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University Lecturers Committee

Function and Meeting Information:

Reviews proposals from departments and groups to bring outstanding lecturers to the university, and apportions funds approved for this purpose. The committee is comprised of one faculty member per college, plus one Library representative.

The committee meets once per year, January-March, for approximately 2-3 hours. Application review varies depending on number of applicants; annual time commitment is from a few to several hours.

2015-2016 Members

University Lecturers Committee College Term Exp Email
Dr. Omar Lopez Applied Arts 2018 ol14@txstate.edu
Dr. Ha Chin Yi Business Administration 2016 hy11@txstate.edu
Dr. Pam Wuestenberg Education 2018 pw05txstate.edu
Dr. Roger Colombik, Chair Fine Arts & Communication 2018 rc26@txstate.edu
Dr. Ram Shanmugam Health Professions 2016 rs25@txstate.edu
Dr. Gloria Martinez Liberal Arts 2017 gm21@txstate.edu
Ms. Carla Ellard Library 2016 ce10@txstate.edu
Dr. Wuxu Peng Science & Engineering 2017 wp01@txstate.edu
Mr. Vincent Morton Dean of Students ex officio vm05@txstate.edu
Mr. Jack Rahmann LBJ Student Center ex officio jcr140@txstate.edu
Ms. Jonnie Wilson Student Diversity & Inclusion ex officio jw25@txstate.edu

University Lectures Series

Call for Proposals, University Lectures Series, 2016-2017 Academic Year (includes application form)

The Faculty Senate’s University Lecturers Committee reviews requests from colleges, schools, departments and campus organizations for assistance to bring outstanding guest lecturers or mini-symposia speakers to Texas State University during the long semesters (funding is not available for Summer sessions). Limited Student Services Fee funds are awarded based on the committee’s review of proposals and recommendations to the Faculty Senate.

Primary Proposal Round (for lectures the following academic year)

A call for proposals will be issued by the Faculty Senate in November to alert faculty and university organizations to the mid-January proposal due date for lectures to be offered the following spring or fall.  Notification of funding awards will typically be sent in late March.

The committee will recommend funding for the highest ranked proposals. In order to support as many proposals as possible, each award is limited to no more than $3,000.

Supplementary Proposal Round (for lectures in the current academic year)

If funds are not exhausted in the primary proposal round, a quick turnaround supplementary review will be announced. The maximum award in this round is $1,000.

Beginning in Fall 2016, in years when there are sufficient funds remaining, a supplementary round will be announced in August for speaking engagements in the Fall or Spring semesters of that academic year and successful applicants will be notified by the end of September.

Application Information

Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants should contact the speaker or speaker’s agent to determine availability and fees. This is important because awarded funds cannot be transferred to a replacement speaker.  University Lecturers Series funds may only be requested for speaker fees, and if needed, travel and accommodations. Receptions, incidentals, and other costs will not be funded. 

Proposals should document the prestige and significance of the speaker, delineate plans for the event (including advertising), and provide budget justification (in terms of reaching the broadest audience possible for the funds requested).

Proposal Evaluation Process

The University Lecturers Committee will review and discuss proposals and, if necessary, will make budget adjustments.

Each committee member will assign a score to each proposal based on the following rubric.

Quality of proposal

  • Comprehensive description of event planning:  10
  • Clear, feasible and justified budget:  10
  • Collaboration / joint sponsorship across university units:  10
  • Commitment for shared funding:  20

Impact of speaker based on her or his potential to:

  • attract a diverse university-wide audience:  15
  • involve university community in scholarly dialogue:  15
  • advance the university’s diversity mission:  10
  • draw attendance from other academic institutions/communities:  10

Rubric score totals will be listed in ranked order. The committee will recommend as many proposals judged to merit funding as the budget allows, starting with the top-ranked proposal and progressing through the ranked list. Proposals must earn a minimum average of 70 points per reviewer to be considered for funding.

Please note that all funded sponsors are required to provide a brief follow-up report to the committee within one month following the event. Sponsors are responsible for submitting all payment paperwork with assistance from their department/school administrative assistants.