Department Chair Meeting Minutes
Date: April 14, 2005
Room: J 307 10:00-11:00 AM



Meeting began 10:00

  1. "Preventing Sexual Harassment" - Gabrielli reminded the chairs that everyone on campus must complete this online trainingand asked them to have their faculty and staff take the training as soon as possible if they have not already done so.


  2. Summer Enrollment - Gabrielli noted that summer preregistration enrollment figures look good for the School of Arts & Sciences with 72% of the seats filled as compared to 56% campus wide.


  3. Fall Kickoff - Tuesday, August 16th is the published date for fall kickoff but after discussion in the last Deans Council meeting, Gabrielli suggested that chairs notify their faculty that the date may be changed to Monday, August 15th so they should plan accordingly.


  4. FY06 Budget - The State Legislature has approved the FY06 budget but it still has to be approved by the governor next week. The President has postponed the April 19th Expanded Cabinet meeting until April 26th hoping to have the approved budget in hand for discussion. Some items pending budget approval are:


  5. Pre- and Post-Tenure Review - Packets are due ASAP.

    Gabrielli announced that there will be a major change implemented beginning with the next cycle. Any review representing noteworthy teaching must be supported by documented peer observation or it will not be approved at his level. Several points were made:

    Gabrielli noted that Department Chairs should be observing teaching of all full and part-time faculty.

    Judy will be sending out an email listing those eligible for promotion and tenure next year. Promotion and tenure packets will be due Sept. 13.


  6. Mission Change - The deadline for submitting mission change considerations to the system office has been extended to December. The President is drafting a new mission statement and is looking for input. The following ideas, which would require expanding our mission statement, have been discussed:


  7. Fowler asked about the status of one-year positions for next year. Gabrielli said they may be continued as one-year positions but he hoped that some would be converted to lecturer positions. No decision has been made at this time.


  8. Gabrielli welcomed Phil Patterson as the new Department Chair of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics beginning summer semester. He replaces John Sink who will be retiring at the end of this semester.


  9. Department Chairs spoke briefly on items of interest in their areas:

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.