Graduate Council – Minutes

East Tennessee State University

April 30, 2012 1:15pm

President’s Conference Room – Dossett Hall 206


Present:  Dr. David A. Arnall, Dr. Karin Bartoszuk, Dr. Jeffrey P. Beck, Ms. Queen H. Brown, Dr. Stacy D. Brown, Dr. Ranjan N. Chakraborty, Dr. Scott W. Champney, Dr. William R. Duncan, Dr. Marsh Grube,  Dr. Donald B. Hoover, Dr. Marie Jones, Dr. Cecilia A. McIntosh, Dr. Martha M. Pointer, Dr. Marie Tedesco, Dr. Ester L. Verhovsek, Mr. Logan Vess


Absent:  Dr. Russell Brown, Ms. Maria D. Costa, Dr. Emmett M. Essin, Dr. Eric S. Glover, Ms. LaDonna Hutchins, Dr. Jeff R. Knisley, Ms. Billie Lancaster, Dr. Kathleen M. Rayman, Dr. Lori Marks, Ms. Colleen Scott


Guests:  Dr. Leslie McCallister, Dr. Lee Daniels, Mr. Chris Ayres


Approval of March 2012 Minutes:


The March 26, 2012 minutes were approved without corrections.


 Selection of a Chair for 2012-13:


Dr. Champney was voted to be chair for 2012-2013 academic years.


Curriculum Subcommittee report –  Dr. Martha Pointer


Each of the proposals below was considered using the following characteristics as an element of the appropriateness of the proposal:


Appropriate credit hour assignment

Appropriate discipline-specific best practices

Appropriate purpose and goals of the proposal

Appropriate intellectual/learning outcomes

Appropriate content and topics

Appropriate major assignments

Appropriate class level

Appropriate course type

Appropriate course delivery method

Conflict with other courses or programs

Articulation and transferability of credit to other institutions


New Course Proposal – SOCI 5640, Collective Behavior and Social Movements


            This course will add a graduate-level (non 4/5XX7) elective to the M.A. in Sociology curriculum.  It focuses on two sub-fields in Sociology.

            The subcommittee recommended approval with the following editorial changes:


            A.        In the Purpose and Goals section, change the “&” to “and” in the last bullet.

            B.        In the Learning Outcomes, remove the period at the end of the first bullet.

C.        In the Major Assignments, insert “each” after “Two papers.”

D.        In Other Information, include a statement about academic misconduct.

E.         Recommend adding the first sentence of the Purpose and Goals to the Catalog Description.

F.         In the Major Assignments sections, change the “I” to “the instructor.”


Action taken by council:  approved with recommended changes


 New Course Proposal – CUAI 5858, Supervised Field Mentoring


This course provides students with the required field experience for individuals seeking initial licensure through the transitional route.


The committee recommended approval with the following editorial changes:


A.        In the Snapshot, insert a comma between the names of the two professors who are listed as qualified to teach the course.

B.        In the Attendance Policy, please include any penalties for nonattendance.

C.        Reword the Course Cost so that the information is in parallel construction by placing parenthesis around $2200.


Action taken by council:  approved with recommended changes



            Non-Substantive Curriculum Change – Educational Communication and Technology concentration of the M.Ed.


This proposal changes the admission requirements in the program so that admission decisions will be based on a more complete set of information.


The subcommittee recommended approval with the following changes:


A.        Re-word the Rationale to reflect the change spelled out in the Program Admission Requirements.

B.        In the Program Admission Requirements, use bullets to list the requirements of

·         a minimum of 3.0 undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale (if the grade point average is less than 3.0, applicants with exceptional GRE scores may be considered),

·         a professional resume, and

·         three professional letters of reference.


Action taken by council:  approved with recommended changes



            Substantial Curriculum Modification – Master of Arts in Kinesiology and Sport Studies with concentrations in Sport Management and in Exercise Physiology and Performance.


            This proposal updates the curriculum to include current trends in the field.


            The subcommittee recommended approval with the following editorial changes:


            A.        In the Snapshot, correct the Title of Action by adding or removing parenthesis and including capital letters where necessary.

            B.        In the Narrative Description of Action in the Snapshot, capitalize the word “design” in the name of the course.

