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Faculty Development Committee

Minutes for Monday, April 26, 2004
3:30 PM Faculty Center
East Annex


Present: Greg Thorson (Chair), Bert Ahern, Siobhan Bremer, Carol Marxen and David Hoppe.
Absent: Derrek Brunsberg

The FDC meeting began at 3:30 PM at the Faculty Center . Thorson updated the committee on the Faculty Affairs Proposal. It was agreed that a follow-up memo should be sent to faculty reminding them the importance of voting on the proposal.

Thorson asked for corrections or approval of the FDC Minutes dated 4/12/04 . One correction was noted; the minutes were unanimously approved as amended.

FCLT Director Search
Ahern reported on the research for the FCLT Director. He said at this time, he does not know how soon the new Director will be appointed, and asked what role the FDC wants in selecting the new Director. Dean Schwaller has talked with a few faculty members about the FCLT Director position and he has indicated one prospect. It was agreed the role of the FDC in selecting the new Director is important, and it should be preserved if possible. A member asked if the position was a set term or is it variable? Ahern replied that it is a 3-year appointment. One member questioned if a one-year term might attract applicants. Members discussed various concerns in the absence of a FCLT Director; Aherns' term will end in May. Ahern said the FDC committee should talk with Dean Schwaller about these concerns. The big issue is the Fall Faculty Retreat, would it have to be cancelled if there is no FCLT Director in place? Thorson said the Fall Faculty Retreat is important, and it should not be cancelled. The FDC made two proposals in the search for the FCLT Director: 1) ask for renewed search, the FCLT appointment be made in the Fall or 2) encourage Dan Schwaller and other faculty to recruit, the FDC would have a chance to advise before the appointment. The following concerns were noted and will be discussed with the Dean.

  1. The FDC wants to play a role in identifying the new Director of the FCLT.
  2. The FDC understands the difficulty in appointing the FCLT Director.
  3. Someone must be in the FCLT Director position, so that the Fall Faculty Retreat planning can move forward.

Fall Faculty Retreat Survey
Results of the Fall Faculty Retreat 2004 survey were distributed. Thorson said he was pleased with the results, and noted some interesting comments. Members discussed the survey. Main points of the survey: 1) hire an off-campus keynote speaker 2) faculty is not interested in having activities dispersed during the day. Thorson requested the survey results be included in the minutes – see Appendix to these minutes.

MAP-IT Survey
Ahern said at this time he has not reviewed the completion of the MAP-IT survey, but noted there was more responses from students than faculty. Ahern said he would contact Dean Schwaller and the Division Chairs early Tuesday, and request a follow-up memo be sent to faculty to encourage the completion of the survey. It was agreed that next year's FDC committee, along with a member from the Campus Climate committee, should review the results of the MAP-IT survey. Ahern noted a couple problems were encountered with the survey, which included problems with the URL and low-resolution monitors would receive only part of the survey.

The committee discussed planning the Fall Faculty Retreat. Ahern said there should be 2-3 people on the planning committee, and asked for volunteers. Marxen, Thorson, and Ahern agreed to help with the planning. Ahern noted the FCLT Director plays a critical role in organizing the retreat. Ahern noted tasks needed to be completed in May in regards to planning the Fall Retreat: 1) Analyze results of MAP-IT survey, 2) Meet with contact people from General College and discuss results, 3) Identify faculty panel leaders, determine structure of workshop, and line-up panelists.

IT Core Transition Team
Ahern said applications for the IT Core Transition team are due on April 30. He said the plan is to have the FDC select or endorse the applications.

Thorson ask the FDC to meet next week. Members agreed to meet on Thursday, May 6 at 10:00 AM at the Faculty Center . Items on the agenda will include:

  1. FCLT Director Search
  2. Examine MAP-IT Survey
  3. IT Core Transition Team

Thorson will send a memo to Dean Schwaller requesting the FDC to review candidates for the FCLT Director.

