Graduate Council Minutes No. 980
February 26, 2009
Present: Buckholz, Clayton, Coulter, Fecik, Hansen, Harton, Jackson, Joseph, Leutzinger, Licari, Nelson,
Stalp, Thompson, Waldron
Absent: Etscheidt, Moon, Wurtz
Guests: Kopper, Schwieger
Waldron called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.
1. Motion by Nelson to approve the minutes of the February 12, 2008 meeting. Thompson asked that
his status on previous task force on page 2 be changed. Motion was seconded by Stalp and passed.
2. Dr. Beverly Kopper was a guest of the Graduate Council and discussed reaccreditation. The site visit
will be summer 2010. Kopper updated the Graduate Council with the latest information on Foundations
of Excellence. A handout was distributed which lists chairs and co-chairs. Kopper also noted there is a
link on the UNI homepage for the reaccreditation site. Waldron thanked Kopper for coming.
3. Graduate College Reports
Joseph asked for input from Graduate Council regarding committee members signing graduate student’s
thesis form. There is currently a situation in which committee members do not agree a thesis has been
completed satisfactorily and Joseph questioned if three signatures were enough. Nelson stated it has
been their practice to have everyone on the committee sign off. If there is disagreement, then changes
would need to be made to the thesis. Harton suggested the department should decide if only part of
the committee members can sign and still have thesis approved for graduation. Nelson asked if this
concern could warrant recusal of committee member. Waldon felt recusing committee member was a
better solution than to have one member refusing to sign off on student’s thesis. Fecik stated Industrial
Technology required five committee members for doctoral dissertation. Four must approve; one may
Schwieger reminded everyone the deadline to register for symposium is February 27, 2009. To date,
twenty-five graduate students have registered. There is a workshop scheduled for March 5, 2009 to
discuss federal employment possibilities.
4. Waldron opened the floor for discussion on changes to the Graduate Faculty Constitution. Dean
Koch appointed a task force to develop a proposal on how to define graduate faculty and if graduate
faculty should receive awards. The task force brought their recommendations to the April 2007
meeting. Nelson made a motion to rescind the motion passed in 2007 due the motion never being taken
to a meeting of the Graduate Faculty for a vote. Stalp seconded motion to rescind; motion passed.
Nelson moved to change current terminology of temporary graduate faculty to associate member of
graduate faculty. Thompson seconded. Thompson asked about the process of faculty becoming
graduate faculty. Fecik stated graduate faculty in the department forward faculty member’s name to
department head and is then forwarded to Graduate College. Nelson asked if same procedure would be
used for associate membership. Waldron commented that peer institutions do not use the term
temporary. Fecik reminded the Graduate Council that the document/changes must be in step with
Graduate Faculty Constitution. The changes will need to be voted on at the Spring Graduate Faculty
meeting. Discussion on number of members required to be at meeting to hold a vote. A quorum can be
called by anyone at the meeting. Motion passed to present changes at meeting.
Nelson suggested a vote should be held at the next meeting to amend the way changes to the
Constitution can be made. Graduate faculty needs to be notified at least one week before meeting of
proposed agenda. Coulter stated Article V could be amended to add electronic voting.
5. Fecik reminded the Council that the Graduate Dean is to prepare an annual report regarding
associate/temporary graduate faculty. The accuracy of report depends on departments reporting to
Graduate College adjuncts they use to teach graduate courses. Stalp asked about sending message that
reaccreditation process will look at adjuncts teaching.
6. Waldron stated peer institutions have policies that allow for appealing associate/temporary graduate
faculty status. Licari felt a policy that shows quality review is good to have in place. Waldron will send
7. Motion by Nelson, seconded by Fecik to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned at 4:50 p.m.