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Liberal Arts Council Minutes

17 October 2007, 2:00 pm, JCK 263
(Approved at the 10-31-07 meeting of Liberal Arts Council)

Presiding: Dean Ann Marie Ellis
Recording: Associate Dean Daniel Lochman
Council Members: Frank Barrios, Vicki Brittain, Mark Busby, Susan Day, Frank de la Teja, Robert Fischer, Michael Hennessy, Vince Luizzi, Jon McGee, Philip Suckling

1. Congratulations: (a) To Denis Johnson, 2006-2007 Mitte Chair in Creative Writing, who has been named a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. He was writing the novel nominated, Tree of Smoke, during his year at Texas State. (b) To Frank de la Teja (HIST), featured as a distinguished speaker at the Texas Association of School Boards / Texas Association of School Administrators.

2. Liberal Arts in the News. The Houston Chronicle (10/14) cited Frank de la Teja
(HIST) as the Texas State Historian in an article on requirements for Texas
history in public schools.

3. Grant Application Management System (GAMS) Training Workshop. Council and Liberal Arts administrative assistants who assist faculty developing grant proposals participated in a workshop sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP). OSP staff and GAMS software representatives presented an overview of the University’s new online system, which is designed to facilitate development and management of grant proposals. The workshop featured training for pre-award activities leading to the development of proposals, and it included demonstrations of and hands-on practice using the software’s features. Council learned how to use the system to develop a proposal, prepare a budget, complete a proposal, and route it for administrative approvals. Council thanked OSP and the software developers for leading the workshop.

A second workshop for Liberal Arts faculty and staff is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2:00-4:30, in JCK 623 (location changed).


• Friday, October 19, noon, FH 313: Workshop for Teachers Who Assign Writing (Part II): English department faculty Libby Allison, Rebecca Jackson, and Nancy Wilson will offer short presentations on evaluating student writing and support at the Writing Center; Dean Ellis to provide lunch
• Tuesday, October 23, 5 pm: Last day for students to drop a course but remain enrolled in at least one hour
• Wednesday, October 24, 2-4 pm, JCK 623: Second GAMS training workshop for up to twenty Liberal Arts grant writers. Chairs are to forward names of participants to Kathy Scott (
• Tuesday, October 30: Student Learning Outcomes and Methods Assessment Revisions to be approved by the Dean
• Wednesday, October 31, 2 pm, FH 313: Liberal Arts Council meets with Instructional Technology and Human Resources personnel
• Thursday, November 1, 3-4:30, FH 313: Dean’s Open Door (for Staff)
• Thursday, November 1: Deadline to submit request to use faculty-authored materials in Spring 2008. For information on the approval process see
• Friday, November 2, 2-3:30 am, FH 313: Liberal Arts Faculty Advisory Council meeting (Please note change in time from previous Reminders.)
• Thursday, November 15: Departments’ and chairs’ recommendations for untenured faculty in second contract year due to the Dean
• Monday, November 26, 3-4:30, ELA 245: Dean’s Open Door (for Faculty)
• By Friday, November 30: Chairs submit recommendations for tenure and/or promotion to the Dean
• Monday, December 3: Liberal Arts Holiday Luncheon
• Friday, January 18: Deadline for departments to add proposals to add, drop, or change courses to the TRACS site, “LA Curriculum”
• Friday, January 25: College Review Group meets for final recommendations and vote
• Friday, February 8: Nominations for Presidential Awards due to Dean
• Friday, February 8: Dean submits recommendations for tenure/promotion to Provost
• Friday, February 15: Presidential Upper Level Scholarship applications due to departments
• Monday, March 17: Faculty submit sixteen copies of Developmental Leave applications to the Dean for review and approval.
• Tuesday, April 1: Deadline to submit request to use faculty-authored materials in the summer sessions (2008). For information on the approval process see