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                                                            AETL and CTE
                                                 Presentation and Discussion

Title: Increasing and Sustaining Higher Education Faculty Involvement in Improving K-16
Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning: The Georgia Story

Presenters: Dr. Dorothy Zinsmeister and Dr. Charles Kutal (from the University System of Georgia)

When: Thursday, February 22, 2007, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Where: Critique Hall, Room 0104
             Plant Sciences Building
             University of Maryland

Background of the Presenters

Dr. Dorothy Zinsmeister is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the University System of Georgia (USG) and is Associate Project Director for the Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics (PRISM). She is a biologist.

Dr. Charles Kutal is Associate Dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and is an area PI for PRISM. He is a chemist.

Comments on the Presentation

Drs. Zinsmeister and Kutal were invited by AETL through Don Langenberg. They visited our campus (and with the provosts of the USM) in order to discuss a policy recently implemented at USG involving the reward structure for faculty engaged in college activities not included in the realm of traditional discipline research. Their visit was
co-sponsored by CTE.

The USG Policy Manual pertaining to this topic is referred to as “Work in the Schools”. Selected portions of the Manual follow, as do the Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Regents of USG from October 10 and 11, 2006 where this topic was discussed.


The after dinner pose: Spencer, Frank, Chuck,Cindy, Dorothy, Denny and John Wolfe from USM.

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Dorothy explains the USG policy.

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Jordan, Frances, David May from USM and Don heed how it was done at USG.

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Dorothy and Chuck field questions as Denny moderates.

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Denny, Chuck and Dorothy drop in on Andrea Levy, Associate VP of Academic Affairs.

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Don, Chuck, Dorothy, Provost Destler and Denny after their meeting.

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                                   Policy Manual: Section 800: Personnel


Board of Regents' approval of University System of Georgia institutions to prepare teachers includes the expectation that public colleges and universities with a teacher preparation mission will collaborate with the K-12 schools. University System institutions that prepare teachers will support and reward all faculty who participate significantly in approved teacher preparation efforts and in school improvement through decisions in promotion and tenure, pre-tenure and post-tenure review, annual review and merit pay, workload, recognition, allocation of resources, and other rewards. Participation in teacher preparation and in school improvement may include documented efforts of these faculty in:

  • Improving their own teaching so as to model effective teaching
  • practices in courses taken by prospective teachers;
  • Contributing scholarship that promotes and improves student
  • learning and achievement in the schools and in the university; and
  • Collaborating with public schools to strengthen teaching quality and to increase student learning.

The Chancellor shall issue guidelines, to be published in the Academic Affairs Handbook, which serve to encourage formal institutional recognition and reward for all faculty in realizing the expectations embodied in this policy (BR Minutes, October 2006).


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