Annual Report 2004-2005
Annual Report 2004-2005
College of Arts & Sciences
University of Central Missouri
Dr. Virginia Eman Wheeless, Dean
Dr. Steven Boone, Associate Dean
August 9, 2005
Mission of the University of Central Missouri College of Arts and Sciences
As the liberal arts and sciences resource for excellence in student learning, the College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the discovery and application of knowledge, and service to the University, state, region, nation, and international arena. Through its many undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs, commitment to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, research and creative activities, and outreach beyond the University community, the College
• provides a challenging intellectual atmosphere in the liberal arts tradition with an emphasis on student-centered learning;
• supports and nurtures the free exchange of ideas and scholarly dialogue and growth through original scholarship, research, and creative activity;
• helps students develop values and skills that foster ethical decision-making, life-long learning, and public service essential to responsible participation in and betterment of society;
• provides traditional degree, pre-professional, professional, and career-oriented educational programs;
• leads the University in offering a general education program grounded in the liberal arts and sciences that addresses University-accepted student learning outcomes;
• helps graduate high-quality teachers and provides in-service programs in support of pre-K-12 education;
• serves as the campus and community resource for the fine and performing arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, sciences, and international studies;
• advances cross-cultural knowledge and understanding among people and nations; and
• serves as a cultural, artistic, media, and information center for the citizens of Missouri.
Vision for the College of Arts & Sciences
The College of Arts & Sciences at UCM will be known as the University’s resource for innovative teaching, a culture that fosters a respect for knowledge, an engaged liberal arts education that addresses critical national and global challenges, and a general education core that ensures life-long learning. The College will offer intellectually challenging degree programs while also maximizing student success through the efforts of faculty recognized in their disciplines and staff well known for high-quality service. Programs in the College will be recognized for their contributions to the University’s position as a cultural, artistic, media, and information center for West-Central Missouri.
Highlights and Accomplishments of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004-2005
Departments successfully hired new faculty:
Della Goavec, Modern Languages Department Chair, Ph. D. in French & Francophone Literature, Vanderbilt University
Elizabeth Sherwood-Gutierrez, English and Philosophy Department, MA in English Composition, University of Houston
Adam Horn, Communication Department, PhD in Public Relations, University of Missouri-Columbia
Shonna Tropf, Communication Department, ABD in Broadcast Media, University of Southern Mississippi
Rahila Weed, Art Department, PhD in Art Education, University of Iowa
Scott Lubaroff, Music Department, DMA in Wind Conducting, Michigan State University
Stella Roden, Music Department, ABD in Vocal Performance, University of Connecticut
Nicholas Baeth, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, PhD in Commutative Algebra, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sean Kim (Chong Bum, goes by Sean), History and Anthropology Department, PhD in Modern Korean History, Harvard University.
The Art Department successfully hired a new full-time Gallery Director: Michael Crane, Art Department Gallery Director, MFA in Museum & Gallery Management, Art Institute of Chicago.
College Faculty Achievement Awards: Julie Pratt, Theatre & Jinhua Tao, Mathematics and Computer Sciences.
College Distinguished Faculty Award: Songlin Tian, Mathematics and Computer Sciences.
Governor's Excellence in Teaching Award: Yvonne Johnson, History and Anthropology.
Byler Distinguished Faculty Award: Kathleen Desmond, professor of Art, and E. Sam Cox, professor of Communication
Wayne Brown Award for Outstanding Teacher for 2004-2005 by the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri: Sam Cox, Communication
Larry Kantner Art Education Research Award by the Missouri Art Education Association: Mick Luehrman, Art
Central Missouri Theatre faculty received Kennedy Center Awards and Recognitions. Dr. Julie Pratt was director for the Invited Production of In the Yose: Tales from Japan; Dr. Richard Herman was director for the Alternate Invited Production of Some Assembly Required; Rae Robison had her costumes for Much Ado About Nothing selected for the Region V Costume Parade; and John Wilson directed a scene from Much Ado About Nothing that was selected for the Region V Showcase of Invited Scenes.
Faculty members also received Meritorious Achievement Awards in the following areas: John Wilson for Directing and Jeff Peltz for Scenic Design for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; David Peerbolte, Professor Emeritus, for Scenic Design for Proof; and Jeff Peltz for Scenic Design and Rae Robison for Costume Design for Some Assembly Required.
