Faculty Development Committee 2005-2006 Final Report

Submitted by Bill Cerbin, Chair FDC

May 23, 2006

 

2005-2006 Committee Members: Rebecca Battista, Becky Belter, Jeff Bryan, Bill Cerbin (chair), Ann Hendricks, Heather Hulett, Jennifer Miskowski, Sharon Scherwitz, Jodi Vandenberg-Dave, Mao Zheng

 

The committee rotated responsibility for taking meeting minutes. All meeting minutes were electronically emailed to committee members and to Sibbie Weathers, Faculty Senate Program Assistant.

 

All committee members attended meetings regularly and fulfilled their committee responsibilities. Terry Beck, who was assigned to the FDC as the Faculty Representative to OPID, was unable to sit with the committee due to a class conflict.

 

The major responsibility of the committee is to award Faculty Development Grants. The FDC awards three types of grants: 1) Teaching Innovation Grants, 2) Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants, and 3) Professional Development Grants. These are described in the Faculty Development Grant Guidelines, http://www.uwlax.edu/provost/grants_contracts/fdc.htm.

 

The committee awarded the following grants in fall and spring for the 2006-2007 academic year.

 

Proposal Title Awarded                                                           Principal                      Amount
           
                                                                                                                Investigator

 

Professional Development Opportunities (Fall Award)                    Thomas Kernozek               $2,670

 

Project NExT - New Experiences in Teaching Workshop               James Peirce                       $396

(Fall Award)

 

Teaching Theatre History as an inquiry based workshop                Beth Cherne                  $750

course.

 

What are young children really like? --Helping Physical

Education Teacher Education students refine and deepen

their knowledge of young developing movers.                                Kristin Mally                 $4,800

 

California Physical Educational Workshop Proposal                      Lori Peterson                 $2,017

 

Student Writing: Creating the Review of Literature Timothy Gongaware       $4,549

                                                                                                William Zollweg 

 

Cellular Immune Response to Low Dose Intra-dermal

Influenza Vaccination                                                                 Barbara Taylor-Winfrey   $4,024

 

Sabbatical 2006/African American Cultural Submersion                 Gary Mac Donald           $4,500

 

 

The Senate also assigned a special charge to the FDC:

 

CHARGE to FDC from Senate: In addition to the committee’s normal duties, I ask that the committee consider and report on the following special charges:

1)      The operating procedures of each college with regard to sabbatical review including:

a)      the make up, selection process, and term length of the review committees members

b)      the role (if any) of administrators versus faculty in the selection process

c)       the specific criteria by which proposals are ranked

d)      record of policies and procedures employed since the 2000-2001 academic year

2)      Create a table describing college sabbatical information from 2000-present. 

 

The information is included below.


 

Operating Procedures for Sabbatical Review in the Colleges at UW-La Crosse

Submitted to the Faculty Senate by Bill Cerbin

December 30, 2005

 

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL STUDIES

Sabbatical information at http://www.uwlax.edu/ls/sabbatical.htm

 

Selection:

1.      The Dean will announce the formal call for faculty sabbatical proposals for the next academic year in March of each year (18 months prior to the sabbatical).  At the time of the announcement, the Dean will indicate the number of faculty sabbaticals that the college is able to support.

2.      After the proposals are submitted to the Dean, the applicants will meet with the CLS Sabbatical Committee to discuss their proposals.

3.      The CLS Sabbatical Committee will review proposals.  Proposals are evaluated according to the guidelines for application and the criteria for selection, with special emphasis on priorities that may be established by the College.  These priorities will be outlined in March when the Dean announces the call for sabbatical proposals.   General guidelines for sabbatical leaves are found in the Wisconsin Statutes. (See attached, paragraph C).

4.      Criteria for Selection

a)      Sabbatical project enhances teaching, course and curriculum development and/or research or any other scholarly activities related to instructional programs within the field of expertise of the faculty member taking such leave.

b)     Sabbatical project will yield results, which are publishable in a reputable journal, in book form, in teaching, or through other recognized forms of presentation and dissemination.

c)      Sabbatical project demonstrates originality.

d)     Sabbatical length and schedule is appropriate to accomplish sabbatical project objectives.

e)      Evaluation procedures are appropriate to the project proposed.

f)       Sabbatical proposal is complete, well written and clear.  Proposals will not be considered if incomplete.

