Teaching Improvement Council
Spring Meeting Minutes
April 6, 2000
1. Update on
Strategic Plan: Completing the Process
(Discussion about UTIC's proposed name change)
2. Update on UTIC Activities and Programs
(Spring Conference, Faculty College, Department Chairs Workshop)
3. Elections of Executive Committee Members
4. Discussion of Newer Initiatives
(Faculty Development Day, Mid-Career Faculty Initiative)
Present: Dick Berke,
Diane Bywaters, Lori Carrell, Linda Carpenter, Tony Ciccone, Julie Furst-Bowe,
Jerry Greenfield, Mary Hampton, Doug Johnson, Nan Jordahl, Marty Loy,
Penny Lyter, Renee Meyer, Ron Mickel, Dan Riordan, Erika Sander, Denise
Scheberle, Tim Sewall, John Stone, Antonia Schleicher, Kay Taube, Greg
Valde, Don Weber
Absent: Hal Bertilson, Bill Cerbin, Charles Collins, Cindy Graham,
Cathy Helgeland, Sherrie Nicol, Bob Skloot, Greg Wise
Staff: Lisa Kornetsky,
Donna Silver, Rebecca Karoff, Holly Loomis, Tammy Kempfert
Guest: Steve Bialek
- Update on Strategic Plan:
Completing the Process
Doug Johnson, UTICís Chair, called the annual Spring Meeting to
order at 1:20 p.m., and led meeting participants in brief introductions.
He then initiated discussion
of UTICís ongoing Strategic Planning process, which will near completion
with the Councilís approval of the revised Mission and Vision Statements,
and of UTICís proposed name change. Steve Bialek, an Academic Planner
with the Office of Academic Affairs who was invited to serve as facilitator
for this discussion, asked Council members for their reaction to the
revised documents. Debate immediately ensued over the two proposed new
names for UTIC -- the Office of Professional and Instructional Development
(OPID) and the Office of Advancement in Teaching and Learning
(OATL). Elements of this discussion follow:
Dick Berke voiced misgivings
about both names, noting the absence of the word Council..
UTIC Director Lisa Kornetsky
explained that, among the many new names considered, the Executive
Committee consciously opted for Office over Council.
The Committee believes that Office better clarifies the function
of UTIC as it has evolved and that, while the Council remains integral
to its function, it is only one part of the entity.
Rebecca Karoff, UTIC Communications
Coordinator, added that the Executive Committee preferred Office
to its alternatives because, with a new Vice President soon to be
named to the Office of Academic Affairs, Office better positions
UTIC on a par with other offices within UW System Administration.
In light of Lisaís and
Rebeccaís comments, Dan Riordan questioned the infrequent mention
of the Council in the new Mission and Vision Statements. He noticed
that the Council received mention only once in the document, and only
in the last paragraph. Lisa responded that changing the name from
Council to Office was not an attempt to elevate the
status of the staff but rather to push for more visibility for UTIC.
She added that she would continue to push for an autonomous budget,
apart from the Office of Academic Affairs.
Tony Ciccone called attention
to two further changes in the language of the proposed names: first,
he noted the elimination of the word Improvement from the title,
which he described as operating from a preconceived deficit; and second,
he mentioned that the proposed names no longer contained the word
Undergraduate, which allows for UTIC to become more generally
involved in System programs. He recognized, however, that the shift
from the words Council to Office was the main concern
for members in attendance.
Erika Sander suggested
that the Council actually acts like a Board (e.g., the Humane Society
Board, to which she belongs), whereby the Council provides the general
direction for the groupís activities, but the staff has the expertise
to carry them out. She believes the name Office will enhance
UTICís visibility, and that it makes sense for System and for the
ways System communicates and operates with its constituents. Renee
Meyer added that, politically and strategically, Office makes
Summarizing the comments
made thus far, Steve observed that members wanted the Council itself
to retain its visibility. He added that, conceptually, the new structure
could be considered UTICís Office of Instructional and Professional
Doug noted that the Council
itself could adopt a new name, and Don Weber suggested the Professional
and Instructional Development Council as one option.
Dick Berke offered the
word Institute as an alternative to the word Office.
However, Doug said that the Executive Committee had already considered
Institute, along with a host of other descriptions. Office,
he said, was chosen deliberately, to enhance UTICís influence within
the Office of Academic Affairs.
Donna Silver, UTICís Assistant
Director, referred the Council to Page 6 of the revised Mission and
Vision Statements, which she said offered an accurate description
of how the Council has evolved and has been operating for approximately
five years, primarily as a liaison between UW System and its campuses.
Tony Ciccone then directed
the Council to Page 1 of the Mission and Vision Statements. The first
section, he said, conveys OPIDís "office-like" functions.
But the second section, titled "OPIDís Guiding Principles,"
are values and assumptions implicit to the Council. He suggested revising
the first sentence of the section to make more explicit the Councilís
role. The Council generally agreed that sentence should read, "The
Office, through its Council, operates on the following assumptions
and values Ö"
Kay Taube asked for Lisaís
recommendations on moving the meeting forward. Lisa advised the Council
to consider the two proposed names, so that staff could present the
Mission and Vision Statements to Senior Vice President Dave Ward.
