|SENATE From the Senate Office
April 23, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 30
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Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Chair Susan Margulies reported that the March SEC meeting, a Faculty Forum on The Future of Research-Intensive Institutions of Higher Learning, was a success and can be viewed on the Senate’s webpage: www.upenn.edu/faculty_senate/announcements.html She asked each SEC member to send the name of a non-SEC faculty member from their constituency who will be a good candidate to serve on the 2013-2014 Nominating Committee. She noted that the next SEC meeting will feature the Senate committee reports and will be held in the Hourglass Room at the Inn at Penn with a reception following the meeting.
Past-Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Past Chair Camille Charles reported that the School of Arts & Sciences will be providing faculty sabbatical credit information to faculty annually as part of their salary letter. She noted that the School of Arts & Sciences’ Dean presented summary faculty climate data to the department chairs.
Discussion and Vote on a draft Resolution Regarding the Sabbatical Leave Policy. After a robust discussion SEC passed the following resolution with 21 votes in favor and one abstention:
The recommendations below were drafted by the Senate Committee on Faculty and the Administration (SCOA), based on the report prepared by the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Sabbatical Committee. SCOA encourages that a flexible attitude should be maintained by both the Department Chair and faculty members to provide opportunities for scholarly leave. SCOA urges academic and clinical departments across the Schools to implement the following practices regarding faculty sabbatical leaves:
• Descriptions of different sabbatical options, including part-time sabbatical leaves when applicable, should be readily available. For clinical faculty, the specific duties from which the faculty member would normally be relieved should be clearly defined.
• Procedures for requesting a sabbatical, including how far in advance the faculty member must notify their department, should also be clear.
Clarification of Appointment and Promotion Requirements for Standing Faculty Clinician Educator. Lynn Lees, vice provost for faculty; and the following representatives from the four health schools: Lisa Bellini, vice dean for faculty and resident affairs in the Perelman School of Medicine, Sherrill L. Adams, director of faculty advancement and diversity in the School of Dental Medicine; Olena Jacenko, diversity director/faculty affairs liaison in the School of Veterinary Medicine; and Neville Strumpf, professor in the School of Nursing updated SEC on draft Principles for the Clinician Educator faculty track representing a year-long effort by the four health schools to define and clarify the purpose of the CE track. Dr. Bellini presented the following to SEC members: the rationale behind the need to clarify the CE track; the evolution of the CE track; data on the faculty track composition at each school; Perelman School of Medicine CE track analysis; faculty track comparisons; and the draft CE track principles. She showed the growth of the CE track and explained that this growth is due to an increasing demand for clinical care and the need for ever-increasing sub-specialists and added that the educational mission for the CE track has grown by over 9% and is responsible for generating substantial research income. She reviewed the Faculty Handbook language for the CE track proposing that the language in the handbook be revised to bring it into line with current practice in such a way that will be relevant for the four health schools. Dr. Bellini explained that there are current challenges for the CE track due to declining reimbursement for clinical care and declining research funding. She reviewed all of the faculty tracks highlighting their differences, particularly the Academic Clinician track. She reviewed the current CE faculty size and cap in the four health schools and outlined a proposal for possible changes.
SEC members and the representatives from the four health schools had a robust discussion on the purpose of caps, responsibility for enforcement of the CE track to generate a level of practice income to support their position, and the impact of the distribution of faculty tracks regarding faculty governance. SEC members agreed that the Senate Committee on Faculty and the Academic Mission will review the draft Principles for the CE track before the end of the academic year.
Discuss the 2011-2012 Economic Status of the Faculty Report. Senate Economic Status of the Faculty Chair Sarah Kagan reviewed the 2011-2012 Economic Status of the Faculty Report (Almanac February 26, 2013) and recommendations with SEC members. Faculty Senate Chair Susan Margulies explained that the Tri-Chairs discussed the report in a Consultation meeting with the President and Provost. SEC members had questions about the persistent gender disparities in data, nine-month salary adjustments, and the cost of living adjustments when comparing Penn to her peers. Faculty Senate Chair Susan Margulies thanked Sarah Kagan for her time noting that this report is very labor-intensive. She also noted that the administration has been very helpful providing the committee with confidential data and additional analyses to allow for detailed evaluation.