To achieve the priorities outlined in the Master Academic Plan (MAP), Academic Affairs is implementing some changes in the 2014-15 academic year (AY). These changes were made in consultation with CSC faculty who met and provided feedback in April and who participated in the faculty survey (Faculty Survey of Academic Administration). Office assistants, professional staff, and the VPAA Council (Drs. Crouse, Hyer, Margetts, and Hines) convened on several occasions.
- An office assistant (OA) for the Dean for Liberal Arts and Essential Studies Program has been approved. In the fall 2011 there were the equivalent of 12 academic office assistants (OAI = 8; OAII = 4). Beginning 2014-15 Y, there are the equivalent of 10 academic OAII positions.
- During the 2014-15 AY an Academic Advisor position has been temporarily reallocated to a lecturer position. Ottley Wright will be teaching courses in the HPER department to assist with providing face-to-face classes.
- A new instructor position has been approved. This increases the number of fulltime faculty positions from 89 to 90. As noted below, Kaitlin Petri has filled this position. This additional position provides the opportunity to offer face-to-face business courses that were previously only available in the online format as well as meet the needs of the growing student enrollment in the business program.
I (along with VPAA council) am committed to working toward obtaining the positions outlined in the MAP. This includes faculty and the Director of Assessment positions.
Within Academic Affairs the following faculty have been hired to replace vacant positions due to departures and retirements:
- Ron Bolze – Applied Sciences (Range Management)
- Robin Brierly – Education (Reading)
- Steven Coughlin – English and Humanities
- Marc Daczewitz – Education (Special Education)
- Josh Ellis – Applied Sciences (Family and Consumer Sciences)
- William (Bill) Mullins – Music (one-year replacement for Dr. Margetts, Interim Dean)
- Kaitlin Petri – Business (the newly approved instructor position)
- Allison Tingley – Psychology.
Within Academic Affairs the following staff have been hired to fill vacancies:
- Brooks Hafey – Accompanist (start date 1 August)
- Jessyca Hovendick – Memorial Hall Office Assistant II (start date 21 July)
- Elizabeth Ledbetter – Instructional and Design Specialist (May 2014). This position is a reallocation of a library position
- Matthew Perrie – Electronic Resources Librarian-Technical Services (start date 14 July).
Current searches underway include:
- Office Assistant for the Liberal Arts and Essential Studies Dean.
The deans are currently reviewing alternatives for two faculty vacancies – one of which is due to a late departure and the other to medical issues.
In order to improve retention rates and to meet the growing needs of CSC’s international student population, Terri Haynes’s office will be located in 122 Burkhiser. At that location, she will continue to perform usual duties associated with the Start Team.
A schedule of the events and activities of the week prior (11-15 August) to the first day of class (18 August 2014) as well as the MAP update will be forthcoming.