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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

November 14, 2006


826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), S. Albrecht, K. Blee, P. Card, V. Copeland, J. Erlen, C. Hinderliter, P. Kameen, K. Kearns, M. McNeil, M. Smith, and D. Davis (Staff Liaison



Welcome and Introduction of Members (A. Blair):

Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair): Dr. Blair asked for a motion for approval of the October 12, 2006 meeting minutes, which was made, seconded, and accepted as written. The minutes will be posted to the ACIE website.

Provost’s Charge to Council (J. Maher):

Report of the Chair (A. Blair): Dr. Blair informed Council members that the RFP 2007 has now been distributed to faculty at all campuses, and several faculty have called to ask questions about the process and the types of proposals. Questions were answered as appropriate and callers were directed to the ACIE Awards Program website for more information.

Dr. Blair has contacted Vice Provost Patricia Beeson, who will attend the December meeting for the purpose of discussing various issues she is working on that will be of interest to the Council.

Report of the Staff Liaison (D. Davis):

Dr. Davis noted that she has been working on creating summaries of all past funded grant projects that will demonstrate what has been accomplished. She has put together a list of topics to include in each summary (e.g., sustainability, project outcomes, etc.), but the task is taking more time than expected. She expects this effort to be useful to faculty and to Council for future project evaluation. Dr. Davis also indicated that the RFP will be sent to the CIDDE liaisons in early December so that faculty can be reminded and encouraged to submit proposals.

Report of the Council Committees Chairs

Best Practices Committee (P. Card): Professor Card reported that the Committee agreed that a central focus for the New Faculty Forums discussion groups will be on the article, “The Quick Starters.” This article gives suggestions that are helpful for integrating new faculty into the university. The Forums will have five sessions (3 in January and 2 in February); a light lunch or refreshments will be provided, depending upon the time of the session; and one session will be conducted via ITV to accommodate faculty on the regional campuses. A letter from Dr. Blair along with a copy of the “Quick Starters” article will be sent to the 83 new tenure-stream faculty inviting them to participate. A website for registration will be created, which will include giving faculty a preference of dates for selection and an online template for preparing participant and moderator biographical summaries, which will be shared in advance among the group registrants. Several Council members have already volunteered to moderate the scheduled sessions. There will be a separate session for moderators prior to the January sessions, and they will be provided with sample questions, based on the article, to facilitate the discussions. Sessions will be evaluated by a web-based follow-up survey of participants and results will be shared with Council.

Faculty Development Committee (S. Albrecht): Professor Albrecht reported that the Committee has met twice already this year, and discussions have focused on four major topics:

    • Teaching Excellence Fair: This event, held in November 2006 had 97 participants. The Committee would like to determine why the attendance was not greater, considering the benefits participating faculty receive from the program (as well as the multi-media publicizing of the event) and what may be preventing faculty from attending. Suggestions included having Council members, who are recognized as role models, more involved by introducing speakers as well as attending the sessions; a possible new title for the event, one that is more reflective of the Innovation in Education Awards RFP might be appropriate; location may also be a factor for some faculty, with possible Council consideration given to holding the event in more than one place, or to have “mini-fairs” that could build to the larger TEF.

In response, Dr. Blair offered to bring the attendance issue to the attention of the deans through the Deans Council meetings or other means.

    • Faculty Book Discussions: Professor Albrecht reported that 10-15 faculty attended for each of the four sessions held. Comments from attendees included that a book may contain too much material for a single discussion, and the Committee will consider focusing on three or four chapters in the future, or consider a particular topic, survey article or journal article for discussion.
    • Summer Instructional Development Institute: The Committee began its discussion on selecting a topic for next May; suggested topics included: case-based learning or collaborative learning. No decision has been reached, and the Committee is still open to other suggestions from Council members.

With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 11:00 am. The next Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2:00 pm, 826 CL.


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