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Mathematics & Statistics

Faculty Meeting Minutes — 2007

October 3, 2007

Present: Drs. Bénéteau, Bieske, Burgos, Curtin, Elhamdadi, Grinshpan, Hou, Khavinson, Krajčevski, Kouchekian, Ma, McColm, McWaters, Nagle, Rimbey, Saito, Shekhtman, Skrzypek, Stark, Suen and Williams.

Absent: Drs. Danielyan, Hopf, Jonoska, Kartsatos, Kim, Manougian, Rakhmanov, Ratti, Totik and You.

Meeting Begins

Dr. Marcus McWaters called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker

Introduced guest speaker, Dr. Gladis Kersaint, chair of the General Education Council; a power point presentation stressing the need for departmental involvement in the instruction of future math teachers was given.

The undergraduate committee, Drs. Beneteau, Burgos, Krajčevski, Manougian and Ratti, will review the proposal and then communicate with the faculty.

Faculty Hire — Determine Area in which to Hire and Select a Search Committee

Dr. McWaters advised the faculty of the receipt of advertising funding for a new assistant professor line. He stressed that authority has not yet been given for the actual hire. He noted that because of the time constraints, the department must be prepared to proceed with the hire when the authority to do so is given.

Dr. McWaters called for area nominations. Areas nominated: Probability, Algebraic Geometry, Analysis, Differential Equations and Number Theory. McWaters called for discussion/defense of the nominations. Discussion held. Motion to accept nominations, seconded, motion passed. Ballots were distributed and then collected. Analysis was the area chosen.

Called for nominations for a search committee for the Analysis position, nominations were as follows; Khavinson, Totik, Ma, Shekhtman, Rakhmanov and one faculty member from another department. A discussion was held. Ballots were distributed, collected and counted. The search committee members are as follows:

Analysis Search Committee

  • Dr. Khavinson
  • Dr. Ma
  • Dr. Rakhmanov
  • Dr. Shekhtman
  • Dr. Totik

Dr. Shekhtman will call for a meeting of the search committee to develop the advertising.

Dr. McWaters called for any further business.

Meeting Ends

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:37 p.m.


September 12, 2007

Present: Drs. Bénéteau, Bieske, Burgos, Curtin, Danielyan, Hou, Khavinson, Kim, Kouchekian, Krajčevski, Ladde, Ma, Manougian, McColm, McWaters, Nagle, Ratti, Rimbey, Saito, Shekhtman, Skrzypek, Stark and Williams.

Absent: Drs. Elhamdadi, Grinshpan, Jonoska, Kartsatos, Rakhmanov, Ramachandran, Suen, Totik, Tsokos, Yanev and You.

Meeting Begins

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

Introduction of New Faculty

Dr. McWaters introduced and welcomed the three new faculty members to the Mathematics and Statistics Department:

  1. Dr. Gangaram Ladde
  2. Dr. Sherwin Kouchekian
  3. Dr. Wonkuk Kim

United Faculty of Florida Presentation

Dr. Gregory McColm informed all faculty members present of the ongoing activities of the United Faculty of Florida and reminded everyone of the benefits of being a member. Dr. McColm distributed a survey asking faculty to indicate current issues of interest that are non economic. The current faculty contract expires in 2007 and that the United Faculty of Florida will begin the negotiation of a new contract using the information from these surveys as a bargaining tool due to the current budget issues facing all universities in Florida. Dr. Stark shared the opinion that if any of the department faculty currently are not members of the United Faculty of Florida he recommends that they join.

Budget Update

Dr. McWaters moved on to the topic of the departmental budget.

He stated that at the present time the department has not been given a budget. He will announce the receipt of the budget when it arrives.

Dr. McWaters asked if there was any other business to be discussed.

Meeting Ends

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:30 PM.


May 2, 2007 — Revised Minutes

Present: Drs. Bénéteau, Bieske, Burgos, Curtin, Danielyan, Elhamdadi, Grinshpan, Hou, Jonoska, Khavinson, Krajčevski, Ma, Manougian, McColm, McWaters, Rakhmanov, Rimbey, Saito, Skrzypek, Stark, Suen and Totik.

Absent: Drs. Kartsatos, Mukherjea, Nagle, Ramachandran, Ratti, Shekhtman, Tsokos, Williams, Yanev and You.

Meeting Begins

Meeting called to order at 3:05 p.m. by Dr. Marcus McWaters.

