Minutes of the Fourth Meeting of
The Graduate Council 2002-2003

Date and Time:     Thursday, December 3, 2002, at 2:30 p.m.
Place:                     Room 129, Holden Hall
Attendance:           Ronald Anderson (presiding), Roger Barnard, Lora Deahl, Tim Dodd, 
                               Fred Hartmeister, William Maki, Bill Pasewark, Michael Peters, Becky Rickly,
                               Thomas Steinmeier, and John Stinespring
Ex-officio:              Wendell Aycock, Ann McGlynn, and Deidre Parish
Guest:                    Donna Rogers

The Graduate Council Minutes are mailed and e-mailed to all Council members, deans, chairs, and graduate advisors. The minutes will be posted to the Graduate School website.

1. Minutes of the third meeting, held on November 7, 2002, were approved as distributed.

2. The following students were admitted to candidacy for the doctorate on the recommendation of 
their departments: 

Katerina Annaraud                    Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Brett Barham                            Animal Science
Setareh Beheshti                       Music Performance
Holly R. Bullard                        Special Education
Jonna Lynn Byars                     Counselor Education
Brian L. Cannon                       Physics
Candida Delgatty                      Fine Arts – Music
Paula DiBenedetto                    Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Martie Jo Geiger-Ho                 Fine Arts – Art
David Gossman                        History
Jiun-Yin Jian                             Industrial Engineering
Rohit Kawathekar                    Chemical Engineering
Damon Kennedy                      History
John Kennedy                          Music Performance
Melanie White                          Family and Consumer Sciences Education

3. Academic Requests:
a. Approved Course Additions and Changes

ANTH 5300 History of Anthropological Theory (3:3:0) (deletion)
ANTH 5301 Exploring Human Diversity (3:3:0) (addition)
ANTH 5305 Doing Ethnography: Method & Theory (3:3:0) (addition)
PSY 5317 Behavioral Assessment (3:3:0) (addition)
PSY 5360 Structural Equation Modeling for Psychologists (3:3:0) (addition)
PSY 5396 Multicultural Counseling (3:3:0) (change in title from Counseling and Psychotherapy with Special Populations; change in prerequisite and description)

ISQS 5338 Information Technology in E-Business (3:3:1) (change in title from Information Technology for Managers)

EE 5301 General Electrical Engineering (3:3:0) (change in title from Topics in Electrical Engineering)
EE 5332 Topics in Electrical Engineering (3:3:0) (addition)
EE 5323 Modern Communication Circuits (3:3:0) (addition)
EE 5331 Individual Studies in Engineering Applications (3:3:0) (change in title from Theoretical Investigations in Engineering Applications

RHIM 6320 Franchising and Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality Industry (3:3:0) (addition)

TH A 5300 Dramatic Analysis (3:3:0) (change in course number from 5335 and change in title from Strategies in the Drama)

b. The Graduate Council approved a 150-hour program in Chemical Engineering.

4. Graduate Faculty:

a. Graduate Council considered and approved 9 applicants for Graduate Faculty. The new members are:

Yun-Shua Susie Chung             (Heritage Management)
Stephen Cox                            (Environmental Toxicology)
Kitti Intaranont                         (Industrial Engineering) (Visiting)
Teresa Lightner                        (Accounting)
Jimmy D. Neill                         (Animal and Food Sciences) (Adjunct)
Steven Presley                          (Environmental Toxicology)
L. Penny Rosenblum                 (Education) (Adjunct)
Von Venhuizen                         (Art)
Alana M. Zambone                   (Education) (Adjunct)

5. GPSGA Report:
a. Two resolutions were presented by the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association: (1) that Texas Tech University System provide Career Planning and Placement services for graduate and professional students in the form of an established career counselor dedicated to graduate and professional students; (2) that Texas Tech University System provide an ID card that identifies graduate and professional students by adding an identifying marker that specifically shows the status of being a Texas Tech University graduate and professional student.

b. GPSGA has given over $7000 in travel monies to Graduate Students and still have around $4000 available. 

c. A Holiday Open House will be held on Friday, December 6, 2002 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the new GPSGA office, Room 233, Administration Building. Wassail and fudge will be served. 

