Faculty Senate Teaching Grants Committee
Minutes: August 31, 2000
Members Present: Jeff Shinpaugh, Purificacion Martinez, Rick
Niswander, Hanna Jubran, Harrell Allen, Heather Ries, Randy
Joyner, and Ed Schumacher.
Members Absent: Matthew Mahar, Rose Postel, Scott Frisch, and
Ex-Off. Members Absent:Maggie O'Hara, Rep. of Faculty Chair/
Business, Dorothy Clayton, Rep. of VCAA/, Faculty Development
Center, Anna Vance, Rep. of VC for Health Sciences/Nursing
Others Present: Richard Ringeisen, VC for Academic
Affairs, Bob Morrison, Chair of the Faculty, and Lori Lee,
The meeting was called to order at 3:00 PM by Bob Morrison, Chair
of the Faculty . Vice Chancellor Ringeisen addressed the
committee and thanked members for their support of shared
governance. He then made comments in response to a memo from the
1999-2000 committee Chair, Rick Niswander. The memo described
difficulties with the timing of the funding of Dual Grants for
salary support and non-salary expenses related to the projects.
In prior years, the work paid by salary funding must be completed
during Summer Session I and is thus supported by funds from the
"old" fiscal year (prior to June 30) while the expense money is
not available until the "new" fiscal year (beginning July 1).
Problems arose in evaluating proposals in which the applicant
needed the expense money for supplies or materials that would be
used in the work supported by the salary stipend. As a
consequence, the committee was unable to consider for funding
several worthy proposals because the expense money was deemed
essential to performing the salaried work. Vice Chancellor
Ringeisen stated that it would be possible to release the money
for expenses in the Spring Semester so that the grant recipients
would have access to it prior to or in conjunction with beginning
their projects. He also reaffirmed his previous commitment to
allot a fixed pool of money for the grants and agreed to consider
increasing the amount if there was evidence that excellent
proposals were not being funded.
Purificacion Martinez pointed out that a number of members of the
committee had received various awards or promotions since the
committee last met. These included University-wide
teacher/scholar awards for Matt Mahar and Hanna Jubran; promotion
and tenure for Jeff Shinpaugh and Hanna Jubran; and a new
position as Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the School of
Business for Rick Niswander.
Officers were elected with Rick Niswander as Chair, Purificacion
Martinez as Vice-Chair, and Heather Ries as Secretary.
Since proposals are due Monday, October 2nd, it was decided that
the committee officers would hold two informational meetings for
potential grant applicants on Thursday, Sept.14th at 10:00 AM and
Friday, Sept. 15th at 2:00 PM.
For the purpose of selecting this semester's meeting times, Rick
asked that committee members e-mail him with times when they are
not available to meet.
He also mentioned old business that the committee may want to
consider in the spring after the main work of recommending the
grant recipients is completed. Items included making it
possible for faculty members to apply for teaching grants online
and establishing a set meeting time for the committee.
The meeting adjourned at 3:30.