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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

March 5th, 2010

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin, Scott Belobrajdic, Steffany Chleboun, Laura Fowler, Carole Frick, M. Jane Gillespie, Steve Hansen, Lydia Jackson for Linda Carlisle, Liz Lebron, Michael Shaw, Mariana Solares, G. Stacey Staples, Valerie Yancey

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Shakti Banwat, Rakesh Bharati, Erin Timpe, Jianpeng Zhou

GUESTS:
Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School

I. Announcements

A. Report of the Course Review Committee (CRC)

The report for February 2010 was distributed through BlackBoard.

B. Other Announcements

Associate Provost for Research Stephen Hansen reported that there is no new budget news.

Associate Dean Christa Johnson announced that the Graduate School will be hosting the SIU Technology and Innovation Expo which will take place on Tuesday, March 30th from 9:30 to 5:30 at SIUE's Morris University Center. This event will feature a number of presentations by SIU-affiliated scientists and inventors with technology to license.

Johnson also reminded the Council members that the Graduate School's 14th Annual Spring Symposium will take place on Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Urszula Ledzewicz, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the winner of the 2010 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award. David Kauzlarich, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the 2009 Simon winner, will be giving a presentation immediately following the luncheon. She also announced that applications for the Hoppe Research Professor Award are due today.

II. Approval of Minutes of February 5th, 2010

Steve Hansen asked to change the word "optimistic" to "hopeful" in the sentence, "Hansen was hopeful that units will be able to begin spending their support lines before the end of the fiscal year."

Mike Shaw made a motion to approve the minutes as amended; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Program Review: Art Therapy Counseling

The program review committee consisted of Kathy Bushrow, Curriculum and Instruction, Dean Cody, Library Information Services, Eva Ferguson, Psychology, and Paul Rose (Program Review Chair), Psychology. Art Therapy Counseling is an excellent, resilient, and rigorous program by which the graduate students feel challenged. The graduate program is a three year sixty-hour program due to licensing and accreditation requirements. The most important need was for at least one additional faculty member but preferably two; a search is underway for one faculty member. The committee had 4 recommendations, which are listed in the minutes of the Programs Committee meeting held on February 19th, 2010.

The report was accepted unanimously.

B. Program Review: English

The program review committee consisted of Wai Cheah (Program Review Chair), Speech Communication, Juliet Kerico, Library Information Services, and Lynn Maurer, Political Science. The committee wrote in its internal review report, "Overall, the four specializations [in American and English Literature, Teaching of English as a Second Language, Teaching of Writing and Creative Writing] are dynamic programs that have ample enrollment, committed faculty with expertise, and active and eager students. The committee rates the Graduate Program in the Department of English Language and Literature as 'Exemplary.'" The most important issue that is essential to maintain the quality of the graduate program is the need to replace a faculty member in the TESL program. The committee had 8 recommendations which are listed in the minutes of the Programs Committee meeting held on February 19th, 2010.

The report was accepted unanimously.

C. Program Review: Speech Communication

The program review committee consisted of Susan Hume, Geography, Stacie Kirk, Special Education and Communication Disorders, and Yuliang Liu (Program Review Chair), Educational Leadership. It was noted that the external reviewer, Dr. Isabelle Bauman, Department of Communication, Missouri State University, made this recommendation: "Improve the quality of faculty instruction in the graduate program." The department is taking the comment seriously. The students are receiving quality instruction, but the program will work on ways to improve. The committee had 13 recommendations which are listed in the minutes of the Programs Committee meeting held on February 19th, 2010.

The report was accepted unanimously.

Hansen commented that program review is one of the more important tasks of the Graduate Council, a way of assuring that SIUE will continue to offer rigorous graduate education.

V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies (ERP) Committee

A. RCR (Responsible Conduct in Research) Committee Selection

The survey conducted by ERP suggested that there is no single specific for-credit course to address RCR. The chairs were hesitant to open a course for non-majors, but felt that some of their faculty members might be willing to volunteer to teach as part of an interdisciplinary initiative. Christa Johnson reported that ORI, the Office of Research Integrity, has identified nine areas of compliance that should be addressed by SIUE's RCR initiative. The committee was uncertain of how the University could track students through courses that offered RCR components. Carole Frick felt it would be difficult to convince a faculty member to teach a one credit hour course for students who were not in their departments.

The ERP Committee recommended that the Graduate Council develop a faculty committee to create and oversee a core curriculum comprised of not-for-credit hybrid form modules covering the RCR core areas and to subsequently create a review committee. It would be similar to some of the other Graduate School review committees (e.g. R&D and RPAB) and would create a core curriculum, help decide which parts are mandatory and voluntary for which students, and help oversee RCR compliance.

Hansen asked ERP representatives why the committee had chosen to create a different committee. Marcus Agustin felt that those who oversee Responsible Conduct in Research should be willing to make a long-term commitment to RCR issues and have sufficient expertise in RCR education. Mike Shaw asked when this committee would begin its work. Agustin replied that it would begin as soon as it was approved, clarifying that this committee would fall under the Graduate Council. Hansen pointed out that this would require a change in the operating papers of the Graduate Council. Val Yancey stated the need for bylaws or operating papers for the new committee. Shaw asked whether the Graduate Council should send the proposal back to ERP to ask for a draft of operating papers. Hansen suggested that ERP could recommend an ad hoc committee to create a policy for RCR.

Christa Johnson said that because NSF requires RCR compliance, this will be a continuing issue for SIUE. Mike Shaw suggested that the Executive Committee meet to discuss the committee's recommendation. ERP was asked to determine who needs to take the RCR course. Shaw wanted to know what the thresholds are and what the scope would be. For example, if one thousand freshmen use equipment purchased by a grant from NSF, does that mean that they fall under the RCR requirement? Christa Johnson said that NSF would not clarify what constitutes "support" and therefore, it is not possible to determine how many students this requirement affects at this time. Laura Fowler suggested that a component on ethics be offered to freshman as part of SOAR to create a culture of ethics in research. Lebron felt that since this is not a time-sensitive issue, a student could get RCR training later in her SIUE career. Johnson noted that as a course or component of a course this issue crosses into curriculum development.

Liz Lebron made a motion to table this issue. The motion passed unanimously.

VI. Continuing Business

The annual review of the dean of the Graduate School is underway.

VII. New Business

There was no new business.

VIII. Adjournment

Jane Gillespie made a motion to adjourn; Marcus Agustin seconded. The meeting adjourned at 2:51 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

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