Graduate Studies

April 6, 2009

University Union Board Room, 3:00 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: R. Bauerly, e. Hassan (Vice Chair), B. Locke, J. McNabb, J. McQuillan, G. Montalvo, M. Mossman (Chair), K. Pawelko

GUESTS: Rick Anderson, Bill Griffin, Hoyet Hemphill, Jess House, Warren Jones, Iraj Kalantari, Ruth Kelly, Peppi Kenny, Inessa Levi, Reinhard Lindner, Angela Lynn, Sue Martinelli-Fernandez, Amy Patrick, Miriam Satern, Chris Sutton, Lance Ternasky, Roger Viadero, Larry Wall

EX-OFFICIO: J. Dallinger

OTHER: G. Sullivan


Dr. Mossman noted that the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies requested to reorder the agenda as the departmental representatives have a schedule conflict at 3:30 p.m. Council approved.

A. Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies

1. Request to add graduate credit to a 400-level course

a. EIS 440, Sociolinguistic, 3 s.h.

Dr. Lindner indicated this course will serve to immerse students into a culture-focused examination of the role of language in shaping interactions between individuals and their social environments. This graduate course will be useful primarily to students in the Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies program and the Sociology program, however, students in a variety of disciplines may choose to take it. He explained that students most interested in this course will be preservice and inservice teachers that are not bilingual who are seeking an ESL endorsement or approval.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to EIS 440. (Bauerly/Pawelko) MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Business Administration

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

Drs. Wall and Kenny responded to questions from the Council. Dr. Wall explained that the goals of the request are to simplify the program by reducing the number of alternatives given to the students and to allow for larger class size to encourage more team-building experiments and to foster a greater learning environment.

Motion: To approve the request to change the MBA program requirements. (McQuillan/Hassan) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

C. Economics

Per the request of Chairman Mossman, the requests were reordered.

1. Request for integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program

Dr. Jones indicated that the goal of offering an integrated program was to attract high-quality students. He indicated that those students in this program will have minimal deficiency courses and will be able to continue the graduate-level theory courses shortly after completing the undergraduate-level theory courses which will allow a stronger understanding of that material. The courses identified as bridge courses are: ECON 481G/B, ECON 500B or ECON 502B, ECON 503B or 504B, and ECON 506B or 507B.

Motion: To approve the request for an integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree program in economics. (McQuillan/Pawelko) MOTION APPROVED: 6 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request for a new graduate course

a. ECON 603, Comprehensive Examination, 0 s.h.

3. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Jones responded to questions concerning the request for ECON 603. Council members questioned how the exam would be assessed, what the exam would consist of, and requested clarification of the expectations of the course/exam. Dr. Jones agreed to submit additional materials for their consideration at the next meeting.

Motion: To table the request for ECON 603 for additional information from the department and to table the request to change graduate program requirements as ECON 603 is part of that request. (McQuillan/Pawelko) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. English and Journalism

1. Requests for new graduate courses

a. ENG 653, Literary Studies, 3 s.h.
b. ENG 657, Professional Writing, 3 s.h.
c. ENG 658, The Teaching of Writing, 3 s.h.

2.Request for Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in English

Per the request of Chairman Mossman, the discussion of the requests were reordered so that the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program was addressed first, however, the votes were taken in the order as numbered above.

Dr. Ternasky voiced concern that the request for a post-baccalaureate certificate should have been shared with other departments on campus that might have an overlap of content such as those teaching English to non-English speaking students. Dr. Patrick reiterated that this proposal is not intended for bilingual education; it will be of interest for someone who wants to teach English composition in community colleges. She recognized that on page 2 of the proposal, the listing of TESL and TESOL as an option offered at peer institutions may have caused confusion. This program will offer three emphases: Professional Writing, The Teaching of Writing, and Literary Studies.

Motion: To approve the requests for new graduate courses: ENG 653, ENG 657, and ENG 658. (Montalvo/Hassan) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Motion: To approve the request for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in English. (McNabb/Bauerly) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

E. Information Systems and Decision Sciences

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. IS 520, Business Communications in the U.S., 3 s.h.

This item was tabled at the March 2, 2009 meeting for resubmission of request. No new information has been presented at this time. Item will remain tabled.

Motion: To table the request. (Locke/Bauerly) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

F. Instructional Design and Technology

1. Requests to increase credit hours

a. IDT 500, Preseminar, from 1 s.h. to 2 s.h.

Dr. Hemphill presented the course request for IDT 500, a core course in the IDT graduate program, indicating a need to expand the course to cover basic learning theories in IDT and APA research writing format and style. The Council members noted that since this course is part of the program core requirements, a request to change the graduate program requirements must accompany this request.

Motion: To table the request to increase the credit hours of IDT 500 pending the submission of the request to change program requirements. (Montalvo/Locke) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

b. IDT 525, Grant Writing Basics, from 1 s.h. to 3 s.h.

Dr. Hemphill indicated the current semester hours offered in this course are not meeting the needs of the students. This course is an elective and not a core requirement.

Motion: To approve the request to increase credit hours in IDT 525 from 1 s.h. to 3 s.h. MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

G. Kinesiology

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

Dr. Satern addressed the Council indicating that the Department of Kinesiology would like to eliminate the capstone option of synthesis paper of internship experience and the external certification exam. She noted that the faculty feels the synthesis paper is not reflective of the material students learn throughout the entire graduate program and is not comparable to the level of information provided through a thesis or departmental comprehensive exam. It was noted that the internship will continue to be offered as an elective course. Dr. Satern later clarified with the Graduate School that this request is for the kinesiology degree program and not the sport management program.

