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East Tennessee State University

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.

Gary Henson

Physics & Astronomy   

2019

Willie D. Smith

Mathematics & Science

2020

Daryl A. Carter

History

2021

Matthew Palmatier

Psychology

2021

Roy Andrade

Appalachian Studies

2020

Robert D. "Bobby" Funk

Theatre & Dance

2021

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, the library, and the Honors College, to be nominated by the respective deans.  Where possible, each faculty representative should teach at least one general education core course per academic year.

Joseph Newhard

Economics & Finance

2020

Shirley J. Cherry

Clinical & Rehabilitative Health Sciences

2020

Kason O'Neil

Education

2019

Judy McCook

Nursing

2019

Alan Forsman

Public Health

2020

Julie Fox-Horton

Continuing Studies

2021

Mark Ellis

Library

Indefinite

Karen Kornweibel

Honors College

2021

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

Jeanna Michelle Johnson

At large

2020

Kristi Julian

At large

2021(2nd term)

Deborah Dotson

At large

2020

Andy Dotterweich

At large

2019

1 department chair nominated by the Council of Chairs

TBD

Council of Chairs

TBD

1 student member nominated by the SGA

Vacant

SGA

2018
TBD

Director of Oral Communication Proficiency

Wesley Buerkle  

Communication and Performance

Indefinite

Director of Using Information Technology Proficiency

Ed Hall

Computing

Indefinite

Director of Writing Proficiency

Theresa McGarry

English

Indefinite

1 representative of the Faculty Senate

Doug Burgess

Faculty Senate

2021

Non-Voting

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Bert C. Bach

Academic Affairs

Indefinite

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Bill Kirkwood

CHAIR

Academic Affairs

Indefinite

Registrar

Sheryl Burnette

Office of the Registrar

Indefinite

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Gordon Anderson

Arts & Sciences

Indefinite

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Westover

Arts & Sciences

Indefinite

Director of University Advisement

Teresa Williams

University Advisement

Indefinite

Director of Learning Services

Robert Russell

Learning Services

Indefinite

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Cheri Clavier

Office of Assessment 

Indefinite

Director of Center for Teaching Excellence

Phil Smith

Center for Teaching Excellence

Indefinite

Updated 30 October 2018

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