|SENATE From the Senate Office
May 21, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 33
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday May 8, 2013
Chair’s Report: Faculty Senate Chair Susan Margulies encouraged SEC members to read the Application of the University’s Conflict of Interest Policy to Online Teaching that was published for comment in the May 7 issue of Almanac: www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v59/n32/forcomment.html She thanked Past-Chair Camille Charles for her sage advice and experienced perspective. She also thanked Dwight Jaggard for his fresh viewpoint and welcomed Claire Finkelstein as the new Faculty Senate Chair-elect. Dr. Margulies thanked all outgoing SEC members for their service and commitment to faculty shared governance.
Dr. Margulies gave a broad overview of the 2012-2013 Senate activities and accomplishments which can be found in the Report of the Chair of the Faculty Senate. She noted that it was a busy year and highlighted the following topics that the standing Senate Committees, SEC and three ad hoc committees addressed: faculty diversity; faculty compensation; sabbatical leave; faculty administrative burdens; alignment of Faculty Handbook policies and practices; and graduate, undergraduate and online education. She urged SEC members to read the full report that contains details about the examination of this broad array of important issues: www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v59/n32/pdf_n32/050713-AnnualSenateReports.pdf
Ballot: SEC members voted to elect four faculty members to serve on the 2013-2014 University Council Steering Committee.
Debriefing of the April SEC discussion concerning the Clarification of Appointment and Promotion Requirements for Standing Faculty-Clinician Educator: Dr. Margulies explained that she and Dr. Peter Struck, chair of the Senate Committee on Faculty and the Academic Mission (SCOF) met with the representatives of the four health schools after the April SEC meeting discussion. She explained that the draft Principles had been revised to reflect concerns that were raised by SEC members at the April meeting. She noted that she encouraged the representatives of the four health schools to think about ways to monitor the proposed caps. Dr. Margulies explained the process for the next steps; noting that the final stage for any proposed changes of the CE track to the Faculty Handbook will be a review by the Senate Committee on Faculty and the Academic Mission (SCOF) and then a review and vote by the Senate Executive Committee (SEC). SEC members had a robust discussion concerning how the health school faculty tracks are able to meet the demands for scholarship, clinical duties, teaching, and research.
Senate Committee Reports: SEC heard and briefly discussed annual reports given by the chairs of Senate Committees. Senate committee reports can be found in the May 7th issue of Almanac: www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v59/n32/pdf_n32/050713-AnnualSenateReports.pdf
New Business: As the last order of business, Dr. Margulies turned the meeting over and presented the key to the Senate Chair’s office to the new Senate Chair Dr. Jaggard.
Past SEC Chairs joined the SEC meeting to thank Executive Assistant Sue White for her seven years of service and wish her luck in her new position in the Office of the Provost.