|SAUK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE SELF-EVALUATION - EV-3
Annual Professional Summary and Evaluation
(To cover the period from December to the following November)
Faculty Member _______________ Date__________________
INSTRUCTIONS: Summarize your achievements of the last year, using these questions as a guide. Develop the answers to your questions in the form of essays. Should the questions not cover what you believe to be a critical aspect of your performance, develop this under the heading of "Other." Be as specific as possible. Attach your essays to the cover sheet. The finished evaluation should be submitted to the appropriate supervisor prior to the annual review conference in November.
CRITICAL QUESTIONS FOR SELF-EVALUATION:
1. How have you contributed to the instructional and/or student service process?
examples: new techniques of instruction, counseling of students, materials, program development, grading techniques, advising, tutoring efforts, and work with the LAC, etc.
One of the changes I have made that impacts instruction is to more carefully analyze what students need to know in order to accomplish the particular goals for my courses and how the various materials and assessments work together toward that end. The course I have most completely reworked in this way is HUM 210. Attached is a concept map of the course showing how the materials, activities, and assessments “link up.” Starting with Spring semester, I have included this concept map with the syllabus (as well as posting the goals on the classroom wall) and have been pleased to see that the students do a better job of bringing information and activities that we did at the beginning of the semester to bear on the final project. This has been a problem in the past as the students are more used to learning material for a test and then discarding it as they move on to the next chapter or unit. I am hopeful that I can use the holidays to finish doing the same thing with either Hum 211 or MUS 201.
I have also reorganized my MUS 201 course to include more group activities and assessments. These activities/assessments provide those students who are bad test takers other opportunities to organize information and demonstrate their learning. One of these new group activities is a debate on two topics—Music Censorship and the Downloading Controversy. Two groups took the pro side of each topic and two groups took the con side, making for eight groups in all. I was fairly well pleased with the outcome of the debates. Many students expressed a new understanding of how complex the issues really were. However, after seeing the problems the students initially had with doing research, I have decided to devote one more class period to this activity. I also saw a need for more structure to the instructions for the debates.
As for HUM 211, I’m very excited about a new project I am incorporating into the class called “stations.” In groups, the students research a topic then create stations where they demonstrate the information for each other through 3d objects, poster sessions, PowerPoint sessions, artifacts related to the topic, and whatever else they can think of. (One of this semester’s stations included a working model of the first Ferris Wheel as presented at the 1893 World’s Fair. It was cool.) Once the stations are set up, the students “tour” the stations and take notes on the other groups’ work. Then I devise a test that includes key points from each station.
Last winter holidays, I redesigned my HUM 210 Internet course. From both experience and workshops I have attended, I came to see a need for making the course easier to navigate. For example, I changed the home page to allow students to go directly to the Units rather than making the list of Units a separate webpage. This seems to have worked; in fact, one student who attempted the course a year ago and then signed up for it again this Fall gave me a very positive response on the change. Based on this, I have already changed the design of my MUS 201 Internet course.
2. What have your contributions been to your department during the last year?
examples: new courses, course changes, course and program articulation, mentoring of new faculty, recruiting, departmental committees, advisory committee participation, etc.
The music department was very busy this last year. As for the choral end of things, we successfully put on the Madrigal Dinner in a new venue, the Post House, and followed that up with a well-received concert of student-conducted choral works (Lab Ensemble replaces Madrigal Singers in the spring). This fall we added a new group, the Jazz Ensemble, and the vocal students are excited about preparing music to perform with this group. We also made our annual trip to the Lyric Opera in March and attended a performance of La Traviata.
Recently, the department put on its Fall concert, which included all of the Sauk performing groups. Although we always make an audio recording of our performances, I recorded this concert in both audio and video in order to begin making a library to use in my MUS 201 course of musical examples and demonstrations performed by Sauk’s own students.
Last year, the Fine Arts Department met on a semi-regular basis and began to organize plans to coordinate more activities and to present a unified “face” to the community. Toward this end, I designed a Fine Arts Department website which will include sites for the Theatre and Art Departments, as well as the current Music Department website. This website will include, among other things, information for prospective students such as admissions and registration procedures, recommended courses for the AFA, departmental guidelines and requirements, and contact numbers. Counseling will also be able to use this site for prospective and incoming students. (This site would be up except for a delay caused by Bob Vander Wege’s sabbatical. It should be up in January.)
3. How have you contributed to your specific professional area?
examples: conference attendance, papers/presentations given, professional affiliations, offices held in professional organizations, development of basic materials critical to the field--books, papers, etc.
