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Minutes of May 2, 2006
4:00 PM Faculty Center
East Annex


Present: Cyrus Bina (Chair), Edith Borchardt, Alicia Canfield, Gordon McIntosh, Randi Peterson, and Engin Sungur (Ex-officio).

The meeting began at 4:00 P.M.

FDC Minutes 4/18/06
Bina asked for any corrections, revisions, and/or approval of the minutes. FDC members unanimously approved the Minutes dated April 18, 2006.

Distinguished Research Award (Bina)
Bina reported that he, as chair of the FDC, asked the Distinguished Research Award Committee (DRAC) to convene in order to iron out the perceived minor ambiguities that seemingly remain in the call for nomination. Bina met with the DRAC and, on behalf of the FDC, identified some of the issues concerning the clarity of the announcement; he reported that, after careful review and extensive discussion, the following revisions were identified and unanimously approved by the DRAC. Revisions are noted below in bold and italics:

  • Page 1, 2 nd paragraph (statement added)
    - Composition of this committee is predicated on the desire to maintain appropriately highest standards for this award.
  • Page 1, 3 rd paragraph (phrase added)
    - Nominations for the award may be made by anyone and are to be forwarded to your division chair and simultaneously the Convener of the Distinguished Research Award Committee by December 5, (year)
  • Page 3, 1 st paragraph (paragraph revision)
    - supporting documentation of no more than ten items * including but not limited to such things as portfolios; copies of published articles; books; photographs; examples of creative work; videos; etc.
  • Page 3, 5 th paragraph (paragraph revision)
    - *Excess information, beyond that identified above, will not be considered.

Bina also reported that the task of the convener shall include the announcement of the DRAC deliberation to all three: the Division Chair, the candidate, and the nominator—in case that the last two are not the same.

Bina then asked for a motion to adopt the DRAC's as amended; the FDC unanimously approved the document. Bina asked Pederson to attach the revised announcement of the Distinguished Research Award to the minutes accordingly.

Fall Faculty Retreat (Sungur)
Sungur reported that planning for the Fall Faculty Retreat (FFR) under way and that a portion of the FFR will be on Innovative Teaching supported by the Bush Grant. He indicated that three staff members (from Bush IT) agreed to be on his planning committee, and planning to encourage the former members who participated in last year's committee on FFR planning to serve in the present committee. Sungur asked for the FDC's approval in order to contact the potential faculty members. Sungur also solicited names from the committee, hoping to have representation from all Divisions. The committee deliberated on the title for the FFR; Enhancing Student Learning” was suggested. Yet, members agreed to leave this to the FFR planning committee itself. Sungur also reported that, similarly to the previous year, there will not be an outside speaker. Instead, UMM faculty and staff will fill the gap.

Some of the tentative topics and suggested sessions are anticipated as follows:

  1. Strategic Planning ( reporting from the various groups)
  2. Advising/Retention
  3. Course Syllabus
  4. Diversity
  5. China Initiative
  6. Study Abroad
  7. Student Research (MAPS and UROPS)
  8. Honors College (On-line and On-site)

Faculty Surveys (Sungur)
Sungur pointed out that the deadline for returning the Faculty Surveys is May 12, noting that both hard and electronic copies should have been already received by the faculty. He asked the members to help remind the faculty to complete the surveys in order to help us to create a useful database for future evaluation.

Faculty Enrichment Program
Pederson reported that award letters will be mailed this week to the 2006-07 participants; all applicants were fully funded.

Bina expressed his gratitude to the FDC members for their invaluable and engaging contributions to the UMM governance; he praised the Faculty Center and efforts of its director; and he acknowledged Pederson for her great devotion to the administrative side of the committee before wishing everyone a pleasant and reflective summer.

Meeting adjourned at 4:50 P.M.

Submitted by:
Linda Pederson