School of Arts and Sciences
Department Chair Meeting
September 29, 2006
Those in Attendance: Alan Gabrielli, Andrew McMorran, Julie Newell, Mark Nunes, Phil Patterson, and Laina Pond.
i. The department recently discussed reorganization, and the department is content with the current organization.
ii. The 'Value your Degree with SPSU' session will begin soon, the sessions will inform students on opportunities available for BCP graduates. Alan suggested announcing the sessions campus wide.
i. Mark announced his concern for NENU student English proficiency and asked for suggestions on ways of addressing this problem.
ii. Mark plans to discuss the philosophical issues of plagiarism with ETCMA students.
iii. The curriculum committee has proposed to split the World Literature class into two separate courses, one course would cover World Literature up to the Renaissance period, and the other course will begin with the Renaissance period through present time.
iv. The department is developing more courses that are appropriate for the BA in English, by cross-listing them.
v. Memorial options for Ken Rainey were discussed, including a lecture hall.
vi. Mark announced that Donna McPherson will be leaving the office, she is transferring to the Records Office.
vii. The Content Design concentration proposal has been submitted to Zvi.
i. The Annual Math picnic will be held on November 4th. Former and present faculty, Staff, and Students are invited.
ii. Alan and Andy discussed ways to keep up with Alumni.
iii. Andy announced that the math majors now have assigned advisors, classroom visits have been scheduled and training for new tenure-track faculty has begun.
iv. Agenda items for the next Math Department meeting include discussing new capstone courses and discussing advisement issues.
i. Julie mentioned several advisement problems that the SIS Department are experiencing, one of which is the Georgia History and Constitution requirement. Students will now have the option of taking a 1 credit-hour Georgia History course or passing an examination ($50 fee), to meet the requirement.
ii. The Contribute web design workshop didn't go as planned, however, faculty are still interested.
iii. Alan and Julie discussed the new Area E Policy. The new Area E Policy will cap the number of Area E courses that transfer students are required to take, at no more than 15-credit hours. An e-mail will be sent out soon, providing the details.