Minutes for December 2, 2003
8:30 AM Faculty Center
Greg Thorson (Chair), Bert Ahern, David Hoppe, Carol Marxen, Siobhan Bremer, and Derrek Brunsberg.
The meeting began at 8:35 A.M. Thorson asked for comments or approval of the November 18, 2003 minutes. The minutes were unanimously approved.
Faculty Retreat Survey
Thorson distributed copies of the draft cover letter and survey questions for the Faculty Retreat to members for discussion and suggestions. The survey questions were reviewed and discussed by members. It was agreed that some questions could be combined, therefore reducing the num-ber of questions on the survey. Bremer suggested listing related topics under an umbrella theme, thus the first question on the survey could be eliminated. Additional questions addressing the keynote speaker, development of the retreat program, activities available at Arrowwood, length of workshop, etc. were also discussed. Thorson requested members to forward any additional thoughts or comments to him; a more structured survey would be brought to the first meeting in spring semester and finalized.
UMM Goals for Bush Grant Renewal
Ahern noted that this is the 3rd year of the Bush Instructional Technology grant. Ahern said the grant had a ripple effect, it began the first year with the gang of five, 5 workgroups the second year, and 19 triads this year. Members of the workgroups each identified two additional faculty to work on the technology project and form the triads. UMM is eligible to go on to a continua-tion grant, noting the letter of inquiry is due mid January, and the deadline for the grant is March 1.
Ahern said the gang of four (Sungur, Joo, Joiner, and Kildegaard), Carol Marxen, Mike Cihak, Pam Gades, and David Wuolo) had met and discussed the focus of the grant for the next three years. Members reviewed and discussed the draft goals. The over-arching goals for the next three years included: 1) increase the number and quality of IT-supported learning experiences available to student and 2) create an integrated, efficient, and responsive system on technology enhanced learning. The committee also discussed the three-components that will be developed towards the end of the grant for assisting best practices with Instructional Technology. Ahern asked the committee if the questions sound sensible or if there is an alternative way? Bremer commented how much she benefited from the opportunity to participant in the program, and would like it to continue for faculty. She noted that working in smaller groups in more effective than working in a group with 5-7 people. Bremer also said it is important to get more students involved. Thorson commented that it is hard to look at the draft goals without considering the state of the campus and rational, i.e. 1) why these goals? 2) where does it come from - small groups, large groups, or students? 3) who is directing it? Thorson said that he strongly supports the grant continuation.
Thorson asked if all semester schedules had been received, and requested schedules to be sub-mitted soon so the meeting date can be determined by the end of the week.
Thorson distributed copies of the proposed Constitutional Amendment for a Faculty Affairs Committee to members, noting that it would be sent out in the next few days.
Meeting adjourned at 9:35 A.M.