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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2014


Liberal Arts Council

 16 July 2014, 2:00 pm, UAC 474


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Mary Brennan, Beth Erhart, Bob Fischer, Bill Kelemen, Vicki Brittain,  Susan Day, Craig Hanks (for Vince Luizzi), Dan Lochman, Alberto Giordano, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson

Guests: Jamie Donaldson, Cindy Waggoner, Donna Hoyland, Chad Smith


1.  Adjunct budgets:

Dean Hennessy distributed instructions and spreadsheets to be used in reviewing adjunct faculty budgets for each department in Liberal Arts. Texas State budget analyst Cindy Waggoner and assistant budgeting director Donna Hoyland explained the review process and responded to Council members’ questions. Chairs are asked to send their completed spreadsheets to Jamie Donaldson by Monday, June 28.

2.  Program change proposal from Sociology:

Susan Day distributed and reviewed proposed changes to the non-thesis MA in Sociology. After discussion, Council members voted unanimously to approve the proposal. Lucy Harney will submit the proposal to the College Curriculum Committee for review.

3.  Program change proposal from Philosophy:

Craig Hanks distributed and reviewed a proposal to add a course requirement to the MA in Applied Philosophy and Ethics. After discussion, Council members voted unanimously to approve the proposal. Lucy Harney will submit the proposal to the College Curriculum Committee for review.

4.  Responsible conduct of research / ethics initiative:

Craig Hanks distributed information regarding the University’s Ethics Initiative Working Group, on which he serves as the Liberal Arts representative. The working group’s purpose is to consider problems related to ethical misconduct in research and teaching at Texas State and in U.S. higher education, generally. The group’s goal is to recommend strategies for improving ethics training for our faculty, graduate instructors, and students. Council members discussed recommendations, including an emphasis on professional ethics as part of new faculty orientation, required graduate courses in professional ethics, and a common experience theme focused on ethics in higher education. Chairs are asked to send Craig email responses to the hand-out questions, along with any other suggestions. He will send a reminder in August.

5.  Endowment MOU’s:

Dean Hennessy provided each chair and director with a jump drive containing account information for all current endowments and memoranda of understanding. Council members should review the information and report any inaccuracies to Leslie Garrett (lg33).

6.  CAD update:

      Dean Hennessy briefed Council members on the CAD meeting of 7/15:

  • Texas State has begun providing official transcripts through TranscriptsPlus® at a small increase in cost to students. This change will improve transcript services and improve efficiency in the Registrar’s Office. Dr. Grayson will verify how academic holds will be handled in the new system.
  • Admissions reports indicate that enrollments for fall 2014 are on target. Dean Brown encouraged departments to provide adequate seats for transfer students in sophomore and advanced courses.

7.  Other business:

Liberal Arts Outreach and Communications Officer, Leslie Garrett, will soon take over publication of the College acknowledgements. Leslie will also prepare feature stories for the Liberal Arts web site, and work with the University News Service to publicize Liberal Arts news and achievements.

Around the Table:

Council members discussed several recent problems with scheduling of classrooms.

Nancy Grayson will serve on the University Retention Council. She asks chairs and directors to send her via email the initiatives in place to enhance student retention and success.


The meeting was adjourned.