DATE: April 2008

 

TO:  UW-L Faculty Senate (Carmen Wilson, Chair)

 

FROM:  Faculty Development Committee (Becki Battista, Chair)

 

RE:  Final Report for the 2007/08 Academic Year

 

MEMBERSHIP:  Becki Battista (ESS), Jennifer Holman (Library), Sharon Scherwitz (Philosophy) , Jeff Bryan (Chemistry), Karl Kattchee (Mathematics), Meredith Thomsen (Biology), Scott Dickmeyer (Communications), Aric Opdahl (Chemistry), Mary Tollefson (Music).

 

CONSULTANT:  Bill Cerbin

 

SPECIAL THANKS to Bill Cerbin and Sibbie Weathers for their assistance.

 

The Faculty Senate Faculty Development Committee was convened on September 26, 2007 by Becki Battista.  At that meeting, Kattchee volunteered to be the committee secretary and Battista was elected Chair.  The last meeting was April16, 2008.  Throughout the year, committee attendance, participation, and cooperation was consistent.

 

Among the duties and responsibilities of the committee, the focus, continued from last year, was on:

 

  1. Reviewing, screening, and selecting programs for funding, proposals that are related to improvement of instruction and faculty development.

 

The Faculty Development committee receives an annual allocation of $40,000 and awards three different types of grants.

  1. Teaching Innovation Grants - $1500 maximum
  2. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants – unlimited*
  3. Professional Development Grants – unlimited*
  • a $3000 summer stipend is allowed

 

We had $ 40,000 to work with, and we received faculty proposals in all three categories.  There were a total of 20 (8 = Fall, 12 = Spring) proposals submitted.  In the Fall semester, of the 8 proposals, 6 were professional development (PD), 2 were scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and 0 teaching innovation grants.  In the Spring semester, 12 grants were submitted and consisted of 9 PD, 2 SoTL, and 1 TI grant.  Awards consisted of $14,470.80 in the fall semester and $25,470.00 in the spring semester.  There was $59.20 leftover (see Table 1) to be returned to the Provost Office and used for faculty development purposes.

 

 

In addition, the committee was specifically asked to:

 

“Write a plan that outlines how faculty development monies are promoted and advertised to faculty and instructional academic staff to attract the maximum number of quality applicants.  The plan should include a procedure to evaluate the effectiveness of the advertising efforts in attracting the maximum number of quality applicants.”

 

Advertisements for the FDC grants are sent out by the Bill Cerbin in the Provost’s Office.  Below is a listing of the types of advertisements:

 

  1. Send “timely” email messages to all faculty and instructional academic staff in August (for fall) and November/December and January (for spring) and usually follow up with one email reminder of the deadlines.
  2. Put the announcement in Campus Connection.
  3. The announcement usually appears in the Provost Digest.
  4. The grant guidelines, applications and deadlines are online at http://www.uwlax.edu/provost/grants/pages/sources/FDG.htm
  5. Distributed a “master” grant schedule that lists all UWL & UWS grants. Sent this to all faculty and instructional academic staff via email and also hardcopy via campus mail (see attached). It lists the deadlines, contact person and links to online applications and guidelines.

 

Table 2 provides information concerning number of funded grants in the past 8 academic years.  As the contact person for the grants Bill responds to questions from potential applicants. For example, this spring he spoke at length with 5 of the applicants and answered brief questions from several other prospective applicants.  This assists the applicant in determining the applicability of the proposal and the appropriate category. 

 

To determine the effectiveness of the advertising efforts, an electronic survey was sent out to successful FDC applicants within the past 5 years.  Questions included advertisements of the grants and reasons for applying for the grants.  Of the 58 surveys sent out, 21 were returned.  Most replied that they heard about the grants on the web and stated finding the information on the web was important.  Of the web based options, most responded that email was the main source of their learning about the grants.  It was also stated, the reminder emails about upcoming deadlines were helpful.  In terms of why they applied for the grants, responses varied from supporting sabbatical leaves to fitting well with their project of interest.  Additional comments included supporting funding for updating skills, attending workshops, seeking “seed” money, and being the only available funding avenue for such projects. 

 

The committee noticed a slight increase in the number of grants submitted, specifically for the spring deadline.  In addition, a lot of the funding requests were for summer stipends ($3000 is allowed).  With the continued decrease of support in the summer, it seems as if faculty may be using faculty development grants to assist in funding projects that can easily occur over the summer.  This was also noted in the comments on one of the surveys stating, with limited financial support from the Department or College, faculty development grants are helpful in supporting continued and critical development as faculty members.

 

Additional questions, which address the charge from Faculty Senate, included asking other ways they would like to hear about the grants and if they understood the directions of the grants.  This year we had 15 PD grants and 4 SoTL grants.  The funding for the TI grants was increased ($750 to $1500) this past year, but we only had one applicant.  This may be something that can be addressed further.  In determining funding for proposals, the committee usually has some difficulty determining the appropriateness of the grant categories.  This was also addressed in responses from the survey.  Suggestions to improve this from the committee, and supported with some comments from the survey, included providing examples of successful grants on a web site and/or providing opportunities for presentation of the results of the grants (SoTL).  Promoting the efforts performed, especially in SoTL grants may be another effective way to communicate the availability of funds to faculty.    

 

Overall, to determine the effectiveness of the advertisements, it seems as if email is the predominate choice.  However, suggestions made by the committee include addressing the availability of these grants at the Deans Council meetings and encourage the Deans to inform the Chairs of these development funds with their faculty.  It was also suggested to begin a tracking method of the type of grants submitted (PD, SoTL, TI), funding amounts, and semester applied.  This will help in determining what faculty are requesting of the $40,000.00 provided.  In addition, the survey revealed some concern with having two deadlines and the potential of available funds when the spring deadline approaches.  Some of the applicants felt the fall deadline was too early and while the spring deadline is more realistic, there is no guarantee there will be funds available.  To address this, the committee suggests looking into having a single grant submission of the spring date (February) as the 07/08 academic year had limited funds for the spring deadline and a larger pool of proposals.  

 


 

 

Table 1:  Funding for Fall and Spring Faculty Development Grants

 

Type

Title

Faculty

Amount requested

Amount Funded

Fall 2007

 

 

 

 

PD

Developing ARC/ANT 285 Archeology of Mexico and Central America as an online course

T. McAndrews

3,000.00

0.00

PD

Global Leadership Sabbatical Project

D. Stapleton

6,117.00

0.00

PD

Teaching for a Change Conference

G. Berns

1,660.00

1,660.00

PD

Developing Financial Planning Expertise in the Finance Department

R. Wolf

3,330.00

2,735.00

PD

California Physical Education Workshop, July 11-19, 2008

L. Peterson

1,409.50

1,409.50

PD

University Honors Program Learning Communities

D. Hoskins

9,200.00

0.00

SoTL

Performing Advocacy: Self, Cultural, Criticism, and Embodiment

S. Toyosaki & W. Elder

6,343.00

5,168.30

SoTL

International Perspectives in Occupational Therapy

R. McCannon

3,498.00

3,498.00

 

 

 

Total Fall Award Amounts

 

14,470.80

 


 

Table 1:  Funding for Fall and Spring Faculty Development Grants (cont.)

 

Spring 2008

 

 

 

 

PD

Advance Formal Education to Support Student Learning in the UW-L Occupational Therapy Program

D. Dougherty

10,807.00

4,802.00

PD

Attachment Training: Assessment and Intervention

B. DeBoer

2,000.00

0.00

PD

Botanical Form:  Abstraction and Collaboration

J. Williams Terpstra

5,269.38

0.00

PD

Continued Improvement of Watershed Model and Calibration and Predication

J. Baggett

2,960.00

2,150.00

PD

Developing the Combined Course “Writing and American Literature and Culture” for the Dual Degree Articulation Program with Guangxi Normal University

V. Crank & S. Crutchfield

6,300.00

0.00

PD

Wavelet Structure Analysis of Paintings

S. Kelly

12, 544.00

6,000.00

PD

Writing a Book on Software Engineering

K Periyasamy

3,000.00

 

PD

Identification of Factors that Impede Student Learning of Metabolic Principles in Biochemistry

S. Grunwald

3,000.00

3,000.00

PD

Good Mothers: History of the American Ideal

J. Vandenberg-Daves

1,368.00

1,368.00

SoTL

Implementing a Framework for Understanding Algebra

J. Hasenbank & J. Kosiak

6,000.00

6,000.00

SoTL

Teaching about Modern Masculine Identities through Interview Research Projects

C. Miller

3,000.00

2,150.00

TI

Introduction to Ethics with a Cohort Off-Site Service Learning Component

S. Tuttle Ross

1500.00

0.00

 

 

 

Total Spring award amounts

 

25,470.00

 

 

 

 

Table 2:  Summary of Faculty Development Grants Submitted

 

Academic Year*

Total Number of Grants Funded

Total $ Awarded

07/08

11

40,095.50

06/07

8

23,706.09

05/06

8

40,474.00

04/05

8

24,093.00

03/04

7

40,000.00

02/03

12

40,596.00

01/02

6

40,000.00

00/01

8

44,441.50

*funding is awarded in the following fiscal year in which the grant was applied.