News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2015 August
Orientation and Welcome-Back Week, August 17-21
A few more details for you:
All DSU course syllabi must follow the university's syllabus template, posted online here (under the "Curriculum" heading). New faculty will have an opportunity to ask questions about the template at the syllabus presentation at 3:15 P.M. on August 20 during Orientation and Welcome-Back Week. This past week, education faculty received information from me RE: additional details needed in the syllabi for our education courses.
VPAA Council Meeting Follow-Up
The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Council met on August 12; and Ms. Molly Burke, executive assistant to the VPAA, distributed the meeting's summary notes on August 14 via the faculty listserv. Please review those minutes (also available here), noting especially these items:
Recent questions have arisen about whether DSU had made a decision to move to having a one-year catalog instead of a two-year catalog. The minutes from this past April's Curriculum Council meeting show that the Council's consensus was to recommend to Faculty Senate that DSU try an annual catalog beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. The deans, provost, and registrar were at that meeting and indicated that they had no preference but would support the Council whatever its recommendation.
New Technology for Departmental Advising and Records
This summer I asked Mr. Sagar Kondru with Information Technology Services to create a SharePoint site for our department's use. SharePoint is a Web application that's part of Office 365 through ND's university system, so we will access it by logging in with our NDUS log-in usernames and passwords. SharePoint is a secure space "in the cloud" where we can store student advising files, assessment data, accreditation records, and other departmental documents that we need to be able to access from either campus. Ms. Annette Martel with DSU Bismarck/Williston has offered to join us for the first Teacher Education Program Collaboration Day on September 11 (see this) in order to train us on its use. After we get it set up and learn to use it, we can show adjunct faculty and psychology faculty how to use it. On the "Our Team" page, I have added a link to our SharePoint site for easy access.
Danielson Framework Training
From past meetings and electronic communications, many of you know about the Teacher Education Program's efforts to meet the new accreditation requirements we face with CAEP, our new accreditor. Two of the expectations include demonstrated collaboration with our PreK-12 school partners and the use of research-based approaches for assessing our teacher candidates' performance in the field. The Teacher Education Council addressed both by choosing to use the Danielson Framework for teacher evaluation as our program's model because of its adoption, too, by the Bismarck and Dickinson school systems in which our candidates have most of their field experiences. For the training required to use the model, Dickinson Public Schools (DPS) agreed to pay the bulk of the cost and to invite us to join their administrators for the first part of training in June and to join their teachers for the last part of training in August (see this). This arrangement saved DSU $3,000 on the cost of the training. Kudos to Dr. Olson and Dr. Daniels for collaborating with DPS to fund the training--and to Ms. Melanie Kathrein with DPS for arranging for our participation in their training sessions, providing a foundation for future teamwork with our local schools and for success in the accreditation process.
IVN (Interactive Video Network) Classroom Training
On August 10, we received an e-mail to the faculty listserv announcing a workshop to train faculty on how to teach effectively in an IVN classroom. I recommend that you attend if any of your classes this semester will be taught via IVN from Dickinson to Bismarck or vice versa (see this).
Student Education Association
This year Dr. Daniels will join Dr. Rasmussen and Ms. Krueger in advising the Student Education Association, an organization for university students pursuing careers in teaching. Last year Ms. Krueger and Dr. Rasmussen worked together to involve BSC and DSU Bismarck teacher candidates in joint activities, including visiting the legislature during a hearing regarding PreK-12 education bills. Dr. Daniels will work with Ms. Krueger and Dr. Rasmussen to plan and carry out service projects, social activities, and professional events that involve the SEA students in Dickinson, as well. If you have ideas for SEA activities, then please contact one of those three advisors.
Graduate Survey Results
The Office of Institutional Research and Planning has released the results of the 2014-15 Graduate Exit Survey. You can view the results specific to our department by clicking here. Please review these data and be prepared to discuss them at our department meeting on August 26 (see this).
If you do not already subscribe to the DSU Newsletter, then I recommend that you sign up to receive it via e-mail. Here is the August issue, and here is the subscription page. It offers good news about DSU, details about upcoming events, hyperlinks to helpful resources . . . and it's free!