Department Meeting
September 30, 2011
9 AM – 10:55 AM
CBC C114
 Biomedical
Research and
Technology
This cluster encompasses the vast and growing scientific
areas of biomedical research and biomedical
engineering. This cluster would leverage the
worldwide explosion in science, engineering and
technology related to decoding of the human
genome, disease treatments, bio-compatible
materials, radiochemistry, health therapies, and
other areas of high future growth in the laboratory
and marketplace.
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Regenerative Biology and Tissue
Engineering
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Radiochemistry and
Radiopharmaceuticals
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Emerging Disease and
Biogeography
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Stem Cell Biology
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Pharmacology of Synthetic and
Natural Products
 Clean Energy
 Computation
Science
and Material
Science
The Clean Energy Science cluster would
encompass disciplinary areas related to
research and development of clean
The Computation and Material Science cluster
energy sources, the storage of energy
focuses on the interrelated areas of
from intermittent sources, and the
materials science and computation.
deployment of these clean energy
This cluster would focus on new
resources (environment).
advances in exotic materials, smart
materials, and other novel materials
that exhibit strong economic
development potential when tied to use
in high technology industries and
healthcare
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Energy Storage Materials
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Thin Film Photovoltaic Materials,
Characterization and Testing
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Nuclear Science and
Radiochemistry
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Biomaterials
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Superhard Materials
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Rare-Earth Elements
Radiochemistry of Actinides
and Lanthanides
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Carbon Sequestration and
Removal from Atmosphere
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Radiopharmaceuticals
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Geothermal Energy
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Energy Storage Materials
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Biofuels
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Mineralogy and Earth
Resources
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Geoengineering and Nuclear
Waste
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Environmental Geology
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Computational Simulation for
Storage and Utilization
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Quantum Control
Simulation of Energy
Generation and Storage
Materials
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Novel Industrial Materials
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Infectious Disease
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Diseases of Aging
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Biomaterials
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Anthropogenic Climate Change
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Environmental Geology
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Biostatistics and Biomathematics 
Dynamic Systems
Call to Order
Announcements
Approval of the Sept. 23, 2011 Meeting Minutes
Committee Reports (Merit, Graduate, Undergraduate, Advisory, Personnel, )
P&T
New Business
Adjournment
Department Meeting
September 23, 2011
9:15 AM – 10:50 AM
CBC C114
USC/WICHE Workshop
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Held Friday September 16 at CSN (9am-4pm)
Largely oriented to improving retention
Complete College America
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Held Wednesday September 21 in Chicago (9am-5pm)
Emphasis on remedial math and English
NSHE Remedial Math Workshop
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Friday, October 7, 2011 at TMCC (Reno, NV)
Drs. Ananda, Bellomo, DuBose attending (possibly
also Carl Reiber).
Put together by Jane Nichols, Vice Chancellor for
Academic and Student Affairs (just like last year)
“Report” sent to Jane Nichols early this morning
Dr. Uri Treisman, Professor of Mathematics and
Executive Director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the
University of Texas at Austin
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Building 3 major pathways: STEMway, QUANTway, STATway
(replacing algebra in the last two and “fixing” how algebra is
taught in the STEMway).
Hopes to develop bridges between these pathways, citing that
student success in math encourages students to continue
(possibly moving to STEM).
Using PeopleSoft, etc. to gather statewide information.
Believes he has evidence that placement tests such as
Accuplacer provide useless information. Diagnostic testing is
needed. (Involved with SAT in past)
Re-architect student support services (e.g. Advising and
Learning Centers)
Productive struggle/persistence
Believes he and this group are involved in the a “joyful
conspiracy” to develop the “Big bang theory of education.”
Algebra is bad
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Learning algebraic symbol manipulation takes years, often
resulting in students quitting college (in particular community
college), thus stopping upward mobility and sometimes leading to
downward mobility (suggesting algebra is at the heart of the failure
of economic recovery).
Few students take calculus and/or higher mathematics while
algebra is oriented to prepare students towards calculus
Much of what is done is based on folklore
Long chains of remedial courses results in failure
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Simply by students just stop attending, instead of “actually failing”
Example presented: (.55)(.76)(.79)(.86)(.83)=23%
Working around articulation (CA among the most difficult)
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Myra Snell used that which body decides what is college algebra is
not well-defined, so as to offer a “new” statistics course requiring
college algebra.