William Foley, Professor Emeritus, received the 2005 Missouri History Book Award for his book Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark.
Stanley Hanks Memorial Award for best Missouri poetry and 2005 Oneiros Press Award for Poetry: Kevin Prufer.
Sherralyn Craven, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, received the University Distinguished Service Award.
The Communication Department continued the faculty exchange with Monterrey TEC (ITESM), Campus de Estado in México City. Dr. Pam Glasnapp was Visiting Exchange Professor at ITESM in the Fall. Mr. Hans Offerdal of ITESM spent both the Fall and Spring semesters teaching and offering special expertise to the Central Missouri community. Mr. Offerdal taught Media Literacy and Public Speaking in the Fall and served as “Resident Visiting Scholar for Diversity, Peace, and Understanding” in International Programs in the Spring.
Faculty in the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Department are responsible for editing portions of or entire mathematics journals. Dr. Curtis Cooper is editor of The Fibonacci Quarterly, a number theory journal with a worldwide distribution. Drs. Curtis Cooper, David Ewing, Terry Goodman, Phoebe McLaughlin, Shing So, and Al Tinsley, and Ms. Becky White compile and edit the Missouri Journal of Mathematical Sciences, a journal published by the department. Dr. Shing So is problems editor for College Mathematics Journal.
Stefan Cairns was chosen to review grant applications to the U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) for the independent states of the former Soviet Union (FSU).
Wayne Stalick was invited to Slovenia to review grant applications for the Slovene Research Agency.
Steven Boone, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean, served on the 2005 ACS First Term General Chemistry Exam committee that developed an exam for national distribution. He will also serve on the 2008 exam committee.
College Outstanding Undergraduate Students: Elizabeth Cordray (Humanities), Jennifer Baysinger (Social Sciences), Andrew Nahlik (Math & Sciences), and Chris Farris (Fine & Performing Arts).
College Outstanding Graduate Student: Elizabeth Jurshak (Mathematics).
College Outstanding Nontraditional Undergraduate Student: Terri Martin (History & Geography).
Graduate School Outstanding Graduate Student: Elizabeth Jurshak (Mathematics)
Charno Award finalists: Cary Lyon, Andrew Nahlik, John Liberto, and Matthew Mihalka.
Amy Hart (History graduate student) received the 2005 Phyllis Bridges Award for Biography at the annual meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association.
Danny Powers (Social Studies) was a first-team selection to the ESPN Magazine Academic All-America College Division Baseball Team.
Missouri College Media Association presented 12 student awards to the Muleskinner staff.
Missouri Broadcast Educators Association 2004 Student Awards-presented 10 awards to UCM students.
Central Missouri's Debate Team - The Talking Mules - was awarded the Montgomery Cup for the 5th consecutive year.
Missouri College Media Association selected the Muleskinner as the Best Overall Newspaper among large universities in Missouri.
Establishment of Lambda Pi Eta (LPE), a National Honorary Society for Communication majors by corporate communication student Megan Burger and others. The name Lambda Pi Eta is represented by the Greek letters () () (), symbolizing what Aristotle described in his book The Rhetoric as the three modes of persuasion: Logos - logic, Pathos - emotion, and Ethos – character, credibility, and ethics.
Students in Political Science have had internship opportunities in a multitude of settings throughout the state and region, e.g. the state legislature, attorney offices, state agencies, and political campaign offices. Geography placed interns in Kansas City, Warrensburg, and Clinton, MO, in GIS mapping and economic development and is working to develop a more formalized internship program.
Student leaders in Political Science have worked with Boys State and Girls State programs and participants. Students have won numerous national awards in competitions of Mock Trial and the newly-organized Model UN.
James Cockman III (Music) was a national finalist (regional winner) in piano and Christopher Farris (Music) was a regional finalist in trumpet competitions.
The College of Arts and Sciences created and approved the College Tenure and Promotion Guidelines, and the departments created and approved department Tenure and Promotion Guidelines. Some department guidelines are being revised and all will be completed no later than October 31, 2005.
