Deans Council Meeting


September 15, 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:   Jeff Ray, Han Reichgelt


Guests:   Dawn Ramsey


Item 1. Updates


Dr. Szafran updated the Council on the following:








Item 2. TCSG Articulation


Dave Caudill gave a brief update on the status of the articulation agreement.  Caudill submitted a proposal/curriculum to the TCSG’s for articulated B.S. Degrees in EET, IET, and MET, and is working out locations for remote labs and video conferencing as a means of delivering classes. 



Item 3. Coordination of Journey, First Year Experience, QEP, and Orientation Courses


Zvi distributed a draft proposal for the coordination of these programs by email and asked for feedback at today’s meeting.  The only concern expressed was about some classes becoming homogeneous with QEP and that the core classes need to heterogeneous.  It was decided to move forward with implementation and include the following as committee members:  Zvi Szafran, Ron Lunk, Amanda Conway-Brown, Mark Nunes, Kim Haimes-Korn, Bob Brown, Steve Hamrick, Jeff Orr, Julie Newell and representatives from IT, Math, and Housing.



Item 4.  New Hires Priorities


Each dean presented their list of faculty needs and stated their highest priority positions.  Szafran will cost out the expenses for the hires considered critical and share the data with the Council.



Item 5.  Grant Proposal Possibilities


Szafran announced the availability of two grants; one for an adult learner program and one for high school outreach and asked for volunteers to work on the grant proposals.  Steve Hamrick and Zvi agreed to work on the adult learner grant proposal and Zvi will talk to Jeff Ray about the outreach proposal.



Item 6. New Business


Szafran talked about a recent article he read regarding conferral of rights for part-time faculty.  He would like to do a study or innovative project to share with the University System that would establish some ways to improve things for our part-time faculty.  He suggested the study would need to establish criteria for giving priority to certain part-time faculty when assigning classes, establishing pay, etc. and would like to see what is being done across the University System.  He further stated that ELI could help with this study.  All agreed it is worthwhile to know what’s happening around the USG.


Steve Hamrick asked if a final decision had been made regarding summer pay for full-time faculty.  No decision has been made and this needs to be revisited.



Meeting adjourned at 3:55 P.M.