Tuition increases, renovation, campus diversity and faculty awards were all covered during the faculty’s monthly meeting on Monday.
President Casey opened the meeting with discussion on the board of trustee’s winter retreat session, which focused on academic enterprise. The board also covered several other issues on campus.
These included, the proposition of potentially having a faculty member sit on the board of trustees. The final decision, however, rests with the board, not the faculty.
Further, the board voted to increase tuition to $44,674, a 4.5 percent increase.
In regards to campus construction, the scheduled renovation to the Union Building is on pace, and set to begin in May. There are scheduled updates on Hoover, planning related to a Roy. O. West renovation and Dick Vance reported that the Lily Renovation received LEED Gold Status.
Renee Madison also discussed the campus inclusion plan for the 2015-2016 school year with the hopes of developing a long-term plan. More discussions are slated for the April meeting.
John Caraher, physics professor and Comity of Academic Policy and Planning, proposed a potential change to the Winter term/May term, requiring that one of them be a DePauw led group experience; whether it be a course, traveling or service learning.
Carrie Klaus, French professor and Dean of Faculty, announced the United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award to Marnie McInnes and Alicia Suarez.
McInnes has had a profound role on campus, helping found the women’s studies program and launching the First-Year Seminar program.
Suarez, a sociology professor and published author, was described as being passionate, and caring about social justice as well as her students.
Klaus also announced that there will be diversity training for faculty with the primary focus on difference, understanding multicultural identities and transformative teaching. Inclusivity is the primary goal.
There will be an enactment of cultural sensitive guidelines in classrooms, and a culturally relevant curriculum. These workshops will be held on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. Professors are encouraged to attend.
Faculty meetings are held every first Monday of the month in the UB ballroom at 4:00pm. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to sit in on the proceedings.