Liberal Arts Council
15 April 2015, 2:00 pm, FH 230
Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy
Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney
Council Members: Bill Kelemen, Dennis Dunn, Mary Brennan, Emily Brunson (for Beth Erhart), Bob Fischer, Alberto Giordano, Craig Hanks, Dan Lochman, Ken Grasso, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson
Guests: Ron Brown and Kathryn Weiser
1. Approve LAC minutes:
Council members unanimously approved the minutes of the Liberal Arts Council meeting of April 8, 2015.
2. BAT presentation:
AVP Ron Brown and Assistant Dean of Students Kathryn Weiser reviewed the role of Texas State’s Behavior Assessment Team and distributed information packets with the BAT UPPS, as well as resources and services available to faculty and staff in dealing with disruptive, distressed, or potentially dangerous students. Council members are asked to share BAT information, including inviting BAT representatives to department meetings, where appropriate. Dean Hennessy encouraged chairs to take the lead in facilitating the BAT process for concerned faculty. Several members noted that they have found BAT information difficult to locate on the University website. Susan Day suggested including the BAT link under the faculty tab on the University’s home page.
3. Posters/announcements sent out by Provost’s office:
Dean Hennessy reviewed the procedures and requirements for submitting announce-ments and promotional materials to be sent out via email by the Provost’s office.
4. CAD update:
Dean Hennessy briefed Council members on the CAD meeting of 4/14:
· Council of Funded Research: Britt Bousman, who chairs Texas State’s Council of Funded Research, distributed and reviewed faculty responses to the CFR’s External Funding Questionnaire. He noted that the response rate has been strong, and that faculty most frequently cite heavy workload as the primary impediment to engaging in grant activity.
· Family Dinners: Dean Hennessy distributed the calendar for this summer’s Family Dinners for new students and their families. Nancy Grayson will contact chairs and associate deans to schedule participation.
· Summer camps: Dean Hennessy noted that Liberal Arts units sponsor no summer camps that will be required to participate in sexual misconduct training mandated by Title IX.
· SACS requirements: SACS requires at least 50% of faculty, by program, to be full-time employees. At this point, all programs in Liberal Arts meet or exceed this standard. Dean Hennessy distributed a hand-out explaining the SACS “adequate faculty methodology,” and also indicating the current percentage of full-time faculty in Liberal Arts programs. This requirement pertains to all courses in DegreeWorks that are part of a major. Dean Hennessy will follow-up with AVP Wuest for further clarification on how the percentage of full-time faculty is calculated.
5. Other business:
The Office of Parent and Family Relations reports that parents are eager to serve as ushers, etc. at University events.
Fall enrollments are up across the board. Dean Dann Brown advises chairs not to hold back seats in general education classes. Dean Hennessy will discuss with Dean Brown Council members’ queries and concerns regarding the class registration process and the pre-scheduling of incoming students.
Chairs are unsure of the rationale for determining “most critical need” of departments to have adjunct faculty salary lines included in their annual budgets. Dean Hennessy will follow up with Jamie Donaldson in Liberal Arts and Cindy Waggoner, budget specialist in Faculty Records.
Around the table:
Nancy Grayson reported on a proposed senate bill that would require work-study students to work off-campus at least 50% of the time. This proposal may conflict with federal guidelines.
Bill Kelemen updated Council members on the recent decision by the Division of Information Technology to renew Texas State’s SPSS license for the coming year.
Council members discussed an increase in absenteeism among students.
Dean Hennessy noted that pregnancy is now classified as a circumstance warranting classroom accommodation.
Susan Day thanked everyone for the recent celebration and reception recognizing her tenure as the Chair of Sociology.
The meeting was adjourned.