The Moon Room

A Community Forum on Guilford College Faculty Life

Open discussion space for faculty meeting on January 31, 2018

January 31st, 2018

Feel free to use this space to discuss the topics and ideas raised at the January 31 meeting, or any other faculty business. You may post anonymously if you wish.

One notecard was left at the meeting, signed by Ben Marlin:

OK, I went to the Art and Science presentation. I don’t recall numbers – could someone post their PowerPoint? I seem to recall numbers that were [not] all that statistically significant, but maybe I’m wrong.

I thought Art and Science talked to the people who did not come, not our students.

Clerk’s Committee Agenda for February 1, 2018

January 30th, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday February 1, 2018 8:30 am

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Eva?) – 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from Jan 11 and 25 – 2 minutes
  4. Review of Faculty Meeting Jan 31 2018 and potential planning – 50 minutes
  5. For approval: Topic for Faculty Forum on Feb. 7 – 10 minutes

Close in silence

Remaining Wednesday Dates for Spring 2018:

February 7 – Faculty Forum
February 14 – Faculty Meeting
February 28 – (Bad Wednesday) Reserved for Faculty Forum
March 21 – Faculty Meeting
March 28 – Faculty Forum
April 11 – Faculty Meeting
April 18 – Officially Reserved for called Faculty Meeting (but also GUS)

 

Minutes rotation: Boyd – Lawrence – Mancheño – Peterfeso – Samsell – Shields – Smith  

 

Curriculum Revision, 1966

January 28th, 2018

Gwen Gosney-Erickson, college archivist, forwarded me these minutes from 1966, when the college was facing rapid change and a call to revise their curriculum. They’re a fascinating look at a parallel time in Guilford’s history fifty years ago.

1966FacultyMinute

I asked for a little more context, and Gwen wrote:

This was a massive overhaul transforming from a curriculum that had basically existing for over 30 years. It’s when Guilford established a required interdisciplinary first year course and a IDS capstone. The transformation sought to be a bold articulation of Guilford moving from a stereotypical midcentury model to an innovative one embracing interdisciplinary and non-Western perspectives. At the same time, Guilford was renovating outdated dormitories and reinvigorating the faculty with development opportunities made possible with Title III grant funds and new recruitment. Some of the things put into motion in 1966 ended up being those that remained to this day (even through the 1998 revisions). You might want to ask Cyril how it was for him as he was brought in to develop Guilford’s Geology department at this time.

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda, January 25, 2018

January 23rd, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday January 25, 2018 8:30 am

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Eva?) – 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from Jan 9 and Jan 11 – 2 minutes
  4. Review of Faculty Meeting Minutes from Jan 10 – 5 minutes
  5. For approval to bring to faculty: Revisions to CTIS Major, New CNS Minor – 5 minutes
  6. For discussion: New Edge plan from administration – 30 minutes
  7. For approval: Agenda for Faculty Meeting on January 31 – 20 minutes

Possible items:

  • Learning Collaboratively (from Frank, with Jane and trustees)
  • Clerk nominations
  • Rubrics and GELO assessment in spring (10 min. requested)
  • Budget Committee charge
  • Frank’s update
  • Faculty service requirement ideas
  • Changes to academic probation policies
  • CTIS Revisions and new CNS minor
  1. For discussion: topic for Faculty Forum on Feb. 7 5 minutes

Close in silence

Remaining Wednesday Dates for Spring 2018:

January 31 – Faculty Meeting (with trustees)
February 7 – Faculty Forum
February 14 – Faculty Meeting
February 28 – (Bad Wednesday) Reserved for Faculty Forum
March 21 – Faculty Meeting
March 28 – Faculty Forum
April 11 – Faculty Meeting
April 18 – Officially Reserved for called Faculty Meeting (but also GUS)

 

Minutes rotation: Boyd – Lawrence – Mancheño – Peterfeso – Samsell – Shields – Smith  

 

Curriculum ideas from Kami

January 16th, 2018

Note: Kami Rowan initially posted this as a comment to the last faculty meeting page, but she asked me to post it as a full message.

Friends, given Dave’s message this evening about the need to take action that is bolder, more visible, more immediate and more sustainable, several faculty have begun to compile a list of steps we believe would meet the challenge put before us. This is not a moment that is unclear to us: instead, we know we must act with courage and conviction to be the college we know we must become. We believe our faculty can lead the college and we wish to begin soliciting new bolder ideas from the experience and passion we bring to our work.

To this end, we wish to begin the next step in our work by sharing the list below. These are even bolder ideas, said in small groups but that we believe must move from the fringe to the center of our work.

1. No Grades
Embracing a staged and flexible sense of success where students have a role in determining and defining their own success

2. Year-around college to promote a three-year degree
Providing accelerated paths for our best-prepared students and additional opportunities for our least-prepared students to succeed. This commitment signals that Guilford College is here year-around for any student willing to do the work. Such a year-around college can structure the schedule, calendar and experiences to support the real-world engagement that begins together (first-year) and ends with a culminating project.

