News and Tasks
Mid-Monthly Update from the Chair | 2016 February
Draft of Fall Semester Class Schedule
I submitted a draft of the fall semester schedule of classes for our department. I would like your feedback before it is time for me to submit a second draft.
The Master Grid of Classes
Please click here to view the spreadsheet that shows all the classes on a day-by-day grid. Click on the "1710" tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet to get to next fall's schedule.
Here's the color code: orange is psychology, yellow is elementary, blue is secondary, green is PreK-12, and gray is BSC (classes that we don't teach but that it's helpful for me to keep in mind when scheduling DSU classes in Bismarck).
If you would like to propose an alternative time or day for one of your classes, then keep in mind the color codes and look for another time slot that does not conflict with other courses that a student would need to take at that time.
And note that all times are shown in the Mountain time zone.
P.S. I already know that, on the next draft, I will need to move the ELED/SEED 398B/C classes to allow two instructors of IVN classes to teach from either campus without being obligated to be on one campus or the other for a face-to-face ELED/SEED 398B/C class on the same day. I'll work on that.
The List of Classes by Instructor
Please click here to view a listing of classes by instructor and semester. It shows what you might teach in the spring, too, to complete your teaching load for the academic year. You can give me feedback on that, too. (Throughout the document, B = Bismarck, D = Dickinson, OL = online, F2F = face-to-face . . . and IVN = IVN!)
P.S. Adjustments may need to be made, too, once we have completed the search process for the two new education faculty in our department, depending on their particular areas of expertise.
If all looks okay to you, then you need not contact me. However, if you would like to propose changes, then please let me know by 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 3.
Honor for a Colleague
Check out this article about Ms. Joan Riley, recipient of the 2016 ND Music Educator of the Year award. Joan teaches music in the Bismarck Public Schools. She also teaches music education courses for Bismarck State College and has done the same for Dickinson State University in Bismarck. Our congratulations to her on receiving this honor!
ND State Standards Implementation Guide
At the start of February, I was asked by the ND Regional Education Associations (REAs) to announce to you the availability of a new resource: the ND State Standards Implementation Guide. The REAs created it to help teachers and administrators "fully implement" the state's standards and identify areas for professional development. Check it out here.
Mid-Term Grading Required
On February 25, Ms. Kathy Meyer, the Director of Academic Records, sent an e-mail with instructions for submitting mid-term grades. Please read it carefully and tend to the deadline: 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 9.
Kathy notes, "All faculty and teaching staff (except dual credit) are expected to participate." Kathy's message went to the DSU faculty listserv, which is why I ask adjunct instructors
Annual Self-Evaluations Due
Just a reminder that faculty members have a deadline coming up: your Faculty Self-Evaluation Forms and Annual Tenure Plans (or Post-Tenure Plans, as the case may be) are due to the chair by March 15. On February 10, I sent faculty in our department an e-mail with more details. See also the "Important Dates" tab above.
News from Heritage Foundation
On February 17, Mr. Ty Orton, Executive Director of the DSU Heritage Foundation, met with me to share some news about the progress being made by the new foundation. He shared these documents. One explains the foundation's scholarship campaign; another explains the endowment campaign; and the third tells how faculty members can get involved in contributing to those campaigns. Ty will be joining us at an upcoming department meeting to talk more about it all and to answer any questions that we may have at that time.
This week I have been in Las Vegas, NV to attend the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. You can read more about it here. If you would like to see evidence of my attendance, then click here to view video highlights of yesterday's events. I'm featured at 4:45 and 4:46 (you can see two of my tweets in the Twitter stream on display) and again at 6:50 (in a blue shirt with my back to the video camera).
If you would like to view my notes from the conference sessions, then you can click here. Also, I will report on the conference at the March 2 meeting of the Teacher Education Council.