Missouri State University

2006 Report

 

 

College of Humanities and Public Affairs
Annual Report - Calendar Year 2006
Dean Lorene H. Stone

 

I.                   Academic Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate)
 

The College of Humanities and Public Affairs offers the following undergraduate and graduate programs in eight academic Departments: 

    • Defense and Strategic Studies (graduate only – MS degree and Certificate)
    • Economics (BA and BS degrees)
    • History (BA and BS Ed degrees; MA and MS Ed degrees)
    • Military Science (Minor only)
    • Philosophy (BA and BS degrees)
    • Political Science (BA and BS degrees; MIAA and MPA degrees)
    • Religious Studies (BA and MA degrees and Certificate)
    • Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology (BA and BS degrees; MS degree in CRM)

 

In addition, the CHPA has three research Centers and six interdisciplinary undergraduate Area Studies Minor Programs:

 

§         Research Centers

§         Center for Archaeological Research (CAR)

§         Bureau for Economic Research

§         Center for Social Sciences & Public Policy Research (CSSPPR)

 

§         Area Studies Programs

§         African American Studies

§         Asian Studies

§         Gender Studies

§         Latin American Studies

§         Middle Eastern Studies

§         Native American Studies

 

During 2006 the CHPA academic units played an integral role in the development, creation, and approval of a new interdisciplinary Global Studies Major.
 

A.  Curriculum (Modifications, Innovations, etc.)
 

  • During 2006, Philosophy developed a BS degree option that will be offered starting in fall 2007.
  • During 2006, Criminology developed the MS degree and received approval from the university and CBHE.  This program will begin in fall 2007.
  • Defense and Strategic Studies has developed a Certificate Program in Homeland Security that will be in place in 2007.
  • Religious Studies added an Accelerated Masters option and a Certificate
    Program.
  • History has developed two new tracks in their Masters Program (American Studies and Global-Regional Studies) and is converting their AHEEP courses to support this new graduate structure.

 

B.  Accreditation, Licensure, Certification and Other Outcome Measures
 

  • The only CHPA academic unit that went through discipline-based accreditation during 2006 was the MPA program.  This resulted in full reaccreditation from NASPAA.
  • Work done by all CHPA units in preparation for the Higher Learning Commission on-site visit in November 2006 contributed to both the overall judgment of the review team to recommend a 10-year reaccreditation and to future assessment and accreditation efforts by the CHPA units.
     

C. Access

1. Technology (including distance learning)

      Television and Distance Learning Courses:


  • Economics (ECO 155), History (HST 121 and 122), Political Science (PLS 101 and 103), and Religious Studies (REL 100) offered blended sections of General Education courses via cable television.  Philosophy (PHI 110) and Religious Studies (REL 101) produced two new blended courses that will be offered by cable television starting in fall 2007.  (Blended sections include an on-campus component for presentations and/or exams.)
  • ECO 610 was offered by live interactive television from the Springfield campus to distance learning sites in Lebanon and West Plains.
  • A blended television section of GEP 397 was taught by Tom Wyrick (ECO).


On-Line Courses:

  • Economics regularly offers on-line sections of two graduate courses to support the Masters in Business Administration.  In fall 2006, this included ECO 500-899. ECO 610-899 is offered usually every other year.
  • History developed an on-line version of HST 103.
  • History, with the assistance of a federal grant from the Department of Education, offered an on-line Masters program in American History (AHEEP). 
  • Political Science regularly offers upper division and graduate on-line courses each semester.  In spring 2006 this included two sections of PLS 551 and two sections of PLS 656, and in fall 2006 it included PLS 656. 
  • Sociology/Anthropology/Criminology regularly offers graduate on-line courses to support the undergraduate degree in Criminology, the Masters in Administrative Services program and in preparation for the introduction in fall 2007 of the Masters in Criminology degree.  In spring 2006 this included CRM 210 and CRM 670, and in fall 2006 it included CRM 320 and CRM 520.  An on-line version of SOC 150 was developed and will be offered in fall 2007.