3. Second Major based in real world problem and student passion (“Q”)
Every student’s real-world project is just as important as anything else at Guilford. While students must take 30 credit hours of general education learning and a disciplinary major, we believe a student project reflecting a passion for a real-world problem through design thinking must represent a pillar of this new experience. This project, over three years, should be the equivalent of a second major and be focused on engagement both on- and off-campus. This second major should have a unique label and name, perhaps a student’s “Q”.

4. Every First Year student has an immersive study away or abroad year one.
Every first year student would have an opportunity to have a deep and meaningful experience during some form of immersive study their first semester or year.

5. Everyone in our community supports each other.
From Day One, each student will be supported by a student doing a signature work in the final year at Guilford. This student will be a peer adviser for understanding the user experience for developing one’s Q project in the years ahead. As our first-year student passes through the first two semesters at Guilford, this senior will help provide valuable one-on-one coaching and support, regardless of major or project, given the common user experience training.

Clerk’s Committee Minutes for December 7, 2017

January 11th, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes

Thursday December 7, 2017 8:30 am

Present: Darryl Samsell, Kathryn Shields (Recording), Dave Dobson (Clerk), Jill Peterfeso, Alfonso Abad Mancheño, Frank Boyd (AD)

Not Attending: Donald Smith,

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence –
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes: Kathryn
  3. Approval of Minutes from 11/30 – approved
  4. Meeting Schedule for Spring 2018 –

After some discussion we settled on Thursday mornings at 8:30

We may have to reconsider our time after the shadow clerk is in place in February.

  1. Art donation for consideration – approved
  2. Review of December 6 Faculty Meeting –

Start from scratch or start from something existing?

Leaning towards starting from scratch

+ bringing good ideas from previous work

Ideas aggregated by Clerk’s

We see a space in existing curriculum from FYE/FYS, IDS, & the minor

Everyone collaborates at Guilford

Educational experience centered around Collaborative Projects

Shift the curricular frame around them

Collaborative research Ideas/Themes/Problems

can come from both faculty and student interest

And needs to be promoted that way

ex/SFS/the farm, ECAR, CFRB, exploratory

Students’ interests and engagement are crucial

Students can shift their project along the way

Consideration of scaffolding of skills

Relationship of assessment

Every student will have a culminating project

  1. Personal choice at the spring semester of the junior year (departmental, individual, or collaborative project capstone)
  2. Project would be ongoing, may be longer than an individual student’s time at Guilford
  3. Projects themselves determine the interdisciplinary input

We would continue to have majors (+ optional minor)

We need to have a structure in place

Collaborative path including this # of courses

Ideas about how we will begin populating the program

What steps need to be taken

These are the resources/support we need

We will need to come up with a way to present this program

A name? (Legos)

Weekly schedule

Every detail does not need to be decided by January

 

Meeting time: Friday after exams are over

Called meeting

Not to decide or approve things

Meeting adjourned at 9:55

 

  1. For discussion (at a future meeting): Faculty service proposals –

Clerk’s Committee Agenda for January 11, 2018

January 11th, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Thursday January 11, 2018 8:30 am

  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Don?) – 1 minute
  3. Review of faculty meeting 1-10-2018 – 10 minutes
  4. Question for Frank: Status of searches in 2017-18 and 2018-19 – 5 minutes
  5. Preview of academic probation issues and changes – 10 minutes
  6. For review: Budget Committee charge – 5 minutes
  7. For discussion: Planning for faculty role in Edge implementation – 10 minutes
  8. For approval: Agenda for Faculty Meeting on January 17 – 10 minutes

Possible items:

  • Learning Collaboratively plan (with Jane feedback, with trustees)
  • Clerk nominations
  • Rubrics and GELO assessment in spring (10 min. requested)
  • Budget Committee charge
  • Frank’s update
  • Faculty service requirement ideas
  1. For discussion: topic for Faculty Forum on Jan. 24 – 5 minutes

Close in silence

Remaining Wednesday Dates for Spring 2018:

January 17 – Faculty Meeting (with trustees)
January 24 – Faculty Forum
February 7 – Faculty Forum
February 14 – Faculty Meeting
February 28 – (Bad Wednesday) Reserved for Faculty Forum
March 21 – Faculty Meeting
March 28 – Faculty Forum
April 11 – Faculty Meeting
April 18 – Officially Reserved for called Faculty Meeting (but also GUS)

 

Minutes rotation: Boyd – Lawrence – Mancheño – Peterfeso – Samsell – Shields – Smith  

Clerk’s Committee Agenda for January 9, 2018

January 8th, 2018

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda

Tuesday January 9, 2018 8:30 am


  1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 2 minutes
  2. Figuring out who’s doing the minutes (Frank?) – 1 minute
  3. Approval of Minutes from 12/7 – 2 minutes
  4. For discussion: Learning Collaboratively proposals and process – 70 minutes

Close in silence

The Moon Room

A Community Forum on Guilford College Faculty Life