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Liberal Arts Council Minutes


5 May 2010, 2:00 pm, FH 230


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

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

Off-agenda Item:

• Dean Ellis informed Council members of her decision to retire as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts after the 2010-2011 school year, and distributed the draft of a notice to be sent to Liberal Arts faculty.

1. The minutes for the LAC meeting held on 21 April 2010 were unanimously approved.

2. Congratulations: a) to Susan Morrison (ENG), who has been selected as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, for the 2010-2011 academic year; b) to Lawrence Estaville (GEO) for receiving the Distinguished Ethnic Geographer Career Award from the Ethnic Geography Specialty Group at the 2010 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in April; the Business Geography Specialty Group of the AAG will honor Dr. Estaville with its Outstanding Business Geography Service Award to be presented at the 2011 AAG Annual Meeting in Seattle; c) to Geography students receiving awards in the AAG Student Paper Competitions: in Business Geography: undergraduates William Shamburg (1st place), Jeff Hall and Otis Fuller (tied for 3rd place), and in Ethnic Geography: PhD student Edris Montalvo (2nd place); d) to Dick Boehm, Phil Suckling, Judy Behrens, and the staff and students associated with the Grosvenor Center for a very successful annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture, which was introduced by President Trauth and Gil Grosvenor, and which featured Alex Trebek.

3. Liberal Arts in the News: a) Alexis Ruiz, undergraduate student studying international relations and French is currently being profiled in the University web site’s “Be a Bobcat” feature; in her profile Alexis names Carole Martin (MODL) as her favorite professor; b) the University web site (4/22) reported on Ana Romo’s (HIST) upcoming book, Brazil’s Living Museum: Race, Reform, and Tradition in Bahia, to be published by the University of North Carolina Press in May; c) to Yongmei Lu (GEO) who is one of four faculty members university-wide to have been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the University’s Service-Learning Initiative for the 2010-2011 academic year; Dr. Lu will be working with other faculty fellows to incorporate a service-learning approach into teaching.


4. Grants: Jennifer Jensen (GEO) received a research grant for a proposal submitted for the John Topham and Susan Redd Bulter Faculty Research Award, offered through the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at BYU, to fund field work in a sagebrush steppe ecosystem.

5. Grant and Contract Funding:

Britt Bousman distributed a table indicating Liberal Arts grant activity and award amounts by department for FY10. These reports will be updated and distributed annually.

Dean Ellis requested a comparison with FY09. Dr. Bousman will make this comparison at the end of the summer. Dean Ellis suggested that the comparison be made twice per year. It was noted that Texas State’s research expenditures are significantly higher compared with last year, surpassing those of North Texas. Dr. Bousman is a member on the Provost’s task force focusing on research and commercialization. The task force report is expected to be sent to the Provost by the end of this semester.

6. Revision to Psychology’s Graduate Certificate Proposal:

Shirley Ogletree distributed a revised portion of Psychology’s proposal for a graduate certificate in Forensic Psychology. To be in compliance with the new THECB stipulation that graduate certificates require students to complete at least 15 credit hours, the proposal was amended to raise the number of hours required from 12 to 15 by adding 3 credit hours of prescribed electives.

Council members unanimously approved the change.

7. Job Responsibilities in the Liberal Arts Office:

Dean Ellis gave Council members a hand-out indicating the work distribution assignments of Liberal Arts administrative assistants Pat Heath and Emily Edwards.

8. CAD Update:

Dean Ellis distributed and reviewed the Summary and Action Items from the Budget Committee Meeting of April 27, 2010. Items concern possibilities for an additional 5% cut for the University Budget and options for achieving the reduction. Dean Ellis reported on the discussion of these and other matters at the meeting of the Council of Academic Deans on May 4. Items discussed at the CAD meeting included:

• the development of two new PhD programs

• the need to scrutinize course releases, low-enrolled classes, and low-enrolled programs

• funding for adjunct faculty

• course releases for sizeable grant writing

• possible funding for student travel from the Student Service Fee Committee

• the expansion to 5 commencement ceremonies

• the new academic calendar from THECB

The new calendar sets common start dates for all state colleges and universities. It will necessitate adjustments to the Texas State calendar. Dean Ellis will send Council members the revised calendar.

