Liberal Arts Council Minutes
21 April 2010, 2:00 pm, FH 230
Presiding: Dean Ann Marie Ellis
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney
Council Members: Dennis Dunn, Shirley Ogletree, Frank de la Teja, Jon McGee, Vince Luizzi, Nathan Pino (for Susan Day), Mike Hennessy, Robert Fischer, Philip Suckling, and Associate Deans Nancy Grayson and Britt Bousman
1. Congratulations: a) to doctoral student Melanie Stine (GEO) who will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention Award (second place) in the 2010 Chimborazo Student Research Grant Award competition, given by the AAG Mountain Geography Specialty Group (MGSG) at the AAG Meeting in Washington; b) to Steve Wilson (ENG) for being elected to a new three-year term on the Faculty Senate; c) to Byron Augustin (GEO) and Gregg Andrews (HIST), who will be named Distinguished Professors Emeriti; d) to Jimmy McWilliams (HIST) who delivered the 2009-2010 Presidential Seminar on April 9; e) to Christine McKeown (POSI/SOC) for being awarded the Presidential Upper-Level Scholarship for Liberal Arts; f) to Ana Romo and Leah Renold (HIST), Rebecca Raphael (PHIL), and Sven Fuhrmann (GEO) for receiving tenure and promotion to associate professor, and to Libby Allison (ENG) for promotion to professor; g) to Nelly Rosario (ENG) for being awarded a $25,000 fellowship from the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation; h) to Vicki Brittain (POSI) who received the Educator of the Year Award from the Centex Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Vicki will be honored in Austin at the Centex ASPA Public Service Awards Banquet on May 7; i) to Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni 2010 Honorees: Ms. Michelle T. Brown, Dr. Patrick Cox, Mr. William C. Davis III, Dr. Terri LeClercq, and Mr. William Steuer, all of whom were recognized at a celebratory dinner and program at the Headliners Club in Austin on April 16; j) to MS student Xingjian Liu (GEO) (advisor: Ben Zhan) who won the second prize in the Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group student paper competition during the AAG meeting held last week in Washington, D.C.. Xingjian has also been accepted into the PhD program at Cambridge University; k) to Vince Luizzi and the Department of Philosophy for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s approval of the Master of Arts in Applied Philosophy and Ethics; to l) to Gary Hartman (HIST) for receiving a gift of $100,000 for the Center for Texas Music History from Patti Harrison, President of the PSH Foundation; and m) to David Butler (GEO) and Sharon Ugalde (MODL), who were each named a University Distinguished Professor. Both Drs. Butler and Ugalde will be nominated by President Trauth for the Regents’ Professor Award.
2. Liberal Arts in the News: a) the University Star (“Trends” 3/31, “Student poet slams international competition”) reported on the success of English senior Lacey Roop in national and international poetry slam competitions; Kitty Ledbetter (ENG) was also interviewed for this piece; b) Alumnus Patrick Cox (HIST), who will be recognized on April 16 as a Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumnus, was interviewed in the Austin American-Statesman (“Books” 4/4) about his recent book, co-authored with Michael Phillips, about the increasing of power of Texas’ Speaker of the House during the 20th century: “The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics” (UT Press, 2010); c) Christi Conlee (ANTH) is currently being profiled as a “Rising Star” on Texas State’s web site for her research in the Nasca region of Peru; d) the University web site announced (4/2) that the international, peer-reviewed Journal of Research on Women and Gender has published its first issue (www.jrwg.mcgs.txstate.edu/Current-Issue.html); the journal is published by Texas State’s Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, directed by Sandra Mayo, and the Women and Gender Research Collaborative, organized by Dr. Mayo; e) the University web site reported (4/7) that the Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award has been presented to Carmen Tafolla and Magaly Morales; f) Lawrence Estaville (GE0) was interviewed in the University Star (4/21, “Cancer prevention a priority a Texas State”) regarding Texas State’s participation in Cancer Awareness Month and Community Outreach. Dr. Estaville is Texas State’s CAMCO chair.
