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1 College-wide Governance Meeting January 22, 2014, 12:45 PM, Gateway A&B

2 Agenda Minutes (Donaghy) Opening Remarks/Announcements (Donaghy) Presidential Address (Wheeler) CoC Actions (Daley) Promotion and Tenure Report (Malmsheimer)

3 DRAFT Proposal on behalf of ESF was submitted before the 12/30 deadline Due to constraints, minimal to no faculty input was solicited Executive Committee is meeting with VP Rufo tomorrow to review Draft proposal Our role? To make sure that whatever company takes advantage contributes to the academic mission of the College Eventually a 30-day review by campus

4 Mentoring Colloquium Scott Blair Kelley Donaghy Theodore Endreny Melissa Fierke Douglas Johnston Neil Ringler Scott Turner Stephen Weiter Theresa Kaier-May January 8, 2014

5 Mentoring Colloquium Results Satisfied with program: 67% S and 28% VS Length: 70% just right, 25% too short Content: 60% agree, 34% strongly agree Organized: 50% agree, 47% strongly agree Achieved its goals: 57% A, 38% SA

6 Elections Nominations are being accepted by Sergeant- at-Arms Bob Meyer for: – Executive Chair (2 year term) – SUNY Senator (3-year term) – SU Senator (3 year term) If you are interested in serving on a committee – please let your department chair and department know. They should have an election process to fill this positions.

7 Quentin Wheeler Envisioning our Sustainable Future ESF

8 Quentin Wheeler First steps: Listen Review strategic plan Understand curriculum/student experience Identify “right” questions that brand ESF Strategic PR Plan

9 SCHOOL OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION Justice and social inquiry African-American studies Asian-Pacific/American studies Women & gender studies SCHOOL OF HISTORY, PHILOSOPY & RELIGIOUS STUDIES History Philosophy Religious studies/Jewish studies Asia studies SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES & URBAN PLANNING Geography Urban planning GIS SCHOOL OF MATHEMATICAL & STATISTICAL SCIENCES Mathematics and statistics Mathematical biology Mathematics education SCHOOL OF POLITICS & GLOBAL STUDIES American politics International relations Cultural perspectives and place Violence, conflict and human rights HOW DO WE BUILD SUSTAINABLE CITIES? HOW DO WE PREDICT NATURAL PROCESSES? HOW DO WE GIVE AND USE POWER? HOW DOES SOCIETY SHAPE ITS VALUES?


11 “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there” — Yogi Berra, American Baseball Legend

12 clarity of vision courage of purpose bold leadership

13 We will educate and inspire environmental leaders, explore the natural world, and blaze the trail to a sustainable future Big. Audacious. Inspiring. Vision

14 984% 2008 = 13 2012 = 141 Differentiate

15 Quentin Wheeler ESF Design Imperatives: 1. Ask the “right” questions 2. Transformative education 3. Conceptual consilience 4. Measure success inside out 5. Evolutionary entrepreneurism 6. Leverage with partnerships 7. Power of place 8. Balance fundamental discovery and problem- solving

16 Quentin Wheeler 1. Ask the “right” questions

17 “Historians of science often observe that asking the right question is more important than producing the right answer. The right answer to a trivial question is also trivial, but the right question, even when insoluble in exact form, is a guide to major discovery.” — E. O. Wilson, 1998, Consilience

18 Quentin Wheeler What are earth’s species? How can we detect and adapt to climate change? What are options for renewable energy? How can we make cities sustainable? and on and on and on

19 Quentin Wheeler 2. Transformative education

20 Educated Passionate Courageous Liberal Arts PLUS Science, Sustainability, Cultural, Global “Literacies” PLUS Awareness: e.g., Team-work Tolerance Transformative Impact on Student Lives

21 Quentin Wheeler Transformative Impact on Society: public science education on-ground impact reliable, objective knowledge

22 Campus without borders Develop pipeline for diverse STEM students Cultivate an informed, inspired public Open access to information/knowledge for general welfare Diversify sustainability workforce through citizen science

23 SECS in the City Sustainability Education and Citizen Science in New York City

24 Quentin Wheeler 3. Conceptual Consilience Transdisciplinarity

25 Quentin Wheeler 4. Success Inside Out ESF will measure success in the quality of students, knowledge, and impact it produces — not the quantity of dollars it brings in i.e., revenue streams are a means, not an end

