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Mathematics & Statistics

Faculty Meeting Minutes — 2003

September 10, 2003

Present: Drs. Bieske, Burgos, Curtin, Danielyan, Elhamdadi, Grinshpan, Hou, Isaak, Krajčevski, Ma, Manougian, McColm, McWaters, Pothoven, Rakhmanov, Ramachandran, Ratti, Rimbey, Saito, Shekhtman, Skrzypek, Stark, Suen, Totik, Williams and You.

Absent: Drs. Jonoska, Kartsatos, Mukherjea, Nadarajah, Rao, Tsokos.

Guest: Mr. Jim Tremmel

Meeting Begins

Meeting called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Dr. Marcus McWaters.

Introduced New Faculty Members.

New Hires

Dr. McWaters presented update. The department was given permission to hire one statistician and to hire a bio-statistician jointly with biology. Discussion held.

Election of Members to Department Graduate and Lecture Committees

Dr. McWaters presented the current membership of both the Graduate and Lecture Committees, noting the vacancy created by Dr. Ismail’s departure. Called for nominations to the Graduate Committee. Nominations submitted. Motion to approve/close nominations. Seconded. Motion carried. Motion to elect Dr. Stark to the Graduate committee. Seconded, carried. Motion Approved.

Dr. McWaters called for nominations for the Lecture Committee. Nominations submitted. Motion to approve/close nominations. Seconded. Motion carried. Motion to elect Dr. You to the Lecture Committee. Seconded. Carried. Motion Approved.

Library Committee/Undergraduate Committee (Scott Rimbey)

Presented the justification for the request to place Dr. Burgos on the Undergraduate Committee and Dr. Manougian on the Library Committee.

Dr. McWaters called for motion to switch Dr. Burgos to the Undergraduate Committee and Dr. Manougian to the Library Committee. Motion to approve. Seconded. Carried. Motion Approved.

  • Library Committee: Dr. Manougian, Dr. Rakhmanov and Dr. You
  • Undergraduate Committee: Dr. Krajčevski, Dr. Burgos, Dr. McColm, Dr. Pothoven and Dr. Rimbey.

Meeting Ends

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:21 p.m.


April 7, 2003

Present: Drs. Burgos, Clark, Curtin, Elhamdadi, Isaak, Ismail, Krajčevski, Kartsatos, Ma, Manougian, McColm, McWaters, Pothoven, Ratti, Rimbey, Saito, Shekhtman, Stark, Suen, You, and Zerla.

Absent: Drs. Jonoska, Liang, Mukherjea, Nadarajah, Rakhmanov, Ramachandran, Rao, Totik, Tsokos and Williams.

Guest: Mr. Jim Tremmel

Meeting Begins

Meeting called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Dr. Marcus McWaters.

Update on Selected Candidates

Letters of offer sent out to Hou, Skrzypek, and Bieske. Noted that they expressed an intent to accept.

Election of Members to Department Advisory Committee

Presented the current membership of the advisory committee noting end of term for Drs. Ratti and Mukherjea. Noted that Drs. Pothoven and Suen, having served on the committee recently, are not eligible for nomination. Called for nominations. Nominations submitted for Drs. Kartsatos and Jonoska. Motion to close nominations. Seconded, carried. Motion to approve nominations. Second, carried. Approved.

Vote for Instructor Positions (Scott Rimbey)

Presented the committee recommendations for the instructor positions. Reviewed each of the candidate's background. Introduced the committee ranking of the five candidates. Called for discussion. Discussion held. Dr. McColm made a motion to assign two separate lists to the positions. Dr. Isaak seconded the motion. Discussion held. Motion to approve split. Defeated.

Ballots were distributed and then collected. Results of the votes were as follows:

  1. Arthur Danielian
  2. Guy Bernard
  3. Jean-Pierre Liamba
  4. Dean Oppegaard

Meeting Ends

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:54 p.m.


March 26, 2003 (Amended 4/09/03)

Present: Drs. Burgos, Clark, Curtin, Elhamdadi, Isaak, Ismail, Jonoska, Krajčevski, Ma, Manougian, McColm, McWaters, Mukherjea, Pothoven, Rimbey, Saito, Shekhtman, Stark, Suen, You, and Zerla.

Absent: Drs. Kartsatos, Liang, Nadarajah, Rakhmanov, Ramachandran, Rao, Ratti, Totik, Tsokos and Williams.

Guest: Mr. Jim Tremmel

Meeting Begins

Meeting called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Dr. Marcus McWaters.

