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Minutes of Meeting

Faculty Enhancement Committee Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:00 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 2:10 PM by co-chair, Raphael Crowley.

Members Present:

Raphael Crowley, Parvez Ahmed, Suzanne Ehrlich, Claudia Sealey-Potts, Courtenay McLeland, Janice Seabrooks-Blackmore, Chris Gabbard

Members Absent:

Christos Lampropoulos

Others Attending:

Dan Richard, Director of OFE

Meeting Minutes

  • Approval of the Minutes

    Minutes for the August 23, 2017 meeting were approved
  • Introductory Remarks/Old Business

    The new Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) mission statement was reviewed. The new OFE motto was originally written as “Experience|Change|Transform” The committee agreed that a better motto would be  “Experience|Engage|Transform” Other than that, everyone agreed with the new mission statement for OFE.


    Dr. Crowley indicated that he had met with Gordon Rakita about the topic of comprehensive faculty development (i.e. teaching, research, and service). Dr. Rakita indicated that this idea was not necessarily “new,” and he agreed with the committee’s conclusion that the discussion needed to include other faculty beyond the Faculty Enhancement Committee.  Dr. Crowley agreed that he would set up such a meeting sometime in the next month. Invited to the meeting will be Judy Ochrietor (Research Council), Deb Miller (Distance Learning Committee), Gordon Rakita (ITS), David Fenner (Faculty Association), and Dan Richard (OFE).


    Most of the meeting focused on an in-depth discussion of faculty development. The venn diagrams developed during 2016-2017 about faculty structure were studied (attached). Several ideas were put forward including:


    1. Doing nothing – leave things how they are
    2. Combining various faculty development services and perform some sort of restructuring
    3. An incentive-based program whereby faculty are given incentive to attend development workshops
    4. A faculty development “tsar” or coordinator who could work with the various faculty development entities under the current structure (or something similar)
    5. A cost-benefit analysis to identify the benefits of a new approach or the current approach
    6. Achieving faculty development through a mentoring program


    Hybrid classes were discussed at length as a large issue in terms of development – particularly because CIRT develops technology, but the (OFE) develops teaching pedagogy.  In the current structure, these shops are separate, but a hybrid classroom requires both technology and classroom pedagogy.


    Ultimately, Dr. Crowley agreed to the meeting mentioned above.  Next time, the discussion’s direction will be dependent on the meeting’s results.


    The balance of the time was spent briefly discussing other agenda items:

    1. Metrics for evaluation of the FFP/STI programs
    2. Recognition for faculty development
    3. Examining the FEC’s charge



  • New Business

  • Other Discussions/Announcement

  • Adjournment & Next Meeting

    The meeting adjourned at 3:00 PM.

    Next meeting will be Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @3:00 PM in the OFE/FA Conference Room.