5.      Proposals must include a letter indicating departmental support for the prospective sabbatical.  The proposal and departmental letter of support must contain evidence that ensures that the quality of the program offerings will not be reduced below acceptable standards or that delay or interference with necessary departmental and University functions will not be occasioned by the absence of those faculty on sabbatical leave. 

6.      The CLS Sabbatical Committee will make its recommendations in writing to the Dean of the college, who, in turn, will forward these recommendations with an endorsement or non-endorsement to the Provost/Vice Chancellor.  The Provost/Vice Chancellor reviews the proposals and recommendations and consults with the Chancellor who makes the final recommendation to UW-System.  The Dean will contact candidates in writing regarding the final sabbatical decision.  A copy of this letter will be sent to the CLS Sabbatical Committee.

7.      Formal announcement of those faculty members receiving sabbatical awards will be made annually at the December meeting of the Board of Regents.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND HEALTH

Sabbatical information at http://www.uwlax.edu/sah/doc/Sabbatical_Policy.htm

 

Review/Evaluation procedures

 

Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee consisting of one faculty member from each department of the College of SAH. Committee members will be selected by the chairperson of their respective department. Faculty applying for a sabbatical leave may not serve on the committee. An associate dean of SAH will serve as a non-voting member of the committee and will convene the committee.

 

The committee will evaluate each proposal based on the following criteria:

 

1.    Any special criteria given by UW-System.  Please see: http://www.uwsa.edu/acadaff/acps/acps3-3.htm and http://www.uwsa.edu/acadaff/acps/sabbaticals.htm

 

2.    Sabbatical project should enhance teaching, course and curriculum development and/or research or any other scholarly activities related to instructional programs within the field of expertise of the faculty member taking such leave.

 

3.    Sabbatical project should lead to results that are publishable in a reputable journal, in book form, or through other recognized peer reviewed forms of presentation and dissemination.

 

4.    Sabbatical project should demonstrate originality.

 

5.    Sabbatical length, schedule, and additional funds needed should be appropriate to accomplish sabbatical project objectives.

 

6.    Sabbatical proposal should be concise, well written, and clear.

 

7.    If the sabbatical project includes collaborative work with external partners, letters of recommendation/support from those external partners are essential.

 

The committee will rank the proposals and vote to recommend to the Dean that each proposal be approved or not approved. Recommendation to approve a proposal will require a simple majority of the voting members of the committee. Recommendation to not approve a proposal must include a statement of justification.

 

Proposals are due in the Office of the Dean, SAH, by September 15th. By October 15th each year, the faculty committee will submit to the Dean of SAH a list of the proposals along with the rank and recommendation for each proposal.

 

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Based on material provided by the Dean.

 

  1. Each proposal is reviewed by the appropriate department. The proposal and departmental recommendation are forwarded to the Dean’s Office.

 

  1. Each proposal is reviewed at the college-level by the chairs of the six academic departments within CBA. The recommendation is forwarded to the Dean.

 

  1. The Dean makes the final decision based on the recommendations from the department and the chairs group.

 

NOTE: The College does not use a common list of review criteria. The Dean indicated that between 1995-2005 there have been only 5 sabbatical requests. Consequently there has been no need to rank proposals, and in the Dean’s view it is unlikely there will be a need to do so in the future.


 

UWL Sabbatical Information 2002-2007

 

 

2006-2007

2005-2006

2004-2005

2003-2004

2002-2003

Totals

 

CBA

CLS

 

SAH

CBA

 

CLS

 

SAH

CBA

CLS

SAH

CBA

CLS

SAH

CBA

CLS

SAH

 

Number of sabbatical applications

2

5

4

1

5

5

1

5

1

1

4

1

1

6

--

42

How many applications were meritorious?

2

5

3

1

5

5

1

5

1

1

4

1

1

6

--

41

Number of applications funded?

2

5

2

1

5

3

Withdrawn

4

1

1

4

1

1

4

0

34

How many applicants with solid proposals were turned down due to lack of funds?

0

0

1

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

--

6