Department Standing Committee Nominee Elections for 2007/2008

Dr. McWaters presented the current slate of committees/members. A printed copy of the listed committees/members was distributed. Dr. McWaters called for nominees from the floor for the Advisory committee. Discussion held. Nominees for Advisory committee were Drs. Stark, Kartsatos and Khavinson. A motion was made to close nominations then seconded. Ballots were distributed, collected and counted. Drs. Stark and Kartsatos were elected to the advisory committee. Discussion held on the remaining committees. Dr. Elhamdadi replaced Dr. Hou on the Lecture committee. A motion was made to have Dr. Totik serve during the Spring '08 term and Dr. Jonoska serve during the Fall '07 term. Motion carried, seconded. Motion to keep remaining committees as presented; seconded, carried. The following are the new committee members:

  • Advisory: Ma, Manougian, Shekhtman, Stark and Kartsatos
  • Colloquium: Hou and Skrzypek
  • Computer Committee: Bieske and Rimbey
  • Graduate: Curtin, Kartsatos, Khavinson, Saito and Totik
  • Graduate Admissions: Jonoska (Fall), Suen, You
  • Interdisciplinary: Grinshpan, Ma, McColm, Rakhmanov, Stark and You
  • Lecture: Elhamdadi, Khavinson, Ma, Saito, Jonoska (Fall 07) and Totik (Spring 08)
  • Library: Shekhtman and Rakhmanov
  • Publicity: Burgos, Danielyan, McColm and McWaters
  • Travel: Elhamdadi and Nagle
  • Undergraduate: Bénéteau, Burgos, Krajcevski, Manougian and Ratti

Dr. McWaters called for any further business.

Meeting Ends

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:22 p.m.


March 7, 2007

Present: Drs. Bénéteau, Bieske, Curtin, Danielyan, Elhamdadi, Grinshpan, Hou, Jonoska, Khavinson, Krajčevski, Ma, Manougian, McColm, McWaters, Nagle, Rakhmanov, Rimbey, Saito, Suen, Totik, Williams and You.

Absent: Drs. Burgos, Kartsatos, Mukherjea, Ramachandran, Ratti, Shekhtman, Skrzypek, Stark, Tsokos and Yanev.

Meeting Begins

Meeting called to order at 3:05 p.m. by Dr. Marcus McWaters.

Introduction of Guest

Dr. McWaters introduced Audrey Powers, Associate Librarian, Natural Sciences, Research Services and Collections at the Tampa Campus. Ms. Powers explained the collection development process, distributed handouts with information on the services now available, thanked faculty who have already participated in the process, and encouraged the rest of the math/statistics faculty to take advantage of the services.

Analysis Candidates

Dr. Khavinson explained the procedure the committee followed in reaching the recommended ranking of the candidates. Rankings are as follows:

  1. Dr. X. Xu
  2. Dr. S. Kouchekian
  3. Dr. C. Li
  4. Dr. T. Lou
  5. Dr. L. Slavin
  6. Dr. C. Walker

Dr. McWaters called for a motion or discussion. A discussion was held. Dr. Rimbey made a motion to accept the slate of candidates as presented. Dr. Bénéteau seconded the motion. Ballots were distributed, collected and counted. Motion was unanimously passed.

CAS Standing Committee Nominee Elections for 2007/2008

Dr. McWaters reviewed the current list of committee members and listed those committees needing an elected nominee. Dr. McWaters called for nominees from the floor.

  • Tenure and Promotion: Boris Shekhtman
  • Faculty Development: Catherine Bénéteau
  • Graduate: Masahiko Saito
  • Diversity: Fernando Burgos
  • Honors/Awards: Lesław Skrzypek

Dr. Manougian made a motion to accept the nominees. Dr. Khavinson seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Dr. McWaters called for any further business.

Meeting Ends

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 4:00 p.m.


January 24, 2007

Present: Drs. Bénéteau, Bieske, Burgos, Curtin, Danielyan, Elhamdadi, Hou, Jonoska, Khavinson, Krajčevski, Ma, Manougian, McWaters, Nagle, Rakhmanov, Ramachandran, Rimbey, Saito, Shekhtman, Stark, Totik and Williams.

Absent: Drs. Grinshpan, Kartsatos, McColm, Mukherjea, Ratti, Skrzypek, Suen, Tsokos, Yanev and You.

Meeting Begins

Meeting called to order at 3:05 p.m. by Dr. Marcus McWaters.

Introduction of Guest

Dr. McWaters introduced Dr. Sherman Dorn, Associate Professor (Social Foundations) in the College of Education. Dr. Dorn explained that the United Faculty of Florida at USF needs their input on current issues that concern the faculty as employees. He distributed a UFF Bargaining Survey and asked that the faculty complete it and return it to him.

Summer Support

Dr. McWaters gave a brief overview of the summer funding. He advised the faculty that an e-mail will be forthcoming to all to submit their request to teach summer classes.

Departmental Guidelines:

Copies of the departmental guidelines were distributed to the faculty for further review and discussion, as were Dr. McColm’s comments on the proposal for reconstructing the governance document. Dr. McWaters reviewed the comments and a discussion was held. Dr. McWaters noted that according to Amendment IV of the charter a meeting to vote on the amendment can be held so long as the proposed amendment was distributed to the Faculty at least twenty (20) days before the meeting to vote is held.

Dr. McWaters called for any further business.

Meeting Ends

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:43 p.m.