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September 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03

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 Sue White, executive assistant to the Senate Office, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943, or by email at senate@pobox.upenn.edu

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Welcome and Introductions: Faculty Senate Chair Camille Charles welcomed the 2011-2012 Faculty Senate Executive Committee and brief introductions from members in attendance followed.

Chair’s Report: Faculty Senate Chair Camille Charles reported that the October SEC meeting will be held at the University Club with a reception following the meeting at 5 p.m. She stated that the October meeting will feature two discussions: one discussion on the Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence lead by Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Lynn Lees and Vice President for Institutional Affairs Joann Mitchell, followed by a conversation with the Provost. Dr. Charles reported that the ad hoc Faculty Climate Review Subcommittee met this summer and submitted a list of suggested revisions to Vice Provost Lynn Lees for the faculty climate survey. She explained that the ad hoc Sabbatical committee met once in the spring and is ready to start meeting this fall.

Past Chair’s Report: Faculty Senate Past Chair Bob Hornik reported that he attended the first Capital Council meeting and reminded the Executive Committee that he is bound by a confidentiality agreement not to discuss the work of Capital Council outside of the committee. He reported that the Academic Planning & Budget Committee has not met yet. 

Discussion on the Draft 2011-2012 Senate Committee Charges: Faculty Senate Chair Camille Charles summarized the draft 2011-2012 charges. 

Discussion on Issues to Shape the 2011-2012 SEC Agenda: SEC members had a robust discussion and suggested a range of topics that might be added to this year’s SEC agenda. 

Almanac - September 13, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03