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Faculty Development Committee

Minutes for March 10, 2005
2:00 PM Faculty Center
East Annex


Bert Ahern (Chair), Siobhan Bremer, David Hoppe, Pam Solvie and Judy Kuechle
Emily Elsner

The meeting began at 2:00 PM . Pederson reported that she had contacted the president of the MCSA and learned that Thomas Billo II is no longer on the MCSA Forum; it is doubtful that a replacement for the student representative of the FDC will be found for the remaining meetings. Pederson also said that Emily Elsner has class during the meeting time, and will not be attending.

FDC Minutes 2/24/05
Ahern asked for review of the minutes. Two corrections of the minutes were noted.
Motion: (Solvie/Bremer), the minutes were unanimously approved as amended.

Ahern reported on his conversation with Jenny Nellis, chairperson of the Writing Task Force. He said the task force prefers not to have “Writing across the Curriculum” as the topic for the Fall Retreat. The committee discussed the following as possible topics for the retreat.

  1. What does it mean to be a Liberal Arts College?
  2. Boundaries for students (Universal ideas across campus)
    • What other people do? What is acceptable?
    • Issues of appropriate expectations
    • Faculty expectations of student Student expectations of faculty
  3. Mentoring (First-year faculty)
    • What are our practices for first year faculty?
    • Members discussed the Faculty Enrichment Program, and mentoring on the UMM Campus.
  4. Follow-up on last year retreat.
    • A member commented that issues brought up at the retreat last year need additional attention. It was also noted that faculty interested in addressing the issues have joined the Diversity Circle , which was formed because of the Fall Faculty Retreat 2004.

Kuechle has talked with the Dean and asked for topic suggestions. Dean Schwaller suggested the following topics:

  1. Career and Career Center
    • What we do for students beyond UMM.
    • What are our right and responsibilities to students?
  2.   Admissions and Retention
    • How do we bring students to UMM?
    • What can faculty do to retain students at UMM?

A member said that good data is needed for the topic to work. Kuechle responded that a survey was done a few years ago on retention; data is available.

Members reviewed the vision of the Faculty Center submitted by the candidate for the FCLT Director. Ahern asked for discussion. Members discussed the chart, and agreed that they did not fully understand it and would like to see a paragraph stating how the different offices will interact. Ahern said the candidate is proposing a structure for more coordination between offices than in the past. Members discussed the funding for the Director, and the consensus was summer support and two-course release was essential. Ahern asked for a motion to accept the vision as an effective working document, but with the understanding that any policy changes will require further review and action in the governance process. Motion (Bremer/Solvie) To accept the Proposed Vision of the Faculty Center as an effective working document for the general direction of the Faculty Center; with the proviso that funding for summer stipend and two course release is essential, and recognizing the need to review the organizational chart before acting upon it.

The FDC will meet on Thursday, March 24 at 2:00 PM. The agenda will include the decision for the topic of the Fall Faculty Retreat. Topics suggested include:

  1. Mentoring
  2. Boundaries (Students/Faculty)
  3. Admissions/Retention
  4. Diversity (this topic could be included with Mentoring/Retention)

Ahern said it is important that the topic be decided on at the next meeting, and we should be reasonably confident of the core-working group for planning the retreat. As the FCLT Director will be responsible for the Fall Faculty Retreat, it was suggested that the topics be discussed with the candidate.

Meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM .

Submitted by:

Linda Pederson