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OPID Fall 2006 Meeting

Pyle Center, Madison
September 29-39, 2006


Present:  Terry Beck, Mo Bishof, Steve Bondeson, Linda Carpenter, Theresa Castor, Bill Cerbin, Nancy Chick, Tony Ciccone, Scott Emmons, Jane Ewens, Linda Freed, Rodd Freitag, Suzanne Griffith, Wava Haney, Rich Hartel, Jane Henderson, Molly Immendorf, Doug Johnson, Nan Jordahl, Lisa Larson, Katina Lazarides, Robert Kase, Dick Klawiter, John Koker, Tom LoGuidice, Renee Meyers, Dan Riordan, Jim Robinson, Susie Sandrin, Tim Sewall, John Stone, Kay Taube,

Absent: Regan Gurung, Amy Mangrich, Greg Valde,

Staff: Lisa Kornetsky, Director; Donna Silver, Assistant Director

Guests: Denise Clark and Lisa Beckstrand, Inclusivity Initiative, Helen Klebasadel, Women’s Studies Consortium, Greg Lampe, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UW-Colleges

OPID’s Fall Meeting convened at 10:00 a.m. with a word of welcome from Doug Johnson, OPID Chair.  Doug then had members introduce themselves. 

Lisa Kornetsky, OPID Director, updated the Council on the following issues/activities:

  • System Update.  Our work on SoTL has given both OPID and the Leadership Site increased national visibility.   Thanks to Senior Vice President, Cora Marrett, for relaying our good press and recognition (via Carnegie) to those within UW System Administration. 
    • Cora has accepted another position and at this point we are uncertain about what this means for OPID.  However, budget wise OPID is in a good position, with no cuts on the horizon. 
    • System is updating/re-writing policies.  Lisa alerted Council members that she may be calling on them for assistance as she takes the lead in re-writing the Faculty Development policy, which was last written in 1992.
    • Lastly, Lisa urged the Council to contact the appropriate groups back at their home institutions to provide them with feedback regarding criminal background checks and disciplinary actions policies.
  • Wisconsin Teaching Fellows/Scholars Program.  The call for nominations for these programs was sent out via email to Council members.  Often good candidates are not in the “Professional Development” loop, so it is important for OPID Reps to get the word out on their campuses. 
    • ACTION: It is the OPID Reps responsibility to recruit good faculty and academic staff for these award-winning programs
    • Scholar Director Search. Lisa thanked Tony Ciccone for his many years as the program’s director and reported that the search is underway; the deadline for applications is Oct. 1.  The plan is that a new director will be selected by mid-November.  
  • NTLF.  Lisa encouraged reps to utilize this one-year subscription to this handy on-line resource. If reps have any difficulty with accessing the newsletter they should contact James Rhem directly. Donna brought several fliers for the periodical Teaching Professor which is another resource that new faculty and faculty development centers might find useful.
  • Department Chairs.  Lisa was interested in hearing from reps about how they were following up on last year’s Regional workshops with Barbara Walvrood.  While OPID is no longer doing these workshops, this year, the UW System Office of General Counsel is hosting three regional workshops for department chairs. These will be held on October 18, 2006, at UW-Whitewater; October 30, 2006, at UW-Eau Claire; and November 8, 2006, at UW-Stevens Point.
  • Faculty Developers Project.  OPID is looking for a Council rep to take over the Faculty Developers Project.  This would mean maintaining and updating the website; identifying themes or best practices for several white papers; and possibly support a Faculty Developers listserve and or host a meeting which would focus on one specific topic. The stipend would be $1,000.00. 
  • Grants.  Donna reported that the next call for Conference Development Grants is due in the OPID office on November 11.  Administrative reps were reminded that it is their responsibility to sign off on these grants before they are sent on to OPID.  They were also encouraged to go over the budgets and to make sure the grants comply with the guideline criteria.  Lisa explained the UTLG grants will be linked to the OPID Spring Conference as competitive follow-up grants.  More details on these grants will be forth coming as planning for the conference gets underway.
    • ACTION: Lisa encouraged OPID Reps to be creative as they seek out faculty and staff on their campus to apply for these funds.
  • Lesson Study Grants.  Bill Cerbin announced that this year OPID is making funds available for lesson study training grants of up to $1,500.  More information about Lesson Study Groups can be found at: .
    • ACTION:  OPID Reps should contact Bill regarding any questions about these grants.    Applications should be submitted to Bill Cerbin by Friday, October 9, 2006.
  • Faculty CollegeDonna reported that planning for Faculty College 2007 is well underway.  Two of the four workshop leaders have been identified and they are Craig Nelson, from Indiana University and Renee Meyers from UW-Milwaukee.  Our keynote speaker will be Carol Geary Schneider, current President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  A sign-up sheet for Faculty College observers and also one for additional speaker suggestions was circulated among the reps.
  • OPID Spring Conference.     Lisa explained that we will be spending a large portion of tomorrow’s meeting fleshing out this conference.  In the meantime she referred reps to the draft proposal and explained that on Thursday, March 22, she hopes to have three pre-conference workshops as well as the final Fellows and Scholars meeting.  The conference itself would start on the morning of Friday, March 23rd and run through Saturday lunch.  The goal of the conference is to be provocative and idea generating for campus teams.  The intent is to connect faculty, students and student services staff in a meaningful experiences.  Currently we are thinking of having a number of interactive workshop/ plenary sessions.  Elizabeth Barkley, from Foothills College has already agreed to open the conference; we are still awaiting word from Denis Jacobs, Notre Dame.  Other plenary sessions might include, Barbara Lawton, Lt. Governor as an after dinner speaker, and then a panel made up of a Chancellor, Provost and Regent.

