The regular meeting of the faculty of the Department of Statistics was held on Zoom at 12:30pm, November 23, 2020. Abel Rodriguez, Department Chair, presided at the meeting. Kristine Chan was recording secretary.
Minutes from the previous faculty meeting (11/09) were reviewed and no comments were made by the faculty who were present. Since there were not enough faculty at the time of the vote, it had been determined that the vote be conducted electronically via Catalyst poll.
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Visit – Best Practices Around Remote Learning and Academic Integrity: Beth Kalikoff, from the Center of Teaching and Learning (CTL) gave a presentation on best practices around remote learning and academic integrity. She made many references to the CTL website. You can also find this information and the recording of presentation on our website: https://stat.uw.edu/center-teaching-learning-resources
Peer Teaching Reviews During Pandemic: Abel opened the floor for discussion on peer teaching reviews during the pandemic, if we should continue having evaluations done remotely since everyone is projected to work or stay at home for the rest of the academic year.
A few faculty remarked on the need to continue having peer teaching evaluations each quarter due to their role in reappointment and promotion cases. They suggested to have the peer evaluations to be rotated amongst smaller groups (3-4 people), and asked that peer teaching assignments be sent out earlier in the quarter for more time to observe classes and prepare evaluations.
Another faculty brought up having the option to opt out of peer evaluations while we are in remote instruction mode. This then led to a report from the department’s Senator, who mentioned ongoing discussions in the UW Faculty Senate meeting pertaining legislation that would make student evaluations not count against faculty during the pandemic. This legislation has not yet, however.
STAT 512 & 513 Discussion: Faculty briefly discussed STAT 512 & 513 course and theory exam materials being circulated amongst Statistics and Biostatistics students. It was mentioned that most materials were shared amongst Biostatistics students than Statistics. There was a concern that our department was intentionally withholding the information from our students but that was not the case; it was simply the two departments having different practices of handling information. Abel assigned the First Year Exam committee to determine a common policy for sharing materials for the exam and the underlying courses, which will then be communicated to students in both departments.
The faculty meeting was adjourned at 2:05pm.