December 4, 2008

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

December 4, 2008 – 9:30 a.m.

Present: Ardeshir Dalal (ECO), Tom Dicke (HST), Kirby Hanson (MIL), Pam Sailors (PHI), George Connor (PLS), Jack Llewellyn (REL), Karl Kunkel (SOC/ANT/CRM), and Victor Matthews. Susan Cohen (Director of Adult/Commuter Student Services) was a guest.


Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

  • December 8 Public Affairs Lecture Series (7:30 p.m., PSU Theater). Justice Gregory Hobbs will speak on sustainability of water in the Western Americas.
  • December 12 Teaching Evaluations due to Dean’s Office
  • December 12 End of Semester Reception (11:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m., Dean’s Office)
  • December 15 AAA (3:00 p.m., PSU 400)
  • December 17 Dean’s Assessment on tenure and promotion candidates due (candidates have three days to respond)
  • December 19 Fall Commencement Reception (2:00 p.m., Strong Atrium)
  • December 19 Fall Commencement (4:00 p.m., JQH Arena)
  • December 20 Final grades due. A power outage is scheduled but will not include Strong Hall. Campus computer labs will be designated for use prior to this date.

Interim Dean’s Travel Schedule

Dec. 7-9 In Washington, D.C. for Alumni Event and DSS visit) (*Pam Sailors)

*Person to notify in case of a college emergency.


  • Ms. Cohen addressed the issue of offering more evening classes and/or telecourses to stem the exodus of Missouri State students to other schools and appealed to the Department Heads for their help in this endeavor. Recruitment, retention and scheduling efforts were discussed.
  • Citing other commitments, Dr. Matthews asked Dr. Kunkel to host the fall commencement reception in his absence.
  • Selection and placement of holiday decorations was discussed. Dr. Matthews pointed out that in addition to the Christmas tree and menorah displayed in the atrium, a second floor display case contained a plethora of religious symbols to celebrate cultural diversity during the holiday season.
  • Dr. Matthews reported that plans to separate CRM from the SOC/ANT/CRM Department have been delayed. The remainder of time was spent discussing the potential impact of state higher education cuts on the hiring process, overall college budget, and compensation.