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GRADUATE COUNCIL

Minutes of

December 2, 2011

MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin (Chair), Sarah Bailey, Kathy Behm, Scott Belobrajdic, Rakesh Bharati, Steffany Chleboun, David Duvernell, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Leah O'Brien, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Ron Schaefer, Jerry Weinberg, Terry Yan

MEMBERS EXCUSED: Carole Frick, Joe Schober

MEMBERS ABSENT: Mary Clabaugh

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

I. Announcements

A. Course Review Committee Report (November)

The Course Review report was distributed on Blackboard.

B. Other Announcements

Marcus Agustin announced that the Search Committee for the Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School has met twice. It is waiting for approval to advertise the position in the Chronicle of Higher Education and through the Council of Graduate Schools. The committee members are hoping to evaluate applications as early as February 15th.

Lynn Maurer announced that the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) and the Competitive Graduate Award (CGA) deadlines are coming up soon.

Christa Johnson announced that she has taken a position at Washington University and will be leaving SIUE at the end of this semester. She also announced that the deadline for the Distinguished Research Professor Award is January 20th. The Hoppe deadline is January 27th and Lindsay deadline is in March.

Jerry Weinberg announced that Susan Morgan of Civil Engineering will serve as Acting Associate Dean of Research on a 50% appointment during the spring semester.

Marcus Agustin thanked Johnson for all of her hard work and assistance.

II. Approval of Minutes of November 4, 2011

Poonam Jain made a motion to approve the minutes; Dave Duvernell seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously as submitted.

III. Report of the Executive Committee

The committee did not meet.

IV. Report of the Programs Committee

A. Mathematics (CAS-11-63)

The graduate program wishes to allow students in its Postsecondary Math Education option to choose Statistics (STAT) or Operations Research (OR) capstone courses (595 - Special Project or 599 - Thesis) instead of MATH 595 or 599 if it is more appropriate for the individual's course of study. There are no anticipated effects on budget or faculty. The program requests this change be effective "immediately."

This request was unanimously approved.

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

A. Internal Funding Program - Conferences and Workshops

The Graduate School proposed a program to offer an incentive to faculty to bring regional and national meetings to the SIUE campus. The award would offer up to $6,000 per project; the Graduate School could fund about ten awards per year. Summer salary would not be allowed, although salary items such as a graduate assistant or student worker would be permissible, as would a course buyout and all other line items. All full-time continuing faculty would be eligible to submit proposals, as would staff members on continuing appointments who have served as a primary or co-investigator on an externally sponsored grant.

The Graduate Council clarified that this fund would be available to student groups for academic and scholarly conferences. Student groups always have a faculty adviser who can apply on behalf of the student organization. The Council pointed out that the second sentence under "Award Description" that read, "All line items are allowable and must be fully justified," was redundant. It was eliminated.

Rakesh Bharati made a motion to approve this proposal as amended; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. This proposal was approved unanimously.

VI. Continuing Business

There was no continuing business.

VII. New Business

Jerry Weinberg and Lynn Maurer are working with the Office of Assessment on a proposal that will provide funds to graduate programs to assist them in revising their graduate assessment plans. The funds might be used for data collection, software, or course buyout to provide time for development.

VIII. Adjournment

Rakesh Bharati made a motion to adjourn; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The meeting adjourned at 1:22 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

J

Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School