Minutes for October 2, 2001
4 PM Faculty Center
Present: Harold Hinds (Chair), Stacey Parker Aronson, Bert Ahern, Gordon McIntosh
Absent: Doug Reese, Mike Rea, Cyrus Pansch
Hinds called the meeting to order at 4:10 PM. The FDC Minutes 9/25/01 were distributed to the committee members for review, and will be addressed at the FDC meeting 10/9/01. Hinds said that he has asked Tom Turner to attend the FDC meeting on 10/9/01 to discuss the Faculty Seminar for Tenure Track Faculty. Hinds said that Turner and Ericksen will be given the floor to describe the program in detail, ask for guidelines, and to inform the committee why it should be supportive of the seminar, but noted that Turner may not have a detailed budget available at that time.
Hinds said the remaining items on the agenda from the FDC meeting 9/25, as well as additional items would be discussed at the meeting today. Hinds noted that Ahern had distributed a memo (draft form) for Instructional Technology Leadership, and would like feedback on it by early Wednesday, October 3, 2001.
Study Abroad Grant
Ahern said that this is the second of two grants from Bush, and it is a 2 year grant. Ahern said that the Committee on International Programs would have oversight of this grant, the purpose of which is to increase the number of students who have the undergraduate experience of study abroad.. Some of the issues discussed were:
- Identify advising issues of study abroad - the obstacle is how, for students to do it 4 years.
- Faculty Development issue - how will it effect faculty course offerings?
- Impact on course content
Aronson said that it takes more time and energy to teach a course abroad. The instructor has more responsibility to make all necessary arrangements, including travel, lodging, etc. Hinds said that the money has been granted only for foreign experience, but said maybe an urban experience should be considered. McIntosh said that U.S. cross-cultural study travel grants would be useful. The sense of the committee was that it would be supportive but wait for faculty development issues to emerge from this project.
Recognition for Service
The committee decided that this issue would not be discussed further at this time.
Mentoring: how to improve on campus
It was discussed that mentoring has to be improved on the campus, because it does not adequately mentor faculty at every point of development. The Center has a mentoring program, but it does not focus on development and needs of new or tenure faculty, it only reaches out to the 2nd-3rd year faculty. Hinds said that in the previous years, all applicants for the current program have received the award, noting that one year the monetary amount was reduced so that all applicants could receive the award. Members discussed some of the hurdles that faculty members face. At the same time, not all eligible faculty have applied.
A big concern is engaging students in research, it is a difficult adjustment for faculty to figure out a research agenda. McIntosh said that funding appropriate projects locally is a challenge, while trying to accomplish it as cheaply as possible. Aronson said that modifying a project to accommodate student research could result in the work not becoming published. The committee decided to pursue this at a later meeting.
Aronson said that she was asked by a person about the Quality of Life Survey that was done a few years ago by Sungur. The data was collected, she wondered if this is something the FDC would be interested in pursuing. Ahern said that the committee should review how the results were disseminated and maybe that it should be done every 3-4 years. Hinds asked Aronson to find out from the person which items of the survey that he/she flagged as important.
The committee discussed the agenda items, noting that some items relate to each other. Items the committee will discuss this year will include:
- Faculty Center Budget & Institutional support
The Center does not have an on-going budget, McIntosh suggested that the Dean be invited to talk with committee and discuss the Faculty Center and to find out what it will take to keep the Center. Ahern said the center hasn't reached its full potential, he suggested the Center do periodical evaluations which would help justify the Centers' existence.
- Technology Program (already in place)
- Quality of Life Survey
- Service Learning Grant (Ahern will talk with Anne Farrell)
- "Civic Engagement" (unclear what it means, will have to address)
Priorities for FCLT Director
Hinds told the committee that Ahern distributed a list of priorities for the Faculty Director, and would like comments from them regarding the importance of each. The committee felt they were all important, but establishing an on-going budget principles and level was essential. Hinds was confident that Ahern could accomplish this.
The next FDC meeting will be Tuesday, October 9, 2001 at 4:00 PM at the Faculty Center. Tom Turner and Janet Schrunk Ericksen will describe the Tenure Track Faculty Seminar to the committee.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:07 PM.