May 10, 2007

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

May 10, 2007 – 11:00 a.m.

Michael Sheng (HST), Craig Halsey (MIL), Pam Sailors (PHI/ECO), Beat Kernen (PLS), Jim Moyer (REL), Karl Kunkel (SOC/ANT/CRM), Lorene Stone and Victor Matthews.


  • Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

May 10 LEAD Institute Presentation (Fuldner Lounge, JKHHPA, 3:00-4:30)

May 18 CHPA Graduate Reception/MSU Commencements

May 21 AAA (PSU 400, 3:00-4:30)AAA meetings are scheduled to continue through the summer months.

July 9-10 CHPA Department Heads’ Retreat, Branson, MO

  • Dean Stone will be in Washington, D.C. this weekend for the DSS commencement on Saturday (commencement speaker Roy Blunt) and reception for Dr. VanCleave; Dr. Matthews will handle any College emergencies.
  • Dean Stone announced some recent position changes as follows:

Carey Adams COAL Dean

Cindy Pemberton Acting Associate Provost

Steve Robinette Acting Assistant Provost for Extended Campus

Chris Craig Associate Provost

John Catau Associate Provost

Barbara Bushman Returned to faculty

Diane Strickl and Provost Fellow—Public Affairs

  • After final approval, the Department Head Manual will be posted on the Provost’s website.
  • In accordance with a memo from the Provost, any requests for exemption to the Final Examination Policy should first go to the appropriate Department Head and then to the Dean.
  • Department Heads should have received notification from Joe Morris, SOAR Coordinator, to select advisors to be available for two one-day sessions (August 15 and 16).
  • Nominations for University Committees should be submitted to Dr. Matthews.
  • Computer orders are still needed from ECO and REL.
  • Applications for Provost Fellows (International Affairs, Arts, and Diversity) should be submitted directly to the Provost.All Provost Fellows receive course reassignment and a stipend.


  • Dean Stone discussed her recent trip to China which focused on China’s higher education system compared to that in the U.S. and expounded on how they are structured differently.
  • College Banners at Commencement is a new tradition that will allow each college to decide who will carry it, and all banners ultimately will be displayed around the stage.This spring the top student in Economics was selected to carry the banner.The Department Heads agreed to continue the alphabetic selection of department rotation (Summer--History, Winter--Philosophy, Spring--Political Science, etc.) and choice of a bearer based on their own criteria.
  • Compensation Plan updates included:
    1. Dean Stone stated that all three CHPA appeals have been denied with letters of explanation.
    2. Salary equity money from the President/Provost ($150,000 and $50,000, respectively) will provide an additional $200,000.
    3. The Faculty Senate survey on the Compensation Plan showed negative faculty response.
  • Dean Stone reiterated her earlier memo request for carryforward estimates by May 18th.Plans for salary savings will be covered in-depth at the Department Heads’ retreat.
  • Dean Stone announced that she is a member of a task force formed to ensure that colleges and departments are not left out of Continuing Education’s transition plan.She stated that any suggestions, ideas or concerns can be given to her for discussion by the task force.
  • Dean Stone also announced that she is a member of a task force assembled to review the campus’ Emergency Response Plan.