December 15, 2010

1:00-2:00 p.m. Evans 115

Members present: Emelia Benjamin, Peter Cahn (recorder), Isabel Dominguez, Stephanie Lee, Jane Liebschutz (chair), Christopher Shanahan

Guests: Julie Crosson, Henri Lee, Rob Lowe, Craig Noronha

I. Effective Feedback seminar preview

A. Facilitators for February 7, 2011 seminar presented their plan

B. Committee members offered suggestions

II. Strategies for managing change

A. E-mail communications

Peter Cahn reported on an experiment in the flow of information. During January 2011, the chair’s office will send out one message a week with the events calendar.

The committee felt it would be helpful to have each talk’s title clearly displayed along with the date and time. Events for fellows should not be included. Events not in the specified format should be removed from the calendar. Ideally, the message could be separated by category: lecture, grant deadline, and so on.

Action plan: Peter will contact section administrators who contribute to the calendar with specific instructions for formatting events.

B. Revisit ideas from last meeting

Christopher Shanahan proposed a series called “Life Outside of Medicine” where faculty could showcase their artistic hobbies. It would be an informal, social event.

The committee discussed the appropriate format for the event–should it be a standalone wine and cheese reception at the end of the day or combined with an orientation for new faculty?

Action plan: Continue the discussion at the next meeting.

III. Family leave policy

A. Feedback for BU campus on draft policy
B. Compare with Faculty Practice Plan policy
C. Managing expectations

Action plan: Tabled

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