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UTIC SPRING MEETING

J.F. Friedrick Center, UW-Madison
March 26, 1999

Minutes

Present: Dick Berke, Tony Ciccone, Hal Bertilson, Julie Furst-Bowe, Mary Hampton, Doug Johnson, Cathy Helgeland, Ronald Mickel, Robert Skloot, John Stone (for Richard Lee), Penny Lyter, Thomas Manning, Sherrie Nicol, Erika Sander, Hal Schlais, Tim Sewall, Kay Taube, James Taylor, Greg Valde, Don Weber

Absent: Kathy Ackley, Linda Carpenter, Bill Cerbin, Rene Gratz, Suzanne Griffith, Gerald Greenfield, Nan Jordahl, Kristen Kleinsteiber, Richard Lee, Mike Nicolai, Dan Riordan, Denise Scheberle, Dave Staszak, Crystal L.Voigt

Staff: Lisa Kornetsky, Donna Silver, Holly Loomis

Guest: Greg Wise, UW Extension

The Spring Meeting was convened at 9:15 a.m, with member introductions. Doug Johnson, UTIC Chair, announced to the Council that, after conducting a national search, the UW System Office of Academic Affairs had appointed Lisa Kornetsky as the Director of UTIC.

UTIC Reps. gave reports, updating the Council on campus faculty development activities. Each campus provided fact sheets summarizing their activities.

Lisa reported that the UW System is planning a conference for instructional academic staff that will take place at the end of April. She also reported that the Office of Academic Affairs has hired a new Academic Planner, Steve Bialek, who has set up a new web site on systemwide grants. Lastly, she described a new VC working group with which she will be involved, that will look at issues concerning new faculty. Lisa then passed around a copy of the UTIC inventory and encouraged UTIC members to provide their input on this as well as the UTIC web site in general.

Lisa and Doug provided an update of the Carnegie Teaching Academy’s Campus Program. About 200 campuses have registered to be part of the "conversation" that is currently underway. UTIC has registered, and Lisa, Donna and Doug all attended the American Association for Higher Education’s national conference in March to participate in a Carnegie Campus Program workshop. The Council then viewed a video produced by Carnegie, which explained this five-year project related to the scholarship of teaching. It is clear that there is still no uniform definition of the scholarship of teaching. Tony explained how UW-Milwaukee is approaching the project. His strategy for Milwaukee is to help facilitate a cultural shift where the act of teaching is valued as rigorous intellectual work, and not viewed simply as employing a series of techniques. The Council then pondered how UTIC might be part of this initiative. Lisa encouraged members to continue this conversation on the UTICREP listserve.

Elections:

As there were no nominations from the floor, and there were only 7 individuals who had nominated themselves for the 7 open slots, the Council agreed to vote by acclamation for all 7 individuals at once. On the Executive Committee, Doug Johnson was elected to the 2-year faculty slot, Ron Mickel was elected to the 2-year at-large position, Greg Valde was elected to the 1-year faculty slot, and Cathy Helgeland was elected to the 1-year at-large position. On the Personnel Committee, Tim Sewall was elected to the 2-year at-large position, Hal Bertilson was elected for the 2-year faculty position, and Don Weber was elected to the 1-year administrative slot. Doug Johnson was the only nomination put forward to chair the Executive Committee and was voted in by acclamation. Tim Sewall was likewise the only nomination put forward to chair the Personnel Committee and was also voted into office by acclamation of the entire Council.

After the elections, the Council discussed the UTIC Strategic Planning Process. Working in small groups, Council members answered such questions as: which constituent groups should UTIC consult in this process; how should council members be involved; and what ideas would help redefine goals, strategies and outcomes for this planning process? Each group filled out a form with these questions on it, the answers to which will help to guide the executive committee as they consider this project. The general feeling of Council members was that we should be visionary. This discussion continued after lunch, with each group reporting back on their responses.

Committee Reports:

Grants Committee

The Committee spent most of its time going over the guidelines, which will be rewritten and reissued this spring. They discussed the possibility of modifying the current thematic foci to include a more explicit reference to the Diversity Plan 2008. After listening to the UTIG observer’s report, which addressed the important faculty development component of the review process, it was concluded that the streamlined review procedure implemented this past year, should continue for next year.

Student Learning Committee

After an update on UTIC’s Spring Conference, "Teaching for Learning: From Theory to Practice," the Committee discussed ideas for the spring conference in 2000, as well as other initiatives this committee might pursue.

