Provost's Council
Minutes for September 22, 2010
Lorrie Clemo (presiding), Michael Ameigh (recording), David King, Mehran Nojan, Yvonne Petrella, Shashi Kanbur, Linda Rae Markert, David Bozak, Fritz Messere, Mary Beth Bell, Cathy Santos, Richard Skolnik, Rameen Mohammadi, Tim Nekritz.

Graduate Program Initiatives for 2010-11:
The Council resumed its discussion of recent graduate program initiatives.  David King, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, presented a list of 14 programs that are now authorized to enroll students.  Another 16 are in various stages of development or review by faculty governance.
Action Item:
This discussion will resume at the next Provost’s Council meeting.

Guidelines on Assigned-time Activity:
Mehran Nojan, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, presented a draft document designed to serve as a guide for assigning faculty to administrative duties or scholarship activities in lieu of teaching.  It was suggested that inconsistencies exist across departments as to how reassignments are made and that a guide would be useful to department chairs and deans.
Action Item:
Mehran will revise the document in light of the discussion and bring to Provost’s Council for approval.

Follow-up to Academic Affairs Summit:
Chairs, deans and directors will meet Tuesday to follow up on discussions held at the Academic Affairs Summit held at Fallbrook Lodge August 24th.  A significant amount of feedback has been received from departments and is being compiled in summary form.


  • The Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit will be held October 14th in Sheldon Hall.
  • The new campus website is expected to debut October 1st.
  • The ALANA conference, sponsored by ALANA and International Education and Programs, is underway this week.  Festivities will culminate with performances by Sol y Canto and the Sweet Plantain Quartet.
  • The Division of Extended Learning is working on an initiative that would make intensive courses available in two-week sessions in May immediately following the end of the spring semester.
  • SUNY Deans of Education will meet at Old Westbury next week.
  • The Taskforce on the MBA online project has recommended the program go forward.
  • Penfield Library will be the site of a ‘Banned Books Reading’ Wednesday, September 29th at 3PM in the Lake Effects Café.  All are invited.
  • The SUNY Oswego Symposium on Learning and Teaching will be held October 1st and 2nd in the Campus Center.
  • The deans and the Provost will meet with Priorities and Planning Council on October 15th.


 Last Updated: 10/27/10