J. F. Friedrick Center, UW-Madison

September 21, 2001


Present:  Donna Anderson, Tony Ciccone, Bill Cerbin, Susan Cramer, Jane Ewens, Linda Freed, Mitch Freymiller, Gerald Greenfield, Cathy Helgeland,  Fergus Hughes, Doug Johnson, Nan Jordahl, Marty Loy, Janet LaBrie, Greg Lampe, Sally Kent, Ton LoGuidice, Penny Lyter,  Ronald Mickel, Dan Riordan,  Antonia Schleicher, Tim Sewall, Bob Skloot, Kay Taube, Greg Valde, David Van Buren,.

Absent: Linda Carpenter, Renee Meyers, John Murphy, Melissa Nelson, John Stone, M. Kayt Sunwood, Greg Wise

Staff: Lisa Kornetsky, Director; Donna Silver, Assistant Director; Rebecca Karoff,  Senior  Program Administrator; Holly Loomis, Program Assistant.

Guests: Cora B. Marrett, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Ron Singer, Associate Vice President;  Helen Klebesadel, Women Studies Consortium; Hal Schlais, OLIT; Terry Beck, UW-LaCrosse; Christy Carello, UW-Eau Claire, Aeron Haynie, UW-Green Bay

OPID’s Fall Meeting convened at 10:15 a.m. with a word of welcome from Doug Johnson, OPID Chair.  Doug then had members introduce themselves.  This year OPID welcomes Donna Anderson, Linda Freed, Mitch Freymiller, Fergus Hughes, Janet LaBrie, and Sally Kent as new OPID Council members.

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

·         Housekeeping.  Lisa requested that OPID reps check and update the OPIDTalk email distribution list.  She requested OPID reps volunteer for the Conference Development Grants Review Committee and the Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Grants Review Committee as well as for the observer slots at Faculty College.  She also reminded the reps to pick up the new inserts for the OPID brochures.

·         Staffing Issues.  Lisa reported that there have been many changes in the Office of Academic Affairs.  We have both a new Senior and Associate Vice President both of whom joined this meeting in the afternoon.  With the loss of 4 planners all those in the Office of Academic Affairs have seen an increase in their workload.  Lisa mapped out how these changes will impact the OPID Staff.  Lisa has taken on additional program review responsibilities.  Rebecca will be assuming additional responsibilities staffing the Board of Regents Education Committee and the Provost meetings.  It also looks like Donna will administer the UW System Grant Programs.  Holly has additional supervisory responsibilities on the floor. Tammy has left the OPID staff to edit OLIT’s TTT electronic journal.  In total OPID staff has lost about thirty hours/week.  Even with this loss of hours, Lisa expressed her enthusiasm for working with the new Senior Vice President to see how OPID can get involved with new Office of Academic Affairs initiatives while finding the time to maintain OPID’s current programs.  At this point Lisa listed how these staff changes will effect OPID reps.

§         Web maintenance will become a low priority, she urged Council members to be patient in their expectations for updates.

§         The inventory update will be put on hold (we are currently seeing if we can work collaboratively with the Women Studies Consortium and the LTDC to create a System Resource list in the future).

§         OPIDTalk issues will cover only the essentials and may not come out as promptly as in the past.

§         Faculty College will continue for a fourth year at UW Richand.  Our plan to rotate every three years is currently on hold.

§         Plans for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) on-line Journal have been placed on hold.  We’ll discuss this further at our Spring Meeting.  Lisa mentioned interest in out-sourcing to someone on one of the campuses.  She urged anyone who might be interested in taking on this project to contact her.  She also spoke of plans to create a web page this summer for the Scholars and maybe the Fellows to post their SoTL research.

§         Lisa explained that with all these changes OPID staff will be asking the reps to do more—one example is helping us identify speakers and panelists for our Spring Conference on The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Technology.

§         The Executive Committee will be helping the staff to define and refine the OPID mission/vision as we look to take on new initiatives and pass on other opportunities.

Lisa then commended the OPID staff for all of their hard work.  She then went on to highlight events on the OPID Calendar as follows:

·         Spring Conference Development Grants due, October 19.  Lisa encouraged reps to think of tying this in with the UW-Milwaukee Going Public Grant.

·         Multi-Institutional Faculty Development Programs meeting, Oct. 25-26.  OPID has agreed to host this meeting where seven systems will meet to discuss aspects of Faculty Development on a system-wide level (i.e. assessment of our programs, ties with IT, buy in from upper level administrators, etc.).

·         Faculty Development Day, Nov. 9.  “ Representing the Intellectual Work of Teaching through Peer Collaboration,” interactive workshop led by Daniel Bernstein, Professor of Psychology at the

University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Lisa encouraged reps to identify people on their campus who would be interested in formative peer evaluation.

·         OPID Spring Meeting (April 4), Spring Conference (April 5-6) and Faculty College (June 3-6).  Lisa also urged reps to attend these events.

After a brief break the Council divided into groups to discuss the role of the OPID reps. Items reported back included the following:

·         Administrative Reps have a clearer idea about their roles than Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff Reps.

·         Would OPID consider regional programming?  This would help the Colleges get more of their faculty and staff involved.

·         Promotion of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Programs can be frustrating since each campus is only allowed to send one person for each program.  Some campuses resolve this difficulty by having the Deans identify candidates rather than having a campus-wide call for participants.

·         Campuses promote OPID programs in a variety of ways, some use Campus Conferences, book clubs, mentoring programs, brown bag lunches, and electronic announcements.

·         Some campuses have instituted a “one-stop shopping” location as a centralized way of promoting System programs they find this helps to attract new teachers to System opportunities.

Tony Ciccone elaborated on his Carnegie Going-Public Grant and urged the campuses to take advantage of the Scholars on the UW-Milwaukee campus to jump-start their campus conversation on SoTL.  Donna reminded reps that the Conference Development Grants would be ideal for this.

The meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m. for lunch. Tables were encouraged to discuss possible models for responding to last week’s tragedy.   The meeting reconvened at 1:15 p.m.  Several reps reported that their campuses responded with teach-ins and resource lists.  Lisa encouraged reps to use the OPID rep listserve to continue this conversation.

Lisa introduced the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program Panel.  She provided a brief history of the two programs.  Jane Ewens, Director of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Program,  and Tony Ciccone, Director of the Wisconsin Teaching Scholars Program, both spoke about the first year of their respective programs.  Then Fellows, Chrisy Carello and Aeron Haynie and Scholars, Terry Beck and Fergus Hughes summarized their projects and spoke of the value of these interdisciplinary programs. Lisa closed this program by discussing the nomination process and bringing the reps attention to the more explicit 2002-03 budget sheets.

Cora B. Marrett, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs spoke of her vision of leadership and how the heart of Higher Education has to be its academic core.  She endorsed OPID’s programs and expressed her commitment for professional and instructional development.

This was followed by a brief discussion led by Lisa and Hal about the Regent Policy  “The University of Wisconsin Online.”   Their goal was to make the OPID reps aware that this document existes and to  urge them to get involved in the related discussions on their campuses.

The Council adjourned its Fall Meeting at 3:40 p.m.

--Submitted by Donna Silver