May 2008

Today is the last faculty meeting of this academic year.  There are a number of important votes coming in the form of motions from the Credit Model Taskforce, Academic Affairs Committee and the Frost School.  The discussion and subsequent vote on the motion(s) from the Credit Model taskforce are of particular importance.  I encourage you to attend and give careful consideration to the issues on which we will vote.

Our Distinguished Teachers will be honored and recognized at the conclusion of this meeting.    This will be the silver anniversary (25 years) of the undergraduate Distinguished Teacher Award.  The Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award has been awarded 8 times previously, and this year will be the 2nd time that we recognize a Distinguished Adjunct Teacher.  The announcement of this year’s recipients will take place at 5:00 p.m. or at the end of the faculty meeting, whichever comes later, and will be followed by a reception to pay tribute to our honored faculty.  Please plan to stay and celebrate with your colleagues.

Vice Provost

In the March and April report I described a new faculty fellow position of Vice Provost and promised I would announce who would be filling this position in the May report.  I am pleased to announce that I have asked Dr. Daniel Moore to fill the position of Vice Provost and he has accepted.  The position description which was listed in my April report is reprinted below for your information.  Vice Provost Moore will officially begin his duties on July 1, 2008.  Please join me in congratulating Daniel.

Position Description – Faculty Fellow position (must be a tenured faculty member)

  • Reporting to the Provost, the Vice Provost will provide creative and strategic leadership in
  • Academic Affairs and will represent the Provost and VPAA in her absence.
  • The Vice Provost will:
    • oversee campus-wide assessment;
    • revise the program review process to incorporate program and student outcomes
    • assessment;
    • play an active role in hiring and pre-tenure review process of all new faculty (classroom
    • observations, pre-tenure meeting/evaluation);
    • manage and develop an Academic Affairs Awards Programs including distinguished
    • awards, external awards programs, (Fulbright, Rhodes, Mitchell, etc.), and faculty
    • professional development program;
    • play a leadership role in expanding opportunities for international education through
    • creative outreach and partnerships,
    • The Vice Provost will serve on the Extended Cabinet and the Provost’s Academic Strategy Council
    • During the fall semester 2008, the Vice Provost will oversee the College of University Studies program for “deciding students” during the sabbatical of the Dean of the Academic Experience.
    • The Vice Provost must be able to maintain collaborative and productive relationships with colleagues, students, and members of the wider community.

The candidate will:

  • possess superior leadership skills;
  • articulate and support a vision for educational innovation ensuring that PSU provides well-educated graduates at the baccalaureate and advanced levels;
  • support the University’s role in extending to the larger community partnership opportunities;
  • be dedicated to supporting and promoting excellence in faculty teaching and scholarship;
  • possess successful experience with accreditation processes.

Important dates and times

Graduate Commencement will be held Saturday, May 10th, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in Foley Gymnasium.  If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area at 9:30 a.m. where a section will be designated for robing.  Everyone is invited to a pre-commencement reception at 8:45 a.m. which will also be in Foley Gymnasium.

Spring Convocation will be held on Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. in the Foley Gymnasium.  This year Convocation will be Senior Awards only; other awards previously given at Convocation will now be given at department ceremonies or at a fall reception sponsored by Advancement & the President’s office.  If you are not a member of the platform party we ask that you assemble in the track area at 3:30 p.m. where a section will be designated for robing, prior to the processional.  There will be a reception immediately following Convocation in the Foley Gym which you are welcome to attend.

Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 17 th, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. on the Currier Memorial Field (weather permitting).  All May 17th information is also online:  Please remember that parking is limited, so park on the main campus, or carpool if possible.

IMPORTANT REPORTING INFORMATION: In case of inclement weather, the commencement will move inside to one of three sites; Foley Gymnasium, HUB, and Silver; we ask that departments report to the specific sites as follows:




Criminal Justice

Computer Science


Health & Human Performance

Language & Linguistics




Social Science




Center for the Environment

Communication Studies

Social Work


Music, Theatre & Dance