August 23, 2012

CHPA Department Heads Meeting

August 23, 2012

Dates to Remember:

August 30 State of the University Address, PSU Theater, Noon

August 30 State of the College Address, STRO 004, 3:30 pm

August 31 CHPA Family Picnic, Phelps Grove Park, 5:30-7:00 pm

Sept 20 Deadline for nominations for Citizen Scholar Award

Sept 24 Deadline for Summer Faculty Fellowship Applications to Grad College

Items for Discussion:

Missouri “Prayer” Amendment – A brief discussion of the possible implications of this recently passed constitutional amendment included examining a sample statement that could be included in syllabi.

First Week of Class Issues – No major difficulties were encountered. Heads were asked to report problems with class furniture and computer issues.

Tenure & Promotion Workshop -- October 1st 3:00-4:00 pm in STRO 201 – The Dean will lead this workshop for probationary faculty and those tenured faculty who plan to seek promotion.

Plus/Minus Grading – After polling the faculty in each department, CHPA does not have a uniform policy of either using or not using plus/minus grades. PLS uses it all courses while CRM uses it in none of their classes.

Medical Leave Process – After encountering difficulties in navigating Faculty Handbook, HR, and federal policy on medical leave, Heads were asked to report potential situations as soon as possible in order to assist faculty facing medical problems.

Winter Intersession Proposals – These proposals for the January intersession are due to Department Heads by September 7th and to the Dean by Sept 12th.