April 12, 2007
Academic Council Meeting
Minutes of April 12, 2007
University of the Pacific
Library Community Room
Business: E. Typpo (p), N. Peery (p)
Conservatory: F. Rose (p), D. Ebbers (p)
College: M. Bates (p), K. Day (p), L. Fox (p), B. Klunk (p), D. Maxwell (a), A. Smith (a), L. Spreer (a), B. Swagerty (a), L. Koehler (p), C. Vierra (p), K. Whittington (p), X. Zhou (a)
Dental: R. Cohan (p), B. Lundergan (p), C. Lyon (p)
Education: R. Oprandy (p), L. Webster (a)
Emeriti: R. di Franco (p)
Engineering: C.W. Lee (p), M. Shami (p)
Law: G. Harris (a), K. Yelpaala (a)
Library: C. Hsieh (a)
Pharmacy: S. Bellamy (a), Dave Fries (a), J. Livesey (p), M. Ravnan (a)
SIS: S. Sample (p)
Student: P. Mauriello (a)
Ex-Officio: R. Roshanak (a), D. DaGrade (a), G. Pearson (a), P. Gilbertson (p), G. Jongeward (a), Mike McCallum (p), E. Wittrup (a), S. Wheeler (a), E. Thomas (a), L. Itaya (a), D. Abood (a), M. Canniff (a), C. Manolakas (a), S. Sample (p), R. Oprandy (p), T. Wrensch (a), Sandy Bellamy (a), J. Blankenship (a), H. Trexler (a)
Observer: J. Purnell (a)
Guests: Margee Ensign, SIS, Louise Stark, SOECS, Phil Oppenheimer, TJLSPHS
Chair Brian Klunk called the meeting to order at 3:14. Chair Klunk thanked Dean Phil Oppenheimer for hosting the meeting at the Pharmacy School and for providing refreshments.
1. Approval of Minutes
Motion: M. Bates moved, F. Rose seconded to approve the minutes of March 8, 2007 meeting.
The minutes were unanimously approved.
2. Provost's Report
Provost Gilbertson informed the council that on the counter near the sign in sheet for today's meeting, there is a commencement flyer reminding us that commencement will be held on May 19, 2007. Provost Gilbertson encouraged faculty and invited all faculty to participate in commencement. He also asked that council members encourage colleagues and students to participate as well. He reminded council that last year was the first year of the restructuring of commencement and an early morning commencement was held at 8:30 a.m. This year the time has been changed to 9:30 a.m. for the Spanos Center Saturday morning event. He announced that there will be snack carts available following the 9:30 a.m. program so that attendees can eat something before attending the individual schools' diploma and hooding ceremonies. He shared that he felt that this year's formal commencement event will be just as exciting as last years. He informed the council that the Brubeck students will be performing again this year and that they have just won 4 or 5 awards for their achievements. He announced that the highlight of the event will be honorary degree recipient John Chambers as the commencement speaker. Mr. Chambers is the CEO of Cisco Systems. Other honorary degree recipients will be Professor, Scholar, Expert Consultant on Undergraduate Education Jerry Gaff and Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning.
Provost Gilbertson announced that there is good news on the undergraduate admissions front for the professional programs. He shared that Law continues to be challenged with respect to their applicant pool as other law schools in the country are. He shared that we are doing better than the regional and national average in law. We have 5800 freshman applications, almost 20% up from last year. He felt that we are back on track to where we were two years ago. Two years ago we admitted 55% of our applicant pool, down from 85% 10 years ago. This coming fall our acceptance rate is 57%, almost back to where we were 2 years ago. Also transfer applications are up as well from last year by 46%. As of yesterday the projected enrollment for freshman was 851 students. Our target was 840. It all depends on the yield activity and yield rate where we end up in the fall.
Provost Gilbertson reported that we have a number of active searches for key positions; the Associate Provost for Research and Dean Grad Studies is close to completion, meaning that the first couple of candidates have been invited for campus interviews. On the Assistant Provost for Diversity, the committee has made its final recommendation and has settled on 2 candidates to bring in for interview for that position. As council members if you have an interest in being in on any of these interview selections, please let us know. There will also be an open meeting for candidates for both of these positions.
Provost Gilbertson gave a reminder that the Board of Regents will be meeting in 2 weeks and they will act on the Pacific Rising document in terms of commitments and basic strategies. He also reported that we are working on the SAPs that include goals, measurable goals, outcomes, accountability, and offices and so on. This will continue into the fall but the basic document will be completed with this action by the Board of Regents in 2 weeks.
