Unit Head Institute
Wednesday, May 11
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
East Campus Dining Hall, Montpelier Room
The 2011 Academic Unit Head Institute is focused on assessment – programmatic, scholarship, and teaching. Coffee will be available in the morning. Lunch will be served at noon. Please bring your laptops.
Assessment Progress Template – Keston Fulcher, JMU
This session will provide department heads with information about the Assessment Progress Template (APT) process. Topics to be discussed:
• Role of academic unit head
• Timeline of entire process (submission, rating, and feedback)
• Macro Picture: Overall Results from 08-09 to 09-10
• The final portion will be reserved for questions and an opportunity for you to navigate through the eAPT system.
Please bring your laptop if you wish to navigate.
Redefining Scholarship – Gene Rice
This discussion will focus on scholarship reconsidered, particularly about recognizing and rewarding faculty and academic excellence. Gene will discuss his conceptions of “collegial culture” and “managerial culture” and the implications of these for leadership at JMU.
Evaluating Teaching: Moving Beyond Course Evaluations – Mick LaLopa
There has been a great deal of debate over the use of standardized end-of-semester course evaluations to determine the quality of teaching provided students. Feldman (1997) stated that formal or systematic evaluation by college students of their teachers has long been used to help students in their selection of courses, to provide feedback to faculty about their teaching, and to supply information for administrators and personnel committees in their deliberations on the promotion and tenure of individual faculty members. However, Theall and Feldman (2007) indicated that research efforts to address the shortcomings of course evaluations has gone largely ignored due to administrative convenience, ignorance, personal biases, suspicion, fear, and the occasional hostility that surrounds any evaluation process. In this hands-on workshop attendees will examine some of the shortcomings of standardized course evaluations and explore techniques that can be used by institutions to better assess teaching quality.
Outstanding Faculty Award – Carol Hurney
The Academic Unit Head Institute will conclude with a brief overview of the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award process. The CFI will discuss the process and successes from the past two years and begin looking forward for the next round of submissions.
Eugene Rice, Keston Fulcher, Mick La Lopa, and Carol Hurney
The Center for Assessment and Research Studies and the Center for Faculty Innovation