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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2012

24 October 2012, 2:00 pm, FH 230

Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney
Guest: Milt Nielsen
Council Members: Vicki Brittain, Susan Day, Vince Luizzi, Bob Fischer, Dan Lochman, Bill Kelemen, Philip Suckling, Dennis Dunn (for Mary Brennan), Associate Dean Britt Bousman, Associate Dean Nancy Grayson
1.    Approval of minutes:
Minutes of the Liberal Arts Council meeting of 17 October were unanimously approved.
2.    Liberal Arts grants, contracts, and gifts (hand-out):
Dean Hennessy distributed a hand-out indicating grants, contracts, and gifts received by Liberal Arts in 2011. The dean sends personal thank-you letters to donors who give $1,000 or more. Council members would like to be informed of smaller gifts, so that they may acknowledge those donors, as well. Dean Hennessy will follow up on this issue and will also pursue Dr. Lochman’s request to receive copies of submitted TRIP applications for matching research funds.  
3.   Representative from Instructional Technologies Support (Milt Nielsen):
Dr. Milt Nielsen, Associate Vice President of Instructional Technologies Support, distributed a hand-out and briefed Council members on his department’s current services and ongoing initiatives, including technology training sessions for students, and faculty workshops with stipends to improve IT and develop on-line instruction. He noted that ITS is working to integrate TurnItIn with TRACS. Dr. Day commented that there are difficulties using iPad to access online courses, and Drs. Lochman and Brittain reported persistent problems importing data from the testing center to TRACS. Dr. Nielsen will follow up. Other issues included possible replacement systems for SPSS, progress on the installation of new teaching podia across campus, instructional design grants for faculty, migration from FARRS to TK20, FERPA and disclosure of faculty information, and open access slideshow technology available to students.
4.   Compensation for APR reviewers (hand-out):
Dean Hennessy distributed a draft memo to Provost Bourgeois and Associate Provost Opheim expressing the desire of Liberal Arts Council members to increase compensation to members of APR review teams.
Council members voted unanimously to support the request.
5.  CAD update:
 Dean Hennessy reviewed
·         concerns regarding the under-utilization of work/life resources
Chairs are encouraged to remind faculty, staff, and benefits-eligible graduate students about the services available to them.
·         possible online College review of Presidential Award nominee materials
·         bomb threat reminders (hand-out detailing the step-by-step evacuation procedures)
6.   Ann Friou:
Dean Hennessy announced that Ann Friou will retire effective September 2013. He explained how Ann’s work on the College web site and Liberal Arts publicity will be handled following her retirement. Council members and Dean Hennessy observed how valuable Ann’s contributions have been for the College.
7.  Faculty Research Profiles (Britt Bousman):
Dr. Bousman shared ideas with Council members about integrating Google Scholar and Wikipedia as tools to enhance online research profiles of Texas State faculty.
8.  Other business:
Dean Hennessy reviewed selections for this year’s Distinguished LA Alumni honorees and discussed new procedures for the recognition ceremony.
Chairs discussed the FARRS faculty evaluation procedures and agreed that all faculty, including per-course faculty, must be evaluated each year using this system. Dr. Bousman noted that accomplishments of faculty who do not complete a FARRS report may be left off the Liberal Arts faculty bibliography, which is compiled each year.

The meeting was adjourned.