My current professional memberships include the Society for Values in Higher Education, the American Choral Conductor’s Association, the Association for Integrative Studies, the New Deal Preservation Society, and, most recently, Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies. I am also an Associate of the Newberry Library (Chicago).
I have had less involvement in professional activities this past year than I normally do. However, I did attend a seminar at the Newberry Library on The Visual Culture of the Columbian Exposition of 1893 led by Prof. Diana Dillon. Prof. Dillon and I are currently working on a website dedicated to the World’s Fair. I also attended, last May, the national convention for the New Deal Preservation Society and plan on attending the Midwest meeting in November.
This past October, I was invited by Franciscan University (Clinton IA) to give a presentation on the 1893 World’s Fair. This presentation was based on an article I wrote in 1997 called “The World’s First Infomercial? The World’s Fair of 1893.”
4. Describe your contributions to the college and students as a whole during the last year.
examples: committee assignments, committee offices held, extracurricular activities--Pow Wow Day participation, student support groups, information booth, attending board meetings, activities, etc.
My committee memberships currently include the Instructional Technology Committee and the Global Awareness Committee, which I co-chair with Randy Norris. I am also a founding member of CELT (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching).
Karen Pinter, Kevin Megill, and I plan the CELT activities. Last year we had a monthly session that addressed several interests and concerns of our faculty such as plagiarism, standards, outcomes assessment, and working with non-traditional students. Our most popular session, for the second year in a row, was the communication roundtable, which included staff and administration as well as the faculty.
Last year, I took over the organization of the Global Awareness Week from Linda Kim. Although last year’s event was smaller than usual, I did get some positive feedback and everyone who attended or participated in the various events seemed to enjoy themselves. Fortunately, we have received a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council for this year’s Global Awareness Week so I expect it to be as large and robust as those in the past.
On Wednesday, Oct. 15th, I participated in the IT Department’s Technology Fair held in the East Mall of Sauk. Using the department’s digital audio workstation, one of my students and I demonstrated how each line of a guitar duet could be recorded separately using the Pro Tools program and then manipulated to sound like a guitar quartet.
5. How have you contributed to your community during the last year?
examples: speaking engagements, membership in service groups, consulting in your profession, church participation, volunteerism, etc.
I belong to the New Beginnings care facility’s Family Advisory Board. I also, on occasion, help to lead the residents with a sing along. This year, I will be taking the Madrigal Singers to perform for the folks during the holidays.
6. Other: Describe areas of professional performance or contribution that you feel are critical in describing your performance during the last year, areas that are not described by other questions.
examples: advising, counseling, supervisory efforts, etc.
For the last couple of years I have been involved in various ways with the creation of the Gen Ed competencies. Most recently, I worked with Dr. Hecht on organizing the assessment portion of last Fall’s in-service, which focused on determining which competencies the various multi-section courses wanted to include as well as looking at departmental competencies.
7. a. Review your goals from the previous year. Discuss the status of each.
Continuing to learn how to use the software and hardware we purchased with the Engal monies.
Several recording projects have allowed me to continue to gain more expertise and facility with our digital audio workstation. These projects included using the Pro Tools software to create a soundtrack for the theatre department’s production of American Dreams as well as smaller recording sessions with students.
Adding a second and third course which will utilize the new equipment and software.
This did not come to pass because of time constraints.
Finish the “book” I have written for HUM 210 (at present the students are given these materials as Corollary Sheets)
Done and done.
Continue to design better group projects.
Well on the way, although this is the type of thing that probably will never be completed.
Develop better presentations for the Performance Skills class
A problem has arisen regarding this goal.
b. Suggest new goals for the next year.
examples: development of new curricula or programs, expansion of existing courses or programs, acquisition of new skills, development of new courses, internships, program participation, papers to be written, courses to be taken, forms of personal renewal, etc.
Design the Music for Elementary Teachers course to be offered this summer.
Create “concept maps” for HUM 211 and MUS 201
Redo the debate project in MUS 201
Complete the “homegrown” music videos for MUS 201 as well as transfer the course PowerPoint’s to CD-ROM which students will purchase along with their books (priced only to defray the cost of the CD)
Complete a CD-ROM for the Music Department that counselors can take with them to high schools
Begin offering courses on digital recording again
Take the 200 and 300 level Pro Tools courses (and therefore qualifying Sauk as a Pro Tools school)
Submit a paper for the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies conference to be held at University of Iowa in April.
Approved by I. S. Committee