Ed Ayers called the meeting to order at 3:37 p.m. in the Lower
Level Conference Room at Madison Hall. In attendance were Rebecca
Kneedler, Ingrid Soudek, Reuben Rainey, Benjamin Ray, George Cohen,
Milton Adams, Harold Burbach, Marva Barnett, Richard DeMong, Doris
Mr. Ayers welcomed everyone to the meeting. He told everyone
that the "teaching reports" are on the web.
Ed Ayers had prepared a summarization of the evaluation part of
the reports, George Cohen had prepared a summarization of the
development part, and Reuben Rainey had prepared a summarization of
the incentives part of the reports. These documents were passed out
The Committee brainstormed about how to best present the
information that had been obtained from the reports. They discussed
the commonality of the reports, suggestions made in the reports, and
some of the suggested incentives mentioned in the reports. Mr. Ayers
said the efforts of the teaching reports should point toward
Mr. Ayers will develop a statement that will not try to define
what constitutes good teaching, but will recognize that good teaching
is individulized within units. There will also be a fourth section
beyond the survey results, this section will be the Academic Affairs
Committee's vision of things to come. The statement will have the
theme of "changing the culture of teaching."
Mr. Ayers will create a report, which contains a menu of ideas,
and he will then meet with Peter Low, Vice President and Provost, to
In closing, Rebecca Kneedler, Chair of the Faculty Senate,
mentioned the April 16 full Senate meeting. She said the Academic
Affairs Committee will be seated at the front of the room to discuss
the teaching initiative and to take questions.
The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.