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Liberal Arts Council Minutes

4 October 2006, 2:00 pm, Flowers Hall 313
(Approved at the 10/11/06 meeting of Liberal Arts Council)

Presiding: Dean Ann Marie Ellis
Recording: Associate Dean Daniel Lochman
Council Members: Frank Barrios, Vicki Brittain, Susan Day, Frank de la Teja, Robert Fischer, Nancy Grayson, Michael Hennessy, Vince Luizzi, Jon McGee, Philip Suckling.
Guests: Mark Busby, Dennis Dunn, Sandra Mayo, Elizabeth Denton

1. LAC minutes of 9/20/06 approved (McNair Postbaccalaureate Initiative; Fulbright programs; space needs and undergraduate building; website development and online college and departmental policies; developing abstracts for doctoral programs, CAD update).

2. Congratulations: (a) To Cyrus Cassells (ENG), invited to read poetry at the National Book Festival sponsored by Laura Bush and the Library of Congress on 9/30/06, alongside US poet laureate Donald Hall and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. (b) To the Department of Geography, who will join the Department of Biology in hiring a Mitte Chair in Water and Geographic Information Science. (c) To Christine Granados, MFA graduate, who reads from her first collection of stories, Brides and Sinners, on 10/13/06 at a Dallas Public Library series, Texas Latino Voices. The same venue features MFA graduate Diana Lopez, whose first novel, Sofia’s Saints, appeared in 2004. (d) To the Department of History for its reception on 9/28 honoring Ev and Donna Swinney and for dedicating Taylor-Murphy 105 as the Everette Swinney Conference Room. (e) To Dr. Jerry Melbye (ANTH), who announced in the first issue of a forensic anthropology newsletter, The Cranial Chronicle, the opening of the forensic laboratory located in Derrick Hall 117.

3. Change in staff hiring process: criminal background checks. Dean Ellis distributed a handout including tentative procedures for and a release form to permit background checks for future hires. She stated that the policy may not be in its final form, as discussion about it continues.

4. Distinguished Emeritus nomination packets. Dean Ellis presented a reminder from Gaye Korenek that departments must submit complete packets for Distinguished Professor Emeritus nominees to the Faculty Records office by November 3.

5. Strategic Planning: reports from departments and centers. Chairs and program directors distributed handouts and presented revisions and extensions of Strategic Plans for their departments and centers. During discussion, Dean Ellis asked the chairs and directors to send Pat Heath (ph09) a prioritized list of planned new lines, indicating whether they are tied to program proposals, to gaps in existing programs, or to reduction in class size. In the latter case, she wishes to learn the program’s targeted ratio of FTE to SCH and the published national standard where one exists. She also requests that programs inform her of specific staffing needs so she may record these for the Provost. In relation to upcoming development initiatives and the capital campaign, she reminded programs planning endowed professorships to include them in their revised Strategic Plan.

Following the presentations, Dean Ellis praised the departments’ and centers’ remarkable progress since 2004 and their important new plans. Based upon her preliminary review of departmental and center plans, she identified the following categories as central to College Planning through 2012:

A. Enhanced graduate offerings achieved through recruitment and retention initiatives as well as new programs

B. Engagement and retention of undergraduate students achieved through new faculty lines, new programs, and co-curricular initiatives

C. Increased emphasis upon and support for grants and contracts

D. Increased endowments for scholarships, chairs and professorships

E. Expanded efforts to align Liberal Arts programs with those at junior and senior high schools

F. Attention to program assessment through refinement of program learning outcomes and development of appropriate measures

G. New staff and increased space for growing programs

Dean Ellis thanked the chairs, directors, and faculty for their planning efforts. She will continue to seek the advice of departments and programs as she prepares her plan for Liberal Arts, to be presented to Liberal Arts Council on November 1.


• Wednesday, October 4, 10 am- 3 pm, Strahan: Fall Job and Internship Fair
• Thursday, October 5, 10 am – 2 pm, ASB Breezeway: Study Abroad Fair
• Saturday, October 7, LBJSC Ballroom: Bobcat Day
• Wednesday, October 11, 2 pm, FH 313: LAC meets
• Saturday, October 14, 8:15 am – 5 pm, LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater, Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas: A Symposium; noon luncheon at LBJ Ballroom: 6-9 pm, LBJ Ballroom: Buffet dinner and silent auction for Latino scholarships
• Wednesday, October 18: Deadline for chairs and center directors to submit revised space needs template to Vicki Brittain
• Wednesday, October 25: College space needs presented to Dean Ellis to add to Liberal Arts Strategic Plan
• Friday, October 27: Deadline for completed Student Commencement Speaker nominee packets; bring to the Dean’s office
• Tuesday, October 31: Deadline to return recommendation grid for reduction of hours in degree programs to Dean Brown
• Wednesday, November 1, 2 pm, FH 313: Dean presents College plan to LAC
• November 1-4: Texas State hosts the Third International Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference
• Friday, November 3, 3 pm, ELA 245: Dean presents College plan to Liberal Arts faculty and Faculty Advisory Council
• Wednesday, November 15, 2 pm, FH 313: LAC meets
• November 16-22: Deans present to the Provost colleges’ priorities for 2004-2012
• Late November: Nominations for Outstanding Women Graduates due to or MCGS, Flowers Hall, Room 336
• Wednesday, November 29, 2 pm, FH 313: LAC meets
• Friday, January 26, noon: Deadline for College course proposals; bring to the Dean’s office
• February 5-16: Deans share college plans with chairs and faculty
• February 19-23: Deans present draft college plans in open forum
• March 2: Provost presents draft academic plan in open forum
• April 9-13: Draft of revised and extended University plan presented to University community
• May 30: President’s Cabinet approves division plans and University plan