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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2011

19 January 2011, 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, Catherine Jaffe, Jon McGee, Vince Luizzi, Susan Day, Mike Hennessy, Dennis Dunn, Phil Suckling, and Associate Deans Nancy Grayson and Britt Bousman

Guests: Marc Turner, Jenni Small

1. Congratulations: a) to David Butler (GEO), who is one of two Texas State Professors honored as Regents’ Professor by the Texas State University System’s Board of Regents, as reported (11/23) by the University web site; b) to Steve Wilson (ENG), Texas State’s Fulbright representative, for coordinating faculty Fulbright applications with an extremely high success rate, leading to Texas State’s being named a Top Producing Institution of U.S. Fulbright Scholars for 2010-11, as reported by the University web site (11/16); c) to geography alumnus Edris Montalvo, whose doctoral dissertation was selected as a finalist for the Association of American Geographers Nystrom Award for the best recent geography dissertation in North America. Edris’ doctoral dissertation committee members were Brock Brown, Rich Earl, and supervisor Lawrence Estaville (all GEO); d) to Psychology Association President Jacob Zernick, selected as Bobcat Leader of the month for September, and to Randall Osborne (PSY) for his work with psychology’s student organizations; e) to Beth Erhart (ANTH) for her election as 2011 President of the Texas Association of Biological Anthropologists, and to anthropology graduate student Thomas Stott, whose presentation at the 2010 convention at Baylor University was awarded a prize. Thomas is mentored by Kerrie Graham (ANTH); f) to Twister Marquiss, Dick Heaberlin (both ENG), Mark Busby (CSSW), and numerous graduate student interns, for the launching of Texas State’s new web site for the Southwest Regional Humanities Center and Center for the Study of the Southwest:; g) to Shirley Ogletree and Randall Osborne (both PSY) for securing Diversity Funds to support a joint initiative with San Antonio College to promote the recruitment of SAC psychology students to Texas State; h) to the editors and staff of the MFA Program’s Front Porch, which was named among the top 15 online literary journals by the Huffington Post (12/16,, “Online Literary Journals Come of Age: 15 Top Online Journal Editors Speak”), executive editor: Tom Grimes, managing editor: Herpreet Singh, and faculty advisor: Steve Wilson (all ENG); i) to Jon Lohse (ANTH) and the Center for Archaeological Studies for securing Regents’ authorization for a quasi-endowment to support curation activites for the center, which has begun accepting collections (Collections Manager: Amy Benton); j) to English major Valerie Vera who has been selected to serve as a 2011 Fellow in the Moreno/Rangel Legislative Leadership Program. Valerie was nominated by Steve Wilson (ENG); k) to Britt Bousman (ANTH) who has been elected President of the Texas Archaeological Association; l) to MARC (ENG) students Sonia Arellano and Kristin “Cheyenne” Riggs who received Scholars for the Dream travel awards from the Conference on College Composition and Communication; m) to the editor, author, and co-authors of Geography Undergraduate Programs: Pathways to Success which was recently published on the National Council for Geographic Education’s website; volume editor and senior author on many chapters: Lawrence Estaville (GEO), co-authors: Brock Brown, Niem Huynh (both GEO), Sally Caldwell (SOCI), PhD graduates Fenda Akiwumi and Edris Montalvo, and current PhD student Waverly Ray; n) to Geography PhD student Melanie Stine who co-authored a paper with David Butler (GEO) that was recently published in the peer-reviewed journal, Geomorphology (“A content analysis of biogeomorphology within geomorphology textbooks,” 2011); o) to Sergio Marinez (MODL), who was recently named Executive Director of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS); p) to Nancy Wilson (ENG) whose recent interview with the Writing Center Director of the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico was published in Praxis: A Writing Center Journal (Fall 2010); q) to 2011 Library Research Grant recipients Kerrie Graham (ANTH), Libby Allison, Jenny Hanning (both ENG), Ronald Angelo Johnson, and Jessica Pliley (both HIST); r) to Christi Conlee (ANTH) who received a competitive $20,000 award in conjunction with her Faculty Development Leave, which will allow her to focus on research for the full academic year 2011-12.

