January 31, 2008

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

January 31, 2008 – 11:00 a.m.

Present: Mike Harders (Development), George Connor (PLS), Pam Sailors (PHI/ECO), Brendan McKiernan (MIL), Jack Llewellyn (REL), Karl Kunkel (SOC/ANT/CRM), Thornton Miller (HST), Lorene Stone (Dean).

Dean Stone began the meeting with an introduction of Mike Harders, Executive Director of Development.Mike Harders spoke of his background and his Philosophy of Development, and he encouraged all the department heads to schedule a time with him to discuss fundraising or other such matters pertaining to their departments.


Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

  • January 31 Departmental committees submit narrative assessments of each faculty member and ratings of each of the three performance dimensions to Department Head.
  • February 6 Provost Research Forum
  • February 15 Department Head Tenure and Promotion recommendations due to the Dean.
  • February 25 Applications for Faculty Research & Curriculum Grants (SP08) due.
  • February 25 AAA, 3:00 p.m., PSU 400
  • February 28 Department Annual Report (2007) due to Dean.
  • March 3 Composite ratings of faculty due to Dean.
  • Dean Stone mentioned that Paul Langston (Institutional Research) is retiring in May.
  • Dean Stone also announced that the Provost Fellows will be different next year.While the Provost Fellow in Public Affairs will continue, new fellows will be selected for Student Success.A handout with the position advertisement was distributed.Review of applications begins on February 18, so any interested faculty members are encouraged to apply.
  • There is an external search going on for the Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • It was also that IDS 110 is undergoing major revision.Recruiting faculty to participate will be important and necessary.


  • Staff Evaluations are due to Human Resources today.It was discussed that in the future a definition and operationalization of ratings is needed. The next step in the staff compensation system is the application of the matrix.Dean Stone emphasized that the process will be as transparent as possible to avoid confusion among the College’s staff.
  • Department Operations Budget- Dean Stone’s plan was not accepted by the Provost.Therefore work will continue on determining and analyzing operational costs of each department.
  • Faculty Workload Policy- A handout was distributed regarding the University’s new Workload Policy.Each department needs to formalize a department workload and submit to the Dean’s office.There is no deadline at this point.
  • Searches/Hiring Update- Sociology has made offers; History is in the process of interviewing; Philosophy is making reference calls and preparing to invite candidates to campus; Economics is reviewing candidates; Political Science has closed one search successfully and is reviewing others; and Religious Studies will hopefully close their search successfully soon.