Minutes of Curriculum & Teaching Committee
March 13, 2006
1. Present: Trent Snider (Chair), Jennifer McClinton-Temple (Chair-elect), Greg Bassham, Kristi Concannon, Margaret Corgan, Hamid Hosseini, Brian Pavlac, Jeremy Simington, James Wallace
meeting was called to order at 3:45 p.m. in Room 117,
Nicholas Holodick, Associate Academic Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty
was present to report on the meeting of the Association of American Colleges
and Universities on “General Education and Outcomes That Matter in a Changing
World” in Phoenix, Arizona, March 9-11, 2006 which he attended. At the
conference he learned that many schools including Stonehill now have a faculty
member who is a full-time director of general education and he will suggest to
Fr. O’Hara that King’s consider creating a similar position. Such a director would be responsible for
monitoring and nurturing the Core by monitoring syllabi and assessment and
attending meetings about general education to be aware of trends and what other
schools are doing. Dr. Holodick believes
that some of the problems with the present Core at King’s are the result of Core
teams not being active enough and that new teachers and part-timers need to be
monitored to be sure they understand the goals and objectives of our Core courses.
4. The minutes of the Committee’s meeting of February 27, 2006 were approved as amended.
Frederick Sauls, Faculty Council Chair, has indicated that the Committee should
distribute its agenda in advance of meetings which Dr. Snider will do in the
“Report of the Curriculum and Teaching Committee Subcommittee on First-year
Seminars” was discussed. Such a course
would replace the current Critical Thinking course. It was decided that the report will be
distributed to the entire faculty and that a type of project team will be
created to consider the subcommittee’s recommendations and possibly make
additional ones. The team will be
composed of any interested faculty members who wish to be part of the group and
might be of special interest to those who would teach such a course. The group which will be organized by Dr.
Bassham will report back to the C&T Committee which also discussed the need
for a separate course for transfer students which would be slightly different than
the one taken by freshmen.
nature and role of FYE in a new Core was discussed and it was decided that Mr.
Robert McGonigle should be invited to meet with the C&T Committee to
discuss the present course.
Committee discussed a list of goals and objectives for a course on Effective
Oral Communication based on suggestions by Committee members.
9. The meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m.