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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

February 14, 2007


826 Cathedral of Learning




A. Blair (Chair), S. Albrecht, R. Brand, J. Camillus, P. Card, V. Copeland, M. McNeil, and D. Davis (Staff Liaison)



Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair):


Dr. Blair asked for a motion for approval of the January 23, 2007 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 there is good news in terms of the number of proposals submitted to the Innovation in Education awards program this year: an increase from 22 last year to 31 this year, which may be attributed to more advertising of the program in general. Another aspect is that proposals are representative of what is going on all over the University, with proposals coming from most schools, as well as from all four regional campuses. The evaluation process has been on track, and the proposal review meetings are scheduled for next month. At the April meeting, summary data on the submissions and funded projects will provided to Council.


Report of Faculty Development Committee (S. Albrecht):

Professor Albrecht reported that the FD committee has met and reviewed the November Teaching Excellence Fair’s final report. It was observed from the report that there was a slight increase in attendance from last year. The committee also discussed how to further increase attendance. Suggestions included featuring Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and Bellet Award winners as exemplars to faculty members, and adding a roundtable discussion on blending teaching and research, using Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching and Research Award winners as moderators. The committee also reviewed the final report on the Fall Faculty Book Discussion, held in November. Based on the evaluations from the participants, the committee agreed: (1) that using an entire book may be excessive, and suggested that specific book chapters or articles for discussion may be better; (2) holding the sessions during the lunch hours should be continued and providing a light lunch is a good incentive. Other activities the committee worked on included the Summer Instructional Development Institute, scheduled for May 11, on Case-Based Learning, with speakers selected from various disciplines.


Report of the Best Practices Committee (P. Card):

Professor Card reported that the BP committee discussion focused on New Faculty Forums, held from January 29 to February 2. In the four scheduled forums, led by Advisory Council members, the article chosen for the basis of discussion was “The Quick Starters.” Common themes in the discussions were mentoring and OMET teaching evaluations (how to use these effectively). The committee has sent out a survey to participants to get their feedback on the content of the sessions, as well as to gather comments and suggestions for future sessions.


Report of the Staff Liaison (D. Davis):

Dr. Davis reported that application materials have been sent to faculty for the next Faculty Diversity Seminar. Applications are due February 23, and more information can be found on the CIDDE website. One of the Faculty Diversity Seminar leaders, Professor Valire Copeland (also a Council member) noted that the seminar is not only an opportunity to learn to revise course content, but also to learn new teaching strategies for implementing the content, and this is getting good results.





With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 4:00 pm. The next regular Council meeting (excluding the March proposal review meetings) is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 4:00 pm, 826 CL.


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