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Minutes of
February 22nd, 2007

MEMBERS PRESENT: Seran Aktuna, Rakesh Bharati, Roger Boyd, Steffany Chleboun for James Panico, Mike Crider, Chair, Dave Duvernell, Christa Johnson, Nancy Lutz, Maruice Mangum, Anne Perry, William White

MEMBERS EXCUSED: S. William Whitson

I. Announcements

Christa Johnson announced that there are two research programs in which SIUE participates. One is the K30, which would especially benefit young faculty, and whose deadline is March 1st. It does not come with a stipend in "Clinical Research Training" but would be very beneficial for those interested.

II. Minutes of January 25th, 2007

The minutes were approved as submitted.

III. Graduate and Professional Schools Council

Dean Hansen had previously proposed that the ERP begin looking into whether or not the professional schools of dental medicine and pharmacy should be included in the Graduate Council, thus changing the name to Graduate and Professional Schools Council. One of the questions that arises is whether the faculty of the professional schools should apply to the Excellence in Undergraduate Education (EUE) or Excellence in Graduate Education (EGE) competitions, since some of the professional students may not have their baccalaureate degrees.

Christa Johnson announced that the Provost had asked the Graduate Council to table this issue. Johnson felt that the Council needed to conduct more research before it proceeded with its deliberations and pointed out that there is a trend toward a health sciences interdisciplinary structure, which would encompass Nursing, Pharmacy, and Dental Medicine.

S. William Whitson said that the School of Dental Medicine (SDM) must meet the standards of the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Council of Accreditation. He did not know what the graduate program review process could add to the SDM's process. The School has considered offering its own biology of dental medicine program, however there are not enough basic science faculty to do so.

Roger Boyd made a motion to table the motion to vote on the inclusion of the School of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine in a Graduate and Professional Schools Council. S. William Whitson seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

IV. Annette and Henry Baich Research Fund

This fund contains about $14,000 and is intended for faculty in disciplines covered by Sigma Xi. Since the amount is so small, Dean Hansen has suggested using $1,000 from the Graduate School to introduce the Annette and Henry Baich Research Fund to the faculty. He suggested using the $1,000 to supplement the award for one FUR award winner. Nancy Lutz suggested using it for travel, for which the whole committee voiced its approval. One suggestion was to include a line at the bottom of the FUR application asking the applicant if he or she wished to also apply for the Annette and Henry Baich Research Fund, and asking how it would be spent if received. Lutz suggested that the PI of the best proposal be allowed to spend the award however he or she wished to, since there are no expenditure lines disallowed by the Baich fund. One question which arose was whether the research or the Primary Investigator (PI) should be evaluated for eligibility. One solution may be to include a question on the FUR application that asks the researcher to identify the ways in which the research fits into the Baich guidelines.

Anne Perry commented that if the Baich award were tied to a strong research proposal the university could honor the intention of the endowers. Mike Crider suggested that the committee look at the disciplines represented by Sigma Xi. Johnson and Crider said that they would gather some information on this topic by the next meeting.

S. William Whitson made a motion that Mike Crider and Christa Johnson draw up a proposal regarding the guidelines and dissemination of the Baich award for the next ERP meeting; Roger Boyd seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

V. Old Business

A. Partial Tuition Waivers for 25% Graduate Assistants

The committee asked when the Faculty Senate was expected to discuss the proposal for partial tuition waivers for part-time graduate assistants. Christa Johnson reported that the date was thought to be in March, and promised to let the committee know the place and time.

VI. New Business

There was no new business.

VII. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:47 AM.

Respectfully submitted,

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

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