Memorial Union, UW-Madison
November 6, 1998


Present: Dick Berke, Tony Ciccone, Linda Carpenter, Rene Gratz, Mary Hampton, Doug Johnson, Nan Jordahl, Cathy Helgeland, Kristen Kleinsteiber, John Stone (for Richard Lee), Penny Lyter, Thomas Manning, Sherrie Nicol, Dan Riordan, Erika Sander, Kathy Sanders, Denise Scheberle, Tim Sewall, Kay Taube, James Taylor, Greg Valde, Don Weber

Absent: Kathy Ackley, Hal Bertilson, Julie Furst-Bowe, Suzanne Griffith, Gerald Greenfield, Richard Lee, Ronald Mickel, Mike Nicolai, Robert Skloot, Dave Staszak, Crystal L. Voigt

Staff: Lisa Kornetsky, Interim Director; Donna Silver, Assistant Director; Rebecca Karoff, Communications Coordinator; Holly Loomis, Program Assistant; Renata Wilk, Graduate Assistant

Friday Guest: Bharati Holtzman, Office of Multicultural Affairs, UW-System

The Fall Meeting convened at 9:00 a.m, with member introductions. Doug Johnson, UTIC Chair, announced that Bill Cerbin would no longer serve on the Executive Committee; he will be replaced by Greg Valde, UW-Whitewater.

Other announcements

Bharati Holtzman, UTIC’s guest speaker from the Office of Multicultural Affairs, led a discussion concerning the Diversity Plan 2008, including information on the administrative guidelines for the Five-Year plans for UW Institutions, and on specific campus initiatives.

The Council then went into Committee meetings until lunch. After lunch, the full Council reconvened for committee reports and a business meeting. The meeting at Memorial Union adjourned at 2:00 p.m.

Committee Reports:

Student Learning Committee

It was determined that Greg cannot be Chair, since he is now on the Executive Committee. Instead, Dick Berke will serve as Chair. The second order of business was an update on the Student Learning Conference. An announcement and call for nominations should go out in early January.

Technology Committee

The Teaching with Technology Today web-based newsletter project will begin looking at hiring student reporters to interview other students about learning technology resources. This idea led to a discussion of what do we gain and what do we lose when we use web-based courses. The Committee proposed a panel discussion about the philosophical (versus technical) aspects of learning technology. Donna will follow up with Hal, who knows people on either side of the fence on this issue.

Professional Development Committee

The first order of business was the discussion of the UTIC handbook; the staff will put this together. It will include a cogent presentation of materials for new Representatives, Vice Chancellors, and Deans. Second, a survey about teaching and learning resources will be sent to many constituencies. The Committee then continued their discussion from the previous meeting about mid-career faculty and ways to positively view and engage these faculty members.

Grants Committee

The Committee went over a new and evolving process that will be used to review UTIG grants. The UTIG guidelines this year did not include a collaboration requirement, which hopefully will increase the number of grant applications submitted. The committee also discussed the need to devise a new instrument for evaluation of the grants by reviewers.

Diversity Committee

Bharati Holtzman led the discussion by encouraging campuses to involve as many groups as possible in developing their diversity plans. She also noted that Academic Affairs is compiling a System-wide list of programs and majors in ethnic studies. The Committee then discussed the language of position announcements. In regards to the Spring Conference, the Committee decided that an overview of diversity and some case studies should be presented.

New Business:

It was determined that the 1999 Faculty College observers will be Tim Sewall and Penny Lyter. The UTIC directorship was also discussed; the Academic Planner/Director application deadline has been extended to December 31. Next, the representatives considered the possibility of a UTIC meeting at another campus. In this way, other campuses could showcase what they are doing, and meeting at different locations could improve UTIC’s visibility. Lisa announced that an e-mail survey will be prepared and sent out in the next few weeks and will focus on campus resources and resource-sharing across UW institutions.

The Carnegie Teaching Academy’s Program was introduced. This is a five-year project related to the scholarship of teaching (in reference to Ernie Boyer’s challenge and the effort to bring substance to this idea). The Program consists of :

  1. The PEW Scholars Program;
  2. Going to scholarly facilities for information on how people view the Boyer idea;
  3. The Campus Program, which asks campuses to have a conversation about the scholarship of teaching. Over time, several campuses will be selected to participate more intensively. UW-La Crosse, UW-Milwaukee, and UTIC are going to participate.

The September minutes were approved as the last order of business.

Committee Minutes:

Student Learning Committee

Present: Dick Berke, Bill Cerbin, Kris Kleinsteiber, Penny Lyter, Tom Manning, Donna Silver, James Taylor, Greg Valde

Greg Valde relinguished the chair of the committee since he is now a member of the UTIC Executive Committee (Executive Committee members cannot chair committees).

