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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Location: Room 826 Cathedral of learning
Present: Present: A. Blair (Chair), F. Beatrous, E. Cohn, K. Etzel, J. Harris, D. Looney, R. O’Connor, P. Rogers, P. Siska, E. Talbott, P. Wright, and D. Davis (Staff Resource)

ACIE Best Practices Study Draft, February 3, 2003

1. Approval of the Minutes:

A motion was made to accept the minutes of the January 9, 2003 meeting, which was seconded and approved; the minutes will be published as written.

2. Announcements:

Dr. Blair reported on the number of proposals received this year and noted that there were not as many as last year. He thought this may be because of our rigorous review process, and asked Council if they had any thoughts on this. Reasons suggested were less attendees at the Teaching Excellence Fair; no incentive for faculty members on 12-month contracts to submit when there was no release time available or travel funds or some other line item. Prof. Looney suggested more promotion of the program in general. Dr. Blair suggested that since the number of proposals is lower than previous years, each proposal will have three Council members’ reviews instead of two. He reminded members that the full Council review session will be held on Saturday, March 15.

3. Best Practices Report (Planning and Best Practices Committee, Dennis Looney, Chair):

Dr. Davis indicated that she would like to get feedback from Council members on this report as well as ideas about whether the suggestions and recommendations presented are adaptable to the University of Pittsburgh. She prefaced the discussion with the notation that most of the participating universities’ centers are not as comprehensive in scope as CIDDE and focus heavily on faculty development rather than instructional development, but UCLA was closest to CIDDE in this study. She then guided Council members through the report’s individual sections, beginning with a summarization by category of what were determined to be best practices--those ideas worthy of mentioning and those that might adapt well to Pitt. An animated discussion accompanied her presentation.

Dr. Blair then thanked Dr. Davis for reporting on the results of the Best Practices interviews and suggested that the “Recommendations” from this study be discussed at future meetings. However, he also suggested that if Council identified specific priorities, they should be addressed in the next several meetings; for example, mid-term evaluations (Dr. Carol Baker, OMET, could be invited to attend for this topic), diversity in the classroom, new faculty programs, and research on teaching. Prof. Cohn asked that research on teaching be given greater emphasis in the report, and Dr. Blair added “faculty communities” for additional emphasis.

4. Other Business:

Blair reminded Council of the upcoming proposal review sessions.




no other business to conduct, the meeting adjourned at 10:05 am.



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