August 20, 1998

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CEFO Minutes

(J. Carter, Secretary)


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Thursday, August 20, 1998 @ 12:30 PM Cameron Applied Research Center, Room 101
CEFO President Edwin Braun opened the meeting at 12:36. The following individuals signed the attendance sheet:

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING: R. Snyder, S. Middleton, C. Blatt, P. Bovender, R. Gwaltney, M. Hermann, J. Smith, C. Lilly.
COMPUTER SCIENCE: R. Lejk, J. Quinn, G. Revesz, Z. Ras, H. Razavi, W. Tolone, B. Wilkinson.
CIVIL ENGINEERING: D. Bayer, R. Davidson, J. Evett, I. Gergely, J. Graham, H. Hilger, R. Janardhanam, M. Kane, E. King, K. Linden, A. Stadler, J. Wu,D. Young.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: T. Dahlberg, Y. Kakad, R. Makki, M. Miri, H. Phillips.
ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: E. Braun, N. Byars, J. Carter, J. Chaffin, I. Jones, C. Liu, C. Mobley, J. Patten, R. Priebe, W. Shelnutt, B. Sherlock. P. Wang, S. Wang.
MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: H. Cherukuri, R. Coger, P. DeHoff, R. Dubler, H. Estrada, Y. Hari, R. Johnson, G. Mohanty, E. Munday, S. Patterson, J. Raja, Scott Smith, Stuart Smith.
GUESTS: None. Total documented attendance: 62 (46 voting members.) Quorum=39.

I. Previous Meeting Minutes, Jack Carter. The minutes of the April 28, 1998 meeting were approved as submitted. Note that, in addition to distribution, the archive of CEFO minutes is maintained on the world wide web at Additions and corrections may be submitted through that media.

II. Introduction of New Faculty and Staff The college is pleased to welcome the following new members to the faculty and staff: COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING:

Catherine Blat, Assistant Director of Mentoring Programs
Maria Turnack, “Intellectual property guru”
Dr. Chuck Price, Asst. Dean for Engineering Computing.


Dr. Helene Hilger
Dr. Janos Gergely
Dr. Rachel Davidson


Dr. Valerie Cross
Tracey Nankivel, Secretary
Linda Allen, Secretary


Diana Boyd, Secretary


Dr. Irvin Jones

III. Committee reports.

General Education Committee, David Bayer. Be aware that Dr. Bayer may have to be replaced on this committee due to other responsibilities.
No other committees reported.

IV. Revision of Guidelines for Peer Review of Teaching, Bob Johnson. Dr. Johnson presented a “streamlined approach” to the guidelines for the peer review of teaching for probationary faculty. Following considerable discussion, a motion was made to accept the guidelines. The motion passed without opposition.

V. Attendance Sheets, Jack Carter. All are reminded to be sure to sign the attendence sheet that is passed around during the meeting. Also, please add or delete names to reflect the staffing in your department. Finally, all tenure-track faculty should be identified with a symbol following their names. Be sure this is correct so that we can determine the necessary quorum for meetings.

VI. Ethics Across the Curriculum, Yogi Kakad. Dr. Kakad recently attended a 10-day conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum and presented a report of its content and intent. If anyone is interested in applying ethics in the classroom, contact Dr. Kakad. Web sites, books and videos that provide information on applications are available. ABET will be looking for application and assessment of ethics in the classroom.

VII. Progression Requirements, Silvia Middleton. The Undergraduate Administrative Council has been looking at the College academic progression requirements in order to bring them in line with the remainder of the campus. The college academic progression requirements and discontinuance conditions for bachelor degree programs in CE, EVE, ME&ES were distributed. A motion was made to accept the document. Motion passed without dissention.

VIII. Progression Requirements, Ed Braun. Mr. Braun presented the Academic Progression Requirements and Discontinuance Conditions for Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology. Considerable discussion ensued, criticising several areas of the document. A motion was made to send the document back to the department for a response to those comments. Motion passed.

IX. SPART, Bill Shelnutt. Bill Shelnutt presented a report from the Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Resource Team. Details to follow.

X. Dean’s Report, Dean Snyder.

The agenda for the coming year is a big one.
We have received word that the three engineering programs have been accredited for the maximum of 6 years by ABET.
The annual report contains the agenda for the coming year. There is no indicated priority in the items listed.

Planning and assessment is becoming a way of life. It is used by higher administration to set funding planning. Such activity needs to be done with a great deal of thought.
The Mechanical Engineering department has initiated a Motor Sports option. This program has great potential for the college and its visibility.
We have established a well-defined Computer Engineering degree program that can serve faculty and staff better than we have done in the past. A proposal has ben prepared by Computer Engineering faculty to put together a college-wide task force to work on the proposal before processing it.
We have received broad support for the initiation of a Fire Safety program, a distance-learning program to be administered by the Engineering Technology department. It has strong support from the fire fighters across the state.
Planning for the Master of Science in Engineering Management should be coming this year.
This is the second year of operation of the Distance Learning program in Electrical Engineering Technology, and has met with success.
The School of Information Technology is launching its Ph.D. program with fourteen students. Graduate certificate and Masters programs will be coming through the college soon.
We are in the process of participation with the statewide engineering initiative with NCA&T to make the first two years of the engineering programs available at the two-year colleges. We will be offering statistics this Spring through some form of electronic technology.

Dr. Snyder has sent a letter to the Chancellor advising of him of his intent to retire, December 31, 1999 so that a search can begin for a new dean.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:10 P.M.

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