February 22, 1994

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CEFO Minutes

(J. Carter, Secretary)


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY ORGANIZATION Tuesday, February 22, 1994 @ 12:30 PM 111 Denny Building

Dr. Rafic Makki opened the meeting at 12:36 PM. The following signed the attendance sheet:

COLLEGE OF ENGR: R. Snyder, S. Middleton. COMPUTER SCIENCE: G. Revesz, R. Lejk, M. Allen, K. Chen, J. Frazier, M. Hadzikadic, J. Long, J. Maitan, Z. Michalewicz, H. Razavi, R. Shaw, K. Subramanian, N. Tavakoli, B. Wilkinson, J. Xiao. ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY: F. Auchey, N. Byars, J. Carter, J. Chaffin, C. Liu, W. Shelnutt. CIVIL ENGINEERING: L. King, J. Evett, J. Graham, D. Hanks, H. Hilger, R. Janardhanam, I. Runge, D. Young. MECHANICAL ENGR & ENGR SCIENCE: I. Bodur, R. Dubler, H. Estrada, Y. Hari, J. Hill, R. Hocken, R. Kim, G. Mohanty, E. Munday, S. Patterson, J. Raja, R. Wilhelm. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: K. Daneshvar, F. Kiamilev, V. Lukic, R. Makki, M. Miri, S. Simanapalli. CAMERON A.R.C.: H. Leamy, T. Rufty. ENGR RES & IND DEVMT: J. Roblin. COMPUTING SVCS & LABS: J. Grant. GUESTS: S. Dew, Library. Total documented attendance: 54

I. Steve Dew, Library. Mr. Dew discussed developments in the library as they relate to the College of Engineering. A committee has been formed to review services available to Engineering and to discuss the expectations we have for library information services. Their task also includes the review of emerging technology for information services and develop a planning statement as it relates to the College. There are eight members of the committee with five members from the College of Engineering. They met last fall, and chose to meet with departments to open a dialogue at that level. The schedule is to try to get to all of the departments within the next six weeks.

Several document search systems are available and demonstration sessions will be held. Mr. Dew noted that he should be contacted about any matters related to library services. His phone is extension 2806 and his Email address is ali00shd@undd.vm

II. Approval of Minutes of the Nov. 30, 1994 minutes. Motion made, passed.

III. Dean’s Comments, R. Snyder.

The Library Committee is working on part of the college teaching plan The Curriculum Steering Committee has been working, and sent a report out a few weeks ago. It will meet next week to prepare a final report.

The Overall College Planning Steering Committee is producing guidelines on the overall college plan. A preliminary plan is due to be sent this summer to the office of Academic Affairs. Objectives and goals should be established at that point. During the coming year the “flesh will be put on the bones.” That report will be out shortly.

Some other committees which are active include

Advising Task Force working under Dr. Middleton

A Task Force on Teaching Evaluation

Freshman/Sophomore Task Force issued a preliminary report which was sent to the department chairs and curriculum committees.

Another committee needs to be formed, a Task Force on Restructuring of the Faculty Rewards System. It is time to begin examining the reward system now that planning is being accomplished.

Succeed Conference. Registration forms are available and need to be given to Dr. Coleman.

IV. Projects Update, S. Middleton. Advising Task Force. Committee does not have a good feeling of where faculty stand on the issue. A survey was distributed to the faculty, and is due. If the survey is not yet completed, please do so and return as soon as possible. Additional forms are available.

V. NSF Grants, T. Rufty The new Grants Proposal Guide and accompanying forms are to be used after April 4, 1994. Copies will be distributed to the departments soon. Any new proposals should use the new forms. Each department has been sent a letter describing the changes.

VI. Task Force on Teaching Improvement, R. Makki Dr. Makki reviewed the background and structure of the documentation prepared by the Task Force on Teaching Improvement. The committee was charged with the development of evaluation and visitation procedures including schedule, method, criteria, feedback to faculty, use of information, and application to promotion and tenure. It is stressed that this document is a starting point for discussion. Many questions are yet unanswered. Issues include faculty education and training, teaching/learning evaluation, process assessment at all levels, and the link to the rewards system.

Faculty Education and Training

Mentoring of Probationary faculty: Who appoints Mentor? Option to change mentor?

Continuing Education: seminars, video collections, imposition of training requirements.

Teaching evaluation; assessment of student learning

Student evaluation: criteria need to be established

Self evaluation: course goals and assessment of completion

Peer evaluation: classroom visitation, video recording

Classroom Visitation

By whom?


Evaluation Team: Charge: evaluate teaching/learning? Team size? Term?

Pre-class meeting? Classroom visit. Meet with students? Post class meeting?

Process Assessment

Student assessment: Exit interviews

Department assessment: Tracking student progress, tracking alumni.

VII. CEFO Reorganization, R. Makki. Two recommendations were presented which represent changes to the organization of the CEFO executive committee.

Include the parliamentarian and the Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Mixed discussion followed, no decision made.

Select the President Elect from the body of tenured faculty. Again, mixed discussion followed, no decision made.

Because of a lack of time, the discussion was terminated before any action could be taken.

At 1:56 P.M. the motion was made to adjourn.