Dick Berke was elected chair of the Student Learning Committee

Donna Silver updated the committee members on the status of planning for the Student Learning conference, to be held April 9-10 in Madison. Outside speakers include, Lee Shulman, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, who will keynote the conference. Bob Diamond, professor from Syracuse University, has agreed to serve in several roles at the conference. Tom Creed, from St. John's University, has agreed to give two sessions at the conference.

There will be a number of pre-conference workshops, and concurrent sessions and workshops on Friday and Saturday. There will be a number of longer workshop sessions on Saturday morning. Committee members discussed possible topics for workshops and concurrent sessions, and several slots are still open. The UTIC staff hopes to have the program schedule completed by early January, at which time the conference will be announced on campuses. A title has not yet been selected and committee members were urged to send possible titles to Donna Silver.

The committee discussed planning for the 2000 conference, and a number of possible topics or focuses were suggested:

1. General Education;

2. Presentations by campus teams that attended the 1999 conference;

3. International Education;

4. Enhancing campus culture for learning. Integrating curricular and co-

curricular experiences.

The committee suggested ways to focus the 2000 conference on some of the issues in Carol Schneider's article, "Core Missions and Civic Responsibility: Toward the Engaged Academy."

Submitted by:

William Cerbin

Grants Committee

Present: Charlotte Stokes, Doug Johnson, John Stone, Linda Carpenter, and Don Weber

Minutes from previous meeting were OK’d.

Doug reported that the Executive Committee decided to hold off for a year in implementing all of the changes to the review process for the UTIG program that we recommended at our Sept. meeting. There will be a panelist orientation program on Dec 4, which will be similar to previous years. There was much discussion about this year’s review process, which will be slightly different. Unlike previous years, there will not be a meeting of all the panelists in Madison to make the final recommendations. The 3 team leaders (Johnson, Carpenter, and Gratz) will have a conference call with their respective teams to guide them in the review/evaluation process, answer questions, etc. The teams evaluations will be submitted to the UTIC staff and the final recommendations will be made by the 3 team leaders and 3 UTIC staff members on the basis of the evaluations that were submitted by the 3 review teams. This meeting will be in Madison on Feb.19.

There was some discussion about the UTIC staff having a ‘vote’ on the final recommendations, as this represents a change. The team leaders will have a follow-up conference call with their team to bring closure to the process, inform them of the results, and to solicit feedback on the process. The UTIC staff will make the assignment of grant proposals to the teams. Assignments will attempt to match discipline of the proposal with the team, provided no one from the proposer’s institution is on that team. Every panelist will get a copy of every proposal.

The observer (Charlotte Stokes) will attempt to be a part of all of the conference calls, in addition to being present at the Madison meetings. It was noted that the new budget form (which is intended to be a ‘common form’ for all System grant programs) has created some confusion with regard to reporting fringe benefits.

The relationship of the UTIG program with other System grants was discussed. Because of the numerous similarities between the Undergraduate Initiative and UTIG, there have been suggestions that the two programs be combined. Academic Affairs will take this up in the coming months.

There was discussion about the need to develop a new evaluation tool/instrument for the UTIG program because of the changes in the review process, although it’s too late for this year. We agreed that we should have a draft of a new instrument in advance of our March meeting so that it might be available with the UTIG application guidelines that are issued in Spring, 1999.

Recorder-Don Weber

Diversity Committee

Present: Sherrie Nicol, Nan Jordahl, Denise Scheberle, Rebecca Karoff, Guest: Bharati Holtzman

The meeting convened at 11:10 a.m. Rebecca distributed materials for further reading. Bharati talked about the need for individual campuses to involve as many groups as possible in developing their diversity plans. Discussion revolved around recruitment and retention issues, research and creation of new knowledge, and the curricular and academic program effects of good diversity plans. Rebecca reported that she is still waiting for all campuses to respond to the survey on diversity programs and issues distributed via the UTIC reps listserv.

Bharati noted that Academic Affairs is compiling a comprehensive, all-campus list of programs/majors in ethnic studies. The group talked about recruitment and the language of position announcements. The Committee discovered that, at least in two situations, more encouraging language recruiting new faculty was removed/refused by human resource’s diverse department. The committee decided that the Spring Conference should include an overview of diversity, and a case study discussion of how to talk about sensitive issues of diversity in the classroom. The Committee decided that future attention should be directed toward campus climate.

Submitted by Denise Scheberle

Professional Development Committee [missing]

Technology Committee [missing]

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