Meeting adjourned at 4:25 PM .

 

Respectfully submitted:
Linda Pederson

 


APPENDIX

 

FALL FACULTY RETREAT SURVEY 2004

41 returned surveys 4/26/04 , 155 surveys mailed.

 

1) Keynote speaker

(A) UMM Faculty

(B) Faculty member from another College/university

(C)No Opinion

 

3

 

- Looking for a quality person with an important message to deliver.

-just someone who knows what they're talking about and is interesting & engaging.

 

 

 

 

16

- who is familiar with UMM

- could we rotate through same topics, but not be together?

-but not a high paid expert jerk like 2 years ago!

- Depending on speaker and cost. The guy 2 years ago was terrible - What a waste of money!

 

13

-it depends on the topic

-Just get someone good, but my experience is that outside speakers have been exceedingly lame.

Additional Comments:

2 people answered either A/B
5 people left the question unanswered

- who ever would be most qualified.

- I don't know if one is necessary.

- A or B, but a stron g keynote speaker.

-It depends upon the topic-UMM faculty have often been much better presenters, so if we can find someone with the appropriate expertise, UMM is preferred (and you should compensate the presenter(s)!)

 

2)  After the initial Keynote address, do you prefer

Large group stays together/attend
same topic
Individuals be given choice of several electives
Combination of A & B
No Opinion

5

6

24

2

 

2 people left the question unanswered.

Additional comments:

  • I prefer that faculty have more input in the formation of the agenda. If you're going with the multi-cultural topic, please don't insult our intelligence with a "Diversity 101" training. That will be a waste of time. I think we need to address issues of the UMM teaching and learning culture
  • Family obligation demands a return to Morris.
  • I don't think this Retreat should be considered a family vacation. I think it defeats purpose of the workshop. Arrowwood is a great venue for workshop and has great facilities, but I would prefer a 1-day workshop that ends early evening and then those who want to stay overnight and vacation can do so at their expense and the rest can come home.

Activity

Very Interested

Somewhat Interested

Not Interested

Unanswered

3)  Golf

1

4

32

4

4)  Water Skiing

2

3

32

4

5)  Paddleboats

5

14

18

4

6)  Sailboats

10

9

18

4

7) Fishing

1

1

35

4

8)  Pontoon Ride

5

15

18

4

9) Canoe Ride

8

14

15

4

10)  Horseback riding

3

11

23

5

11) Indoor Pool/Waterpark

7

14

18

2

12)  Tennis

4

7

27

3

13)  Volleyball

3

8

25

5

14)  Walking Paths

23

10

4

4

15)  Bike Ride

7

15

15

4

16)  Basketball

1

2

33

5

17)  Board Games
- scrabble

2

10

24

5

 

18) Would you prefer that social/recreational activities be interspersed with workshop material throughout the day?

Yes

No

No Opinion

Unanswered

11

22

6

2

19)  Would you prefer the workshop material be extended into the evening

Yes

No

Not Applicable/No opinion

Unanswered

2

32

6

1

 21) Do you prefer to have spouse/companions/children attend the conference with you?

Yes

No

Not Applicable/No opinion

Unanswered

9

 

11

-only if childcare was available

-If this retreat is being redesigned as a social event then I would change my vote to yes.

19

-mixed feelings- I like the idea of the retreat as a time to build relationships among faculty, but on the other hand I know keeping it "faculty only" excludes people

1 (unclear)

 

1 (maybe)

 

 

- only if childcare was available.

22)  Would you like to see organized activities designed to accommodate spouses/companions/children?

Yes

No

Not Applicable/No opinion

11

9

23

 

- yes if childcare was available

23) If Offered, would you utilize childcare options?

Yes

No

Not applicable/no opinion

5

13

23

24) Would you be interested in attending and/or participating in a Faculty Talent Show?

Yes

No

No Opinion

12

20

7

-would like to play music, "Talent Show" is too formal
-maybe/not sure