6. The Graduate Council discussed utilizing a Joint Graduate/Undergraduate Catalog. In addition, a C D Rom was distributed, which includes information of interest to prospective students, a link to the Graduate School web site and the Graduate Catalog. The cost of mailing C D Roms to prospective students is considerably lower than that of mailing catalogs. It was the overall opinion of the Graduate Council that graduate education at Texas Tech should press forward with implementing this type of technology.

7. Announcements: 
a. On November 19, 2002, the Graduate School, along with the GPSGA, offered two sessions of a symposium for students in various stages of writing theses or dissertations. This was the second such event (the other occurred on May 29, 2002). As in the previous symposium, the purpose of the meeting was to encourage, enable, and inform the students about the challenges involved in the process of writing theses and dissertations. Each of the two sessions involved the following activities:

  •  An address by Dr. Thomas Darwin, from the Office of the Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Texas. His address was entitled “Writing the Dissertation or Thesis as a Creative Venture.” The address of about forty minutes was followed by a question and answer session.
  •  Two panel discussions by eight Texas Tech professors and by two Ph.D. students (in this case, representatives of the GPSGA). Texas Tech faculty and the graduate student in the morning session were 

            1) Paul Carlson,                 History
            2) Michael Giesselmann,    Electrical Engineering
            3) Carolyn Rude,               English
            4) Michael Stoune,             Music
            5)Chad Davis,                   Agricultural Education and Communications

        In the afternoon session, the faculty and graduate student were 
            1) Roger Barnard,             Mathematics & Statistics
            2) Hansel Burley,               Educational Psychology
            3) Karlene Hoo,                Chemical Engineering
            4) Leslie Thompson,          Animal Science & Food Technology
            5) Deidre Parish,               Biological Sciences

The panelists spoke for about ten minutes each on various aspects of their roles in directing theses or dissertations. Their discussions were followed by a question and answer session.

Sixty-one students signed in for the symposium. The students came from twenty-eight different disciplines. There were forty-five students who turned in evaluation forms. The reactions of these students were quite positive. They ranked the symposium high and used terms such as “excellent” to describe it. A Ph.D. student from Family & Consumer 

Sciences Education said: “Very helpful--I had many fears--many are put to rest.” A Ph.D. student from the Land Use Planning, Management, and Design program said “I appreciate being invited to attend this symposium. In a couple of hours, we can have very good ideas about our work that sometimes we don’t see too clearly. I will encourage the Graduate School to keep organizing future symposiums.” A master’s degree student from Chemistry and Biochemistry said: “Thank you very much for providing this. This was very encouraging and helpful. I never knew that all of this help was available.”

Suggestions for changes in future symposia came from professors and students: the event should take place in a room with tables or desks; the event should be recorded on video so that it would be available for students who are not on campus; the event’s sessions might be scheduled in the evening and morning; the event might take place earlier in the semester. 

b. The Graduate School is currently accepting scholarship/fellowship applications. Applications and deadlines are available on the Graduate School web site.

8. Other Business 
a. The increasing usage of the Internet, by prospective students, for selecting a graduate program was discussed. A study in 2002 by the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals indicated that 75% of the members consider web site information to be the most effective marketing/recruiting medium for delivering the institutions message. Prospective students use departmental web pages extensively to gain information about programs and faculty. Thus, maintaining an up-to-date departmental web page is very important in the recruitment of graduate students. 

b. Results for Texas Tech University of an Institutional Profile from the Survey of Earned Doctorates in 2001, was reviewed. The report is available for viewing in the Graduate School office. 

c. Data on performance at Texas Tech on the 130/99-Hour Rule from 1994-2002 is available in the Graduate School office. 

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

The fifth meeting of the 2002-2003 Graduate Council will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2003, in the Provost’s Conference Room, 104 Administration.