The College of Arts & Sciences created Research & Creative Assistance Awards (RCAA) to promote research and creative activities by funding release time, travel, and other expenses so that faculty may engage in such activities. In its first year, the Dean awarded $25,502 in RCAA funds to Anna Oller, Delia Gillis, Lianwen Wang, Darlene Budd, Shari Bax, Ronald Long, Selene Nikaido, Eric Tenbus, Sally Zellers, Jay Raveill, Mary Hallab, Lee Liu, Glenn Petrie, Kevin Prufer, and Keshav Bhattarai.
Alumnus Kenneth Allen (History ’60) received the honorary Doctor of Law degree at the December 2004 commencement.
Alumnus Dr. James Appleberry (Music ‘60) received the honorary Doctor of Pedagogy at the May 2005 commencement. Jim received the 1987 Distinguished Alumni Award (Music).
The Africana Studies program received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award and hosted “My Soul Is a Witness” (through a Missouri Arts Council grant).
The Communication and Modern Languages departments hosted a Minority Scholar Amaro La Rose Penedo from Argentina. He gave presentations on the impact of the information highway on relationships in Peru and discussed the need to pay attention to the subtleties in communication engendered by the Internet, especially across cultures.
The Sixth Annual Chemistry and Physics Colloquium and Recognition Ceremony guest lecturer was Dr. Gabriela González. She gave a presentation titled, “Gravitational Waves: New Eyes for Physics & Astronomy,” in which she described why gravitational waves are a solid prediction of Einstein’s theory of Relativity.
To better serve our students, the Communication Department established a new minor in Corporate Communication; the Modern Languages Department established a minor in World Language and now offers a joint degree in Languages and the MBA; several online courses were developed this year: Math 1111, College Algebra (Dr. Dale Bachman, Dr. Phoebe McLaughlin, and Dr. David Ewing); Hist 1351, History from 1877 (Dr. Delia Gillis); Music 1210, Experiencing Music (Dr. Alan Wenger); Rel 1510, Exploring Religions (Dr. Marla Selvidge); Engl 1030, Composition II (Dr. Bryan Carter); and Engl 4110, Linguistics (Dr. Ron Long); major revisions in the Computer Science major were made that aligns the program with ACM guidelines and ABET accreditation standards; Geography had major curriculum revisions/additions approved through the curriculum process including a new minor program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and added an assessment component to its capstone course, Research Methods; Women’s Studies proposed a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies; Political Science offered special projects courses Women in Politics and African Politics and Society; and The First Amendment course was approved as a new undergraduate course in Political Science.
The Theatre Department had an extremely successful 2004-2005 production season. The Summer Repertory productions included Nunsense and You Can’t Take It With You, both of which employed guest directors, and a children’s show Free To Be You and Me toured to six communities throughout the West-Central Missouri Region. In the academic season the department produced a world premiere of a new children’s show In the Yose: Tales from Japan and four mainstage productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Some Assembly Required, Shadowlands, and The Belle’s Stratagem. All of the productions were entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and top honors were received at the regional festival held in St. Louis, Missouri. The world-premiere children’s theatre production of In the Yose: Tales from Japan was one of nine shows selected from over 250 productions to be performed at the festival. Central’s production of Some Assembly Required was one of two shows chosen as Alternates to the Festival for production.
Departments continue to be active in incorporating service learning projects into courses, such as Service Learning at University of Central Missouri– Education for Service: An Administrative Guide and Training Manual and Teachers Warehouse Facilitation Packet: Resources for Johnson County Missouri Classrooms (Communication); design service for small business and non-profit organizations (Art); Blind Boone Park projects (Art, History, and Africana Studies); and Clinton historical site designation (Geography).
Virginia Wheeless was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the Renaissance Group.
Dr. Renée Cole and the Chemistry faculty continued implementing instructional methods to improve visualization of molecular structure using NSF grant funds.
Dr. Som Sarkar received a CBHE grant for $389,592 for middle school teachers to teach learning by inquiry pedagogy.
Harold Keller received two NSF grants for $33,480 for his work on biodiversity and ecology of tree canopy biota.
Jeff Yelton and the History & Anthropology faculty received a $155,255 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for workshops at Arrow Rock for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history at significant historical sites using archival and other primary historical evidence.
