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SENATE From the Senate Office

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Senate Chair Neville Strumpf at (215) 898-8802, or by e-mail at strumpf@nursing.upenn.edu.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Senate Rule Changes.  In a special meeting of the Senate, open to all members of the Senate, the Proposed Changes to the Rules of the Faculty Senate were approved. 

Chair’s Report.Faculty Senate Chair Neville Strumpf thanked SEC members for coming to the University Council meeting on May 3, 2006, resulting in a 73% turnout of SEC, which helped support a successful passage of the University Council Bylaw Revisions. “Unconscious Bias in Hiring” was distributed to SEC from the Provost’s office to promote ongoing dialogue for recruitment of a diverse faculty. She asked SEC members to read, distribute, and share this document with their colleagues. A recent NIH editorial, and success rate of NIH grants submitted 1999-2005, were reviewed, with a strong desire to continue these provocative NIH discussions next year at future SEC meetings.  She acknowledged and thanked SEC members rotating off this year.

Past Chair’s Report.  Faculty Senate Past Chair Charles Mooney updated the Executive Committee on the work of the Academic Planning and Budget Committee. He explained that Bonnie Gibson, Vice President, Office of Budget and Management Analysis, will be asked to present the budget process to the Executive Committee every fall for educational purposes. 

Revisions to the Procedure Governing Sanctions Taken Against Members of the Faculty (Handbook II.E.16)  Mark Tykocinski, Chair, Senate Committee on Administration, presented the Committee’s revision to the “Just Cause” Procedures. After careful review from the Senate Committee on Administration and some members of the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom, additional changes to the revised procedures were made. After much discussion and deliberation, SEC voted with a majority approval of the revisions to the “Just Cause” Procedures with two edits:  4.A.  removal of “consisting of five tenured faculty members selected at random from the University Tribunal”, and 6.F. removal of “with five tenured faculty members selected at random from the University Tribunal.”

Mentoring Guidelines for Junior Faculty.The Provost’s office has drafted Mentoring Guidelines as a strong response to the Mentoring Report. The Mentoring Guidelines draft was circulated for review by Department Chairs and was well received.

Presentation on Progress of the Campus Development Planning Committee.Mark Harris, Associate Vice President and Mark Kocent, Principal Planner, showed a beautiful slide presentation to SEC portraying the future development of the Postal Lands. There will be retail development along Walnut Street, new athletic fields, open green space, walkways similar to Locust Walk connecting the campus, underground parking lots, possible research facilities, all with a connected feeling to downtown Philadelphia.  This will be done in many phases over a 35-40 year period of time.

New Business.  Senate Chair Neville Strumpf thanked Past-Chair Charles Mooney and presented gifts to show her appreciation.  Dr. Neville turned the meeting over to the new Senate Chair, Vincent Price.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 34, May 23, 2006


May 23, 2006
Volume 52 Number 34


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