Deans Council Meeting
October 6, 2010
Note: At times, issues of
confidentiality may require that some items discussed in these meetings be
excluded from these minutes.
Members: Bill Barnes, Dave Caudill, Tom
Currin, Alan Gabrielli, Steve Hamrick, Ruston Hunt, Joyce Mills, Jeff Orr,
Nikki Palamiotis, Jeffrey Ray, Han Reichgelt, Zvi Szafran
Members Absent: Han Reichgelt, Jeff Ray, Nikki
Guests: Venu Dasigi
for Han Reichgelt, Dawn Ramsey, Jerry Turner
Item 1. Updates
Szafran introduced George Turner (Jerry), Interim VP
for Business and Finance, hired as a consultant until the search for a
permanent replacement for Patrick McCord is concluded. Jerry spoke briefly and encouraged the Council
to contact him with any issues or concerns that he may be able to help
with. Jerry’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Szafran updated the Council on the following:
- The USG presidents will be
meeting with the Chancellor tomorrow.
- The BoR
will be meeting about the University of Georgia degree proposal about
engineering next week. There was a
full article about this in the Atlanta Journal Constitution recently.
- New Hires – Szafran shared the proposed budget for new hires with Dr.
Rossbacher, approximately $1,800,000 ($1M for highest priorities). While it is unlikely we will be able to
fill all positions (and would do well if we were able to accomplish our
highest priorities), we will proceed with the searches as in previous
years and make adjustments as needed along the way.
- Budget – SPSU will begin
next year with an approximately 4% budget cut due to loss of stimulus
funding. Mandatory fees will
continue in some form.
- ETC Bldg. – The ribbon
cutting ceremony for the new building will be delayed until January 2011. Faculty will begin moving to the new
building in late October. Furniture
and equipment will be delivered near the end of the month and will be
delivered by 13-15 semis. The Savannah
Walk will be poured soon.
- Library – the new
reference librarian, Amy Coughenour, started
last week. The computer lab is
working out very well.
- Physics faculty will begin
moving on Friday.
- Bldg. E Renovations –Jerry
Turner will look into the status of the contract.
- Old ATTIC Space – is still
having some issues with phone lines, air conditioning, etc. Alan Gabrielli will follow up on these
- Academic Advisors – the search
is going well and applicants have been narrowed down to the top three for
each of the schools. Interviews
will begin next week and the hope is to have the new advisors in place by
- Outreach Position – Alan
is working on getting the search committee together.
- VP for Business &
Finance – we’ve received over 47 applications to date. The search committee will meet next
- TCSG – Dave Caudill gave a
brief update on our articulation with the TCSG’s and stated that he has
received course descriptions and forwarded them to Jeff Ray and Austin Asgill for review.
- MS in ARCH – The full
proposal has been forwarded to Dr. Szafran and
they are working on the budget.
- Advisor Training – There
are still 8 faculty who have not signed up for
the training. The names were given
to the deans for follow up.
Item 2. Phased Registration
response to complaints from some departments, Steve Hamrick asked for feedback
on the current phases of registration.
Based on comments from the Council, Steve is willing to develop a plan
for two phases versus three to accomplish the same goals with less work. He will bring his plan to a future meeting.
Item 3. Academic Program Reviews
Szafran asked the Council for clarification on the
P&P dealing with academic program reviews.
The P&P states that the review committee prepares the report and implementation
plan and submits it to the chair and dean.
Szafran’s question was what happens if the
chair and/or dean disagree with the committee’s report and who makes the
decision as to what goes forward to the VPAA for final approval. The Council agreed that the chairs and deans
have an advisory role only and that the committee should have the final
decision on the report that goes to the VPAA.
Item 4. Academic Integrity Policy
final draft of the Academic Integrity Policy was submitted to the Council for
review. Minor revisions were made and it
is ready to send out to the faculty for review.
Item 5. Healthcare IT Proposal
Hunt brought the proposal for a Healthcare IT Center to the Council for
approval. The only issue raised was that
the proposal does not contain an interdisciplinary component which has been
required of all centers. Szafran suggested adding collaboration with the Business
Administration Department to the proposal to bring it in line with the other
centers, and Hunt will follow up on this.
Item 6. New Business
- Building G - Szafran asked that Tom Currin, Alan Gabrielli, and
Jeff Ray work together on space allocation issues for Building G. Currently the classrooms are not online
for general use so all requests should be addressed to one of them. Classes will be assigned in Building G
only if absolutely necessary, and only on a temporary basis pending
results from the Master Planning process.
Additionally, Szafran suggested that all
changes to the usability of any classroom, i.e. converting a regular
classroom to a computer classroom, etc., be done in the way of a proposal
to the UITAC since this could potentially affect multiple departments. This will be followed up on with UITAC.
- TADL – Venu
asked if there would be enough space in TADL for all of
his faculty who are developing online courses. Dawn responded that there are a total of
18 spaces available and 17 applications to date. The deadline is October 15th
for fall of 2011. Ramsey explained
the reason for only having 18 spaces and stated that priority would be
given to faculty actually developing courses.
- Future Cities – Dawn announced
that the Future Cities competition will be on January 22, 2011, and asked
for volunteers. There are currently
41 schools registered compared to 35 schools registered last year at the
same time. Of those 41 schools
registered, 33% are new to the competition.
- Advisor Training – the pilot
training for part-time faculty will begin soon with rollout to all
part-time faculty in the spring. A special session will also be offered
for administrative assistants.
adjourned at 3:43 P.M.