Hiring and Job Search News
Dr. James Powell has accepted the Position of Dean for the School of EHPCPSW. With the retirement of Dr. Margaret Crouse, a national search was conducted.
Dr. Kimberly Cox has accepted the tenure-track position within the English and Humanities Department. With the retirement of Dr. Kathy Bahr, a national search was conducted.
Faculty searches still in progress include: one Education position; two Music positions; one Business position; one Science position; and one Art position.
Staff searches are in progress for the following positions: Assessment and Curricula Design Director; Project Coordinator in the Graduate Studies Program; and OAIII for the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Faculty Development News
Willie Hoffman will officially become Dr. Willie Hoffman. He has successfully completed his dissertation.
Learning Management System Host Migration
CSC has signed a contract with Longsight Services to host our Learning Management System (LMS), Sakai. We will be switching over from our current host, ANI, in June. We have selected Sunday, June 7, as our window date for host migration completion. Upon completion, an exact copy of our ANI-hosted LMS will be replicated on our Longsight-hosted LMS. While the system is scheduled to be offline all of Sunday, June 7, it may be available earlier. If this is the case, a campus-wide announcement will be made.
The host migration will affect users minimally. Barring the June 7 interruption of service, CSC Online and the LMS will continue to operate as usual. The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) has developed a communications plan that is designed to help faculty, staff, and students plan for the migration this summer and to utilize new resources provided by Longsight moving forward.
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March 2015 Board of Trustees Meeting
At the NSCS 26 March Board of Trustees Meeting, numerous items were approved (see 26 March 2015 Board Materials, http://www.nscs.edu/board-materials.htm). A few notable Board Policy changes include:
- 4430 Transfer of Credits and Degrees (page 36)
- 4140 Academic Program and Degrees (pages 30-31)
- 4420 Dual Enrollment Courses Delivered to High Schools (pages 33-34).
The CSC President’s Report (pages 224-225) provides information to Board members regarding significant achievements and/or items of concern. For instance, the President’s report states “The LLC is a lively place but there is concern about its infrastructure. The Reta King Library Building (established 1966) has an old HVAC system. People are regularly too hot or too cold in the building, and many of us worry that ‘LLC weather’ threatens our efforts.” Thank you for voicing your concerns regarding the LLC HVAC system.
Regarding the process of board policy changes, proposed changes may be initiated from the three state colleges and/or the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) office. Within CSC, proposed changes are first sent to the VPAA; next the proposed changes are sent to the VPAAs of the colleges and the NSCS Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Partnership (VCAPP). In turn, the proposed changes are sent to CSC Faculty Senate for feedback. The VPAA takes the feedback to the Chief Academic Officers (CAO) meeting for discussion with the VPAAs from Wayne State College and Peru State College as well as the VCAPP. The CAO meeting occurs prior to the Board of Trustees meeting. In some cases, additional feedback from each campus may transpire. At the subsequent Board of Trustees meeting, the changes usually are presented to the Board of Trustees members.
Graduate Studies Program
An important goal for the Graduate Studies Programs will be to pursue resources for the eventual hiring of either a graduate dean or an associate graduate dean. In meetings with the administration, graduate faculty members were advised that it might take several years to achieve this goal. In the interim, the following steps are being taken:
- A Graduate Studies Faculty Coordinator (similar to the Essential Studies Program Faculty Coordinator) will be sought. This is the interim option most favored by faculty feedback. Those interested in this position may contact the Graduate Dean. In order to mitigate the potential effects on an applicant’s department, the Graduate Dean will work closely with the faculty member’s department chair. Should an appropriate faculty candidate not be found, other options for the Coordinator position would be pursued, keeping in mind faculty concerns about appropriate qualifications.
As the position is currently conceived, the Graduate Studies Faculty Coordinator would be involved in some of the following tasks:
- Assist Graduate Dean
- Help create Graduate Council agendas
- Attend Graduate Council
- Assist with graduate curricula
- Present graduate catalog changes before Academic Review
- Serve on Commencement Committee
- Work with project coordinators to prepare graduate commencement, including listing of impending graduates
- Develop and implement orientation for each graduate program regarding expectations of orals committee members
- Keep Graduate Studies homepage current, including list of graduate faculty and general directions regarding paperwork submission
- Check all graduate-related documents for accuracy and consistency
- House student portfolios in an appropriate location
- A Graduate Office will be established in Crites Hall. Progress on the office will begin this month and will be completed over summer. Marianne Mowry, the project coordinator with the MBA and MSOM programs, will be located there before the end of the month, along with the person hired in the new project coordinator position to assist the ME and MAE programs. The search for this new project coordinator is currently underway. As was indicated in the last VPAA update, these two individuals will cross-train one another in their respective duties. Both project coordinators will report to the Graduate Dean.
Please note that the project coordinator in the advertised position is not the Graduate Program Faculty Coordinator discussed in the first bulleted item. Understandably, the “coordinator” terminology has caused some confusion.
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.
Progress Since 2007 Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Comprehensive Evaluation
Last year, 199 students utilized the Office of Student Academic Issues and Concerns (see: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/10608). In Fall 2011, this office was established in response to the HLC 2007 Comprehensive Visit that encouraged CSC to improve the procedure for addressing student concerns and complaints. While this was not an HLC recommendation or requirement, CSC utilized this and other evidence to engage in critical self-reflection and continuous improvement.
The office of Student Academic Issues and Concerns is located on the 2nd floor of Old Admin and falls under the direction of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Essential Studies, Dr. Jim Margetts. The Office provides a consistent process for tracking and addressing student concerns and complaints. Additionally, the Office has provided Victoria Volkman – the graduate student who staffs the office – with new experiences that will help her hone her professional skills. Victoria is in the Office Monday through Wednesday this semester and can be reached at 432-6482 or at email@example.com.
Graduate students are directed to send all concerns to the Graduate Dean, Dr. Joel Hyer in Burkhiser.