Faculty Council Minutes- November 2006

November 10, 2006
2:30 p.m. Rosen Center Conference Room

Faculty Present: D. Johnson, Chair, H. Brown (ANSC), Fred Stephens, D. Rainey (AGEC), A. Proctor (FDSC), D. Karcher (HORT), C. Rom (HORT) G. Millus (PTSC), P. Chen (CSES), T. Costello(ENGR), J. Rupe (PTSC), Jean Turner (HESC)

Others Attending:
G. Weidemann – Dean,

1. Call to Order – D. Johnson, Chair, called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.

2. Agenda – F. Stephen moved to approve the agenda. D. Karcher seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

3. Approval of Minutes – H. Brown moved to approve the minutes. A. Proctor seconded the motion. Motion was approved.

4. Reports

A. Greg Weidemann, Administration -- None

B. Michael Thomsen, Graduate Council Report – None

C. Faculty Senate -- None

5. Standing Committee Reports

A. C. Rom for Freddie Scott, Agriculture subcommittee
The following items wer recommended to the council as new courses.
FDSC 623 Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods
ENSC 1001L Environmental Sciences Laboratory
AFLS 3231H Logic, Reasoning and Scientific Methods, a new course
AFLS 3412H Proposal Development
AFLS 3512H Laboratory Rotations
A set of 10 communications intensive courses will be implemented in the 2007/08 Catalog.
Students enrolling in previous degree programs will be "grandfathered" and be able to use previous course sets provided by the College or Departments.
Departments may select a subset of a few or an individual course from the CI courses.
Courses evaluated by the Dean's Office for substitution and /or transfer credit fro the College BSAg degree CI requirement must meet criteria fro a CI course developed by the Subcommittee.
The Ten Courses are:
AGED 3142 Agri Communications
COMM 2303 Public Speaking
COMM 2333 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 3303 Small-Group Communication
CSES Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium
ENGL 3053
JOUR 1033
COMM 2373
COMM 3383
ENGL 2013
The subcommittee developed a list of characteristics that describe a CI course
The primary focus of the course should be on writing and speaking, not on technical subject matter unrelated to communications.
Communication assignments should dominate the course and should be accompanied by instructor feedback and evaluation.
Instructor feedback and evaluation should focus primarily on communication skills (writing and speaking)
The majority of the course grade should be dependent on communication-related assignments.
Communication assignments should be varied and practical. Examples include: Memos, Technical reports, Proposals, Oral presentations, News releases, Sales presentations, Speeches, Editing Assignments.
H. Brown made a motion to accept the first five characteristics and desired outcomes of CI courses. T. Costello seconded motion. Motion Passed.
Jean Turner made a motion to accept the 6th characteristics and G. Millus seconded it. Motion was passed
The 6th characteristic is; Course assignments should allow students to practice communicating within the context of their academic discipline.
B. Tim Killian, Human Environmental Sciences Subcommittee – None

6. Old Business – None

7. New Business

A. We need to elect a new Chair Elect for Faculty Council for next year.
Nomination forms were passed out by T. Costello. It was asked that they be taken back to departments for nominees.
8. Inquiries form the Faculty – None

9. Announcements
Fall Faculty meeting will be Dec. 6 at 9:30. The Provost will be their from 9:30 to 10:30.
10. Meeting Adjourned - The meeting was adjourned at 3:23.

Quetta Wardlow