 

Classroom Technology
 

  • All CHPA programs used instructional technology in classrooms.  A sizeable proportion of faculty integrated Power Point, Blackboard, and course web pages into their pedagogical styles. This was made possible by the high level of technology available in Strong Hall and encouragement from Department Heads and the Dean.

 

2.  Off Campus Programs
 

  • In spring 2006 Economics sent a faculty member to teach ECO 610 in the facility on the Missouri Southern State University site in Joplin.
  • Political Science developed off-campus learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Ken Rutherford took students to China during summer 2006, Dr. James Kaatz took students to the Netherlands during the winter intercession of 2007, and Dr. Muhammad Olimat and Dean Lorene Stone took students to Kuwait during December 2006.  Additional programs such as these are currently being developed for 2007.
  • Dr. Bill Meadows (ANT) offered an ethnographic field school experience during summer 2006  in Oklahoma allowing undergraduate students the opportunity to spend five weeks living with Kiowa families and learning techniques for conducting ethnographic field research in cultural anthropology such as conducting interviews, keeping field notes, keeping daily journals, and different types of observations.
  • Dr. Juris Zarins (ANT) offered an archaeological field school experience in Oman during summer 2006.
  • CAR sponsored a summer archaeological field school at Delaware Township as well as at the Big Eddy excavation site near Stockton in which Missouri State students participated.
  • Dr. Michael Sheng (HST) submitted grant proposals to several agencies with the intention of obtaining support for a program that will provide Masters-level instruction on teaching American History at Dalian Normal University in China.

 

3. Other

·         All CHPA academic units except MIL participated in the Evening College program, providing General Education courses as well as courses in the Major or in Masters-level programs.

·         Religious Studies and Political Science offered sufficient Evening courses to allow the undergraduate major requirements to be completed.

·         ECO, HST, PHI, PLS facilitated numerous dual-credit courses taught in area high schools.

 

D.  Faculty and Student Awards and Recognition – Teaching, Advising, etc.
 

  • George Connor (PLS) – Outstanding Advisor Award, National Academic Advising Organization
  • College Teaching Award winners: Judith Grant (SOC/ANT/CRM), Dennis Hickey (PLS)
  • Two CHPA majors won STAR awards: Sean Cain (PLS) won the Outstanding Junior and the Joseph N. Boyce Award, and Michael Barnett (ECO) won the Outstanding Senior Award.
  • Dr. Alice Bartee (PLS) won the SGA Student’s Choice Star Award.
  • Dean Stone organized a photo each semester of students on the CHPA Dean’s List to be used in College materials.

 

E.  Undergraduate Initiatives – Honors, International and Undergraduate
 

  • All CHPA units except MIL and DSS (graduate only) offered Honors Courses.
  • PHI, PLS, REL, and SOC/ANT/CRM offered Service Learning Courses.
  • PLS organized the Mid-America Model UN in fall 2006 and sent a contingent of students to the national college Model-UN competition.
  • In summer 2006 PLS organized and implemented the first Arabic language program at Amman Arabia University in Jordan.
  • PHI faculty took 10 students to the Mid-America Philosophy Conference in Memphis and provided funding to assist PHI majors present papers at national conferences.
  • REL assisted two students to present papers at the Central States Society of Biblical Literature conference in St. Louis.
  • Dr. Gary Brinker (SOC and CSSPPR Director) involved undergraduates in CSSPPR applied research projects and the CSSPPR sponsored two students to attend a national conference in San Diego, CA to present original research.
  • All Departments had active student organizations and honor societies.
  • Three CHPA majors participated in the Study Away program at Qinqdao University in China.
  • Of a total 259 MSU students participating in Study Away programs, 38 were CHPA majors = 15%.

