Deans Council Meeting


March 16, 2011


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:  




Item 1. Updates


Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:




Item 2. Green Building Center


Russ Hunt shared comments he received regarding the proposed Green Building Center (all positive) and brought a motion to approve the Center.  It was approved by a majority vote and will go next to Dr. Rossbacher for approval.



Item 3.  MAT Proposal


The results were shared of a study done by the Mathematics Departments on student success rates in response to being asked for more flexibility for engineering students to choose their own math courses rather than being required to take the course recommended by their MAT scores.  It was suggested to change the Math Department’s proposal of requiring 630 on the SAT and a score of 28 on the MAT to requiring either the 630 SAT score or the 28 MAT score.  After some discussion it was decided to accept the original proposal and ask the Math department to monitor the results and after a year revisit decoupling the SAT and MAT scores.  The Math Department will send the proposal to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for approval.



Item 4.  Evaluation of Part-time and Temporary Faculty


Alan Gabrielli shared the evaluation form he prepared.  After some discussion and suggestions it was decided that the evaluation packet should include SIR (or alternative) evaluations, be done as soon as practical after the faculty member’s first semester, and then annually thereafter.  Gabrielli will make minor modifications to the evaluation form.  Dr. Szafran will attach a cover memo to the revised evaluation form and distribute it to the Council for one last review before submitting the form to the Faculty Senate for approval.



Item 5.  Equipment Proposals


Each area discussed their prioritized equipment proposals.  Dr. Szafran will consolidate the list in priority order and send it to the Council for review.



Item 6.  New Business


Szafran shared a recent issue of a parent being unable to contact her child who was out of the country on an Honor’s program trip.  He was eventually able to get in contact with the faculty member by email and have the student contact his parents.   Because of this he stated that any faculty member traveling abroad with students should have a phone that will work abroad (and the University will pay for the SIM card).  The deans should ensure that the faculty members will be reachable by telephone.



Meeting adjourned at 4:15 PM