November 15, 2007

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

November 15, 2007 – 11:00 a.m.

Present: Michael Sheng (HST), Brendan McKiernan (MIL), Pam Sailors (PHI/ECO), Beat Kernen (PLS), Mark Given (REL), Karl Kunkel (SOC/ANT/CRM), and Victor Matthews.


  • Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

November 16 Department Heads’ Meeting (2:00 p.m., Karls 101) hosted by W. D. Blackmon (ENG)

November 19 AAA (3:00 p.m., PSU 400)

Nov. 26-27 Grants Workshops by the Director of AASCU Grants Resource Center

November 30 Summer and Fall 2008 Intersession proposals due to Department Heads

December 3 Curricular proposals for Innovative Formats, Retention/Success course improvements, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Leadership Classes due to Provost’s office

December 7 CHPA End-of-Semester Reception (11:00-1:00 p.m., STRO 212)

December 7 Provost Forum (Dept. & College Budgeting) (2:30 p.m., PSU 315)

December 11 CHPA Retirement Reception (3:00-5:00 p.m., CAR)

December 14 BOG/CHPA Graduate Reception (10:30, Atrium) / MSU Commencement (12:30 p.m., Hammons Student Center)

  • There will be NO Department Heads’ meetings on November 22 (holiday) or November 29.
  • Dean Stone will be in Washington, D.C. from November 29-December 5; Dr. Matthews will handle any College emergencies.
  • Provost McCarthy announced at Academic Council that she will propose the revision of Tenure/Promotion documents should occur every three years as opposed to annually.This will require a Faculty Handbook revision.
  • One CHPA student will attend the Washington Center Presidential Series.
  • Summer School 2008 Requests should be sent to the Dean as soon as possible.A decision on GEP 397 summer offerings will be made after a determination of need is made by Associate Provost Catau.
  • Dean Stone asked the Department Heads to copy her on their e-mail responses to SOAR’s request for faculty availability on January 10 and 11.
  • The names of CHPA faculty members who plan on attending Ron Stewart’s grant-writing workshop should be sent to Karl Kunkel no later than December 3.The Dean stressed that probationary faculty should be encouraged to attend.


  • Each of the Department Heads reported on their search/hiring updates.Several of the candidate pools are quite large.Dean Stone recommended that personal contact should be made with all short-list candidates by the Department Heads (for faculty) and the Dean (for Department Head positions).
  • LNU (China campus) planning is underway. CHPA classes that will be taught in Fall 2008 include SOC 150, HST 122 and ECO 155. Departments will approve the CV’s of instructors (similar to dual-credit).In addition, faculty members interested in going to China as guest lecturers in these classes in the fall should discuss this with their department head.
  • There are opportunities for MSU faculty to teach English as a second language for at least one semester in Qingdao (another China campus).Training will be provided.
  • Approximately ten faculty members, four from this college, have applied to attend the CIEE International Faculty Seminar in summer 2008.More information regarding the selection process will be forthcoming from the Provost’s office.
  • CHPA can nominate two faculty members for Public Affairs Professorships (appointments for Fall 2008).These professorships carry a $7,500 award.Department Heads were encouraged to submit names and justifications to Dean Stone by the end of November.
  • Dean Stone questioned the Department Heads about the enforcement of course prerequisites for Academic Policies and Banner Implementation and suggested that superfluous prerequisites be abolished.
  • There was discussion on department plans for Student Success/Follow-up on NSSEE tutoring, counseling, and mentorship programs.Dean Stone must submit a College Strategic Plan to the Provost’s office by December 14, and she asked Department Heads to submit information on department efforts to her by December 7.

Dean Stone distributed an e-mail from the Provost regarding the IDS 110 revision process.