OPID SPRING MEETING
J.F. Friedrick Center, UW-Madison
Present: Diane Bywaters, Linda Carpenter, Susan Cramer, Jane Ewens, Julie Furst-Bowe, Mary Hampton, Cathy Helgeland, Doug Johnson, Nan Jordahl, Greg Lampe, Ronald Mickel, Renee Meyers, Melissa Nelsen, John Stone, Erika Sander, Hal Schlais, Antonia Schleicher, Tim Sewall, Kay Taube, Greg Valde, David Zeirath (for Thomas LoGuidice)
Absent: Bill Cerbin, Tony Ciccone, Gerald Greenfield, Marty Loy, Penny Lyter, Dan Riordan, Denise Scheberle, Robert Skloot, Kayt Sunwood, David Van Buren, Greg Wise
Staff: Lisa Kornetsky, Donna Silver, Rebecca Karoff
The Spring Meeting convened at 1:20 p.m. with member introductions. Jane Ewens was introduced as the Director of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Program. Susan Cramer announced that UW-Oshkosh has hired someone to replace Don Weber.
Announcements and Updates:
Lisa Kornetsky queried the Council on the timing of the Spring Meeting for next year, specifically on the question of whether we should link it to our annual Spring Conference. Varying opinions were voiced, with many people saying that they liked the idea of linking it and felt it facilitated participation by Reps at the Spring Conference. What the Reps disliked, however, was having two Thursday meetings in one semester with many people saying that the February OPID/LTDC/EMTC meeting being difficult to make if they were also planning to come to the March meeting. The Executive Committee will take this up more formally.
The Council was updated on Faculty College.
There was some confusion about the LTDC/OPID/EMTC February meeting follow-up, which entailed a request for information on the relationships the Reps from these various groups had with each other. The OPID Staff will re-send the request via email so that Council members will have an opportunity to respond.
Lisa provided an update on the current status of the search for the Senior Vice President and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Office of Academic Affairs hopes to have a new Senior Vice President by July 1 and a new Associate Vice President by the end of April. She also expressed some concern about the impending budget cuts and what they might mean for OPID.
She reminded the Council of the OPID Spring Conference, beginning the following day.
Donna Silver updated the Council on the new Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Grant Program. Thirty- five proposals were received, and sixteen were funded.
There was a general discussion about the distribution of OPID Talk. It was decided that OPID would work with the administrative representatives on each campus to determine the best route of distribution.
Hal Schlais discussed the LTDC’s most recent Learning Technology Retreat. He mentioned how the LTDC is sending several UW System faculty and staff to workshops at Portland State and Notre Dame. There are also plans for a delegation to visit the University of Georgia. One of the outcomes of the retreat was agreement that the System should serve as an advocate in linking technology to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Lisa notified the Reps that she will collect information from them when OPID writes its report detailing the faculty development/technology structure on each campus. At this point, Lisa mentioned the LTDC would be willing to co-sponsor the 2002 OPID Spring Conference which could focus on the Scholarship of Teaching and Technology. The Council was very enthusiastic about this as a follow-up to this year’s conference.
Rebecca Karoff then led a discussion on the revised OPID Operating Procedures. She explained the new category of Council Affiliate Members, i.e, representatives from other Office of Academic Affairs units who have expressed an interest in what OPID does (e.g., OLIT, OMA, Women’s Studies). Cathy Helgeland reported on a system-wide working group on Academic Staff issues. One of the outcomes of this group was that OPID should have formal academic staff representation. It was therefore decided that two representatives selected from the UW Academic Staff Committee would serve on OPID, beginning in Fall 2001. Rebecca returned to focus on the operating procedures, alerting Council members to the insertion of a two-year term for the chair of the executive committee. Council members seemed satisfied with the revised Operating Procedures; there was no discussion.
There was a brief report on the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Teaching Scholars Programs. Council members reported that the selection process on their campuses went smoothly.
The OPID staff made a sincere effort to solicit other nominations from the floor for the Executive Committee. The staff wants to make sure that Council members know and feel that the Executive Committee is open to new membership, that while we adore all the members who currently serve on it, there is always something to be said for some rotation on this kind of committee. Participation on the EC entails attending about 6 meetings per year, usually in Madison and often tied to other OPID events. Several conference calls are also arranged each year to conduct business as needed. Participation also includes a small perq: beginning in the next fiscal year, each member of the Executive Committee will receive $500 towards attendance at a national faculty development conference or meeting of their choice.
As there were still no nominations from the floor, the election proceeded smoothly of the two individuals who had re-nominated themselves for the two open slots. Following Operating Procedures, the Council voted by voice acclamation for the 2 uncontested positions. Doug Johnson was elected to the 2-year faculty slot; Ron Mickel was elected to the 2-year at-large position. Doug Johnson was the only nomination put forward for Chair of the Executive Committee, and was voted in by voice acclamation.
Small Group Discussions:
The Council members divided into four groups to discuss the Randy Bass and Barbara Cambridge articles that they had read prior to the meeting.
The OPID Reps reconvened as a group to hear reports from UW-Green Bay and UW-Whitewater on their Teaching Scholars Programs.
Discussion on Changing Demographics and Expectations for Junior Faculty:
This segment of the meeting provided for a lively discussion based on an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “The Higher Bar of Earning Tenure: Junior faculty members find that they must publish more and publish quickly” (1/5/01). Most agreed that this trend poses a major obstacle to the practice of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. At the close of the discussion, Lisa asked what OPID—as a system-wide organization—should be doing for new faculty. She mentioned the possibility of a budget DIN in the next biennial budget to deal with the issues surrounding the retention of new faculty.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.
--Submitted by Donna Silver
The Office of Professional & Instructional Development, formerly UTIC, is a part of the Office of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin System.
Last updated: June 21, 2002 .