To bring forward change, CCA works at the state level so
that change is mandated from above. Their belief seems
to include that individual instructors cannot create
sufficient change.
The state of Nevada was very close to receiving a large
grant from CCA and was therefore invited to participate,
cost paid by CCA.
I believe the Nevada team (of 8) was put together by VC
Jane Nichols.
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English only had 2 faculty, one from UNLV Stephen Brown and one
from UNR.
Math had 5 (UNR Christopher Herald, UNLV, two from TMCC, one
from NSC).
TMCC Chair seems to be wearing down.
Expect to get a better idea of intent with respect to these
endless meetings at the October meeting
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Hope to get the 30-credit rule in the Regents’
Handbook enforced
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I believe defense is important here and transforming some ideas
presented into something useful
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UNLV and (I believe) CSN both independently included this issue at
last Friday’s meeting
Jane mentioned PeopleSoft should be helpful with respect to this at
last Friday’s meeting (before it was impossible to enforce)
I kept re-directing UNLV towards Math 95/96.
Also hope to keep pushing on requiring SAT/ACT scores
(possibly again citing the Regents’ Handbook)
and any serious attempts at retention, improving core
education, etc. require funds generated by DMS remain in
DMS.
Today is the Chairs’ monthly meeting (12:30-2pm), so
hopefully the President reveals more.
Wait list exhausted
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Good news: GSC had the wait list in place and we
were able to cover course load
Bad news: Need more applicants to make our
GAships more competitive.
Probably related: Graduate School policy started
requiring International applicants to pay for their
transcripts to be translated.
Maybe we need some kind of pre-application
process (Nichole had a better name for this)
2 GA’s withdrew during last few weeks
 Chemistry uses own funds to cover some
GAships so as to cover their courses.
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We need to compete with both Chemistry and Life
Sciences concerning instructional needs for GAs.
I had planned to go over budget < $10,000
Can we locate any GAs still being used for noninstructional purposes in the other colleges????
Some Chairs in other colleges don’t seem to
understand students are being turned away
because of no instructor being available
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Spring 2011 external review of Graduate College
Call to Order
Announcements
Approval of the September 9, 2011 Meeting Minutes
Committee Reports (Merit, Personnel, Graduate, Undergraduate, Advisory)
Proposed Bylaws changes
Undergraduate Catalog Revisions
New Business
Adjournment
Department Meeting
September 9, 2011
9:15 AM – 10:50 AM
CBC C114 (14 – 2 Slides)
WELCOME BACK
Completed ad for: Assistantships and Graduate
Fellowships in Mathematical Sciences (Carl Sage)
 Card Readers for tutor clinic and front office
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Price went from $6000-7000 down to around $3000
each.
Initial meeting with Richard Clark (Housing, Rebel
Services)
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Ideas as to what could be accomplished while cost effective
were way off.
Hoped to be in place by start of Summer Session 3
Partly to gather information in support of our need for
AAs over other departments
More information once in place
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Under Dr. Ananda, provides more infrastructure for courses
taught by GA/PTIs.
Under Dr. Ananda, helps GA/PTIs with tests, grading,
appropriate rigor, etc.
All tests turned into Dan for Dr. Ananda and his review.
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Sends Dr. Ananda, me, etc. corresponding reports
Online Homework, especially Math 95/96
In charge of Online Homework Lab adjacent to our tutor center.
Emails to the GA/PTIs regarding numerous items (e.g. Syllabus
Frames, percentage of students using the online homework,…
Probably a good faculty resource for issues with MyUNLV, etc.
Etc. etc. etc. etc.
Hopefully develops into duties for a requested
professional position at a future time
 Don’t believe the time is right though
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English 5, English Language Center 3
Philosophy 1, Psychology 1, Political Science 1
Foreign Languages 7???
Chemistry 5
Social Work 5
Film 2, Theatre 4, Dance 1
Civil Engineering 1, etc. etc. etc.
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Besides research, teaching, and service faculty
awards, COS has a professional award.
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Recall time may not be right to go after a
professional position
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Dr. Westveld has moved on from UNLV
 Officially Monday August 29??
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exchange for a faculty position, so my view today is
that the duties are not yet fully developed, etc. for any
such professional position.
I believe this sets us back one year in terms of hiring,
maybe worse with the President’s challenge of star hires
discussed at the COS faculty meeting.
