General Faculty Organization

Instructional and Research Support Committee Meeting: 01/23/2008

Instructional and Research Support Committee Meeting
January 23, 2008

Present: Nancy Place, IRSC Chair; Carolyn Brennan, Nives Dolsak, Cynthia Fugate, Munehiro Fukuda, Selina Mohammed, Pete Nye and Becky Reed Rosenberg

Guests: Jason Beard and Elizabeth Fischtziur


Nancy opened the meeting with introductions:  Nancy Place, Chair of the IRSC, Education Program; Becky Reed Rosenberg, Director, Teaching, Learning Center (TLC); Elizabeth Fischzsiur, Director, Marketing and Publications; Jason Beard, Web Designer; Selina Mohammed, IRSC member, Nursing; Carolyn Brennan, IRSC member (ex officio, Director, Office of Research Support; Pete Nye, IRSC member, Business; Nives Dolsak, IRSC member, IAS, Barbara Van Sant, Administrative Coordinator, GFO and Munehiro Fukuda, IRSC member, CSS.

Adoption of Agenda

            Agenda was approved.

Approval of IRSC minutes of November 19, 2007.

            IRSC minutes of November 19, 2007 were approved unanimously.

Report on Undergraduate Research Grants - Nives, Pete and Selina

            Selina, Nives and Pete reviewed 5 faculty proposals for Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program grants for the academic year 2007/08.  Nives submitted a memo to Becky Rosenberg, Director of TLC dated November 29, 2007 which outlines her feedback on the review process and her recommendations on the process.  She distributed this memo to the IRSC for review.  She recommended 3 procedural changes to the form used by the grant applicants:

  1. Explicitly ask faculty about their process of mentoring students. 
  2. Consider requesting faculty to provide timelines for projects.
  3. Propose that if the faculty should plan to encourage students to present this research at professional meetings, the faculty explicitly plan for - ideally budget for - students' presentation at a variety of venues.  Encourage faculty to explore lower cost, shorter lead-time presentation venues for students.

Nives also recommends that the review process use a dual approach to reviewing the grant applications.  She states in the memo that the recommendations are based on her review of the proposals from the perspective of the pedagogy and that some of the proposals were outside of her area of expertise.  She would therefore recommend a second review by someone who could address the appropriateness of research methods proposed or contribute to the evaluation of the application in that field. 

Becky spoke to a concern voiced about the timing of presentations before graduation.   She told the IRSC that if students graduate and are still able to present at conferences, UWB or elsewhere, we can fund them as co-presenters.  Becky will re-draft the form for the Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program grants and detail explicit budget parameters. 

IRSC discussion

Grants awarded this year went to Kari Lerum, IAS; Becca Price, IAS; Munehiro Fukuda, CSS; Mike Stiber, CSS; and Clark Olson, CSS.

Nancy thanked Selina, Nives and Pete for collaborating with Becky to review these grant proposals.

Report on the Technology Policy Advisory Group - Munehiro

            This group is planning a meeting in March.

New Business

       A.   Making UWB's intellectual capital more visible in the community:

            Nancy opened discussion on the IRSC's role in promoting communication both internally and externally to showcase UWB's intellectual capital.  This is a growth point in the life of this campus and it is vital for us to communicate what we are accomplishments are and the contributions that UWB is making to the region.  The IRSC identified 3 areas that could have a positive impact on delivering these goals:                                                                                                                                                                       

             i.    Public relations

             Nives pointed out that UWB will at times hire external consultants to work on issues that could be undertaken as a project by faculty and graduate students here, we should be taking advantage of our expertise.  On the positive side, in policy analysis, UWB students have worked with community partners on projects.  UWB can look to our faculty and students for consultation and solutions rather than going to external sources. 

IRSC discussion 


            The IRSC can play a role in developing internal and external communication to promote the campus and faculty through advertising events and working with the Office of Public Relations and Communications.  One important way for this to happen is to re-establish a newsletter or in some way publicize faculty accomplishments through the web or in print.  Information gathering from each program is needed to collect and disseminate this news across the campus.  The IRSC will recommend developing a faculty Speakers Series at UWB.  Elizabeth Fischtziurz thanked the committee for suggestions and is dedicated to working with the IRSC to implement their recommendations and to foster ongoing collaboration.  Carolyn will add a sentence to the job description for the Academic Affairs program assistant position about publishing a newsletter.

            ii.   UWB Website

            Jason Beard talked with the IRSC about the UWB homepage and Web Services.  He welcomed suggestions to add an announcement system to advertise faculty lectures, publications or any important information on faculty research or achievements.  Although the calendar posts campus events, a caption that lists current accomplishments or items of interest on the faculty could begin to make our intellectual capital more visible.

IRSC discussion 


            The IRSC will make a recommendation to the GFO Executive Council to establish a Faculty Speaker Series showcasing faculty scholarly activities at UWB to the campus and broader community.  We recommend 3 widely advertised public events per year to make the intellectual capital of UWB more visible.  The motion was unanimously approved.

              iii. Undergraduate research symposium

             Nives submitted a report to the IRSC on "Strengthening the Collaborative Undergraduate Research Program".  She proposes three ways to support and strengthen collaborative undergraduate research at UWB:

IRSC discussion 


            The IRSC will continue discussion on research issues presented at this meeting and carry these issues over to the agenda for IRSC February priorities.

The next IRSC meeting will be Wednesday, February 20, 2008.

Meeting adjourned at 12:00 pm

Minutes submitted by Barbara Van Sant