October 18, 1996
Don Szarkowicz summarized the Teaching & AV Committee's TERA report, which was distributed prior to the meeting. TERA gives the faculty an opportunity to discuss what constitutes "excellence in teaching." The committee was concerned about the need to streamline the teaching portion of the Annual Report and to standardize the course evaluation process. Finally, the Committee felt eligibility exclusions should be minimized.
Alan Barr continued by summarizing the report of the Faculty Affairs Committee. He outlined several concerns and inconsistencies in the UFC guidelines: (1) associate faculty do not provide annual reviews (2) the three years of employment eligibility statement is unclear (3) award frequency issue is uncertain (4) amount of award is not specified (5) status of librarians and lecturers (6) could the award be given with other awards. VC Veeder stated that TERA monies could not be combined with other monies to create a larger financial award or one with an alternative purpose/title. She continued that a faculty member could receive a TERA award and still be eligible to receive other teaching awards during the same year.
On behalf of Charlie Hobson, Don Coffin read the report of the Faculty Development Committee, which had been distributed via e-mail. Following these reports, several issues/questions were voiced:
During discussions, it was suggested that if we are going to ask UFC to remove the annual report requirement, we should suggest an alternative. Alan Lindmark proposed a review process which would include an outside reviewer, using student evaluations, and interviewing individual students.
Motion: IUN's representatives to the UFC should seek to remove the annual report requirements from the TERA guidelines. Moved and seconded. The motion was approved 22 to 13.