            C.        In the Purpose section, capitalize the word “design” in the title of the course, and capitalize the Sports Management concentration name.

            D.        In the Impact section, insert a line after the quote from NASPE.

E.         In the Plans for Accreditation, insert “Currently there is no well-established, widely used accrediting agency for this program.  In the future, the program may seek accreditation.

F.         In part 4, put “see attachment 1.” on a separate line.

G.        In part 7, move the N/A to the next line.

H.        In part 8, begin your answer on a separate line, and insert “thereby” between “improve” and “complying.”


Action taken by council:  approved with recommended changes



Graduate Faculty Subcommittee report and recommendations – Dr. Tedesco


Graduate Faculty Subcommittee Report

April  2012


New Applications


            Applicant                               Department                            Recommendation


1.      Hall, Jennifer                                 Biomedical Sci.                       Affiliate




Applicant              Department                     Present Status            Recommendation


  1. Boyd, John                  ELPA              Temporary                   Affiliate
  2. Fitzgerald, Marty        Eng. Tech.       Associate                     Returned for completion of form.
  3. Flora, William             ELPA              Temporary                   Member
  4. Good, Donald             ELPA              Associate                     Member
  5. Gregory, Richard        Econ. & Finance         Associate         Returned for completion of form.
  6. Hales, Cynthia                        HDAL             Interim                                    Affiliate
  7. Kumar, Dhirenda        BIOL                          Full                              Member
  8. Levy, Foster                BIOL                          Full                              Member*
  9. Meier, Lori Turner       CUAI                          Associate                     Member
  10. Melendez, Jane           CUAI                          Associate                     Affiliate**
  11. Nivens, Ryan              CUAI                          Interim                                    Member
  12. Smith, Cynthia            ELPA                          Temporary                   Affiliate
  13. Trumbley, Sharon        NURS                         Temporary                   Affiliate
  14. Yavas, Ugar                MGMT/MKGT           Full                              Senior


*Pending reception of complete form from graduate school, as part of another application was scanned with Levy’s application.


**Post-retirement application.


Old Business:


First, Dr. Karin Bartoszuk reported on the Graduate Studies Award Ceremony held April 25, 2012 at the D. P. Culp Auditorium.  Dr. Brian Noland, Dr. Bert Bach, and Dr. Wilsie Bishop were speakers for the event and Dr. Noland presented the awards to the recipients.  There were nineteen Quillen Scholarships, fifteen Research Grant Awards, Outstanding Dissertation, Outstanding Thesis in Arts and Humanities, Outstanding Thesis Education & Social Science, Outstanding Thesis in Math, Science, and Technology, Outstanding Capstone, Service Project that Enhance the Public Good, Excellence in Teaching (Assistant and Associate), and Graduate Education Day at the Legislative Plaza special appreciation award.  Also, the departments were invited to present their awards at the ceremony which included the Dept. of History, Chemistry, Political Science, Psychology, Military Science and Accountancy.  Overall, the award ceremony was a success in number of recipients and participation.  A reception followed the awards for socializing and refreshments while group pictures were taken by Mr. Jim Slagle.


Second, Dr. Cecilia McIntosh reported on the status of the thesis/dissertation Boot Camp.  The information regarding the boot camp will be posted to the Graduate Studies website.  The members of the boot camp development team are: Dr. Marie Jones, Dr. Russell Brown, Dr. John Taylor, Mr. Robert Russell, Dr. Marie Tedesco, Dr. Kathleen Rayman, Dr. Virginia Foley, and Dr. McIntosh.  The dates, workshop topics, and prices have been determined.  Advertisement plans are for emails to go to graduate coordinators, graduate students, and college deans. Administrative logistics still need to be worked out. The boot camp will meet on Friday evening and all day Saturday at least four times during the semester.  A room in the library will be set up during the semester and lunch will be served.  An update will be provided at the next meeting of the Council.


New Business:


Dr. Martha Pointer mentioned several curriculum proposals will be ready to be reviewed and if the council could possibly meet during the summer.  The members agreed to meet June 25, 2012.


Other:  none




There was no further business to conduct.   Therefore, the meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.