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Nov 12, 1997 Minutes

Present: Bechtol, Bible, Conroy, Ford, Hays, McGee, Oliver, Pascoe, Renick,
Sawey, Simpson, Stimmel and Winek.

Absent: Deduck-Evans, Irvin
Guests: Carol Hazlewood (Comp Sci), Mike Moore

Colombik, Roger
Davis, Wilbon
Lippmann, David
Fite, Kathlee
Garner, Lydia
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The meeting was called to order by Chair Bible at 4:00 p.m.


Prof. Hazelwood presented the Academic Computing Committee's proposals for
guidelines for requesting student computing fee awards. There is approxi-
mately $1,000,000 to be disbursed. The guidelines call for proposals from
students to be limited to those which originate from student organizations
and are supported by the ASG. Prof. Hazelwood explained that this is to
ensure better accountability. In response to expressions of concern that
students have no voting representation on the committee and thus no voice
in how their fees are to be spent, it was noted that there is an ex-officio
student representative on the Committee who can provide meaningful input on
the merits of proposals. Prof. Hazelwood also explained that the committee
intends to distribute the RFP forms on the ACC web at http://www.fac.swt.
edu/acc/. Paper forms will also be available.

The possibility of having ASG review the committee's rankings of proposals
was discussed. One problem is that ASG has no committee comparable to the
Academic Computing Committee which contains people with the expertise needed
to evaluate proposals of this sort. There was also discussion of the voting
procedure and the fact that as head of the committee Prof. Hazelwood does not
vote. The current voting policy on the committee is one vote per school.
The Senate agreed with this policy, and it also voted that school representa-
tives should be able to rank proposals from their school.

With these and other minor changes, the Senate voted to accept the committee


The following synopses of the developmental leave proposals are taken from
the abstracts prepared by each applicant.


The Creation and Exhibition of Public Sculpture in Central Europe and North
America - My intention is to compose a series of outdoor public sculptures
that will provide the viewer with a beautiful space in which to read, dream
and relax. The overall objective would be to create an interactive physical
environment that provides for an experience rich in thought and spirit. I
have received formal invitations to create public sculpture in the Republic of
Macedonia and Poland, along with the honor of participating in the prestigious
Pier Walk International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Chicago, IL. In
Macedonia, I will cultivate interest in the international artist/scholar
exchange programs with SWT.


Updating Computer Graphics - The end result of the semester's work will be
updated hardware and software to support modern 3D graphics instruction, stable
and manageable hardware and software platforms usable by the entire department,
additional thesis topics for graduate students, and a professor set for a few
more years of currently relevant graphics lectures.


I have written and made available to my students a set of seven instructional
supplements for general chemistry. These explain difficult concepts in more
detail than text books do, or they present problem solving techniques that
many students prefer to those described in text books. They include worked
out examples, practice questions and answers to the practice questions. I
plan to revise and expand these instructional supplements and to write at
least five more. Then I will offer them to commercial publishers to be
incorporated into a text book or to be published separately.


I will research the relationship among movement, learning (and brain research),
and learning styles. My overall goal is to discover innovative methods of
improving the acquisition of reading and writing skills by first graders. This
will be accomplished by: (1) extensive reading, (2) visits to model programs,
(3) attendance and participation at related workshops and conferences, (4)
interviews with prominent teachers and/or doctors, and (5) participation in an
experimental research study incorporating educational kinesiology and informa-
tion on learning styles directed at helping first graders learn to read.
Particularly attention will be given to applying my research findings to the
use of classroom technology with at-risk children.


I propose to complete a manuscript on the Section of Empire of the Council of
State of the Brazilian Monarchy 1842-1889, which analyzes several aspects of
its membership, functions, areas of jurisdiction, changes in the institution
from 1842-1889, and explains its role in the process of political and admini-
strative centralization as a means to restore law and order and organize the
national state. My methodology was developed earlier for a previous manuscript
entitled The Council of State and the Consolidation of the Modern Brazilian
State, 1842-1889, which requires close examination of primary sources produced
by the Section and integration with the administrative and political history of
the period.

Among the merits of this project I can mention the following: (a) a clear view
of the evolution and organization of the national state in the areas of provin-
cial elections, dispensation of administrative justice, incorporation of commer-
cial companies, church relations, and judicial review of provincial legislation;
b) it provides continuity in the knowledge of the institution of the Council of
State; (c) it contributes to the debate of the exact nature of the Brazilian
state in the 19th century; d) it provides a comparative model of state organi-
zation with that of those of other nations in Latin America, primarily Mexico,
Argentina, and Chile. Above all, it contributes to my undergraduate and
graduate teaching, since my students benefit from a most updated perspective of
Brazilian history and comparative history of Latin America.


Chair Bible brought to the Senate's attention a paragraph that the university
has added to the Post-Tenure Review policy in the Faculty Handbook because of
the state legislation on this subject. This paragraph that states that faculty
who are subject to termination have the right to resort to the Alternative
Dispute Resolution provisions of the state Civil Practices and Remedies Code.


Prof. Springer has resigned from the Tenure, Promotion, and Compensation
Committee. The Senate voted to replace him with Prof. Vedaraman Sriraman
(Applied Arts & Tech.).


For the next PAAG- will research enhancement go forward and be available
next year?

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Approved without change.