Tuesday, March 13, 2012


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  2. Andrea,
    Thank you for posting this opportunity to communicate about important things on campus.
    Here are a couple thoughts intended to create discussion and positive change:
    First: the 60/30/10 very often in actual contact and work hours comes out to be 60/60/40. Here is why: a) The Masters of Environmental Ed program is not factored into contact and workload hours adequately; b) it takes as many or more volumes of hours to edit/revise a thesis as doing our own faculty research; and c) it is critical that the distribution of contact hours be equal for all programs on campus (i.e. 18 contact hours/faculty member/year). In HPER it is 20, and it frequently flexes to 23 without overload pay/compensation, and without thanks. Factor in committees and add being a coordinator in a program and this equals overload. In a climate of “social justice” it seems these items could be addressed.
    Second: It has been requested for more than 10 years that The Center for Environmental Education be actually recognized and acknowledged as an operating center. Even though the grad program generates approx $163,000 annually, and the CEED office has had over $3,000,000 come through it for Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center alone (not including many other sources of funding), which funds Grad Assistantships and John Geisler’s salary, CEED is said not to be recognized as an official entity. Yet, it is integrated throughout UMD and CEHSP literature and websites. One need only go to the search bar for UMD and type in “CEED” to see how integrated CEED is on our campus and in our programs.
    Thank you again for being accessible and open for discussion :)
    Mark H Zmudy, HPER


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