Present: William R. Johnson, David T. Gies,
Daphne G. Spain, Donald J. Innes, Jr., George M.
Cohen, Robert E. Davis, Barbara Nolan, Joanne
Bechta Dugan, Daniel P. Hallahan, Charles W.
McCurdy, Dennis L. DeSilvey
William R. Johnson, Chair of the Academic
Affairs Committee, called the meeting to order.
Daphne Spain distributed a document that she
has written, which evaluates the 1998/99
Teaching Initiatives Award Program. It contains
such statistics as a listing of all
departments/schools that received an award, the
number of award recipients that have submitted a
final report on their projects, and the types of
projects undertaken. The Committee discussed
the future of the Teaching Initiatives program.
The Academic Affairs Committee will do an
assessment of the program and submit a report by
December 1, 2000. While this assessment is
going on, the unspent funds in the Teaching
Initiatives account will be used to fund faculty
proposals that add unusual enhancement to their
courses. The Academic Affairs Committee will
seek help from the Teaching Resource Center,
reviewing the three-year Teaching Initiatives
Program, identifying the most innovative
projects, and creating a report. In addition,
Mr. Johnson agreed to outline the process and
timeline for the assessment of the Teaching
Initiatives Program and submit this to David T.
Gies, Chair of the Faculty Senate, by March 21,
so that Mr. Gies can report to the Executive
George Cohen reported on this year's Teaching
Initiatives projects that have been submitted.
A handout was distributed, which lists all
faculty that have submitted proposals, the types
of proposals submitted, the amount of money
requested for each proposal, and the
subcommittee's decision on each proposal
submitted. The Committee discussed the
proposals, recommendations were made, and the
Teaching Initiatives Subcommittee will meet
again to finalize their recommendations on the
distribution of this year's funds.
The next Academic Affairs Committee meeting
was set. The Committee will meet on Friday,
April 14, from 3:30-5:00 p.m., in Newcomb Hall
The meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.