Deans Council Meeting


August 11, 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:   Russ Hunt, Joyce Mills


Guests:   Sylvia Carson, Diane Payne, Dawn Ramsey


Item 1. Updates


Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:




Item 2. Advising Workshop Plans


Dawn distributed handouts on the faculty advisor training pilot.  Twenty-two faculty attended and she reported that it went very well.  The full roll-out is planned for Fall 2010 and will consist of 10 sections for up to 20 faculty in each section.  Becky Rutherfoord and four teaching fellows will be conducting the workshops.  The workshops are intended for full-time faculty only.  There will be a pilot for part-time faculty in the fall and it was proposed that part-time faculty who attend should be paid a stipend in the amount of $150.  Dawn also talked about expanding new faculty orientation.  After discussion it was decided to move some of the content to a mandatory session later in the semester, possibly a Friday at noon and get sponsorships for an accompanying lunch, and stay with the two day schedule we are currently using.  Szafran thanked Dawn and her committee for all their hard work.



Item 3. Orientation


Tom Currin talked about orientation in the past versus present day and suggested that a lot of the information requested during orientation could be printed in a bulletin and asked Steve if this could be done and how expensive it would be.  Steve responded that it could be done.  Han talked about how his school handles orientation and that it is working well because of their computer lab and lab manager.  Comments from the Council:




Item 4.  PeopleAdmin Process for Graduate Assistants


Nikki Palamiotis discussed the PeopleAdmin process we will be using soon for hiring graduate assistants.  As this process could be in place as soon as September 1, 2010, there is an urgent need to set up a workflow that will work for all schools.  Han described the process used in CSE to choose and hire graduate assistants.  Szafran talked about moving all graduate assistant budgets to Graduate Studies as a way to better cost our expenses and plans for growth in Graduate Studies, size of graduate students versus undergraduate students, and need to have goals and plan in place.



Item 5. New Degree Proposals


Tom Currin distributed a handout on suggestions for new program options in engineering.  After reviewing options in Systems Engineering at other universities, he came up with four possible concentrations and will send this information out to the faculty for review after kick off week.  Szafran discussed ideas for new programs as well and suggested Environmental, Forensics, and Biotechnology as good fits with our mission.  Gabrielli stated that there is no mechanism in place for development of multi-disciplinary degrees.  Zvi asked if these suggestions should be pursued this year.  Comments from the Council: