Graduate Studies

Graduate Council Minutes - September 9, 2013

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Horrabin Hall, Room 60/QC 60th Street Campus, Room 114

Members Present: J. Averbeck, V. Diehl, J. McQuillan, A. Mossman (Chair) J. Myers, W. Polley (Vice Chair), T. Walker

Members Absent: M. Stinnett

Guests Present: G. Delaney-Barmann, Z (Bridget) Sheng, C. Webb

Ex-Officio present: N. Parsons

Others Present: C. Dodson

Motion: To add summer school committee representation item to the end of the agenda. (Mossman/Diehl)



A. Academic Integrity Incident Reports Filed in the School of Graduate Studies, April – August, 2013 (5)

1. Resolved with Instructor (5)

Dr. Parsons announced the Graduate Committee Chair meeting for the fall semester will be held September 25, 2013, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in Horrabin Hall 1, with CODEC to QC 114. She added there will be representation from the Center for International Studies, as the goal is to insure both domestic and international applications are as expedient and streamlined as possible.


A. Amy Carr, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Dr. Carr was unable to attend, as she was in transit from the Quad Cities. Dr. Mossman noted that there is no graduate program in her area but there is a need for her to serve on thesis committees in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Motion: To approve the request. (McQuillan/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

B. Renee Noppe, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

In a letter of support from Dr. Carol Webb, who was present to answer questions, it was noted that Dr. Noppe has collaborated on studies resulting in seven non-refereed articles and two refereed articles. Dr. McQuillan asked how close is Dr. Noppe to tenure, to which Dr. Webb responded that he needs two refereed publications.

Motion: To deny the request with suggestion to reapply after refereed publications have been completed. (Polley/Averbeck) MOTION CARRIED 5 YES – 1 NO – 1 AB.

C.  Zhaoui (Bridget) Sheng, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership

Motion: To approve the request. (Diehl/McQuillan) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

D. Carol Webb, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership

Dr. Webb was present to answer questions. Discussion was held regarding journal publications. Professor Myers asked was there a change in criteria for publications as none were published before 2012. Dr. Webb’s response was that there have been no changes in criteria since 2007, but most EDL faculty are former administrators with little publishing experience. Dr. Polley asked if Dr. Webb had served on dissertation committees, and the reply was, yes, six committees.

Motion: To deny the request. (Polley/Myers) MOTION FAILED 2 YES – 3 NO – 2 AB. Motion: To approve the request. (Walker/McQuillan) MOTION CARRIED 3 YES – 2 NO – 2 AB.


A. Policy Review: “D” Grades Sub-committee – Item tabled for the time being

B. Graduate Research Day and Week (2/7; 2/3-7)

Dr. Mossman reported there is enough interest on campus to move forward with this. During the week, departments will have activities scheduled. The planning committee will be Dr. H. Hemphill from Instructional Design and Technology, Dr. A. Hardeman/Music, Dr. D. Bideshi/Sociology, Dr. K. Kapale/Physics, Dr. J. McQuillan/Computer Science, and M. Jezierski/MLAS graduate student. Dr. Mossman noted the bulk of the work happens during the Fall 2013 semester, and will involve consulting with Patty Battles from the Thomas E. Helm Undergraduate Research Day Committee. There are no meetings scheduled as yet.

C. Faculty Senate Summer School Committee

Dr. Mossman asked for a volunteer from the Council to serve on the Summer School committee. The meetings will be once a month, on Monday from 12:00 to 1 p.m. No volunteer at this time.


A. Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Sub-Committee for Fall 2013

Dr. Mossman requested a sub-committee of one member from each college be formed to review the fall applications for the Graduate Student Research and Professional Development award recipients.

Sub-committee for fall will include Graduate Council members McQuillan, Mossman, Myers and Walker; spring will include members Averbeck, Diehl, Polley, and Stinnett. A date in mid-October will be established for the fall selection meeting. Ms. Dodson will provide copies of the applications and evaluation forms. She will also schedule a location for the meeting and notify all involved.


A. Request to waive “C” hour rule    

1. Geography

The student was present and answered questions regarding ability to continue and succeed in program if request is approved. The extenuating circumstances which caused the low grades have been resolved. Support from the department was indicated in the petition.

Motion: To approve the request. (Diehl/Polley) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

2. Special Education

The student was not in attendance. The petition was denied at department level.

Motion: To deny the request. (Polley/Walker) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

B. Request for late withdrawal from Spring 2013 semester

1. Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

The student was unable to attend due to employment schedule. The petition was approved by the department, with a letter of support from the graduate adviser, Dr. K. Dodson.

Motion: To approve the request. (Diehl/McQuillan) MOTION CARRIED 7 YES – 0 NO – 0 AB.

Meeting adjourned 3:50 p.m.