Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Enhancement Committee Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 2:10 PM by Raphael Crowley.

Members Present:

Raphael Crowley, Claudia Sealey-Potts, Courtenay McLeland, Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, Chris Gabbard

Members Absent:

Christos Lampropoulos, Parvez Ahmed, Suzanne Ehrlich

Others Attending:

Dan Richard, Director of Faculty Enhancement
  • Approval of the Minutes
    Minutes for the September 27, 2017 meeting were approved.
  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business
    Faculty fellow program review
    Dr. Richard distributed faculty fellow program (FFP) feedback data. Results showed mostly positive feedback (on average, approval ratings of 4.7/5.0) on the fellows’ workshops. Overall, 28 faculty development hours were delivered over 4 workshops.

    Dr. Richard indicated that last year there were 6 FFP applications and two winners. The goal originally was to have a faculty fellow in each college, but (1) there were not enough resources to support this; and (2) there does not appear to be sufficient demand. The possibility of utilizing additional resources, if available, was discussed to some extent. Options included building more incentive to participate (give 2 buyouts instead of just 1); adding more fellows; or a combination of both. Ultimately, the committee appeared to feel that the combination approach may be appropriate.

    Dr. Richard indicate that both Eliza Melissa Barr (BCH) and Brandi Denison (COAS) would be retained as faculty fellows this year. The new FFP call for applications will be during 2018-2019.

    Summer Teaching Institute Review

    Feedback data from the summer teaching institute (STI) were discussed. Data showed average satisfaction ratings of 3.61/4.00. Another RFP will be extended this year, and a subset of FEC members will help review the applications. Last year, this program received 25 applications funded 14. This was discussed in the context of hypothetical additional resources in that there appears to be more demand for the STI than the FFP at the moment.
  • New Business
    Dr. Crowley indicated that in the past month, he had met with faculty development stakeholders including Gordon Rakita (ITS), Dan Richard (OFE), Judy Ochrietor (Research Council), and Deb Miller (CIRT,DLC) about the faculty development structure at UNF (note – David Fenner was supposed to attend the meeting, but he was unable to make it). The discussion focused on whether or not there was interest in doing “something” to help improve faculty development at UNF. The stakeholders agreed that there was interest. It was suggested that the FEC develop a document that could be reviewed by the Executive Committee (and eventually the Faculty Association) with recommendations about how to best advocate for faculty development at UNF. As a first step, the FEC spent the balance of this meeting developing strengths/weakness associated with the current structure. This issue will be revisited at the next meeting.
  • Other Discussions/Announcement
    None
  • Adjournment & Next Meeting
    The meeting adjourned at 2:55 PM.

    Next meeting time/date November 15, 3:00 PM