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Annual Report
Submitted by Dr. Paul Eason, Chair

For 2015-2016, the members were Paul Eason (Chair), Julie Ingersoll, Harriet Stranahan, Joel Beam, Mary Lundy, Simon Shiao, Stephanie Race, and Daniel Dinsmore. Julie Ingersoll was on leave for Spring, 2016 and replaced by Todd DelGiudice.

Julie Ingersoll served on the DL committee as FEC representative from September through December of academic year 2015-2016. Mary Lundy replaced and served on the DL committee as FEC representative from January through August of academic year 2015-2016.

The Committee met in September, October, December, February, March (twice), and April.
The committee facilitated the Academic Affairs summer teaching grants. Faculty members from all Colleges served as reviewers for 25 proposals. Each proposal was reviewed through the online survey program by three reviewers, using a newly implemented rubric scoring guide, which was developed by the previous year’s committee. Applicants were provided a letter with their scores and any comments the reviewers provided. Reviews were all performed by blind review performed by reviewers outside of the applicant’s department. Assignments of review and collection of the data was performed by the committee chair, who did not serve as a reviewer.

The scoring rubric for the Faculty Development Summer Teaching Grant was revised and submitted to the Faculty Association as an information item for faculty who choose to propose during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Dr. Daniel Richard, Director of OFE, attended all committee meetings to update the committee on all activities undertaken by OFE during the academic year.

The committee took on the responsibility of acting as the University-wide task force to review the OFE and to make recommendations to the provost based on a report from outside consultants, as well as our own review of the OFE activities. Extra meetings were held in the spring to investigate and discuss three major facets of activity for the OFE. After careful consideration and consultation, the committee resolved to support three overall recommendations to the provost. The complete list of recommendations can be found in the meeting minutes of 4/13/2016. These recommendations were shared with the Provost by the committee chair. There is nothing to report at this time regarding the implementation of these recommendations.

No chair was elected for the coming year, as there were no volunteers at the time of the last meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Paul Eason, Ph.D., P.E., Committee Chair