2. Liberal Arts in the News: Liberal Arts in the News: a) (11/3) reported on the Central Texas partnership promoting heritage tourism focused on paleontology and archaeology which includes the Gault Site and the Gault Site exhibit at the Bell County Museum, both of which are supervised by Michael Collins (ANTH) (“New Tourism Partnership Formed to Help Families Discover Prehistoric Texas”); b) Jimmy McWilliams (HIST) was interviewed for a piece in The University Star (11/4) on “No Shave November,” a worldwide effort supporting prostate cancer awareness; c) the University web site (11/4) announced that Frank de la Teja (HIST) has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Humanities Texas. Frank’s appointment was covered in the lead article of The University Star (11/17); d) the University web site reported (11/4) on Kate Spradley’s (ANTH) work, funded by a grant from the Department of Justice, compiling an extensive database of skeletal characteristics of Latin American individuals for use in solving criminal and missing-persons cases and for repatriation of remains; Kate’s work was also profiled in The University Star (11/30, “Providing Closure: Professor Seeks To Reunite Relatives With The Dead”); e) The University Star interviewed Vince Luizzi (PHIL) and philosophy graduate students Lindsey Jackson and JD Hill about the department’s new master’s degree in applied philosophy (11/30, “New Master’s Degree Places Emphasis On Dialogue Series”); f) Tom Grimes’ (ENG) Mentor was named a “Best Memoir of 2010” and a “Best Nonfiction Book of 2010” by Kirkus Reviews, which is subscribed to by American libraries nationwide; g) Tom Longoria and Don Inbody (both POSI) were interviewed (1/18) for “Campus Pulse” in The University Star about student requests for last-minute grade changes.

3. Student Computing Resources:
Proposals for funds for student computing resources were presented by Dr. Brittain (for computers and printers for the Liberal Arts computer lab), Dr. Hennessy (for replacing outdated towers in two English PC labs), and Dr. Suckling (for replacing computers in two GIS labs). Dr. Bousman and Dr. Turner (Liberal Arts representative on the computing resources committee) gave input on the proposals. Dr. Bousman will send council members an email request to rank the proposals.

A proposal submitted by Dr. Mark Busby for used computers for the Center for the Study of the Southwest will be submitted directly to Dr. Milt Nielsen, Assistant Vice President for Instructional Technologies Support. Dean Ellis will follow up on council members’ questions regarding the source(s) of funding for computer labs in the Undergraduate Academic Center.

4. Proposed Change to Geography’s Graduate Admission Requirements:

Dr. Suckling presented a proposal to raise the minimum GPA required for admission to Geography’s M.A.Geo program (from 3.0 to 3.2 during the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work) and M.S. program (from 3.2 to 3.4 during the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work), noting that applicants who fail to meet the higher standards can still be considered for conditional admission. The proposal was unanimously approved.

5. Proposal for the Center for Social Inquiry:

Dr. Day presented a proposal from the Department of Sociology to establish the Center for Social Inquiry. The Center would promote: increased funding for faculty research, interdisciplinary research projects, engagement of students in applied social research, and community involvement in the selection of policy-relevant topics. The proposal was unanimously approved.

6. CLA:

Dean Ellis distributed two articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education relating to the use of the Collegiate Learning Assessment in U.S. colleges and universities. Council members discussed potential ramifications related to this assessment tool for higher education in Texas.

7. Endowment Reports:

Dean Ellis distributed September 2010 endowment reports from the University Endowment and the Development Foundation, noting that distribution amounts have increased since last year.

Dean Ellis encouraged Chairs to have scholarship recipients write personal thank-you notes to donors. Dr. Suckling noted that donors are sometimes willing to help bridge the gap with extra donations when endowment distributions are depressed.

The meeting was adjourned.

