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Faculty Development Committee

Minutes for February 24, 2005
2:00 PM Faculty Center
East Annex

Present: Bert Ahern (Chair), Judy Kuechle, Pam Solvie and Siobhan Bremer
Guest: Engin Sungur
Absent: David Hoppe, Emily Elsner, and Thomas Billo II

Bush IT Grant Report (Engin Sungur)
Sungur distributed a document to the committee listing the funded Bush IT projects for 2004-05. Sungur discussed the project stages.

  1. Faculty were asked to submit a Statement of Interest for the Bush Grant in December 2004, eight were submitted.
  2. Sungur said the Bush Grant is designed to fund five projects the first year of the grant. After discussion and review of all projects, the Bush IT Core Group decided to award all eight projects at a reduced amount; noting all Divisions are represented.
  3. Project participants and departments have been asked to detail their project.
  4. The IT Core Group and student assistants will assist in preparing the year-end project report. Project participants will receive training and detail the project this spring, and will continue to work on the project during the summer. Projects will be put in place during the Fall 05 or Spring 06 semester.
  5. Project participants will receive training and detail the project this spring, and will continue to work on the project during the summer. Projects will be put in place during the Fall 05 or Spring 06 semester.

Sungur said the projects have emphasis on teaching, not the technology. He said the tech support would come from the staff and students of the Consulting group. Two faculty have agreed to be on the Consulting group. Sungur said the Bush Grant would fund the Fall Faculty Retreat 2006.

FDC Minutes 2/10/05
Reviewed and approved as read. (Motion:Sovie/Bremer), the minutes were unanimously approved.

Fall Faculty Retreat 2005
Ahern reported on his conversation with Jenny Nellis, chairperson of the Writing Task Force. Ahern said the Writing Task force was formed because of the NSSE survey, which showed concern with the low results of writing. He said that within the week the task force is writing a report on their findings and recommendations. Members discussed the pros and cons of the Fall Retreat focusing on the “Writing across the Curriculum” topic. Ideas for the retreat sessions included:

  • What kind of writing is required in the course? Is it rigorous enough?
  • Writing for an audience.
  • How can we improve students' writing skills?

Ahern is encouraged with the retreat topic, and asked for confirmation of the topic “Writing across the Curriculum” for the retreat, pending the recommendations of the Writing Task Force. Ahern said the Fall Retreat steering committee should be identified at the next meeting; topic of the retreat will be announced second half of spring semester.

Faculty Center Director
Ahern said he met with the Dean and the candidate for the Faculty Center Director today to discuss the position, mission, and goals of the center. Ahern distributed copies of the proposed procedure to the committee members; this will be discussed at the next meeting.

TAFS 05-06
Kuechle will compose a note to send another request for TAFS presenters next year; a few open slots remain for next year's TAFS.

FEP 05-06
Call for applications have been sent, deadline to apply is March 22.

Next Meeting – March 10

Agenda will include

  1. Fall Faculty Retreat
  2. Vision shaping the Faculty Center

Meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM .

Submitted by:

Linda Pederson