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Graduate School

Graduate Council Meeting

October 27, 2008


I. The meeting was called to order at 2:37 p.m.

Voting members and alternates present were: R. Ajami, G. Alter, G. Bernhardt, A. Chamberlain, C. Cherrington, D. Cole, D. Curry, R. Dodge, K, Engisch, B. Farmer, R. Grandhi, G. Hambright, J. Jean, D. Ketcha, P. Martin, M. Miller, D. Petkie, R. Ramsey, L. Ream, M. Rucker, T. Sudkamp, C. Sulentic, J. Thomas (Chair), C. Taylor, L. VandeCreek, D. Voss, D. Weber, E. Wolf

Non-voting alternates and other attendees were: J. Bantle, J. Dustin, B. Gray, J. Kimble, M. Morris, E. Reinsch-Friese, J. Haines, C. Ryan, and distinguished guest W. Hahn

II. Introductions of Distinguished Visitor and the Council.

M. Morris introduced Dr. William Hahn, Director of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Hahn gave a short presentation on the program. This is the oldest program at NSF (since 1952) and is central to NSF’s portfolio. Students interested in any program area supported by NSF are eligible to apply in their senior undergraduate year or first or second year in graduate school. Selected applicants receive a $30,000 per year stipend, tuition costs of $10,500 and a $1,000 one-time travel allowance. The fellowship support is portable both within and across institutions including study abroad. Applications are ranked numerically, and every NSF discipline is supported by the program in the same percentage as applications received.. Last year, 8500 applications were received with a little over 1300 fellowships awarded. Dr. Hahn highly recommended that faculty members offer their services as panelists for this program in order to have first-hand insight into the process and to learn what can be done to assist students in becoming competitive for this award. Panels are held in February and assistance would be much appreciated.

J. Thomas asked those present to introduce themselves. He then announced the recent passing of Dr. Ann Wendt, RSCoB, a long time member of the Council, and asked for a moment of silence. B. Farmer and R. Ajami added testament to her service, and stated that students and colleagues alike will sadly miss her.

III. Approval of Minutes

It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the April 28, 2008 meeting be approved as written. Motion carried unanimously.

IV. Report of the Faculty President (T. Sudkamp)

T. Sudkamp stated that Graduate Council is authorized by the Faculty Senate to oversee WSU’s graduate academic programs and ensure the quality of these programs. The importance of this role cannot be overstated, and Chancellor Fingerhut recently stated that WSU’s programs are vital to the community and the educational focus of the region.

A feasibility study for a change from the quarter system to the semester calendar is being underway, and, if implemented, Graduate Council will be instrumental in the University-wide approval process.

V. Report of the Dean (J. Thomas)

J. Thomas introduced two student representatives for this year. Jennifer Haines is the newly elected SoGS Student Government Representative. Megan Cronenwett is the outgoing SoGS representative and is serving as the Founding Chair of the SoGS Dean’s Advisory Board which is currently being formed.

The standing committees for Graduate Council remain the same: Policies, Membership, and Student Affairs. The members of each Committee were listed. The committee chairs for the year will be Larry Ream, Joe Petrick, and Bobbe Gray.

Graduate headcount enrollment for Fall Quarter 2008 is up very slightly (.5%), and we hope to see additional increases. Student credit hours are down very slightly (.4%).

The Thesis and Dissertation Preparation Workshop will be held Thursday, October 30. This Workshop presents important information for graduate students enrolled in programs requiring a thesis or dissertation including the ETD process. Interested faculty and staff are also welcome.

OBR has made some changes. The authority to approve new programs has transitioned from OBR to the Chancellor. RACGS remains as the OBR/Chancellor’s advisory body.

Wright State has five programs that are being or were recently considered by RACGS. The Doctor of Nursing Practice was approved by RACGS in October 2007 and by the Chancellor in December 2007 and has already enrolled its second cohort. The CEHS Master of Science in Leadership Development was approved by RACGS in June 2008 and by the Chancellor in September 2008. The MSE in Renewable and Clean Energy, in collaboration with UD and AFIT, was approved by RACGS October 24, 2008. The MSE in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with collaboration between CECS and RSCoB, is on the RACGS agenda for November 21, 2008. The Master of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.M.) was processed as a degree designation change versus a new program, and was also approved by RACGS October 24, 2008.

The next Graduate Council Meeting (Winter) is scheduled for February 23, 2009 in E156 Student Union. The Spring Quarter meeting is scheduled for April 20, 2009.