Terry Goodman and the Mathematics Education faculty were awarded a $2,400,000 grant from the MO Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which establishes the Missouri Elementary Leadership Academy. $800,000 was received in 2004-05.
Shing So received an Educational Advancement Foundation grant for $13,450 to teach the Moore Method pedagogy in College trigonometry classes.
Ann Legreid received a service learning grant for $2345 from the Missouri Campus Compact for The Clinton Project: Service Learning in Historic Preservation and Downtown Revitalization.
John Louder received a service learning grant for $3500 from the Missouri Campus Compact for creation of a mural in the Western Missouri Medical Center therapeutic pool.
Kevin Prufer received a Missouri Arts Council grant for the FY05 Pleiades, a journal of new writing.
Joyce Jablonski received a Cooperative Research Grant to publish a 32-page color catalog of her work exhibited at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.
The College of Arts and Sciences hosted the following individuals/events:
Mary Daly, renowned feminist scholar (Women’s Studies);
Hibdon Honorary Guest Lecturer, Dr. Joseph Hobbs of the University of Missouri-Columbia presented Becoming a Geographer: Fieldwork in Egypt (Political Science & Geography);
Military History Symposium featured Dr. Carol Reardon (Penn State University), US Air Force Col. Phil Meilinger (ret.), Congressman Ike Skelton, and Col. Chris Miller of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base (History and Anthropology);
Workshop for students with Playwright Eugene Stickland on his play Some Assembly Required (Theatre);
Vagina Monologues Play (Women’s Studies);
Tsunami presentations by Earth Science faculty;
Social Justice Week (Political Science and Geography);
Homecoming reception for Ms. Donna Carnegie (Communication);
Dedication of the Laura J. Nahm Auditorium (Science auditorium);
Application of Kite and Blimp Ariel Photography lecture (Political Science and Geography & History and Anthropology);
Distinguished Alum Paula Mitchell Derks reception (Communication);
New women faculty reception (Women’s Studies);
Opening of the Faculty Art Exhibit reception (Art);
Music Scholarship Gala reception (Music);
Theatre production reception for PEO members (Dean Wheeless);
William Foley, professor emeritus and author of Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark, book signing reception (History and Anthropology);
Saudi Arabia Day (History and Anthropology);
Myra Armstead, Professor of History at Bard College, discussed the life and career of Sojourner Truth (Women’s Studies);
Susan Arthurs, Instructor of Aviation at UCM, spoke on Women in Aviation (Women’s Studies);
Women's History Month Activities included a panel discussion on the History of Women's Studies at UCM (Drs. Ashman, Betz, Johnson, & Amy Levin);
Amy Levin, President of National Women’s Studies Association, presentation on the future of Women’s Studies programs (Women’s Studies);
Series of readings by guest writers (English/Creative Writing);
Reception to honor President Patton at the Central States Communication Association Conference (Communication);
Farewell to the Patton’s reception (College).
During the 2004-2005 academic year, the departments recruited students through a number of events and activities, both on- and off-campus. These include: high school lectureship program and visits to area high schools; Chemistry and Physics Colloquium and Recognition Ceremony; Science Olympiad; Science Day; Sonia Kovalevsky Day; Math Relays; Mathematics Awareness Week and Banquet; music ensemble tours (high schools, Crown Center, concert with Park Hill orchestra); information booths at Missouri Music Teachers Association & Missouri Music Educators Conferences; Tuba Christmas; Music Visit Day; Music Scholarship Audition Day; Men’s Chorus Day; Honor Wind Symposium; Piano Pedagogy Day; Jazz Festival; District High School Music Festival; Missouri Horn Day; Summer Music Camp; Summer Piano Institute; Majors Fair; High School Art Week Exhibition contest day, and reception; Whiteman Air Show; Geography Awareness Week; Hibdon Honorary Lecture; Politics and Social Justice Week; High School theatre workshop; Missouri State Thespian Conference; Kansas State Thespian Conference; attendance at over 25 area high school and community College theatre productions; Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Festival; National Communication Association Festival; state theatre and debate competition; and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
W. C. Morris Science building
The first phase of the ventilation project addressing the chemical fume hood problem was completed in August 2004. The old system included 40 individual fan units that pulled air out of the chemistry labs and onto the roof near fresh air intake fans. The project involved removal of asbestos coated ventilation ducts, installing central ductwork to collect all the air, and replacing the individual fan units with a pair of fans (and a pair of redundant fans) to move exhaust air about 30 feet into the air.
