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Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm


  1. Call to Order
  2. Chair's Remarks
  3. Announcements
  4. Committee Reports
    • Executive Committee - Palmieri 
    • Undergraduate Program Committee - Taggart
  5. New Business
  6. Executive Session
  7. Adjournment


The regular meeting of the faculty of the Department of Mathematics was held virtually via Zoom at 3:30pm PST, April 5, 2022. John Palmieri, Chair, presided at the meeting. Rose Choi was recording secretary.

The meeting began with approval of the previous meeting’s minutes.

Chair's Remarks

This year we will hold two separate graduation events: one for undergraduate students and another for graduate students. They will both be held at Oak Hall on Thursday, June 9th, with the undergraduate reception taking place from 10-11:30am and the graduate one from 2:30-4pm. The graduate event will incorporate an end-of-year beer bash to which all faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend.

The budget for the coming year has not yet been announced. An update will be provided once available.

The draft of the hiring plan was delayed but will be shared with faculty very soon. There will be plenty of time for everyone to review the document and send in their comments before it is sent off to the Dean’s office.

On a related note, the Executive Committee proposes reducing the teaching load in order to be competitive with peer institutions. One approach is to increase class sizes for large 100-level classes to 240 students. This number was chosen based on classroom size restrictions and availability. The proposed change would go into effect in Fall 2023.

Committee Reports

The Executive Committee recommends that (1) we continue the use of our "approval" voting system for postdoc ranking and (2) that our postdoc positions should be for four years, increased from three. Additionally, the committee has approved an extra year of funding for postdocs entering their final year. Two separate votes were held. The first was passed and approved. The second was favored by a slight majority so it will be discussed further by the committee.

The Undergraduate Program Committee recommends adjusting the pre-requisite for MATH 381 (a core requirement for ACMS) in accordance with CSE’s new three-quarter sequence (CSE 121/2/3) which replaces their old two-quarter Intro sequence (CSE 142/3). The new pre-req will be a minimum grade of 2.0 in either CSE 121, CSE 122, CSE 123, or AMATH 301; and a minimum grade of 2.0 in either MATH 136 or MATH 208. A vote was held, passed, and approved.


There being no new business, the meeting passed into executive session at 4:27pm.

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