Along with this document, there are two other documents: Events prior to the first week of Fall 2015 classes and Opening Day (21 August). Hopefully, you will find this helpful in your planning. As these are tentative plans, an updated version will be sent in early August. The first day of Fall 2015 classes, 24 August, is 15 weeks from this Monday.
Hiring Search News
McKay Tebbs has accepted a non-tenure-track position within the Music Department. With the resignation of Charles Carey, a national search was conducted.
Faculty searches still in progress include: two Education positions; one Music position; 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.
During the 2015-16 academic year, Dr. Crouse and Dr. Bahr will be working for CSC on a part-time basis to assist the College in critical areas. Dr. Bahr will focus on the HLC April 2017 Reaffirmation Assurance Argument (MAP #1-6). Dr. Crouse will focus on providing assistance to the new Dean (MAP priority #6), teaching two courses, and helping with submission external oversight reports (MAP #1-6).
Faculty and Staff News
Chairs for 2015-16 AY
- Education – Dr. Lorie Hunn
- Health, Physical Education, and Recreation – Dr. Scott Ritzen
- Counseling, Psychology, and Social Work – Dr. Laura Gaudet
- Applied Sciences — Dr. Teresa Frink
- Business — Dr. Rick Koza
- CASS — Dr. Robert Knight
- English and Humanities — Dr. Lee Miller
- Justice Studies — Dr. Jamie Wada
- Math — Dr. Robert Stack
- Music — Dr. Michael Stephens
- Sciences — Dr. Wendy Jamison
- Visual and Performing Arts — Laura Bentz
US Forest Service and CSC Collaboration
US Forest Service and CSC faculty and staff members met 17 April 2015. The outcome of the meeting was to create a Planning and Implementation team. The purpose of the team includes creation of a timeline, communication plan, and identification of tangible strategies (or projects). The CSC team members include Dr. Mike Bogner, Dr. Joel Hyer, Deena Kennell, Tony Perlinski, and Dr. Donna Ritzen.
Chadron State College’s application as an institutional participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) has been accepted. Approved institutions are listed with the SARA initiative website: http://www.nc-sara.org/states/nb. Wayne State College and Peru State College are also institutional participants. As described in the 29 August 2014 VPAA Update, a CSC Task Team (Terie Dawson; Ann Burk; Jon Hansen; Dr. Margaret Crouse; Dr. Charles Snare) was formed to consider participation within SARA.
Higher Education News
On 24 April 2015 the President of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), Judith Eaton, sent a response letter (http://www.chea.org/pdf/CHEA%20Accreditor%20Response
%20to%20Alexander%20Accred%20Paper.pdf) to Senator Lamar Alexander and the Committee on Health Education, Labor & Pension about their March 2015 whitepapers (http://www.help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=4dc6f28c-e8ea-4a94-9c82-91db98e10c0d). These documents provide insight into the history and politics of accreditation as well as many of its pivotal moments. Higher education is at another pivotal moment. At the core of the debate is whether or not peer review works. Regardless of the outcome of this debate, CSC is positioned to land on its feet. We have charted a direction with the Master Academic Plan (MAP) that enhances our strengths, seeks continuous improvement, and strives to be a role model for higher education with respect to excellence in teaching and learning.
Previous VPAA Updates – 14 November 2014, 16 January 2015, 11 February 2015, and 24 February 2015 – outline the structure and role of accreditation, as it pertains to CSC. If you have questions about accreditation, the MAP, and/or just need a break, I will be in the LLC Coffee Shop (Book Ends) on 7 May (Thursday) 2015 from 10:30 am to noon, and would be happy to discuss these (or other) topics with you.
Graduate Studies Programs
Pursuing resources for the eventual hiring of either a graduate dean or an associate graduate dean continues to be the ultimate goal. Meanwhile, two important interim steps have been taken:
- Over the past few weeks, interested individuals contacted the Graduate Dean to apply for the position of Graduate Studies Faculty Coordinator (similar to the Essential Studies Program Faculty Coordinator). In order to ascertain the potential effects on applicants’ departments, the Graduate Dean worked closely with the applicants’ department chairs. Another consideration of the Graduate Dean included past experience/involvement in graduate programs. As a result of the review process, Dr. Kathleen Kirsch has been asked to serve as the Graduate Studies Faculty Coordinator for the next two years.
The Faculty Coordinator role is still evolving; however, Dr. Kirsch will likely be involved in some of the following tasks:
- Assist Graduate Dean
- Help create Graduate Council agendas
- Attend Graduate Council
- Assist with graduate curriculum
- 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 portfolios in an appropriate location
- Progress continues on establishing a Graduate Office in Crites Hall. The search for a new non-faculty Project Coordinator position to assist the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Master of Arts in Education (MAE) programs is in full swing. In addition, Marianne Mowry has moved to the Graduate Office in Crites Hall.
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.
With the departure of Tamsyn Carey last fall and Steve Taylor’s retirement at the end of June 2015, Study Abroad has found a new home. All campus Study Abroad and Study Away activities will be coordinated through the office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Essential Studies Program (ESP), Dr. Jim Margetts.
Meetings are currently being held to chart the future course of the CSC Study Abroad/Away effort. A task force was recently formed to create a proposed timeline and program rotation. Members of the task force are Dr. Jim Margetts and Sherry Douglas (co-chairs), Dr. Tracy Nobiling, Dr. Donna Ritzen, Dr. Patti Blundell, and Dr. Jamie Wada. If anyone from the campus would like to contribute input to the proceedings, please contact one of these individuals.