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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

October 19th, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Mike Crider for Erin Timpe, Dave Duvernell, Chair, Laura Fowler, M. Jane Gillespie, Steve Hansen, Steve McCommas, Ena Rose-Green, Michael Shaw, G. Stacey Staples, Valerie Yancey, Jianpeng Zhou

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic, Stephanie McAndrews, Saiprakash Putti, Sarath Rajkumar

MEMBERS ABSENT: Jay Starratt

GUESTS: Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
Ron Schaefer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. Announcements

Associate Provost Hansen announced that Provost Paul Ferguson has allocated funds in order to increase the graduate assistant stipends. The increase of $55/month will be for 50% state-funded graduate assistants only, and will be retroactive to August 16, 2007. Units whose 50% appointments are on 4- or 6-accounts will have to finance the increase without state dollars. The upper limit on stipends will increase by 40% ($1500/month) but increases above the minimum must still be approved through the Graduate School and must be funded through non-state funds.

II. Approval of Minutes of October 5th, 2007

The minutes were approved as submitted.

III. Teacher/Scholar Discussion

Associate Provost Hansen presented a draft of a document defining the Teacher/Scholar Philosophy at SIUE. In this document, Hansen wrote:

"The purpose of this document is to articulate the Teacher Scholar Philosophy of SIUE in clarifying the values, standards, and expectations of the faculty in fulfilling this mission in regard to teaching, research, and service. Like the SIUE Mission, therefore, this statement should inform decisions regarding tenure, promotion, merit, faculty development, and allocation of resources."

The document attempts to define a balanced relationship between research, service, and teaching that reflects the commitment of the SIUE faculty. The document originated with Chancellor Vaught Vandegrift's inclusion of the Teacher/Scholar model in his vision for SIUE. During the preliminary discussions of the Teacher/Scholar model, it became clear that faculty across different disciplines used diverse language to describe Teacher/Scholar, using such phrases as the scholarship of teaching and scholarly teaching interchangeably. Provost Ferguson asked Hansen to head a task force, which included Marjorie Baier, Ellen Lavelle, Sue Thomas, Mike Shaw, Ron Schaefer and Christa Johnson and others. In September of 2007, the task force presented its findings to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. On November 28th, all faculty will be asked to convene for approximately 90 minutes to discuss the Teacher/Scholar model. There will be round tables that will meet for 30 minutes to evaluate the strengths and ambiguities of the proposal. Each group will present their findings to the whole assemblage. The Provost's office would like the Faculty Senate to endorse this document as a statement of values to clarify SIUE's standards and define the faculty. In addition, Hansen said that Promotion and Tenure standards are uneven across campus and this document may help to define common ground.

Jinapeng Zhou believed that it would be helpful to define where the SIUE faculty are now, where they want to be and how they plan to get there. Steve McCommas urged caution. He felt that putting to many specific details into the Teacher/Scholar document would codify the definition of scholarship and that faculty in all departments would be better served by keeping the definition vague.

The Council reviewed the language of the Teacher/Scholar document. On page four, the Council wished to change the phrase "The Teacher Scholar Philosophy expects Scholarly Teachers" to "The Teacher Scholar Philosophy encourages Scholarly Teachers." They also discussed removing the word "pedagogical" from bullet #4 on page four. Mike Shaw commented that this document could assist the programs in setting benchmarks.

Associate Provost Hansen thanked the Council for their input.

IV. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

V. Report of the Programs Committee

Although the Programs Committee met, its business will go before the Council on Friday, November 2nd, 2007.

VI. Report of the Educational and Research Policies Committee

The committee held a discussion through e-mail on the New Investigator Award proposal. The finalized version will be presented to the Graduate Council on Friday, November 2nd, 2007.

VII. Old Business

There was no old business.

VIII. New Business

There was no new business.

IX. Adjournment

Mike Shaw made a motion to adjourn; Marcus Agustin seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 3:59 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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