 

F. Graduate Initiatives – Co-Authorship, Theses, Research
 

  • Two DSS students published articles in refereed journals, and all 23 of the 2006 graduates wrote a thesis for the degree.
  • A total of five graduate students from HST (2), PLS (2), and REL (1) read papers in local research colloquia or at regional conferences.
  • HST (2 of 10 students), PLS, and REL (4 of 4) graduate students took the thesis option in completing their degree.
  • PLS sent the first Missouri State graduate student to the University of Bern, Switzerland under the exchange agreement organized by Dr. Beat Kernen.
  • Eight CHPA graduate students participated in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum in 2006 (1 HST; 1 REL; 3 MIAA; 3 MPA).
  • SOC/ANT/CRM obtained an incentive grant from the Graduate College of $2,989 to support efforts to recruit graduate students into the new CRM Masters degree.
  • Dr. Dennis Hickey (PLS) co-authored articles with a DSS and a PLS graduate student.

 

G.  Enrollment – Majors and Credit Hours

In Fall 2006, approximately 1300 students had majors in the College of Humanities and Public Affairs.  In the table below, it is apparent that ECO, HST, the MPA and MIAA graduate programs in PLS, and SOC/ANT/CRM saw increases in majors.  Minor decreases in DSS, PLS undergraduate majors, and REL were due primarily to large numbers of graduates in the previous year and are not statistically large enough to cause any concern at this time. 

Percentage changes in total credit hours (especially in upper division or graduate courses) were generally the result of the availability of ranked faculty.  The number of sabbaticals, retirements, leaves, and reassigned time due to administrative or service assignments must be factored into these numbers. 

 

Department

Majors – Fa06

% change

Credit Hrs – Fa06

% change

ECO

53

+13%

4992

-.04%

DSS

35

-2%

306

+5%

HST – BA

104

+8%

7051

+1%

HST – BS Ed

184

-7%

included in above #

 

HST – MA

61

-8%

219 (grad)

+1%

HST – MS Ed

9

+22%

included in above #

 

MIL

N/A

N/A

213

-4%

PHI

20

0%

2697

+5%

PLS

173

-9%

5828

+2%

PLS-PA

19

-26%

included in above #

 

PLS - MPA

24

+16%

255

+31%

PLS - MIAA

36

+20%

207

+17%

REL – BA

63

-4%

5302

-2%

REL – MA

30

-3%

165

+65%

SOC

103

 0%

3891

-2%

ANT

93

+26%

1408

+12%

CRM

280

+3%

1956

-.02%

H.  Assessment Updates
 

  • Each academic unit in CHPA had an assessment plan on file with the Assessment Office, and each plan was reviewed with changes sent to the Assessment Office and communicated to faculty and students. These included exit interviews with graduating seniors.
  • All General Education courses taught by CHPA academic units are assessed on a three-year basis by CGEIP –all CHPA courses reviewed in 2006 were approved.
  • A significant number of newly hired faculty, graduate assistants, and other CHPA faculty participated each semester in Showcase on Teaching.
  • An Ad-Hoc CHPA committee reviewed the current teaching evaluation instrument employed by all academic units in the College, made revisions, and will use the newly revised instrument starting in spring 2007.
  • Drs. Gary Brinker and Tim Knapp (SOC) as well as Dean Stone were members of the Leadership Priorities and Assessment Committee. 

 

II.  Research and Scholarship

 

A.  Publications in refereed journals (national; international; other)
 

The CHPA faculty were productive and actively engaged in scholarly activities.  As shown in the chart below, the number of refereed articles, book chapters, and monographs rose significantly since 2005.  This demonstrated the College’s initiative to increase scholarly productivity.
 

2006

#

% change over 2005

Journal articles/Book chapters

49

+40%

Books/Monographs

13

+106%

 

B.  Presentations  (invited; national; international; other)

While the number of presentations made by the CHPA faculty remained fairly steady (up 5%) over 2005, one significant trend occurred in international presentations (up 53%)..  Many of these presentations were by invitation at prestigious international and national conferences.

