FAC Minutes 01-11-18

College of Natural Science

Faculty Advisory Council

Meeting Minutes

January 11, 2018

Present: S. Beceiro Novo, B. Coughlin, F. Downes, J. Hu, S. Levental, E. Litchman, D. Liu, D. Long, B. McCarthy, K. Olson, N. Ostrom, F. Peterson, C. Sisk, F. Telewski, M. TerAvest, K. Walker, and K. Yu


Interim Dean Cheryl Sisk was introduced.


Approval of Minutes. The minutes from the December 14, 2017 meeting was approved as written.


University Committee on Faculty Affairs Report

No report.


NatSci Student Advisory Council Report

No report.


University Council/Faculty Senate Committee Report

No report.


Update from Chairs & Directors Meeting

C. Sisk provided an update from the January Chairs and Directors Meeting.


Old Business


Dean Search Update

Interviews for five candidates have been scheduled between January 11 – February 2, 2018. Some candidates who interviewed during the last round are still part of the pool. The search is still open, and additional candidates can still apply and be considered.


Alternative SIRS

The SIRS Subcommittee met and came up with an updated draft, which consists of 6 yes/no and 2 open-ended question. A draft will be distributed in the middle of January with the hope of approval by the FAC at the February meeting. The stated purpose of improving the course will be part of the assessment. It was noted that at some point an evaluation to be used for faculty RPT, etc. will be necessary.


New Business


University Award Recipient Update

F. Peterson reported that NatSci faculty did very well with obtaining university awards. Of the 14 college nominations made, 8 were granted awards. It seems the instruction to nominees provided by the FAC and their review of packets before submission pays off. A list of all university award recipients was distributed to the FAC via email in late December.


Chemistry Bylaw Review

Council members completed the review of the Chemistry Bylaws. F. Peterson will compile comments and forward them to CEM.


Next Meeting: February 8, 2018