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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

January 19, 2007


826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), P. Card, V. Copeland, T. Derricotte, M. McNeil, K. Van Lehn, L. Yaich, and D. Davis (Staff Liaison)



Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair):


Dr. Blair asked for a motion for approval of the December 13, 2006 meeting minutes, which was made, seconded, and accepted as written. The minutes will be posted to the ACIE website.


Report of the Chair (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair noted that the deadline for the submission of proposals for the Innovation in Education Awards Program is Wednesday, January 31. He asked that CIDDE contact their school liaisons to remind faculty of the deadline and reported that a notice about the due date will be placed in the next issue of the University Times. Dr. Blair also indicated that formal letters have been sent to new all tenure-stream faculty inviting them to register for one of the New Faculty Forum sessions; a follow-up, reminder email is planned to go out in the next several days.


Status of Registration for New Faculty Forums (P. Card):

Professor Card reported that the Council member moderators for the sessions are now in place; they are: Susan Albrecht, Pat Card, Paul Kameen, and Chandra Singh. They have all met with Carol Dearment (CIDDE) to discuss ways to integrate the points in the article with what is available at Pitt as the focus of the Forums’ sessions. One Council member offered the suggestion of using former Chancellor’s [Teaching and Research] Awardees as exemplars to new faculty members. Dr. Blair indicated that this he thought that is a good way to introduce outstanding faculty members to new faculty.


Outcome of Planning Day (D. Davis):

Dr. Davis reported that Planning Day is being offered to encourage faculty who are interested in submitting a proposal for the Innovation in Education Awards Program to meet with CIDDE staff, as well as ACIE members who have formerly directed funded projects. Five faculty members have made appointments, and several others have called. Faculty were mainly interested in instructional development and technology assistance. Those who were interested in the evaluation component were referred to Professor McNeil, who agreed to meet with such faculty individually. Overall, the day was judged to be a successful endeavor.

Dr. Davis then distributed two reports for members to review. The first, the Final Report of the Teaching Excellence Fair 2006, shows that 115 people attended the Fair at some point during the sessions. Overall, the evaluations received from attendees were quite favorable. The second report on the Faculty Book Discussions 2006 provides an outline of the number of attendees per session and their affiliation. Dr. Davis noted that overall the faculty appreciated the opportunity to meet and discuss the selected book and a number of faculty expressed an interest in attending the next sessions to be offered in the spring term.


Preparation for Instructional Grants Proposal Review (A. Blair):

Dr. Blair distributed a copy of the Proposal Review Form, the form that Council members will complete when reviewing assigned proposals. He noted that the review criteria are taken directly from the RFP, and projects recommended for funding are determined after a full Council discussion. It is expected that proposals will be sent to Council for review in mid-February, and the proposal review session is scheduled for Saturday, March 17. Further information on this session will be provided at the next meeting.





With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 12:00 pm. The next Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 14, 3:00 pm, 826 CL.


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