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Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs


October 6, 2006
Gannett Auditorium


President Philip A. Glotzbach called the meeting to order at 3:40 pm. President Glotzbach asked if there were any amendments to the September 8, 2006 Faculty Meeting minutes and hearing none, the minutes were approved.


President Glotzbach spoke about the array of programs, lectures and events on campus that make Skidmore a very rich environment. There are too many events to mention individually; however, one to note is Tim Wise, the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, whose lecture will take place on Thursday, October 12. His visit is sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity Programs, Raices, SOAR and Ujima. This event fits in with the theme of diversity that we have been developing this year. Reporters from the ABC news program “20/20” will be here to film Tim Wise’s talk, so all are encouraged to attend.

The President’s report included the following:


Dean Muriel Poston offered everyone a belated welcome back for the fall semester, as she was not at the September Faculty meeting. She stressed that academic success of our students requires shared learning goals and clear expectations as we seek to empower students to become intentional learners. The resources necessary for students to achieve academic excellence involve collaboration between Academic Affairs and many units across campus. She noted that opportunities for the academic program to intersect with activities outside the classroom are numerous, e.g. the Greenberg Scholar in Residence, the McCormack residencies of Special Programs or student sponsored lectures such as Tim Wise. In considering the academic program, she suggested that it is important to remember how our work will enhance and foster academic excellence.

Dean Poston gave a brief report from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty:


Dan Moran, President of the Student Government Association (SGA) reported on the 2006-07 Executive Committee’s priority goals. Copies of this report were distributed to everyone at today’s meeting. He then introduced each executive committee representative, each of whom gave a brief report on goals for the year. He also mentioned that elections for the VP of Clubs and Organizations will take place soon and to send him any suggestions for candidates. (See Attachment A)


CEPP- Chair, Beau Breslin presented two motions to be voted on regarding the Skidmore in Beijing Program. There was no discussion. The motions were put to a vote and passed with all in favor. (See Attachment B)


RESOLUTIONSCandidates for the Degree (See Attachment C)

President Glotzbach introduced Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology, on behalf of the University Without Walls Committee to present the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the faculty at Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Bachelor of Arts degree to six students and the Bachelor of Science degree to one student.

President Glotzbach introduced Mary Correa, Associate Professor of Management and Business, on behalf of the External Master of Arts Committee to present the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the faculty at Skidmore College recommend to the Trustees the granting of the Master of Arts degree to one student, Casey Putnam.

FEC – Chair, Dan Curley

1) Faculty Handbook Announcement– Professor Curley stated that the handbook is almost ready and that it will be presented at the November Faculty meeting and voted on at the December meeting.

2) He highlighted the change that the CAPT is making in its procedures this year to clarify the roles of the Dean of the Faculty, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the President during the tenure process, especially in the event of a disagreement with the CAPT. Lary Opitz, the Parliamentarian, informed Professor Curley that this should be read as a motion, and it was read as such. President Glotzbach said that normally a 30-day lay over is required when a new motion is brought to the faculty floor. John Berman, Chair of CAPT requested that the lay over be waived. After some discussion, all voted in favor of the motion to waive the 30-day lay over period for voting on this change. After lively discussion and some amendments to the original proposal, Professor Curley read the revised motion. The motion was voted on and passed with all in favor. (See Attachment D)

3) Round One of Committee Elections – Professor Curley indicated that everyone will receive an email from him regarding the schedule of elections for this academic year. Another email will be sent asking for “willingness to serve” in Round One of elections. A new procedure this year will inform the community of those willing to serve through daily updates during the election period. (See Attachment E)


Professor Jeffrey Segrave invited everyone to a grand party to celebrate Skidmore College. In the past few weeks, everyone has received post cards with hints about the kick off event for the campus campaign. Professor Segrave is one of the co-chairs of the Campus Campaign Committee and the other two chairs are Ralph Ciancio, Professor Emeritus of English and Monica Minor, Director of HEOP. A formal invitation will be sent shortly to all employees for this event that will be held on Friday, October 27 at 3:30pm at The Tang Museum. There will be food, drink, prizes, music, dances, fireworks and children’s activities. All family members are invited.

John Weber invited everyone to the reception at The Tang Museum immediately following this meeting. He also announced upcoming events at the Tang – further details may be found on the Tang’s website.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45pm. 

Respectfully submitted by,


Mary Ellen Kokoletsos
Executive Administrative Assistant
Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs