volume 39, number 2
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald

Minutes

Representative Faculty Senate, Minutes October 16, 2008

1. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 1:50 PM by Senate President Karen M. Turner.

2. Provost Lisa Listens:
Among the issues that Provost Lisa discussed are the following:

  • TAUP Talks: There is a mutual agreement of the TAUP negotiating team to a 30-day extension of the contract. The President has instructed negotiators to be available 24/7 to work on coming to a speedy conclusion.
  • The Strategic Plan Update: The Plan has been accepted by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Plan will be presented to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees in December.
  • Seed Grant Proposals: Applications are now available. Faculty are asked to apply for seed grants. There were over 80 grants awarded last round totaling $800,000. The Provost asked that Faculty include a title for their submissions.
  • Enrollments: Enrollments have exceeded goals for this year. There were 4100 undergraduate freshmen (goal: 3900) and 2700 transfer students. The students love the Gen Ed courses. Even with the credit crunch, the Provost is aiming to make Temple student body the most talented and diverse of all universities.


Arts Commission: The Provost is in the process of commissioning two works: Community of the Arts and the Provost’s Permanent Art Collection. It will include student art pieces, pieces in music, dance, and the competition winning Gen Ed photographs. She wants to include theater as well. The aim is to have Temple as the ‘Destination for Arts’ in Philadelphia. Provost Lisa also encouraged people to go see Temple’s theater production, “In Conflict.” which is playing Off Broadway with the original cast of Temple students.

Questions:
Mary Sinnott, CHP asked if the art will be shared with other schools/colleges. Answer: The Provost responded that it will.

Marina Angel, Law, pointed out that President Adamany, while in office, sold Temple’s art collection as well as the Law School’s valuable Pop Art collection.

Roberta Sloan, SCT asked if there are plans for a performing arts center on campus.

Answer: send an email to the Provost and she will discuss with Tony Wagner, Chair of the Master Planning Committee.

3. Approval of Minutes:
The minutes of the September 15, 2008 meeting were approved with corrections.

4. President’s Report - Karen M. Turner:
President Turner announced that we now have video conferencing to Ambler campus and have added the Health Sciences Campus. This is an experiment and an effort to reach out to other campuses in the spirit of inclusion.

The Faculty Senate Steering Committee has met with Provost Lisa, Diane Maleson, Sr. Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs, Terry Halbert and Julie Phillips of Gen Ed, and Sandy McDade, Director of the Office of Sustainability.

Turner has met with the President of Temple Student Government (TSG), Nadine Mompremier, who is in attendance at today’s meeting. Hopefully a TSG representative will be able to attend monthly meetings as we work to strengthen relations between Faculty Senate and Temple Student Government.

Our guest speaker at the November 19 meeting will be Anthony Wagner, Vice President for Finance and Administration and CFO to discuss Temple’s finances. Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico will also provide us with her monthly update.

5. Vice President’ Report - Paul S. LaFollette:
Plans are proceeding with the special election for two committees: the University Study Leave Committee and the Personnel Committee. As soon as a list of eligible voters is obtained from HR, the information with the eligible names of faculty will be sent via listserv. Please pass this information on to your constituents.
LaFollette expressed thanks to faculty members in attendance and requested that they encourage their school/college representatives to attend future meetings.


6. Guest: Julie Phillips, Assoc. Director, Gen Ed - Update on Gen Ed Rollout:
Phillips outlined the general scope of this official first year of Gen Ed:
There are now 764 Gen Ed sections and they have provided almost 21,000 seats to new, continuing and transfer students. There were 10,000 seats in the breadth areas and more participation in Gen Ed courses than the core courses. There is still a need for courses in the Human Behavior area. We have support for the budget and specifically in the foundation areas.

Three initiatives for Gen Ed include:

  • Development of a peer teaching program. There are 15 awards set aside for the spring semester.
  • Team Teaching Initiative: interdisciplinary team teaching across schools/colleges. Monies provided include $7500 for course buyouts and $5000 award to develop models during the summer. Some applications are available for the spring semester.
  • Provost Awards for Innovations in Teaching: three awards of $4000 each. This will be included in the April awards ceremony.


Another initiative is five teaching circles to develop themes for Gen Ed. These include: the Philadelphia Experience, Sustainability, Globalization, Community Based Learning and University Libraries. One major challenge is the assessment of Gen Ed. i.e. how do we evaluate the program?

Jim Korsh (CST) asked about the number of Gen Ed classes taught by full time and NTT faculty. Response: Most are full time NTT faculty.

7. Guest: Sandra McDade, Director, Office of Sustainability
The objective of sustainability is to meet the needs of the present without compromising future generations.
The three basic aims are Environmental Protection, Economic development and Social and cultural progress.
McDade discussed some of the ways in which Temple will try to achieve sustainability as soon as possible.
Among these are encouraging research in the field, raising awareness to students and faculty, recycling, having better access to public transportation, minimizing waste, conservation of energy and water, and purchasing the most efficient appliances and equipment. Ambler is now going green.

In addition, McDade mentioned that graduate and undergraduate internships are available.
To contact Sandy McDade: smcdad01@temple.edu or sustainability@temple.edu
Turner suggested that Senators go to their schools and recommend that McDade speak at the collegiate assemblies.

8. Unfinished Business:
None

9. New Business:
The Faculty Senate Steering Committee (FSSC) presented the following motion to the Representative Senate:
‘The Steering Committee resolves that the ad hoc Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color becomes a standing committee’.

It was explained that because the motion is coming from the FSSC, a second reading is not required. The motion was moved and seconded.

Status of Faculty of Color Committee member Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon spoke to the motion. She explained that the goal of the committee is to engage in activities with an aim to promote diversity and inclusion university-wide.

The motion was passed: 30 ayes, 0 nays and 1 abstention

Art Hochner (FSBM) gave a report on the status of the contract negotiation. He also thanked everyone who attended the 10/14/08 rally.

Bruce Rader (FSBM) asked if there was a senate committee which deals with Non Tenure Track faculty concerns. Turner suggested that he send an email to the FSSC expressing his concerns.

10. Adjournment:
The meeting was adjourned at 2:56 PM

Bonnie Averbach, Secretary

 

Representative Faculty Senate, Minutes September 15, 2008

 1. Call to Order:

President Karen Turner called the meeting to order at 1:45 pm

 

2. Welcome Remarks: President Karen M. Turner:

President Turner announced that the senate meeting is being simulcast with the Ambler Campus through audio conferencing with Apreso. We hope to videoconference with other campuses soon. Professor Turner gave thanks to her predecessors, Jane Evans for her leadership during the Administrative transition and Bob Aiken, who worked to build strong relationships between administration and faculty. Both were instrumental in getting the senate vote for NTTs. She then introduced President Hart.

  

3. Guest:  President Ann Hart:

President Hart expressed the importance of leadership of the faculty.  She extended her thanks to  Karen Turner, Bob Aiken and Jane Evans for their faculty leadership during her first few years at Temple. Jane and Terry worked diligently to roll out the GenEd program. The Board of Trustees still talk about Jane and Terry and the work they did.

Among the issues that President Hart discussed are the following

 

1. Academic Planning Process:

There is a draft of the Academic Plan now with the Board of Trustees for review. It is being finalized and refined and will stand as a template for other planning and actions over the next few years in order to advance Temple as a key center of the university environment.

 

2. Campus Master Planning.

Looking at physical plant as the setting. We have retained Olin and others for this project. Two projects have emerged: Facelift to the train station which connects to Gladfelter and to the campus entrance. We will address the utilitarian needs across from the new Tyler School of Art and Engineering and Architecture School (no dumpsters or trash cans). The Physical Plan still needs work. Temple rests in the neighborhood
Planning Updates: There will be a number of town hall meetings and discussion of political planning with leaders of the community as well as planning with the neighborhood. Included are projects at the Ambler Campus and Japan Campus. Hart wants Temple to be the gateway to the North Broad Street extension of the Avenue of the Arts.

 

3. Financial Planning Process. There is a Financial Plan in progress for future years. This includes private and state funding.  At present the cost for a Temple student is 25% less than the cost of Penn State and 11% less than the University of Pittsburgh. A plan is needed for diversified funding sources, a road map for future years. Academic aspirations are also to be considered and also academic process.

