Minutes of the Faculty Meeting
21 March 2006, Massengill Lecture Hall
Faculty Present: 85.
On Sabbatical: M. Almeder, J. Lynch, L. Lynch, J. Sandborg, and J. Spielman.
On Leave: J. Acquaviva and W. Larson-Harris.
Excused: A. Addington, R. Ankney, K. Baker, R. Balasubramanian, M. Berntson, R. Carpenter, G. Dunn, G. Gibbs, R. Grant,
S. Hardwig, J. Hora, S. Hughes, P. Jordahl, M. Kuchar, D. Lape, D. Lowry, J. Maina, G. McKee, V. Miller, T. Peppers,
L. Pysh, and B. Stauffer.
Not recorded as present or excused: G. Fleming, B. Jenkins, F. Ruiz, and H. Warshawsky.
The meeting was called to order at 4:09 pm.
1. The invocation was delivered by Chaplain Henrickson.
2. The minutes of the meetings of 22 February 2006, were approved with the following corrections:
Dean Whitson asked if the new policy ASC brought before the faculty would extend beyond AY 2005-2006. Dr. Leeson
indicated this was correct.
3. Report of the Curriculum Committee, Dr. Virginia Stewart.
The Curriculum Committee recommends approval of the following changes to the Political Science major and minors,
including the new course, POLI 340 and 340L:
POLI 340: Research Methods in Public Affairs and POLI 340L: Research Methods in Public Affairs Lab. An
examination of the research methodologies and techniques used in the study of public policy and politics. The course
emphasizes both qualitative and quantitative methods. The lab focuses on statistical applications. Prerequisite: POLI 101[as
re-numbered] and at least two other courses in the major or permission. (1) (3 hours lecture + 3 hours computer lab)
Instructors: Wilson and Peppers.
Note: This course will be cross listed as CJUS 340 and IREL 340. It replaces the current 245-345 sequence in Political
Science, Criminal Justice, and International Relations, and it replaces the 245 requirement in Environmental Policy and the
245 option in the Sociology minor and Psychology’s Human Development concentration.
New Political Science Major:
Note: The two paragraphs describing the PS major on p. 110 of the catalog will be deleted and replaced by the
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in political science is awarded to students who successfully complete 12 units
from the program of study outlined below:
I. Core Requirements (students must complete each of the following):
A. 101 (American National Government)
B. 231 (International Politics)
C. 250 (Public Policy)
D. 340 (Public Affairs Research Methods)
E. 401 (Senior Seminar)
II. Institutions (at least 1 from category):
A. 201 (State and Local Government)
B. 202 (American Political Behavior)
C. 204 (Mass Media)
D. 205 (American Political Institutions)
E. 214 (Judicial Process)
F. 232 (International Organizations)
G. 301 (Public Administration)
III. Comparative Politics (at least 1 from category)
A. 221 (Comparative Political Systems: Europe)
B. 222 (Comparative Political Systems: Asia)
C. 224 (Comparative Political Systems: Africa)
D. 225 (Comparative Political Systems: Latin America)
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IV. Applied Policy (at least 1 from category)
A. 240 (Public Opinion Polling)
B. 251 (Environmental Public Policy)
C. 252 (Human Rights Policy)
D. 331 (U.S. Foreign Policy)
E. 333 (Global Political Economy)
V. Political Theory (at least 1 from category)
A. 342 (Western Political Theory)
B. 343 (American Political Theory)
VI. Public Law (at least 1 from category)
A. 211 (Criminal Justice)
B. 213 (Criminal Law)
C. 311 (American Constitutional Law)
D. 312 (Civil Liberties)
At least four courses at the 300 or above level are required to complete the major.
SGA President Bass asked how the new requirement would effect those already in the Political Science major.
Dr. Wilson indicated this major will become effective in September 2006 and would not effect already declared majors.
Hearing no further discussion, Moderator Selby called for a vote. Motion passed.
The Curriculum Committee recommends approval of the following change to the Criminal Justice major:
In response to the replacement of POLI 245 and 345 with the new POLI 340, the Criminal Justice major will still require
12 units, but Group A ―Criminal Justice‖ will reduce to ―three required units‖: 211, 340, 401; and Group D ―Electives‖
will expand to ―four required units‖: including ―two from Group II: Related Studies‖ rather than the current ―one from
Group II: Related Studies.‖
Hearing no discussion, Moderator Selby called for a vote. Motion passed.
The Curriculum Committee reports the following changes to the catalog:
The renumbering of POLI 102 to 101 will result in the following additional changes to the academic catalog where 102 is
Competency Standards for Political Science (p. 30);
Education’s History and Social Science Licensure program (p. 74);
Environmental Policy major (p. 81);
Environmental Science major (p. 82);
Legal Studies concentration (p. 101).
4. Report of the Vice-President and Dean of the College, Dr. John Day.
Dean Day moved that the faculty approve for graduation in May 2006, those students whose name appear on the list
circulated by the Registrar’s office, assuming they complete their degree requirements. Motion seconded.