Linda Carpenter stated
that the name OPID is more reflective of what UTIC currently does,
because its activities and interests are much broader than simply
teaching and learning (as in OATL). Both names reflect the outcome
of what we want our programs to do, which is to advance teaching and
Denise Scheberle supported
either name but felt that the name OATL better suits UTICís mission
to advocate for improved teaching and learning. She said that the
Faculty Development Council, in place at UW-Green Bay, has confused
some faculty members who might not understand what Faculty Development
Antonia Schleicher observed
that the word instructional (as in OPID) does in fact mean
teaching and learning, and thus advocated the name OPID. Erika Sander,
Mary Hampton, and Linda Carpenter also voiced support for changing
UTICís name to OPID. Dan Riordan preferred OATL.
Steve indicated that general
consensus seemed to favor changing UTICís name to OPID, as well as
revising the Mission Statement to make the Councilís role more explicit.
Tim Sewall proposed the Council formalize the new name by putting
the matter to a vote. Erika Sander moved to vote that UTIC be renamed
OPID (and its Council). By show of hands, 18 members approved the
change, and 1 did not. There were no abstentions.
Before leaving the meeting,
Steve stated his approval of the name change and the rewording of the
Mission and Vision document, his main reservation being the workload
it may generate for UTIC staff. Lisa replied that the changes will actually
consolidate her duties in many ways.
2. Update on UTIC Activities
Following the vote over UTICís
name change, Lisa proposed the Council take a short break. The meeting
reconvened at 2:50, with Lisa initiating updates of upcoming UTIC Programs:
3. Elections of Executive
Three Council members had
re-nominated themselves for the three open Executive Committee slots.
Lisa called for additional nominations from the floor, to which no one
responded. Erika Sander then moved that the Council vote for the three
nominees -- Greg Valde, Tim Sewall, and Cathy Helgeland -- en masse.
Antonia Schleicher seconded the nomination. The Council unanimously
elected the three nominees to the Executive Committee.
Doug Johnson was the only
nomination put forward to chair the Executive Committee and was also
voted in by acclamation.
Rebecca then called attention
to the Councilís Operating Procedures, which the vote by acclamation
had just disregarded in not putting the election to ballot. Donna suggested
the acclamation process be used when Committee seats are unopposed.
Rebecca asked for objections, and none were raised. The Operating Procedures
will be amended to include such a procedure for unopposed seats.
4. Discussion of Newer
Faculty Development Day
Lisa informed the Council
of UTICís newly established Faculty Development listserv, which was
set up in response to feedback from Faculty Development Day. She encouraged
all Reps who did not attend the event to subscribe to the list. She
also provided a list of possible topics on which to focus for future
Faculty Development Days, and announced an increase in available funds
for UTICís Faculty Development Day initiative, which may allow for speaker
Doug noted that the event
emphasized the uniqueness of each campus and their different needs regarding
professional development. Donna suggested the Council experiment with
different formats for Faculty Development Day that would meet these
Mid-Career Faculty Initiative
The Council took time to
read a draft of the Mid-Career Faculty Initiative. A discussion of the
Initiative raised the following themes for future consideration:
- The proposed use of
tracks. Some suggested choosing one theme or track per year. Others
felt that a commitment to teaching was a common enough theme.
- The selection process.
In order to ensure fairness, it was suggested that the UTIC staff
consider the nominations rather than the Provosts.
- The term "Mid-Career."
Many agreed that UTIC should consider a new title, as they felt "mid-career"
carried negative connotations.
- The actual needs of
Mid-Career faculty. Council members voiced the importance of
promoting the program as a reward rather than as remedial training.
They also recognized that the program could not possibly serve all
mid-career faculty, particularly those who suffer from career exhaustion
or "burn-out." They acknowledged that some faculty would
have lifestyle conflicts, and debated the necessity of a five day
- The amount of the award.
Variations of the projected $1000 stipend provided by System, with
matches coming from each campus, were suggested: Provosts could supply
expenses rather than matching funds; provosts could offer a course
release; awards could be offered in conjunction with sabbaticals;
teams of scholars could be sent to national conferences; or the scholars
could end their experience with Faculty college.
Lisa encouraged Council members
to continue sending their responses to the staff as this Initiative
evolves. Tony Ciccone suggested the Reps specifically consider three
themes or tracks for the Institute for the next three years.
Before concluding the meeting,
Lisa reminded the Council that Dave Ward would present the final version
of the Mission and Vision Statements at the next Provostsí Meeting. She
expected to inaugurate the new name sometime in August.
Don Weber asked the Council
to recognize Dick Berke, who will retire from System soon, for his years
of service to UTIC. Lisa also suggested that Council members show their
appreciation to Vice President Sharon James, also retiring this Spring,
for her continued support of UTIC programs.
The meeting adjourned at 4:45