26 Quentin Wheeler 5. Evolutionary Entrepreneurism ESF will be an engine for an adaptation economy

27 Quentin Wheeler adaptations descriptive literature innovation ontology biomimicry mining evolutionary entrepreneurism

28 Quentin Wheeler 6. Leverage Partnerships SUNY NYS NYC national international

29 Collaborative competition Sustainability Innovation and Vision (“I.V.”) League

30 Quentin Wheeler 7. Power of Place Syracuse University Syracuse Adirondacks NYC

31 Quentin Wheeler 8. Balance Curiosity-Driven Discovery and Problem-Solving Solutions

32 “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge” — Daniel J. Boorstin, Librarian of U. S. Congress




36 1. Biosphere Baseline

37 2. Adaptation Economics Evolutionary Entrepreneurism Natural history, informatics, biomimicry

38 3. Origins

39 Source: Pink Floyd “ Tree of Half Life ” album cover by Storm Thorgerson.


41 Think ecologically, act evolutionarily Recognize open niches Develop interconnected networks Maximize options and adapt

42 “Department” of shameless self-promotion Popularize vision, discoveries, and achievements, packaged in ways to capture public imagination


44 Top 10 New Species 2013

45 Curriculum Committee Report to Faculty Governance 1/22/2014

46 Report Items Communications – Website – Email: Committee reports the following courses are approved – FCH 232 Career Skills for Chemists (new) – FCH 511 Atmospheric Chemistry (revised) – FOR 340 Watershed Hydrology (revised) Committee moves to accept revisions of FNRM curricula to bring them in line with SUNY General Education policy – Forest Ecosystem Science – Forest Resources Management – Natural Resources Management – Sustainable Energy Management Committee announces proposal reviews: – FCH 110 (new General Education) – FOR 232 Natural Resources Ecology (new General Education) – B.S. Environmental Science (revision, reduce credit hours by reducing senior synthesis project) – B.S. Environmental Chemistry (new) Next CoC Meeting: – 1/29/2014 – Availability of Special Topics course proposals in all program areas – Program reviews: 30 credit hour requirements of General Education – Use of Foreign Language to meet GER

47 47 P&T Committee Report Bob Malmsheimer Chair

48 Members of the ESF P&T Committee Bob Malmsheimer, Chair (FNRM) Robin Kimmerer (EFB) Chuck Kroll (ERE) Matthew Potteiger (LA) Bandaru Ramarao (PBE) David Sonnenfeld (ES) William Smith (SCME) Arthur Stipanovic (CHEM). 48

49 Review of ESF P&T Standards P&T Standards require the CRC (a.k.a. the P&T Committee) to review the standards every three years. Review Process:  6 two hour meetings of P&T Committee.  6 two hour meetings of P&T Committee with Provost. Reached consensus on how to improve the Standards.  Memo summarizing changes and revised Standards will be sent out to faculty members after this meeting.  Three meetings for faculty member’s comments. 49

50 Overarching Guidelines for Review Use lessons learned from the CRC’s experience with the standards and process during the past 2 years. Goals:  Make standards clearer for candidates.  Make standards clearer for reviewers.  Make process clearer for candidates and reviewers. 50

51 Results of Review: Issues Readability, consistency, and concision issues. Logical flow and placement of ideas issues. Inconsistencies and conflicts. Need for updating. Major changes, minor changes, and additions. 51

52 Results of Review: Major Changes Specifies productivity, impact/effectiveness, and/or continuous growth standards. Specifies a CRC member from the candidate’s department can participate in the discussion of the candidate’s application, but may not vote. Requires reviews of Associate Professors every 3 years. Removes peer-evaluation of teaching requirement.  Departments can still require these. Specifies materials included in Dossier and Evaluative File and their organization. 52

53 Results of Review: Minor Changes 18 minor changes. Examples:  Clarifies that professional collegiality is a criteria for Continuing Appointment.  Coordinates the dates for Associate Professors’ 3rd Year Review with Promotion and Continuing Appointment review process.  Changes the minimum number of external reviews required for professorial ranks to 4 (previously was 5).  Clarifies appeals process. 53

54 Results of Review: Additions 11 additions Examples:  Table of Contents  Definition section (e.g. conflict of interest)  Flowcharts  Clarifies that SUNY and ESF non-discrimination principles apply to the P&T process.  Sets out a procedure for solicitation and inclusion of evaluations from the director of non-departmental units (e.g., GPES, Research Centers) that a candidate participates in. 54

55 Next Steps Three meetings for comments.  Wednesday, February 5: College Hour  Wednesday, February 19: 10:00 to 11:30  Wednesday, March 5: College Hour Provost and P&T Committee will review input. Provost’s and President’s approval. Bottom Line: P&T Committee and Provost believe revised standards will significantly improve the ESF P&T process. 55

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