Diversity Committee

This Committee had a fruitful discussion about the types of initiatives UTIC could focus on related to Diversity. Central to these was the idea that UTIC could serve as a clearinghouse for what is happening around the UW System, as well as a resource providing information on relevant textbooks, journals and pedagogies for infusing diversity into the curriculum.

Technology Committee

The two members of this committee felt it might be time for the Technology Committee to dissolve and have its members bring the issues surrounding technology into the other UTIC committees. Hal Schlais would continue to update the Council at large on the activities of the LTDC. Hal encouraged Council members to think how best to leverage a professional development component into the Curricular Redesign Grant Program.

Professional Development Committee

This Committee reviewed the status of the various UTIC programs, focusing on plans for next fall’s Department Chairs Workshop. They also looked at some new issues they would like to address in the future, such as the needs of faculty at different career phases.

New Business:

Most of the new business items were addressed in the morning session of the meeting. Thus, the meeting was adjourned after the committees reported out at 3:35pm.

Committee Minutes

UTIC Technology Committee

Members Present: Kay Taube, Chair. Hal Schlais, UWSA.

K. Taube agreed to contact Dan Riorden, who has not submitted notes from the fall 1998 meeting. Since no notes were available, they were not approved. Taube agreed to take notes for this meeting.

H. Schlais suggested publishing information about future technology conferences and events of interest on the UTIC/LDTC websites. Information about due dates for proposals to present or submission of abstracts would also be listed.

In discussing the future of the committee, Taube suggested that both diversity and technology might be integrated into the functions of the other (Grants, Student Learning, Professional Development) committees; both diversity and technology would no longer exist as free-standing committees. Hal/Kay would make announcements of technology-related events or topics of interest to all UTIC members (systemwide initiatives, grants, budget items, etc.) at the beginning of each meeting.  If the technology committee is to continue to exist, a major role should be more clearly defined. In particular, relationships between the LTDC and UTIC’s Technology Committee need clearer definition.

Strategic Planning question, based on Technology Committee discussion:

What role, relationships, and responsibilities should/will UTIC assume for technology-assisted learning?

Submitted by Kay Taube

Professional Development Committee

Members Present: Lisa Kornetsky, Tim Sewall, Mary Hampton, Greg Wise, Cathy Helgeland, and John Stone. 

John Stone volunteered to take minutes. Minutes for the Fall meeting were missing and, hence, not approved.

Lisa Kornetsky made the following announcements:

The Spring 1999 UTIC Conference, "Teaching for Learning: From Theory to Practice," slated for April 9-10, is up and ready to go. There are currently 200 individuals pre-registered for the event, with more anticipated to register on-site.

The Wisconsin Teaching Fellows for 1999-2000 have been named. Issues remain to be addressed for upcoming years (e.g., what is the specific purpose of the program?; what guidelines should be developed to help campuses determine participant compensation?).

The Department Chairs Workshop, inherited by UTIC 3 years ago, was once again successful. Some question remains as to whether this program should continue to fall exclusively under the responsibility of UTIC. There is a plan to explore having one set of workshops focus on legal issues, and to be sponsored and presented by the UW-System Office of Academic Affairs. A second set of workshops on leadership issues for Chairs would be sponsored by UTIC.

Members of the group endorsed this plan and one member noted that it was recently reported that the length of appointment for a chair is 3.5 years. Strategies to increase this length of tenure are strongly encouraged. Other members suggested a codified set of practices and criteria for evaluating department chairs, as there seems to be widespread discrepancies in how (and if) such evaluation is done. It was also suggested that UTIC explore offering Incubator Workshops for potential department chairs.

Faculty College is set for 1999. Marinette will be remodeled in the year 2000. UTIC is exploring holding the 2000 Faculty College at UW-Richland Center, or UW-Baraboo. The "scholarship of teaching" was proposed as a theme for the 2000 Faculty College.

The Career Stages Initiatives is looking at a focus on mid-career faculty, which seems prudent given the demographic profile of UW System faculty. Lisa K. noted that, based on dialogues with other system

administrators, finding links between extramural and intramural funding to support the increased use of instructional technology by this demographic group seemed natural.

(Note: Stone's oral description of this to members at the full Council meeting was, evidently, less than clear. At least one mid-career faculty emerged with frightful visions of two electrodes and a car battery as the means of reinvigorating his career.)

A discussion among members of the group about strategic planning for UTIC concluded the meeting. Lisa K. noted that UTIC must assess all projects with a cost vs. benefit balance in mind. Programs that tend to attract many people tend to have short-term change effects. Programs with the most intense effect on improving instruction tend to be costly and involve the fewest number of individuals. It was noted that more effective means of assessing the outcomes of UTIC programs need to be developed.