Motion: To approve the request to change the graduate program requirements in Kinesiology. (Montalvo/McNabb) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

H. College of Arts and Sciences – Institute for Environmental Studies (IES)

1. Requests for new graduate programs

a. ENVR 730, Environmental Systems, 4 s.h.
b. ENVR 740, Advanced Analytic Tools in Environmental Science, 4 s.h.
c. ENVR 750, Integrated Environmental Decision Making, 3 s.h.
d. ENVR 798, Dissertation Research, 0-10 s.h., repeatable
e. ENVR 799, Dissertation, 3 s.h.

2. Request for a new doctoral program

a. Environmental Science Doctoral Program with an Emphasis on Large River Ecosystem Science

Dr. Viadero introduced the proposal’s committee members present: Drs. Anderson, Kalantari, Martinelli-Fernandez, Sutton, BOT member Bill Griffin, and Dean Inessa Levi. He indicated this Ph.D. program had been in development for several years and was supported by the University’s strategic plan. It was noted that this program will be a multi-disciplinary program involving faculty from varying departments such as Biological Sciences, Mathematics, and Geography. The Environmental Science doctoral program will require at least 60 s.h. beyond the master’s degree to include 11 s.h. of core courses, 9 s.h. of electives, and 40 s.h. of dissertation/research work. The
University of Toledo, Indiana University, and the University of South Florida were recognized as offering environmental science programs that are similar in length.

Dr. McNabb questioned the availability of library resources as the proposal acknowledges that the WIU Library will not have all necessary resources to conduct novel research on large ecosystem science. However, Dr. Anderson said most critical journals may be found in the library and students will take advantage of the inter-library loan services.

Dr. Montalvo asked what the feasibility results were concerning the anticipated student population in this program. Dr. Viadero indicated based on regional studies, they anticipate 10-12 students enrolled in the first two years, with 12-14 in future years. Dr. Montalvo also questioned the availability of faculty to serve on the 5-member Doctoral Examining Committee (DEC). Dr. Viadero replied that as varying fields are involved with this program, there should not be a shortage of committee members. In addition, it was noted there is a commitment from the Provost’s Office to hire two additional faculty for this program who will be teaching the core courses.

It was noted that a correction is needed on the new graduate course request form for ENVR 730, Environmental Systems, 4 s.h. to show total class hours as “50” rather than “80.”

Motion: To approve new course requests for ENVR 730, 740, 750, 798, and 799.
(Montalvo/Bauerly)MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB

Motion: To approve the new doctoral program request in Environmental Science with an Emphasis on Large River Ecosystem Science. (Locke/Hassan) MOTION APPROVED: 7 YES – 0 NO – 1 AB


A. Wendell French, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
B. Sue Hum-Musser, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
C. Roger Viadero, Professor, Biological Sciences

Motion: To approve all three requests for full membership in the graduate faculty.
(Bauerly/McNabb) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB


A. Composition of Thesis/Dissertation Committees

1. Review draft of changes to committee policies

This item was tabled at the March 2 meeting for additional information and discussion. Dr. Ternasky presented information identifying characteristics of Ed.D. programs at ISU, UIC, St. Louis University, and Vanderbilt University. It was determined that composition of dissertation committees varies greatly among universities and doctoral programs. Dr. McNabb suggested that each new doctoral proposal include the composition of their dissertation committee as appropriate for their field. It was noted that proposals should include a description of peer institutions to identify the standards for similar programs.

Motion: For Chairman Mossman to draft language to be used in the graduate catalog and on the new graduate program request form. (Montalvo/Pawelko) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Incomplete Grades in Capstone Courses

Drs. House, Kelly and Lynn were present to discuss the possibility of extending the term for capstone courses so that “I” grades remain as “I” grades rather than automatically transferring to grades of “F” after one year if no action is taken. Drs. House and Kelly had previously voiced concern over this policy as many of their students must extend their capstone courses to avoid the automatic “F.” Dr. Lynn, interim Registrar, offered two solutions to this problem. She noted that graduate students are required to complete a form which requires several departmental signatures before submitting it to the Graduate School while the undergraduate students simply must ask the instructor of record to email the Registrar’s Office with the extension date. She asked if some of the concerns would be alleviated if the process was simplified. Dr. Kelly thought this
would help her situation in the Department of Psychology. The Council asked Dr. Lynn if it was possible for departments to identify which capstone courses they would like to automatically extend for a certain number of years. She replied that while this is possible, programming is backed up in the Registrar’s Office until 2010 and this would not be an immediate solution.

Motion: To allow faculty members to extend an incomplete grade for a student in a graduate course by sending an email request to the Graduate School ( This email should include the course information (name/number/semester), student information, and the date that the complete should be extended to. The form to extend incomplete grades will no longer be needed. (McNabb/Locke) MOTION APPROVED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

Dr. Dallinger indicated the Graduate School will disseminate this new policy to students and academic departments. The Graduate Council will revisit a long-term solution for the incomplete grades in capstone courses at a later date.


A. Continuous Enrollment in Capstone Courses
B. Academic Integrity Policy for Graduate Students

These items were tabled due to lack of time.

C. Temporary Replacement Member for Dr. Mark Mossman for Fall 2009

Dr. Mossman announced that Dr. Kimberly McClure will temporarily replace his post during the Fall 2009 semester as he will be on sabbatical.

D. Graduate Council Election

Graduate Council election is underway, however, there is only one person on the ballots for each college up for election. New members will be invited to attend the final Graduate Council meeting of the academic year on April 27.

Meeting adjourned: 5:15 p.m.