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Liberal Arts Council Minutes


27 February 2008, 2:00 pm, FH 313
(Approved online, 29 February 2008)


Presiding: Associate Dean Daniel Lochman
Recording: Daniel Lochman
Council Members: Frank Barrios, Susan Day, Frank de la Teja, Robert Fischer, Nancy Grayson, Michael Hennessy, Vince Luizzi, Jon McGee, Philip Suckling

1. LAC minutes for meeting on 2-13-08 (Provost’s visit, Mitte Faculty Award, SACS updates, CAD updates) approved online, 2-22-08

2. Congratulations: (a) To Steve Wilson (ENG), who will be inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in April. (b) To Gary Hartman (HIST), whose book The History of Texas Music received mention on the Country Music Television website (http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1581712/willie-nelson-texas-music-and-dance-halls-highlight-new-books.jhtml). (c) To Rollo Newsom (SOCI) and English master’s student Steve Davis, who, along with former Texas State System Regent Bill Cunningham, were celebrated on 2/23 as part of Alkek Library’s Southwestern Writers Collection Book Series, together with fifteen of the authors who contributed to Lone Star Sleuths: An Anthology of Texas Crime Fiction. (d) To Ulrich Bach (ML), Kerrie Lewis (ANTH), and Nelly Rosario (ENG), all of whom have been awarded Library Research Grants.

3. Liberal Arts in the News. (a) The University Star (2/21) featured Tim O’Brien, Mitte Chair in Creative Writing, and Tom Grimes (ENG) in regards to a recent on-campus reading. (b) The University Star (2/14) featured Jim Kimmel (GEO), who, with his wife Jerry, has authored The San Marcos: A River’s Story. (c) Academic Affairs announced events for the Spring Philosophy Dialogue Series, with upcoming emphases on Mysticism; War and Peace; Women and Philosophy; Living Well; Technology, Education, and Culture; Cosmology; and Hume. (d) The University Star (2/26) quoted Dan Lochman (ENG), organizer of the Interfaith Blessing of the San Marcos Headwaters, a Common Experience event.

4. Curricular issues.

a. Proposed changes to courses. Council reviewed and approved by acclamation all proposed changes to courses for the 2008-2009 curriculum cycle.

b. Proposed changes to electives for BPA and Geology minor. Council reviewed two proposed changes to electives. By acclamation, it approved, subject to minor revision as necessary by the Director of the Liberal Arts Academic Advising Center, a proposal to add POSI 4304, POSI 4320, POSI 4331, POSI 4337A, and 4337B to the electives for BPA majors. By consensus, Council tabled a request to include GEO 3400 as an elective for the Geology minor; the proposal will be considered when the course, which is being proposed as an addition to the curriculum, is reviewed in the regular cycle.

5. CAD update.

a. Proposed Revision of Tenure and Promotion Policy. Dr. Lochman reported on a change to PPS 8.10, Tenure and Promotion Review, approved by the Council of Academic Deans (CAD) at its meeting on 2/19/08. Council discussed the language of the University’s revised policy for evaluating external and internal funding, patents, and commercialization of research in applicable disciplines, as well as a corresponding draft revision of the College policy for Tenure and Promotion. Following discussion, Council determined by consensus to request clarified language in the University policy and to RTA revision of the College policy pending a reply from the Provost’s office.

b. Changes at the Testing Center. Dr. Lochman distributed a handout indicating adjusted costs for certain administrative and research services at the Testing, Research, and Evaluation Center.

6. Liberal Arts Student Commencement Speaker Nominations. Dr. Grayson discussed and distributed a handout listing revised dates and information concerning Student Commencement Speaker nominations.

Around the Table

In preparation for a joint meeting of CAD and the Faculty Senate, Dr. Lochman consulted Council members for opinions and advice concerning Liberal Arts policies and procedures for evaluating chairs, appointing interim chairs, reviewing and monitoring departmental policies concerning tenure and promotion, faculty review, and distribution of merit / performance.

