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OPID Spring 2007 Meeting

J.F. Friedrick Center, Madison
April 27, 2007


PresentPresent:  Terry Beck, Linda Carpenter, Theresa Castor, Bill Cerbin, Nancy Chick, Tony Ciccone, Linda Freed, Rodd Freitag, Suzanne Griffith, Regan Gurung, Wava Haney, Rich Hartel, Jane Henderson, Anne Hoel, Molly Immendorf, Doug Johnson, Nan Jordahl, John Koker, Tom LoGuidice, Amy Mangrich, Renee Meyers, Jim Robinson, Susie Sandrin, Greg Valde

Absent: Steve Bondeson, Scott Emmons, Jane Ewens, Robert Kase, Dick Klawiter, Lisa Larson, Tim Sewall, Kay Taube

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

Guests: Aaron Brower, George Smith, Steve Friedman

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

MOTION: Doug Johnson made a motion to seat the identified substitutes so that they would be able to vote on behalf of their absent colleagues during the OPID Council Elections. Suzanne Griffith seconded.  Motion passed.

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

  • System Update.  Lisa expressed optimism over OPID’s future, but expressed concerns about budget autonomy.  OPID needs to be able to effectively demonstrate its successes, especially in light of a new Senior Vice President starting this summer.  She asked Tony Ciccone, who is currently on the search and screen committee for the new Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, to provide an update.  He reported that the search is moving as scheduled and there should be someone in the position as of June 1.
  • OPID Spring Conference.  Lisa thanked George Smith and Wava Haney for serving on the Conference Planning Committee.  She encouraged Reps to check the OPID website for conference resources and soon to come photographs.  She also mentioned that this is where the action plan results will eventually be posted:
  • Faculty College.  Reps were encouraged to promote Faculty College among their colleagues where OPID did not receive the maximum number of nominees.  Because some institutions failed to send us 4 nominees OPID was able to accept all the alternates who had been nominated.
  • Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars.  Lisa reported that Nancy Chick will be the new Director of the Scholars program, and that with this change OPID will be re-thinking the format of the Fellows and Scholars programs.  She thanked Tony Ciccone, the former Director of the Scholars program, for everything he has done over the years, not only as the Director but for UTIC/OPID.  She reported that next year Tony will be the Senior Scholar and Director of the Carnegie SoTL Program.  She wished him well on behalf of the entire Council.
  • CASTL Leadership Team.  The Council was reminded by Lisa that OPID and the UW System Leadership Site have been designated as a Cluster / Leadership team for CASTL (Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning).  The goal of this team is to explore how we can learn from each other in doing SoTL work at the system level.  To that end, Wisconsin is working collaboratively with 4 other Systems (60 institutions all told).  The next year will involve identifying themes for collaborative exploration.  Right now, possible areas appear to be assessment, rewards systems, and the development of systemwide programs.
  • OPID Planning for Next Year.  Lisa provided the following outline and encouraged Reps to provide feedback via our listserve.
    • This summer the Executive Committee with work on creating a three-year strategic plan for OPID where they will consider the following:
      • Restructuring/exploring the make-up of the Council
        • Role of Academic Staff Reps
        • Distinction between Administrative and Faculty Reps
      • Developing measurable outcomes, which would in turn help OPID control its budget, especially when it comes to funding out-sourced programs such as the Lesson Study Project and the Leadership Site.
      • OPID’s Grant Programs
        • There was some discussion here on recipients including meta tags in their final reports to help OPID place reports on the web.
        • Council members requested that we cross list reports with the Faculty Development Project.
        • Nancy Chick mentioned that the Fellows and Scholars will be using the KEEP Toolkit to report out on their projects and that this might serve as a model for future grant reports.
    • Continued support of the Lesson Study Project, Leadership Site
    • Developing and focusing on our role as lead for the CASTL Leadership Team
      • This project puts us in the national and international spotlight in leading the way in promoting SoTL.
      • It better positions us for a future Teaching and Learning DIN.
    • Instead of planning a large conference for next spring, Lisa proposed doing smaller workshops which would focus on specific themes.  She gave the following examples:
      • Lesson Study:  A meeting for existing teams to share their work—possibly a train-the-trainers workshop.
      • UTLG Grants Follow-up: bring recipients together to report on the progress of their grants and assist them in moving forward with their projects.
      • Developmental Math and English Workshop: focus on pedagogy and the teaching and learning issues to which would help give instructors the tools they need in working with at-risk students.
      • Liberal Arts Initiative: partner on an event with those working on this System initiative.
    • Develop a Speakers Bureau: OPID would take the lead in developing this system resource and work with the larger Office of Academic Affairs in making this a reality.

