November 20, 2008

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

November 20, 2008 – 9:30 a.m.

Present: Ardeshir Dalal (ECO), Tom Dicke (HST), Pam Sailors (PHI), George Connor (PLS), Jack Llewellyn (REL), Karl Kunkel (SOC/ANT/CRM), and Victor Matthews.


Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

  • November 21 Department Head assessment on Tenure and Promotion sent to candidate (candidate has three days to respond to form)
  • November 21 Tenure and Promotion files forwarded to Dean
  • November 21 Town Hall Meeting on Student Success at Missouri State U. (LIBR 101, 2:00 p.m.)
  • 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

Nov. 21-24 In Boston for SBL meeting (*George Connor)

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

*Person to notify in case of a college emergency.


  • Dr. Matthews addressed the university’s policy concerning acceptable and unacceptable holiday decorations and announced that CHPA will display both a tree and a menorah in the atrium.
  • Dr. Matthews next addressed the Alumni Fellows Program, wherein each college can identify one Missouri State University alumnus to be honored, and asked for nominations by December 19.
  • Enrollment was discussed and Dr. Matthews cited several classes still under-enrolled. The optimal standard remains at 18 students for 100- to 200-level courses, 12 students for 200- to 500-level courses, and 8-10 students for graduate classes.
  • Dr. Matthews announced the 2008-09 Loge Seating Basketball Lottery stipulations.

The remainder of time was spent discussing the potential impact of state higher education cuts on the hiring process, overall college budget, and compensation.