May 7, 2009

CHPA Heads Meeting

May 7, 2009

Present: Ardeshir Dalal, Tom Dicke, Pam Sailors, George Connor, Jack Llewellyn, Karl Kunkel, Victor Matthews.

Dates to Remember:

  • May 7 – Faculty submit outside activity reports to department heads
  • May 7 -- Missouri Archaeological Society, Dr. R. Lee Lyman, “Paleozoology and Conservation Biology,” STRO 303, 7:00 pm

Items for Discussion:

The process of “planning to plan” was discussed and Heads were alerted that the university will begin the process of working on the next Five Year Strategic Plan this fall.

Information was distributed about possible Grant Opportunities and Stimulus Funds provided to the state by the federal government.In particular, ECO and SOC/ANT/CRM were asked to look for possible projects that would fit their faculty and mission.

The initial results of the spring 2009 Student Success Survey were discussed.Additional analysis will be done by Mike Stout and reported to the Heads at a later date.

Strategies involved in building the Spring 2010 class schedule were discussed as well as the change to the new time schedule with fifteen minute intervals between classes on MWF.

A set of new Policy Updates was distributed and discussed.These also were distributed to faculty by email.

Heads were reminded that the new Plus and Minus Grades system will be implemented starting in fall 2009. All faculty must note on their course syllabus whether they will be using plus and minus grades.

A follow-up discussion took place on the Development Workshop attended by some of the Heads.It was noted that Donna Merrell needs to receive the “Departmental Story” from each Head prior to the fall semester.