September 1, 2011

Department Heads Meeting

September 1, 2011

Present: Victor Matthews, Pam Sailors, George Connor, Ardeshir Dalal, Craig Hemmens, Kathleen Kennedy, Jack Llewellyn, Bill Wedenoja, Troy Wisdom

Guests: Andrea Mostyn, Sara Clark, Stacey Funderburk, Nikki Donnelson

Dates to Remember:

Sept 8 Open Forum on Wellness Incentive Program, CAR Auditorium, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Sept 12 First meeting CHPA Budget Committee, Dean’s Conf Room, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Sept 14 Study Away Fair, PSU Atrium, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sept 16 Susan Hatfield on Assessment, GLA 434, 8:00 – 9:30 am

Sept 26 Due date for Faculty Research Grants to Graduate College 

Sept 26 MSU at OTC day

Sept 27 Majors Fair, PSU Ballroom, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sept 28 President’s “State of the University” Address, PSU Theater, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Oct 4 Springfield College Fair

Oct 6 United Way Kickoff Breakfast, PSU West Ballroom, 7:00 – 8:30 am

Oct 8 Showcase, PSU, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Nov 1 Sabbatical applications due to the Dean’s Office

Announcements:

Search for Honors College Director -- Letter of application should describe the candidate's 1)experience with the Honor's Program; 2) the reason(s) why they wish to be the Director; and 3) their vision for the Honors Program. Screening of applications to begin on 9/6/2011 and will continue until position is filled.

Public Affairs Conference theme for the 2012-2013 academic year will be Inclusive Excellence. Individuals wishing to be considered for the position should of Provost Fellow should submit a CV and letter of interest outlining their experience, skills and ideas to Dr. Rachelle Darabi, Associate Provost for Student Development and Public Affairs no later than 5 pm, October 5.

Items for Discussion:

Andrea Mostyn and other members of the University News Services staff joined us to discuss Public relations assistance for academic colleges.

Pam Sailors provided an update on the progress of the General Education reform committee’s progress. She distributed the current draft of their Mission Statement and Guiding Principles and explained that the group would be meeting weekly.

Jack Llewellyn raised the issue of how effective our advisement procedures are and what might be done to improve them. A general discussion showed a common concern that students be given the best and most accurate advice possible. Among the solutions raised were a double check of students’ degree audits, workshops for faculty advisors, and creation of departmental degree requirements for students and faculty use.

Pam Sailors detailed upcoming recruitment opportunities and noted that she would also be discussing them with the college committee on student success and retention.

The efforts by Joye Norris were mentioned as she meets with individual departments about current and future efforts to improve and expand on-line instruction and develop graduation Pathways for native and transfer students.