Graduate Council                                                          
April 24, 2008

Attendees:  Charles Taber (Political Science and Chair), Estie Arkin (Applied Mathematics and Statistics), Ruth Ben-Zvi (Economics), Debra Caffrey (Graduate School), Peter Gergen (Graduate School), Susana Huidobro (Graduate Student Advocate), Godlind Johnson (Library),  Juliet Kinney (GSO), Kent Marks (Graduate School), Lawrence Martin (Dean, Graduate School), Anne McElroy (MSRC),  Susan O’Leary (Psychology), Brian Phillips (Geosciences), Marcia Simon (Dental School), Arleen Steckel (Nursing School), Gina Sorrentino (GSO), Jacobus Verbaarschot (Physics and Astronomy)

Absent Members: Allegra DeLaurentiis (Philosophy), IV Ramakrishnan (Computer Science), Gregory Sabino (GSO), Susan Scheckel (English)

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by the Graduate Council Chair, Charles Taber.

Approval of minutes
The minutes from the April 10, 2008 meeting were approved with a minor correction.

Chair’s Report

  • Materials Science Academic Review: This review will take place next October, but details will be provided as the dates approach.
  • Pharmacology Review: Anne and Jac have agreed to participate.
  • Mechanical Engineering Review: Chuck and Estie have agreed to participate.

Old Business

  • Dissertation Committee Policy: Several minor syntax changes were made. A motion was made to approve the updated policy. All approved.

New Business

  • Proposal for PhD in Technology, Policy, and Innovation: Several concerns were raised with this proposal, but of paramount concern are the faculty resources and the seemingly significant overlap with the impending proposal for a PhD in Science Education. Other concerns that were raised involve a lack of detail regarding what faculty will be teaching which courses, an inconsistency in the listing of credits, and confusion regarding the reallocation of library funds. There also needs to be a formal letter of support from the Dean. These concerns will be relayed as soon as possible.
  • LOI for PhD in European Studies and Languages: It was noted that this impending proposal will need the Dean’s support, as well as letters of support from relevant departments whose participation in the cross-disciplinary content of the program is explicit.
  • Tuition Charged to Research Grants: It was suggested that Assistant Dean for Finance and Budget, Barbara Byrne, and a representative from the Research Foundation attend a future meeting to explain the data.

Dean’s Report (postponed)

Meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.
Submitted by Debra Caffrey
The Graduate School