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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2011


4 May 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

Guests: Mr. George Krezinski, Ms. Kathy Scott, and Dr. Beth Erhart

1. Congratulations: a) to Gary Hartman and the Center for Texas Music History for another outstanding donor event and Unplugged concert with some of the best of Texas musicians; b) to Joe Kotarba (SOCI), director the Center for Social Inquiry in the Department of Sociology, which recently held its inaugural event, a symposium on “Sociology, the Environment, and Sustainability: The Humanistic and Scientific Relevance of Water”; c) to the Department of Geography for an excellent Student Research Symposium, their 7th annual event; d) to Mary Brennan, who has been appointed as the next Chair of the Department of History; e) to Lawrence Estaville (GEO) who was honored last month at the AAG meeting in Seattle with the Outstanding Scholarship and Service Award from the Business Geography Specialty Group; the Geography Education Specialty Group recognized PhD student Carmen Brysch, as winner of the Gail Hobbs Student Paper Competition. Carmen’s doctoral advisor is Dick Boehm (GEO); f) to Jose Silvan-Cardenas, a Texas State Graduate and former advisee of Ben Zhan (GEO), who was recently awarded the 2011 Nystrom Award, which recognizes the most outstanding recent Ph.D. dissertation. Two of this year’s five finalists were graduates of the geography doctoral program and this is the third time that a Texas State geography PhD graduate has won this award during the past seven years; g) to Brian Cooper (GEO) who was named the International Studies Professor of the Year at the Sigma Iota Rho awards ceremony of the Center for International Studies on April 15; h) to senior political science major Samin Agha, who made the final sixteen round in Lincoln-Douglas debate and quarter-finals in extemporaneous speaking as a member of the Elton Abernathy Forensics Society competitive speech team, which won the National Forensics Association’s (NFA) National Tournament, April 15-18, at Illinois State University; i) to the Department of Psychology’s faculty and students for their strong record of student co-authored research this spring, with 23 undergraduate students participating in convention presentations during the first six months of 2011; j) to Laura Stroup (GEO) who received the Honor’s Program’s Stephany Goodbread Faculty Advisor Award at the University Honors Awards Program in April; k) to the Liberal Arts Advising Center, which received the “Safe Office of the Year” award from the Allies of Texas State program, presented on May 2 at this spring’s Lavender Graduation; l) to Liberal Arts faculty who will be promoted in rank beginning September 1, 2011. Those receiving tenure and promotion to associate professor: Augustine Agwuele (ANTH), Kerrie Lewis Graham (ANTH), Octavio Pimentel (ENG), Pinfan Zhu (ENG), Nate Currit (GEO), Angela Murphy (HIST), Sergio Martínez (MODL), Yuri Porras (MODL), Lynn Crossett (POSI), Reiko Graham (PSY), Crystal Oberle (PSY), and Chad Smith (SOC). Those receiving promotion to professor: Osvaldo Muniz (GEO), Jimmy McWilliams (HIST), Lucy Harney (MODL), Ken Ward (POSI), and Patti Giuffre (SOCI); and m) to Chris Covo, graduating senior in political science, for being named the recipient of Texas State’s 2011 LBJ Outstanding Senior Student Award.

2. Liberal Arts in the News: a) the Gault School of Research was featured in Archeology Magazine (Jan/Feb 2011), which highlighted a tour of the Gault archeological site that was led by GSAR Executive Director, Clark Wernecke; b) the University News Service is currently featuring Mary Brennan’s (HIST) recently published book, Pat Nixon: Embattled First Lady, which was published in the University Press of Kansas’ series, Modern First Ladies.

3. Grants: Allan Chavkin (ENG) has been awarded a grant by the University Lecturers Committee, which will be used to sponsor a two-day visit next year by major American/Native American writer Louise Erdrich.

