Professor Albrecht reported that the Committee formally welcomed new members, reviewed the purposes of the Committee as agreed by Council last Spring, and discussed which previously funded instructional grant projects it would like to recommend for presentation by the project directors at future Council meetings (see October 12, 2007 Minutes). CIDDE provided a handout with five suggestions including project descriptions for the Committee’s and, subsequent, Council consideration. Dr. Davis noted that these are projects that could readily transfer to other disciplines. After some discussion, members present agreed that the following project directors would be asked to give their presentation to Council at future meetings: Web-based System for Reciprocal Evaluation of Student Paper Writing (2002; Schunn, Arts & Sciences/LRDC); Speaking Like a Biologist (2006; Curto and Bayer, Arts and Sciences); and Internationalizing the Undergraduate Curriculum (2006; Shuman, Rajgopal and Bidanda, Engineering).
The Committee also discussed topics for the 2008 Summer Instructional Development Institute, with a preference for focusing on undergraduate student research, which deals with teaching of a different kind and is a topic that is being discussed nationally. Further discussion of this item will continue within the Committee.
Another item on the Committee’s agenda was the Faculty Book Discussions. “Ethics within the Curriculum” was noted as a topic of interest. Dr. Blair reminded members that this needs to be agreed on by the next meeting for these sessions to be scheduled and offered during the Spring term 2008.
As part of the Committee’s agenda, Dr. Davis distributed the New Faculty Forums Report for Spring 2007. Dr. Blair explained for new members that this program is an outgrowth of New Faculty Orientation as a way to focus on concerns of new tenure-stream faculty during their first year at the University. It was agreed that “The Quick Starters” article will be used again as the basis for the discussion groups. Facilitators are needed, and Dr. Davis asked for Council members’ help in identifying faculty colleagues who would be willing to moderate a session. A preparatory session for facilitators will be provided by CIDDE. One of the sessions will be transmitted to the regional campuses via ITV.