2006

#

% change over 2005

Total Presentations

91

+5%

International

26

+53%


C.  Funded Research
 

CHPA faculty and Research Centers submitted both internal and external research grant applications in 2006.  The following charts represent the funding sources and funding amounts from external grant proposals, and the total number of external and internal grant proposals that were submitted and funded. 

Source of External Funding

 

Department

Source

Amount

CAR

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

$28,250

 

City of Lebanon

$2,551

 

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

$173,598

 

Sargent & Lundy

$9,727

 

Rural Development & MODAT

$1,808

 

McBridge & Son, Inc.

$7,555

 

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

$90,000

 

City of Rolla

$4,998

CSSPPR

U.S. Department of

Education

$5,069

 

U.S. Department of Education

$6,589

 

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

$45,376

 

Community Partnership of the Ozarks

$2,500

 

Missouri State University, University of Dayton

& Penn State University

$18,688

HST

Spanish Ministry of Culture

$12,000

 

Caeno Foundation

$10,003

 

Missouri Secretary of State’s Office, Local Records Program

$4,800

PLS

TaipeiEconomic and Cultural Representative

Office

$41,450

 

Missouri CityClerks and

Finance Officers Assoc.

$42,000

 

SOFAC Grant

$1,000

REL

Fulbright

$32,000

 

Herzog Ernst Fellowship

$6,200

 

Lily Endowment

$58,000

SOC/ANT/CRM

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

$500

 

 

TOTAL = $604,662

 

Summary of Grant Submission from All Sources

 

Department

# External Proposed

# Internal Proposed

# Funded

Total Amount

CAR

16

 

8

$318,488

CSSPPR

5

1

6

$79,497

HST

9

 

3

$26,803

PLS

3

1

4

$88,450

REL

3

1

3

$96,200

SOC/ANT/CRM

3

6

6

$99,927

 

 

 

 

Total = $709,365

 

D. Efforts to Support and Promote Research
 

The major CHPA initiative in 2006 focused on external grant writing.

  • The CHPA Dean’s office sponsored a Grant Writing competition which provided the winning submission three-hours of reassigned time to polish and submit the external grant proposal to an agency.
  • In October 2006 the CHPA Dean’s office organized and sponsored a Grant Writing workshop lead by nationally known grant consultant Ron Stewart.
  • The Missouri Archaeological Society relocated its offices from the University of Missouri-Columbia to Missouri State University and is now housed in STRO 206.
  • All CHPA Departments supplemented the travel allotment provided by the Dean’s Office to support travel to professional conferences.
  • Dean’s office provided additional travel funds for faculty to attend international conferences.
  • Dean’s office developed an incentive program for grant submissions to take effect in 2007.

 

E.  Faculty and Student Awards Recognition
 

  • Steve Berkwitz (REL) – Fulbright Award for Research in Sri Lanka
  • Jamaine Abidogun (HST) – Fulbright Award for Research in Africa
  • CHPA Research Awards -- Terrel Gallaway (ECO), Kant Patel (PLS), Stacy Ulbig (PLS), and Suzanne Walker (SOC/ANT/CRM)
  • Dr. Craig Smith (HST)was recognized at the 48th Annual meeting of the Missouri Conference on History as the author of thebestvolume on any historical topic written by a Missouri resident and published in 2005.

 

F.  Other
 

  • Keith Payne (DSS) served as Editor-in-Chief of the refereed journal Comparative Strategy.
  • Bradley Thayer (DSS) served as Associate Editor of the refereed journal Politics and the Life Sciences.
  • Victor Matthews (REL and Associate Dean) served as series editor of the Symposium Monograph Series for the Society of Biblical Literature.

