January 20, 2012
MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin (Chair), Sarah Bailey, Kathy Behm, Rakesh Bharati, Steffany Chleboun, Mary Clabaugh, David Duvernell, Carole Frick, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Leah O’Brien, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Ron Schaefer, Joe Schober, Jerry Weinberg, Terry Yan
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Scott Belobrajdic
GUESTS: Lynn Maurer, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Susan Morgan, Acting Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
A. Course Review Committee Report (December)
The Course Review report was distributed on Blackboard.
B. Attendance at Faculty Senate Meetings
Marcus Agustin reminded the elected Council members that they are also members of the Faculty Senate and that attendance at Senate meetings is required. If a Graduate Council member cannot attend, (s)he should find a replacement, preferably a graduate faculty member from his own unit.
C. Graduate School Announcements
Jerry Weinberg welcomed Susan Morgan, the Acting Associate Dean for the Office of Research and Projects, to the meeting.
Morgan announced that the Distinguished Research Professor applications are due today, the Hoppe applications are due on January 27th, and the Lindsay applications on March 2nd. She added that she had sent out a summary of the STEP award results and the Baich award winner.
Lynn Maurer announced that applications for the Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) are due on Monday, February 6th.
D. Other Announcements
Marcus Agustin announced that the Search Committee for the Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School has received 23 applications. The committee will meet again on February 16th to discuss interview schedules. The search committee has chosen Marcelo Azambuja, of Construction, to replace Susan Morgan on the committee.
II. Approval of Minutes of December 2, 2011
Carole Frick made a motion to approve the minutes as submitted; Dave Duvernell seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously.
III. Report of the Executive Committee
The committee met and discussed its plans for the spring semester.
IV. Report of the Programs Committee
A. Form 91A – Speech-Language Pathology (SOE-11-751)
The graduate program wishes to make SPPA 520-3 (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Communication) an optional course, and make SPPA 540-3 (Early Intervention with Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families) and 547-2 (Motor Speech Disorders in Adults) required courses. This change will “better align [the program] with [their] professional standards and [help them to] remain competitive with other peer institutions.”
B. Form 91A – Pharmacy (PHAR-12-02)
The professional program in Pharmacy would like to add an elective specialization in education. This will help to “make these students more marketable for teaching positions upon completion of post-graduate training.” The specialization consists of 6 hours of didactic teaching courses and 6 hours of advanced pharmacy practice experience (APPE). SIUE is the only school in the country that has a teaching track.
C. Form 92A – Healthcare Informatics Proposal
This degree in healthcare informatics will be the first interdisciplinary graduate degree offered by SIUE. Faculty from the Schools of Nursing and Business, and Computer Science developed this master’s degree to meet the educational needs of healthcare personnel in the bi-state area. It was developed with the specific objective of educating students from Barnes-Jewish-Christian (BJC) Hospital through SIUE. It was developed as a cost-recovery graduate program.
Items A. – C. passed unanimously.
V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies (ERP) Committee
A. Graduate School Policy Development and Implementation
The proposed policy provides a “standardized and centralized process under which a proposed policy related to graduate education or sponsored projects may be initiated, developed, reviewed, approved, implemented and disseminated in accordance with SIUE Policy 7A1.”
This policy was approved unanimously.
B. Strategic University Research Cluster Initiative (SURCI)
The Graduate School proposed this initiative to support projects that “foster and support interdisciplinary research groups” to develop their competitiveness for “large-scale [external] grants.” This award it not intended to provide seed funding, nor could it be used for remodeling of facilities. Faculty summer salary is limited to 2 months per summer for multiple PIs. Funds may also be used for course buyout, post-doctoral positions, graduate assistants, and technical personnel. All non-salary line items are allowable. Maximum funding would be $50,000 per application for a two-year period. 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 proposals are reviewed by an ad hoc committee whose members’ names will remain confidential. This program has a rolling deadline and could mean major recognition for SIUE.
The Council pointed out that the anagram for Strategic University Research Cluster Initiative was mistakenly typed as “SRCG” in the last paragraph in the “Award Description” section.
Steffany Chleboun made a motion to approve this proposal as amended; Carole Frick seconded. This proposal was approved unanimously.
VI. Continuing Business
There was no continuing business.
VII. New Business
There was no new business.
Poonam Jain made a motion to adjourn; Carole Frick seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 1:33 P.M.
Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School