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Faculty Development Committee

Minutes for December 9, 2004
1:00 PM Faculty Center
East Annex


Present: Bert Ahern (Chair), Siobhan Bremer, Judy Kuechle, and David Hoppe
Guest : Dean Schwaller
Absent: Pam Solvie, Emily Elsner, Thomas Billo II


The meeting began at 1:00 PM . Ahern welcomed Dean Schwaller to the meeting for discussion of the proposed revision to the Out of State Travel Guidelines.

Out of State Travel Guidelines (Dean Schwaller)

Dean Schwaller said the decision was made at Campus Assembly to double the Out of State Travel funds. Dean Schwaller said:

  1. Faculty members would each receive $500 per year for conference travel; additional travel expense incurred is the individual's responsibility.
  2. Faculty can accrue the $500 travel funds for up to 3 years. (cap of $1500).
  3. The application process will remain the same; money is available through the Dean's Office.

Dean Schwaller also said faculty could also apply for International Travel funds through the Twin Cities campus. Discussion followed. Members agreed it was a better travel plan, with the ability to accrue funds for up to 3 years. One member commented that this allows faculty to make a choice on which conferences to attend. Schwaller said the funds will accumulate for 3 years, and will cap at $1500. Funds not used, will return to the general fund. Faculty are still required to submit an application to Division Chairs for endorsement to attend conferences; the approval process will remain the same. Ahern asked the committee for reaction/endorsement to the Out of Travel Guidelines Motion: (Kuechle/Bremer) The FDC will endorse the Out of State Travel Guidelines. Motion unanimously carried. Schwaller said that all current travel requests for the year would be funded. Dean Schwaller left the meeting.

Fall Faculty Retreat
Ahern said the Fall Faculty Retreat would be an agenda item at the first meeting spring semester. Ahern asked Pederson to book Arrowwood for the Retreat

Faculty Affair Committee Proposal
Ahern discussed with the committee some of the concerns brought up at the Campus Assembly meeting in regards to the proposal. Members discussed the issues, and agreed that no further changes would be made and to send the proposal to Assembly for a vote.

Meeting Schedule
Spring semester schedules were reviewed, it was determined the best meeting time for the FDC to meet would be on Thursdays at 1:00 PM . The FDC will meet on January 27, at 1:00 PM in the Faculty Center .

Submitted by:

Linda Pederson