November 18, 2010

CHPA Department Heads Meeting

November 18, 2010

Present: Victor Matthews, Pam Sailors, George Connor, Ardeshir Dalal, Tom Dicke, Kirby Hanson, Karl Kunkel, Jack Llewellyn

Dates to remember:

Nov 18 Provost Research Forum: featuring Mike Stout (SOC), 3:00 pm, KARL 101

Nov 19 Dept Heads complete their assessments of Promotion and Tenure files and submit
recommendations (with rationale) to applicants

Nov 24 Dept Heads submit all P & T dossiers to Dean

Points Discussed:

  1. The current state of departmental assessment plans was discussed and each department has either completed its revised plan or is on track to complete it by the January 1st deadline.
  2. Possible strategies for adding the Exit exam to capstone or other required courses in the senior year were discussed. PLS plans to couple it with PLS 492 when the students take the MFAT exam. Heads will discuss this with their faculty and get back with a plan by the first of the year.
  3. A current list of blended and on-line courses in development is being developed as an appendix to the college’s list of goals. Data is being supplied by the Heads and Gary Rader’s office.
  4. In the light of current unionization efforts on campus, the Dean shared a copy of most recent Supreme Court case that applies to Missouri law. They were encouraged to let faculty know that it is available to them should they wish to consult it.
  5. The Provost has asked that newly defined evaluation criteria be developed for Deans and for Department Heads in addition to the IDEA survey. Further information on this process that will begin in fall 2011 will be forthcoming.
  6. The Heads were asked to provide suggestions on Professional Development for Heads. A brief discussion took plan on the things they felt would be most beneficial, including bringing in a facilitator from CCAS. They were asked to submit additional ideas that could be passed on to Art Spisak in the Provost’s office.
  7. The Heads were asked to develop a list of Fund raising ideas in addition to the usual scholarship requests that could be passed on to Brent Dunn and the Development office.
  8. The latest revisions to College goals (see attachment) were discussed. This is an on-going process that will continue throughout the year.
  9. A hiring update was provided on the searches for the CRM and HST Head positions and the faculty search for an African American Historian. The Head searches are nearly complete with all candidates scheduled for on-campus visits this month. The faculty search hopes to bring candidates in by the end of the January.
  10. There were two Sabbatical requests submitted: Dennis Hickey (PLS) for one semester and Jamaine Abidogun (HST) for a full year. Their respective Heads indicated that they support these applications and a decision will be made by the Dean shortly.

Working Draft -- CHPA Goals 2010-2011

November 18, 2010

A. Improve Student Learning

  1. General Education Review

1. Begin discussion in each Department of their General Education course offerings
in the light of prospective revision of the GE program and the material presented
in the book by Derek Bok.
2. Discuss the challenges presented to the college as the result of GE revision.

3. Examine enrollment trends in General Education courses, DFW rates, and

4. Coordinate with College representatives on the university Blue Ribbon committee
on General Education to keep abreast of current discussions.

  1. Pedagogy and Course Transformation
    1. Individual

(a) Appoint Dean’s Fellow for course transformation – Eric Nelson

(b) Survey the College faculty on their use of teaching technology

(c) Examine models other than the one promoted by NCAT

  1. Course Transformation
    (a) Establish goal for fall 2011 of implementing test cases in HST 103 and HST 104
    and PLS 101
    (b) Set goal for fall 2012 of implementing course transformation in additional
    large section courses (possible choices: HST 121 and HST 122)
  2. Curricular Redesign
    (a) Judiciously develop and promote new blended courses in the College as a
    strategy to both meet budgetary constraints and provide a effective
    (b) Strategically develop new on-line courses with the aim of increasing access,
    providing opportunities for cooperative efforts with other universities, and
    putting more degree programs on-line
    (c) Develop working list of courses being developed as blended or on-line
    (d) Use external review reports as a gauge of progress in curricular review and
  3. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    (a) Promote best practices and teaching workshops sponsored by FCTL
    (b) Appoint mentors for each of the newly hired faculty and schedule regular
    meetings with new hires to discuss concerns and teaching strategies
    (c) Develop teaching workshops by master teachers in the College to discuss and
    demonstrate best practices in pedagogy
    (d) Develop training for graduate students involved in teaching and for adjuncts.
  4. Assessment
    1. Discuss and revise assessment plans in each Department to meet January 1, 2011 deadline for submission of plan at a minimum of Level 1 compliance
    2. All degree programs will be working on revision by Fall 2011/Spring 2012
    3. Use recommendations from external review reports to assess progress in the positive use of assessment data
    4. Use FCTL personnel and data on best practices to generate discussion in each department on the importance and benefits of assessment
    5. Continue to utilize the CHPA majors’ survey annually to gather data from current majors throughout the College on pedagogy issues and advisement
    6. Work with the Assessment Office to improve scores on the Freshman and Senior PP Exams

