October 30, 2008

Department Heads’ Meeting Minutes

October 30, 2008 – 9:30 a.m.

Present: Ardeshir Dalal (ECO), Tom Dicke (HST), Kirby Hanson (MIL) Pam Sailors (PHI), George Connor (PLS), Jack Llewellyn (REL), Karl Kunkel (SOC/ANT/CRM), and Victor Matthews. Special guests were Rachelle Darabi (Student Success Initiatives) and Gary Rader (On-line Instruction).

Dr. Darabi presented plans for a student learning center, funded by the Provost’s office, to be housed in Meyer Library. She outlined the many benefits of such a center and emphasized collaboration with departments as key to its success. She encouraged those interested in additional information to attend the Town Hall meeting on November 21 or the Showcase in January. Dr. Rader spoke about the development and expansion of on-line education and asked the Department Heads for feedback . He also asked them to encourage faculty to meet with Instructional Designers who would need their permission to access the courses. Both Drs. Darabi and Rader made clear their availability at any time via phone or e-mail contact.


Upcoming Deadlines/Important Dates

  • October 30 Philosophy Club presentation by Ralph Shain on “Time, Deconstruction and Recognition” (STRO 203), 4:00 p.m.)
  • October 30 Ken Rutherford on “Humanitarianism under Fire” (LIBR 101, 6:30-9:00 p.m.)
  • October 31 Tenure and promotion committee assessment sent to candidate (candidate has three days to sign form)
  • November 3 Sabbatical requests due
  • November 3 Spring 2009 early registration sequence begins
  • November 5 Tenure and promotion files sent to Department Heads for review
  • November 5 Sri Lankan scholar, Dr. Premakumara De Silva, lectures on “Buddhism, State, and Nationalism: Reordering of Postcolonial Sri Pda in Sri Lanka” (STRO 002, 3:30-5:00 p.m.)
  • November 11 AAS Film Presentation, “Do the Right Thing” with Wes Pratt commentary (GLA 101, 6:30 p.m.)
  • November 14 Compensation and Evaluation of Teaching (LIBR 101, 1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • 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 (LIBR 101, 2:00-3:00 p.m.)

Interim Dean’s Travel Schedule

Nov. 12-15 In Portland, Oregon for CCAS meeting and Alumni Event

Nov. 21-25 In Boston for SBL meeting

Dec. 7-9 In Washington, DC for Alumni Event and DSS visit


  • The Tenure and Promotion process was addressed. Dr. Matthews stated that he needs to see each tenure track faculty member teach each of their classes at least one time. He asked that they give him two or three possible dates and he will schedule accordingly.
  • Dr. Matthews asked the Department Heads for any suggested changes to his earlier e-mailed Evaluation of Department Heads form and reemphasized that “productivity” includes the sum total of faculty expectations. He announced at this time that Dr. Sailors’ article, “Wicked Feminism,” has been published.

The hiring process was addressed with each Department Head involved giving updates.