Faculty Development Council Meeting Thursday, May 5, 2011 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Adelbert Hall, M1 Members Present: Christine Ash Diana Bilimoria Cleve Gilmore Alison Hall Mark Hans Jacqueline Lipton Ica Manas-Zloczower Daniel Scherson Lynn Singer Carol Stark Patricia Underwood Members Absent: none Invited to Attend: Shirley Moore Amanda Shaffer The meeting was called to order by Lynn Singer, Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at 3:00 p.m. Introductions Dr. Singer introduced the following two invited guests to the meeting: • Shirley Moore, Associate Dean for Research, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing • Amanda Shaffer, Project Director, Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership (IDEAL) Faculty Development Council (FDC) Chair Lynn Singer appointed Diana Bilimoria to Chair the FDC for the upcoming year. Minutes The minutes from the January 20th meeting were approved as submitted. Review of Faculty Climate Survey Faculty Climate Surveys have been distributed to the Deans. The report is not available on the web at this time and will be discussed at the next meeting. Faculty Development Council Meeting Thursday, May 5, 2011 Page 2 Council’s Mission Statement and Composition • Discussion of Draft Mission Statement: Points raised included the need to develop a strong emphasis on faculty development, focus on recognition of faculty, and develop consistency among the schools. The statement should identify the needs of faculty, showing collective resources and organization. • Conclusion: The Council drafted the following mission statement: “Provide a comprehensive framework for all faculty development initiatives across the University and develop campus-wide priorities for strengthened faculty recruitment, advancement, retention, and performance.” • Priority items are budget and website. The Provost’s website has been recently updated; the Deputy Provost’s website should be updated to include a link to the Faculty Development components. Alison Hall and Amanda Shaffer may have a student who can assist with the website update. There should be a central location for faculty to find assistance, support and to avoid duplication in processes. The website should be updated within the next few months. • The Council’s charge should be shared with all deans, and faculty development should be included in the evaluation of deans by the Provost. • Representation on Council: An Associate Dean of Research (if position is created and filled) or a person identified within each school will serve on the Council. Further Discussion on Faculty Development Issues • Shirley Moore, a guest at today’s meeting, discussed the “Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Mentoring Program. CTSA is a funding program to assist in research interacting among schools and institutions. This grant funding is supported by Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, University Hospitals, and Case Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Dental Medicine. Awards are meant to encourage cross-disciplinary and collaborative research in these areas and designed to support research which may lead to adoption of best practices. CTSA has good tools to use for faculty mentoring and faculty development in research. For example CTSA has a system of paying mentors for research mentorship and setting expectations for faculty development in research. Faculty Development Council Meeting Thursday, May 5, 2011 Page 3 • There isn’t consistency in the annual faculty evaluation process used across campus. Some elements of electronic faculty activity reports could be standardized across schools, and some elements customized by schools. It would be a step forward for our committee to consider different faculty evaluation forms and processes across campus. Some common measures of faculty evaluation across campus should be recommended. • Faculty goals need to be established for each coming year. Self evaluation against last year’s goals should be encouraged. Prioritization and Goals of the Council • The Council needs to support a strong development environment. • Develop better advertising to facilitate or coordinate a campus wide initiative. • Send out a clear message from the Council which should be supported and accepted by the Deans and upper management. Obtain endorsement from the Provost, and base recommendations on data from climate survey, strategic plan, etc. The Council’s functioning needs to be clear and visible. For success, the Council needs to make sure that best practices of faculty development happen in all schools. • Council priorities were set for the upcoming year, including: • o Develop a website (a central repository of resources and links) o Identify overall implications of faculty development for the university based on the recent climate survey. o Devote at least one meeting each to discuss faculty mentoring and development issues at each of the three faculty ranks (assistant, associate and full) and non-tenure track faculty. For example at the associate professor level, our Council can provide recommendations for improving guidance for promotion to full professor. o Identify good practices in faculty annual review letters and the annual review process at various schools in the university. Recommend some common measures across the university. Establish dates for monthly Council meetings through December 2011. The meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m. Notes prepared by Carol Stark, [email protected], 368-4389.