with Chancellor Shepard:
Social Change and Development
December 13, 2001
Main concern understaffed, not enough faculty, too many courses, not enough teachers.
Several innovative programs were dropped including the January interim session, freshman, intermediate, and senior seminars.
Lack of resources.
Interdisciplinary is great but there is also a perpetual war between interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs.
How do you merge programs (history, social change and development and others)?
How can we have fewer meetings?
Key is interdisciplinary programs will die without more resources.
As a university we should reward interdisciplinary faculty.
Social Change and Development has committed to promoting scholarship we are better published than anywhere on campus.
Current workload is too much, so we can’t have much-needed stimulating conversation.
There does not need to be a war between interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs.
Most faculty have to contribute to interdisciplinarity but are overloaded.
Take best of each disciplinary and interdisciplinary and get an exchange going.
We have an overwhelming commitment to our own discipline but to bring faculty together to form curriculum to vulcanize is very difficult.
Cooperation between the 3 units is no longer the case.
For a campus of our size it is manageable to reform curriculum to make it more manageable so there is no competing (requires cooperation between faculty, administration and all).
Interdisciplinarity is a theme the issue is how we implement it.
Social Change and Development contributes to general education program the most, and is rather hard to do.
Humanistic Studies, Urban and Regional Studies, and Social Change and Development have large classes the rest of the university doesn’t understand
We do a lot of general education classes are we are heavily invested in them which is good for recruitment.
International education the office and program is very disbursed and not very well coordinated. Although it is not an impossible task, we don’t do anything about it.
General Education has not been looked at recently, since the mid ‘80s we need to look at it.
The problem of local culture is not necessarily true we have to work on this, not the students.
The university’s responsibility to the students includes faculty, administration, all of us.
Asking faculty to educate local culture is not necessarily the answer (we are already over-extended).
Need more of our students in overseas programs when they return they are more dedicated and focused.
Make expectations clear to students they will be more interested and excited.
Need a meeting with Women’s Studies.
Need a meeting with Humanistic Studies.
The Women’s Center was lost we need it back it was a meeting place for students the Director did programming.
Gender equity issue is both a UW System and campus issue both reports down (one by UW System and one by our campus are on the Web).
Community atmosphere and spousal jobs are both considerations when facing the issue of retaining women faculty.
Creating connections and communication regarding gender issue.
We have faculty who commit great amounts of time and degree of engagement to our program, gender issues and retention issues we treasure and appreciate them
If we have the resources we should grow.
Keep the programs we do have don’t put resources in “more” programs.
International education from an administrative standpoint is in good shape more coordination in the faculty support area needed.
Increase student population.
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