FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Minutes of February 1, 2008
4:00 P.M . Faculty Center
The Faculty Center , East Annex
Cyrus Bina (Chair), Edith Borchardt, Jong-Min Kim, Engin Sungur (Ex-Officio), and Britney Appier (student)
||taken by Linda Pederson
Bina called the meeting to order at 4:03 P.M.
FDC Minutes 12/04/07
Bina asked for any corrections, revisions, and/or approval of the FDC minutes. A motion to accept the minutes carried unanimously.
Faculty Enrichment Program 2008-2009
Pederson distributed copies of the Faculty Enrichment program application and guidelines for the committee's review. Sungur informed the committee that application form for the FEP 2008-2009 will be sent out shortly, and asked for a decision on keeping the form as it is or possibly revising it as needed. The discussion followed by consensus that the application remains the same and the deadline was updated to read Friday, March 21, 2008. A motion (Borchardt/Appier) to approve the FEP application form was approved; application and its accompanied guideline will be posted on-line and hard copies will be mailed directly to the tenure-track faculty the following week.
UMM Distinguished Research Award
Bina pointed out that the deadline for submission of the dossier concerning the UMM Distinguished Research Award is February 4, and that the files are usually kept at the Library. Sungur indicated that problems may arise when one wants to locate the documented dossiers belonging to successful candidates for either learning how to put together a portfolio for future nominees or just to re-nominate a candidate whose application was turned down. He, therefore, suggested that, from now on, UMM Distinguished Research dossiers be kept at the Faculty Center . Bina agreed fully with this proposal and suggested that two copies from the nominee's file be made (by the nominating party): the first copy is kept at the Faculty Center and the second copy is returned to the nominee. This was confirmed by consensus, and while this matter was deemed as the prerogative of the Distinguished Research Award Committee (DRAC) alone, Bina (who serves as the Convener of DRAC for 2008-09) will duly carry this recommendation to the latter.
Fall Faculty Retreat 2008
Pederson distributed copies of the FFR 2007 evaluations for review and discussion. Sungur reported that, after reviewing all evaluations, there are indications of support for an outside speaker and also a change in the format of the retreat. He noted that, in the past, some outside speakers imposed their own perspectives on the participating faculty. He asked the committee if it wishes to continue with the previous format or a new one, given the fact the time setting up the planning committee is near. Borchardt disclosed that there were great outside speakers that influenced her teaching, yet there were others whose topics/themes were not as terribly appealing. She suggested that it may be appropriate to ask faculty at large who might be a likely individual for this occasion, given our needs. Bina reflected his mixed feeling about speakers he has listened to, pointing out that a good number of them were unoriginal and even commercial-minded. He suggested that it would be more productive to find speakers who are associated with institutions such ours. Appier asked for details about the Fall Retreat. Sungur explained that, in the past, the retreat consisted of a topic and a series of workshops; however, the format has changed in the past three years. The Retreat is no longer one topic; the retreat consists of the various sections, which recently included administrators plus discussion of undergraduate research in an in-house fashion. Borchardt added that the Retreat is especially beneficial to new faculty. Sungur asked if we may circulate an e-mail for further suggestions from all concerned. Suggestions included:
- Planning Committee to suggest topics and then send them to faculty for selection;
- Two intertwined themes in the Retreat;
- If workshops are the objective, one can find expertise in-house.
Sungur stated that the Fall Faculty Retreat is not a workshop; the intention here is to discuss areas that are of concern to faculty rather than to aim at particular training, etc. It was moved (Borchardt, Kim) that the Retreat format remain the same as the previous three years. Motion was carried unanimously. By consensus, the committee charged the chair to solicit suggestions and inquire about topics from faculty at large. Also, the committee charged Pederson to contact the Arrowwood Conference Center ( Alexandria ) and reserve space for the Retreat for August 18-19, 2008.
Appier informed the FDC about the Tech Fee proposals, which are due on Monday, February 4. Bina suggested that she contact the Division Chairs immediately.
The FDC will meet on Friday, March 7 at 4:00 P.M. at the Faculty Center.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:48 P.M.