 

4) Gen Ed Rollout

President Hart expressed her excitement about the Gen Ed Program with thanks to Terry Halbert. Hart said that it is of the finest quality and also brings the city into the classroom—the location, sustainability, community based learning, and Philadelphia. There are 100 pilot courses and commitment to the Philadelphia Experience.  There was an article in the Sunday Inquirer about our GenEd program. Philadelphia is a draw for Temple and we want GenEd to be successful. There are four parts:

              Globalization

              Sustainability

              Community Based Learning

              Philadelphia Experience

 

Dr. Hart then introduced the new members and others of her administration:

Kenneth Lawrence Jr. is the new Senior Vice President of Government Community and Public Affairs

 

Frank Campbell is Senior Advisor for Healthcare initiatives.

Melissa Coopersmith is the President’s Chief of Staff.

Another new member is Dr. Amid Ismeal, the new dean of the Kornberg School of Dentistry. He will join the university in October.

The other members of the cabinet are listed as set up according to the by laws, set by the Board of Trustees are the Vice Presidents.

Next is the org chart for the Executive Office of the President. These organizational charts will be available on the President’s website soon.

 

Questions and Comments by Faculty:

  1. A faculty member expressed concern about the contract negotiations and mentioned that in past contract  negotiations with some previous administrations, the way in which the faculty members were treated resulted in the faculty striking. Answer: the President could not discuss the contract, but said the negotiators should be civil and not nasty.
  2. Plans for parking:  Answer:  Parking and transportation are part of what is being considered.
  3. Suggestion to consider environment and security.  Answer: Yes, we are trying.
  4. Question about management taking Chairs out of the bargaining unit. Answer:  Not to be discussed while negotiations are in progress.

 

4. Provost Lisa Listens:

Among the issues that Provost Lisa discussed are the following:

  • The Provost’s, excitement about the past academic year, about Gen Ed having over 100 courses and now working with Betsy Leebron – the new faculty liaison.
  • She also spoke about the progress in getting new designations for NTT’s.  The guidelines have been sent out to the Deans. One Dean did not adhere to specified guidelines.
    She is now in the process of preparing the Strategic Plan to be presented to the Board of Trustees in December.  
  • The portfolio of the Provost involves the Deans of the 17 colleges and international programs.
  • Diane Maleson (Law School), now Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Faculty Affairs, will be involved in streamlining procedures, enrollment management, diversity, and work on new priorities. Her door will always be open to faculty.

 

5. President Karen Turner’s Report:

  • At the next Faculty Senate meeting, there will be audio conferencing to Ambler and Health Sciences.
  • The officers of FSSC will be visiting Collegiate Assemblies.
  • There is interest in obtaining a database to facilitate forming short term Committees.
  • Volunteers are needed to attend the October 14 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
  • Two volunteers are needed who have attended before and two are needed who have never attended.
  • On October 16, from 11 am to 2pm, the Students for Environmental Action are having a Farmers’ Market on campus.

 

6. Vice President Paul LaFollette’s Report:

With reference to Senate Committees:

-- We need faculty on the Research and Study Leaves Committee and on the Personnel Committee. Applicants must hand in a statement as to why he/she wants to be on the committee and a CV.

 

7. Guest – Art Hochner:

Spoke about the contract negotiations:  The goal is a contract by October 15.  The negotiators have been meeting for three months.  In most cases, the University response to union requests has been no.  A few of the University positions:  remove chairs from the bargaining unit and merit should be the only salary increase.

 

Question by David Waldstreicher (Faculty Herald):  Why the administration does not want Chairs to be in the bargaining unit.  Answer:  The administration feels that the Chairs are managers, and therefore should not be part of the bargaining unit.

 

8. Unfinished Business

None.

 

9. New Business

None

 

10. Adjournment:

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00 PM

 

Bonnie Averbach, Secretary

 

Tune in to the full Senate Meeting of September 15 2008 on the Faculty Senate website homepage:
www.temple.edu/senate and click on the Apreso link