In preparing for the academic year 2015-2016, I’m sending this update prior to the start of the semester. Please note that two very important documents were emailed to you on 4 August, entitled: Events Prior to the First Week of Fall 2015 Classes (17-21 August) and Opening Day (21 August). Please be sure to read through these in order to prepare and otherwise plan your time.
Hiring Search News
The following have accepted tenure-track positions; a national search was conducted:
- Dr. Kimberly Cox (with the retirement of Dr. Kathy Bahr): English and Humanities Department
- Dr. John Buttiglieri (with the resignation of Dr. Linda Brown): Education
- Dr. Lori Entzminger (with the resignation of Dr. Marc Daczwitz): Education
- Brooks Hafey (with Dr. Jim Margetts’ acceptance of the CSC Dean position): Music
- Dr. Janice Haynes: new ESP/Communications Department position
The following has accepted a non-tenure track position; a national search was conducted:
- McKay Tebbs (with the resignation of Charles Carey): Music
Other faculty positions filled for the 2015-16 AY:
- Jennifer Balmat: Science
- Rod Clause: Art
- Terie Woods: Business
Faculty searches in progress: two Business, two ESP, and one English /Transitional Studies (one-year only) positions.
Staff Search News
A national search was conducted for the following new personnel who started with CSC this summer:
- Dr. Akin “Bob” Adebayo, Assessment Director. This position was created by transforming another existing staff position
- Dr. James Powell, Dean of Curriculum & Accreditation and School of EHPCP&SW
A local search was conducted for the following:
- Ms. Colette Fernandez, Project Coordinator position within the Graduate Studies Program
- Ms. Paula Perlinski, OA III position within the Office of the VPAA
- Ms. Joy Pitts, OA II position to assist Dr. Powell within the School of EHPCP&SW
With a Director of Health Professions vacancy, Ms. Kristal Kuhnel will serve in this capacity during the 2015-16 year.
Staff searches are in progress for the following positions: Accompanist; IT Specialist within the Teaching and Learning Center.
New Faculty Positions: MAP 1.1
With the support of the President and Cabinet members, CSC has added or will add three (two tenure track; a one year) new faculty Essential Studies Program (ESP) positions (e.g. ESP/Communication with Dr. Haynes). As a result there will be one new faculty position in each of the three schools. The three new faculty positions assist with achieving MAP 1.1.
On 13 November 2014, a two-person subcommittee of the ESP met with the VPAA Council to discuss an ESP implementation proposal for MAP 1.1. The Deans have worked to achieve the implementation proposal. In addition, I will pursue transforming the one-year ESP faculty position to a permanent tenure track position. Please thank the President, Cabinet, Deans, and the ESP faculty members who prepared the implementation plan to achieve MAP 1.1.
Graduate Studies Programs
Over the summer, the Graduate Office was established on the first floor of Crites Hall. Ms. Colette Fernandez was hired as the new non-faculty Project Coordinator to assist the MEd and MAE programs. In addition, Dr. Kathleen Kirsch began duties as the new Graduate Studies Faculty Coordinator. Like the Essential Studies Faculty Coordinator, the position involves ¼ release for specific duties.
These changes reflect an intersection of Map Priority #4 on retention and Map Priority #5, which is to study, create, and implement a strategic vision for the Graduate Studies Program.
Library Learning Commons
The LLC is now in year two of its holdings revitalization project. In spring 2015, library liaisons worked closely with department chairs to assure that book purchases align with discipline curricula and faculty research interests. Since January 1, 2015, the library has added 473 books to its collection. Applied Sciences acquired 17 new books; Business, 21; Communication & Social Sciences, 88; Justice Studies, 10; Education, 50; English & Humanities, 43; HPER, 36; Physical & Life Sciences, 66; Mathematical Sciences, 19; Music 38; Counseling, Psychology & Social Work, 57; Visual and Performing Arts, 16; and Library/General Collection, 12. Look for more information about these new books in forthcoming LLC newsletters and blog posts; please work with your library liaisons if you need any help integrating library holdings into your teaching.
Teaching and Learning Center
The TLC is restructuring this year and is working with faculty to provide continued support. Currently, the TLC is carving out a physical location in the basement of the Old Admin. The suite will be designed as faculty multiuse space and will focus on emerging technologies and pedagogies. Staff will continue to offer support for instructional technologies—both in the classroom and online—and support for instructional design and pedagogy. The TLC will also continue its new faculty orientation program, which will be led by Tracy Nobiling this year. Look for more information about the TLC forthcoming in its newsletters and blog posts.
HLC Reaffirmation Preparation
The writing of CSC’s assurance argument for our 2017 Reaffirmation bid is underway. In the coming weeks and months, individuals will be asked to submit appropriate documents as evidence in fulfillment of the criteria and core components. In addition, individuals will be asked to offer feedback on what has been written.
On August 28 in the Atrium, the Sandoz Center will host the “Filthy Electric Vector Rave” or FEVeR (#feverCSC) from 9:00 pm until Midnight. This event is a black light, neon, glow-in-the-dark rave dance for CSC Students, Faculty and Staff. For further information contact Sarah Polak.