Improvements to the air handler serving the animal care facility located in the lower level of the building have been completed. These improvements included installation of a cooling coil, tying in the building automation system, replacing pulleys and belts, installing a heating coil, insulating all piping, and certifying the airflow balance of the entire system.
Asbestos tiles were removed from the second floor hallways and new tiles installed. The same is scheduled for first floor over the holiday break 2005-2006.
The renovation of the Nahm Auditorium, which included new seats, flooring, lighting, painting, and sound, was completed in August 2005.
An additional $500,000 was allocated from one-time year-end money to the WCM renovation fund bringing the total to over $1.3 million. This Fall, the science chairs and faculty will work with a consultant to finalize a concept plan for the entire renovation project.
Other buildings in the College of Arts & Sciences
Renovation of the Wood Building was partially completed. New electronic equipment was installed in all classrooms that did not have such equipment. Electrical, network, computer, and furniture upgrades were completed in the GIS computer lab. Bathrooms were retrofitted to accommodate disabled students. Water infiltration problems were corrected and some cosmetic work was completed. A new student newspaper (Muleskinner) facility was built on the 3rd floor, along with a new journalism lab.
Renovation of the Hart Recital Hall (Utt), which included removing asbestos tile and installing new seats, carpeting, tile, and floor lighting, was completed in July 2005.
Some space in Hudson Hall was renovated for adjunct faculty in the Art Department.
$50,000 was secured to begin renovating Utt Building.
$50,000 was secured to install a new floor in the Art Gallery in December.
A new Advising Center was built in Martin 124, a classroom. Offices for advisors and a conference room, space for peer advisors, computers for registration, and a reception area were included.
Equipment and Furnishings
The College significantly improved the furnishings in many classrooms in the College. To date, $372,950 was spent on almost 3100 items for over 70 classrooms, laboratories, seminar rooms, common gathering areas, and public venues. The list is exhaustive, but highlights include 1630 student desks, a table and chair combination for students needing special accommodations in 37 different rooms, laboratory stools and chairs, and seminar tables and chairs. The remaining $37,050 is being used to order more classroom, etc. furniture.
The College established College technology priorities and developed a plan to replace the more than 400 computing machines in department labs and one classroom on a four-year rotation using Student Technology Fee (STF) funds. During the 2004-2005 academic year, the College replaced 109 computers in 8 department labs. The iMac G5’s in the Journalism lab and the Mac Mini’s in the Muleskinner were among the new or upgraded machines. Twice during the year, departments submit competitive proposals for student wages, software, and equipment from the STF fund. The student wages allow departments to keep computing laboratories open into the evening hours.
Equipment purchased for student use this year included Trimble global positioning system (GPS) receivers, wireless microphones, scanners, printers, a high-performance liquid chromatography instrument, a Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer, analytical balances, and a Mastercycler thermocycler for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) studies.
The College received a special one-time equipment allocation this year and used it to purchase an electric kiln for Art; microscopes for Biology; a Buehler Petro-Thin thin sectioning system and an Apex 8515 shatterbox for Earth Sciences; Celestron CGE 1400 telescope for the Observatory; insurance for the broadcast equipment in Communication; Apple Xserver for the Journalism Lab and Muleskinner facility; DVD recorder for Communication; freezers and 2-door refrigeration units (explosion proof) for Chemistry; digital cameral (ELMO), LCD projector and Mac PowerBook laptop computer for Modern Languages; a Buffet bass clarinet, 3 tenor drums, and 5 bass drums for Music; Source 4 ellipsoidal reflector spotlights for Theatre; and other assorted equipment.
Strengths, Opportunities, and Challenges for the College
As the mind and soul of the University, the College of Arts & Sciences provides the educational core for UCM graduates. The strengths of the College rest in its faculty, staff, students, the diversity of programs, and the many ways that the College contributes to the University’s mission and vision. The College is committed to providing high-quality degree programs in a learning environment defined by excellence and high expectations.
