Design reorganization plan gets senate approval

A reorganization plan for the College of Design sailed through the Faculty Senate with unanimous support at the body's Feb. 14 meeting. The senate's endorsement of the plan will be forwarded to executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman.

The reorganization plan (PDF) calls for expansion from four to seven departments in the college, including:

  • Architecture
  • Community and regional planning
  • Graphic design
  • Industrial design
  • Integrated studio arts
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture

Next time

Three issues will be up for a vote at next month's meeting. Senators will consider:

  • Faculty Handbook (section updates, adding language about Iowa State's conflict of commitment policy
  • Faculty Handbook changes, adding a new section ( to reflect the university's new research misconduct policy
  • Recommended items for inclusion in class syllabi, including statements on academic dishonesty, disability accommodation, dead week, harassment and discrimination, religious accommodation and contact information for academic issues.

Other business

Senators unanimously endorsed a resolution asking the state Board of Regents to grant the title of president emeritus to former president Gregory Geoffroy. When asked, Hoffman said history showed it is customary to grant the title to ISU presidents who retired from the presidency and did not take a position at another institution.

Dan Zhu, associate professor in supply chain and information systems, was elected chair of the academic affairs council, running unopposed. The position opened when Suzanne Hendrich (food science and human nutrition) stepped down to take over senate president-elect duties.