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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Agenda
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Chair’s Report: Faculty Senate Chair Neville Strumpf reminded SEC about the Faculty Senate-sponsored symposium, Youth and Aging: Penn Integrates Knowledge Locally and Globally. Dr. Strumpf reminded SEC that the panels would be comprised of Penn faculty from across the campus, and will highlight interdisciplinary research, integrative teaching, and Penn’s growing local and global engagements.
Past Chair’s Report on Academic Planning & Budget and Capital Council: Past Chair Charles Mooney updated the Executive Committee on the work of both Academic Planning & Budget and Capital Council.
Campus Development Planning Committee Update: Gary Hack, Dean, School of Design, updated the Executive Committee on the postal lands, which Penn officially acquires in January. The goal is to find the optimal use for this land over time, with “campus-driven and academically focused” guiding principles. A committee has been appointed to think about it and make recommendations to the President and Provost by next May.
Update from President Amy Gutmann and Provost Ronald J. Daniels: The President updated SEC on a number of general priorities, some of which are a global focus, collaborative learning and teaching (Penn Integrates Knowledge), and strengthening the faculty. President Gutmann also discussed fundraising and the next capital campaign. Provost Daniels also discussed recruitment and retention of the best faculty and its importance to Penn. His priorities include looking at the issues that need to be studied with regard to our acquiring top young scholars, including mentoring, work/life balance, etc.
Discussion on Provost’s Consultative Committee: Vince Price, Chair, Consultative Committee for a Deputy Provost reviewed the committee’s search process for the new deputy provost with SEC and discussed the committee’s recommendations.
Revisions to the Catastrophic Event Clause: SEC reviewed the final draft of the Catastrophic Event Clause, which included the agreed-upon revision from September’s discussion. SEC approved the document.
Selection of the Chair of the Economic Status of the Faculty Committee: Ballots were distributed for the selection of the Chair of the Economic Status of the Faculty Chair.
New Business: SEC discussed its November agenda.
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 10, November 1, 2005
November 1, 2005
Volume 52 Number 10