Time: 3:15 p.m.
Place: Hulman Memorial Student Union 227
Present: Chairperson S. Lamb, Secretary Sr. A. Anderson
V. Anderson, B. Evans, B. Frank, C. Hoffman, J. Hughes, S. Shure
Ex-Officio: R. English
I. Administrative Report
R. English reported:
1) work continues on promotion and tenure decisions;
2) candidate interviews for the College of Education Dean search are currently taking place.
II. Chair Report
Commended recent wins by ISU Sycamore Women’s Basketball: 18-0, all time record; 27 wins, longest in Sycamore history, all time record; 16-2 Missouri Valley Conference record for us; #1 in country, Div. 1 basketball in academics; Also commended accomplishments of Melony Boeglin, Kodak Academic All American; first team composed of 5 players, also Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year; Coach Wiedie, Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, candidate for National Coach of the Year. I suggest that a Lady Sycamore Day be celebrated with special presentations and media attention.
As you all know, we go through the motions of soliciting faculty volunteers for many all-University administrative committees, nominate faculty representatives, send out notices, and monitor appointments. I am afraid that in many instances this is an empty waste of time and resource since it appears that some of these administrative committees rarely meet, if ever. I would ask the Senate Associate to contact individuals from each of these committees, and report back to me as to which committees have been inactive.
Under old business, I would like to settle on which standing committees we need to send the Academic Integrity policy draft.
The College of Education is sending forward a proposal to the CAAC asking to merge three departments into one. The three departments are: Counseling, Communication Disorders, and Educational and School Psychology. These departments formed a realignment committee and charged it with preparing a plan for the realignment. A detailed proposal was developed. All faculty within these departments have voted in favor of the merger, with the exception of one of the three chairs. The document was also reviewed at the March 20 meeting of the College of Education Congress. The Congress approved the plan with a vote of 6-1-3.
The new department, assuming that it makes it through all University level committees will be named The Department of Psychological Sciences and Communication Disorders; intent is to begin functioning as a single unit with the beginning of Fall 2006. This proposal is being sent forward to the University CAAC.
III. Fifteen Minute Open Discussion
1) In response to inquiry, no update information available on the consideration for merger of the College of Nursing and the College of Health and Human Performance.
2) Noted a memorandum received by the Chair informing of an extension to the timeline for delivery of the laptops to faculty replacing current computer hardware; has been modified for better timing with faculty workload demands in an effort to lessen the inconveniencies faculty will experience with the delivery and removal of components;
3) Noted that the Help Desk services would not be outsourced at the end of the current contract.
4) The Department of Psychology has raised concerns with Dr. Michele Boyer regarding the proposed name change for the newly merged programs of Counseling, Educational and School Psychology, and Communication Disorders. The proposed name change is the Department of Psychological Sciences and Communication Disorders.
IV. Approval of the Minutes
Minutes of the March 7, 2006 meeting were approved. (Hoffman, Evans 8-0-0)
V. Old Business
Academic Integrity Policy Draft
Motion: send “Draft #5, Policy on Academic Integrity” received from the Academic Integrity Taskforce to the Curriculum and Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, and Graduate Council with instruction that each committee’s findings are to be forwarded to the Student Affairs Committee Chair, for integration into a final recommendation submission to the Executive Committee. (Hoffman, V. Anderson 8-0-0)
Taskforce co-chairs Senator Blanche Evans and David Wright of Student Affairs will be available to attend standing committee meetings designated to consideration of the document.
VI. New Business
VII. Standing Committee Reports
Executive Committee liaisons provided updates on respective standing committee activity.
VIII. Motion to move into executive session. (A. Anderson Frank 8-0-0)
Motion to move out of executive session. (V. Anderson, A. Anderson 7-0-0)
The meeting adjourned at 4:10 p.m.