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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2016


Liberal Arts Council

1 June 2016, 2:00 pm, FH 230


Presiding: Dean Michael Hennessy

Recording: Associate Dean Lucy Harney

Council Members: Bill Kelemen, Dennis Dunn, Mary Brennan, Beth Erhart, Alberto Giordano, Craig Hanks, Audwin Anderson (for Chad Smith), Dan Lochman, Ken Grasso, Associate Dean Britt Bousman, and Associate Dean Nancy Grayson

1.  Dean Hennessy announced that he will step down as Dean of Liberal Arts and return to faculty in September 2017.

2.  Approve LAC minutes:

Council members unanimously approved the minutes of the Liberal Arts Council meeting of May 4, 2016.

3.  University Mission Statement language:

Dean Hennessy reported on ongoing discussions among Academic Deans and members of the President’s Cabinet regarding proposed revisions to Texas State’s mission statement. Council members expressed support for language recognizing the value of “artistic expression” within the statement.

4.  New staff appraisal system:

Council members discussed the procedures for inputting job duties and goals of staff members using the new staff appraisal system. A question was raised as to whether chairs would be assigned goals for their annual evaluation. Follow-up forthcoming.

5.  T&P and strategic planning:

Dean Hennessy reported on the upcoming round of strategic planning. Liberal Arts chairs and directors will share the goals of their departments and research centers at a Council retreat to be scheduled in September. It is still to be determined whether a planning template will be provided for use by academic units.


Around the table:

Nancy Grayson reported a decreased number of academic suspensions among Liberal Arts majors during the current semester. Student concerns and grievances, however, are on the rise.

Council members discussed the possible effect of university and state budget priorities on the allocation of new faculty positions.

Bill Kelemen reported on recent requests from Faculty Records regarding hiring procedures in tenure-track searches.

Mary Brennan announced that The Free State of Jones, a film based on Vicki Bynum’s 2001 publication, The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, will be released later this month. The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell.

Dean Hennessy will invite Ms. Laura Murray, UA’s new development liaison for Liberal Arts, to visit a Council meeting in the coming months.

The meeting was adjourned.