October 23, 2000

 

 

MINUTES

ACADEMIC BOARD MEETING

OCTOBER 17, 2000

 

 

BG H. S. CARTER

COL J. S. LEONARD

 

 

COL W. H. ASKINS, JR.

COL R. A. MALONEY

 

 

COL R. E. BALDWIN

COL J. B. McMILLAN

 

 

COL M. A. BEBENSEE

COL I. S. METTS, JR.

 

 

COL J. R. BLANTON

COL W. B. MOORE, JR.

 

 

COL C. E. CLEAVER

COL L.W. MORELAND

 

 

LTC C. M. DeMILLE

COL S. OZMENT

 

 

COL D. J. FALLON

COL D. T. OUZTS

 

 

COL A. J. FINCH

COL P. J. REMBIESA

 

 

LTC J. E. GOODWIN

COL F. W. SHEALY

 

 

LTC A. W. LeCLERCQ

COL G. B. STALEY

 

 

 

LTC S. J. SILVER

 

for MAJ T. C. THOMPSON

 

            The meeting was called to order at 3:15 p.m. by BG Carter.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 1:  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER MEETING

            The minutes of the September meeting were unanimously approved as written.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 2:  ACADEMIC MINOR

            COL Metts informed the Board that a question has been raised about whether a department may develop a minor that its majors will be able to take. When the College began offering minors, the purpose was to develop compressed but coherent programs of study to introduce students to disciplines different from their major.  COL Metts pointed out that many students declare a minor but do not complete it. He distributed a list showing the numbers of students who have completed minors since 1995 and said that the Board may wish to revisit the issue of minors at a subsequent meeting.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 3:  CAREER DAY

            COL Ozment stated that some faculty and at least one department had expressed concern about students missing class or petitioning to miss class on September 29th to attend Career Day events. She reported that she had met with Brent Stewart, the Director of Career Services, in the week following Career Day to discuss the possibility of hosting an event that would be spread over a longer time (perhaps a Thursday afternoon and evening and a Friday morning and afternoon) and would give students more flexibility.  Mr. Stewart indicated that this option had been explored, but organizational representatives are not able to devote more time to the campus visit. He said that students had been reminded repeatedly that they must schedule their participation around their classes. He has now taken the step of preparing a written policy statement about class attendance and participation in the Career Day. He is also working with the College of Charleston to hold another Career Day at The Citadel in the spring to which both Citadel and College of Charleston students would be invited.

            COL Bebensee commented on the value of students participating in the event.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 4:  PARENTS’ DAY

            COL Ozment said that most departments had reported a high level of satisfaction with their Open Houses on Parents’ Day this year. While some departments had low attendance, several others had far more visitors than usual. There was discussion about the problem of faculty having to arrive at 7:30 in order to secure parking even though the Open House wasn’t held until 10:00. COL Blanton noted that this is particularly an issue for faculty in departments such as his that have few if any visitors. Most Board members agreed that 10:00 is the best time for the event, so the challenge is to solve the parking problem. COL Ozment will discuss this with the Director of Public Safety. COL Ouzts also mentioned that the restrooms in Capers Hall were not serviced during the day and suggested that we have better coordination of custodial services next year.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 5:  UNIFORMS

            BG Carter stated that he had recently raised the issue of whether faculty should wear uniforms with MG Grinalds. He noted that cadets complain about what they see as a double standard, namely that there are different requirements for them and for faculty in regard to personal appearance (uniforms, haircuts, etc.). Active duty students and faculty and staff who have served in the military are also distressed when faculty do not wear the uniform properly. BG Carter asked whether it is possible to appeal to faculty and staff to set the example for cadets in this regard or whether it would be better to have faculty and staff in civilian clothes. There are, in other words, two options: adopting a civilian dress code (similar to the one in place for summer school teaching) or encouraging better compliance. He stressed that it is important to take a positive approach rather than a negative one.

            LTC LeClercq pointed out that in some cases faculty violate uniform regulations because they do not know the protocol. BG Carter said that this had been recognized and that this year one session of the new faculty orientation program was devoted to the uniform and military courtesies.

            COL Finch voiced the opinion that there is strong faculty resistance to wearing the uniform and that the more the issue is pushed, the more the faculty resists.

            COL Leonard contended that the uniform requirement is a deterrent to recruiting new faculty. COL Baldwin agreed, citing the lower number of applicants for some positions as evidence.

            COL Askins stated that everyone must understand that some faculty may abuse a civilian dress code. BG Carter said abandoning the uniform requirement would only work if there is a “collegial understanding” and acceptance of what would be professionally appropriate dress.

BG Carter maintained that he is prepared to present the faculty position to MG Grinalds but cautioned that department heads should not raise expectations among the faculty that the uniform requirement will necessarily change since the position of the Board of Visitors is, at present, unknown.

               

AGENDA ITEM # 6:  SCHOOLS AND DEANS

            BG Carter explained that he had decided to postpone the cluster faculty meetings about academic reorganization to allow time for him to develop a detailed plan. He proposed holding a special meeting of the Academic Board on Tuesday, October 31st at 3:15 to present the model plan to department heads. That would be followed by a presentation to Faculty Council on Thursday, November 2nd and the three cluster faculty meetings during the week of November 6th.

 

AGENDA ITEM # 7:  OTHER

            COL Metts distributed to each department head a document outlining how the post tenure review schedule was devised and a new schedule for post tenure review in his or her department. He discussed some of the complexities of developing the schedule. For example, when faculty take a sabbatical, that alters the schedule by either a semester or a year.

            A couple of department heads expressed confusion about what happens when a faculty member comes up for promotion and for post tenure review in the same year. BG Carter said we would determine a means of doing both simultaneously. The outcome of a review for promotion does not have to be the same as the outcome for a post tenure review if they are conducted at the same time.

 

            BG Carter informed the Board that the latest edition of the Minority and Women Doctoral Directory has been ordered and will be available in the Library. He urged departments to use the Directory if they are conducting searches this year.

 

            BG Carter announced that the Department of Modern Languages has completed an internal search for a department head to succeed COL Staley. Professor Al Gurganus has been appointed to the position, effective July 1, 2001.

 

            LTC Goodwin asked for an update on the deans’ review of the departmental professional standards documents. BG Carter said that the review is underway but has not been completed yet. 

 

            COL Finch asked when a decision will be made about a return to a “civilian” program for fifth year seniors. BG Carter indicated that this is still under discussion.

 

            In response to a question about the budget, BG Carter stated that there has been no change. Department heads should notify their designated dean of any critical needs.

 

            COL Rembiesa raised the issue of the difficulty of finding a time to have departmental lectures and suggested setting aside a time late in the afternoon. BG Carter offered to explore the possibility.

 

            LTC LeClercq informed the Board that COL Edmund Maynard passed away today after an illness of several weeks. He was a member of the Library faculty for thirty-three years. A memorial service will be held on October 23rd in Summerall Chapel.

 

            The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.

 

                                                                                                            Submitted by

                                                                                                            Suzanne Ozment