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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2012

28 March 2012, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Beth Erhart, Bill Kelemen, Mary Brennan, Mark Busby, Bob Fischer, Dennis Dunn, Dan Lochman, Vince Luizzi, Phil Suckling, Vicki Brittain, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson

Guest: Dr. Sergio Martínez

1. Interview with Jones Professorship Applicant: Dr. Sergio Martínez:

Council members talked with Dr. Martínez regarding his plans for enhancing the activities of the College’s Center for the Study of the Southwest, should he be selected for the Jones Professorship for a three-year term to begin Fall 2012. Dean Hennessy will forward the recommendations of the Council to Provost Bourgeois and President Trauth.

2. College Plan:

Dean Hennessy asked that chairs and directors review the Liberal Arts Strategic Plan (2012-1017) for needed corrections or revisions. He will submit the finalized plan within two weeks.

3. CAD Update:

Dean Hennessy reported on the meeting (3/27) of the Council of Academic Deans. He stressed the need to maintain strong support for research centers and other research initiatives in the College, as well as to pursue PhD program proposals in targeted areas, in order to help strengthen the research profile of the College and the University, in support of Texas State’s status as an Emerging Research University.

Donations to the Family Campaign should be made to scholarship funds and similar initiatives, but cannot be made to discretionary funds.

In preparation for a joint meeting of the Faculty Senate and CAD, Dean Hennessy asked chairs to describe the process used by academic departments to select presidential award nominees. All departments shared the same general procedures, whereby nominations, including self-nominations, are solicited. When multiple nominations are received in a given category, faculty vote to select the department’s nominee(s). Dean Hennessy noted that, at the College level, chairs are asked to review and rank all departmental nominations to determine the nominees from Liberal Arts.

The Faculty Senate is exploring the accessibility of college councils to the general faculty. Dean Hennessy pointed out that approved minutes of each meeting of the Liberal Arts Council are sent out directly to all Liberal Arts faculty. In addition, he noted that all faculty are welcome to attend Council meetings. The Dean of Liberal Arts also hosts Faculty Senators for lunch each semester.

4. Program Assessment Update (Student Learning Outcomes):

Associate Dean Harney briefed Council members on the upcoming reporting cycle for Student Learning Outcomes: Evidence of Improvement, Results, and Actions Plans. She noted that the reports will include a single action plan, rather than a separate action plan for each outcome.

5. Other Business:

Dr Kelemen presented a proposal to make a course substitution in the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology. The proposal was approved unanimously.

Around the table:

Dr. Suckling updated Council members on the continuing deliberations of the General Education Council as they work to reduce the core requirement at Texas State to 42 credit hours, as mandated by the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Gen Ed Council is also interviewing indicated department chairs and representatives to confirm that all departments who wish to continue offering courses in the academic core have the ability to assess the Board’s new core objectives.

Dr. Lochman reminded Council members of the Reading and Book Signing with author Louise Erdrich on April 5 at 3:30 in the Alkek Wittliff Collections.

The meeting was adjourned.