Graduate Council Minutes No. 979
February 12, 2009
Present: Clayton, Coulter, Etscheidt, Fecik, Hanson, Harton, Jackson, Joseph, Leutzinger, Licari, Nelson,
Stalp, Thompson, Waldron
Meeting called to order at 3:32 p.m.
One correction to minutes of the last meeting: Graduate Student Research Symposium date was written as
April 1, 2008; should be April 1, 2009. Fecik moved to accept the amended minutes; Etscheidt seconded;
amended minutes approved.
Change of today’s agenda – Bev Kopper was supposed to talk with Graduate Council about the
reaccreditation process, but needed approximately 30 minutes, so she will present at our next meeting.
Graduate Student appointed to Graduate Council:
Kim Hanson – EdS School Psych
Harton announced CSBS Student Research Symposium on April 18, 2009.
Keynote speaker: Carol Gilligan – will talk about raising healthy boys and girls. $10 registration fee
Graduate College Announcements:
• Dean – no announcement, busy taking minutes
• Associate Dean Licari
o University research integrity policy – under development by OSP, required by federal law
covers fac and students engaged in federally funded research.
o Mike will be participating in ½ day brand development workshop with UMPR; will do his
best to be sure graduate education is part of UNI brand.
• Susie Schwieger
o Grad Student Life –many events this semester
o April 1 – symposium. Keynote – Gregory Semenga
Deadline Feb 27 for students to submit materials.
o March 29 – April 3 – Grad Student Appreciation week. Events during week. Legislative
luncheon hosted by GSAB.
Chair of the Graduate Faculty announcements:
GC Brown Bag
o Feb 18 – MSH 1 – Adrienne Stanley – applications of math in the discipline of anthropology
o March 25 – Tony Gabriele.
Travel policy – freeze on out of state travel. Maureen asked Joel Haack – restrictions for grad
students less; Joseph clarified Provost’s travel freeze is less restrictive for the remainder of this
year (at the discretion of each college dean), but much more restrictive next year.
Chair of the Graduate Council announcements:
o Further information on SOA committee chaired by Donna Vinton: purpose of the committee is for
faculty input on assessment process. Advisory committee can reach out to departments. Wanted
grad council representation on committee who can act as liaison to Grad Council. No term limits,
no policy for membership yet, although Donna wants to address this. Gayle Pohl currently on
o Thompson talked about what he thought committee should address with SOA – after graduation
from UNI important information to include on SOA.
o Nelson mentioned unevenness in SOA’s across campus.
o Fecik – contacted Alumni Association for help getting names of program graduates, but AA staff
was not helpful
o Clayton – AA is more helpful now.
o Schwieger described current graduating grad student survey; lack of information.
o Nelson mentioned SOA’s used for program reviews, and grad council/grad faculty input on SOA
is essential. Many faculty are still resistant to SOA, and Donna is wisely not pushing too hard.
Grad representative with input from Grad Council can provide input for this beginning level.
o Harton mentioned their program is getting data through department, don’t need external help, use
o Etscheidt – may need separate SOA’s for grad students.
o Leutzinger indicated Donna is looking for consistency across campus, SOA inconsistencies across
campus. Grad rep can help provide input on how grad SOA’s need to be different.
o Thompson agreed we should look at how grad education is being assessed.
o Waldron indicated Donna needs someone from Graduate Council for that committee. Donna
thought Gayle Pohl could stay on committee through end of this academic year, then when terms
of the position are set, Graduate Council can appoint a new member.
o Graduate Council members’ consensus was for Chair Waldron to ask Donna to come to an
upcoming council meeting to report on SOA’s.
Continued discussion: Temporary grad faculty status to those holding terminal/masters’ degrees. Chair
Waldron read the existing policy.
o Nelson indicated the current policy doesn’t require temporary graduate faculty to have a graduate
degree. Could we add statement requiring master’s degree?
o Harton asked if we want to eliminate the possibility of anyone without grad degree
o Fecik provided recommendations from task force two years ago.
o Nelson stated she talked with Samuel Gladden, who was concerned with an inconsistency in the
policy – grad faculty of a department vote for regular grad faculty status, but don’t vote on temp
grad faculty status.
o Fecik read the revised policy from task force.
o Discussion of next steps
o Thompson will send an electronic document of the revised, proposed policy.
o Nelson stated the Graduate council will need to revise the proposed document to include issues
surrounding temporary graduate faculty status.
o Graduate Council will review and discuss policy at next meeting.
Joseph reported a non-traditional age graduate student took issue with the current MMR policy, which
states all UNI students must be vaccinated for MMR or will not be allowed to register. The original UNI
MMR policy stated students born before 1957 were exempt from the requirement, but this policy was
changed a few years ago. This exemption is the policy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
as well as the policy at The University of Iowa and Iowa State University. Some studies show that older
individuals who receive the vaccine suffer from arthritis-like symptoms. It was not clear why UNI
changed the MMR policy and eliminated this exemption. Nelson moved, Thompson seconded the Grad
Council recommend to Terry Hogan to reinstate the exemption for those students born before 1957. The
vote was unanimous in favor of the recommendation.
Meeting adjourned at 4:27 pm.