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COFAC Dean’s Address and College Town Hall 30 September 2014
Outline • Welcome • Introductions • A few updates • Your feedback on COFAC goals
Slide 2 remarks • I’m so glad you are all here. Before we start talking about college matters a brief university-level perspective. As you know, President Loeschke is on leave for the fall semester. Provost Tim Chandler is serving as Acting President and Vice Provost Maggie Reitz as Acting Provost. They are committed to President Loeschke’s vision and working to keep things as seamless as possible. • They are doing an excellent job and COFAC is on track. Our college is strong and moving forward.
New Tenure-track Faculty • Melanie Formentinin MCCS – Strategic Communication, Public Relations Theory, Sports Communication, Crisis Management (Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University) • Kyongseok Kim in MCCS – Advertising, Consumer Information Processing, Advertising Effectiveness, Health Communication (Ph.D. University of Georgia) • Joe Kraemer in EMF – Filmmaker, media practitioner, cinematography, lighting and sound design for film (M.F.A. Temple University)
New Visiting Faculty • Kate Collins in Arts Integration (Ph.D. Ohio State University) – Program Direction and Arts Integration • Lynn Tomlinson in EMF (M.F.A. Towson University) - Animation and Visual Effects • Elia Powers in MCCS (Ph.D. University of Maryland) – Mass Communication Research Methods
New Lecturers • James Cosper– Art – Graphic Design • Kim Hopkins – Art – Graphic Design • Kim Sels – Art – Art History • Jon Lundak– Art - Sculpture • Michael Duffy – EMF – Film and Media History • Erin Witte – MCCS – Public Speaking and Rhetoric Studies • Marcy Lightfoot – MCCS – Public Speaking and Nonverbal Communication • Darcey Morris – MCCS – Communication Studies Research Methods • Samuel Baltimore - Music – Music History • Michelle Humphries – Music - Percussion
New Regular Staff • Joanna Pecore in Asian Arts and Culture • Jayme Guenther in Marching Band • Emily Romeo in Art
COFAC Fellows 2014-15 • Beth Haller - MCCS • Susan Isaacs - Art History Hussman Center for Adults with Autism
College Leadership • College Council • Chair Jeff Howard Music • Vice Chair Phil Davis Art • COFAC PTRM • Chair Stuart Stein Art • Curriculum Committee • Chair Meg Algren MCCS • Diversity Committee • Chair Nahid Tootoonchi Art
Updates • Budget • Planning for the 150th • Success of Ailey Camp and continuation of Ailey II TU Turns 150
Slide 10 remarks • We ended last year in good fiscal shape. The college budget this year was flat, the state allocation to the college did not increase. But we have enough to do what we need and much of what we want to do. • Tom Cascella from Theatre is our COFAC liaison to the 150th steering committee. The COFAC 150th committee, which was formed last year, will begin meeting again soon. • AileyCamp was a big success, 50 campers for 2 weeks in summer 2014. We plan to have camp again in 2015, for 4 weeks.
New initiatives • TSEM faculty group • IDFA interdisciplinary team-teaching group • Grad student get together • New faculty welcome with tickets • Recruiting • Dean’s blog • Faculty exchanges/research in Turkey
Slide 12 remarks • TSEM faculty group – Friday, October 17th 2 300-430 (exact time is flexible). An opportunity for all faculty to meet and discuss COFAC-wide TSEM courses. Different courses at the same time for cross-section collaboration, COFAC interdisciplinary TSEMs, brainstorming about new approaches. • IDFA/Team teaching meeting – Friday, November 21st @ 300-430 (exact time is flexible). Open group discussion about overcoming road blocks to team teaching, how to support more interdisciplinary courses. Leadership from recent, successful team teachers and IDFA faculty.
COFAC Connections to Community • Creative Alliance • Clayworks
Slide 14 remarks • COFAC helped to support and host the Make it & Break it Art to Dine for event at the Creative Alliance on September 12th at Skylofts in Highlandtown. This was a successful, sold-out event to learn traditional piñata making and eat authentic Mexican cuisine. • On Saturday, October 18th COFAC will join with Clayworks in Mt. Washington for Firefest. Faculty members Ryan Murray and Phil Davis will provide the music. Rich Holt and Ceramics students will participate. Morgan State ceramics students will participate too.
Priorities and Goals Activity • On your table, copies of TU 2020 plan and draft COFAC plan • On the wall are posters with brief synopses • 10 priorities of COFAC align with TU • Suggested goals are listed under each
10 Priorities • At your table each person take a card and pick your top three priorities from the ten in the draft plan • Once you have your three, discuss as a group and pick your top three for the table • Write these three on the card on your table and put into the box for us to collate later • Add your individual cards to the box if you want
Goals • Now take a look at the goals under each of the priorities • If you brought a write-in goal write it on the post-it pad at your table to use later
Using your six red dots go to the posters on the wall Put your dots next to the goals that you think are the most important for COFAC You can vote for six separate goals or use two, three, or even all six on one goal if you think it is that important
Discussion • What do you see from what we just did? • Take a moment to write down comments for the suggestion box (Innovator Doug Hall says that reflecting and writing during brainstorming deepens your thinking)
Write-in Goals • If you brought write-in goals now is the time to add them to the priorities already posted • Write on the post-it pad at your table • Come to the podium and read aloud to the group • Add to the appropriate priority
Next Round • Put your gold dots on the goal or goals that are most important to you personally in your own work at Towson or in your world view.
Discussion Feedback Comment cards
Final Round • Use your blue dots • Add blue dots if, after discussion or reflection, you wish to revisit or rethink your earlier vote for the most important COFAC goals
Discussion Feedback Comment cards
Thank you • Thank you to everyone for your participation • We will collate your input and share with everyone • Next steps back to College Council