(a) Build the PP Exams in required courses in each major

(i) Add to the MFAT exam in PLS 492

  1. Successfully complete external review for ECO and begin the process for the reviews in PHI and REL in fall 2011
  2. Work with Admissions office to review and response to survey data from students who choose not to return to MSU or who change majors.
  3. Student success/Retention initiatives
    1. Schedule workshops for Heads on the use of the Argos reports to identify and create strategies to address high DFW Courses in each degree program
    2. Encourage departments to hold informational gatherings of their majors to introduce curricular changes, introduce faculty, and discuss connection between the major and the next step (job or graduate school).
    3. Create an action plan to assist students with low Midterm Grades
      (a) Ask all faculty and professional advisors to contact their advisees with low Midterm
      Grades and offer assistance and encouragement
      (b) Work with Institutional Research and the Registrar to obtain a complete list each
      semester of students with low Midterm grades so that Heads and Deans can also
      participate in intervention practices
    4. Create College and Department goals on retention in the major, in the college, and in the university
    5. Establish better communication with the Bear CLAW to improve its services and promote curricular learning communities
    6. Work with graduate coordinators to improve advisement and planning and to streamline the acceptance process
    7. Continue to support funding for professional advisors in CRM, HST, and PLS and carefully evaluate assessment feedback from students to facilitate effectiveness
    8. Each department will set goals for faculty participation in Master Advisor Training workshops and refresher training for those who are already designated as Master Advisors
  4. Facilities
    1. Facilitate the move of CRM faculty in June 2011 and the corresponding move of PHI faculty into the PLS Suite
    2. Reconfigure the use of anthropological laboratory space within the ANT/SOC Suite
    3. Provide archaeological laboratory space for HST and REL students and faculty within the REL Suite
    4. Long-term goal of providing more usable space for CAR
    5. Assist ROTC to renovate their facilities in Freudenberger
    6. 2. Improve Access to Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees
      1. Transfer Students
        1. Create OTC 2+2 on Web for all appropriate undergrad degrees (10/15)
        2. Create WP 2+2 on Web for all appropriate undergrad degrees (11/1)
        3. Employ Supplemental Advisement Specialists in CRM, HST, and PLS with special emphasis on serving the needs of transfer students
        4. Place and regularly update “Pathways” links on Department Websites to assist transfers to make a smooth transition into a major
        5. Add a charge to the College Student Success committee to address the needs of transfer students and to coordinate their efforts with the university Task Force on Transfers
        6. Insure the availability of a trained Advisor in each Department throughout the work week and throughout the year
  5. Modalities
    1. Evening
      (a) Each department work with Adult Services and the Registrar’s Office to insure
      adequate evening offerings to meet the needs of evening students
      (b) Promote the opportunity to complete the degree in REL in the evening
      (c) Work with instructors of I-Tune courses to increase contact with students
      through Blackboard and other means to help improve DFW rates
    2. Internet

(a) Complete the implementation of the MS in Criminology and History as fully on-line degrees by fall 2011

(b) Complete the implementation of the BS in Criminology as a fully on-line degree by fall 2011

(c) Strategically develop new on-line courses and provide opportunities for cooperation with other universities in the state (especially low-completer programs)

  1. Off Campus
    (a) Implement ITV offerings between DSS and the Springfield campus as well as
    Army Staff Management College sites at Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Belvoir in
    spring 2011 and fall 2011
    (b) Investigate development of cooperative arrangements with other universities
    in the state, using internet, I-tunes, and ITV formats to deliver courses
    (c) Work with the Office of International Studies and the Area Studies Programs
    to increase our students’ Study Away opportunities, provide high impact
    experiences that promote student success and retention, and that facilitate
    international student applications for graduate program
  2. Dual Credit
    (a) HST will do a study of the impact of dual credit on campus enrollments in HST
    121 and 122
    (b) Each department with regular dual credit offerings will more closely monitor
    these courses and regularly communicate with their instructors to insure
    quality and coordination of course content and learning objectives
    (c) Other departments interested in initiating or expanding dual credit offerings
    will explore opportunities with local school districts
  3. Scheduling
    1. Place three- and four-year graduation plans on each Departmental web site
    2. Place three-year course schedules noting modality on each Departmental web site
    3. Employ space efficient scheduling practices to insure maximum use of classroom space throughout the day and to make the best use of classrooms based on course size and the technology needs of the faculty
    4. Coordinate the scheduling of courses to insure that sufficient offerings are present to support Area Studies minors and the Global Studies major
    5. Scheduling of summer offerings will be aligned with strategic goals on degree completion, graduate programs, and commitment to on-line instruction to assist students in completing their degrees and to provide greater access
  4. Advising
    1. Advising will be available for degrees in departments during work week year round
    2. Implement electronic graduate student records and admissions processing
    3. Continue to fund supplemental advisement specialists in CRM, HST, and PLS
    4. Promote Master Advisor and Graduate program director training
    5. 3. Public Affairs
      1. Learning Outcomes
        1. Work with Mike Stout Provost Fellow on developing learning outcomes in each degree program and produce data indicating effectiveness and areas for improvement
        2. Each department will develop and submit Learning Outcomes for Degree Programs - due January 1, 2011
        3. Institute Public Affairs Intensive Experience within each degree in the College
  5. Community Development
    1. Continue the CHPA Research Forum for faculty and community members
    2. Work with Directors of research centers (CSSPPR and Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Economic Education) to increase their level of community involvement and increase their visibility on campus
    3. Support applied research initiatives such as the Social Capital Survey and the MSU Poll Research Center to train students and provide data and professional expertise to assist community agencies and the Chamber of Commerce
    4. Work with the Dean’s Advisory Council to promote the mission through greater faculty involvement in the community
    5. Create venues (newsletter, public forums and panels) to discuss community engagement efforts
    6. 4. Inclusive Excellence
      1. Hiring Initiatives
        1. Each department and the college as a whole will develop goals for recruiting students, faculty, and staff to enhance the diversity on campus
          (a) Insure that minority candidates are part of every hiring pool
          (b) Participate in minority recruiting efforts by the Admissions Office
          (c) Take advantage of minority hiring opportunities in strategic areas (African
          American History for fall 2011)
          (d) Take advantage of diversity training for faculty and staff
        2. Outreach: Each department will help to fulfill the cultural competence strand of the Public Affairs mission through curricular offerings, public presentations and heritage month events, and by the promotion of Area Studies minors and the Global Studies major
  6. “Grow your own”: Each department will include in its hiring strategies the principle of “grow your own” to identify and assist minority students interested in pursuing higher degrees in the discipline
  7. College Initiatives and Performance Measures
    1. First diversity hire in process – African American Historian
    2. Searches for CRM and HST Heads include minority candidates in final selection pool
    3. 5. Alignment of Faculty Roles and Rewards with Institutional Mission
      1. Initiate College-based Faculty Discussions
      2. Professional development
        1. Dean will present workshops on promotion and tenure
        2. The Dean will provide funding for research-related and student success efforts by the faculty (software, data sets, travel funding to regional meetings, etc)
        3. Newly hired faculty will receive a $6,000 stipend in their first summer after being hired to assist with their research agenda
        4. Department Heads will promote FCTL workshops, Showcase, and other opportunities for faculty development and will include regular announcement of faculty achievements in departmental memos and newsletters
  8. Assignments
    1. Differentiated workloads will be discussed to assist faculty and meet departmental needs
  9. Formative and Summative Evaluation
    1. Each Department will work with the FCTL to develop best practices on evaluation of teaching
    2. Each faculty member will continue to update his or her Digital Measures files to facilitate annual evaluation of faculty productivity
    3. Each Department will determine how best to include grant writing activity in their evaluation of research
  10. Compensation

1. Dean will work with Department Heads to evaluate and where possible work to alleviate
equity issues

2. Once guidelines are issued by the university compensation committee, each
Department will reevaluate its compensation plan based on university goals as
well as current and future fiscal possibilities

  1. 6. Collegiality and Collaboration
    1. Budget Process
      1. Form a College Budget Committee that will begin meeting in fall 2010 and will develop
      recommendations on college finances and expenditures
      2. All Minutes and material distributed to the committee will be placed on the web for the
      benefit of the college community
    2. MDHE Review
      1. Submit 3-year improvement plan for PHI as an identified low-completer program
      2. Submit a program elimination of the undergraduate PA degree in PLS
      3. Send representatives to the state-wide conference on program review and course
      transformation to solicit ideas and possible cooperative opportunities
      4. Department Heads will share information on student retention, graduation data,
      and assessment findings with faculty as part of their annual review of productivity
  2. Communication
    1. Minutes of the Council of Department Heads, the College Budget Committee, and
    the College Council will be either placed on the College website and/or made
    available to faculty and staff in the Dean’s Office
    2. The Dean will hold an All Faculty Meeting each semester to review the current
    state of the College and answer faculty questions
    3. The Dean will meet regularly with Departments to discuss College and
    Departmental issues
    4. A College Newsletter will be published on-line each semester
    5. The Dean’s Office will produce a blog at least twice a semester