4. Construction of Bobcat Trail:

Mr. George Krezinski, construction project manager with Texas State’s Facilities Planning Design and Construction, distributed a hand-out detailing plans for upcoming construction projects along Bobcat Trail, the pedestrian mall south of Evans.

Council members expressed concern over the blocking off of exits in Evans during summer classes. Mr. Krezinski indicated that a sufficient number of emergency exits would be available in the event of an emergency. Dean Ellis suggested that department chairs prepare a written statement for summer faculty teaching in Evans to read to their students regarding the locations of emergency exits.

5. Provost Approval for Center for Middle American Research:

Dean Ellis and Jon McGee announced that the proposed Center for Middle American Research, Jim Garber, director, has received Provost’s approval.

6. Update on Council for Funded Research:

Britt Bousman distributed a hand-out updating Council members on recent topics addressed by Texas State’s Council for Funded Research, which he chairs. Dr. Bousman reported on concerns regarding lab space inventory procedures that are currently under consideration. He highlighted the potential advantages of utilizing “research dashboards” for tracking research activity.

7. University Council Elections:

Council members voted unanimously to re-elect Susan Day as Liberal Arts’ representative to the University Council. Vince Luizzi was unanimously re-elected as alternate.

8. Student Perceptions of Instruction (Evaluation Form):

Dean Ellis distributed a copy of Texas State’s SPI evaluation form. Mike Hennessy noted three areas of concern regarding the form:

• Some students continue to mark the course index number box on the top of the form. He has recommended redesigning the form to minimize occurrences of this problem.

• Some students seem confused by item #4 regarding whether instructors conduct class “as scheduled”. Dr. Hennessy suggests clarifying the statement and/or limiting responses to “yes” or “no”.


• Response options on the SPI form begin with “strongly disagree,” which is contrary to the practice in many Liberal Arts departments. Council members agreed that they would prefer that SPI response options be listed beginning with “strongly agree” rather than “strongly disagree”. Dean Ellis will convey this request to the Council of Academic Deans. Dean Ellis recommended that, if the requested change is not approved, chairs consider altering their departmental evaluation forms (where appropriate) to approximate the SPI form.

9. Transitions:

Dr. Ogletree was honored as she steps down as Interim Chair for the department of psychology. Drs. de la Teja, McGee, and Hennessy were honored as they step down as chairs of the departments of history, anthropology, and English, respectively. Dr. Hennessy was welcomed as the next Dean of Liberal Arts. Dean Ellis conveyed her gratitude to all for their years of dedicated service to the College of Liberal Arts.

10. Other Business:

Associate Dean Grayson informed Council members that she can be contacted regarding corrections and updates to the College web page.

Dean Ellis reminded chairs to consider recent enrollment projections when staffing for the upcoming year. Council members noted that legislative limitations on financial aid, which are currently under consideration, could negatively affect both the size and quality of future student populations.

The meeting was adjourned.


Announcements and Reminders

 

Chair/Director/Faculty Deadlines:

• May 20: Summer Session I PCRs due to Jamie (jl40@txstate.edu)
• May 20: SACS: Gen Ed Results, Action Plans, Evidence of Improvement due to Emily (emilyedwards@txstaste.edu)
• 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” (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=82493)
• May 26: Deadline to submit NEH grant proposals for “Preservation and Access Education and Training” (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=82093)
• May 26: Deadline to submit NIH grant proposals for “Limited Competition for Competitive Revision Applications to Accelerate and Enhance Collaborative Translational Science” (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=82333)
• June 1: SACS: Program Results, Action Plans, Evidence of Improvement due to Emily (emilyedwards@txstaste.edu)
• June 15: Deadline for chairs/directors to convey 10-year goals/predictions to Dean Ellis
• June 17: Summer Session II PCRs due to Jamie (jl40@txstate.edu)
• July 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Fall 2011 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)
• July 20: Deadline to submit proposals for NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resource Grants (http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/HCRR.html#awardinfo)
• July 27: Deadline to apply for NSF CAREER grants (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11690)
• August 1: Application deadline for Faculty Fulbrights (http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/) (further information: Steve Wilson sw13@txstate.edu)
• October 17: Application deadline for Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (http://www.cies.org/sir/) (further information: Steve Wilson sw13@txstate.edu)
• 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)

