September 9, 2011
MEMBERS PRESENT: Marcus Agustin (Chair), Kathy Behm, Sarah Bailey, Scott Belobrajdic, Rakesh Bharati, Steffany Chleboun, David Duvernell, Nicholas Guehlstorf, Roberta Harrison, Poonam Jain, Leah O'Brien, Gertrude Pannirselvam, Jerry Weinberg, Terry Yan
MEMBERS EXCUSED: Carole Frick, Ron Schaefer, Joe Schober
GUESTS: Christa Johnson, Associate Dean, Office of Research and Projects
A. 2011-12 Academic Year Charge to the Graduate Council
Acting Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, Jerry Weinberg gave a presentation of the goals that the Graduate Council will address in the 2011-12 academic year. The goals parallel the University's goals and feature: (1) earn national/international recognition; (2) recruitment and retention of high quality students; (3) delivery of high quality, innovative graduate programs, and (4) recruitment of diverse, committed faculty for providing high quality education and scholarship. Currently, our graduate enrollment is 2289 for Fall of 2011, down slightly from this time last year. According to Washington Monthly, SIUE is 6th of masters granting institutions by research expenditures ($30.3 million). CUNY - Hunter College is 5th with $30.4 million. Weinberg would like to see SIUE break into the top five. SIUE is at a point in its history when many of the faculty who built the University are retiring and it now has young scholars who are seeking research opportunities, for which the Graduate School and the Office of Research and Projects play a central role in the University. The recruitment of quality students and faculty will perpetuate a cycle of successful experiences for research and graduate students. ERP will be reviewing initiatives to enhance scholarship support such as new internal grant programs, support for research centers and attracting regional or national conferences and workshops to SIUE. The Graduate Council will also increase awareness of intellectual property policies and increase support for patents and copy rights. Lastly, with its commitment to quality graduate education, the Graduate School will ask the Graduate Council and its committees to support initiatives to convert thesis submission to electronic submission, to develop policies for SIUE's new doctoral programs in education and nursing, and to develop an administrative structure for multi-disciplinary programs such as Health-Care Informatics which will be housed in the Graduate School. The Power Point slides with these details will be posted to BlackBoard.
B. Other Announcements
Weinberg thanked the Graduate Council members for their willingness to serve on the Council. He also announced that the Graduate School is looking at a half-time position to support faculty as they pursue patents and as questions arise concerning intellectual property.
Christa Johnson announced that the matching requirement is still suspended for faculty travel. She reminded those present that faculty are eligible to use their one annual trip to accompany a graduate student to act as a faculty mentor. She added that applications for Research Grants for Graduate Students (RGGS) and Seed Grants for Transitional and Exploratory Projects (STEP) will be due in early October. Johnson also announced that Ann Dirks-Linhorst is the new chair of Institutional Review Board (IRB) which reviews proposals that deal with human subjects.
II. Approval of Minutes of May 6, 2011
Christa Johnson pointed out that the recipient of the Vaughnie Lindsay Research Award was not Barbara Levergood as specified in the announcements, but Kristine Hildebrandt, English Language and Literature, and Jason Williams, Biological Sciences.
Dave Duvernell made a motion to accept the minutes as amended; Steffany Chleboun seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
III. Report of the Executive Committee
The committee met to discuss committee memberships and the goals of the new academic year.
IV. Report of the Programs Committee
The Programs Committee did not meet but will hold its first meeting on Friday, September 23rd.
V. Report of the Educational and Research Policies (ERP) Committee
The ERP did not meet but will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, September 20th.
VI. Continuing Business
There was no continuing business.
VII. New Business
A. Election of Vice Chair/Chair-elect
Dave Duvernell nominated Gertrude Pannirselvam to run for Vice Chair/Chair-elect; Rakesh Bharati seconded the nomination. The motion passed unanimously. Poonam Jain made a motion to close the nominations; Rakesh Bharati seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
The vote to elect Gertrude Pannirselvam as Vice Chair/Chair-elect was unanimous.
Steffany Chleboun made a motion to adjourn; Gertrude Pannirselvam seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 1:31 PM.
Jerry B. Weinberg
Acting Associate Provost for Research and
Dean, The Graduate School