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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Enhancement Committee Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Location: OFE/FA Conference Room - Osprey Commons, Bldg 16, 3rd Floor, Rm 3108

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

Paul Eason called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m.

Members Present:

Joel Beam, Paul Eason (chair), Simon Shiao, Mary Lundy, Stephanie Race, Daniel Dinsmore, Harriet Stranahan

Members Absent:

Todd DelGiudice

Others Attending:

Dan Richard (OFE Director)

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of the Minutes

    The minutes from the last meeting 3/9/2016 were unanimously approved.
  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business

  • New Business

    Follow up discussion on activities/responsibilities of OFE
    Reallocation of funding to/from OFE
    • Suggestions based on models in the consultant’s report
      • Finalize at least two suggestions
      • Start with summer teaching grant
      • Take suggestions from committee: 


    Recommendations are:
    Recommendations regarding the Office of Faculty Enhancement from the Faculty Enhancement Committee:

    1) The current Summer Teaching Grant program should be revamped.
    Funding for this program should be applied to augment a summer course redesign program currently offered by OFE.
    • The focus of the program will be on gatekeeper (high DFW) courses (gen-ed, first 2 years).
    • Faculty in these programs will be selected by their Chairs/Directors based on ISQ’s, DFW rates and other feedback mechanisms.
    • Faculty will be incented with supplemental pay to redesign and deliver gatekeeper courses.
    • Addresses a more pressing issue of early retention and improved student learning.
    • Course redesign on the “high end” will likely be achieved by ambitious, motivated faculty anyway.

    2) The Office of Faculty Enhancement should be provided a group of “Faculty Fellows.”
    • Faculty from either colleges or broader academic areas to assist OFE in its mission.
    • Supp-comp/Teaching release time as compensation for the activity.
    • Expertise in course delivery and directed advice on teaching will provide more flexibility for OFE Director to administer programs.

    3) “Revisit” the mission statement of OFE to better align with the teaching focus of the mission. (Possibly an activity of FEC for next academic year.)

  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.
    Next meeting schedule Fall TBD.