University Committee on Teaching
The Committee on
Undergraduate Teaching has as its general charge:
To propose and review procedures to enhance the quality of
undergraduate teaching at the university. This general task includes the
following specific functions:
(a) To advocate the
importance of teaching effectiveness for considerations of reappointments,
promotion, and tenure.
(b) To work with the Center
for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Office of Faculty Development (Provost's Office)
and the Dean of Undergraduates to identify, recommend, and review the
effectiveness of incentives and opportunities for faculty to improve teaching.
(c) To recommend and
nominate, or to encourage nominations of, deserving Rice faculty members for
teaching awards given outside the campus, such as statewide or national awards,
supported by resources of the CTE in this endeavor.
(d) To administer the
procedure for determining the winners of the Brown Teaching Awards.
(e) To administer the
solicitation and review of proposals for grant support to faculty for
innovative teaching projects under the Brown Foundation grant and make
recommendations for funding to the Provost’s Office; to coordinate with the CTE
in publicizing results from the Brown Grants.
(f) To review
periodically the procedures for student evaluation of teaching administered by
the Registrar's Office, supported by CTE and IT resources in this endeavor.
(g) To review and
support digital education initiatives including on-line courses offered for
Rice and non-Rice students and their connection to improving teaching effectiveness
(h) To propose recommended revisions to this charge at the
end of the year.
(i) To prepare a
brief, written report on the activities of the committee at the end of
each academic year and to submit copies of this report to the president of the
university, the provost, and the Faculty Senate.