A&S Faculty Assembly Minutes December 5, 2008

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Assembly Meeting

December 5, 2008

Registering Attendance:

Anthropology A. Harris, C. Tillquist
ChemistryR. Buchanan
Classical & Modern Lang

W. Cunningham, G. Hutcheson, A. Leidner, A. Mastri, F. Nuessel, W. Pfeffer, C. Sullivan

CommunicationJ. Ferre, A. Futrell, J. Gregg, R. St. Clair
EnglishD. Anderson, M. Biberman, T. Byers, J. Dietrich, S. Griffin, D. Hall, S. Henke, B. Horner, K. Kopelson, B. Leung, M. Lu, C. Mattingly, G. Nunez, A. Rabin, S. Ryan, D. Tanner, B. Willey, B. Williams, E. Wise, J. Wolfe
Geography/GeosciencesJ. Hadizadeh, C. Hanchette, G. Lager, C. Leuthart, J. McCarty, K. Mountain, W. Song, H. Zhang
HistoryA. Crothers, J. Cumbler, C. Ehrick, T. K’Meyer, D. Krebs, Y. Ma, T. Mackey, J. McLeod, R. Njoku, L.S. Weissbach
Humanities

A. Allen, S. Bertacco, E. Patton, P. Pranke, T. Soldat-Jaffe, M. Stenger, M. Bradley, T. Riedel, D. Swanson

Pan-African StudiesJ. Hudson
PhilosophyA. Kolers, O. Wiggins
PhysicsD. Brown, T. Dowling, B. MacCall
Political ScienceD. Clayton, J. Farrier, A. Martens, R. Payne, S. Wallace
Psychological and Brain Sciences S. Meeks, H. Petry
Sociology

J. Beggan, J. Busch, A. Furr, C. Negrey, R. Schroeder, H. Taniguchi

Theatre Arts N. Burton, L. Thomas
Women’s & Gender StudiesC. Fosl, D. Heinecken, K. Story, N. Theriot
A&S Student Council J. Bender

Professor Byers, Chair, called the meeting to order.

The Chair noted with sorrow the passing of our colleague Professor Bruce Adams of the Department of History.

The minutes of the meeting of October 3, 2008, were approved as distributed. Approval was moved by Professor Griffin and seconded by Professor Leuthart.

The Chair recognized Professor Elaine Wise, who moved approval of the graduates of August 2008 and of the candidates for graduation of December 2008, pending successful completion of all requirements. Professor Ryan seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

The Chair recognized Professor Mountain who spoke briefly of the changes to the budget for the M.S. in Applied Geography which had been initially approved during the previous academic year. The revised proposal was returned to the Assembly moved and seconded by the Planning and Budget Committee. It was noted that no changes had been required in the curriculum as originally approved. Hearing no call for further discussion, the Chair put the question on (re)approval of the degree proposal and the motion carried unanimously.

The Chair recognized Professor McLeod who spoke to the proposals for the graduate certificates in Public History and in Asian Studies, which came to the Assembly moved and seconded by the Curriculum Committee and the Planning and Budget Committee.

Discussion of library holdings and budgetary needs of the program in Public History included Professors Wise, Griffin, and Hudson.

Hearing no call for further discussion, the Chair put the question and the motion for approval of the Certificate in Public History carried.

Discussion of the proposal for the Certificate in Asian Studies included Professor Wise and Weissbach. As a point of clarification, it was noted that this interdisciplinary program would, at least for the present, be housed in the Dean’s Office.

Hearing no call for further discussion, the Chair put the question to approve. The motion carried unanimously.

The Chair recognized Professor Furr who presented the proposal for the Ph.D, in Applied Sociology, which came to the Assembly moved and seconded by the Curriulcum Committee and the Planning and Budget Committee. It was noted that the program would not begin until the 2010 academic year.

Discussion included Professors Hall, Cumbler, Ryan, Wise, Meeks, Griffin, Stenger, Hudson, Hanchette, Futrell, Allen and Leung.

Hearing no call for further discussion, the Chair put the question to approve and the motion carried.

The Chair recognized Professor Hanchette for the Curriculum Committee. She presented the draft of a policy regarding conflict of interest in adoption of educational materials, the development of which had been requested by the central administration.

Discussion included Professors Byers, Bradley, Ryan, Dowling, Ferre, Bright, Cumbler, Pfeffer, Wise, Weissbach, K’Myer, Riedel, Leung, Griffin, Willey, McLeod, Rabin, St. Clair, Fosl, Hall, and Clayton.

Suggestions made during the discussion were that the policy should apply only if a faculty member stood to gain financially; or that the policy should apply only if a faculty member stood to gain financially in excess of $100.

Professor Willey moved that the proposal be returned to the Curriculum Committee for additional consideration. The motion was seconded. Hearing no call for further discussion, the Chair put the question and the motion to remand carried.

Professor Griffin moved, seconded by Professor Leuthart, that the Assembly adjourn. The motion to adjourn carried.