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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2013


Liberal Arts Council

17 April 2013, 2:00 pm, FH 321


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Susan Day, Bill Kelemen, Bob Fischer, Dennis Dunn, Craig Hanks (for Vince Luizzi), Mary Brennan, Dan Lochman, Phil Suckling, Beth Erhart, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, Associate Dean Nancy Grayson

Guest: Alberto Giordano


1.   Approve minutes: 4/3/13:

      Members unanimously approved the minutes from the   LAC meeting of 3 April 2013. 

2.   Recognition of Phil Suckling:

Phil Suckling received recognition from Council members for his tenure (2005-present) as chair of the Department of Geography, during which time he presided over increased national prominence for the department as a whole, and a strengthening of the PhD program in particular. Phil will return to faculty status beginning Spring 2014.  

3.   Chair candidate for Philosophy:

Council members interviewed Dr. Craig Hanks, internal candidate for the position of Chair of the Department of Philosophy.  

4.  Proposed changes to the MA and MS degrees Sociology: 

Susan Day reviewed proposed course additions to the MA and MS, as well as electives changes to the MS in Sociology. Council members unanimously approved the proposal. Lucy Harney will prepare and submit the proposal for review by the College Curriculum Committee.

5.  Proposed changes to the BA in International Studies:

Dennis Dunn reviewed proposed course additions to the emphases in the BAIS. Council members unanimously approved the proposal. Lucy Harney will forward the proposal with approvals to Curriculum Services.

6.  CAD update:

      Dean Hennessy briefed Council members on the CAD meeting of April 16:

·   Enhanced resources for faculty research available in the Alkek library

·   Review of protocols for faculty reappointment

·   Procedures for documenting the handling of written student complaints

·   New requirements for the upcoming round of academic program assessment

·   Tenure and Promotion: Chairs and PCs are encouraged to incorporate comments from external reviewers in their evaluation of candidates for tenure and promotion. In the future, the decision on tenure and promotion to associate professor will take place as a single, combined vote. There will be continued emphasis on sustained, peer-reviewed scholarship and publications in top-tiered journals. Faculty must notify chairs in writing of their intention to seek tenure and/or promotion by June 1 of each cycle.

7.   Review of Liberal Arts PPS 2.02:

Council members reviewed the Liberal Arts PPS on tenure and promotion and approved minor revisions to ensure consistency with current University policies.

8.  Other business:

Susan Day and Bill Kelemen noted that Liberal Arts will pilot the Tk20 system for faculty evaluations in spring 2014. Feedback on this process and on the subsequent implementation of Tk20 for tenure and promotion should be directed to Lucy Harney.


Around the table:

Faculty have asked whether there is a campus committee on faculty retention at Texas State. Dean Hennessy noted that the Provost is supportive of offering competitive counter offers to retain faculty, where feasible.

Bob Fischer reported that no resolution has been found to address the low performance of recently purchased Mac computers. Britt Bousman will continue to follow up.

Susan Day asked that Dean Hennessy convey the Council’s appreciation to Provost Bourgeois for the timely information regarding decisions on tenure and promotion.


The meeting was adjourned.