Election of Members to Department Committees

Presented the advisory committees' recommendations for the 2003/2004 term as follows:

  • Lecture Series: Ismail, Pothoven, Elhamdadi, Mukherjea, Ma
  • Colloquium: Elhamdadi, Suen
  • Computer: McWaters and Curtin
  • Graduate Admissions: Jonoska, Ratti, Ma
  • Graduate: Ismail, Kartsatos, Saito, Mukherjea, Suen
  • Library: Rakhmanov, Burgos, You
  • Publicity: McColm, Shekhtman, Stark, Williams
  • Travel: Ratti, Williams
  • Undergraduate: Krajčevski, Manougian, Pothoven, Rimbey, McColm

Called for discussion. Motion to accept slate as presented. Seconded and Carried. Advisory Committee Recommendation Approved as presented.

Election of Nominees to the College Committees

Noted that the nominees must be a tenured Assosicate or Full Professor. The three committees are: Tenure and Promotion, Undergraduate, Graduate. Dr. McWaters called for recommendations.

Tenure and Promotion: Boris Shehtkman

Discussion held. Motion to close nominations. Motion Seconded and Carried. Recommendation Approved.

Undergraduate: Ken Pothoven

Discussion held. Motion to close nominations. Motion Seconded and Carried. Recommendation Approved.

Graduate: Natasa Jonoska

Discussion held. Motion to close nominations. Motion Seconded and Carried. Recommendation Approved.

Summer Funding

Dr. McWaters gave an overview of what is available for summer. Noted that this summer schedule will be similar to last year's. Discussion held. Dr. McWaters to put together Summer schedule with assignments.

Textbook Committee Status Report

Dr. Rimbey gave an update on the proposed changes in textbooks, which would be implemented Fall of 2003.

In an effort to reduce the number of books students are required to purchase, a proposal has been made to use “Pre-Calculus” (4th Edition) by Stewart, Redlin and Wilson for MAC 1105, MAC 1114 and MAC 1140.

In the case of Bridge to Abstract Math (MGF 3301), we are currently using course lecture notes by Oberste-Vorth. A proposal has been made to utilize “A Transition to Advanced Mathematics” (5th Edition) by Smith, Eggen and Andre.

Faculty Minutes of March 3, 2003

Copies of minutes distributed to all for review and approval. Call for motion to approve. Dr. Shektman made a motion to approve as submitted. Seconded, Carried. Minutes Approved as submitted.

Current Search Committee Status Report

Dr. McWaters noted that the Biostatics position is still in a search mode. There is an offer out for the Algebra position. Dr. Rimbey stated that the Instructor Search Committee has five (5) candidates on the short list. The committee should finalize their recommendations later this week.

Vote for Analysis Candidates

Dr. You distributed an outline of the Analysis Search Committees progress, which listed the six candidates interviewed, without ranking. Discussion held. Dr. You called for a motion to approve the slate of candidates. Seconded, Carried. Explained the ballot set-up. Explained the 1-3 ranking system for each column with 1 being the highest. Distributed ballots. The ballots were collected and counted. The results noted that the Analysis Committee ranking stands:

Column 1: (1) Skrzypek, (2) Bu, (3) Dryanov
Column 2: (1) Bieske, (2) Pan, (3) Zvavitch

Meeting Ends

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:39 p.m.


March 3, 2003

Present: Drs. Burgos, Clark, Curtin, Krajčevski, Liang, Ma, Manougian, McColm, McWaters, Rimbey, Saito, Stark, Suen, Williams, You, and Zerla.

Absent: Drs. Elhamdadi, Isaak, Ismail, Jonoska, Kartsatos, Mukherjea, Nadarajah, Pothoven, Rakhmanov, Ratti, Shekhtman, Totik, and Tsokos.

Guest: Mr. Jim Tremmel

Meeting Begins

Meeting called to order at 3:01 p.m. by Dr. Marcus McWaters.

PECO Funding

Dr. McWaters announced a request from Physics for a joint PECO funding effort to upgrade PHY Room 130. Three suggested floor plans were distributed for review. Discussion held. A motion was made to accept the “all benches” plan. Motion seconded. Motion approved for a joint PECO funding effort utilizing the “all benches” plan.

Algebra Candidates

Dr. McWaters called for a motion to accept proxy votes as submitted. Dr. Clark seconded the motion. Carried. Motion approved to accept proxy votes as submitted.

Dr. Suen noted the Algebra Committee members:

  • Drs. Clark, Jonoska, Liang and Suen. presented the committees' four highest ranked candidates.
  • Called for a motion to approve candidates as presented. Dr. McColm made the motion to approve the committees' slate of candidates. Motion second, carried.
  • Gave a brief description of each of the candidates credentials.
  • Discussion held. Dr. Suen explained the 1–4 ranking system, with 1 being the highest.
  • Distributed ballots.
  • The ballots were collected and counted. The results noted that the committee ranking stands:
  1. Gluesing-Luerssen, Heide
  2. Hou, Xiang-Dong
  3. Reid, Michael
  4. Qin, Hongxun

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.