Meeting in person for the first and last time of the semester, the Faculty Senate spread across Albert Taylor Hall to discuss the academic year in review and transition to the next group of serving senators.
“How great is it to see life on this campus and not on the T.V. screen,” said Jim Williams, vice president of student affairs. “There are two phrases I am absolutely tired of hearing over the last 18 months. The first one is, ‘You’re muted,’ in a meeting and the second is, ‘These are unprecedented times.’”
The Senate focused on the upcoming year and the upcoming weekend-- commencement.
“As much as I don’t like the phrase, they were unprecedented times,” Williams said. “The fact that we have graduation next weekend is totally the effort of the work the faculty have put in.”
The fate of several programs was also discussed. The Senate voted to approve those reports and will continue to have those discussions when the Senate resumes in the Fall.
“The initial resolutions we brought to the Faculty Senate included the resolutions for program discontinuance of the Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages, English as a Second Language endorsement, TESOL and applied linguistics minor and English as a second language certificate,” said Melissa Reed, associate professor of elementary education. “The second resolution was the discontinuance of the Masters of Science in rehab counseling.”
Professors Gregory Schneider and Sandra Valenti were both awarded recognitions for service to the campus community throughout the pandemic. Schneider has agreed to serve an additional year as Past President. Outgoing Provost David Cordle was also recognized.
“Doctor David Cordle has served as provost and vice president of academic affairs since July 1 2013,” Valenti said. “The Emporia State community has been fortunate to have the benefit of David’s experience and leadership during his tenure and whereas David has helped guide the university through difficult budget cuts required due to declining support from state funding and whereas we value David’s strong, ongoing commitment to Emporia State’s Faculty Senate…We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to doctor David Cordle for his years of service to Emporia State and offer our earnest wishes that he will find contentment, peace and new joys as he moves into this next chapter of his life.”
Brenda Koerner, associate professor of Biology and new president of Faculty Senate, finished the meeting by preparing committees for the return in the Fall and appointing chairs.
In one of his final presentations as provost, Cordle spoke to the Senate about the growing statewide conversation around easing degree requirements and the ability to transfer into four-year programs with more than 60 credit hours.
“Johnson County Community College and KU Edwards were chosen to do this pilot, so they chose a couple of programs, allowing students to come in setting aside that 60-hour requirement for the four year (degree),” Cordle said. “Two years later at last month’s meeting (they) did a report and what they were able to show in their report was some evidence that it had helped students…they had done quite well, and better in terms of the transition than other students had.”
The next time the Faculty Senate meets in the Fall will be with George Arasimowicz as acting Provost.