SENATE From the Chair
Section 15 of the Rules of the Faculty Senate, notification
to members of the Faculty Senate may be accomplished
by publication in Almanac. The following is published
pursuant to that rule.
||Members of the Faculty Senate
||Lance Donaldson-Evans, Chair
of Special Meeting of Faculty Senate to Consider
Proposed New Standing Committee on Faculty
Development, Diversity and Equity
of Meeting. A special meeting of the Faculty Senate
will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at 2:30 p.m.
in the Faculty Club, The Inn at Penn, 3600 Walnut St.
Adjournment will be no later than 3 p.m.
2. Agenda. The
agenda for the special meeting follows:
pursuant to Section 17 of the Rules of the Faculty Senate
to amend those Rules to (i) establish a new Standing Committee
on Faculty Development, Diversity and Equity and (ii) add
the name of that Standing Committee to Section 9(h)(i)
of the Rules of the Faculty Senate.
Adjournment (3 p.m.).
3. Background. During
the 2002-2003 academic year, the Faculty Senate Executive
Committee (SEC) discussed steps that might be taken by
the Senate in response to the Gender Equity Report. The
Senate tri-chairs met with various members of the University
community for input, including, Pheobe Leboy (co-chair
of the gender equity committee issuing last year's report),
Lois Evans (Chair of the Association of Women Faculty and
Administrators), and Stephanie Abbuhl (Director of FOCUS
on Health and Leadership for Women of the School of Medicine).
The chairs also conferred with Vice President and General
Counsel Wendy White about legal aspects of addressing inequities.
its March 2003 meeting, SEC approved creation of an ad
hoc committee on faculty development to address issues
of faculty mentoring, diversity and equity across the University.
The ad hoc committee was charged in December 2003
to review the Chair's memorandum and related SEC discussion
as reflected in the SEC meeting minutes, as well as other
documents relevant to faculty development and diversity,
and to develop a charge for a new standing committee on
faculty development, diversity and equity. The following
proposed charge was presented to SEC and approved on February
Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity, and
Equity is charged to: