November 30, 2006

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

November 30, 2006 – 11:00 a.m.

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


  • Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

December 7 Provost’s Research Forum (PSU 313, noon-1:00 p.m.). Dennis Hickey (PLS) will be speaking.

December 8 Provost’s Meeting with CHPA Heads (CAR 203, 8:00 a.m.)

December 8 CHPA End-of-Semester Reception (Dean’s Conf. Room, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

December 11 President’s Holiday Open House (PSU Ballroom, 2:00-4:00 p.m.)

December 15 CHPA Graduate Reception (Atrium, 1:30 p.m.) and MSU Commencement (Hammons Student Center, 4:00 p.m.)

December 18 AAA is cancelled.

January 10 Showcase on Teaching

January 18 All-College Meeting (STRO 002, 3:30-5:00 p.m.) Budget/financial issues will be discussed.

  • Dr. Stone will be out-of-town from December 2 through December 6; Dr. Matthews will handle any College emergencies.
  • Dean Stone reminded the Department Heads to make sure faculty understand the memo on copyright performance for library reserve items that was recently sent out by the Office of the Provost.
  • The Provost is meeting with President Nietzel today to discuss the Provost Research Incentive Proposals. Announcements on the awards should be made in the near future.
  • There were 18 Graduate Recruiting Proposals submitted; 3 from CHPA. Each proposal will be evaluated on how enrollment is impacted.


  • The Minimum Wage Increase will go into effect in January 2007. An analysis has been done on the ramifications of the wage increase on each cost center. President Nietzel has committed to covering half of the increase for the current budget year and the Provost the other half.
  • Summer School Plans need to be submitted to Dean Stone ASAP. The new incentive program requires an increase in summer enrollment or monies will be taken away from the summer budget.
  • Promotion and Tenure Issues

1)External peer review for tenure and promotion will begin in Fall 2008.

2)The Provost’s office has provided the following clarification:

Faculty who wish to apply for tenure without applying for promotion may only do so if the department in which they are pursuing tenure has separate criteria for tenure and promotion; otherwise, faculty are expected to apply for and receive tenure and promotion concurrently. All departments in the CHPA have separate criteria for tenure and promotion.

  • A Faculty Senate committee has been reviewing GEP 397 and is putting together its recommendations (problems, strengths, etc.) for their next meeting. The deans have provided their input.
  • Compensation Plan Update: The compensation committee has decided that scholarly books and monographs can be counted for “multiple years.” Dean Stone has provided a guideline to the Department Heads to use in department discussions. It is hoped that department plans can be completed by the end of the semester since faculty materials are due on January 10.

Seminar Series on the Evaluation of Teaching, Spring 2007: As discussed at AAA, a team from each College (5-6 people) will be trained to evaluate teaching. These individuals will then train others in their respective Colleges. Any faculty interested in this seminar series (or being part of the College team) may register on-line through the Academic Development Center.