The College’s eleven departments offer 59 undergraduate and 8 graduate degree programs. Students who major in these areas have opportunities to learn from faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to effective teaching and student success in and outside the classroom. The faculty also have a strong commitment to their own professional development through their scholarship and creative activities. With more than 180 full-time faculty and numerous part-time instructors, the faculty in the College pride themselves on their commitment to excellence in both major programs and general education courses.
The College is the mainstay of the University’s general education curriculum based on a solid foundation in the liberal arts that helps students as they move through their major fields of study. Courses offered through the College’s departments contribute to both knowledge and skill areas of the general education curriculum, as well as to its intellectual and integrative components. Furthermore, the College provides an array of courses in general education that equips undergraduate students for life-long learning.
The College’s fine and performing arts programs, media-related programs, and the museum and archives provide rich experiences for students. The many collections, productions, and exhibitions distinguish the College as a cultural, artistic, media and information center for citizens of West-Central Missouri. The key sources of information are the many maps (the University is a U.S. Federal Map Depository) and the large holding of government documents.
With these strengths and the above accomplishments, the College takes advantage of opportunities that contribute to the University’s vision for the future. Important opportunities open to the College are: 1) the capacity to enroll more students in most academic majors and minors; 2) opportunities for faculty to increase scholarly and creative productivity; 3) the University’s stated commitment to support appropriate technologies across the curriculum; 4) the institution’s continued commitment to excellence in academic programs; 5) a promising financial outlook for Missouri; 6) faculty committed to excellence; 7) a role in promoting student and faculty participation in international programs; 8) new funds to renovate facilities; and 9) strong teacher preparation programs.
However, as with all areas of higher education, the College also faces some challenges: 1) low enrollment in some College undergraduate and graduate programs; 2) facilities that do not support high-quality instruction and/or research and creative activities; 3) lack of adequate and/or appropriate state-of-the-art equipment in some areas to teach and conduct research; 4) static department and College operating funds to address student and faculty needs while costs soar; 5) a University and College culture that neither encourages nor rewards interdisciplinary /collaborative work and offerings; 6) lack of effective communication systems that promote the College, its accomplishments or programs; 7) a large number of semester credit hours taught by part-time/adjunct faculty; 8) few resources for new programs and initiatives; 9) competition within the University for minimal new resources; and 10) University priorities that make it difficult for faculty to balance teaching responsibilities in general education, majors, and graduate courses with producing research and creative activities and serving the discipline and University.
By working with other components of the University and dedicating human and fiscal resources toward the priorities laid out below, the College will make significant progress in addressing the University’s goals. The College will need to take the lead with an entrepreneurial spirit that will help find innovative ways to ensure a new level of excellence.
Major Goals from 2004-05
The following provides a brief summary of the status of the College’s actions to address ongoing goals from 2003-04 and the critical issues identified in the College 2003-04 annual report.
Actions taken to Achieve Annual Goals:
Goal 1 – Continue to fill faculty vacancies with the highest qualified applicants possible.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: This is an ongoing goal for the College. New faculty hired for 2005-06 make-up a diverse group of outstanding faculty. Their degrees are from top institutions such as Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Southern Mississippi, and University of Iowa. Two searches were continued because suitable candidates could not be hired (journalism and music). The College is committed to hiring excellent faculty from a variety of universities with varied backgrounds.
Goal 2 – Continue to add lines to departments to address student growth.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: The College received one new position that was filled for 2005-06 in History and one position was moved from a non-tenured position in Mathematics to a tenure line in Art. The Provost approved a staffing plan for 2007 that moved a tenure line from Philosophy to Art (Commercial Art) and from Communication to Theatre (technical). New non-tenure lines were created, one each in Art and Communication.
Goal 3 – Continue mentoring programs for new faculty.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: A new job description for department chairs was adopted by the Provost. Chairs in the College are evaluated on numerous components, including mentoring. All departments have some type of mentoring system for new faculty, including individual senior faculty mentoring junior faculty, chairs mentoring untenured faculty, group mentoring, etc.
Goal 4 – Search for additional resources to support facilities and equipment.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: While the Dean worked to develop a fundraising plan, the efforts were stalled because the College had not defined its priorities within the boundaries of the University’s academic plan and because Development was not ready for such action. However, success was found in over $24,000 raised for renovation of the Nahm Auditorium and additional money for scholarships.
