Dean’s Diary for October 5, 2012
“BACK to the FUTURE”
It’s been almost a month since I last wrote. Just learned in a joint meeting with Psychology and Counseling faculties that the Forest Institute merger cannot take place due to a number of details. Even so, the hundreds of hours of work by scores of individuals from CHHS and Carrington coupled with interest by our own fine Counseling faculty has actually generate enthusiasm that can now be channeled internally as we explore the feasibility of developing new programs sans sifting through the detail rubble. The entire MSU and greater Southwest Missouri community owe President Clif Smart and Provost Frank Einhellig (plus a host of others) a debt of gratitude for the professional manner with which this matter was handled. Ergo, in a word: THANKS!
Here are a few updates about goings-on:
Dr. Sue George is doing a terrific job leading our accreditation effort. Soon, a proposed organizational structure consisting of a leadership team, work groups, and existing committee will be shared. Both comments and volunteers will be welcome. This approach will be open, transparent, and inclusive. Even though NCATE’s official letter of notification will not be received until later this month, we are generating ideas and making plans. . . . Much more on this in the coming weeks.
I am posting the minutes to the COE Leadership Council and Budget Committee meetings on my blog. Hope folk take time to log in and give them a “read” at:
The first CEFS dept. head candidate is on campus today (and was here yesterday, as well) for interviews. Candidates #2 and #3 will be on campus by and by. . . .
I am hearing good things about program faculty working together on their Student Supports Application Forms that are due October 15th by 5:00 PM. We have rescheduled the Budget Committee meeting for later in the month, so applications can be reviewed by committee members before making final decisions regarding funding.
I am trying to find a day in early November for a College Faculty Meeting, so we can hear reports from each Task Force, discuss findings, and consider future directions. During that same meeting I would like us to discuss departmental RP&T guidelines in terms of (a) whether or not units want to consider or reconsider adding a personal dispositions component and (b) whether or not a college review of some sort should be added. These are not new issues, but I think the discussions should occur college-wide given the current focus.
As always, I trust you will join our efforts to improve communication and cooperation as we “create a legacy of learning” throughout Southwest Missouri and beyond.