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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2011

6 April 2011, 2:00 pm, FH 230

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

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

1. Congratulations: a) to those in Political Science, including Lynn Crossett and Vicki Brittain, on the re-approval of the M.A. Legal Studies and Paralegal Certificate programs by the American Bar Association (ABA); b) to Patricia Shields (POSI), who was awarded the Rita Mae Kelly Award at the American Society of Public Administration national conference in March for her outstanding research on gender-related issues; c) to Michelle Hamilton (ANTH) for passing the exam to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, which is the highest possible level of achievement in forensic anthropology and makes Michelle one of only 87 Diplomates in the world; d) to Elizabeth Bishop (HIST), sponsor, and the Model Arab League team, which returned from a competition in Houston with several awards including “Outstanding Overall Delegation”; e) to Elizabeth Bishop (HIST) and Sally Caldwell (SOCI) who were honored with Texas State University’s Student Foundation's "Foundations of Excellence" award for the significant impact they have made on the lives of Student Foundation members while students at Texas State; f) to Glenda Jurek-Rahe (Liberal Arts Advisor) for receiving the TEXAAN (Texas Academic Advising Network) Scholarship, a state-wide award given annually to an outstanding academic advisor to promote the professional training of advisors–Glenda will complete her MSIS degree in Occupational Education in December 2011; g) to Rebecca Montgomery (HIST) on receiving the award for the best article on Missouri history from the Missouri Conference on History for an article that appeared in the Missouri Historical Review. The award will be presented on April 15 at the annual conference in Kansas City; h) to Tanya Weimer (MODL) who, through her efforts with Texas State’s Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program in 2010, successfully mentored a doctoral student who has recently accepted a tenure-track position with the University of Wisconsin; i) to the History Department, who will be hosting a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence this coming year – our thanks to Elizabeth Bishop for developing this successful institutional proposal; j) to Natalie Ceballos (PSY), who will mentor an incoming Pre-doctoral Fellow in 2011; k) to Vikki Bynum (HIST) and Wade Wheeler (PSY), who will each be named Distinguished Professor Emeritus. They will be invited to accept their awards at the Fall 2011 Faculty Meeting with the President; l) to Luis Baez (POSI) and Laura Driver (GEO), two senior Pi Kappa Delta debate team members, who finished second at the Pi Kappa Delta National Debate Tournament held March 23-26 in Portland after advancing through six preliminary debates in a field of teams from across the United States. Also, congratulations to Ryan Herrera (POSI senior) and Joseph Flores (POSI junior) who advanced to the national semi-finals and received a Superior rating for their performance in the preliminary rounds.

2. Liberal Arts in the News: a) the University Star (2/24/11) featured Cyrus Cassells (ENG) and Sandra Mayo (MCGS), who spoke on a panel of faculty and students discussing the film “For Colored Girls” as part of the campus-wide celebration of Black History Month; (b) Mary Brennan (HIST) did an opinion piece for History News Network (2/28, and an interview with Politico (2/28, regarding her recently released book, Pat Nixon: Embattled First Lady; c) Fritz Hanslemann’s (ANTH, Center for Archaeological Studies) recent underwater archeological work in Panama has received a great deal of press: two articles, (2/27, “Cannons from the Lost Ships of Famed Privateer Captain Morgan Recovered in Panama,”, and 2/28, “Texas State Helps Recover Cannons from Captain Morgan’s Lost Fleet,” University News Service), a video clip from the following press conference: (, and an interview by BBC for the Public Radio International (PRI) program, “The World” (March 2011,; d) Ty Schepis’ (PSY) recently published study about adolescent marijuana use was covered by the NY Times (3/10/11,, and is a "feature publication" in the Journal of Addiction Medicine (3/11,; e) Patrick Evoe, International Studies graduate alumnus, was featured in The University Star (3/3/11) for his accomplishments as a skilled triathlete and Ironman competitor and motivator; f) CNN selected Twister Marquiss (ENG) to be the featured guide for its "My City, My Secret" segment on San Marcos, which is expected to air in mid-April. An article about Twister’s feature in the CNN series was released in the San Marcos Daily Record (3/27/11,; f) Mike Collins (ANTH) was co-author on an article that was recently published in the journal, Science (3/11), about the discovery of tools in Texas that pre-date those found in Clovis. Mike was also recently interviewed on National Public Radio (3/25, to discuss the pre-Clovis findings reported in the article.