Three grants were awarded to faculty in the College this year totaling approximately $3 million. Some of these grants allowed the College’s departments to purchase some new equipment and make valuable contacts with teachers. Demonstration projects in math, science, and social sciences provided many opportunities for UCM faculty to connect with school teachers.
The College received $410,000 from the Provost to purchase classroom, lab, and public space furniture.
One-time, end of the year money, $210,000, was received through the University strategic planning process to buy much needed equipment.
One-time, end of the year money, $500,000, was received through the University strategic planning process to add to the pool to renovate WC Morris building.
An additional $50,000 was received through the planning process to replace the floor in the Art Gallery. Work will be completed during the 2005 winter break.
An additional $50,000 was allocated for renovation of Utt during 2005-06, along with addressing safety issues in the Art Center and Annex.
The Provost increased departmental budgets $230 per faculty member for professional development. For the College, this amounted to $40,250.
Goal 5 – Improve internal and external communication about activities and successes in the College.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: The Dean created an electronic College newsletter that is published monthly. Departments are still updating their web pages and the College site also needs to be revised. The College ad hoc Promotion and Tenure Committee held forums to discuss the College’s new P&T document. The committee was composed of faculty from the various departments and chaired by Dr. Gail Crump. The Dean met with faculty and student advisory groups, but the meetings were not frequent. The Dean held a series of lunches with first, second, and third faculty to discuss progress toward P&T. The Dean also held a workshop for those who want to apply for promotion and/or tenure in September 2005. The Dean hosted 11 receptions at her home for departments interviewing candidates for new chairs. This gave the Dean a chance to become better acquainted with more faculty in the College.
Critical Issues for 2004-05
The College also outlined six critical issues in its 2003-04 annual report that were addressed in initiatives explained above or as explained below.
Critical Issue 1 – Innovative teaching methods and higher quality of instruction:
Completed Actions in 2004-05: College faculty continue to be successful in getting CTL grants to introduce new teaching strategies in the classroom, purchase new equipment for the classroom, or develop online courses. Several faculty in the College won University awards for their work in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Faculty in the College continue to receive awards for their teaching and positive evaluations from students. However, money in the College to support innovative teaching is minimal and does not allow College-specific initiatives.
Critical Issue 2 - Increase the amount of high-quality research and creative activities.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: (see External Grants pg 6 and description of RCAA (College), pg 5).
Critical Issue 3 – Upgrading facilities.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: The College was able to make some progress in WC Morris and Wood buildings (see Facilities pg 8). Money has been secured to begin renovation of the Art Gallery and Utt through the University’s strategic planning process (see above). Several projects for the Art Center and Annex (Ceramics building) have been approved for 2005-06.
Critical Issue 4 – Updating and adding equipment.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: The College was able to receive an additional $210,000 for equipment which offered the opportunity to address some backlogged needs. However, more equipment funding is needed. The College’s departments have a total of $55,000 in their department accounts to purchase equipment. Often money from this line must be transferred to operations to maintain equipment. Chairs are preparing an estimate of the cost to provide state-of-the-art equipment for all disciplines to provide a better overview of equipment needs. The College must continue to advocate for up-to-date technology for its programs so that students will be prepared well to enter the future workforce.
Critical Issue 5 – Low staff salaries.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: Eight office professional positions in the College were reclassified and received pay raises commiserate with their duties. A market increase has been proposed for Ms. Watts to bring her salary more in line with other College administrative assistants and another office professional is waiting to see what her salary will be with a reclassification.
Critical Issue 6 – An image of excellence.
Completed Actions in 2004-05: Numerous events were held this year to highlight the excellence of the College’s programs, faculty, and students. Many people who normally do not come to campus to hear or see the talent in the College came because of these events (see Public Events pg 7).
Goals for 2004-05
The following goals were outlined for 2004-05. A summary of their status is provided.
Goal 1 – Adopt a College plan.
Completed Actions in 2004-05 and Status – The College plan was completed in September 2004, but is waiting the release of the academic plan to ensure that the two are compatible and support each other. Key performance indicators (KPIs) are being developed for the College plan. Once KPIs are adapted for the academic plan, the College will ensure that its plan provides appropriate contribute to meeting them.
