Minutes of the Fourth Meeting of
The Graduate Council 2002-2003
Date and Time: Thursday, December
3, 2002, at 2:30 p.m.
Room 129, Holden Hall
Ronald Anderson (presiding), Roger Barnard, Lora Deahl, Tim Dodd,
Fred Hartmeister, William Maki, Bill Pasewark, Michael Peters, Becky Rickly,
Thomas Steinmeier, and John Stinespring
Wendell Aycock, Ann McGlynn, and Deidre Parish
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
2. The following students were admitted to candidacy for the doctorate
on the recommendation of
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Holly R. Bullard
Jonna Lynn Byars
Brian L. Cannon
Fine Arts – Music
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Martie Jo Geiger-Ho
Fine Arts – Art
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
3. Academic Requests:
a. Approved Course Additions and Changes
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
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
RAWLS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
ISQS 5338 Information Technology in E-Business (3:3:1) (change
in title from Information Technology for Managers)
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
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
COLLEGE OF HUMAN SCIENCES
RHIM 6320 Franchising and Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality
Industry (3:3:0) (addition)
COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
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
(Industrial Engineering) (Visiting)
Jimmy D. Neill
(Animal and Food Sciences) (Adjunct)
L. Penny Rosenblum
Alana M. Zambone
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.
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
Michael Giesselmann, Electrical Engineering
Agricultural Education and Communications
In the afternoon session,
the faculty and graduate student were
Mathematics & Statistics
Animal Science & Food Technology
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
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