Liberal Arts Events:

• May: Writing Center Events (http://www.writingcenter.txstate.edu/Events.html)
• August 23: University Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting (9 a.m., Strahan)

Professional Development:

• May 18-27: Workshop: Creating and Teaching and Online Course (w/stipend) (http://www.its.txstate.edu/departments/instructional_design/onlinecourseworkshop.html by 3/25)
• July 11-20: Workshop: Creating and Teaching and Online Course (w/stipend) (http://www.its.txstate.edu/departments/instructional_design/onlinecourseworkshop.html by 3/25)
• August 1-12: Workshop: Technology Integration (w/stipend) (http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/workshops/techintegrationwksp.html by 6/1)
• October 14-15: Grant Writing Workshop (cb26@txstate.edu)
• May 16: Faculty salary review due to Jamie (jl40@txstate.edu)
• May 12 & 17: Workshop: Teambuilding (8-11:45, 12:45-5, JCK 460) (https://ibis.sap.txstate.edu:50001/irj/portal)
• May 17: Deadline to submit grant proposals for “Special Focus Competition: Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education” (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=82373)
• May 20: Summer Session I PCRs due to Jamie (jl40@txstate.edu)
• 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” (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=82493)
• May 26: Deadline to submit NEH grant proposals for “Preservation and Access Education and Training” (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=82093)
• May 26: Deadline to submit NIH grant proposals for “Limited Competition for Competitive Revision Applications to Accelerate and Enhance Collaborative Translational Science” (http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=82333)
• May 31: Deadline for chairs/directors to approve Student Learning Outcomes results, action plans, and evidence improvement
• June 15: Deadline for chairs/directors to convey 10-year goals/predictions to Dean Ellis
• June 17: Summer Session II PCRs due to Jamie (jl40@txstate.edu)
• July 1: Deadline to apply to use faculty-authored materials in Fall 2011 (http://www.provost.txstate.edu/pps/policy-and-procedure-statements/4-teaching/pps4-10.html)
• July 20: Deadline to submit proposals for NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resource Grants (http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/HCRR.html#awardinfo)
• July 27: Deadline to apply for NSF CAREER grants (http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf11690)
• August 1: Application deadline for Faculty Fulbrights (http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/) (further information: Steve Wilson sw13@txstate.edu)
• October 17: Application deadline for Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (http://www.cies.org/sir/) (further information: Steve Wilson sw13@txstate.edu)
• 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)

Liberal Arts Events:

• May: Writing Center Events (http://www.writingcenter.txstate.edu/Events.html)
• August 23: University Convocation and Annual General Faculty Meeting (9 a.m., Strahan)

Professional Development:

• May 12: Faculty Copyright Webinar (12-1:30, Alkek 105/106) (http://alkeklibrarynews.typepad.com/alkek/2011/05/copyright-faculty-rights-webinar.html)
• May 16-19: Instructional Technologies Support Workshops (http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/workshops/techtools2011.html)
• May 16-19: Summer Statistical Training Workshops (http://signup.txstate.edu/ by 5/10)
• May 18-27: Workshop: Creating and Teaching and Online Course (w/stipend) (http://www.its.txstate.edu/departments/instructional_design/onlinecourseworkshop.html by 3/25)
• July 11-20: Workshop: Creating and Teaching and Online Course (w/stipend) (http://www.its.txstate.edu/departments/instructional_design/onlinecourseworkshop.html by 3/25)
• August 1-12: Workshop: Technology Integration (w/stipend) (http://www.its.txstate.edu/training/workshops/techintegrationwksp.html)
• October 14-15: Grant Writing Workshop (cb26@txstate.edu)