Dean of Education; Health, Physical Education, Recreation/Sports Management; Psychology, Counseling and Social Work & Dean of Accreditation and Assessment – On March 23, 2015 Dr. James Powell will be interviewing on campus for the position. The candidate’s itinerary and CV have been circulated via email and may be accessed online:
I hope you have an opportunity to attend one of the sessions.
Dean of Liberal Arts & Essential Studies Program – Dr. James Margetts was offered the position and he has accepted. Two candidates were interviewed. The search committee made a recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). I made a recommendation to the President.
2015 Teaching Excellence Award
The CSC 2015 Teaching Excellence Awardee is Dr. James Wada. His packet has been forwarded to the Academic and Personnel Committee for consideration as the Nebraska State College System (NSCS) 2015 Teaching Excellence Awardee. During the Fall 2014 semester, nominations for the faculty 2015 Teaching Excellence Award were submitted. Nominees submitted applications. The Campus Review Committee examined applications and recommended an awardee. In turn the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) made a recommendation to the President.
The following Research Institute proposals have received funding: Dr. Steven Rolfsmeier: Updating the Status of Nebraska Liverworts and Hornworts; Ms. Torie Bandura: A Correlational Study of Social Media Use and Perception of Virtual Collaboration in U.S. Business Professionals; Dr. Robert Knight: National Transparency Regimes and Public Trust in Government; Dr. Shafiq Rahman: Twitter on Gaza War; Dr. Deane Tucker and Dr. Shafiq Rahman: Audience and Aesthetic Analysis and YouTube; Dr. Ann Buchmann: Roles of Sirtuin 1 and 6 in Base Excision Repair; Dr. Kathleen Kirsch, Dr. Mary Jo Carnot, Ms. Shaunda French, Dr. Susan Schaeffer: Health Habits of the CSC Students. During the 2014-15 Academic Year (AY), the Research Institute Committee (RIC) was earmarked with $25,000 for faculty research. The RIC members, as a Faculty Senate committee, reviewed and recommended for approval these proposals. As referenced in the Faculty Calendar, submission of proposals is due to the Office of the Vice President in mid-September. The initial call for proposal transpires upon the beginning of the fall semester.
For the 2014-15 AY, 39 faculty members were awarded up to $450 to pursue faculty development activities. This fund has a total allocation of $16,000. The Chair of the Faculty Development Committee, a standing committee of Faculty Senate, initiates the call for proposals, typically during the fall semester. The Faculty Development Grant Form is available in the CSC forms repository; the form provides the instructions.
Professional Staff Development
For the 2014-15 AY, 25 different professional staff were awarded between $200-$400 to enhance their skills. This fund has a total of $10,000. The Professional Development Grant Form is available in the CSC forms repository; the form provides the instructions.
Support Staff Development
During the 2014-15 AY, assistance to augment knowledge and skills has been awarded to four different support staff. This fund has a total of $3580. The Support Staff Grant Form is available in the CSC forms repository; the form provides the instructions.
Teaching and Learning Center Foundation Account – Another Milestone Attained
We have accomplished another milestone that is outlined in the Master Academic Plan (MAP) 6.4. Through generous donations from CSC faculty and staff, the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) Foundation Account has crossed the $10,000 mark. It is now an endowment that will perpetually provide funds for the TLC. The ultimate goal is for $50,000. Thank you for your resilience in creating the TLC and willingness to take it to the next level in the MAP.
Early on in the fall semester 2006, a few faculty members suggested pursuing the establishment of a Teaching and Learning Center. In November 2006, CSC began participation in the four-year Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning, measuring and improving the effectiveness of the General Studies Program. The initial plan included the creation of an institute for faculty teaching and learning excellence. In the Spring 2007, peer reviewers for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducted a comprehensive evaluation visit of CSC and suggested CSC consider the creation of a Teaching and Learning Center.
Upon the completion of the HLC Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning, in October 2010, success was not achieved with creating an institute for faculty teaching and learning excellence. In April 2011 through the Red Balloon project, the TLC idea was proposed. In June 2011, a team of faculty attended an institute to prepare a timeline and plan for the creation of the TLC. The plan was initiated during the 2011-12 AY. Currently the TLC consists of a four-person team.
Graduate Studies Program
Based on feedback from graduate faculty gathered in several early March meetings as well as submitted proposals and thoughts, several changes are being implemented to the Graduate Studies Programs.
First, a Graduate Office will be established in Crites Hall. This will begin in earnest in May and occur over the summer. Marianne Mowry, the project coordinator with the MBA and MSOM programs, will be located in Crites, along with the new project coordinator position to assist the ME and MAE programs. These two individuals will cross-train one another in their respective duties. Melissa Mitchell, the Director of Records, will also cross-train in the duties of both coordinators. Both project coordinators will continue to report to the Graduate Dean.
Second, a faculty member will serve as the new Graduate Studies Coordinator. The responsibilities and compensation would be similar to the Essential Studies Program Coordinator. These changes are a necessary first step to meet the current demands. In order to meet growth demands, other additions and/or frameworks will be considered. Feedback from the various sources offers potential options. Such efforts mesh with MAP Priority #5, which is to study, create, and implement a strategic vision for the Graduate Studies Program. The MAP is a living document; therefore, actions/projects are tweaked, modified, or redirected to achieve the priority.
LLC Electronic Databases
Electronic Resources Librarian Mathew Perrie provides information on LLC electronic databases usage — http://academic.csc.edu/llc/blog/?page_id=52. A presentation and discussion of the results of his analyses will transpire at the 7 April 2015 (11:00 am) Faculty Senate Meeting and a joint Executive Council/ Cabinet (15 April) meeting, and through requested department appointments.