Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes
September 2, 2011 — 8:30 a.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Provost Rivera called the meeting to order at 8:37 am
Ross Larson led the invocation.
Promotions were identified by the Provost.
TARGET LANGUAGE EXPERTS
Ed Montanaro introduced the TLE’s.
INTRODUCTIONS OF NEW COLLEAGUES
- Exercise and Sports Science — Bob Bonn introduced new faculty.
- Modern Language — Richard Sperber introduced Maria Morales Martinez.
- Criminal Justice — Rick Matthews introduced Kathryn Johnson.
- Classics — Chris Renaud introduced Julian Hendrix.
- English Department — Pam Smiley introduced Alyson Kiesel.
- Western Heritage — Ben DeSmidt introduced Brendan Cook, Paul Diduch, and Aviva Rothman.
- Education — Jackie Easley introduced Kathy Ryan, Kathy Barca, and Kathy Lauer.
- Discovery Museum — Thomas Carr introduced Megan Seitz.
- Geography — Matt Zorn introduced Rob Edsall.
- Biology — Pat Pfaffle introduced Amar Singh.
- Mathematics — Mark Snavely introduced Michael Nicholas.
The Provost advanced the motion and it was seconded that Chris von Dehsen be the trainer for “Parliamentarian-In-Training” position.
CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT
President Campbell addressed the faculty with remarks about the business of the College, the progress of current programs, and projections for future development. He also responded to questions from the faculty. Additional remarks included the national search for the position of President and information about the protocols to be embraced in that process. Remarks concluded with a “Welcome Back” to the faculty.
Discussion on enrollment of new class for 2011-2012. Retention rates were emphasized and statistical data was shared. 695 freshmen; 790 new students will join the Carthage student body this year. ACT scores for Carthage admits are higher than the national average. Extended discussion on Top Competing Colleges ensued related to competition among those schools for recruitment.
Rom Maczka and Aaron Trautwein reported that the Academic Senate is a governing body moving with the force of the authority of the faculty. The structure and organization of the senate was explained. Returning members of the senate were identified.
ELECTION OF SENATORS
Cynthia Allen, Richard Sperber, Matt Borden, Herschel Krueger, Scott Hegrenes, Seemee Ali, and Diane Levesque were nominated. Each nominee briefly spoke about his/her backgrounds as a rationale for being on the senate. Aaron Trautwein explained the plan for the afternoon workshops on academic committees and organization.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
Leslie Cameron spoke on Personnel & Tenure issues regarding personnel files, with October 1st being the deadline for submission of sabbatical proposals. Quality of Life report was given by Martin McClendon/Walter Smith took Martin’s place. Curriculum Planning report was given by Deanna Byrnes, who also introduced the committee’s members.
Greg Baer, Dennis Munk, and Dana Garrigan spoke on accreditation, self-study, and re-accreditation. An Organizational Chart for the NCA /Self-Study 2014 was displayed. Dennis Munk highlighted the scholarship models in the CADRE program sessions. Dana Garrigan gave an update on assessment plans and programs in the various departments. The refinement of student-outcome goals was identified as a “target goal” in strategic planning. Greg Baer also discussed components of the Faculty Learning Community.
Reverend Ross Larson was introduced as the Interim Dean of the Chapel. He spoke about his duties as a faculty member and his commitment to his responsibilities to the Chapel.
Hedberg Chair, Finance Faculty, Physicist
Richard Sperber announced Isabel Rivero-Villa’s Ph.D.; Erik Kulke announced the Study Abroad Fair; and Jim Ripley identified and clarified the calendar of musical events. Kim Instenes announced C-Sym activities.
The meeting adjourned at 11:27 a.m.
Thomas W. Wolff