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# of VSIPS is around 47-48 (??)
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Physics and Life Sciences both lost one position due to VSIPs
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# of lost positions is around 200 (??)
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Please let me know if you hear a different number
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This includes almost all open vacancies (how many COS losses here???)
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Chemistry 3 years soft money, GeoSciences equipment
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Presumably our contribution is the “Kern” position, which we need to
get back.
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Dean Taylor’s winning argument to the Provost was we should not
be penalized for a faculty member being denied tenure. This
argument should be resurrected at the appropriate time. She was
arguing for a number of DMS positions. (A list.)
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I believe the Westveld loss puts us in a very weak position in terms of the
possible hires the President referred to at the COS faculty meeting, in
terms of our own College (probably not the President/Provost)
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Recall the President mentioned twice hiring a Fields Medalist twice.
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One COS faculty has already contacted the President, as the President
requested in the meeting.
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Dr. Ananda is on the COS Research Council (has been down this road
before).
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I am still waiting for a response (should hear something before the
end of the month).
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I included some faculty position number information to
offset any comments to the Dean that we received six new
positions in 2007.
Connected position numbers of Chen, Miel, etc. with at least some
of the 2007 hires and other 2007 hires with Visiting Professor
position numbers (e.g. Dr. Westveld with Dr. Panfilov).
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Included “my understanding” that the Simonoff and Bowman
position numbers today live in Physics (of course with names).
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I am not sure if these were returned with new position numbers
that led into some of the 2007 hires or the Head.
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Included with dates Westveld, Kern, Aizley, Wells (though the position
lives in Engineering), Acturial Vacancy (search 2007-2008, position
number 3981 and not what I thought, not yet sure where this number
came from).
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The Westveld vacancy is the only open position “within” COS (the
Dean indicated there were none following the COS faculty meeting).
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Graduate Orientation Thursday August 25,
2011 noon-4:30pm.
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Last minute add: Had faculty say a few words about
their research, etc.
I recommend this become part of the program during
12:30-1pm in following years (people can still eat).
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Math 95/96 instructor meetings Wed. Aug. 24
 Math 120, 124, 126, 127, 128, 132 Friday 9noon August 26
 Breakout meeting for GAs: Friday noon-12:45
August 26
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Wait list exhausted
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Good news: GSC had the wait list in place and we
were able to cover course load
Bad news: Need more applicants to make our
GAships more competitive.
Probably related: Graduate School policy started
requiring International applicants to pay for their
transcripts to be translated.
Maybe we need some kind of pre-application
process (Nichole had a better name for this)
2 GA’s withdrew during last few weeks
 Chemistry uses own funds to cover some
GAships so as to cover their courses.
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We need to compete with both Chemistry and Life
Sciences concerning instructional needs for GAs.
I had planned to go over budget < $10,000
Can we locate any GAs still being used for noninstructional purposes in the other colleges????
Some Chairs in other colleges don’t seem to
understand students are being turned away
because of no instructor being available
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Spring 2011 external review of Graduate College
Recall: I hoped to have Card
Readers by the start of
Summer Session 3.
Hiring COS Director of Development and COS Director of
Communication (jobs overlap)
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I raised the 35 year old question about a (new) MS building
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Original Goal: I believe by 1980
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UNLV has failed for several decades, so DMS faculty need the
ability to go out to at least request funds
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e.g. Phanord efforts: Magic Johnson MS building
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Dean said he liked the Magic Johnson MS building.
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The Dean believes that we (DMS faculty) will be able to pursue,
has confidence in Scot Roberts (misspelled?), and that the
Foundation (and everyone) is under pressure to obtain money.
(Conversation included bad experiences with the Foundations
from the different departments.)
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Central issue: Will we now be able to initiate conversation with
possible donors, followed by contacting the appropriate COS
Director, and then the Foundation?
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Stay tuned (Past interviews included the Chairs).
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New small backup Xerox Copy Machine
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Erin is hero on this
N/W corner of copy room
Printers are much, much easier to buy
 Boards (red new, blue last academic year)
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7 S/W: For undergraduate information board
7 N/W: PME board
7 N/E Flyers (2 large boards)
7 S/E Department information (e.g. schedule)
9 (already in place) N/E Department information
10 S/E and S/W Department information
Paper shredders (will try to copy this)
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email Eva (cc:me just in case)
Please be patient and understanding but do follow up (cc:me).