3. Thanks: to Pam Lemoine, Assistant to the Dean for Outreach, for her outstanding work on the DAAA event at the Headliner’s Club on 16 April, and to Ann Friou for her work on the program and for the news releases about the newest Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni, which are now on the Liberal Arts and University web sites.
4. Grants: Thomas Longoria (POSI) has been awarded a grant from the City of Austin to study “Private Local Government”.
5. P-Cards (Britt Bousman):
Britt Bousman reminded Council members to review p-card statements for fraudulent charges.
6. Graduate Recruitment Program for MAC:
Dean Ellis informed Council members that she can make available for MAC users the program for graduate recruitment developed (for PC) by Stacie McGee.
7. University Council Elections (Lucy Harney):
Council members voted unanimously to re-elect Susan Day as Liberal Arts representative and Vince Luizzi (alternate) to the University Council for 2010-2011.
8. General Education Council Elections (Lucy Harney):
The 3-year terms of Ted Hindson and Jim Garber (both alternates) on the General Education Council are expiring. Lucy Harney will contact both representatives to confirm their interest in standing for re-election and will canvass Liberal Arts faculty for other nominees. Elections will be conducted online.
9. Proposed Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology (HO-Shirley Ogletree):
Dr. Ogletree reviewed the Department of Psychology’s proposed Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology.
The question was raised as to whether a master’s degree would be preferable to a certificate. Dean Ellis suggested that if the certificate program is successful in attracting students, the case for the master’s degree will be strengthened.
Dr. de la Teja noted that the proposed certificate program has the advantage of creating an interdisciplinary relationship between Psychology and Criminal Justice.
Council members voted unanimously to approve the certificate proposal.
10. CAD Update (HO):
Dr. Ellis briefed council members on the meeting of the Council for Academic Deans on 20 April. Items included:
• the proposal of the Faculty Senate regarding workload reductions for the Chair of the Faculty Senate and the Chair of the University Curriculum Committee for significant service. Dean Ellis distributed a memo addressing this item.
• the requirement that searches for endowed chairs and professorships as well as the final selection of candidates be approved by the Provost and the President
• the possibility that Texas State may be required to reduce its budget by an additional 5% in light of the State budget shortfall
• progress toward compliance with House Bill 2504. ITS will construct a database to manage the required documentation. Faculty will be required to upload their course syllabi and CV (Texas State Vita may be used). The system for common student evaluations will be piloted in Summer II, 2010.
• expanded use of e-textbooks in higher education. Dean Ellis distributed the agenda from the briefing held for Deans at CAD. Council members discussed a wide range advantages and disadvantages related to e-textbooks, new textbooks, and used textbooks, including cost, quality, functionality, and flexibility of the various options. Council members agreed that each faculty member should be permitted to choose the most appropriate materials for each course, regardless of format.
The meeting was adjourned.
