COE Leadership Council
September 15, 2016
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Hill 314
In attendance: David Hough, Russ Brock, Gilbert Brown, Denise Cunningham, Janice Duncan, Karen Engler, Cathy Pearman, James Satterfield, Candace Fairbairn, Tami Arthaud, Kim Dubree, Chris Craig
Chris Craig attended LC to discuss a possible new COE affiliated project. This would involve providing a certificate program for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Students in the MSU BASE program would most likely be the pool of students. The program would run for two years, students would stay in a residential setting, audit courses (15 hours) per semester and have one fulltime instructor and director for support. Faculty from child and family development, counseling, speech-language, special education, kinesiology, student affairs and other departments could potentially be involved. Programs such as this are offered at other colleges, such as UMC and UMKC in Missouri; Clemson and the University of South Florida. The goal would be to form a grant writing team to submit a proposal for funding which Dean Hough et al. would work with donors to raise additional funds. Ultimately any new program such as this would need to be self-sufficient within 3 to 5 years for sustainability. Students would receive a certificate and attend commencement. David and Chris have a two year time frame to raise the money via grants and donors. Chris is using Project ACCESS funds to pay for travel for himself, Rebecca Woodard, et al. to attend a conference in Fairfax, Virginia on November 30 – December 2. Dean Hough would like to support this effort, so he agreed to approve travel for up to three COE faculty to attend with Chris and Rebecca. Gilbert Brown and Tami Arthaud volunteered, agreeing to the terms so they could attend the conference in Virginia. LC members approved moving forward. Denise Cunningham, Cathy Pearman and Janice Duncan volunteered to assist as well.
Dean Hough had the proposed draft policy to support reimbursement for mileage for practicum oversight distributed. The policy states that travel must be farther than ten miles from the MSU campus and ten miles from one’s residence to be reimbursed because a number of supervisors live close to the schools they supervise. A discussion came up regarding the Internship Academy and how in the future people may be traveling further and a $400 limit wouldn’t cover their mileage. Also, if we expanded to schools in St. Louis or Kansas City. It was decided that the $400 limit would be removed and the dean would look at the policy again. Once in place, the account would be monitored monthly.
The COE Personnel Committee was discussed. Instead of each department and Greenwood sending the names of three tenured faculty members each and LC selecting the members, the departments and Greenwood will elect their own tenured faculty member to be on the committee. Department Heads and Janice were asked to have this on their next faculty meeting agenda and to send the name of the faculty member elected to the dean and to copy Sharon.
Regarding MACTE Conference registration/reservations, everyone should take care of it themselves and work through Teresa Steele after obtaining approval from Dean Hough.
Gilbert Brown and James Satterfield, along with Dean Hough will be visiting two districts in St. Louis and Kansas City to pinpoint students interested in pursuing a degree in teacher education and attending our university. The districts are Hickman-Mills, Raytown Quality Schools, Riverview Gardens and Pattonville. This is part of the university’s plan for more diverse students. We want the students to come here and be successful. Karen Engler suggested looking at charter schools in St. Louis and Kansas City. Gilbert and the dean are open to working with them as this takes off.
James Satterfield suggested working with the Chamber of Commerce regarding giving people new to the area a better perception of Springfield. Dean Hough said this was brought up at his P/T seminar yesterday, as well. The topic was opinions of culture in their departments regarding teaching, research and service. The dean’s next meeting with the P & T Seminar group will discuss research and be held in the One Room Schoolhouse. He wants to have their meetings at different places to help new faculty become familiar with Springfield and surrounding communities.
The agenda for the Faculty Advisory Council meeting scheduled for September 28th was discussed by the dean. They will discuss a program support request from Gilbert for SAHE. The dean will give FAC documents with data on credit hour production, total course enrollment and student Fall headcount by departments to look at prior to making decisions. Gilbert has requested $4,900 to support efforts in recruiting students for SAHE. They need to reach out to more markets, especially through social media. Four of the SAHE students graduating in May are making PEER presentations which will help them in the long run with the job market. Dean Hough asked LC members if it was approved by FAC, would they support the request. Members supported the request. Other topics at FAC include discussing promoting research publications in Tier I journals and making rigorous presentations at conferences, and the annual reviews and assignments, especially the definition of research active which needs to have tangible outcomes.
Dean Hough will meet with the Budget Committee on September 30th. They will discuss a study away challenge grant, certification/field experience supports, and numerous budget priorities which include promoting research publications in Tier I journals, to continue Counselors 2 Campus, but specify that students should be education majors, two presentations from Jon Turner, Gilbert’s SAHE program support request and program support for recruitment and retention. James Sottile is also working on a job description for certification/clinical placement. The dean will ask the budget committee if they want to pursue it.
Around the Table:
COE Homecoming events were discussed. Friday, October 14, is the One Room Schoolhouse scholarship presentation at approximately 1:30 p.m. The recipient is Kristin Ruhl, a senior in RFT. The MSU Class of 1966 will be in attendance. Cookies and cider will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend. The other event is the COE Homecoming Tent on Saturday, October 15, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. A flyer will be sent to departments/GLS to distribute to faculty/staff and will also go out electronically. Food will be catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ. So far there will be four games for children. Encourage faculty to attend. There is a large number of COE alumni/friends that attend, along with current faculty, staff and students.
He is on the University’s architectural committee for COE Hill Hall renovations. Twenty applications were narrowed down to three and Helix was chosen. They all believe this group will do the best job for the $11 million budget. There will be meetings with focal groups scheduled. The psychology department will stay in Hill Hall. Some people may not return to their current office locations due to plans to possibly group faculty by programs.
Bills have been passed requiring school districts to provide dyslexia screenings next year. Someone called him to see if RPDC would be providing training classes. They currently have two sessions on October 13th to provide information and have in depth training sessions later. Let him know if there are any faculty that have expertise regarding dyslexia. Janice Duncan has a tutor that has experience and she does, too.
She and Sara Tipton will be presenting Teacher Internship Academy evaluation results at MACTE.
The Child Development Center is having a float in the Homecoming Parade. A per course faculty member from CFD is helping them. Denise is having a meeting at 4:00 p.m. today regarding Early Childhood students having internships at High Point in Nixa next year.
Academic Integrity Days is next week. There are numerous sessions including plagiarism, cutting/pasting on assignments, and cheating. Anyone is welcome to attend. Branson School District is sending 100 seniors to attend. Cathy is also meeting with faculty in the different programs and establishing advisory boards.
Enrollment is at 375. They have all of the ELE 303 practicum students (123) at their school. Things are going well so far. Students are working in classrooms and also doing cafeteria and playground duty, but with specific projects. Greenwood Homecoming is September 30. The brunch is October 1. They are registering students for the Lego Robotics Contest which went well last year. They are also sponsoring the High School Scholars Bowl and have a new zoology class.
He is going to COE classes and having a meet and greet with the students and has met with two classes so far. The goal is retention, success, and employment. He is letting the students know they can come and talk to him if they are having problems. Leadership Council is canceled for September 22nd and 29th, but Dean Hough will meet with the department heads, Janice, Gilbert and James on September 22nd, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., in a room at the Hotel Vandivort. A meeting invite with information will be emailed. The focus will be on moving in the direction of being more research active and putting resources behind it. Breakfast will be provided.
Meeting adjourned at 11:00 a.m.
Submitted by Sharon Lopinot