J. Thomas made a proposal that the Chair of the Policies Committee also serve as Secretary of Graduate Council. This proposal was unanimously approved.

VI. Committee Reports

* Policies Committee (L. Ream)

The Policies Committee held three meetings this quarter, with discussion on six items. For the first four presented, the Committee makes the decision,. These are reported to the Council. The final two (new degree programs) will require a vote of the Council.

The first item considered involved changes in the admission criteria for the M.A. TESOL program. A B.A. in English will no longer be required, but rather just appropriate coursework. This was approved unanimously by the Committee.

A proposal to transfer credit (2 courses) from Dalian Jiaotong University, China, for the mathematics requirement in WSU’s Master of Science in Engineering programs and Master of Science in Computer Science was approved. Wright State has a signed MOU with Dalian.

A new International track for the Master of Science in Engineering degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering is proposed. This would facilitate collaborations with international universities. The proposal was tabled to be discussed at a later date.

Pharmacology & Toxicology proposed a non-thesis option in its M.S. program. After discussion, the Policies Committee voted to send the proposal back to the department for several revisions.

The Policies Committee received the final report and positive recommendation from the Reading Committee (L. VandeCreek (chair), T. Hangartner, and B. Baker) for the CEHS Full Proposal for a Ph.D. in Sustainability and Renewal in Organizations. The Full Proposal was unanimously approved by the Policies Committee to move forward. The Full Proposal was moved, seconded and approved by the Council. It goes next to the Faculty Senate and is on the Agenda for November 3.

A Program Development Plan (PDP) for a Ph.D. in Policy and Management was presented. The program originated in CoLA with support from BSoM and the Department of Management, RSCoB. The PDP was developed by a committee of eight faculty members from these three constituencies. The Policies Committee suggested some changes to the original PDP and the revised PDP is approved for consideration by Graduate Council. This PDP for this new Ph.D was moved, seconded, and approved by the Council. It goes next to RACGS for statewide comment to inform the development of a full proposal.

* Membership Committee (R. Dodge)

The Membership Committee recommended sixteen (16) nominations for full graduate faculty status and five (5) for adjunct full graduate faculty membership.

The full graduate faculty member nominees are:

Volker Bahn BioSci/CoSM
Carl Brun Social Work/CoLA
Gary Burns HFIO PhD/CoSM
Todd Dewett Mgt/RSCoB
Glenn Hamilton HFIO PhD/CoSM, EmergMed/BSoM
Lynn Hartzler Bio/CoSM
Douglas Lehrer Psy/BSoM
Osvaldo Lopez Path/BSoM
Theresa Myadze Social Work/CoLA
Ioana Pavel Chem/CoSM
Jeffrey Peters BioSci/CoSM
Arthur Pickoff BMS PhD/CoSM
Saiyu Ren EE/CECS
Paula Termuhlen BMS PhD/CoSM
Shaojun Wang CSE/CECS
Yong-jie Xu BMB/BSoM

It was moved and seconded that the nominees be approved; the motion passed unanimously.

The following nominees are recommended to the Graduate Council for adjunct full graduate faculty membership:

D. Kilpatrick Abbot ESPhD /CoSM
Allan Clauer MME/CECS
Allen Jackson MME/CECS
Sridhar Ramachandran CSE PhD/CECS
Martin Satter CSE PhD/CECS

It was moved and seconded that these nominees be approved; the motion passed unanimously.

* Student Affairs Committee – no repoprt.

VII. Research Report (E. Reinsch-Friese)

E. Reinsch-Friese reported that total external funding was slightly down this past year, with the total number of awards showing a slight increase. In FY 06-07, there were 576 awards (852 proposals) amounting to $71M; and for FY 07-08, there were 580 awards (900 proposals) amounting to $69M. Wright State was third in the state of Ohio among public institutions in total external funding for FY 07-08. We are looking forward to several larger new grants coming in this year. Almost half of the funding came from federal agencies with the Boonshoft School of Medicine receiving the largest share due to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants.

The RSP Faculty Orientation will be October 30, 2008. RSP will be participating in the NIH Peer Review Faculty Workshop on November 10, 2008 that is sponsored by the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The Research Challenge Early Start/Augmentation has been announced, with an application deadline of Monday, November 17, 2008.

A review of services provided by RSP/VPRG was given. Further information can be found at http://www.wright.edu/rsp.

VIII. Old and New Business

J. Thomas called for any Old or New Business. None was brought forward.

IX. Adjournment

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:28 p.m.