The discussion focused on ideas for intensifying the impact of UTIC events on individual campuses. An "infection" metaphor was proposed. Questions remain about how to best implement such a thing.

Submitted by John F. Stone

Grants Committee

Members Present: Doug Johnson, Charlotte Stokes, Don Weber and Julie Furst Bowe

The 1999-2000 UTIG Grant Guidelines and Call for Proposals were reviewed. According to C. Stokes, who served as an observer for this past year’s process, there were some areas of concern. One was the budget page and the manner in which fringe benefits should be counted. The language regarding "letters of support" should also be clarified. This is particularly true of grants that involve a substantial amount of technology. The thematic focuses were reviewed. It was suggested that in addition to stated themes, the committee also accept proposals that address issues included in the strategic plans of specific campuses. The revised review process and role of the "team leaders" were discussed. Should team leaders be able to discuss grants from their campuses? It was suggested that applicants send 8-10 copies of their proposal. The Rating sheet was also reviewed. It was suggested that it be set up so it can be filled out in an electronic format.

Submitted by Julie Furst Bowe

Student Learning Committee

Present: Richard Burke (Chair), Donna Silver, Greg Valde, Penny Lyter, Tom Manning

Donna summarized the minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes were approved.

Donna reported on some schedule changes for this April's conference, due to the death of Tom Creed. She also reported that 200 people are registered to date.  There was a discussion of preliminary plans for next year's conference. John Gardner was suggested as a possible keynote speaker. Donna will investigate his availability. There was general agreement that next year's conference should have strands of themes. The following were offered as possible themes:

1. Service Learning

2. Best Practices

3. General Education

4. The Engaged Academy

5. The Scholarship of Teaching

6. Technology and Learning (Distance Education)

7. Diversity.

It was agreed that the next planning session would be via conference call.  The Committee devoted much of the time to identifying topics for the strategic planning process. The following are among the ideas discussed:

1. Continue the Student Learning Conference; encourage long-term projects.
2. Establish a journal on the scholarship of teaching.
3. Explore external funding sources to support the scholarship of teaching.
4. Investigate ways to raise the status of teaching on our campuses.
5. Encourage the development of Teaching/Learning Centers on all the campuses.
6. Assess the effectiveness of Teaching/Learning Centers.
7. Establish standards, models, etc. for campus programs to support teaching.
8. Promote the image of UTIC as a national leader in the field of systemwide teaching improvement.

Submitted by Tom Manning

Diversity Committee

Members Present: Sherrie Nicol (Chair), Hal Bertilson, Ron Mickel

The committee discussed individual campus Plan 2008 plans. On some campuses (e.g., Superior) individual departments have developed their own plans. We believe it would be helpful to all of us to have copies of the Plan 2008 from all the campuses. Perhaps UTIC staff could ask if that is already available through the Multicultural Affairs Office. If not, perhaps UTIC staff could obtain copies for our use?

We believe that several aspects of campus Plan 2008 plans will be helpful to us: (a) what plans are there for infusion of diversity into the curriculum and (b) alliances that have been formed (e.g., with historically Black Colleges, tribal colleges and other, more diverse universities). UW-Superior has an exchange program, for example, with Chicago State University. Chicago State's student body is more than 90% African American. The exchange program has included theatre productions, poetry readings, art exhibits, and student leadership exchanges.  Perhaps UTIC representatives at the Fall 1999 retreat could report on their campus implementations of Plan 2008,especially in regards to infusion of diversity into the curriculum and alliances?  We suggested that the diversity theme could be included in our UTIG, and Conference Development Grant programs, etc.

We believe an important role that UTIC could serve would be to ask (a) "What can we do to include diversity in our classes?" (b) How is the diversity requirement met on each campus? (c) What is the campus climate on eachcampus? (d) Is our role to gather this information and disseminate it, or is this already being done by the Office of Multicultural Affairs? (e) Do we need someone to review each campus Plan 2008? (f) What should be the Diversity Committee's role?

Lisa has prepared a list of UTIC activities related to diversity. We believe all Council members should see the list. We recommend that a directory or inventory be prepared on the web with linkages to (a) names of specialists in infusing diversity in the curriculum, (b) specialists in dealing with problems on campus, and (c) travelling "road shows."  We recommend a special issue in UTIC’s Teaching/Learning journal on diversity.  We believe that UTIC could serve a role as a central clearinghouse or directory of textbooks, journals, and pedagogy on diversity in each discipline. The call for UTIC grant proposal could ask for the developmentof those types of resources.

It was also recommend that a faculty exchange of minority faculty be established.

Submitted by Hal Bertilson.


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