General Education Advisory Council (GEAC)

Actions of the GEAC become effective upon approval by the Provost and, as necessary, approval by the President and by TBR.  When appropriate, the Provost will bring discussions or actions of the GEAC to the attention of the Academic Council.

Reports to:

Provost

Charge:

Periodically review and update the philosophy and goals of ETSU’s general education program and associated graduation requirements (i.e., the using information technology proficiency requirement; across-the-curriculum requirements in oral communication, writing, and using information technology).  Promote the philosophy of general education and associated graduation requirements among students, faculty and staff.

Review course proposals related to the general education core and recommend action, contingent upon approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).  Through subcommittees of the GEAC, review course proposals related to the information technology requirement and across-the-curriculum requirements.

Require and review university-wide assessments of graduating students’ knowledge, skills, and/or values related to general education and the associated graduation requirements.  Propose improvement actions in response to assessment findings.

Develop and review policies regarding the general education program and associated ETSU graduation requirements.  Prepare proposals for and respond to TBR actions that influence general education policy.

Attendance Policy: The GEAC meets, as necessary, on the first Wednesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  Deans should nominate faculty members to serve on the Council only after confirming that they can attend meetings occurring at this time for the entire academic year.  If a voting member of the GEAC misses two meetings (not necessarily consecutive) of the GEAC within one academic year, the Provost will ask the dean of the member’s college or school to confirm whether the member should remain on the Council.  If a voting member misses a third meeting of the Council within the same academic year, the Provost will ask the dean of the member’s college or school to replace the member immediately.  (Approved by the Council April 7, 2004)

Status

Membership  Structure

Name

Area of Representation

Length of Term

Voting

6 faculty representatives from the College of Arts and Sciences, to be nominated by the dean.  Each faculty representative must teach at least one general education core course per academic year.  There should be no more than one faculty representative from a single department.  In general, the dean should appoint representatives across disciplines in the college.

Dr. Gary Henson

Physics & Astronomy   

2016

Dr. Daniel Westover

Literature & Language

2014

Dr. Mary Dave Blackman

Music

2015

Dr. Robert Beeler

Mathematics & Statistics

2015

Mr. Bobby Funk

Communication

2014

Dr. Ginni Blackhart

Psychology

2015

1 faculty representative each from the Colleges of Business and Technology, Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, Education, Nursing, Public Health, the School of Continuing Studies, and the library, to be nominated by the respective deans.  Where possible, each faculty representative should teach at least one general education core course per academic year.

Dr. Gary Shelley

Business & Technology

2014

Dr. Elizabeth Lowe

Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences

2014

Dr. Norma Hogan

Education

2016

Dr. Judy McCook

Nursing

2016

Dr. Effiong Otukonyong

Public Health

2014

To be named

Continuing Studies

2015

Dr. Mark Ellis

Library

Indefinite

4 faculty representatives, each from a different college,
who do not teach general education core courses,
to be nominated by the Provost

Dr. Robert Pack

At large

2015

Dr. Anna Roberts

At large

2015

Dr. Audry Greenwell

At large

2014

Dr. Andy Dotterweich

At large

2016

1 department chair nominated by the Council of Chairs

Dr. Ranjan Chakraborty

Council of Chairs

2015

1 student member nominated by the SGA

Mr. Michael Wallace

SGA

2014

Director of Oral Communication Proficiency

Dr. Wesley Buerkle  

Communication

Indefinite

Director of Using Information Technology Proficiency

Ms. Kellie Price

Computer Science & Information Technology

Indefinite

Director of Writing Proficiency

Dr. Mark Holland

English

Indefinite

1 representative of the Faculty Senate

Ms. Shirley Cherry

Faculty Senate

2015

Non-Voting

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Bert Bach

Academic Affairs

Indefinite

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Dr. William Kirkwood CHAIR

Academic Affairs

Indefinite

Registrar

Ms. Sheryl Burnette

Office of the Registrar

Indefinite

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gordon Anderson

Arts & Sciences

Indefinite

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Dan Brown

Arts & Sciences

Indefinite

Director of University Advisement

Ms. Teresa Williams

University Advancement

Indefinite

Director of Learning Services

Mr. Robert Russell

Learning Services

Indefinite

 Director of Assessment and Teaching

Ms. Cheri Clavier

Assessment & Teaching 

 Indefinite

Updated 23 September 2013