ENE Memo: August 15, 2011

From the Head

Welcome back! 

This is the first issue of the ENE Memo, a weekly newsletter for the ENE community—faculty, staff and students—to exchange news and information and to celebrate our achievements. It is designed to be read online (not printed). Each issue will be archived so you can go back and find information of interest.   

I hope you have had a chance to get some downtime and to recharge your batteries over the long hot summer. The 2011-12 academic year promises to be a big one; we have another large intake of FYE students, the graduate program keeps growing and the School will be reviewed by an external committee late in the fall. We have some new colleagues, including Joyce Main, Visiting Assistant Professor; Kathleen Wible, Visiting Lecturer; Jim Whitford, Instructional Support Manager; Rick Womack in a new role of Logistics Coordinator; and Rose Redington and Randy Fonner as FYE Academic Advisors. If you have been away over recent weeks, you will notice on your return that a number of people have swapped offices. Basically the Future Engineers team has relocated to the north side of the main Armstrong corridor with some consequential moves by various faculty and staff; office space is at a premium. There are many exciting developments planned this year.

I trust you will find the ENE Memo helpful in keeping track of all the things that are happening in the School throughout the year. 

Please share your news! If you have content for the ENE Memo, especially items for Kudos, please send this to Lisa Tally or me by midday Friday for the following week's ENE Memo.

— David

News and Information

Accounting Information System Training
 

The enhanced GM AIMS application rolled out to all faculty on July 13. This application provides a set of tools that will assist you in managing your grant funds. Benefits of the tools include:

  • Real-time tracking of grant budgets and expenditures
  • Expenditure details such as PO numbers, vendors and item descriptions
  • Information on technical reports due and where/how to send them
  • Balance trends charts
  • Projection tool to estimate future balances

Training sessions, including a short demo and hands-on access with business management staff available for help. Registration for these courses is required.

To ensure that someone from your business area can go to assist you, please let your business manager know what session you will be attending.  The dates relevant to Engineering Faculty are listed below. 

GM Aims Faculty Training Dates

Area

Date

Time

Room

General Sessions

7/13/2011

10:30 - 12

SC 283

General Sessions

7/14/2011

1:30-3

SC 283

General Sessions

7/19/2011

10:30 - 12

SC 277

General Sessions

7/19/2011

1:30-3

SC 277

Engineering

8/19/2011

1:30-3

SC 277

Engineering

9/14/2011

2-3:30

SC 283

Engineering

9/14/2011

3:30-5

SC 283

Engineering

9/19/2011

1:30-3

SC 277

Discovery Park/Other

8/17/2011

10:30-12

SC 277

Discovery Park/Other

8/18/2011

10:30-12

NLSN 1195

Discovery Park/Other

9/13/2011

8:30-10

SC 277

 


Graduate Policy Changes

The Graduate Council approved two policy changes at the April 28, 2011, Graduate Council meeting. The first task force was charged to review current policies regarding Graduate Faculty levels. The second task force was charged to review current policies regarding dual credits in combined degrees. The task forces recommended, and the Council approved, the following changes to the existing policies.

The committee recommended that new language in the policy on Graduate Faculty levels should state “to serve as a major professor and/or chair of a degree committee, a Graduate Faculty member must hold the degree being conferred or a more advanced degree. Exceptions may be requested for tenure-track faculty with a terminal post baccalaureate professional degree and with experience in both mentoring and research.”

The current policy on dual credits in combined degrees states that combined degree programs formally approved by the participating academic units may use a maximum of nine elective credit hours of 50000-and 60000-level coursework taken to satisfy the baccalaureate degree on the master’s degree plan of study. The committee proposed new language to state that the participating academic units may use a limited number of free elective credit hours of 50000- and 60000-level coursework taken to satisfy the baccalaureate or professional degree on the master’s degree plan of study. The maximum number of free elective course credits which may be counted for the master’s degree varies with the total credit hours required for the master’s degree, but may not exceed 30%.

Please see the Graduate Council Task Force Reports (included at the end of this memo) which outline the changes to the existing policies. The new policies are effective immediately.

The policy changes are reflected in the Graduate School’s Policies and Procedures for Administering Graduate Student Programs manual, which can be found on the Graduate School Web site at the following location:
http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu.

Please feel free to direct any questions regarding the new policy changes to Phil Pope, Senior Associate Dean, at 46963 or ppope@purdue.edu


Workshop on OVPR and SPS Services

The Office of the Vice President for Research along with Sponsored Program Services will host a workshop entitled Overview of Services:  OVPR and SPS. This workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for new faculty to gain valuable insight and learn about the resources available to assist with proposal development, submission, and awards.

The workshop will be held on August 19th in Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, room 121, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with lunch provided. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Resources for identifying funding opportunities;
  • Resources available and assistance with proposal preparation;
  • Budget preparation and cost share concerns;
  • Proposal submission;
  • Post-award services: departmental, college, SPS, and OVPR; and
  • Complying with research integrity requirements.

Kudos

...to Matt Ohland: “Team-Based Learning and Peer Evaluation in Management Education: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions,” a symposium at the 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, was recognized with the Best Symposium in Management Education and Development Award, sponsored by McGraw Hill/Irwin. The award recognizes the symposium that offers the most significant contribution to advance management education and development. The symposium is focused on the science behind team-management software tools designed by Ohland’s research team. More information is available at the Academy of Management online program.

...to Kristin Deckard: Kristin received the 2011 Richard W. McDowell Best Counselor Award for excellence in advising First-Year Engineering students. She was named Assistant Director of First-Year Engineering Advising earlier this year.

To suggest content for future issues of ENE Memo, contact David Radcliffe or Lisa Tally by midday Friday for the following week's issue.