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Liberal Arts Council Minutes


3 March 2010, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Ann Marie Ellis
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Vicki Brittain, Shirley Ogletree, Robert Fischer, Jon McGee, Vince Luizzi, Susan Day, Michael Hennessy, Dennis Dunn, Philip Suckling, and Associate Deans Nancy Grayson and Britt Bousman

Guest: Ms. Emily Edwards

Off-agenda item: Dean Ellis reported that, due to recent damage to the Liberal Arts conference room (FH 230), Emily Edwards will develop and implement a checklist indicating the condition of the room/furniture to be completed before and after groups use the room in the future.

1. Congratulations: a) to Tanya Rogers, a former graduate student in Political Science, who has been named a member of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team accompanying Secretary Clinton on her visit to Vietnam representing the U.S. at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in July. Tanya holds the position of Lower Mekong Initiative Desk Officer, Office of Mainland Southeast Asia, at the U.S. State Department; b) to Gary Hartman (HIST), Director of the Texas State’s Center for Texas Music History, for hosting the very successful celebration (2/2, Austin’s Paramount Theater) of the 80th birthday of Rod Kennedy, founder and producer of the Kerrville Folk Festival and long-time supporter of the CTMH. The event included performances and remarks by Robert Earl Keen, The Flatlanders, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Terri Hendrix, Lloyd Maines, Marcia Ball, Randy Rogers, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy LaFave, and Paul Glasse, among others. Proceeds from the evening will be used to support the Center; c) to Jimmy McWilliams (HIST) whose recent book, Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Hachette, 2009), won the award in the “Green” category of the 14th Annual Books for a Better Life Awards given by The New York City - Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; d) to Distinguished Alumnus Tim Staskus (PSY) and Sue Beebe (ENG) who were recognized with awards from the Texas State Alumni Association (2/27, LBJ Student Center Ballroom); e) to Rebecca Bell-Metereau (ENG), who won the Democratic primary election for the State Board of Education.

2. Liberal Arts in the News: a) The University Star (1/26 “Opinions” p. 5) ran a student editorial in which Sally Caldwell’s (SOC) course on Statistics of Behavioral Sciences was praised as instructive and useful beyond the classroom; b) The San Marcos Daily Record (sanmarcosreord.com, 1/26 “Documentary about UT tower killings work of TxSt graduate program alum”) reported that the documentary “Sniper ’66: The Charles Whitman Murders at the Texas Tower,” which was written, directed, and produced by Whitney Milam, a graduate of Texas State’s Public History Master’s program, would be featured at a special screening (2/5, 7 pm) and panel discussion hosted by the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Milam’s documentary received both a Lone Star Emmy Award as well as the Telly Emmy Award for “Best Historical Documentary 2006”; c) The Austin-American Statesman (statesman.com, 1/27, “Tejano statue to help fill gap in historical accounts”) cited Frank de la Teja (HIST) regarding the importance of Hispanic heritage in Texas History, in a report on the planned installation of a monument recognizing Tejano heritage on the State Capitol grounds in Austin; d) The Breast Cancer Network News (thebcnnews.com, 2/11) published a summary of the work of PhD student Nancy Tian (GEO) entitled “Female Breast Cancer Mortality Clusters within Racial Groups in the United States”; e) The University Star (2/18 “Opinions” p. 7) ran a letter to the editor in which Susan Hanson (ENG) spoke to the value of Texas State’s Intensive English program. Also cited were Dean Geuras (PHIL) on enrollment growth and class sizes, and Frank de la Teja, Gene Bourgeois (both HIST) Mike Hennessy (ENG), and Bob Fischer (MODL) on emergency faculty hiring; f) Christi Conlee (ANTH) was featured in the television special ”Nasca Lines: The Buried Secrets” (2/21, 9 pm) on the National Geographic Channel and in the March issue of National Geographic Magazine. Her work also appears in National Geograhic Kids as well as in additional information and photos on the NGS website. Christi took part in several radio interviews on stations around the country (2/19) to promote the program.

3. Grant Awards: a) Dick Boehm (GEO) received a Texas 2009/2010 Alliance Program grant from the National Geographic Society Education Foundation; b) Vince Luizzi (PHIL) received a grant from Humanities Texas for a project entitled “Humanistic Values in the Practice of Medicine”

4. Thanks: To Yongmei Lu (GEO) for community service to the city of San Marcos; her advanced GIS class developed a database of feral cats and colonies which was recently implemented by PALS and TNRM-San Marcos with successful results.

