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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2011


5 October 2011, 2:00 pm, FH 230

Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Vicki Brittain, Bill Kelemen, Mary Brennan, Beth Erhart, Susan Day, Bob Fischer, Vince Luizzi, Dan Lochman, Phil Suckling, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson

Off-agenda:

Council Members discussed procedures for Faculty Development Leave applications. Dean Hennessy asked to be forwarded application packets several days in advance of the final deadline of October 14. He will comment on the application materials and forward them to the Faculty Senate. Information on requirements and procedures is available on the Faculty Senate web site.

Dean Hennessy, as chair of the search committee to select the next Associate Provost briefed Council members of the committee’s progress. The four finalists for the position are: Quint Thurman, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Cynthia Opheim, former Chair of the Department of Political Science, Barb Sanders, Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Associate Dean of the College of Health Professions, and Dorinda Noble, Chair of the School of Social Work.

1. Strategic Planning: 2011 College Plan Update:

Dean Hennessy distributed the 2010 Liberal Arts report on progress related to the University Plan (2004-2012). He asked chairs and directors to submit by October 24 updated departmental reports listing strategic goals accomplished since the 2010 report. Dr. Harney will send the reporting template to chairs and directors via email.

2. Strategic Planning: 2012 University Plan Input:

Dean Hennessy distributed a draft of the proposed University Goals for 2012-2017. Council members are asked to review the draft and prepare feedback. The Council will meet in the next few weeks to discuss recommendations, which Dean Hennessy will submit by November 30 for review by the President’s Council.

3. Procedures for LAC minutes, reminders, and acknowledgements:

Dr. Harney briefed Council members on the procedures for distributing drafts and minutes of Liberal Arts Council meetings as well as College reminders and acknowledgements. Approved Council minutes and acknowledgements are sent via email to all Liberal Arts faculty. Reminders are sent only to Council members, who are encouraged to forward them as appropriate to their faculty and staff. Notices to be included with the acknowledgements should be sent to Dean Hennessy with a copy to Dr. Harney.

4. NEH Professorship:

Associate Dean Grayson reported that she and Dean Hennessy have completed the preliminary review of the applications for the NEH Distinguished Professorship, and provided a brief description of each of the four proposals. Council members will not be asked to review the applications for this cycle. Dr. Grayson has revised the Liberal Arts PPS regarding the NEH Professorship and will circulate the new document for the Council’s feedback.

5. Proposed English (BA) emphasis in Writing and Rhetoric:

Dr. Lochman distributed the advising checklist for the emphasis in writing and rhetoric proposed for the BA in English. Dr. Grayson recommended that the checklist be modified to indicate that the theory course (ENG 3318) may be repeated. Council members unanimously approved the proposed emphasis.

6. Other business:

Associate Dean Bousman briefed Council members on the likely changes to the computer refresh procedures and asked chairs to be aware of the refresh status of the faculty in their departments.

Around the table:

Dr. Kelemen reported that the departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science have partnered to purchase a 1-year license for Qualtrics, an online tool for conducting survey research that is available to all departments in the College. Dr. Kelemen will participate in training and will then brief interested faculty on accessing Qualtrics. The University will consider this product, among others, for campus-wide implementation in the future.

Dr. Fischer reported that faculty have requested access to EndNote, a software program for facilitating research and publishing. He asked Council members to inform him of interested faculty in other departments.

Dr. Fischer updated Council members on the efforts, led by Dr. Catherine Jaffe of Modern Languages, to pursue a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Texas State, and reminded chairs to canvass their faculty to identify members.


The meeting was adjourned.

Reminders:

Chair/Director/Faculty Deadlines:

• October 14: Applications due for Fall 2012/Spring 2013 development leaves (facultysenate@txstate.edu)
• October 15: Revisions to Program and General Education Student Learning Outcomes audited by associate dean
• October 17: Deadline for faculty applying for tenure/promotion to submit completed application files to chair
• October 17: Application deadline for hosting scholars with the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (http://www.cies.org/sir/) (further information: Steve Wilson sw13@txstate.edu)
• October 17: Deadline for departments/schools to receive nominations/applications for the Presidential Management Fellows Program (http://www.pmf.gov/academia/nomination-overview.aspx)
• October 19: Application deadline for NSF Water Sustainability and Climate funding (http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11551/nsf11551.pdf)
• October 24: 2011 Departmental Reports on University Plan due to Lucy Harney (harney@txstate.edu)
• October 30: Revisions to Program and General Education Student Learning Outcomes approved by dean
• November 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Spring 2012 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)
• November 1: Deadline to apply for Library Research Grants (http://www.library.txstate.edu/services/faculty/libraryresearchgrants/grant-proposal.html)
• November 4: Fall 2012 Schedule of Classes worksheets due to Registrar’s Office
• November 10: PC submits recommendation for 2nd yr. faculty to chair
• November 15: Deadline for PC to submit votes/recommendations regarding tenure/promotion to chair
• November 16: Chairs submit reappointment forms for 2nd yr. continuing faculty to dean
• November 18: Summer 2012 Schedule of Classes 1st edits due to Registrar’s Office
• November 19: Chairs inform 2nd yr. continuing faculty of reappointment action
• December 1: Deadline for chairs to submit tenure/promotion decisions to dean
• December 9: Fall 2012 Schedule of Classes 1st edits due to Registrar’s Office
• January 5 – March 3: Annual Faculty Performance Evaluation and Post-Tenure Review
• January 11 – 25: Chair and PC review continuing faculty in 1st contract yr.
• January 15: Deadline to upload course proposals (changes, adds, deletions) to the curriculum TRACS site (LA Curriculum 11-12)
• January 26: PC submits recommendation for 1st yr. faculty to chair
• January 27: Summer 2012 Schedule of Classes final edits due to Registrar’s Office
• February 1: Chairs submit reappointment forms for 1st yr. continuing faculty to dean
• February 3: Chairs inform 1st yr. continuing faculty of reappointment action
• February 10: Fall 2012 Schedule of Classes final edits due to Registrar’s Office
• March 22 – April 15: Chair and PC review continuing faculty in 2nd contract yr. or 3rd or subsequent contract yr.
• April 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Summer 2012 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)
• April 29: Chairs submit reappointment forms for faculty in 2nd contract yr. or 3rd or subsequent contract yr. to dean
• May 1: Deadline for chairs to provide list of faculty eligible for tenure/promotion in 2012-2013
• May 4: Chairs inform faculty in 2nd contract yr. or 3rd or subsequent contract yr. of reappointment action

