College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
In consultation with the CLAS Faculty Council, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences convenes a task force to work on a particular project as needed.
Current Task Forces
PEAT (Principles of Equity in Allocation Taskforce)
Gary Stark, HST and CLAS Associate Dean, chair
Shaily Menon, Bio and CLAS Associate Dean
Pat Haynes, CLAS Assistant Dean for Budget
Aaron Perry, CLAS Director of Lab Support
Erika King, Poli Sci
Dan Royer, WRT
Paul Stephenson, Stats
Anne Caillaud, MLL
Norwood Viviano, Art & Design
George McBane, CHM
Ginny Peterson, GEO
Corinna McLeod, English
Tony Thompson, SoC
Principles of Equity in Allocation Taskforce Charge: The charge of this taskforce is to identify and prioritize the principles and factors which the College should use for determining and distributing operating budgets (including Student Wages, CSSM, and/or Equipment budgets) to departments. These factors and principles will include equipment use (by both majors and Gen Ed students), the status of programs, the number of majors, of student credit hours, and of faculty, the needs of faculty research not addressed by various grants, and other factors that PEAT may identify. The distribution of future resources should also be guided by the mission, vision and values which the College has embraced, and to which it will remain committed in strategic prioritization and planning; for example, is the number of funded graduate assistantships in the College maximally effective given our resources, competing priorities, and primary emphasis on undergraduate education?
To accomplish this identification and prioritization, PEAT will be charged to consult very widely and work transparently; to study closely the current distribution of allocations; and to identify those areas in need of reallocation.
The target date for a report is Wednesday July 30, 2014. The report will be discussed by unit heads and by College governance during the first weeks of Fall semester 2014, and they will advise the Dean. The Dean will respond to the College about the report, about the way it will influence the rest of the 2014-15 budget year, and about how it will reshape allocation thereafter. The target date for this response will be the Unit Head and Faculty Weekly Mailing of the week of September 15, 2014.
Previous Task Forces
Task Force for CLAS 500 Level Course Offerings
Charge: Investigate ways in which 500 level courses could serve undergraduate and graduate programs
· Determine interest among CLAS units for 500 level courses
· Identify the place of 500 level courses within the undergraduate and graduate curricula, respectively
· Identify criteria for proposal of 500 level courses [cap at about 20]
o Serve undergraduates [how will these courses impact 400 level courses?]
o Serve graduates
· Devise a system for 500 level course proposals that align with CCC and Graduate protocols
Members; Jim Persoon (ENG), Mark Luttenton (BIO), Robert Downer (STA), Carolyn Shapin-Shapiro (HST), Jamie Owen-DeSchryver (PSY), Alex Nesterenko (COM), and Mary Schutten (CLAS).
Outcome: The Task Force made recommendations on 500 level courses that were sent to the Graduate Dean and Graduate Council.
Risk Reduction Taskforce
Charge - to collect better practices within the College and within GVSU, and to identify sources beyond GVSU, that will allow departments to reduce risk on internships, service learning, field work, study abroad, and similar high impact practice; and to develop resources and recommendations for departments, unit heads and faculty going forward.
Members: Brian Hatzel (chair) (MOV), Bob Hollister (BIO), Azizur Molla (ANT), Steve Mattox (GEO), Tony Thompson (COM), John Gabrosek (STA), John Martin (MUS), Jim Visser (ART - AP), Jim Seufert (Safety Officer), Dennis Malaret (SOC), Melissa Morison (CLA), Jill Hamilton (COM), Shaily Menon (CLAS, ex-officio)
Advising Taskforce (reported December 7, 2006)
CLAS Governance Taskforce (reported February 28, 2005)
Diversity Taskforce (reported March 2006)
Fall Break Taskforce (2007)
Learning Space Taskforce (reported
Padnos Henry Remodeling Taskforce (reported May 4, 2007)
Provost Office Initiatives (includes current taskforces)
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