Liberal Arts Council Minutes 2019
Liberal Arts Council Minutes
February 13, 2019
2:00 PM—Flowers Hall 230
Presiding: Dean Mary Brennan
Present: Council members: Manda Anderson, Audwin Anderson, Manda Anderson, Susan Day (recording), Beth Erhart, Ken Grasso, Craig Hanks, Paul Hart, Lucy Harney, Bill Kelemen, Dan Lochman, Yongmei Lu, John Mckiernan-Gonzalez, Angela Murphy, Aimee Roundtree, Chad Smith
Guests: Vicki Smith
Absent: No one
Dr. Lochman introduced Dr. Vicki Smith, who has been selected to be chair in the Department of English, beginning next year. The minutes of 1.16.19 were unanimously approved after a motion in support by Dr. Grasso and a second by Dr. Lochman.
Dean Brennen had a few comments about CRG. She asked chairs to examine letters written by Personnel Committee members for length and information. In addition, she noted that terms unique to the discipline need to be defined or explained. Only letters from the Chair and PC go “up the line.” Next year, promotion and tenure policies will be on TRACS.
Susan Day explained that she brought a new student complaint policy at Vince Luizzi’s suggestion, and she indicated that they had discussed two issues in the proposal. Dr. Lochman circulated his department’s policy, including a statement about the chair not reading i.e. regrading) student papers and assignments. Dr. Kelemen moved, and Dr. Murphy seconded, to include this statement in the proposed policy in paragraph labeled #3, agreeing to change the word “read” to “evaluate.” In addition, Dr. Smith moved and Dr. Erhart seconded a motion to add a definition of “legal guidelines” inserted parenthetically after that phrase. Dr. Smith asked whether email submissions count as “in writing.” Practice has been to allow students to submit appeals by email using a Texas State email account. A discussion ensued about whether a professor can reply to an appeal on email.
Dr. Day made a motion and Dr. Grasso second the motion to approve the COLA programs recommended by the Liberal Arts College Curriculum Committee. The members of LAC unanimously supported that motion.
Dean Brennan provided a handout from Dr. Kathlyn Dailey, the retiring Director of the Texas State Counseling Center. Dr. Brennan noted that the Counseling Center has funds for hospitalizations, and emergency criteria for students in distress. Students in crisis should be walked to the Counseling Center (but not driven in private cars) if the distress is significant, or the University Police Department can be called to get student. Email from students who send emails describing their dire circumstances should be sent to the University Police Department.
Dean Brennan asked whether departments have faculty who teach at Texas State, but who live out of state. Dean Brennan noted that out-of-state faculty will be an issue in upcoming semesters.
Dean Brennan reminded chairs that their departments will be required to have policies for representation, evaluation, and promotion of Professors of Practice and Clinical Professors. Dr. Thorne may propose a university level policy in the near future.
Dean Brennan announced that a limited number (up to 10) of temporarily-funded faculty lines will be made permanent in COLA. Chairs must create and prioritize a list of all temporarily-funded faculty and explain why each should be permanently funded. Explanations should focus on their importance to the