Provost Gilbertson advised the council that he felt it would be helpful to let the council members know about the Emotional Intelligence Initiative that the President launched last year. This is the work that Dan Goleman, Stockton's native son, has popularized. The work focuses on how to develop people's emotional intelligence as a compliment to their intellectual intelligence in development, and in particular Professor Goleman believes that those qualities that make successful leaders are particularly linked to assessments of emotional intelligence. As an important part of our goal is to prepare students to development professional leadership in their careers and community we are taking a couple of steps. The Admissions Office beginning next year will pilot studies of the founder's scholars, these are the top students, 15 per year are recruited and they have $15,000 scholarships per year. The interviews for these 15 students will use emotional intelligence questions to better sort out the promising leaders. Then in the 43 Pre Pharm program the emotional intelligence questions will be used to determine the student's selection. The hope is to select students that will be more successful not only as students but also later in life. We have also been working with the Psychology Department and have fashioned a new position, a three year visiting professor. Their position will be responsible to conduct emotional intelligence research, train faculty, as well as some modest teaching. Provost Gilbertson welcomed any questions regarding his report.
3. Chair's Report
Brian Klunk advised the council that following his report, council will go into executive session to receive a report and take action on recommendations from the University Awards Committee. He advised council that Mike McCallum, Chair of the University Awards Committee is present to give this report.
Brian Klunk also reported that the Executive Board along with the Professional Relations Committee have met with University legal counsel to draft language on a policy regarding "close personal relationships" within the University with regard to faculty who supervise and those supervised. The board and committee will meet again to continue to work on the proposed policy. At some point the proposed policy will come before the Academic Council for action.
Brian Klunk reported that he is working on a task force with regard to Teach/Scholar - mentoring for non-tenure faculty. He advised council that hopefully he will have the report from the task force by end of fiscal year.
Brian further reported that P&T Forums are being held; one last week and the second will be held Monday at 4 p.m. in the Library Community room. If anyone from law or dental needs video conferencing, please let us know.
4. EXECUTIVE SESSION - HONORARY DEGREE NOMINATIONS
Mike McCallum, Chair of the University Awards Committee passed out a handout on information on 2 Honorary Degrees. N. Peery made a motion to accept the first nomination; M. Shami seconded the motion. Following discussion and concerns, the council voted not to approve the motion with 6 in favor, 10 opposed with 2 abstentions.
L. Kohler moved to accept the second nomination; B. Oprandy seconded the motion. Following discussion and concerns, the council voted to not approve the motion with 5 in favor, 10 opposed with 3 abstentions.
5. Faculty Evaluation Guidelines for SOECS
Brian Klunk advised the council that revised Faculty Evaluation Guidelines for SOECS have been prepared for council's review and action. After reviewing the document and receiving a report on the highlights, F. Rose made a motion to accept the revised Faculty Evaluation Guidelines. M. Bates seconded the motion and the guidelines were unanimously approved.
6. Faculty Evaluation Guidelines for SIS
Brian Klunk advised the council that revised Faculty Evaluation Guidelines for SIS have been prepared for council's review and action. Margee Ensign, Dean of SIS gave highlights of the revised Faculty Evaluation Guidelines for SIS.
B. Oprandy made a motion to accept the revised Faculty Guidelines for SIS. K. Whittington seconded the motion and the guidelines were unanimously approved.
7. Faculty Evaluation Guidelines for CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Brian Klunk advised the council that revised Faculty Evaluation Guidelines for CONSERVATORY have been prepared for council's review. Due to the lack of clarity - item tabled to next meeting.
8. Resolution of Commendation and Appreciation on the Occasion of the Retirement of Robert T. Monagan, Jr. from the University of the Pacific Board of Regents
Brian Klunk gave highlights and information on Robert T. Monagan, Jr. and his and his family's continued involvement and support of the University for decades. K. Day made a motion to approve the Resolution for Robert T. Monagan, Jr. The motion was seconded by R. diFranco. Following discussion, the motion was unanimously approved.
9. What's on your mind?
Lydia Fox, Chair Elect of Academic Council shared her frustration about the Survey of Interest to faculty. She shared that even though the survey has been sent out twice to the University faculty of all three campuses, as well as a memo to the Deans of each school, the return rate of volunteers has been less than appropriate. She asked that council members encourage colleagues to consider serving on committees. Several felt that all schools should have faculty representation on committees.
Eric Typpo, Professor in the Eberhardt School of Business shared information and concerns on the Groupwise email environment being changed to Microsoft Outlook and Exchange. He handed out materials, listing 5 major concerns. Brian Klunk, Chair advised the council that a set of IT Policies will be coming to council from and that Larry Frederick will be present to answer questions. Also, he advised Eric Typpo that the Chair of the ISPC is Paul Glassman. Provost Gilbertson encouraged Eric to address the ISPC.
Motion by M. Bates, R. diFranco seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried unanimously. Chair Klunk adjourned the meeting at 5:19 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Wendy Conley, Academic Council Secretary