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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Enhancement Committee Monday, November 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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

Meeting Details

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 12:10 PM by Raphael Crowley

Members Present:

Stephanie Race, Raphael Crowley, Daniel Dinsmore, Todd DelGiudice, Mary Lundy

Members Absent:

Parvez Ahmed, Christos Lampropoulos, Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore

Others Attending:

Dan Richard, Director of OFE

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of the Minutes

    Minutes for the September 12, 2016 meeting were approved and posted on website.
  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business

    Committee reviewed new direction – as discussed, committee will now be used to help the Office of Faculty Enhancement’s (OFE) review applicants for the Faculty Fellow Program (FFP) and the Summer Teaching Institute (STI) program.
  • New Business


    • Dan Richard indicated that he received nine (9) application for two (2) FFP awards. Dan Dinsmore and Stephanie Race agreed to help with review of these applications by 11/18/2016.
    • The process for review will be that the committee members will provide comments/rankings, the FEC will discuss with Dan Richard and give feedback, and decision will be made regarding winners.


    • Twenty (20) applications were received and approximately fifteen (15) awards will be given.
    • Raphael Crowley, Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, and Mary Lundy will help OFE with review.
    • Review process to be similar to FFP review process.

    Other items:

    • Len Roberson, Associate Vice President of Academic Technology & Innovation and Dan Richard, Director of Office of Faculty Enhancement, agreed that the OFE’s mission statement might need to be revised to reflect the committee’s direction toward being teaching/learning-focused. (Previously, the OFE was also involved in enhancing research and service, but this is difficult due to limited resources.) In January 2017, Dan Richard will provide a draft of a new mission statement that will be discussed by the committee. 

    • Adjunct and visiting professor eligibility for FFP and STI awards was discussed. Dan Richard indicated that these faculty were eligible for FFP/STI awards, but only with permission from their chair. However, the “eligible with chair’s permission” was not codified on the application guidelines. The committee agreed to clarify this in the guidelines.

    • FEC involvement in P&T was discussed. FEC may be involved in putting together the P&T “panel” in the future.

    • Dan Richard described his “vision” for teaching development as a three-staged approach:
      • Basic teaching skills – objectives, assessment, approaches, coarse-setup, etc.
      • High-impact practices – problem solving, community-based learning, research, etc.
      • Scholarship of teaching/learning/leadership – help other faculty to become better teachers


    The goal of OFE is to achieve these objectives using a positive (i.e. non-punitive-based) approach, and the goal of the new mission statement for OFE will be to reflect these objectives.


  • Other Discussions/Announcement

  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM.

    Next meeting time/date TBA.