 

III.  Public Affairs and Community Outreach

 

A.  Technical Assistance – Program Evaluation, Strategic Planning, etc
 

  • Long-range plans for each CHPA unit, which are reviewed annually, included further integration of Public Affairs activities into the curriculum and the service activities of the faculty.
  • Economics and Philosophy engaged in a more substantial strategic planning process to prepare them for a new program direction, new leadership and a major turn over in faculty.
  • The Dean’s office produced a SWOT analysis of College programs and revised the College Long-Range Plan for 2006-2010.

 

B.  Alumni Activities
 

  • All CHPA units as well as the Dean’s Office produced bi-annual newsletters to update alumni on current happenings in the College.
  • DSS established the William Van Cleave Lecture Series that was open to faculty, students and alumni in the Washington, D.C. area.
  • Homecoming receptions for alumni were held by several CHPA units, and the College participated in the BearFest Village Alumni hospitality tent.
  • Dean hosted a box at a MSU football game for alumni.
  • Dean Stone and Bob Beumer (DOD) attended alumni events in Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, Dallas, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

 

C.  Community Programs and Partnerships
 

  • The CHPA Dean’s Advisory Council involved twenty-five members of the community in the College planning process.
  • Keith Payne (DSS) was appointed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the Congressionally-chartered Strategic Posture Commission; he also was appointed by Secretary of State Condelezza Rice to the State Department’s International Security Advisory Board.
  • The CHPA and Dr. Dennis Hickey (PLS) organized and hosted the 2006 Fall Convocation with speaker, William Cohen.
  • AHEEP, the Department of Education funded Masters program in History involved a collaboration with several local school districts.
  • History Bowl and History Day included collaboration with school districts throughout southwest Missouri.
  • The Philosophy Essay contest provided students from throughout southwest Missouri the opportunity to compete for a scholarship.
  • Numerous faculty and administrators served on community-based boards or committees including: The Victim Center, the Good Community Committee, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Foundation, The Family Violence Center, Landmine Survivors Network, Ethics Committee-Cox Health Systems, Springfield Area Planning Forum, The Longstreet Society, Greene County Historical Society, and the Club de Cuentos Latino Children’s Literacy Group.
  • Dozens of CHPA faculty made presentations to community-based organizations, churches, and businesses.
  • The expertise of CHPA faculty was shared in numerous radio and television interviews and in newspaper op-ed pieces.
  • The CSSPPR and the Center for Archaeological Research performed contract research studies providing data analysis for community and government agencies.
  • CHPA partnered with Ozark Food Harvest for a holiday food drive, Parenting Life Skills Inc. for a holiday mitten-tree, and the Hispanic literacy project for a book drive.

 

D.  Faculty and Student Awards
 

  • Margaret Buckner (SOC/ANT/CRM) – University Award for Service
  • CHPA Service Awards -- Robin Amonker (SOC/ANT/CRM), Beat Kernen (PLS), William Meadows (SOC/ANT/CRM), Ken Rutherford (PLS)
  • Janet Graham, secretary in SOC/ANT/CRM, was a 2005-2006 recipient of the Excellence in Community Service Award.

 

E.  Statewide Initiatives
 

  • James Kaatz (PLS) organized the annual conference of the Missouri City Clerks Association and served as the Association’s Director.
  • The newly installed Missouri Archaeological Society office provided state-wide coordination of archaeological field work and instructional aids on Missouri archaeological sites.

 

IV.  Resource Development, Allocation, Effective and Efficient Management

 

A.  Faculty

 

