Department Heads Meeting
March 18, 2010
Present: Victor Matthews, Pam Sailors, George Connor, Tom Dicke, Ardeshir Dalal, Kirby Hanson, Karl Kunkel, Jack Llewellyn
Dates to Remember:
March 18—Public lecture by Amy DeRogatis, “Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism,” 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Meyer Library 101.
March 18--Archaeology Exhibit and Reception, “Jordan Through the Ages,” 7:00-9:00 pm, Student Exhibition Center, 839 E. Walnut. The evening reception launches a nearly two-week exhibit of Jordanian artifacts from our two archaeological projects in that country.
March 25—CHPA Research Forum, Lora Vess (SOC/ANT/CRM), “No More Harmful than Table Salt: Counterframes & Counter Strategies to the Anti-PVC (Vinyl) Movement,” 3:30-4:30 pm, STRO 203.
March 29—CHPA Critical Inquiry Series, Jeffrey Mehlman, Boston U., “’Neither Greek Nor Jew’ in Contemporary Paris: The Controversy Around Paul,” 4:00 pm, LIB 101.
March 30—Women’s History Month Lecture by Paula Caplan, DuBois Institute, Harvard University, “Sexism Thrives ... Here, There, and Everywhere (on Campuses, in the Mental Health System, in the Courts, and in the Military),” 7:00 pm in Glass Hall 101.
April 6—Deadline for submission of Public Affairs Grant proposals for fall 2010
April 13-16—Public Affairs Conference
April 17—Graduate Interdisciplinary Forum
Guest Presentation: Mahua Barari-Mitra spoke briefly about the upcoming Public Affairs Conference
1. Summer and Fall 2010 registration: with the preregistration sequence beginning on April 12th the Heads were asked to get their faculty involved in recruiting for classes. A web page has been created and linked to the college web page advertising intersession and summer classes in CHPA.
2. Budget cutting strategies for FY11 and beyond: Following the recent budget cut of 2.14% of the college’s recurring budget and the retirement incentive program, the college now has five open lines. There was some discussion of the way in which these lines could be used, but planning is currently on hold until we see what the state fiscal situation will be and whether there will be another budget cut. The Heads were asked to examining their operating budgets to see if savings could be made and to prepare for the next round of budget negotiation with the Dean prior to the end of the spring 2010 semester. In addition, a reexamination of the computer replacement process will be made as well as workload issues that may affect the need to hire as many per course instructors in the future.
3. Department policies on advisement: following the workshops by NACADA President Charles McNutt this week, the Heads were asked to encourage faculty to participate in the Master Advisement Workshop or other advisement events during the year. The current practice of using professional advisors in CRM, HST, and PLS will be continued.
4. Compensation and Annual Review Process: an update was given on the current round of compensation and annual review meetings. SOC/ANT/CRM reports that they hope next year to go to a nearly paperless process with on-line portfolios.
5. Tenure and Promotion Process – review of criteria and tightening up procedures: the Heads were asked to reexamine their tenure and promotion plans to see if any revisions need to be made. In addition, the Dean’s office will sponsor a workshop in April for faculty who plan apply for promotion and/or tenure in the next academic year.