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Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2018


Liberal Arts Council

August 8, 2018

2:00 PM—Flowers Hall 2:30 p.m.

Presiding: Dean Mary Brennan
Present: Council members: Audwin Anderson, Manda Anderson, Aimee Roundtree (recording), Beth Erhart, Angela Murphy, Dan Lochman, Chad Smith, Paul Hart (for Dr. Dunn), Craig Hanks, Bill Kelemen, John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, Alberto Giordano, Ken Grasso, Lucy Harney

Absent: Susan Day

Guests: Yongmei Lu (with Dr. Giordano)

The minutes of 7.11.18 were unanimously approved after a motion in support by Dr. Grasso and a second by Dr. Kelemen.

Dean Brennan shared that the TAPS teaching and performance workshops have been replaced with a new format that gives more choices and topics for faculty, including research enhancement, tenure and promotion, and break-out sessions.

Dean Brennan asked for suggestions about college orientation for the 10 new liberal arts faculty. Dr. Lochman suggested providing an orientation, especially pertaining to performance review.

Dean Brennan announced that Provost Bourgeois attended a meeting about workforce needs and collaborations between industry and university. She asked chairs to send exemplary details about how our college communicates with employers and programs or initiatives to fill workforce needs. Drs. Harney, Giordano, Lu, Smith, and McKiernan mentioned examples of ongoing activities addressing workforce needs, as well as ongoing collaborations between industry and their programs, departments and centers, including the following: internships; client-based capstone courses; alumni networks, events, and advisory boards; career fairs; contacts through professors of practice; business card directories; and interviews with industry leaders. Dean Brennan asked that these examples be emailed to her.

Dean Brennan mentioned that the Shared Studios portal, a box car for interactive experience with other portals around the world, will be installed near Evans. Dr. Kelemen described the immersive natured of the portal. Dr. Roundtree performing arts hosts it. Manda says some structured programming. Dr. Roundtree suggested contacting the on-campus rep for more information. Dean Brennan suggested requesting a demonstration.