ARTS AND SCIENCES COUNCIL
Meeting #63 Wednesday 27 February 2013
LL708, Lincoln Center and O’Hare Special Collections Room/Walsh Library, Rose Hill
Attending: Professors Botton, J. Clark, DeLuca, Fessatidis, Gilbert, GoGwilt, Gowans, Hastings, Hendler, Idris, Isaak, Kowaleski, LaBennett, Lewis, Mattson, Margid, Moniot, Mustafa, Myers, Nissim, Higgins-D'Alessandro for Schiaffino, Swinth, Tilley, van Buren, Botton for Vernon, Vich, Wertz; Student Representatives: Jamie Feigenbaum, Michael Rametta; Deans: Grimes S.J., Latham, Harrington; Associate Deans: Cooney, Mattson; Maura Gallagher (recording secretary)
Not Present: Professors Beer, Ciaccio, Entelis, Frank, (excused), C. Fisher, Gilbertson, Green, Jimenez-Belmonte, Kasten (excused), Kueny, Salvatore, Schwalbenberg, Sogno, Takooshian, Winczewski; Student Representatives: Janine Vincente; Deans (excused): Busch, Frank; Associate Deans (excused): Houston, O’Connell, Tuininga, Vernazza.
The meeting was convened by John P. Harrington, Dean of Arts & Sciences Faculty, at 3:35 P.M.
Approval of the Minutes
New information on adjunct salaries became available after the December meeting. Dean Harrington informed the Council that The Chronicle has created The Adjunct Project and that information is being collected and is available to view at adjunct.chronicle.com. The minutes of meeting #62 on 05 December 2012 were approved with that insertion (23-0-3).
Report of the Core Curriculum Committee
Prof. Myers, Chair, discussed his committee’s efforts to identify logistical problems with the core as it was proposed and their intention, going forward, to evaluate its effectiveness and suggest improvements in both areas. The Council approved the motion that the Core Curriculum Committee would design, in consultation with the faculty and the Assessment Officer and subject to final approval by the Core Curriculum Committee and the Arts & Sciences Council, an appropriate system for evaluating the success of the new core and for seeking to improve it. (27,0,0). The other two items in the agenda proposed by the Committee were briefly discussed and sent back to committee for their further review and presentation at the April meeting.
Report of the Majors and Curricula Committee
Dean Harrington reported for Prof. Kasten, Chair this semester. After a clarification of History as a Social Science in the wording of the Interdisciplinary Minor in African and African American Studies, questions arose about the courses listed in the Interdisciplinary Minor in Bioethics. Several Chairs informed the Council that, although the course names appeared appropriate, the contents of some course choices did not fit the needs of a Bioethics minor; there was also some concern that there were no science courses listed. A motion was made to approve all recommendations except the Interdisciplinary Minor in Bioethics, and to ask that it be reconsidered and proposed again at the April meeting. The motion passed (26,0,1).
Report of the Nominations Committee
Dean Harrington reported that Susanna McFadden in Art History and Music is the new Chair. He asked for Council recommendations for nominees and indicated he would help with recruiting the committee members for the fall.
Faculty Evaluation Committee Report
Prof. Gilbert, Chair, discussed and displayed the new on-line system for course evaluations. There was concern about the response rate and the trustworthiness of data if there were a low number of returns for a course. Prof. Gilbert indicated that few responses might still be representative of the entire class, but would not be trusted.
Dean Harrington reported that administrative appointment letters for A&S faculty was discussed at a meeting he had with Program Directors on February 21st, and he was requested to bring this to the A&S Council. Prof. GoGwilt presented the Program Directors concerns and, after discussion, the following motion was made and seconded:
To accord more fully with the University Statutes, the Council requests a change in the current practice of appointing Department Chairs and Interdisciplinary Program Directors.
1. in order to give effective authority to Department Chairs and Program Directors, appointments should be made before the respective terms of office begin (and at the very least before the beginning of the academic year in which the Chair or Director takes office);
2. where a Department or Program has recommended the appointment of Chair or Director for the normal three-year term specified in the Statutes (see §4-06.50 d; §4-06.55 & §3-08.03), the appointment should be given for the full term (and should not have to be renewed each year of that specified term).
The motion passed (20,0,0).
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:14 P.M.
REMAINING MEETING DATE:
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 3:30 - 5:00