3. Grants: Ben Zhan (GEO) has received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his project titled, "Air Pollution-Exposure-Health Effects Indicators: Mining Massive Geographically Referenced Environmental Health Data to Identify Risk Factors for Birth Defects"; Kevin Romig (GEO) has received a Grant for Instructional Technology (GIT) for his project, Urban Design Video Clips; Neill Hadder (ANTH) has received a Grant for Instructional Technology (GIT) for his project, Interactive Kinship Modeling; Elizabeth Kanon and Vincent Luizzi (both PHIL) have been awarded a grant from Humanities Texas for bringing environmentalist Peter Gunter to speak on campus; Jonathan Lohse (ANTH) has been awarded two funded contracts to do archeological research in Texas as well as a prestigious award from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for hosting a workshop on the earliest occupants of Mesoamerica held in Guatemala.

4. Thanks to: (a) the Liberal Arts Advisory Board, who provided important funding for the Modern Arab League team and (b) the community non-profit, Edible San Marcos, and the Environmental Conservation Organization, a student organization of the Geography Department for coordinating a monthly Farmers Market on campus.

5. Graduate Enrollment:

Graduate College Dean Michael Willoughby has asked that his office be contacted for assistance with graduate admissions.

Council members shared accounts of issues with the graduate admissions process. Many expressed concern that graduate enrollments will be adversely affected and that top students will be lost to other universities as a result of these issues. There were similar difficulties with the graduate scholarship application process. Dean Ellis reiterated the need for chairs and graduate advisors to contact Dean Willoughby whenever there is a problem.

6. Service:

Dean Ellis reported on a discussion from the Council of Academic Deans regarding the service obligations of tenure-track faculty. She noted that, while junior faculty should not be overburdened with service, they are expected to engage in service as an important component of their professional responsibilities at Texas State. Dean Ellis asked chairs to review departmental policies to assure that service expectations for tenure-track faculty are clearly outlined, and that there are provisions to reward service, as there are for scholarly work and teaching.

7. Tenure and Promotion Revisions:

Dean Ellis distributed a copy of LA/PPS 2.02 and proposed the following additions to the requirements for faculty applying for tenure and promotion to associate professor:

• A statement (2 page maximum) summarizing teaching accomplishments
• A statement (2 page maximum) summarizing accomplishments in scholarly/creative activities
• 3 letters from experts from outside the university assessing the candidate’s scholarly/creative work; external reviewers to be chosen by the candidates
• A statement (2 page maximum) documenting activities and achievements in service

Several chairs commented that they frequently have difficulty securing external reviewers. Dean Ellis and Council members agreed to set the requirement at 2 external letters for tenure-track faculty. Dean Ellis will edit the policy revisions for final review by Council members.

8. Internationalization Task Force Report:

Dean Ellis distributed a summary of the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on Internationalization and reviewed the Provost’s response to various initiatives. She recommended that Council members consider including in their strategic planning initiatives related to internationalization.

9. University Goals:

Dean Ellis distributed a copy of Texas State’s Summary of Goals and Intended Outcomes for the Extended University Plan through 2012. She asked that Council members review the University goals and forward her their comments by May 1.

10. Political Science: Elimination of Allied Health Services:

Dr. Brittain outlined to Council members the decision of Political Science faculty to eliminate Allied Health Services as a career support area for the MPA program, due to lack of demand.

11. Other Business:

Dean Ellis reminded Council members about the Liberal Arts Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Alkek Teaching Theater.

Liberal Arts Golden Apple Award recipients for next fall were announced.

Dean Ellis distributed an article that was reprinted in the University Star (1/20/11) citing a recently published study which finds that college students who major in the liberal arts achieve significantly greater gains, in comparison with other majors, in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills.