1.  Recruiting, Hiring, Mentoring, Faculty Assignments, Tenure and Promotion, Career Paths, etc.
 

  • CHPA recruiting and hiring of new faculty was part of the College Long-Range Plan and followed established procedures that required Departments to justify the hiring of new faculty to replace retiring or departing faculty to the Council of Department Heads and the CHPA Dean.  Eight new faculty joined the CHPA in 2006.
  • All recruiting and hiring of new faculty in CHPA included an emphasis on developing a diverse faculty and involved extensive efforts to make openings known to under represented minorities.
  • All new CHPA faculty members were assigned a mentor to assist them with orientation to the university, first-year teaching assignments, and acquaintance with all CHPA and university policies.
  • Each CHPA unit had a tenure and promotion plan that was reviewed and involved a decision process including recommendations from faculty committees,  Department Heads, and the Dean.  Two CHPA faculty members were awarded tenure in 2006, and one faculty member was promoted.
  • CHPA faculty were encouraged to consider various career paths, including administrative appointment.  This included the appointment of a Dean’s Fellow       and nomination of faculty for participation in the Provost’s Leadership Program.  One faculty member was on unpaid leave during 2006 to work for the Department of Defense, and another was named Provost Fellow to chair the University’s Public Affairs Conference.

 

2.  Diversity and Inclusiveness

 

CHPA Faculty

Male -2006

Female -2006

Caucasian

62

21

Afro-American

5

0

Asian

3

3

Middle Eastern

3

2

 

  • CHPA housed six Area Studies Minors that are designed to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary study and an increase in global awareness. 
  • Heritage month activities were organized by CHPA faculty throughout the year, including a Pow Wow during the fall 2006, African American Heritage Month and Women’s History Month events in spring 2006. Specific activities that drew significant audiences were: 1) a presentation by Dr. Kristal Zook on African American women as “unsung heroes†in their community; 2) a panel of faculty, who explored with their audience the various ways that our society and culture view women's bodies; 3) a forum organized by Dr. John Schmalzbauer (REL) and the Center for Ozark Studies on "Experiencing Faith at Silver Dollar City," featuring Dr. Aaron Ketchell of the University of Kansas and Mr. Peter Herschend, co-founder of Silver Dollar City; and 4) a panel of faculty who discussed the 1906 Springfield lynchings.
  • The Global Studies Major was developed as an intercollegiate, interdisciplinary degree involving courses from all of the units in CHPA except DSS and MIL.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. Dennis Hickey (PLS), a major international symposium on "Taiwan's External Relations in a Time of Transition" took place on campus.  The Political Science Department, the Taipei Economics and Cultural Office, and the CHPA were co-sponsors.
  • A conference on “America, Islam and the Middle Eastâ€, organized by Dr. Muhammed Olimat (PLS) and sponsored by the Political Science Department, the CHPA, and a public affairs grant, was held on campus.

 

B.  Fiscal

 

1.  Fundraising and Contracts
 

  • Total gifts to CHPA accounts in 2006 - $850,128.
  • Four new endowed scholarships established in 2006: 1) Women in Religious Studies Scholarship; 2) Scott and Gayla Moore Economics Scholarship; 3) PLS Alumni Scholarship; and 4) Pete McCormick Memorial History Scholarship.
  • $454,000 was raised from private donors/foundations to support DSS activities.
  • The Lotus Blossom painting was donated to the Religious Studies Department.
  • A $50,000 donation was secured from Adulaziz Saud Al-Babtain during Kuwait trip to support students in 2007 summer language institute in Jordan.
  • Two proposals for endowed chairs were submitted and are under consideration.
  • Dean hosted CHPA Scholarship Banquet for College scholarship recipients and donors.
  • Dean hosted a box at a Springfield Cardinals baseball game for CHPA donors.
  • Dean engaged in numerous fundraising activities including annual telephone campaign, letter writing, and personal visits with potential donors, etc.
  • Acknowledgement/Thank You letters were sent to all CHPA donors from the appropriate unit.

