Below is an example of goals that were listed for the beginning process of rank, salary, and tenure for Animal Science faculty.
Upon joining the faculty of the School of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in fall of 2009, I laid out goals for the short and long term. I am pleased to have seen progress toward many of those goals and completion of others.
My main goals for my teaching my first three courses here at UWP were to create effective syllabi that the students would find useful and create classroom and lab activities that followed and accomplished the student learning outcomes outlined in the syllabi. I feel I successfully attained those goals although I have learned a great deal from the students and colleagues throughout the semester about how I can more effectively teach these courses. I need to expand my use of teaching methods to include a variety of resources. This semester I believe I used PowerPoint presentations too heavily at times. Learning from this I intend to make better use of additional teaching methods in the coming semesters.
Having three courses with rather large student numbers was initially daunting but by the end of the semester I was able to address each student by name and my open-door policy was very well-received by the majority of my students.
At the beginning of the semester I was assigned twelve advisees and by the end of the semester I was able to successfully meet with, advise, and register all of those advisees in addition to three more that I accrued. I very much enjoy the role of advisor and I look forward to being assigned more advisees in the future.
Scholarly & Professional Activities
After a number of years out of academia, I was able to renew my professional membership in the American Dairy Science Association as well as regularly reviewing submitted manuscripts to two peer-reviewed animal science journals (Journal of Dairy Science and International Journal of Animal Science). I further intend to initiate membership into the American Dairy Goat Association, as I continue to have opportunities to work with the areas goat producers.
My involvement as co-advisor of the Pioneer Dairy Club has been very rewarding. The interaction with the students in the School of Agriculture at that level is beneficial for both the students and myself. I may have been a bit too timid at the start of the semester with regard to making suggestions for the club however over time I believe I can be a tremendous resource for those students in the Pioneer Dairy Club.
University & Community Service
I had two main goals for my first semester with regard to University & Community Service. One of those goals was to find one or two committees on which to serve, preferably at both the University and Departmental levels. I was able to obtain a seat on the University’s Improvement of Learning Committee which meets every other week on Tuesdays. While I have not yet found a committee at the Department level on which to serve, I find that attending the regular School of Agriculture meetings has great benefit, as does attending the frequent Animal Science Group meetings. With regard to the latter, the group is in the process of preparing for an APC review in April of 2010 and I have done my best to add comments and suggestions where appropriate.
The second goal that I had with regard to University & Community Service was to get involved in a local 4-H club. While I have not gotten involved a great deal, I have discovered an area of Wisconsin 4-H that I intend to pursue in greater depth in 2010 and that is 4-H STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). As a woman in a STEM field, I feel I would have much to offer and much to gain by involvement in this area of the community.
I have had the privilege to meet with several local goat producers and converse with them regarding their management practices and I hope to continue to be able to be of assistance to the Wisconsin Dairy Goat producers in the future. I have also met with two of the local cheese factories to begin to establish a relationship for our students, for the benefit of classroom experiences and for potential internship opportunities.
Overall I have felt very welcome in the School of Agriculture and at the University as a whole. I have been able to work with many of my colleagues throughout this first semester. I look forward to making opportunities to interact with more faculty and staff members in the School of Agriculture, throughout the University, and throughout the UW System.