Announcements and Reminders:

Chair/Director/Faculty Deadlines:

• January 31: Deadline to submit Muir Mentoring Award nominations to Dean Ellis (
• February 1: Chair submits forms for reappointment of untenured continuing faculty in their 1st contract year to the dean. If the department has no 1st contract year faculty, a written report of that fact should be submitted
• February 1: Deadline to submit proposals for Grants for Instructional Technology (
• February 2: 12th class day
• February 3: Chair must inform each affected 1st year faculty of reappointment action taken
• February 7: Deadline to apply for the 4th annual Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award (
• February 11: Class Schedule Final Edits for Fall 2011 due to Registrar’s Office
• February 11: Deadline to submit nominees for Presidential Awards for Excellence to Dean Ellis (FH 313, 5:00)
• February 18: Deadline for chairs/directors to send nominations for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student to Dean’s office (FH 313, by 5:00)
• February 21: Deadline to submit proposals for One-Time Online Resource Grants (
• February 25: Deadline for chairs/directors to send to Dean’s office names and addresses of students to be recognized for Academic Excellence at Liberal Arts Awards Day
• February 29: Deadline for chairs/directors to send to Dean’s office nominations for Presidential Upper Level Scholarships
• March 1: Annual Performance Evaluation of Faculty and Post-Tenure Review of all faculty should be complete
• March 1: Deadline for completion of staff performance appraisals
• March 1: Deadline to submit proposals to Dean (via Chair) participate in the 2011 Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute (stipend) (
• March 4: Deadline for chairs/directors to rank nominees for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student and send results to Kathy Scott (
• March 4: Deadline for Dean Ellis to submit nominations for Distinguished Professor Emeritus/Emerita (PPS 6.01)
• March 10: Deadline to submit proposals to sponsor Guest Lectures for fall 2011 and spring 2012 (
• March 22-April 15: Meetings with chair and PC held to review untenured continuing faculty in their 2nd, 3rd,or subsequent contract year
• March 22: Deadline to submit proposals for EPA (CARE) grant funding (

• March 25: Deadline for chairs to send nominations for Presidential Upper Level Scholarships to Dean’s office (PPS 6.05)
• April 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Summer 2011 (
• April 18: Deadline to submit proposals for Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program (Randall Osborne / / “Faculty Fellows Proposal” in subject line)
• April 29: Chairs complete appropriate portions of the form regarding each faculty member in the 2nd contract year subject to further review or in the 3rd or subsequent contract year as necessary and submit written recommendations to the dean.
• May 4: Chairs write to each faculty member in the 2nd contract year subject to further review or in the 3rd or subsequent contract year for whom a recommendation has been submitted to inform them of the recommendation
• May 31: Deadline for chairs/directors to approve Student Learning Outcomes results, action plans, and evidence improvement
• July 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Fall 2011 (
• August 1: Application deadline for Faculty Fulbrights ( (further information: Steve Wilson


• February 4: Symposium: Vida y Honor / Life and Honor: Rolando Hinojosa and Miguel Méndez (Alkek Whitliff, 8:15-5:30)
• February 11: Poetry Reading and Book Signing: Rachel Eliza Griffiths, author of Miracle Arrhythmia (Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center in Kyle, 7:30)
• April 14: Liberal Arts Awards Day (6:00, Alkek Teaching Theater)
• March 4: Symposium on Women and Gender, Population, and the Environment: Towards a Greater Understanding of the Intersections between Social and Reproductive Justice, Health, and Sustainability Issues (9-12+, LBJ Ballroom)
• March 28-April 1: Career Services’ Liberal Arts Week

Professional Development:

• Spring 2011 Instructional Technologies Workshops: (
• January 28: ITS Workshop: Online Course Management and Communication (2-3, online) (
• February1: Workshop: EEO Training for Employees: Non-Supervisors (8:30-12, JCK 1100) (
• February 10: Workshop: Pre-Award Services Available to the University Community (1:30-3:30, JCK 460) (
• February 18: The National Science Foundation Workshop: NSF Day at Texas State University (8-4:30, LBJ Ballroom) ( by 2/11)
• February 26: Workshop: FI Master Data (10-12, JCK 460) ( by 2/19)
• March 1: Application deadline for NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes Grants (


• February 2: GRE Strategy Session and Practice Test (5:30, Mitte 5233)
• February 4: Deadline for students to submit applications for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards to departments/centers
• February 15: Deadline for students to submit applications for Presidential Upper Level Scholarships to departments/centers
• March 1: Deadline for applications for 2011 Summer Predoctoral Fellowship Program (
• March 13-20: Spring Break
• May 2: Last day of Spring classes