Skip to Content

Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2013


Liberal Arts Council

3 April 2013, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

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

Guests: Russell Clark, Jennifer Grant


1.   Approve minutes: 3/20/13:

Members unanimously approved the minutes from the LAC meeting of 20 March 2013.  

 2.   Russell Clark, Director: Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management:

Mr. Clark briefed Council members on several potential safety concerns on campus, including weather-related hazards, power outages, fires, threats of violence, and injuries. He asked for suggestions on how best to inform faculty of the appropriate procedures to follow in these circumstances. Council members recommended adding safety training to the faculty compliance modules and integrating this information consistently into new faculty orientation. Mr. Clark is also available to visit departments to discuss these matters with faculty.

 3.   CAD Update:

·         Required, periodic EEO training for faculty will now be delivered online.

·         Dean Hennessy reported on plans to reduce water consumption across campus at the rate of 10% per year for the next five years.

·         A new University web page dedicated to academic advising is soon to launch.

·         Dean Hennessy distributed a hand-out from CAD (4/2) addressing the use of wait lists and reserve seating through Banner during registration. Both procedures have been found to work effectively, but are not recommended for simultaneous use in a single course.

·         Pending tenure and promotion decisions are being finalized and will be soon be announced.

·         Enrollments are expected increase in the fall, which will likely necessitate the opening of new sections of freshman courses.

 4.   Registration:

Council members discussed with LA advising director, Jennifer Grant, the possibility of extending the fall registration window for all students until August, in order to conform with the practice already in place for transfer and returning students, and to facilitate the monitoring of course enrollments. Council members voted unanimously to recommend this change. Susan Day will convey the request to the Registration and Academic Calendar Coordinating Committee.

5.   Proposed changes to the minor in Media Studies:

Miriam Williams reviewed English’s proposed course additions to the minor in Media Studies. Council members unanimously approved the proposal.

 6.   Proposed changes to the BS in Anthropology:

Beth Erhart reviewed Anthropology’s proposed curricular changes to the BS in Anthropology. Council members unanimously approved the proposal.

 7.   Assessment Items:

Lucy Harney briefed Council members on the current cycle of SACS assessment. In particular, program reports describing evidence of improvement related to the achievement of student learning outcomes should discuss the impact of previously-implemented action plans on this year’s results, where feasible.

8.   Other Business:

Britt Bousman announced that faculty research profiles will now remain unpublished unless individual faculty members activate the entries. Faculty should be encouraged to edit the information carefully before authorizing activation of their profiles.

 Bob Fischer reported major functionality problems with the basic Mac computers ordered for the current refresh cycle. Britt Bousman will follow up with campus technology representatives and report back.

Around the table:

Bill Kelemen announced a public lecture by Doug Granger from Johns Hopkins for Monday, April 8.

Bob Fischer announced the hiring of two new faculty members in Modern Languages:

Dr. Andrea Golato, professor of German and new Dean of the Graduate College, and her husband, Dr. Peter Golato, associate professor of French.

Mary Brennan asked that chairs of departments with their own research centers (history, sociology, geography, political science) meet to discuss policies regarding the administration of these centers.

The meeting was adjourned.