Dr. Fischer inquired of practices in other departments concerning the hiring process. He also commented on the high cost of obtaining translations of faculty transcripts from foreign institutions, and he inquired as to the requirements for the University’s holding all transcripts of faculty, as opposed to those transcripts related to the highest degree earned. Dr. Lochman indicated he would direct an inquiry to the Associate Provost.

Announcements:

• By Wednesday February 27: Applications for Jones Professor available for chairs’ review in the Dean’s office
• Friday, February 29: Deadline for LAC members to review and rank Muir Excellence in Mentoring faculty nominees
• Monday, March 3: Deadline for departments and chairs to submit annual review decisions to the Dean
• Monday, March 3: Deadline for nominations for the Sallie Baretta Award; nomination forms are available at www.dos.txstate.edu Call 5-2124 for information
• Monday, March 3: Deadline to submit applications to the Dean through chairs for the 2008 Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute
• By Friday, March 7: Students to submit applications for Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards (presented at the Liberal Arts Awards ceremony) to their major departments (NB: Please note that this date has changed since the 1/28 memo.)
• Friday, March 7: Deadline to submit nominations for the Texas State Alumni Association’s Teaching Award of Honor. Nomination forms are available at http://www.TxStateAlumni.org
• Friday, March 7: Deadline to submit nominations for the Texas State Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award. Nomination forms are available at http://www.TxStateAlumni.org
• Friday, March 7: Deadline to submit nominations for the Texas State Alumni Association’s LBJ Outstanding Senior Student Award. Nomination forms are available at http://www.TxStateAlumni.org
• By Monday March 17, 5 pm: Documentation for eligible applicants/nominees for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards must be forwarded to the Dean (NB: Please note that this date has changed since the 1/28 memo.)
• Monday, March 17: Deadline for the Dean to forward applications for the 2008 Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute to Dr. Mayo
• Tuesday, March 18, 5 pm: Joann Cole Mitte Faculty Grant for Excellence applications due to the Committee
• Tuesday, March 18: Developmental Leave applications due to department chairs (Note that date has been moved back)
• By Wednesday, March 19: Departments/centers to provide Dean’s office with names and addresses of students to be recognized for Academic Excellence at LA Awards Ceremony
• By Wednesday, March 19: At the Dean’s office, chairs review and rank applicants/nominees for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards
• Wednesday, March 19, 2 pm, FH 313: LAC meets to interview candidates for the Jones Professorship
• Friday, March 21, 5 pm: Applications for developmental leave (original for signatures only) due to the Dean (Note that date has been moved back)
• Friday, March 21, through Wednesday, April 16: Personnel committees review tenure-track faculty in second and third years of contract
• By Tuesday, March 25: Departmental Presidential Upper Level Scholarship Committees to have met and considered candidates
• Wednesday, March 26, 5 pm: All copies of Developmental Leave applications due to the Faculty Senate office
• Friday, March 28: Deadline for departments to submit Presidential Upper Level Scholarship applications to the Dean’s office
• Friday, March 28, 3 pm, ELA 245: LA Study Abroad Council meets
• Tuesday, April 1: Deadline to submit request to use faculty-authored materials in the summer sessions (2008). For information on the approval process see http://www.txstate.edu/academicaffairs/pps/pps4/4-10.html
• Friday, April 4, 5 pm: Deadline to submit proposals for Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 University Lecturers. Information is available from the Committee chair, Janet Payne
• Saturday, April 19, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, LBJSC Ballroom: Bobcat Day
• Tuesday, April 22: Joann Cole Mitte Faculty Grant Committee forwards top three application to the Provost; College must review proposals prior to this date
• Thursday, April 24, 6 pm, Centennial Hall Teaching Theatre: Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony
• Wednesday, April 30: Departmental decisions for faculty in second and third contract years due to the Dean
• Friday, May 9, 9 am, Strahan: LA Commencement
• Tuesday, July 1: Deadline to submit request to use faculty-authored materials in the fall session (2008). For information on the approval process see http://www.txstate.edu/academicaffairs/pps/pps4/4-10.html