SENATE From the Senate Office
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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Minutes: Minor modifications to the minutes from November’s meeting were suggested. Revised minutes will be distributed and approved at the next SEC meeting.
Chair’s Report: Members discussed the possibility of inviting faculty to the regularly scheduled October SEC meeting, where the President and Provost discuss the state of the university. This open meeting would be followed by a reception. It was also suggested that every SEC member bring two additional faculty members to the meeting, to encourage faculty participation in SEC. These suggestions were agreeable to all present.
Provost Ron Daniels will be invited to a future meeting to discuss the National Symposium on Risk and Disasters, which took place in Washington D.C. on December 4, 2005.
At a future meeting, SEC will discuss the impact of media publicity of events occurring on campus.
Steering and Council: A subcommittee, under the leadership of Past Chair, Charles Mooney, continues to examine issues regarding committee structure.
Council is studying the campus development proposals and, in particular, housing.
The President and Provost have indicated they are willing to continue Spring Fling, but the event must be carried out responsibly. Further discussion will take place after this year’s event.
Nominating Committee: A nominating committee of SEC will be announced shortly.
Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity and Equity: Sherrill Adams reported that under the leadership of Janice Bellace, Deputy Provost, the committee is developing “family friendly” guidelines. Revised policies will be presented at the January SEC meeting.
Past Chair’s Report: The Academic Planning Committee reviewed the self-study report of the NCAA. The Budget and Capital Council did not meet.
Presentation by JoAnn McCarthy, Assistant Provost for International Affairs: JoAnn McCarthy’s charge is coordinating Penn’s international activities institutionally; overseeing the student study abroad program; assisting the President and the Provost in implementing a global strategy throughout the University’s activities; and, in general, raising Penn’s international profile. Her immediate agenda is to clarify the University’s global mission; further internationalize the curriculum; increase diversity of faculty and students; provide support for faculty, among other things. Although Penn’s global visibility could be better, Dr. McCarthy believes Penn is doing well internationally. Both enrollment in the English Language Program is increasing and study abroad is increasing; enrollments of international students is stable; and the number of post-docs ranks fifth in the country.
A Task Force on Global Engagement, chaired by Deans Patrick Harker and Susan Fuhrman, (Almanac September 27, 2005) will make recommendations to the President and, after receiving her comments, will give a public report (expected date in January).
Approval of SAS Proposal for Artist-in-Residence: Dean of SAS Rebecca Bushnell announced that the proposal for Artist-in-Residence position has been approved by the SAS faculty. Dean Bushnell explained nominations for the position may come through departments, programs, centers, or simply be “targets of opportunity.” The criteria used will be similar to that for Senior Lecturer (associate, not standing, faculty; renewable term appointments), and the number of Artists-in-Residence is not to exceed three percent of the total number of Standing Faculty.
The proposal was passed by SEC. It now goes to the Provost and then to the Trustees.
New Business: John Zeller, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, has been invited to meet with SEC in January.
Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 17, January 10, 2006