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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting
Date: Monday, May 13, 2002
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Location: Room 815 Alumni Hall
Present: A. Blair, F. Beatrous, E. Beckman, K. Brown, K. Etzel, D. Looney, B. Piraino, J. Samples, P. Siska, G. Stoehr, and D. Davis (Staff Resource).
Handouts: Teaching Excellence Fair–Fall 2001, Draft Memorandum to Innovation in Education Grant Recipients 2000
1. Approval of the April 25, 2002 Meeting Minutes:
  Minutes were distributed prior to the meeting for members’ review; a motion for approval was made, seconded and formally adopted as written.

2. Report of the Chair (A. Blair):
  Dr. Blair informed the Council that assistance for the ACIE website has been arranged through CIDDE. In the near future, the approved minutes from previous meetings, as well as all future minutes, will be available. He also noted that the June meeting of Council will be the last of this academic year.

3. Report of the Committee Chairs
  a. Planning and Benchmarking (G. Stoehr): Professor Stoehr asked Dr. Davis to present the highlights of the best practices survey. Dr. Davis reported that she and her colleagues have now contacted six of the ten selected institutions for this survey; these are: UCLA, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Southern California. The four remaining institutions to be surveyed are: University of Washington, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ohio State University. A number of these centers focus on all aspects of faculty development, which by definition has three components: instructional, personal, and professional development. However, the University’s/CIDDE’s faculty development efforts focus on instructional and professional development; personal or career development is guided by the schools and/or departments. One of the specific “best practices” from other institutions that could easily be adapted here was the use of teaching award winners or the formation of a “teaching academy” comprised of distinguished teachers who would participate in or conduct various activities related to both teaching and faculty development. Dr. Davis noted that some institutions offer stipends or other incentives to distinguished faculty for these kinds of services. Council members expressed interest in learning about such programs, and Dr. Blair asked Dr. Davis to request program descriptions from the institutions in our reference set.

Other preliminary survey findings are: (1) use of undergraduate TAs is growing in popularity; (2) instructional grants programs that focus on a specific topic or priority are used at one institution as seed money to generate external funding; and (3) some of the services offered by these teaching/learning centers include program evaluation at the course/curriculum level, grant-writing assistance, seminars for freshmen and sophomores to introduce them to the professions and guide them to an early decision, and support for a mid-term student evaluation process.

b. Faculty Development (D. Looney): Professor Looney informed Council that the Summer Institute seminar on test design, conducted by Dr. Carol Baker (OMET), was attended by 62 people. The second seminar on teaching larger classes had 68 people enrolled. Dr. Davis added that 27 faculty were signed up for individual course design consultation, with inquiries still being received.

c. Instructional Grants (E. Beckman): Professor Beckman reported that he had received the demographic data of the Innovation in Education Awards Program for the past three years, but had not yet completed his analysis. He will complete this project prior to the next meeting.

4. Adjournment:
  Dr. Blair noted that the next ACIE meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12 (11:00am, 826 CL) and that Council’s involvement in the Teaching Excellence Fair 2002 will be an agenda item. The meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m.



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