Graduate Council Meeting                                                  
September 8, 2009

Attendees: Estie Arkin (Applied Mathematics and Statistics), Allegra DeLaurentiis (Philosophy), Alicia DeRosalia (Graduate School), Dante Di Ianni (Graduate Student Advocate), Elaine Hoffman (Library), Juliet Kinney (GSO), Sara Lipton (History), Kent Marks (Graduate School), Lawrence Martin (Dean, Graduate School), Anne McElroy(SOMAS), Brian Phillips (Geoscience), Arleen Steckel (Nursing School), Charles Taber (Political Science and Associate Dean, Graduate School), Jacobus Verbaarschot (Chair, Physics & Astronomy)
Absent Members:  Ruth Ben-Zvi (Economics), Michael Kifer (Computer Science), Susan O’Leary (Psychology), Susan Scheckel (English), A. Laurie Shroyer (Preventative Medicine), Marcia Simon (Dental School)
The meeting was called to order at 12:30 p.m. by the Graduate Council Chair, Jacobus Verbaarschot.  Introductions were made for new members.

Approval of minutes
Minutes were approved from the 5/14/09 meeting with minor revisions.
Chair’s Report

  1. Chair met with Michael Schwartz to discuss the impact of the creation of Master degree programs
    1. Charles Taber spoke about a recently formed Master’s Committee, which he chairs.  Its main goal is to facilitate expansion of MA programs.
      1. Tasks of the Master’s Committee:
        1. programs should ask themselves if their ideas are viable;
        2. provide guidance to create successful proposals;
        3. can programs be administered over a number of years
  2. Summer Business
    1. Special thanks were given to the Graduate Council Appeals Committee, who was overly busy this summer and resolved a complex case.
  3. Approval of Degrees
    1. Asian and American Studies (BA/MBA)
    2. Chemical and Molecular Engineering (BA/MBA)

Old Business
No old business to report.

New Business

  1. Election of Chair:  Jacobus Verbaarschot was nominated to continue his role as Chair of the Graduate Council.  The council approved with a unanimous vote and Dr. Verbaarschot accepted.
  1. Graduate Council Appeals Committee Members:  Anne McElroy and Marcia Simon will serve on the GCAC.
  2. Master’s Degree Proposal in Journalism
  3. The proposal requires various revisions and the Chair will contact Howard Schneider with suggestions from Council and invite him after submission of the revised proposal.

Dean’s Report

  1. Met with President Stanley regarding the University and what needs to be done to make us more competitive
  1. The Dean and Mary Remmler are working together and meeting with all the departments regarding their Master’s programs and revenue sharing
  2. Handout given to council: Council of Graduate Schools – Why Should I Get a Master’s Degree?
  3. Dean to announce soon the creation of a Post Doc Affairs office, which will be led by an existing faculty member.
  4. Goals:
  5. Oversee process to extend post docs in program beyond three years to ensure that they will continue to get advanced training opportunities
  6. Put in place programs to augment training in individual labs in areas such as teaching, grant writing, professional communication, etc.

Meeting adjourned at 1:50 p.m.
Submitted by Alicia DeRosalia
Staff Assistant, Graduate School