Graduate Council – Minutes
October 26, 2009 1:15pm
President’s Conference Room, Burgin Dossett Hall Room 206
Present: Ms. Amy Arnold, Dr. Jeffrey P. Beck, Ms. Queen Brown, Dr. Stacy D. Brown, Dr. Wayne Gillespie, Dr. Donald B. Hoover, Ms. Billie Lancaster, Dr. Lori J. Marks, Dr. Cecilia A. McIntosh,
Dr. Martha M. Pointer, Dr. Kathleen M. Rayman, Dr. Marie Tedesco, Dr. Paul Trogen, Dr. Jon Webb,
Ms. Raina Williams
Absent: Dr. David A. Arnall (excused), Dr. Ranjan N. Chakraborty (excused),
Dr. Scott W. Champney (excused), Ms. Maria D. Costa, Dr. Wallace E. Dixon (excused),
Dr. William Duncan, Dr. Helene K. Halvorson, Ms. LaDonna Hutchins, Ms. Mary Ellen Musick,
Ms. Caitlin T. Teaster, Dr. Ester Verhovsek (excused)
Guest: Dr. Donald Luttermoser
Dr. Scott Champney was not present, therefore, the council requested Dr. Paul Trogen to chair the meeting.
Approval of September minutes:
The minutes for September 28, 2009 were approved with no correction.
Curriculum Subcommittee report and recommendations – Dr. Martha Pointer:
Substantial Course Modifications – PHYS 5007, Computational Physics
The proposed course modification adjusts the catalog description, the prerequisites, and the credit hours earned. These adjustments bring the official course in line with the material that students need and can assimilate in one semester.
The subcommittee recommends approval of the new course with the following suggestion:
Remove the commas after bulleted items in the Syllabus Course Goals and Learning
Action taken by council: Approved with recommendations
Graduate Faculty Subcommittee report and recommendations – Dr. Tedesco:
Report of Graduate Council Graduate Faculty Subcommittee Meeting
October 23, 2009
Applicant Department Committee Recommend
1. Enloe, John HDAL Temporary
3. McDonald, Gregory Geosciences Temporary
4. Nash, Stephen HIST Affiliate
5. Nelson, Donna HDAL Temporary
6. Riddle, Norma Myers CASS Affiliate
Action taken by council: Approved
Reapplications (Includes those who previously had temporary status)
Applicant Dept. Present Status Committee Recommend
1. Barett, Martin CSCI Full Member
2. Breuel, Kevin OBGYN Full Member
3. Ellwanger, Stephen CJCR Associate Member
4. Stoots, Michael* Commun.. Health Associate
5. Tollefson, Terry ELPA Full Member
6. Whitehead, John CJCR Full Senior
*Application lacked CV information. Requested CV be forwarded to graduate school
Action taken by Council: Approved
Dr. McIntosh presented the data responses from eleven universities regarding their usage of the Turnitin program as part of the thesis/dissertation submission process. According to the data, four universities require the Turnitin program, four universities encourage usage, and three did not send data. The council members discussed pros and cons of requiring use and several options to utilize the Turnitin program for this purpose. Afterward, the council members asked Dr. McIntosh to draft a proposal to phase in the Turnitin program and present it at a future council meeting.
Dr. Gillespie presented two proposals. The first proposal was to form a Standing Awards Committee that would make decisions on awards for Outstanding Dissertation, Thesis, and Capstones, Excellence in Teaching, and Service Projects that Enhance the Public Good. The purpose is to expedite the evaluation process and to have a consistent committee membership to serve. The council discussed possible membership, meeting frequency, and how committee could be established. The council asked Dr. Gillespie to continue to develop this idea and to bring a full proposal to the council in the near future.
The second proposal concerns students who need to enroll in
Dr. McIntosh stated an email was sent to graduate
coordinators and department chairs relaying GA stipend survey results.
This information was obtained by the
There was no further business to conduct; therefore, the meeting was adjourned at 2:22 p.m.