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Faculty Development Committee

Minutes for March 26, 2002
4 PM Faculty Center
Humanities Annex

Present: Harold Hinds (Chair), Bert Ahern, Stacey Parker Aronson, and Gordon McIntosh

Guest:   Michelle Page

Absent: Doug Reese, Mike Rea, and Cyrus Pansch

Hinds began the meeting by asking for approval or corrections to FDC Minutes dated 2/12/02, 2/26/02, and 3/5/02. The 3 sets of minutes were approved, unanimously adopted and will be posted.

  1. Re-ordering the questions
  2. Adding optional questions
  3. Re-scaling the question - how much you have learned? She explained how the scale is now listed, and suggested that a more general scale should be used.

The committee discussed the survey with Page. Ahern thought that re-ordering the questions on the SOT form would not be an issue. Hinds asked the committee if they had the sense that we had the freedom to alter the form, and if changes were made, would they be accepted by SCEP? Page said that through research with Mooney, the impression is that the questions are university wide. Page said that the ASL committee would continue to research the Student Opinion Survey, but that they are moving ahead with it. Aronson has concern with the physical environment question; the score is averaged in with the faculty score.

Page said that the committee is just starting to look at the optional survey (one for which the results would be made public), but that they did not have the questions today. Page had looked to see how many Twin Cities faculty had participated in the last year and noted that few had participated and that the response rate of some of the surveys she viewed were very low. Other concerns:

  • Optional questions - It was questioned whether the optional questions should be used as they now exist campus wide at the Twin Cities or to conform but have our own questions.
  • Disciplines do not have separate set of questions

The committee also briefly discussed the experiment with a web-based Student Opinion of Teaching. It wished to hear about the results of the experiment and also wondered if faculty would lose control of when the survey was administered. Many wish the survey to come on the last day of class, but the technology might require spreading the responses over a week or two.

Hinds thanked Page for informing the committee about the Student Opinion Survey and to move forward with it and then to go to SCEP. Ahern will attend the ASL meeting on April 2 as a representative of SCEP.

Hinds asked for a report from Ahern about Richard Zeller for the Fall Faculty Retreat. Ahern said that he will be talking with Zeller on Friday, and that he will correspond with e-mail about the conversation.

FCLT Budget
Copies of the Faculty Center budget were distributed to each committee member. Ahern discussed each category of the proposed budget, making special note of some.

  • Fall Faculty Retreat - reasonable estimate $8500, doesn't have the cost of Zeller at this time.
  • Suggesting supporting Director travel to one Collaboration Conference and one National Conference.

Hinds said that assuming adequate funding for the Faculty Center, expenses that now come from the Dean's Office, (TAFS and the Fall Faculty Retreat) should come from the Faculty Center budget.

Hinds moved for formal adoption of the Faculty Center budget, seconded by Aronson, the budget was unanimously adopted by the committee. Ahern will submit the budget to the Dean.

Other Business
Ahern will write a cover letter for the Faculty Seminar Proposal (Turner) and submit it to the Executive Board to be placed on the docket for the Assembly Meeting April 25th. Copies of the proposal will be sent to all committee members.

The FDC will meet April 9, 2002 at 4 PM. Agenda items will include:

  1. FEP Applications (Deadline is April 1, 2002)
  2. Instructional Technology Program
  3. Changes made to the Faculty Research Award.

Meeting adjourned at 5:04 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Pederson