Goal 2 – Create promotion and tenure guidelines for the College and departments.
Completed Actions in 2004-05 and Status – The College faculty adopted the guidelines which are now online on the College’s web site. All departments have completed their department guidelines, but some have to make revisions when faculty return in the fall. All should be completed and online by the end of October.
Goal 3 – Increase recruitment efforts.
Completed Actions in 2004-05 and Status – The number of new freshmen majoring in the College’s programs has increased for Fall 2005. Many recruitment efforts were taken for undergraduate enrollment (see Recruitment Events pg 8). However, graduate enrollment still lags behind its potential. All departments with graduate programs have submitted plans to increase enrollment and the number of students who complete their degree programs. A College plan with funding sources identified and expected outcomes will be completed and implemented before the end of September 2005 to increase graduate enrollment.
Goals for 2005-06:
Using the information above about the status of past goals, the future needs in the College, the University’s annual planning priorities, the academic plan, and the college’s strategic plan, the College of Arts & Sciences has set the following initiatives for 2005-06:
Paths to Excellence and 2005-06 Initiatives*
Path to Excellence: Student Success
1. Fully implement college advising system with improved results in greater student satisfaction with advising
2. Increase the number of undergraduate and graduate majors in the college (Goal is +10%)
3. Continue to link assessment of general education to improvement of courses
4. Help students succeed in class (Goal is to decrease DFWs by 15%)
5. Provide equipment and facilities for quality learning
6. Enhance faculty-student interaction
Path to Excellence: High-Quality Faculty in the College
1. Continue to work for a sufficient number of faculty
2. Provide opportunities to enhance scholarly and creative activities (continue college awards with another $25,000 allocation for 2006-07)
3. Establish new partnerships with organizations external to the university (City of Warrensburg, Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, Whiteman AFB, national and international organizations, and other universities and colleges)
4. Increase diversity of the faculty
5. Review policies and procedures to provide compensation commensurate with quality teaching, research/creative activities, and service
Path to Excellence: Reputation for Excellence in the College
1. Recruit by excellence of programs
2. Enhance visibility of graduate programs offered in the College
3. Continue to showcase the College’s excellence
4. Create and distribute quality publications
5. Enhance relationships with alumni
Path to Excellence: A Cultural, Artistic, Media, and Information Center in the Region
1. Provide quality fine and performing arts exhibitions and performance
2. Provide quality programs and activities in the humanities
3. Provide quality programs and activities in the sciences and mathematics
4. Provide quality programs and activities in the social sciences
*Additional initiatives will be developed and implemented through the academic departments.
Critical Issues to Achieving Goals
Several of the goals listed above will need new resources for the College such as the allocation of one-time, end-of-the-year money designated through the strategic planning process to purchase much needed equipment. If this money is made available to the College, it will be the second year that such allocations have been made. While the College appreciates this extra infusion of money it will be important to consider a new base allocation on an annual basis. The College plans to submit a report in October that will document the equipment needed to provide state-of-the-art instruction to its majors and minors. The College urges the University to place a major emphasis on future funding for equipment and technology in the disciplines. It is only with funds designated for this purpose that many of our programs will be able to improve their quality significantly and faculty will increase their scholarship and creative activities.
Some goals are ones that will take work within the departments where faculty and chairs will take new initiatives and carefully monitor what is successful. For example, all programs in the college need to increase the number of majors through new initiatives working with Enrollment Management and other colleges. In addition, the College will need to take greater responsibility in arranging some collective programs with community colleges, for example. College graduate programs are working to implement new strategies to increase graduate enrollment with an emphasis on department and faculty recruitment. College faculty believe that successful recruiting for graduate students must be done at the department/discipline level.
To implement the above initiatives, the College faculty must find ways to appropriately balance teaching general education and major courses effectively; producing high-quality research and creative work; providing service to the University, College, and discipline; serving as a cultural, artistic, media and information center in the region; and recruiting and retaining more students. The College administration asks that such efforts be recognized and demands for other activities be put in proper perspective. Working as team, CAS faculty, chairs and deans are committed to implementing these important strategies that will benefit the whole university.