Maintaining a few additional large shredders would probably cost
more than $2,000 per year, so: individual faculty shredders.
Also we have a new “monster” shredder in the front office.
Call to Order
Announcements
Approval of the April 8, 2011 Meeting Minutes
Approval of the April 15, 2011 Meeting Minutes
Committee Reports (Merit, Personnel, Graduate, Undergraduate, Advisory)
Proposed Bylaws change (to be acted on in a future meeting)
New Business
Adjournment
 Advisory Committee: Drs. Baragar, Phanord, Verma.
 Personnel Committee: Drs. Bhatnagar, Salehi, Shiue.
 Merit : Drs. Catlin, Dalpatadu, Ghosh, Ho, and X. Li.
 Graduate Studies Committee: Drs. Cho, Tehrani, and
Sun, Bellomo, Burke
 Undergraduate Studies Committee: Drs. Neda,
Robinette, Bellomo
2011 AMS Spring Western Section Meeting
@ UNLV
AMS meeting: Sat. April 30 & Sunday May 1, 2011
(Possibly the spring bbq should be Friday April 29.)
Please apply to the AMS by September 30
to organize a special session
Graduate Assistantships
Second largest resource
Faculty salaries: over $2.5 million
GA salaries: almost $.5 million, funding
45 GAs
PTI salaries: $84,000 (excludes 95/96)
28 PhD Students (6 new)
 38 MS Students (6 new)
 45 Graduate Assistantships
 GA Funding: $494,000
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Note: During summer 2010, four GAships
became available (not additional funding!!)
for those on the waiting list. It seems that
we need a waiting list of approximately 9-10
students each summer.
GS Summer Teaching
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GA salaries are often supplemented through
summer teaching.
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$4,500 for one summer 3 credit class
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PTI’s receive approximately $2,769 for a 3 credit
class during the academic year ($923 per credit).
GS Summer Teaching
In order to be considered for summer teaching, graduate
students must be:
in good standing with respect to their academic program,
follow department & university policies with respect to
teaching (online homework, holding class, university policy
concerning incompletes, etc.)
attend the graduate orientation, course meetings, etc.
receive favorable evaluations concerning their teaching
assignments (grading assignments, discussion session
assignments, etc.)
No grade inflation. Grades must accurately reflect the
students academic performance.
Returning students need to email Erin information as to
which courses they anticipate taking four weeks before the
start of each semester
Etc.
Summer 2010 GS Teaching
$376,114.41 was contracted to 46 GSs for
2010 summer teaching.
With total first day enrollments of 1,570, with SIS final
enrollment of 1,367, and with with average first day
enrollment of 17.64 students (15.52 average SIS final
enrollment).
 Erin and I used a number of different strategies to
maximize GS summer funding (see GS Orientation
powerpoint).
Total faculty summer salaries??
Recent DMS activities?
 Placement test at every summer SOARS
 Dean Porter met with Dr. Ananda and myself for a one hour meeting
(lasting about 3 hours) during the second week in August to view our
facilities, discuss the department needs (e.g. more faculty and staff
lines), etc.
Standard meetings during the week before fall instruction:
 Wed: Semester Math 95/96 Meeting around 1:30-4:30
 Thursday: Annual DMS Graduate Orientation around noon-4:30
 noon-1pm for food, faculty, graduate students, Dean, etc.
 See last year’s powerpoint for some details, e.g. Graduate Orientation
Booklet.
 Please make sure to attend noon-1pm next fall.
 Friday: Semester Math 120, 124, 126, 127, 132 Meetings around 1:304:30.
ADS Meeting Wed. Sept. 1
 Lotus Notes Emails will be archived (Information to appear through
unlvofficial on September 15, archiving starts October 15)
Enrollments
Annual Enrollment – over 12,000 students
Spring with Math 95/96– 4538 (last year: 3,940)
Spring without 95/96 - 3631 (last year: 3431)
Summer with Math 95/96– 2400 (last year: 2,517)
Summer without Math 95/96 - 1733
Fall with 95/96 – 5,914 (last year: 5,738)
Fall without 95/96 – 4,533 (last year: 4,744)
The fall numbers are misleading (see next slide).
In-state Fall 2009 (last year) Tuition estimate $3,164,925.75
Need to calculate this year’s.