Announcements and Reminders:
• May 10: Mini-session PCRs due to Jamie (email@example.com)
• May 14: Class Schedule Worksheets for Spring 2011 due to Registrar’s Office
• May 14: Deadline for proposals: Summer 2010 Technology Integration Workshop (2-page proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org)
• May 24: Summer Session I PCRs due to Jamie (email@example.com)
• May 29: 2009-2010 Academic Affairs Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Results reviewed/approved by chairs/directors
• June 9: Class Schedule 1st Edits for Spring 2011 available through CatsWeb
• June 15: Information on faculty-authored books due from Chairs to Pat Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
• June 21: Summer Session II PCRs due to Jamie (email@example.com)
• July 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Fall 2010 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)
• July 14: Class Schedule 1st Edits for Spring 2011 due to Registrar’s Office (departments lose first call)
• August 9: Class Schedule Final Edits for Spring 2011 available from CatsWeb
• September 3: Class Schedule Final Edits for Spring 2011 due to Registrar’s Office
• September 6: Class Schedule Worksheets for Summer 2011 available from CatsWeb (Business Menu: Batch Reports)
• October 8: Class Schedule Worksheets for Summer 2011 due to Registrar’s Office
• October 11: Class Schedule Worksheets for Fall 2011 available from CatsWeb (Business Menu: Batch Reports)
• October 27: Class Schedule 1st Edits for Summer 2011 available through CatsWeb
• November 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Spring 2011 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)
• November 5: Class Schedule Worksheets for Fall 2011 due to Registrar’s Office
• November 19: Class Schedule 1st Edits for Summer 2011 due to Registrar’s Office (departments lose first call)
• November 24: Class Schedule 1st Edits for Fall 2011 available through CatsWeb
• December 10: Class Schedule 1st Edits for Fall 2011 due to Registrar’s Office (departments lose first call)
• January 3, 2011: Class Schedule Final Edits for Summer 2011 available from CatsWeb
• January 13, 2011: Class Schedule Final Edits for Fall 2011 available from CatsWeb
• January 28, 2011: Class Schedule Final Edits for Summer 2011 due to Registrar’s Office
• February 11, 2011: Class Schedule Final Edits for Fall 2011 due to Registrar’s Office
• April 1, 2011: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Summer 2011 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)
• May 14: Spring Commencement (10:00, Strahan)
• August 24: University Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting (9:00 am, Evans Auditorium)
• May 11: Technology Workshop: Getting Work Done with Excel 2007- Managing Data (1-2:30, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• May 17-20: Texas State Summer Statistical Institute (Alkek 118) (schedule of courses: http://www.txstate.edu/trec/faculty-support/trainingSchedule.html) (registration 4/21-5/7)
• May 17-25: Technology Workshop (w/$600 stipend): Creating and Teaching an Online Course (http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/workshops.html) application due 3/24
• May 18: Technology Workshop: Getting Work Done with Excel 2007- Using Pivot Tables and Charts (1-2:30, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• May 18-19: Workshop (w/$750 stipend): Infusing Sustainability into the Curriculum (applications to Janet Hale firstname.lastname@example.org by 4/1)
• May 18 & May 25: Workshop: Teambuilding (8-11:45 & 12:45-5, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/spring2010.html by 5/11)
• May 19 (2:30-4:30 Alkek 147 or RRHEC Avery 366) OR May 20 (8:30-10:30 JCK 460): Workshop: For the Record: What You Really Need to Know about Records Management (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/spring2010.html by 5/12)
• May 20: Technology Workshop: Getting Work Done with MS Access 2007 (1-2:30, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• May 20: Workshop: Job Classification Training: Supervisors and Employees (2:30-4:30, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/spring2010.html by 5/13)
• May 21: Grant Workshop: Post Award (11-12, MCS 364) (contact Britt Bousman: email@example.com)
• May 21-25: May 24-28: Technology Workshop: Technoshop
• May 25: Technology Workshop: Getting Work Done with Excel 2007- Using Functions and Formulas (1-2:30, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• May 27: Technology Workshop: Getting Work Done with Word 2007- Get the Picture: Using Tables, Charts, and Graphs (1-2:30, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• July 12-20: ITS Workshop (w/stipend): Creating and Teaching an Online Course (http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/workshops.html by 5/10)
• August 2-13: Technology Workshop (w/$1,200 stipend): Integrating Technology (Proposals by May 14; information at http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/tech_int.html)
• June 1: 2009-2010 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Results (w/ action plans and evidence of improvement) uploaded to Academic Affairs web site
• June 15: 2009-2010 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Results audited by Associate Deans for Academic Assessment
• June 30: 2009-2010 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Results reviewed/approved by Deans
• October 15: 2010-2011 Student Learning Outcomes, Mission Statement, and Methods audited by Associate Deans for Academic Assessment
• December 1-7: Review by Commission on Colleges