Submitted by the Executive
January 12, 2012
The Department of Exceptional Student and Deaf Education has made a request that the name of their department be changed to "Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education."
This name change was discussed by the departmental faculty over a several month period. After departmental faculty proposed three name options, Dr. Karen Patterson, Chair, conducted a vote on faculty preferences among the three possible names. Eighty percent of the faculty favored the name, "Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education." (Please note that all of the proposed names included "interpreter" or "interpreting" in them, so there was clear consensus among the faculty that this part of the department should be mentioned in the departmental name.)
Following receipt of the departmental recommendation, I placed the item on the agenda of our COEHS Leadership Team (which includes the college's chairs and directors). All Leadership Team members were provided opportunity for input and were invited to seek feedback from their constituencies if desired. Leadership Team members unanimously approved the name change.
Based on the strong vote of the faculty following appropriate deliberation, the recommendation of the chair, and the support of the COEHS Leadership Team, I recommend to the Faculty Association that this departmental name change proposal be approved.
Rationale supporting the name change follows:
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