Recommendation from GEC Regarding General Education Director

 

After careful consideration of the Position Description for the Director of General Education (Appendix A), the GEC has unanimously passed the following motions, and we are asking Faculty Senate to ratify them to allow the initiation of our alternative plan to achieve the same goals without the need for a special administrative position:

 

From the draft minutes from the April 21, 2008 meeting of GEC---

M/S/P, to recommend to Faculty Senate each of the following,

 as separate motions:

 

 1) 0.25 re-assignment for GE chair for both semesters,

   1/9 salary stipend for summer, starting July 1, 2008;

   this would require bylaws change to Spring election of

   chair & elimination of current director position; voice vote,

   unanimous

 

 2) duties associated with co-ordinating UWL 100 should be allocated a

    0.25 re-assignment for one semester during the academic

   year; voice vote, unanimous

 

 3) duties associated with co-ordinating WE/WIMP should be allocated a

 0.25 re-assignment for one semester during the academic

 year; voice vote, unanimous

 

Rationale

After reading through the position description that was sent to us by SEC, and considering our past history with having either  1) a Director as Chair of GEC or  2) a Director and a Chair, we had the following concerns that could not be easily addressed by either of these two models:

 

1. *Concern over the feasibility of a Director who answers to the Provost in charge of a committee who answers to the Senate

2. *Concern over the feasibility of a Director who answers to the Provost working with a Chair who answers to Senate

2. Concern over a clear enough delineation of the duties of both a Director and a Chair so that there are no gaps, overlaps, or inordinate amounts of time spent haggling over gaps and overlaps (inefficiency)

3. Concern that the coordinator of WE/WIMP should be someone trained in this area, thus decreasing the number of people “eligible” to head GEC

4. Concern that the coordinator of UWL100 should be someone who has at least taught the course, thus decreasing the number of people “eligible” to head GEC

5. Concern over the large size of a 0.75 appointment given the list of duties

6. **Concern that there was no mention of the interactions that anyone heading up the GEC (Director or Chair) would have with the newly formed ad hoc Assessment Committee (AHAC)

7. ***Concern that without a Director of GenEd, the point person for this university-wide program becomes the Chair of the GEC, a lot to ask from a volunteer faculty member

 

 

* Who “wins” if there is a disagreement?

** SEC did not know this committee would exist when they wrote this position description

*** The impetus for this concern was not the current Chair, and she feels awkward presenting this concern

 

Proposed Duties of the Chair

  • Perform standard duties as a Chairperson of the General Education Committee

 

  • Serve as the “point person” for the University Core program, including

 

    • corresponding with students about University Core program requirements
    • consulting with faculty and departments who are proposing changes in University Core courses or are proposing new University Core courses

 

  • Coordinate the orientation of students to the University Core program (summer)

 

  • Coordinate the orientation of faculty and staff to the University Core program (summer)

 

  • Prepare written materials describing the University Core program for a variety of audiences including students, prospective students and parents, faculty and alumni (summer, probably)

 

  • Work with the ad hoc Assessment Committee to coordinate the assessment of curriculum (includes summer work)

 

  • Manage and update the University Core website

 

  • Coordinate the Fund for Innovation in the University Core program under the direction of the General Education Committee

 

NOTE: There are people in mind for each of the proposed positions (Chair, WE/WIMP coordinator, UWL100 coordinator) to put this into place immediately.
 

 

 

APPENDIX A

 

 

Position Description

Director of University Core

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

January 2008

 

Title:  Director of University Core

 

Contract Duration:  Faculty contract with reassignment time for administration of the University Core Program. Conditions of faculty appointment applicable. Three-year, rotating appointment (the current Director may reapply).

 

Contract Arrangement:  Academic year: 75% reassignment to direct the University Core program during the academic year.  Preferably, the remaining 25% of the individual’s appointment will include teaching in the University Core program.  Summer:  50% appointment to direct the University Core program.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Associate Professor (Tenure-track or Tenured) at UW-L.

 

The Desirable Candidate Should Possess:

 

  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the principles of the University Core at UW-L.
  • A willingness to develop a working knowledge of national trends and developments in general education through active participation in professional organizations, conferences and workshops.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal abilities.
  • Experience in curriculum assessment.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Experience teaching in the General Education/University Core program.

 

Reporting line:  The Director reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Serves as a consultant on the Faculty Senate General Education Committee and provides regular reports to that committee.

 

  • Serves as a spokesperson and advocate for the University Core program, including

 

    • corresponding with students about University Core program requirements
    • consulting with faculty and departments who are proposing changes in University Core courses or are proposing new University Core courses.

 

  • Coordinates the orientation of students to the University Core program.

 

  • Coordinates the orientation of faculty and staff to the University Core program.

 

  • Coordinates the First Year Experience.

 

  • Coordinates the Writing in the Major Program and writing emphasis training.

 

  • Provides professional development opportunities related to the University Core program for faculty and departments.  Provides opportunities to explore and develop teaching practices and curricula related to the University Core program.

 

  • Prepares written materials describing the University Core program for a variety of audiences including students, prospective students and parents, faculty and alumni.

 

  • Manages and updates the University Core website.

 

  • Coordinates the Fund for Innovation in the University Core program under the direction of the General Education Committee. (The General Education Committee has authority for spending decisions and dissemination of funds.)