Carthage College Faculty Meeting Minutes
August 29, 2014
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Provost David Garcia at 8:40 a.m.
Chris Von Dehsen delivered the invocation.
Welcome New Colleagues
Provost Garcia introduced new faculty by department, and Dr. Frank D. Hicks as the founding director of nursing program.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes from the May 2014 College Faculty Meeting were approved with one correction regarding the length of the term of academic senators.
Provost Garcia discussed his priorities for the upcoming year. These include clarifying faculty workload standards, faculty development, Carthage’s academic structure (and, correspondingly, the budget structure), academic program review, Handbook revision, increasing access to data that would be useful in decision-making across the campus, procedures for allocating space across campus, and graduate/professional/adult undergraduate studies. Provost Garcia announced that Bill Miller has agreed to head a task force focusing on adult undergraduate studies.
Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Brad Andrews presented data on enrollment trends, retention trends, and a variety of statistics about the incoming freshman class. One area of focus was on diversity of the student body. Brad noted a 49% increase in students of color in the incoming class. Brad and President Woodward noted some new and recent efforts Carthage is making to increase diversity and support underrepresented populations of students.
Reports of Committees
Deanna Byrnes reported a few updates from the Curriculum Committee and described its structure and functions for new faculty. Kim Instenes reported on the Carthage Symposium Committee, noting the need for additional CS courses and additional faculty to teach them.
Jim Ripley announced upcoming music department events, the first of which is the Patio Pops Concert at 2pm on Sunday September 14 in Siebert Chapel.
Jeff Roberg announced that the Political Science and CDM departments are hosting Milwaukee broadcaster Mike Gousha on Tuesday September 16. Mr. Gousha will be giving at talk on the 2014 election in Wisconsin at 6pm in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium. Jeff also announced that Carthage will be hosting a conference during Spring 2015 entitled “Democracy in the 21st Century. Carthage students are encouraged to participate as presenters in this conference.
Thomas Carr announced the discovery of a new triceratops during the Carthage dig in southeastern Montana this summer. He invited faculty to consider joining him and Carthage students next summer, either to help dig or to serve as chaperones on the trip.
Erik Kulke announced the 5th annual study abroad fair, scheduled for Thursday October 2. Erik asked faculty to help publicize this event, which will including information on opportunities abroad for studying, volunteering, interning, and teaching.
Art Cyr offered appreciation to the administration for their efforts to increase diversity among the student body.
Provost Garcia adjourned the meeting at 9:55 a.m.