Millersville University, Faculty Senate
Faculty Senate Minutes
October 21, 2003
||Joel Piperberg, Chair, Faculty Senate
||Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department
||October 20, 2003
||Reconsideration of and withdrawal from the Faculty Senate Teaching
The Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department has decided,
without dissent, that its faculty members will not permit their names to
be considered for the Faculty Senate Teaching Award nor will they accept
this award, if granted. The Department has taken this action because it
believes the following:
- This award has the potential to create division within the
faculty and to damage morale. As a department, we value the
collaborative environment that we have created and will not participate
in an award that may erode this viable work context. Experience tells us
that the identification of one faculty member as superior leads to
backbiting, lobbying and vendettas that undermine collegiality.
- As professionals whose lines of inquiry focus on teaching, we are
very conscious of the difficulty in defining "effective" or "outstanding"
teaching. Therefore, we believe that it will be very difficult, if not
impossible, to identify objectively and fairly the one person in a school
who merits the award.
- It is unethical for our faculty to participate in an award that
fosters competition and values extrinsic motivation. Since our programs
espouse collaboration and intrinsic motivation to achieve academic
excellence, faculty participation in the award is tantamount to academic
dishonesty. We strongly believe that we must model what we want our
students to learn.
- The award encourages faculty to "exploit a professional
relationship for personal gain or advantage," a clear violation of
Pennsylvania's Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators.
The code states, "in this Commonwealth, a Code of Professional Practice
and Conduct (Code) for certificated educators is required by statute and
violation of specified sections of the Code may constitute a basis for
public or private reprimand . . . .The Professional Standards and
Practices Commission (PSPC) was charged by the act of December 12, 1973
(P. L. 397, No. 141) (24 P. S. ' ' 12-1251 - 12-1268), known as the
Teacher Certification Law, with adopting a Code by July 1, 1991. See 24
P. S. ' 12-1255(a)(10)" (PA Dept. of Education, 2003). As licensed
educators, we vehemently object to Faculty Senate's action that places us
in direct conflict with state law.
As a Department intimately involved in the pursuit of teaching
excellence, we request that Faculty Senate reconsider its decision to
establish a teaching award on the Millersville University campus.
Pennsylvania Department of Education. (2003). Pennsylvania's
Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators. Retrieved
October 20, 2003, from
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