 

2.  Budget Allocation and Management
 

  • ECO, HST, PLS, REL, and SOC/ANT/CRM utilized funds raised from offering on-line and blended television courses to supplement operations budgets and to provide additional funds to support faculty travel to conferences, student participation in regional conferences, the purchase of instructional equipment, and the costs associated with invited speakers.
  • 2006-2007 CHPA Budget - $8,203,527.  Dean provided oversight of effective and efficient use of cost center resources for strategic purposes. 
  • CHPA had a total of $435,607 in carryforward funds at the beginning of the fiscal year.  Of this amount, $180,628 was redistributed to CHPA units.  Each CHPA unit (including the Dean’s office) submitted a budget plan indicating proposed uses of carry-over funds.
  • CHPA had a total of $236,552 in salary savings at the beginning of the fiscal year.  Approximately $82,000 in recurring salary savings was used for the 1% give back, i.e., no positions or people were cut.  CHPA will use the ½% reallocation (@$41,000) for faculty/staff salary equity adjustments.
  • Dean distributed $600 per faculty member to the department accounts for travel.
  • Dean managed the replacement of ¼ of the academic computers in the College.
  • CHPA entry-level salaries were at recommended CUPA median.
  • Dean held open budget hearings for interested faculty and staff.

 

3.  Cost Benchmarking – Delaware and other models
 

  • As shown in the chart below, all CHPA departments (except PLS) met or exceeded Delaware standards.

 

Department

Ranked Faculty - Undergraduate

Ranked Faculty - Graduate

Total Without Continuing Educ.

ECO

160%

  No graduate program

144%

HST

  93%

 88%

100%

PHL

106%

 No graduate program

104%

PLS

  76%

 88%

  98%

REL

115%

 78%

126%

SOC/ANT/CRM

  94%

 No graduate program

108%

 

  • The majority of undergraduate SCH production in CHPA resulted from the large offering of General Education courses.  The average lower division section size was 48.7 – the highest of all Colleges.  The average upper division section size was 24.2 – second highest of all Colleges.
  • CHPA had the lowest lower division credit hour cost ($43.70) and the lowest total credit hour cost ($63.40) of all Colleges on campus.
  • CHPA had the highest SCH/Reg. Inst. Staff ratio (327.6) and the highest SCH/Tot. Inst. Staff ratio (381.3) of all Colleges on campus.  These ratios were higher than those in 2005.

 

C.  Equipment, Space, etc.
 

  • All Springfield-based CHPA units except MIL were housed in Strong Hall, the most technologically advanced classroom building on campus.  All but one classroom in Strong Hall were equipped with up-to-date instructional technology, i.e., Smart podiums, projector systems, etc.
  • CHPA exhibited efficient space management.  A review of classroom utilization showed that Strong Hall had the most efficient use of classroom space on campus due to classroom scheduling coordinated by the Dean’s office.
  • Several spaces in Strong Hall were converted or renovated in 2006.  An under-utilized seminar room, STRO 206, was converted into office space for the Missouri Archaeological Society.  A large room in the basement, STRO 004, was returned to classroom status (seating capacity of 90) after several years as the home of Ozark Public Television administrative offices.
  • Growth in the size of General Education course offerings, as well as more effective use of Graduate Assistants as TAs, increased the utilization of the larger classrooms in Strong Hall and made a future auditorium serving classes of 150-200 students a higher priority.

 

V.  Leadership and Management: Challenges and Opportunities

 

A.  Promoting Initiatives and Avoiding Problems
 

  • Due to the rapid pace of change involving transition to a Cost Center model, a new pay-for-performance compensation system, and various other campus-wide initiatives, CHPA Dean enhanced communication within the College.  This included weekly Department Heads’ Council meetings, weekly e-mail reminders to all faculty and staff of deadlines and upcoming events, as well as All-College and town hall meetings.
  • CHPA Dean had open door policy for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Dean led a Department Heads’ Retreat in summer 2006 and a mini retreat in fall 2006.  In addition, she attended department retreats in fall 2006 and met with all units in the College at least twice during the year.
  • A three-year Hiring Plan was developed for the College to strategically plan for the replacement of large numbers of faculty retirements and resignations.  (It is estimated that 25% of CHPA faculty will retire within a 5-6 year period.)
  • CHPA Dean supported phased retirement plan.
  • Major College initiative was emphasis/support of external grant writing to compensate for inadequate state funding of higher education.
  • CHPA focused increased efforts to partner with community/state agencies and organizations and to engage in a more visible level of community outreach.  This included initial conversations with the Naval Post-Graduate School and Missouri National Guard to offer a certificate program in Homeland Security.