Council members are encouraged to attend the on-campus presentations of the finalists for Dean of University College and PACE.

Dean Ellis asked chairs to prepare for projected enrollment growth when planning for classroom and staffing needs for Fall 2011.

The meeting was adjourned.


Announcements and Reminders:

Chair/Director/Faculty Deadlines:

• April 18: Deadline to submit proposals for Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program (Randall Osborne / / “Faculty Fellows Proposal” in subject line)
• April 20: Deadline to submit changes/additions/deletions for the 2011-2013 Graduate Catalog (w/chair and Dean approval) to Dean Willoughby in the Graduate College
• April 25: Deadline to submit proposals for FY12 Diversity Plan Funding ( c/o Herman Horn)
• April 29: Chairs complete form regarding faculty members 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.
• April 29: Deadline to submit DOE grant proposals for “Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM” (
• May 1: Deadline for chairs to send comments on University Goals to Dean Ellis (
• May 2: Nomination Deadline for Texas State Quality Team Award (
• May 4: Chairs write to faculty members 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 6: Deadline to submit nominations for Distinguished Alumni Awards (
• May 17: Deadline to submit DOE grant proposals for “Special Focus Competition: Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education” (
• May 24: Deadline to submit CDC grant proposals for “National Minority Undergraduate Student Program: A Public Health Workplace Experience to Increase Minority Student Interest in Public Health” (
• May 26: Deadline to submit NEH grant proposals for “Preservation and Access Education and Training” (
• May 26: Deadline to submit NIH grant proposals for “Limited Competition for Competitive Revision Applications to Accelerate and Enhance Collaborative Translational Science” (
• 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 (
• July 20: Deadline to submit proposals for NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resource Grants (
• July 27: Deadline to apply for NSF CAREER grants (
• August 1: Application deadline for Faculty Fulbrights ( (further information: Steve Wilson
• October 17: Application deadline for Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program ( (further information: Steve Wilson

Liberal Arts Events:

• April-May: Writing Center Events (
• April 20: “Rompe el silencio: Festival de poesía y música” (3:45-7, CEN G01)
• April 21: Lecture with novelist Antonio Arreguín Bermúdez: “Misconceptions about Immigration: Migrant Workers” as represented in his novel, Burnt Honey (9:30-10:30, CEN 217)
• April 22: Q&A with novelist Cristina García (11-12, FH 302)
• April 25: Dean’s Open Door (3:30-5, FH 230)
• April 26: Dean’s Open Door (10:30-12, FH 230)
• April 27: “Mayan Political Organization”: A Workshop by Dr. Ana Luisa Izquierdo (5:00, TMH 106)
• May 13: Liberal Arts Commencement (Strahan, group 1: 10 a.m.; group 2: 2 p.m.)

Professional Development:

• April 19: Faculty Development: Global Resources: Expanding Your Students’ Horizons (2-3:30, Alkek 105/106) (
• April 19: Workshop: Job Classification Training – Supervisors and Employees (8:30-10:30, JCK 460) (
• April 28: Workshop: Understanding Travel: Know Before You Go (2:30-4:30, JCK 460) (
• April 29: Workshop: Understanding Travel: Know Before You Go (8:30-10:30, JCK 460) (
• May 3: Workshop: Sponsored Programs Special Topics (9:30-11:30, JCK 460) (
• May 16-19: Instructional Technologies Support Workshops (
• May 18-27: Workshop: Creating and Teaching and Online Course (w/stipend) ( by 3/25)
• July 11-20: Workshop: Creating and Teaching and Online Course (w/stipend) ( by 3/25)
• August 1-12: Workshop: Technology Integration (w/stipend) (


• April 16: E-Waste Recycle Event (9-1, East End Strahan Parking Lot)
• April 27: 2011 Vendor and Travel Fair (12-2, LBJ Ballroom)
• April 27: Workshop: Identity Crisis: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft (1:30-4:30, Alkek 102 / RRHEC Avery 364) (
• May 2: Last day of Spring classes
• May 4: Farmers Market (11-3, Quad)
• May 5: Texas State Blood Drive (9-4, JCK 1100)