Graduate Studies

December 7, 2009 Minutes

University Union Board Room, 3 p.m.

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

GUESTS: Althea Alton, Rick Anderson, Hassanali Espahbodi, Angela Ferree, Hoyet Hemphill, Leaunda Hemphill, Iraj Kalantari, Rose McConnell, Chris Merrett, John Simmons, Lance Ternasky

EX-OFFICIO: J. Dallinger

OTHER: G. Sullivan


A. Chemistry

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. CHEM 551, Forensic Analytical Chemistry, 3 s.h.

Dr. Rose McConnell presented the request for CHEM 551 indicating it was created to serve the students in the integrated bachelor’s/master’s program in Forensic Chemistry. This course is specific to Chemistry and provides an applied forensic analytical chemistry approach for students pursuing careers in forensic chemistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, and law enforcement.

Dr. McConnell responded to questions concerning the available faculty to teach the course as well as the availability of state of the art instruments as explained in the proposal. She indicated there is a faculty person on staff to teach the course and all instruments are in the Chemistry department.

The Council offered a friendly suggestion to amend the course abbreviation and Dr. McConnell agreed to change it. An error was noted on the additional reading list which included two of the required texts for the course.

Motion: To approve the request for CHEM 551 with suggested amendments to the request form. (Bean/Hassan)MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

B. Counselor Education

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

a. Master of Science in Education in Counseling

Dr. Lance Ternasky spoke on behalf of the Department of Counselor Education indicating that the request is being made as the program is quite selective and would like to be able to uphold the integrity of the degree. He noted the department feels that the policy of allowing nine semester hours of “C” grades or lower is contradictory to CACREP accreditation standards. Those standards require faculty to complete annual evaluations of all students in respect to their academic performance, professional development, and personal development.

Motion: To approve the request to lower the number of semester hours from nine to six in which a student may receive a grade of “C” or lower and continue to remain in the Counseling program. (Hassan/McClure) MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO -0 AB

C. Curriculum and Instruction

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. LLA 525, Literature and the Reader, 3 s.h.

Dr. Angela Ferree presented the course request for LLA 525 indicating that the new course will combine the content from LLA 513 (Advanced Children’s Literature) and LLA 523 (Young Adult Literature). Thus, should this proposed course be approved, LLA 513 and LLA 523 will be removed from the course listings in the department. Dr. Ferree responded to questions from Council members including what format this course would be presented. She indicated the course is scheduled to move to an online format in Spring 2010.

Motion: To approve the request for LLA 525. (McClure/Hassan) MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Request to change graduate program requirements

a. Master of Science in Education in Reading

Based on the approval of the previous course request for LLA 525, the department requested to replace LLA 523 with LLA 525 in the core requirements of the program.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements in Reading. (Bean/Bauerly) MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

D. Instructional Design and Technology

1. Request to increase credit hours

a. IDT 591, Independent Study, 1-4 s.h., repeatable to 6

Drs. Hoyet Hemphill and Leaunda Hemphill were present to discuss the course request and responded to questions from the Council. Dr. H. Hemphill explained that in order for students to take IDT independent study courses, they must complete a proposal including a timeline as well as the topic. Additionally, the instructor has to agree to supervise the student on the independent study. He noted the IDT department expects 3-5 graduate students enrolled in the course per semester.

Motion: To approve the request to increase the credit hours from 1-3 to 1-4 and the repeatability from up to 3 to repeatable to 6 with change in topic. MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

2. Requests for 400-G level courses

a. IDT 433, Instructional 3D Modeling & Animation, 3 s.h.

Dr. H. Hemphill noted that there are typically 2-3 graduate students enrolled in their 400-G level courses per semester and this course will be offered once per year. When questioned if the learning outcomes will differ for graduate and undergraduate students, he replied that undergraduates will focus more on production and graduate students more on theoretical and management aspects of the course. Dr. Hemphill explained for the Council what was meant by group leader in this course. Group leaders act as the person who keeps the group on track and organized for the duration of the project.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to IDT 433. (McClure/Bauerly) MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 A

b. IDT 480, Advanced Web-Based Instruction, 3 s.h

Dr. H. Hemphill reiterated that graduate students will gain managerial skills from this course while undergraduates will gain productivity skills. Members of the Council noted that this course request did not clearly state how it differs for undergraduate and graduate students. The Council stated that it was currently in the process of redesigning the 400-G course request to include more specific questions that will help departments supply the Council with specific information it needs to review and determine if 400-G courses are appropriate.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to IDT 480. (Bauerly/Montalvo) MOTION DENIED: 3 YES – 4 NO – 1 AB

The Council recommended the department provide additional information relative to the differing experiences for undergraduate and graduate students

E. Mathematics

1. Request for 400-G level courses

a. STAT 409, Probability and Statistics for Middle School Teachers, 3 s.h.

