I. The meeting was called to order at 2:05 p.m.
Voting members and alternates present were: M. Bashaw, J. Bergdahl, T. Brewer, D. Cipollini, W. Dragon, K. Duffy, A. Froehle, A. Goshtasby, A. Jeyaraj, G. Kozlowski, M. Lee, M. Markey, M. McNutt, J. Menart, B. Milligan, W. Mosier, B. Rigling, Z. Todorova, S. Watamaniuk, J. Warfield, and B. Young.
Non-voting members, alternates and other attendees were: R. Ayres (chair), T. Broderick, S. Foster, R. Fyffe, E. Gilles (scribe), J. Keferl, M. Mamrack, M. Miller, J. Munch, M. Ragas, and A. Steele-Middleton.
II. Approval of Minutes
It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the February 19, 2015 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.
III. Report of the Associate Dean (R. Ayres)
Last month, the college deans were individually notified of their 2015-2016 Graduate Tuition Scholarship (GTS) allocations. If your program hasn’t yet heard about allocations, please check with your dean’s office.
The Faculty Senate met earlier this week. The recommendations from the Graduate Policies Committee and the ad hoc Graduate Student Success Committee were included as New Business and should be discussed more fully at the April Faculty Senate meeting. Members are encouraged to go to that meeting if they have an interest in the issues under consideration.
It is time once again to hold elections for Graduate Council. Each college/school should elect one new faculty representative with a three-year term. Messages will be sent to the deans in the next week. Please make sure that these are taken care of in an expeditious fashion so we can smoothly transition to next year.
Upcoming Events: (1) The Celebration of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities is Friday, April 10, 8:30 am-4:00 pm, in the Apollo Room. New activities are planned this year; it should be interesting and interactive. (2) The Graduate Student Excellence Awards Program is Wed. April 22, 4:00-5:30 p.m., in the Apollo Rm.
IV. Committee Reports
a. Student Affairs Committee (B. Young)
The Student Affairs Committee has just completed the review of nominations for Graduate Council Scholars and Wright Fellows. Four students were offered Grad Council Scholar awards in the first round; so far, two students have accepted the offer. An additional four students will receive a Grad Council Scholar offer next week (second round). Wright Fellow offers will also be sent to four students next week. Both of these one-year scholarships include a full tuition waiver and a stipend.
b. Membership Committee (W. Mosier)
Since the last Graduate Council meeting, a total of 14 graduate faculty memberships were approved. The Graduate School Dean approved 3 regular and 4 adjunct memberships. The Membership Committee reviewed 11 applications and approved 7 adjunct graduate faculty memberships. Four candidates did not meet the eligibility criteria.
c. Policies Committee (B. Milligan)
Dr. Milligan provided an update on old business: The recommendation for Faculty Senate regarding international programs was combined with the parallel recommendation from the Undergraduate Policy Committee. Both are currently under review by the Faculty Senate.
d. Curriculum Committee A (D. Cipollini)
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, D. Cipollini moved to approve the following new course requests: CEG 6430 and EGR 6610. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, D. Cipollini moved to approve the following course modifications: EE 6700, EE 6700 lab, IHE 6130, MTH 6050, NUR 7401, NUR 7403, NUR 7501 TO NUR 7550, NUR 7502 TO NUR 7551, NUR 7503 TO NUR 7552, NUR 7511, NUR 7512, NUR 7513. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee A, D. Cipollini moved to approve the program of study for a new certificate in Mathematics and Statistics. This certificate is aimed at teachers who need to build their credentials to teach high school courses that will count for college credit. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
e. Curriculum Committee B (M. McNutt)
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the new course request for ED 6160. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the following course modifications: ED 6510, ED 6890, EDS 6460, and EDS 6480. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the program of study for a new certificate in Teaching College Composition. This certificate, proposed by the English Department, was created to address the same need as the Math and Statistics certificate. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
On behalf of the Curriculum Committee B, M. McNutt moved to approve the following two program of study modifications: M.Ed. AYA Earth Sciences & Chemistry and M.Ed. AYA World Languages Spanish. No discussion. R. Ayres called for a vote. All in favor. Motion passed.
VI. Graduate Student Assembly Report (M. Ragas)
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) collected 11 applications in the second round of Original Work and Professional Development grants. In addition to reviewing these applications, the GSA is also in the process of electing a new president and grant chair. Applications for these positions are due March 27.
Dr. Ayres also announced that one of the recommendations presented to the Faculty Senate by the ad hoc Graduate Student Success Committee is to bolster the support and resources of the Graduate Student Assembly. This investment will allow the GSA to assist in graduate student success initiatives.
VII. Old Business
VIII. New Business
Don Cipollini announced the Wayne Carmichael Lecture Series that will take place next Wednesday, April 1, in the Gandhi auditorium of White Hall. Dr. Wayne Carmichael is the guest speaker this year, and the topic is harmful algae blooms. The reception begins at 5:00 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. The event is open to the public. Dr. Cipollini expressed thanks to the Graduate School for their support.
Dr. Ayres announced that the Graduate School is reviving a substantially modified Graduate Student Orientation this summer. Multiple orientation sessions of approximately 90 minutes will be offered. Dates will be shared with all graduate programs so efforts can be coordinated.
X. The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.