programs are unrealistic without a significant amount of new money.She wants to see enhancement of our current programs.

*Ken Rutherford (PLS) has been appointed the first Provost Fellow for Public Affairs.Dr. Rutherford will chair the Public Affairs Conference.Dean Stone stated that we need a CHPA representative for the Public Affairs Conference Task Force.This group will make suggestions for speakers and plan a theme.

*AAA will meet Monday, Sept 18 at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in PSU 400 (Union Club).The AAA will meeting on a monthly basis.The Provost’s Office will distribute a schedule of meetings soon.

*Dean Stone announced that whenever a per course faculty is being paid out of department funds, a transfer of money must be made from the department budget to the College Per Course Budget.A memo documenting the transfer should be attached to the PAF.

*Dr. Matthews requested that Department Heads send him information on faculty publications/grants from April 1, 2006 - June 30, 2006, as soon as possible.

Discussion

*Compensation Plan

1)Comments on expanding the Faculty Activity Report should be sent to Dr. Matthews.These will be discussed at a future Department Heads’ meeting.

2)Department Personnel Committee Ratings/Narrative

a.Mark Richter (CHM), who is the voice of the faculty senate, has proposed to the Provost that each member of the department committee would rate everyone including themselves and to submit a written justification for each rating.Then the ratings from each committee member would be given to the Department Head to calculate an average.

b.College Deans are opposed to this idea.They favor the current plan where the department committee would reach a consensus on the ratings.

Dean Stone asked that Department Heads talk to their faculty to see how they feel about this proposal.