Strategic Plan.  This portion of the meeting focused on OPID’s proposed new strategic directions.  Lisa explained that the OPID Executive Committee was trying to address the issue of “how do we know we are enhancing student learning?” and “can we measure how we are advancing the practice of teaching and learning?”
The next step in this process is to write a series of outcomes for our strategic directions. 

  • Lisa mentioned that OPID’s 30th anniversary is next year which makes it all the more important to document our impact and make it public.
  • ACTION:  Lisa requested that Council members provide input to the OPID staff once they receive the latest version of this plan in order to make this a meaningful document which will guide OPID’s future directions.
  • ACTION:  Renee encouraged reps to go back to their campus and forward the survey on SOTL impact to relevant faculty and staff.  She can aggregate this data for each institution and gave OPID reps a Nov. 1, deadline.
  • Another element of this plan is that it reflects that OPID is moving to a Distributed Leadership Model.  This shift has been supported by OPID’s grant monies.

CASTL (Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Update.  Renee explained that the first meeting of this group will take place at the ISSoTL conference in November.  UW System will be working with five other systems.  Lisa’s hope is that we will be able to set up a distributed leadership model with these systems.  The UW System team members are Renee Meyers, Lisa Kornetsky, Greg Lampe, Lillian Tong and Regan Gurung.

Future Directions.  Lisa outlined several possible directions for OPID.  These include working with the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) data and tying it into Faculty Development activities.
She also mentioned connecting issues of remediation and student success to professional development.
Another challenge is how OPID might connect with the various Diversity Initiatives which were presented in the afternoon session.

We adjourned for lunch
Role of OPID Reps facilitated by Nancy Chick. 
This lively session had the Council divide up in teams so that they could brainstorm creative ideas for how best to fulfill their roles.  Her focus was on communications, outreach and advocacy.  Nancy promised to collate the information and share her results on the listserve.

Campus Updates.
Each institution provided the Council with an update of their institution’s Professional Development activities. Given all the activity throughout the UW System and the burgeoning number of Teaching and Learning Centers it appears that Professional Development is valued and supported at the institutional level.

Diversity Panel.
Panelist included:  Helen Klebesadel, who discussed the Women’s Studies Consortium and provided an update on the Status of Women; Susie Sandrin, described the Women in Science program; Greg Lampe spoke about the UW Colleges’ self-study which is part of the Equity Scorecard; and Denise Clark talked about the Inclusivity Initiative.  After a brief presentation there was plenty of time for questions, answers and discussion. OPID reps were encourage to meet with the individuals on at their home institutions who are involved in these various groups to see connections and links can be fostered when it comes to professional development.

The Council adjourned for the day at 4:15  p.m. 

The Council reconvened on Saturday, September 30th at 8:30 a.m.

Opening Session.
Craig Wendorf from UW-Stevens Points facilitated a workshop: “College and Classroom Expectations: Are Millennial Students Different?” It was clear from the materials presented and the discussion that followed that faculty need to examine and recognize their own biases and values as they try to understand the millennial student.

Spring Conference brainstorming session.
The Fall meeting ended with Council members breaking up into small groups to discuss the following:

  • The connection between SoTL and the First Year Experience
  • What format would work with a diverse audience
  • How do we market the conference
  • Suggestions for a conference title

Groups wrote out the highlights of their discussions on flip charts the OPID staff will have those compiled and forward them to the Conference Planning Committee.

Groups reported out during lunch and the meeting adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

– Submitted by Donna Silver

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