5. Grant Workshops Update (Britt Bousman)

Dr. Bousman updated council members about the Grant Workshops he conducts for Liberal Arts faculty. He reported that 3 workshops have been held so far and 4 others are scheduled this semester. From 4 to 8 faculty members have participated in each workshop, which provides individualized attention; most departments in the College have been represented. The remaining workshops are listed on the reminders below.

6. CAD Update

Dean Ellis will be available to the on-site SACS reviewers regarding student learning and research outcomes. Emily Edwards will organize the relevant materials from the Academic Affairs web site in a binder. Chairs are asked to collect hard copies of any rubrics or other instructional documents related to learning outcomes. These materials should be returned to Dean Ellis in the folders distributed to chairs by Emily.

Dean Ellis distributed a copy of the 2004-2009 University Plan and reported that the University’s mission statement and environmental scan will be reviewed in Fall 2010. The Liberal Arts Council will review the strategic plan for the College in Spring 2011.

The Provost is organizing a task force on research and external funding. Britt Bousman will represent Liberal Arts on this task force.

The Provost is organizing a task force on internationalization. Dean Ellis hopes to make recommendations for the participation of Liberal Arts faculty on this task force.

Dean Ellis reported on the Provost’s ongoing efforts to address space shortages on campus. Remodeling is underway or in consideration for several buildings including Lampasas, the University Club, Commons 3rd floor, and ASB North.

The Associated Student Government has passed a resolution encouraging members of Texas State faculty and staff to wear school colors and/or insignia on Mondays. Dean Ellis will explore the possibility of having a shirt designed for Liberal Arts chairs and staff, if they would like one.

Dean Ellis reported that the following program requests have been approved: 1) The BSAS in Applied Sociology was changed to a BS in Applied Sociology; 2) The graduate-level Certificate in Intelligence Analysis was given approval. Several Liberal Arts departments offer courses toward this certificate.

Dean Ellis distributed information regarding a new initiative of Texas State’s Testing, Research-support, and Evaluation Center, designed to assist tenured and tenure-track faculty with preparation of proposals for externally-funded research. Gail Ryser has offered to address the Liberal Arts council on this initiative if requested.

 


Around the Table:

Dean Ellis announced that College Development Advisory Board member Rick Baish has dedicated funds from life insurance policies toward the endowment of two scholarships for Liberal Arts students.

Chairs/directors can contact Pam Lemoine to reserve tables for the upcoming Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni dinner.

Dr. Grayson reminded council members to forward all graduate applications to Kathy as soon as possible.


The meeting was adjourned.


Announcements and Reminders:


• The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved Philosophy’s distance education graduate Certificate in Professional Ethics.

• Dr. McGee has requested that the title of the 321.21 major code be changed from Cultural Anthropology to Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology to reflect the creation of a new concentration in Linguistic Anthropology that has been developed by Dr. Augustine Agwuele.

 

Chair/Director/Faculty Deadlines:

• April 1: Deadline for staff performance evaluations
• April 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Summer 2010 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)
• April 16: Extended Deadline to apply for one-time only FY11 Diversity Plan Funding (equityaccess@txstate.edu c/o Mr. Herman Horn)
• April 30: Chairs submit recommendations to Dean Ellis regarding faculty members in the 2nd contract year subject to further review or in the 3rd or subsequent contract year. PPS 8.01 (See PPS 8.01 Calendar)
• May 3: List of Faculty members eligible for consideration in 2010-2011 Tenure & Promotion process. (See Tenure & Promotion Calendar)
• May 4: Inform each affected 2nd or 3rd contract year faculty of reappointment action taken. PPS 8.01 (See PPS 8.01 Calendar)
• May 14: Class Schedule Worksheets for Spring 2011 due to Registrar’s Office
• May 14: Deadline for proposals: Summer 2010 Technology Integration Workshop (http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/tech_int.html)
• 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
• 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: 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

Events:

