By Charles Fox
Georgia State University Faculty Senate elections are under way. Each department will be holding elections on or before Faculty Development Day Feb. 28. Check with your department chair if you are interested in serving in the senate. In addition, senate representatives from Perimeter College will host an information session during Faculty Development Day. If you’ve wondered what the senate does or have issues you’d like to bring forward, please plan to attend this session.
Dr. Michael Galchinsky from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, has visited several senate committee meetings to discuss the upcoming Faculty Climate Survey. He described the survey, which contains roughly 80 questions, which will compare Georgia State against peer institutions (Perimeter will be assessed separately against other two-year peer institutions), This survey will be used in shaping the university’s strategic goals. The major concern was to make sure people participate in the survey. Stay tuned for details.
The Committee for Academic Programs has approved two new English bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, one with a concentration in literary studies and the other in rhetoric and composition. Also approved were two new undergraduate programs housed in the Creative Media Industries Institute — a bachelor of arts in game design and a bachelor of arts in game development.
The Sustainability Committee has reviewed the possibility of creating an Environmental Studies certificate and/or minor. At this time, the subcommittee believes that a separate minor or certificate in Environmental Studies would be a duplication of effort. Instead, they will consider making the GeoSciences certificate interdisciplinary and open to humanities and social sciences students on the Atlanta Campus.
Also in sustainability: Sustainable procurement members are considering the university’s purchasing audit reports to provide data on Georgia State’s largest expenditures and also track the purchasing of current green alternatives. This data could provide some insight on what sustainability products and/or features are currently offered and how better to market them.
Members discussed the challenges of obtaining outside donor funding for sustainability features for new building projects. Members discussed, among other things, seeking grant opportunities for LED lighting on remaining parking decks and a feasibility study for solar panels.