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Liberal Arts Council Minutes

29 November 2006, 3:00 pm, ELA 245
(Approved at the 6 December 2006 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: John McBride, Michelle Moritz, Floyd Quinn

1. Approved LAC minutes for meeting on 11/15/06 (annual review policies and reporting system modifications; proposed elimination of Graduate College GRE requirement; General Education Council recommendations).

2. The Dean’s Thanks. To Liberal Arts Council and Liberal Arts graduate advisors, for their efforts to increase graduate enrollments and for their participation at the first meeting of the newly formed Graduate Enrollment Council, held earlier today.

3. Liberal Arts in the news: Liberal Arts in the News. The McAllen, Texas, Monitor quoted Richard Boehm (GEO) as an expert in Geographic Education in the article “Geography Still Has a Place in Texas Schools” (11/28).

4. Human Resources update and discussion. Human Resources Director John McBride and Assistant Directors Michelle Moritz and Floyd Quinn visited Council to update personnel issues and hear the concerns of Liberal Arts chairs. Council members asked about a variety of personnel issues, including formats of staff evaluations; offices and websites faculty may consult about retirement; phased retirement policies; the campus-wide need for a full-time work-life coordinator; processes and policies governing criminal background checks for new staff and faculty hires; staff salaries and CUPA data for equity adjustments; and a forthcoming needs assessment survey from the Human Resources office. Mr. McBride and his staff indicated that they are prepared to return to the College or to visit departmental meetings to respond to other personnel issues. Dean Ellis and the Council thanked our guests for their useful information and for their thorough responses to questions.

Off agenda: Dean Ellis led a brief discussion of changes to course fees.


• Late November: Nominations for Outstanding Women Graduates due to or MCGS, Flowers Hall, Room 336
• Friday, December 1, 1-4 pm, JCK 11th Floor (light lunch beginning at 12:30): Workshop on Developing Proposals for New Doctoral Programs
• Friday, December: Deadline to bring materials for this year’s tenure and promotion cycle to Pat Heath in the Liberal Arts office, FH 313
• Tuesday, December 7: Deadline to report changes to admissions for Liberal Arts graduate programs to Stacie McGee and Dan Lochman
• Friday, December 15, 2 pm, Strahan Coliseum: College of Liberal Arts Graduation
• Friday, January 26, noon: Deadline for College course proposals; bring to the Dean’s office
• Wednesday, January 31: Deadline for faculty to submit recommendations to their Dean and staff to submit recommendations to their VP for the Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award (PPS 04.04.36).
• 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
• Thursday, April 19, 6 pm, Alkek Teaching Theater: Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony
• May 30: President’s Cabinet approves division plans and University plan