• April 1: Texas State Blood Drive (9-4, JCK 1100) (www.inyourhands.org)
• April 2: Open Forum: Proposed Online Faculty Evaluation Items (3:00, Alkek 105/106)
• April 6: University Lecture: Professor Tom Huffman, “Mapungubwe and Great Zimbabwe: Pathways to Social Complexity in Southern Africa" (7:00, CEN 157)
• April 7: Common Experience: Sir Ken Robinson, “How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything” (8:00, Evans Auditorium)
• April 8: Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony (6:00, Alkek Teaching Theater)
• April 8: Puntos de Vista: First International Spanish Documentary Festival (9-6 pm, LBJ Student Center)
• April 9: Presidential Seminar: Jimmy McWilliams (book signing: 12:00 / lecture: 12:30, FH 230)
• April 17: Electronic Waste Collection Event (8-2, stadium parking lot)
• May 14: Spring Commencement (10:00, Strahan)

Professional Development:

• March 31 or April 1: Workshop: Information Security-Server Management (8:30-12, JCK 623) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/spring2010.html by 3/23)
• April 2: Grant Workshop: Research Design & Project Planning with MS Project (11-12, MCS 364) (contact Britt Bousman: cb26@txstate.edu)
• April 6: Faculty Development: Fulbright: An Overview of the Process (3:30-5, Alkek Supple Room) (http://www.ada.txstate.edu/faculty/Workshop-spring10/Fulbrightreg.html by 4/5)
• April 6: Technology Workshop: Getting Work Done with Outlook 2007- Using Alerts and Rules (8:30-10:30 am, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• April 6, 13, & 20: Technology Workshop: Getting Started with Excel 2007 (8:30-10:00 am, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• April 7, 14, & 21: Technology Workshop: Getting Started with Visio 2007 (8:30-10 am, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• April 8: Technology Workshop: Getting Work Done with Word 2007- Building Forms and Mail Merge (1-2:30, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• April 8, 15, 22, & 29: Technology Workshop: Getting Started with Access 2007 (8:30-10:30 MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• April 12 or 13: Workshop: New Ways of Finding the Data You Need Using Pivot Tables (4/12 2:30-4:30 or 4/13 8:30-10:30, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/spring2010.html by 4/5)
• April 13: Technology Workshop: Getting Work Done with PowerPoint 2007- Adding Multimedia (1-2:30, MCS 363) (http://www.tr.txstate.edu/training/workshop-registration.html)
• April 15: 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)
• April 30: Grant Workshop: Project Budgets on Excel (11-12, MCS 364) (contact Britt Bousman: cb26@txstate.edu)
• 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 17-25: 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 jh29@txstate.edu by 4/1)
• 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 21: Grant Workshop: Post Award (11-12, MCS 364) (contact Britt Bousman: cb26@txstate.edu)
• 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)
• 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)

SACS Information:

• 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

Other:

• April 1: Writing Center Workshop: Close Reading-Plays (3-4, ED 3039)
• April 1: Writing Center Lecture: M. Yvonne Taylor, “Talking White: An African-American Perspective on the Social Costs of Speaking the King’s English” (3:00, FH G04)
• April 1: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (1-2, FH G09)
• April 7: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (11-12, FH G09)
• April 8: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (1-2, FH G09)
• April 8: Writing Center Lecture: Tomas Q. Morin, “No Fun with Dick and Jane: comics, Soap Operas, and Literacy in a Spanish-Speaking Home” (5:00, FH G04)
• April 13: Writing Center Workshop: Crash Course to College Writing: Perfecting the Basic Rules of Composition (4-5 FH G09)
• April 14: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (11-12, FH G09)
• April 15: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (1-2, FH G09)
• April 15: Writing Center Lecture: Dr. Sandy Rao, “Masala Chat: Of Hinglish, Kanglish, and British English” (3:00, FH G04)
• April 15: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (1-2, FH G09)
• April 19: Write Right! (4-5, ED 3039)
• April 21: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (11-12, FH G09)
• April 22: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (1-2, FH G09)
• April 28: Mastering the In-class Essay (5-6, FH 341)
• April 28: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (11-12, FH G09)
• April 29: Writing Center Workshop: GSP Group Review Session (1-2, FH G09)
• April 29: Mastering the History In-class Essay (4:30-5:30, CEN 402)
• May 3: Last day of classes, Spring 2010