Discussion of Academic Affairs:  This discussion is summarized in the attached document.

Campus Updates:
Regan Gurung and Jim Robinson facilitated this discussion.  Prior to the Council meeting, OPID reps were asked to submit an update from their campus that would be of interest to the Council.  (This document is attached.  Please Note:  If you did not submit your update electronically, please send your comments to Donna,, and she will add it to the compilation.)  The following two guests were asked to present their updates:

  • Aaron Brower, UW-Madison, reported that he is the new Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning.  His campus is using the AAC&U’s LEAP Outcomes:
    In this position, his hope is to find a way to give coherence to the multiple Teaching and Learning / Professional Development programs that exist on the Madison campus.
  • UW-Platteville’s George Smith spoke about his project using student feedback to develop a practical workshop for faculty on how to communicate.

We adjourned for lunch.

MOTION:  Lisa Kornetsky moved that the Council dispense with the faculty/administrative/at-large categories in the election for positions on the Executive Committee.  George Smith seconded.  Motion passed.

MOTION:  Doug Johnson, after withdrawing from the election slate, moved that the remaining nominees be voted in by acclamation.  Tony Ciccone seconded.  Motion passed.

The Council voted by acclamation to elect Regan Gurung, Jim Robinson, and Nancy Chick to serve for two years on the OPID Executive Committee.

Lisa thanked Doug for all his work as Chair of the Council.  Wava Haney requested that the Council consider creating a seat on the Executive Committee for the position of past Chair.

MOTION:  Nan Jordahl moved that the Executive Committee create such a seat for Doug.  Suzanne Griffith seconded.  Donna offered a friendly amendment that the Council recommend to the Executive Committee that they consider creating a slot for the past chair.  Renee Meyers seconded.  Motion passed.

Doug nominated John Koker for the Chair of the Executive Committee.  Wava seconded.  John accepted the nomination.  Doug called for the nominations to be closed.  Wava seconded.  Motion passed.

Doug called for a vote of acclamation for John as Chair.  Wava seconded.  Motion passed.  John Koker was elected to serve a two-year term as Chair of the OPID Executive Committee and Chair of the Council.

Campus Updates:
Regan Gurung and Jim Robinson continued to facilitate this discussion.  They cited the following recurrent themes they gleaned from the attached summary document:

  • Structures and funding of Teaching and Learning programs vary across institutions.
  • Many campuses provided an update on either their first year programs/initiatives or student engagement programs.
  • Assessment: this topic produced a lengthy discussion about the importance of understanding what assessment means in terms of student learning.  UW-Stout’s model is one where assessment of student learning is used to provide developmental feedback to instructors and is not tied to the retention, tenure and promotion process.  Council members sited how useful the Barbara Walvoord workshops were that OPID sponsored last year.  She helped instructors and deans appreciate that assessment of this nature is already being done, and that the real issue is how to best represent what is already happening in the classroom, department, program, college and university.

NSSE Discussion:
Lisa introduced this portion of the meeting, explaining that her goal was not only to learn from Council members about what the UW System should be doing around NSSE data, but also to hear how this data is being used at their institutions.

She then introduced David Blough from the Office of Policy Analysis and Research.  David explained that OPAR uses this data to help report out to the campuses, the Wisconsin State Legislature and the federal government about enrollment, financial aid, and pre-college statistics.  He also spoke about how NSSE data is used in the System Accountability Report: “Achieving Excellence”

Council members discussed the problems that some of them are having with this information not being made available to them at their institutions.

Lisa asked for ideas for possible follow-up faculty development activities on teaching and learning based on the NSSE.  Council members were interested in the possibility for OPID and OPAR to help provide a venue to help create common questions related to professional development and broader teaching and learning issues.  They felt it would be useful to provide a workshop to help faculty developers learn how to mine the data provided by NSSE.  Lisa asked for Council members to volunteer to be part of a working group to follow through with these recommendations.

The Council adjourned for the day.

– Submitted by Donna Silver

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