Fall Enrollment
Fall with 95/96 – 5,914 (last year: 5,738)
Fall without 95/96 – 4533 (last year: 4,744)
The fall numbers are completely misleading:
 Fall 95/96 are up to due to additional instructors.
 100-level classes down due to our not being provided access to make
timely changes during last two weeks before instruction (e.g. lack of
access to room availability, inability to split classes).
 Fall enrollment actually increased by 110 from 8/23 to 8/31 and would
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have increased by more if …. It normally decreases during the first week.
Final enrollment surge was partly due to SOARS registration hold being
released near at the end of July and students having difficulty with
MyUNLV.
I have already indicated how to solve this final enrollment surge
problem for DMS classes, but …
Not fixing this creates the need for more DMS resources (GA and faculty
lines).
Some of the Lab Sciences experienced huge problems with meeting the
fall enrollment demands. The likely fallout is that some SEB labs may
become teaching labs!! Exact opposite of past policy, etc.
4,533 (5,914 with M95/96) DMS students (29 fac at 2.6 million)
4,332 COE students (lectures)
Fall 2010 College of Engineering
8/23/2010
LEC
LAB / DIS
Aerospace Studies
AES
215
0
Civil & Environmental Enginr
CEE
746
118
EGG
171
96
College of Engineering
EED
33
0
Computer Science
CS
958
151
Construction Management
CEM
263
52
Electrical & Comp Engineering
CPE
159
68
ECG
88
0
447
111
(last year’s figures: 15 faculty funded at 1.6 million dollars)
EE
Entertainment Engineering
EED
30
0
Informatics
INF
190
0
Mechanical Engineering
EGG
48
0
ME
768
390
MIL
216
0
Military Science
Total
4332
986
Special thanks to Dean Taylor for an unknown
sum of funds to the Department at the end of
academic year.
Please apply to the AMS by September 30 to
organize a special session at …
9/10/10 Meeting Agenda
Call to Order
Announcements
Approval of April 30, 2010 Meeting Minutes
Committee Reports (Merit, Personnel, Graduate, Undergraduate, Advisory)
Election of three hiring committee members (5.5 bylaws)
Vacancy Announcement (5.6.1d)
New Business
Adjournment
Department Bylaws (from page 8)
5.5. Hiring committees. Hiring committees are composed of
three elected members and two members appointed by the
chair, one of which may be a faculty member from outside
the department. The hiring committee will be formed no
later than when the final vacancy ad is endorsed by the
department. They will:
Evaluate the completed files of qualified applicants and select
finalists for interviews.
b. Submit their recommendation to the Department for their
approval. (This could be a ranked list, or to not hire, etc. As
with all motions, the recommendation can be amended – see
5.10.)
5.5.1 When a candidate is invited for an interview, their complete file
(including unredacted letters of recommendation) will promptly
be made available for inspection by the regular members. The
chairperson’s report on each search to the Dean of the College of
Sciences shall contain the recommendation of the Search
Committee and the result of the faculty vote.
5.5.2 During an academic year, a person cannot be appointed to
more than one hiring committee and a person cannot serve
(appointed and elected) on more than two hiring committees.
This last provision may be suspended, as outlined in Section 1.7.
a.
Vacancy Schedule
 (1) The vacancy announcement is approved in September.
 (2) Roughly two weeks anticipated for the university to approve, etc. the
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vacancy announcements and for the announcements to be posted.
(3) Roughly six weeks (last part of October and all of November) for the
vacancy announcements to be posted and for applicants to submit
application documents. With a due date of December 1, 2010 for all
materials, there is probably a little more than six weeks.
(4) The Hiring Committee will have the month of December to evaluate the
completed files and select those they recommend to be interviewed. Please
note that most of this period is during the break with the fall semester
ending early, so that faculty should take this into account.
(5) The week of January 1-7 is to request and hopefully obtain the Dean's
(and all needed) approval(s) for the interviews.
(6) During January 8-17, the hiring committee sets up the interviews, etc.
probably from 1-2:15 on TR (January 18, 20, 25, 27 of 2011) since there will
be no DMS classes taught by faculty in that time slot. January 8-17 includes
only five working days, so it is desirable if items (4) and/or (5) can be
completed earlier. However, these five working days are during the week
before instruction, which is technically not part of the December/January
break.
(7) The interviews hopefully start the first day and/or week of instruction. I
believe that the first day of instruction for spring 2011 is January 18.
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