School Senate 01/31/2011

Committee Minutes

School Senate 01/31/2011


New York University

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development


Monday, January 31, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m., Payne Room


Present: Wesbrooks (Chair), Alpert, Astuto, Berg, Blenman, Borisoff, Carey, Dietrich, Fisherkeller, Goerdt, Halkitis, Knight, Lang, Lu, Magder, Moja, Rosenberg, Stage, Voelbel, Weitzman


1.     Welcome – Bill Wesbrooks, Senate Chair

Minutes of the meeting of December 8, 2010, were approved as amended, i.e., Dean Carey has completed development of [replacing “is working on”] principles of advisement including faculty and student roles. 

 2.     Report from the Deans – Beth Weitzman

Emerging University PrioritiesGlobal Initiatives: Dean Weitzman participated in the first common days where deans and central administrators discuss things.  There was much attention on Global Education.  NYU Shanghai has moved from a plan to a done deal.  Faculty with particular global interests can have many opportunities.  NYU Shanghai will be different than NYU Abu Dhabi in that it will be focused specifically on the needs of China.  Also, there will be more opportunities for research at our global sites – as well as teaching.  The “institute for advanced study” international team will consider big picture issues.  Be on the lookout to take advantage of these opportunities. 

Emerging University Priorities – Science Initiatives: A new theme is grounded in a growing interest in science – bioengineering, neuroscience, physics, and many different dimensions of the study of science.  The question for Steinhardt is, how can we be involved in this?

Implementation Plans for Clinical Faculty Guidelines:  Claude Blenman is working on implementation plans including identifying strategies for providing assistance to clinical faculty members who are interested in being considered for multiyear contracts.  Sharon Weinberg has agreed to provide workshops on the possible content and form of the application material.  Some clinical faculty members have agreed to share their materials.  Clinical faculty who want to be considered this year for multiyear contracts will have until March 21st (the due date for the professional activities form) to complete the application including supporting material.  Departmental faculty personnel committees will review the material, make recommendations, submit them to the department chair, and provide recommendations for professional development.  A template for the CV and personal statement (2-3 pages – teaching, administration, etc.) is under development. 

[Discussion: How do clinical faculty members indicate that they are interested in being considered for multiyear contracts?  Do we actually have a copy of the final document approved by the provost?  All of this information needs to be sent to clinical faculty as well as to tenured/tenure track faculty.  How will the department P&T committees know what to do?]

Applications/Admissions:  Undergraduate application numbers are up big in the University; Steinhardt is up 9%.  There were two early decision dates (Nov 1 and Jan 1) with 300 early decisions for #1 and another 300 for #2.  MA applications are also up but it’s more difficult to predict yield because many wait to apply and/or to respond.  There’s a 16.5% increase in doctoral applications, 181 more.  Applications have doubled over the past 5 years.  Perry Halkitis met with the chairs regarding admission targets.  We’ll end up close to where we are: 35 fellows, 8-10 part-time students; total of 55.  Admissions decisions are due on February 24th.  It is important to start recruitment conversations as quickly as possible.

Student Course Feedback Forms – Preview:  Steinhardt contracted with Gap Technology for “online course”  During the spring term the online process will be piloted with the Department of Communicative Science & Disorders.  There are many decisions to me made, e.g., when notices go out to student, when the form is posted, what information is posted, how we communicate to the students.  The contractor has accumulated research a lot of information on this and can provide assistance with these decisions.  Right now, Jim Ford is handling the project but we are considering hiring a project manager.  If the spring pilot goes well, we’ll be able to pilot with all of the summer courses and then the fall courses.  To have a meaningful pilot we need to be fully prepared.  Summer is much smaller but much more complex in many ways. 

A demonstration of the technology revealed much potential.  Our plan is to have another demonstration during the March faculty meeting.  Then we need to find a way to get feedback on specific targeted questions.  Many decisions will have to be made quickly but we don’t need to make all the decisions all at once.  One of the positive features of the software is the potential to do tailoring at the department and/or the program levels.  The faculty needs to begin thinking of additional questions we would want to get info for modifying or expanding our curricula.  Also, we can analyze the data differently to identify information the students want, information the faculty wants for instructional and program design purposes, and information for planning purposes.

Space - Capital Plans:  The principles guiding the capital planning are: consolidating departments for efficiency; maximizing continuity and adjacency; renovating for energy efficiency (e.g., connecting the education block to the co-generation plant); developing quality space that reflects the mission of the school (e.g., spaces where faculty and students can work collaboratively).  Planning for the renovations includes strategies for using existing space as swing space to minimize the need to move several times.  The University has approved $50 million out of the needed $89 millions.  RFPs will go out for architects to the actual plans; the architect will create test fits to ensure that the plan fits the building space.  There will be ample opportunities for faculty input when the architect is identified.  To begin with, Administration & Finance is moving to leased space on Mercer St. In the interim ALT will occupy the Pless 6th floor space until the final move).  The intent is for each department to have its own look and feel.  Sometimes current furniture will be retained; sometimes it will be necessary to buy new suitable furniture.  It all depends, but we’re not anticipating wholesale replacement; however, tours indicate very old, very poor conditions.

3.     Reports from the Undergraduate Student Organization (USG) – Mitchell Weaver

February is the busiest meeting month.  The semi-formal will be held at the Bowery Ballroom in Battery Park.  The all-university games (fun athletic events will be held; the winner takes possession of a hug trophy.  (Mitchell is the all-university captain).  “Class wars” are planned to get the class presidents to do more events and get the classes involved.  February is “class wars” month and at the end of the month there will be a giant scavenger hunt throughout the city.  And, finally, USG is in the planning stages for the April Gala.  And – more to come!

4. Report from the University Senate – Ted Magder

The University has heard lots about the 2031 building plan.  The most significant meeting involved the details of building in the “Associated Market” space that would include a 10-floor hotel (the remaining floors would be for faculty housing).  The hope is that that some hotel would take over the cost and schools could use the rooms at a discount.  Development at the Shanghai campus is also under discussion.

Regarding the annual salary recommendations, calculations indicate that for salaries to return to the level of FY2000, there would need to be an average of 5.2% increase.

The University Faculty Senators Council reviewed the Steinhardt Clinical Faculty Guidelines. The question is whether or not those recommendations were included in the final document.   

The February meeting of the NYU Senate will consider the recommended changes in the University Calendar (i.e., moving the start date to the Wednesday before Labor Day; 2-day break in October; no classes on the Wednesday before thanksgiving.  This would be effective for Fall 2012.  It is likely that the recommendations will pass but it is not likely that there will be a unanimous vote.

 5.     Report from the Faculty Council – Bill Wesbrooks

Conversion to PeopleSoft:  The Faculty Council suggests an introduction/overview of PeopleSoft at an upcoming faculty meeting so that faculty will understand its benefits and its requirements.  Also, it would be helpful to have access to the training calendar to be sure that departmental faculty and staff are completing training in a timely way.

[Discussion: Dean Carey indicated that many have been trained and the PeopleSoft system will make advisement much better.  Advisers are being trained.  She will ask David Zapotocky to send out a calendar to everyone and indicate at what point faculty advisers will need to use the new system.]


Respectfully submitted,

Terry A. Astuto, Faculty Secretary