Dr. Iraj Kalantari presented the course request indicating that this is a statistics course geared toward middle school teachers in the elementary education field. He noted this course would be used to fill a state endorsement for that group of teachers. There was significant discussion between Dr. Kalantari and the Council concerning various points for which Dr. Kalantari provided elaboration.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to STAT 409. (Hassan/McQuillan) MOTION CARRIED: 7 YES – 1 NO – 0 AB

F. Philosophy and Religious Studies

1. Request for 400-G level course

a. REL/ENG 492; Religion, Literature, and Film; 3 s.h.

This request was tabled for additional information on October 12, 2009. Dr. John Simmons presented the request. He noted two corrections to the list of additional requirements to include striking “in the case of the attached syllabus” from #1, and #6 changed from “possibly” to “no.” This submission included a thorough syllabus which was requested previously.

Motion: To approve the request to add graduate credit to REL /ENG 492. ( Bean/McClure) MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO -0 AB

2. Request for cross-listed course

a. REL/ENG 492G; Religion, Literature, and Film; 3 s.h.

Motion: To approve this course to be cross-listed as REL/ENG 492G. (Hassan/Bean)

G. Sociology

1. Request to change graduate program requirements

a. Master of Arts in Sociology

Sociology requested to add SOC 519 as a core course, thus, lowering the amount of directed electives to 9 s.h. in the Thesis Plan and 21 s.h. in the Non-Thesis Plan. The total required hours remains the same.

Motion: To approve the request to change graduate program requirements in Sociology. (Bean/Hassan) MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

H. Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

1. Request for a new graduate course

a. IIRA 501, Principles of Community Development, 3 s.h.

Dr. Chris Merrett, Director of Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) on the Macomb campus, presented the request to offer a graduate course in the IIRA program. This course would be the first one offered through this program and has been offered twice as an experimental course. IIRA 501 would serve to train community developers, specifically those who are in the Peace Corps Fellows Program, and prepare them for their community internship experiences.

There was concern by Council members that the course is not attached to an academic college as IIRA operates under its own direction outside of academic programming. Dr. Dallinger indicated it was possible for IIRA to make this request. Council members questioned if the expectations listed on the form were too narrow and posed through the eyes of one instructor rather than as in general terms for any instructor of the course.

The Council questioned why IIRA is choosing to offer one course and asked what the vision is for academic programming in the IIRA. Dr. Merrett indicated they would eventually like to offer a graduate degree in community development in partnership with another academic department, however, that is still is the discussion phase with no immediate final plan to propose such a program. He indicated by offering this course it may be used as a recruiting tool for new Peace Corp Fellow participants.

Dr. Montalvo expressed concern that the approval of this course would set a precedent for other non-academic areas to offer graduate courses and questioned whether that was a direction the Council should choose to follow.

Motion: To approve the request for IIRA 501. (Bean/McClure) MOTION CARRIED: 6 YES – 1 NO – 1 AB


A. Christopher Robert Jones, Assistant Professor, Accountancy
B. Charles Pryor, Assistant Professor, Accountancy
C. Yuyun Sejati, Assistant Professor, Accountancy
D. Gregg Woodruff, Associate Professor, Accountancy

Dr. Espahbodi was present to respond to any questions the Council members had concerning the applicants. He indicated he is currently the only full member of graduate faculty in the Accountancy department and needed additional full members to assist with chairing of capstone experiences.

Motion: To approve Drs. Pryor and Woodruff to full graduate faculty status. (Bean/McNabb) MOTION CARRIED: 8 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB

The Council questioned the amount of scholarly/creative activities of Jones and Sejati. While Dr. Espahbodi anticipates significant scholarly achievements from these faculty members, the Council did not feel comfortable approving the requests as they did not meet all requirements of the full faculty status.

Motion: To deny the requests for Jones and Sejati. (McClure/Bean) MOTION CARRIED: 4 YES – 2 NO – 2 AB

Council members suggested they reapply when evidence of scholarly/creative activity appropriate to the field could be presented.


A. Substitutions in “B” Courses in an Integrated Baccalaureate/Master’s Degree Program

Dr. Dallinger surveyed the Council for their input on whether course substitutions should be allowed in integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree programs. She noted we do not allow substitutions in post-baccalaureate certificate programs, however, those generally require significantly fewer hours for completion. The Council stated that it was acceptable to allow substitutions in integrated programs as approved by the academic department.


A. Standards for 400-G Courses

Dr. Jennifer McNabb indicated the sub-committee to review the 400-G request form has been having conversations about suggested changes and hopes to have a draft of the changes to the Council sometime in early Spring 2010.

B. Retiring replacement member

It was noted that this meeting was the last for Dr. Kim McClure who has been acting as a College of Arts and Sciences replacement for Dr. Mark Mossman who has been on sabbatical this past semester. The Council and Dr. Dallinger thanked Dr. McClure for her efforts during the fall semester and look forward to seeing her run for a Council position in the future.

Meeting adjourned: 5:25 p.m.