Liberal Arts and Related Events:

• October 14: Archives and Anniversaries: Panel, Q&A, Reception (2-5:30, Alkek Wittliff) (rsvp to southwesternwriters@txstate.edu)
• October 14-16: 2011 Ancient Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop sponsored by CASAA (CEN 157) (www.txstate.edu/anthropology/casaa/workshops/hieroglyphic.html)
• October 19 & 26: Workshop: Managing@TXSTATE (8:30-4, JCK 460)
• October 26: Poesía y y música por la paz: En memoria de Facundo Cabral (2-8, CEN G02)
• October 20: Book Signing and Presentation: 2011 Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award recipient Alex Sanchez (10-11:30, LBJ Ballroom)
• October 20: Rivera Award 15th Anniversary Celebration (6:30-8:30, Alkek Wittliff)
• October 25: “Piracy through the Ages”: A public presentation as part of the Common Experience with Bryan Glass, visiting history scholar (5:00, Alkek Wittliff)
• October 28: Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala (5:30, Embassy Suites San Marcos) (http://www.txstatealumni.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=16781 by 10/15)
• November 2-3: Texas State’s International Research Conference for Graduate Students (LBJSC) (abstracts by 9/30) (http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/rsrch_conf.html)
• November 10: “Real Pirates of the Caribbean: Shipwrecks in Panama and the Dominican Republic”: A public lecture by Fritz Hanselmann, research faculty and chief underwater archaeologist with Texas State’s River Systems Institute and the Center for Archaeological Studies (6:00, TMH 101)
• December 16: Liberal Arts Commencement (2:00, Strahan)

Professional Development:

• October 14-15: Grant Writing Workshops for Liberal Arts faculty (contact Associate Dean Britt Bousman: cb26@txstate.edu)
• October 6 (2:30-4:30) or October 7 (8:30-10:30): Workshop: Ways of Finding the Data You Need (JCK 460) (https://ibis.sap.txstate.edu:50001/irj/portal)
• October 17-18: NSF Regional Grants Conference (UT Austin) (https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=NATI375E)
• October 19: Workshop: The Role of Faculty in Guiding Graduate Students through the Thesis/Dissertation Process (2-3:30, Alkek 105/106) (http://signup.txstate.edu/sessions/256-the-faculty-role-in-guiding-graduate-students-through-the-thesis-dissertation-process)
• October 24: Workshop: Understanding Travel—Know Before You Go (2:30-4:30, JCK 460) (https://ibis.sap.txstate.edu:50001/irj/portal)
• October 25: Workshop: Understanding Travel—Know Before You Go (8:30-10:30, JCK 460) (https://ibis.sap.txstate.edu:50001/irj/portal)
• October 27: Workshop: Gift Acceptance, Endowments, and Scholarship Overview (10-12, JCK 460) (https://ibis.sap.txstate.edu:50001/irj/portal)
• November 1: Workshop: GAMS: The Routing and Approval Process (1:30-3:30, JCK 420) (https://ibis.sap.txstate.edu:50001/irj/portal)
• November 4: Grant Writers’ Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students: Write Winning Grants (8-5, Embassy Suites) (http://www.txstate.edu/research/avpr/grant-ws.html by 11/4)


Other:

• October 17: Writers’ Meet-up Group (5-7, FH G09)
• October 18: Writing Center: How to Read Literature Like a Professor (5:00, FH G04)
• October 20: GSP Review Session (4:00, FH G04)
• October 24: Writers’ Meet-up Group (5-7, FH G09)
• October 25: Writing Center: College Reading Strategies (5:00, FH G04)
• October 27: Cultural Embrace Presentation on Student Opportunities Abroad (5:30-6:30, LBJ 3-5.1)
• October 27: GSP Review Session (4:00, FH G04)
• October 31: Writers’ Meet-up Group (5-7, FH G09)
• November 3: Farmers Market (Quad)
• December 1: Farmers Market (Quad)
• December 5: Last day of Fall classes