Hearing no changes to the list, Moderator Selby called for a vote. Motion passed.
Dean Day thanked the members of the Roanoke Community–faculty, staff, and students–for the many expressions of
condolences upon the death of his mother last month. They have felt comforted and supported by the many cards, emails,
and personal expressions of sympathy. Thank you very much.
Seventy-five percent of the tenure track hiring is complete. Searches in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, East Asian
History, Latin American History, and Health and Human Performance have been completed. These new faculty will add
significantly to the diversity of the faculty. The searches in Art History, Business, and Political Science continue and should
be finished soon. The departments and their chairs were thanked for the excellent work.
At a recent Dean’s Council meeting, a project for the on-line reporting of annual report information (FACT), developed by
Information Technology’s Sarah Land, was demonstrated. Faculty secretaries and others will be trained this spring for the
initial launch. The aim is to develop one central source of information for annual reports, listings for Faculty/Scholar,
external grant applications and other forms of institutional information. Dean Day is thankful to Sarah for her work.
Advisors used to keyboard the registration of each of their advisees. This forced important interaction between advisor and
student. Now, with advances in technology, students do their own registration. Anecdotal information suggests that there are
fewer advisor/advisee contacts as a result. The expectation remains that advisors will meet with each of their advisees.
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Advisors have the authority to place and remove holds on registration of advisees. If a response is not received from the
advisee to meet with him, he will use this capability. Please consider using it also.
Plans continue to open Learning Enhancement Center next fall in the Library. The aim is to bring together under one
umbrella: Academic Services, Peer Tutoring, Special Services, the current Center for Teaching and Learning, along with the
new Writing Center, with important links to technology and information literacy of the Library.
Sandee McGlaun, the newly hired Writing Center Director, visited campus last week. She met with several people on
campus. There is excitement about her arrival on campus in the fall.
Dean Day would like to establish an advisory group to be a resource to the new Learning Enhancement Center. We are
especially looking to replace Katherine Hoffman, who has served single-handedly as Director of the Teaching and Learning
Center which will be integrated into the new Learning Enhancement Center. Faculty who are interested in working on those
efforts need to contact Dean Day.
5. Report of the Resources and Planning Committee. Dr. Roland Minton.
The Resources and Planning Council reports the following change to the Faculty Handbook:
22.214.171.124 RESOURCES AND PLANNING COUNCIL
The work of the Resources and Planning Council is guided by the Trustee-adopted College Statement of Purpose, the
College's Institutional Standing Goals, Curriculum Goals, and the Decennial Long-Range Plan. The responsibilities of the
Resources and Planning Council shall be to:
The work of the Resources and Planning Council is guided by the Trustee-adopted vision, mission and purpose
statements, the College's institutional goals and long-range plan. The responsibilities of the Resources and Planning
Council shall be to:
6. Report and discussion, GEG+ Winnowing Committee. Dr. Jennifer Maclean.
The fourteen-member Winnowing Committee has been charged to reduce the eight new curricula that were proposed at the
February 10 poster session to three or four for a faculty vote. Following the poster session, many on the committee were
overwhelmed at the enormity of the charge. To aid in moving beyond this, the committee felt a need to engage the faculty in
a discussion on integrated learning. The circulated document outlines five types of integrative learning—individual,
horizontal, vertical, integration with a co-curriculum, and external integration—and their basic components. The committee
asked the faculty to focus the discussion on the three questions in relation to these different types of integrated learning:
What are the pros and cons of each type;
Which type or types the committee should focus on and why;
Which of these types can we integrate with excellence.
An animated discussion followed. Some Winnowing Committee members kept notes of the discussion to assist in further
planning of the winnowing process.
Following the discussion, the committee asked all faculty to complete a response form to determine the faculty’s opinions.
7. New Business.
Dr. Katherine Hoffman. Applications are now being accepted for next year's Faculty-Staff Learning Community on
the First-Year Student Experience. Applications for 2006-2007 are due this Friday, March 24.
Dr. Leeson. A reminder from ASC. Faculty who plan to administer their final exam on Blackboard must have a
backup plan in the event Blackboard is unavailable.
Dr. Selby. A lecture by Dr. James I. Robertson will be presented on March 29th in Massengill. Dr. Robertson has just
published a biography on R. E. Lee. Please encourage students to attend.
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Dr. Hanstedt. The college is entering the third year of a writing intensive grant. The writing initiative grant program
provides non-English Department faculty with an opportunity to explore the relationship between writing and thinking
in a variety of settings—GST 101/102, a possible first-year seminar, and a writing intensive course. There is a one
time $2,000 stipend. An informational meeting will be held in Patterson, Wednesday, 29 March, 4:00.
Dr. O’Toole will soon host a faculty and staff social at her apartment in Alleghany Hall. More details will be announced in
SGA President Andrew Bass. Student Government elections are coming up. Please encourage students to run. Student
government isn’t effective unless students participate. Packets are available in Colket.
Meeting was adjourned at 5:40 pm.
Karen F. Harris
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