Graduate College

Graduate Council Minutes #1076

Graduate Council Meeting Minutes

February 22, 2018

Present: Al-Mabuk, Berendzen, Bullard, Curran, Cyphert, Edmister, Elm, Igou, Olivares, O’Loughlin, Rau, Schwieger.

Absent: Pease & Rod-Welch.

Chair Pohl called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.
Chair called a motion to approve the minutes of the February 8 meeting. The motion was voted on; motion carried and the minutes were approved unanimously.

Graduate College Reports:

Old Business:

Reports from Susie Schwieger:

  • The Graduate College Symposium is on April 3rd. Paper submissions deadline is Wednesday, February 26. So far applications have been submitted for 10 oral,10 poster, and 1 creative performances. More are expected by the deadline.
  • There will be a Professional Development Workshop titled “Using Rod Library as a Graduate Student” given by Dr. Leila Rod-Welch on Tuesday, February 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Rod Library, Room 373. So far 17 students have signed up for the workshop.

Reports from Chair Pohl:

  • There are exciting brown bag lectures this spring semester. The upcoming lectures are:
    • Dr. Paul Torre on Tuesday, March 6
    • Dr. Melissa Beall on Thursday, March 29
    • Dr. David Surdam on Wednesday, April 11

New Business:

Reports from Interim Assoc. Dean Olivares:

  1. UNIversitas:

Dean Pease clarified that this journal is overseen by the Graduate College, input was sought from the members of the Graduate Council. The questions/issues were:

  • Do we need to maintain this journal? If yes, who should bear the cost?
  • What would be the purpose of maintaining this publication?
  • Do we need to develop new guidelines to manage this publication?
  • What is the future plan for this journal?
  • What is the long term vision for this publication?
  • Should the specific College Dean or the Graduate College support the editor?

A 5-member group from the Graduate Council would discuss these issues and conduct more inquiries about the journal.

  1. New Dean for the Graduate College:

Discussion occurred on the urgent need for a Graduate College Dean. Some of the Graduate Council members expressed a preference for a Dean solely for the Graduate College. Members of the Graduate Council expressed their views on this matter as follows:

  • One member suggested that a new Dean should be performing 70% of the Grad College and 30% of the Sponsored Program duties.
  • Need to reduce the extra workload from the Associate Dean who has to do some of the Dean’s duties.
  • For fundraising and recruitment purposes, there is a need for a person who can fully concentrate on these matters, especially recruitment.
  • It should be a combined position, not a split one.
  • The members presented three different job views for the Dean Position:
    • Graduate Dean dedicated to the Grad College only.
    • Graduate Dean who will supervise Office of Sponsored Research (a joint appointment)
    • Graduate Dean and Research (OSR will be under the responsibilities of the dean, in this case, undergraduate research may or may not be his/her responsibilities)

Meeting adjourned.  The next meeting will be on March 8, at 3:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Rubina Chowdhury