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EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH POLICIES COMMITTEE

Minutes of

March 25th, 2008

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Chair, David Duvernell, Christa Johnson, Nancy Lutz, Ena Rose-Green, Cindy Schmidt, G. Stacey Staples, Erin Timpe, Jianpeng Zhou

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Saiprakash Putti, Morris Taylor

MEMBERS ABSENT: Melissa Bergstrom

GUESTS: Lydia Jackson, Associate Professor, Lovejoy Library

I. Announcements

There were no announcements.

II. Minutes of February 12th, 2008

Jianpeng Zhou made a motion to approve the minutes; David Duvernell seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Proposal to Create a Research Seminar for Graduate Students

The Graduate School proposed creating a "university-wide research seminar" to address the need for awareness of research issues among graduate students. Lydia Jackson created a prototype course description to work with that featured a seminar as well as modules from the web. She could not estimate how long the course would be until she had more information about the content. She suggested that an in-person seminar be the first component of the course, and that web modules follow.

The committee discussed whether students should do a presentation at the end of the course and whether there should be a core group of topics. McBride will return with an estimate of start-up costs.

Duvernell asked whether teaching a component of this class would count as a service activity or a teaching assignment and wondered how the faculty would be compensated. He wondered if something else, such as a section of a different class, would be sacrificed to add this course to a faculty member's teaching load. Christa Johnson said that they need first to clarify where faculty time is needed for this course.

Lydia Jackson and Regina McBride promised to work on combining some of the topics into more comprehensive modules. Agustin asked them to bring a more concrete example to the next meeting on Tuesday, April 15th. They are targeting Fall 2009 as the first semester in which the course is taught, and need to produce a form 90A for the Course Review Committee.

IV. Review of Graduate School Faculty Funding Programs

Christa Johnson announced that she was developing a combined program proposal called University Research Grants (URG) and would distribute it through e-mail for comments.

V. Nominees for RPAB Committee (2 At-large from CAS, Business, Engineering, or Nursing)

VI. Nominees for R&D Committee (3 from CAS, 1 Engineering, 1 Library)

In the past, the members of ERP have tried to recruit candidates to run for the positions on the Research and Projects Advisory Board (RPAB) and the Research and Development (R&D) Committee. Professor Agustin asked whether Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Stephen Hansen could put out a call for nominations on the list serve to reach a wider target audience. Chris Kessler agreed to ask Hansen to do so.

VII. Old Business

There was no old business.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

Stacey Staples made a motion to adjourn; David Duvernell seconded.

The meeting adjourned at 12:05 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stephen L. Hansen
Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, Graduate School