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Faculty Development Committee

Minutes for November 4, 2003
8:30 AM Faculty Center
East Annex

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

Jamie Gremmels, Carol Marxen

The meeting began at 8:30 AM. It approved the minutes of the Oct. 21, 2003 meeting.

Faculty Affairs Committee
Thorson asked committee members if, having reviewed the proposal that came from last year's FDC, they wished to move it forward. Discussion indicated a concern that these issues need attention and that they do not currently receive it. Members noted that while this campus has a high number of committees, this is a neglected charge and needs attention. The committee agreed to pursue the consultation. Thorson, in consultation with Ahern will draft a memo to the groups identified by the Executive Committee. The memo will include the cover memo and proposal, a request to be on the group's agenda and an indication by when the consultation needs to occur. Thorson and Ahern will seek to meet with each of the groups and other members of the committee will attend as their schedules allow. Consultation should be completed by early February 2004 in order to allow for FDC review and forwarding to the Executive Committee for action by the Campus Assembly before the end of the current academic year.

Fall Faculty Retreat
Ahern reported that VCAA Schwaller expected to be able to fund a retreat at Arrowwood Resort. The committee reviewed the 21 responses to its survey.

As to locale, some favored having the event on campus. This would be more convenient and less expensive [although Ahern noted that for last fall the cost between on campus and at Peters' Resort was not that different due to high food costs on campus]. On the other hand, it would lose the nature of a retreat - where people were free from on-campus distractions. Were enough individuals opposed to overnight stays that this aspect of the retreat should be reconsidered? Responses to the survey suggested that the Arrowwood setting was not likely to attract those who did not stay overnight for reasons of family. Yet the open-ended nature of the survey and the limited number of respondents undermined confidence in any conclusions. Members should interview a cross-section of colleagues who had not responded to the survey to add to the information. Following the next meeting's discussion, the committee will distribute a survey with more specific options.

As to topics - several responses clustered around issues of balance, student development, liberal arts, classroom climate. Thorson suggested that the ideal topic allows attention to both big issues and concrete applications.

The committee adjourned at 9:30 a.m. The next meeting will be on November 18, 2003, at the same time and place.

Submitted by Bert Ahern