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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

Wednesday, November 12, 2003


10:00-11:00 am, 826 C.L.


Room 826 Cathedral of learning




A. Blair (Chair), E. Cohn, S. Drescher, K. Etzel, J. Grabowski, M. Greenberg, S. Husted, A. Knapp, H. Lawson (by phone), P. Rogers, N. Schor, P. Siska, S. Smith, D. Wilkins, and J. Nicoll (representing Staff Liaison)


List of CIDDE School Liaisons; ACIE Faculty Development Committee: Proposed Agenda

1. Approval of the Minutes:

A motion was made to accept the minutes of the October 14, 2003 meeting that was approved without changes; the minutes will be published as written.

2. Report of the Chair:

Dr. Blair informed Council that the ACIE website has been updated to include the minutes and the RFP. The RFP has been mailed to all full- and part-time faculty, and Council members, deans, campus presidents, and department chairs have received an e-mail, with the RFP attached, asking for help in encouraging faculty to consider submitting a proposal. A second e-mail reminder about the RFP and the deadline for receipt of proposals will be sent out to the same group in early January.

3. Report of the CIDDE Staff Liaison:

Dr. Joanne Nicoll, representing Dr. Diane Davis, distributed a list of the CIDDE School, Regional Campus and Arts & Sciences Liaisons and explained that this group of 40 faculty members or unit representatives serves as a link between faculty in academic units and CIDDE. This group is regularly informed about the services provided to faculty by CIDDE in support of teaching with the expectation that the information will be conveyed to faculty in the individual units. CIDDE has also forwarded the 2004 RFP to this group, as well as to the members of the CIDDE Advisory Board. Several Council members had questions and additional suggestions on the use of the CIDDE Liaisons, such as efforts to measure the effectiveness of the increased communication with faculty; include information for new faculty and post names and email addresses of Liaisons on the CIDDE website; follow up with schools who have not identified a Liaison; include in the communication list the School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Education and the Arts & Sciences undergraduate coordinators. Dr. Nicoll then reminded Council members about the Teaching Excellence Fair and gave a brief status report on how many faculty had pre-registered, and how and where the event had been publicized. She also reported on several school-based activities for which CIDDE is providing assistance. In closing, she thanked Council members for their suggestions for increased communication and usage of CIDDE Liaisons and stated that she expects to follow-up on these in the future.

4. Report of the Committee Chairs:

Dr. Ken Etzel, Chair of the Faculty Development Committee, reported that his committee was scheduled to meet later in November and circulated for Council’s information a proposed agenda. Although he did not want to speak for his committee as they had not yet met, he was interested in the activities that Dr. Nicoll spoke about that may be additional items for future Faculty Development Committee discussion.

Dr. Peter Siska, Chair of the Instructional Grants Committee, informed Council that his committee had not yet met but he expected to schedule a meeting within the next two weeks. He and Dr. Blair suggested that this committee would take another look at the grants program evaluation framework that had been developed last year.


New Faculty Cohort Groups:


Dr. David Wilkins, Chair of the Best Practices Committee, led the discussion on faculty cohort groups, one of the agenda topics suggested for further Council discussion at the October Council meeting after reviewing last year’s Best Practices report. It was suggested that these cohorts could be modeled after Pitt’s Diversity group. Foci might include: (a) instructional issues for new faculty within a unit or across academic units, (b) post-third year review, and (c) newly-tenured faculty. Council members noted school-specific differences among University faculty in certain areas, especially the pedagogical approach in the School of Medicine, where many courses are team taught—by faculty and qualified others, in the classroom and at the bedside, or a special lecturer may be brought in where there is not an expert in the school/department for a special subject. A school and departmental collection of current pratices might usefully be conducted by CIDDE. Dr. Wilkins agreed to work on these suggestions with his committee at its next meeting and report back to Council.

6. Adjournment:

With no other business to conduct, the meeting adjourned at 10:45 am.



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