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of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies
and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Senate
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Executive Committee Actions
October 22, 2003
Senate Chair Lance Donaldson-Evans updated the Executive Committee
on the work of the Faculty Senate Committees, including the Ad Hoc
Committee on Faculty Development, the Senate Committee on Administration
and the Senate Committee on the Faculty. Professor Donaldson-Evans
informed SEC that at next month's meeting the Committee on
the Faculty would be presenting their report on the School of Medicine's
Academic Clinician Track, and that Dean Arthur Rubenstein and Vice
Dean for Faculty Affairs Alan Wasserstein would be attending the
meeting. It was also noted that Vice President for Public Safety
Maureen Rush is also scheduled to give SEC an update on campus safety
Chair's Report on Academic Planning and Budget and Capital
Council. No report. Past Chair
Mitch Marcus was out of town and could not attend the meeting.
Update from Lee Stetson, Dean of Admissions. Dean
Stetson provided an overview of Penn's standing with regard
to undergraduate admissions. Topics covered included the University's
outreach and recruiting, multicultural recruitment and retention,
and early-decision admissions. The Committee was also given updated
data on applications, matriculations and yield. The Committee thanked
Dean Stetson for his efforts and commented on the fine caliber of
students now attending Penn.
Committee on the Faculty Report on SEAS' proposal for Senior
Lecturers. SEC approved SEAS'
request for a Senior Lecturer track. The Committee noted, though,
that it would like to be provided with some clarification as to
whether the Senior Lecturer position is a full-time position. It
was agreed that the Senate Office would contact the Associate Provost
to look into this. If it is indeed intended to be a full-time position,
SEC would like the Faculty Handbook to reflect this for all
the Schools that currently have senior lecturers on staff.
Committee Elections. Elections
were held for the 2003-2004 Nominating Committee. The results will
be published for the faculty-at-large in an upcoming edition of
Club Discussion and Questionnaire. The
Committee held its initial discussion on its views on the use of
the Faculty Club. It was agreed that the questionnaire would be
distributed electronically to SEC to allow members to gain input
from their constituencies. A follow-up discussion will be held at
a future meeting.
New Business. SEC discussed the events concerning Rui
DaSilva and Public Safety. It was agreed that the Senate Chair would
send a letter to the Daily Pennsylvanian on behalf of SEC
calling for an in-depth and impartial review of the events of October
11, and that the findings of this review be made to the Penn community.
SEC will also express its support of Ann Farnsworth-Alvear and Rui
DaSilva's request that the police department's policy
regarding profiling and race-based stops be made public.
Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 10,
October 28, 2003