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Dean of the Faculty/Vice President for Academic Affairs


March 4, 2011
Gannett Auditorium


Acting President Susan Kress called the meeting to order at 3:36 p.m.


Acting President Susan Kress asked if there were any corrections or comments to the minutes of the Faculty Meeting held February 4, 2011. Hearing none, she announced the minutes were approved.


Acting President Susan Kress reported on the recent Board of Trustees meeting:

Acting President Kress reminded everyone that Commencement is scheduled for May 21, 2011. This year’s honorary degree recipients are Colin E. Greene, a 2001 graduate of the University Without Walls Program, principal of the largest secondary school in Antigua, member of the Board of Education International, and leader for equitable access to quality education in developing countries; James M. McPherson, the George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University, author of several prize-winning books; and Anne Bogart, American theater director, co-founder and artistic director of the SITI Company, winner of several awards including two Best Director Obie Awards and a Bessie Award for Choreographer/Creator.

Acting President Kress addressed the work being undertaken to create a more inclusive campus:

Vice President for Advancement. Michael Casey, Vice President for Advancement, reported that, while we are not in a campaign, we are still receiving gifts. Just in the last few weeks, we have received close to $2 million in gifts, including a commitment of $750,000 to begin the renovation of the boat house and almost $750,000 from the Estate of Henry Gallant, most of which will go towards a scholarship and to the library. In addition, we received a wonderful grant from Arthur Vining Davis as well as from the George Alden Trust to help with the move of IT into the library.

Vice President Casey noted that the College is almost $6.5 million up this year in total gifts. Considering we are out of a campaign right now, it is a wonderful result and we are already past our goal. He also reported that we have another challenge grant this year; if we receive 12,500 gifts (any purpose and any amount), we will receive another $1 million. He encouraged everyone to contribute to this challenge.

Acting President Kress thanked Vice President Casey and the rest of the Advancement team, as well as Barry Pritzker, Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations, for all their terrific work. She also thanked all those faculty and staff members who had worked very hard to collaborate in these grant applications to foundations.

Cabinet Q&A. Acting President Kress opened the floor for questions directed to the Cabinet:

Acting President Kress concluded her report by encouraging anyone who had any further questions to please forward them to her.


Muriel Poston, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, reported on the Academic Affairs portion of the Board meeting:

Dean of the Faculty. Acting Dean of the Faculty Paty Rubio reported that, at its meeting on February 25, 2011, the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the requested sabbaticals for 2011-12 (see attached for details) and granted tenure effective March 1, 2011 and promotion effective June 1, 2011 to Monica Das, Economics; Hassan Lopez, Psychology; Tillman Nechtman, History; Joshua Ness, Biology; and TH Reynolds, Health and Exercise Sciences. A congratulatory round of applause was given.

Dean Rubio reported that tenure-track searches are currently being conducted in Art, Art History with Asian Studies, Computer Sciences, English with Gender Studies, Government with International Affairs, Management and Business, Physics with Geosciences, Psychology and Theater. Most searches are progressing and are at various stages of the process. She thanked the chairs and the departments for all their hard work.

Dean Rubio discussed the initiatives being undertaken by Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Faculty with regard to campus climate issues: new faculty learning community, faculty interest groups, intergroup relations program and conversations with chairs and program directors.

Faculty Development Committee. Associate Professor Peter Stake, Chair of the Faculty Development Committee, announced that the recipient of the Edwin M. Moseley award for 2012 is Professor Catherine J. Golden. A congratulatory round of applause was given to Professor Golden. In addition, Professor Stake announced that Professor Erica Bastress-Dukehart has been chosen by the Class of 2011 as the faculty speaker at Commencement. A round of applause was given to Professor Bastress-Dukehart.


On behalf of the Curriculum Committee, Associate Professor Lisa Aronson read the following motion that was introduced at the February 4, 2011 meeting (see attached):

MOTION: The Curriculum Committee moves to eliminate the Economics-Sociology interdepartmental major.

There was no discussion, and the Motion was voted on and passed with all in favor.


On behalf of the Faculty Executive Committee, Professor Reg Lilly introduced the following motion (see attached):

MOTION: The Faculty Executive Committee moves to change the membership of the Faculty Executive Committee and its function in the following way:

“Membership: Six members of the Faculty elected to serve three year terms, together with the three elected faculty members of the IPPC.

As the last paragraph describing the function of the Faculty Executive Committee, add the following:

“The Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee and the faculty Vice-Chair of the Institutional Policy and Planning Committee shall meet regularly throughout the academic year so that each committee can be apprised of the other committee’s work.”

There was no discussion, and the Motion will lie over until the next meeting.

On behalf of the Faculty Executive Committee, Professor Reg Lilly introduced the following motion (see attached):

MOTION: The Faculty Executive Committee moves to reduce the membership of the Faculty Executive Committee from six elected members to five.

There was no discussion, and the Motion will lie over until the next meeting.


Associate Professor Erica Bastress-Dukehart, Faculty Network Facilitator, discussed the events being sponsored by the Faculty Network:


Associate Professor Bob Turner reported that the CEPP-CAPT subcommittee has consulted with Professor Kate Berheide and Joe Stankovich, Director of Institutional Research, and has created a draft alternative student rating system. After spring break, the CEPP-CAPT subcommittee will be sending invitations to meet in small groups to obtain feedback and then will explore a potential pilot rating project. In addition, chairs and program directors will be invited to a workshop on evaluative teaching conducted by Joey Sprague on Friday, April 8, 2011.


The meeting was adjourned at 4:48 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Debra L. Peterson
Executive Administrative Assistant