• new policies to address registration cancellation problems and early registration for special groups

Dean Ellis will send Council members Dr. Heintze’s policy proposals.

• the request of students to have their tassels turned as a new commencement tradition

9. Summer Schedules / Fall Retreat / Strategic Planning:

Dean Ellis distributed a calendar indicating her summer schedule as well as those of Liberal Arts chairs, directors, associate deans, and office staff.

The yearly retreat of the Liberal Arts Council will be held in the fall this year to allow department faculty the opportunity to meet on strategic planning before initiatives are reviewed by Council members.

Lucy Harney will send Council members an updated version of the strategic plan for their review and input.

10. International Activities in Liberal Arts:

Dennis Dunn briefed Council members on a survey that they will be asked to complete regarding international content in their departmental curricula. Chairs and directors are asked to provide the requested information by June 15. The information will be compiled for use by the President’s Task Force on Internationalization.

Dean Ellis urged Council members to emphasize efforts toward internationalization in their strategic planning.

Dean Ellis distributed copies of a letter thanking Mr. Bill KLesse, CEO and President of Valero Energy Corporation, for his donation underwriting the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Event.

The meeting was adjourned.


Announcements and Reminders:

Chair/Director/Faculty Deadlines:

• 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
• June 11, July 9, & August 13: New Employee Orientation II (8-12, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• June 15: Information on faculty-authored books due from Chairs to Pat Heath (ph09@txstate.edu)
• June 21: Summer Session II PCRs due to Jamie (jl40@txstate.edu)
• 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
• August 20: New Faculty Orientation (7:45-12:30, JCK 1100) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• 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: Deadline 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
• April 1, 2011: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Summer 2011 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)

Events:

• June 10 and August 31: Texas State Blood Drive (9-4, JCK 1100) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• August 24: University Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting (9:00 am, Evans Auditorium)

Professional Development:

• June 3: Workshop: EEO Training for Supervisors and Hiring Managers (8:30-12, JCK 1100) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• June 4, 7, & 9: Workshop: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® (8-12 &
1-4:30, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• July 12-20: ITS Workshop (w/stipend): Creating and Teaching an Online Course (http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/workshops.html by 5/10)
• June 15: Workshop: Pitney Bowes Presort and Your First Class Mail (10-12, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• June 15 (2:30-4:30) or June 16 (8:30-10:30): Workshop: Understanding Travel: Know Before You Go (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• June 23 or July 14: Workshop: Managing a Drug-free Workforce (10-12 or 1-3, JCK 1100) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• June 24 (2:30-4:30) or June 25 (8:30-10:30): Workshop: Contracted Services (10-12, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• June 30: Workshop: Rethinking Racism: Where do I fit in? (9:30-12, JCK 1100) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• June 30 or July 1: Introduction to Information Security (2:30-4:30, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• July 5-28: Workshop (8 MW Sessions): Survival Sign Language (3:30-4:30, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• July 6: Workshop: Endowments 101 (10-12, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• July 7: Workshop: EEO Training for Employees: Non-Supervisors (8:30-12, JCK 1100) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• July 9: Workshop: Endowments 101 (10-12, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• July 29 (1:30-4:40) or July 30 (9-12): Workshop: Payment Requirements for International Employees and Independent Contractors (JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• August 2-13: Technology Workshop (w/$1,200 stipend): Integrating Technology (Proposals by May 14 June 15; information at http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/tech_int.html)
• August 4: Workshop: Managing Generational Differences (8:30-11:30 or 12:30-3:30, JCK 1100) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• August 4 & 5: Workshop: Information Security—Server Management (8:30-12,
JCK 623) (itsecurity@txstate.edu)

• August 11: Workshop: Job Classification Training: Supervisors and Employees (8:30-10:30, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)
• August 24: Workshop: Staff Performance Appraisal Training—Supervisors and Employees (2:30-4:30, JCK 460) (http://www.txstate.edu/pdevelop/Services/workshops/summer2010.html)

Assessment Information:

• June 1: 2009-2010 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Results (w/ action plans and evidence of improvement) uploaded to Academic Affairs web site
• 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