 

B.  Faculty Relations – Governance and Consultation
 

  • The following actions were initiated by the CHPA Dean in 2006 to insure transparency of administration and governance of the College:
    -- All-College meetings were held by the Dean to discuss College initiatives, the
        new university compensation plan, and research incentives.
    -- All CHPA policies, as well as minutes of all Department Heads’ Council meetings were placed on College Website.
    -- College budget hearings were open to all faculty and staff.
  • CHPA faculty committees oversaw curricular matters (College Council), participated in faculty recruiting/hiring, were involved in reappointment/tenure/promotion recommendations, and evaluated College technology needs (SCUF).
  • Faculty committees also developed department criteria for the new compensation plan.
  • Dean appointed a CHPA Compensation Committee.
  • Dean appointed Dr. Pam Sailors as Acting Department Head of Economics after the unexpected resignation of Dr. Antony Dnes.

 

C.  Working with Staff
 

  • Dean and Associate Dean had good working relationships with office staff, as well as College DUSS and DOD.  All College staff had high level of productivity.
  • Dean supported staff development by encouraging clerical staff to attend various training sessions on campus and on-line.  Dean also sent new department head to one academic administrator’s conference out-of-state.  The Dean’s executive assistant was sent to a 2-day workshop in Springfield on efficiently managing an office and improving executive assistant skills.

 

VI.  Individual Professional Accomplishments
 

Dean Lorene Stone did the following in 2006:

  • Chaired Comprehensive Institutions Committee - Council of College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS).  Served on CCAS nominating committee and organized a session on “Assessing General Education†for the annual CCAS deans’ conference in Boston, MA (Fall 2006).
  • Served on the National Council of Academic Deans (NCAD) executive committee and attended annual NCAD conference (Summer 2006).
  • Served on Missouri ACE-Network Planning Committee and attended annual meeting in St. Louis (Fall 2006).
  • Chaired the NCAA Validation Committee.
  • Served on V.P. for Advancement search committee, Associate V.P. for Administrative Services search committee, COAL Dean search committee, IT Council, President’s Commission for Diversity, Orientation Advisory Committee, and Leadership Priorities and Assessment Committee.
  • Keynote speaker at Phi Kappa Phi Initiation (Spring 2006).
  • Conferred degrees at first DSS Commencement in Fairfax, VA (Spring 2006).
  • Taught SOC 315 (The Family) in Spring 2006.
  • Advisor to 8 CRM students.
  • Hosted 3rd annual CHPA Scholarship Banquet (Fall 2006), as well as end-of-semester receptions (Spring and Fall 2006), College retirement receptions (Spring and Fall 2006), CHPA New Faculty Breakfast, College Picnic, and CHPA Graduate Receptions (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2006).
  • Provided welcome/introductory comments to: 1)Taiwan Symposium – Spring 2006; 2) America, Islam, & Middle East Conference – Spring 2006; 3)Philosophy Essay Contest Banquet – Spring 2006; 4)KOLR 10 Town Hall Meeting on Iraq War (TV) – Fall 2006;  5)USA Program Academic Affairs Day – Fall 2006; and 6)East – Central Europe Conference – Fall 2006.
  • Participated in Midnight Breakfast at dorms during Final Week (Spring and Fall 2006) and Residence Hall House Calls (Fall 2006).  Also was Bear Crew greeter at Fall 2006 Dorm Move-In.
  • Attended MSU Commencements and Army ROTC Commissionings.
  • Member -- Board of Directors (The Victime Center); Member -- Good Community Committee; Member -- Springfield Rotary (Chair -- Strategic Planning Committee).