APPROVED VIA EMAIL VOTES JUNE 2006

GRADUATE COUNCIL MINUTES
560th Meeting
May 1, 2006

MEMBERS PRESENT: Abdel-Motaleb, Arado, Barbe, Blickhan, Bose, Brovelli, Carnahan, Changnon, Factor, Gowen, Harris, Hurych, Jackson, Lieberman, Lockard, Morrissey, Odoms-Young, Sims, Waas

MEMBERS ABSENT: Beguin, Curry, Gupta, Johnson, Karonis, Miranda, Richgels, Singh, Willis

OTHERS PRESENT: Arntz (Assistant to the Vice President for Research), Kafer (Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts), Smith (Catalog Editor/Curriculum Coordinator), Smith-Shank (Professor, School of Art), Wright (Secretary)

Rathindra Bose, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, called the meeting to order at 10 a.m.

Gowen moved approval of the April 3, 2006 minutes, Jackson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

Committee Reports

Research and Artistry Committee:

Gowen stated that the Summer Research and Artistry Committee met on April 18, 2006 to review the process that has been used to submit and evaluate proposals. The committee voted on several changes. They are as follows; 1) Online submission and review of proposals instead of distributing paper copies; 2) The Office of Sponsored Projects will now provide faculty with a list of the external funding they have applied for and/or received; 3) 12 pt. font will now be required instead of 10 pt; 4) Language will be changed to emphasize funding new research projects; 5) Colleges and departments will be required to rate the proposals with a numerical value and continue with the previous system of rank order also; and 6) Faculty will be required to submit a justification of budget. The justification of budget will be used to clarify what the funds requested will be used for. If the travel support being requested is for the presentation of past research, this will be supported from a separate fund.

Bose recognized Lockard’s contribution to the changes that were made, as well as for initiating the meeting.

Sims had a concern that using the Office of Sponsored Projects to report external grants would not leave room for faculty to explain the significance of the project. Gowen replied that the new online form could provide room for faculty to submit a narrative about the purpose of their grant(s). Odoms-Young raised the issue of how new investigators would be judged. Would they be less likely to get the Summer Research and Artistry funds? Gowen answered that the purpose of the funds are to assist faculty in new research initiatives. He also noted that the committee gives untenured faculty preference by awarding on a 2 to 1 ratio; for every tenured faculty member that receives funding, two untenured faculty members receive funds. Lockard interjected that the significant reason the committee looks at funding applied for and received is for those faculty who have been given Summer Research and Artistry awards in the past. The committee is evaluating whether the past Summer Research and Artistry funds received assisted the faculty in applying for and/or securing external funds.

Curriculum Committee:

Harris moved to approve the committee recommendations from the April 10, 2006 Curriculum Committee meeting. The recommendation included courses listed below and an approval to proceed with the creation of a new Ph.D. program in Art Education. Factor seconded the motion, and the floor was open for discussion. During the discussion, Bose introduced Dean Kafer and Professor Smith-Shank from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Kafer and Smith-Shank attended the meeting to provide the Graduate Council with any information they might request on the approval of the Ph.D. in Art Education. Kafer explained that the normal process for Ph.D. program approval is for the Graduate Council to approve the Ph.D. program first, then the APC. Due to time constraints the Ph.D. program was brought before the APC first and was approved unanimously. A question was raised about the Ed.D. program already in place. Would students be getting a Ph.D. and Ed.D? Smith-Shank replied that normally there is no benefit to getting both a Ph.D. and Ed.D. Students who get their Bachelors and Masters degrees in Art will now be able to continue in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Ed.D. program through the College of Education will also still be available for those seeking that degree. The Council unanimously approved the proposal for the Art Education Ph.D. along with the complete Curriculum Committee minutes. The following new courses, course deletions, course revisions, and other catalog changes in catalog copy were approved:

INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES

 

UNIV 510 (course addition)
Certificate of Graduate Study in
Homeland Security (new CGS)
   
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION  
Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology
and Foundations
Master of Science in
Education in Educational Administration
Doctor of Education in Educational Administration
   
Department of Literacy Education LTIC 598 (course addition)
   

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

 

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

Introductory Paragraph Admission Requirements Course Requirements
Examinations
   
   
   

Colloquium Committee:

Factor stated that the Colloquium Committee accepted all proposals that were submitted for the fall semester, except for three that were tabled for further discussion. He also mentioned that the committee will clarify the colloquium guidelines in order to strengthen the role of students.

Appeals Committee:

The appeals committee met last week and will meet again after the end of the spring semester. Factor announced that several appeals were decided on for reinstatement.

Old Business

Graduate Application Schedule Change:

Issue tabled until arrival of new Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Associate Dean of the Graduate School Search:

Blickhan announced that Dr. Bradley Bond from the University of Southern Mississippi was offered the position of Associate Dean of the Graduate School and has accepted. Dr. Bond will begin his tenure as Associate Dean of the Graduate School on July 1, 2006.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.