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Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence Meeting

June 1, 2010


826 Cathedral of Learning




Present: A. Blair (Chair), S. Deitrick, S, Engberg, J. Erlen, A. Godley, M. Gubar, J. McGrath, M. Ripoll, R. Venkataramanan, and C. Golden (Staff Liaison)



Approval of the Minutes (A. Blair):


Dr. Blair asked for a motion from Council members for approval of the May 12, 2010 meeting minutes, which was offered, seconded, and accepted as written. The minutes will be posted to the ACIE website.


Report of the Chair and Debriefing of Proposal Review Process (A. Blair):  


Dr. Blair noted that this is the last meeting of the Council for this academic year and, as customary, acknowledged the members who are outgoing this year: Peter Brusilovsky, Phalguni Gupta, Allen Humphrey, Patrick Manning, Diane Marsh and Craig Wilcox. He also thanked them and all Council members for their service.


Reports of the Committee Chairs

  a.       Faculty Development (C. Golden for N. Day, Chair): Following up on last month’s report, Ms. Golden reported that she has pulled together from both committee and Council discussions some of the suggested ideas for a revised Teaching Excellence Showcase (TES) format (see handout). Citing the success of last month’s one-day symposium, entitled “How Students Learn Directs How We Should Teach,” that was part of the Summer Instructional Development Institute, the first suggestion applies this format to the TES. The one-day event would continue to feature the work of the individual Innovation in Education Awards projects, but would also focus on a general teaching topic of practical interest. Ms. Golden also distributed a draft report of the May 7 SIDI session and noted that, in general, the feedback was quite positive. Dr. Blair commented that a change in the TES format seemed warranted, and that this will be a topic for further discussion by the committee and Council next fall.

b.        Best Practices (C. Golden for C. Wilcox, Chair):  Ms. Golden reported that the committee has completed its report on the impact of Faculty Diversity programming, entitled “Report on Diversity Programming,” which was distributed to Council members. In preparing the report, the committee looked at a number of sources, some of which came from participant feedback, and looked at similar programs at other institutions. CIDDE staff also did some benchmarking of diversity initiatives. The report suggests (1) that a variety of programs be offered since the current seminar format enrolled relatively few faculty and the impact is thus limited; (2) designate a person to coordinate diversity programs that specifically focus on teaching and learning; and (3) update the definition of diversity and the goals of the seminar to serve as a basis of expanded University activities. After some discussion, Dr. Blair asked for a motion to move the report forward, which was made, seconded and approved. Dr. Blair will send the report to the Provost.




With no further business, the Advisory Council adjourned at 1:00 pm.



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