volume 39, number 5
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald

Committees, We’ve Got Committees!

Reports 2008-2009

This spring the Faculty Senate Steering Committee decided to publish the reports of the Faculty Senate Committees in the Herald, to increase awareness of the important work that these committees are doing. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee members and chairs for their exemplary service.

For supporting documents mentioned in these reports, and reports submitted after our publication date, please see the Senate Committees Webpage.   

 

1. The University Study Leave Committee

 

The University Study Leave Committee evaluated 81 study leave proposals, 27 summer research award proposals, and 48 grant-in-aid proposals. These numbers were all up compared to the 73 study leave proposals, 24 summer research award proposals, and 38 grant-in-aid proposals last year.     

Of the 156 proposals, 153 were recommended and subsequently awarded or will be shortly. This was the second year in a row that the Provost extended the deadline for study leave proposals which contributed significantly to the larger number received this year.

For last year and this, all grant-in-aid funds were used up for round I grant-in-aid awards which were funded at recommended levels. For both years, the Provost provided additional funds for round II grant-in-aid awards. Last year all were funded at recommended levels. This year, although all were recommended and funded, due to more round II proposals and fewer funds, it will not be possible to fund them all at the recommended levels. The committee would like to see just one round of grant-in-aid instituted from now on.

The committee hopes this trend toward more faculty applying and receiving each of these awards will continue. The committee would like to thank Chris Wolfgang, who was Associate Director, and Nelia Viveiros, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, for their help and support. Finally, the committee welcomes Marsha Zibalese-Crawford as next year’s newly elected chair for 09-10.

 

Jim Korsh, Chair

2. Committee for Community Based Learning and Collaboration

 

The Senate committee for Community Based Learning and Collaboration accomplished three primary objectives during academic year 2008-2009. 

First, the committee finalized a set of institutional criteria for Community Based Learning at Temple.  These criteria were approved by both the EPPC and Provost Staiano-Coico.  Section numbers are currently being assigned and the new criteria will begin identifying courses as CBL beginning in Spring, 2010.  The criteria are attached.

Second, the committee has established a ‘community planning group’ to work with the committee to institutionalize community based learning and campus-community partnerships in the spirit of reciprocal collaboration.  Both the faculty committee and the planning group have identified a set of guiding principles for a campus-wide Community Based Learning Initiative.  This group is composed of a diverse group of community based organization staff from a broad range of service providers throughout the city.  The roster of planning group members is attached.

Third, the committee developed a budget proposal to support a set of outcomes to continue institutionalizing Community Based Learning at Temple.  The budget and outcomes were developed as the result of research into similar initiatives at comparable universities across the country.  The budget and the outcomes were presented to Provost Staiano-Coico in March.  The committee’s proposed budget was included in the University’s budget, which was recently approved by the Board and is expected to be finalized in July. The budget and outcomes are attached.

Eli Goldblatt (committee chair for 2007-2008) and Novella Keith (committee chair for 2008-2009) were also awarded a seed grant of $50,000 to support the committee’s activities in the coming year. 

 

3.  Honors Oversight Committee

 

During the Spring semester, we spent most of our time discussing ways in which the Honors Program could be enhanced.  We will make the following proposals to the Provost:

 

1. Honors students should be allowed to priority register one day before their cohorts. Thus, for example. sophomore Honors students would be allowed to register on the same day as non-Honors juniors, etc.  This is not only a perk offered my many other schools (and, as such, it is important if we want to compete for the best students - in fact some schools offer Honors students priority registration independent of class), but it is necessary for our Honors students, because they often have little or no choice of Honors sections for certain courses and they have to complete these courses in a timely manner in order to graduate on time.

 

2. Honors students in good standing should be allowed to register for up to 19 credits, with approval of the Honors Program directors, without having to pay for an overload.  Again, this is a perk that is needed in order to make us competitive.  In particular, many Honors science majors must take four 4-credit courses in addition to English during their first semester in order to stay on track, and it is unfair to asked them to pay for an overload. Further, such an arrangement would enable capable Honors students to  broaden their education with a wider range of Gen Ed and other courses.

 

3.  There should be an Honors Faculty Fellows (HFF) program, under which five faculty members per semester, preferably from different areas of the university (Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business and Arts)  should be assigned to spend one-fourth of their workload in the Honors Program, mentoring, advising, programming and helping to identify and prepare Honors students to compete for national and international fellowships.  HFF's should normally serve for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 semesters in any 3-year period.  HFF's should also normally teach an Honors course during each semester of their fellowship.  In exchange for accepting this responsibility, HFF's will receive either a one-course reduction from their normal teaching load or a stipend (as yet to be determined) during each semester of their fellowship.  Whether to receive the teaching load reduction or the stipend would be the choice of each fellow.

 

In addition to these three proposals, the committee has begun work on two proposal to go into effect in the future

 

(a) The Honors Program should be granted control of all of 1300 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, so that they can offer housing to Honors students throughout their undergraduate career.

(b) An office of fellowships and scholarships should be established within the Honors Program to help identify and prepare students to compete for national and international fellowships.

 

These two proposals require further work, and will be put forth in the future.

Finally, in addition to the proposals above, the committee has approved an new Honors Program for the College of Engineering.

 

Orin Chein, Chair

 

4. Educational Programs and Policies Committee

 

The Educational Programs and Policies Committee (EPPC) met approximately every two weeks during the 2008-2009 year. Among the topics we focused on were:

· Faculty Development for instructors of  Writing Courses

· New procedures for identifying and promoting Community-Based Learning Courses

· Review of the work of the new Student Feedback Form Committee

· Recommendation to the Provost’s office of a policy on multiple repeats by a student of the same course. The final recommendation reads: “Any student who fails a course twice has a hold put on their registration and must see an advisor.  A student who has failed a course three times cannot register for that course the fourth time without the permission of his/her dean”.

· Review of current policies on the acceptance of AP, CLEP, International Diploma, and Military course credits

EPPC still has one more meeting scheduled for this year. We will be discussing the granting of credit for Life Experience.

 

5. The International Programs Committee

This academic year the committee again sponsored a “Global Temple” Conference in November.

The one day conference included paper presentations, panel discussions, poster exhibitions, film presentations and a performance hour. The International Programs staff report that approximately 400 people were present for the various sessions.

The committee also met to advance the goals of the new Office of International Affairs and met with the Provost and her staff about concerns over the need to search for a new director of that office. Currently the committee is involved in planning for a 'Global Temple' Conference for November of this year and in making recommendations for Temple's involvement in The Center for International Initiatives at the American Council on Education (ACE).

The committee also voted to elect Rita Krueger and J. Brooke Harrington as co-chairs of the committee starting in January of 2009.

 

Brooke Harrington, Chair

 

6. Personnel Committee 

The Faculty Senate Personnel Committee, during the Academic Year 2008-2009, considered four cases.

In two of those cases, the faculty member involved declined to file a written petition for relief from the Committee.

The remaining two cases, in which the Committee prepared a written opinion, involved an appeal from a promotion denial and a faculty disciplinary matter.

 

Rafael A. Porrata-Doria, Jr., Chair

 

7. Lectures & Forums Committee


The Lectures & Forums Committee awarded $4,900 of its $5,000 budget to lectures and forums sponsored by colleges and departments from across the university.  Funding for honoraria were received by Geography/Urban Studies, Film & Media Arts, History & American Studies, Journalism, Department of Public Health, College of Health  Professions, Fox School of Business, Art History, Social Administration, Music Theory Department (EBCMD), College of Education, and the Center for Humanities.  Lectures were presented on everything from last fall’s election, the current economy, Afghanistan, “vertical farms,” aspects of arts and culture, film, to global business challenges, illegal gun trade, and film, among others. $100 of the budget was unspent because one lecture was postponed.

8. Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color

 

The Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color worked to foster a community of inclusive excellence through intercultural dialogue and education programs.

Two weeks before the historic election of Barack Obama to the U.S. presidency, we presented a forum on race and the race for the White House which attracted hundreds of students, was broadcast live on the Internet, and received front-page coverage in the local news section of the Philadelphia Inquirer.  In the spring, we hosted a faulty reception to celebrate the diversity of our distinguished faculty that featured greetings from Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico and an address from former Mayor John Street.


In addition, we engaged in a couple of successful collaborative ventures.  Working with Paley Library and the Temple University Press, we are organized four “Chat in the Stacks” events that offered faculty from diverse disciplines, including History, English, Theater, Biology, and Kinesiology, to share research that excited dynamic exchanges over issues of diversity in American culture.  We also helped the Temple University Black Alumni Alliance and the Development Office to put together a spring recognition ceremony on honor of Dr. Molefi Asante.

   

A recent AAUP national faculty survey found three-quarters of the respondents believed that gaining an appreciation for diversity is a vital part of higher education and a comparable number called for hiring more faculty of color to promote intercultural competency.  Accordingly, we have maintained a dialogue with the provost seeking to establish best practices for recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty.

  

Our plans for next year include the following programs: 1) graduate symposium, 2) undergraduate Forum, 3) faculty dialogue, and 4) recognition ceremony.  In addition, we will organize four more “Chat in the Stacks” events.


Roland L. Williams, Jr., Chair

 

9. The Budget Committee


The Faculty Senate Budget Committee met with Bob Lux, CFO of TUHS, CFO Anthony Wagner and Provost Lisa Stiano-Coico as well as Deputy Provost Richard Englert. We also did trend analysis of Temple's expenses over the past decade which we shared with the administration.


Frankly, in my opinion,  the protracted contract negotiations between TAUP and the administration hindered in depth ongoing discussions about these expenditure trends. Once a contract is completed the Budget Committee can renew these discusions.

 

Leroy Dubeck, Chair

 

10. General Education Executive Committee

 

The GenEd Executive Committee divided into subcommittees to more effectively address its tasks. The subcommittees accomplished the following:

 

1) Awards Subcommittee: The GEEC awards subcommittee evaluated 19 applications to select 3 winners of the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education; it evaluated 27 applications to select 18 pairs for the Peer Teaching Program; two interdisciplinary teams were selected to team teach existing GenEd courses in Spring 09. After this first award cycle, changes were made to the language in the applications based on this group’s recommendations. In early June further award decisions will be made regarding Peer Teaching and summer stipends for interdisciplinary and PEX course development.

 

2) Assessment Subcommittee: This group participated in the AAC&U meta-rubric project, providing feedback on six draft rubrics and using them as models for ongoing work. The group drafted a rubric for critical thinking and a time-line for testing the rubric against Temple student work.

 

3) Peer Observation Subcommittee: Focusing on the vital GenEd learning goal of communication, this group decided to concentrate within that on identifying teaching practices that would enhance good classroom discussion. Their first step involved viewing videotapes of faculty leading discussion, and reaching consensus on a number of issues and traits. Each subcommittee member then contacted a faculty member still in the piloting phase of GenEd teaching with the offer to provide observation in three phases: a meeting before viewing the class to get oriented and hear from the faculty member as to goals and challenges; a classroom observation; a follow-up meeting for developmental (as opposed to evaluative) feedback. At the conclusion of this process the subcommittee then discussed moving forward with the TLC’s guidance, building a peer observation into a learning community of faculty interested in supporting one another in better understanding best teaching practices.

 

In addition, the plenary GEEC approved two waivers in Human Behavior, for Nursing and for Secondary Education, and reviewed and approved 12 new courses, four in the area of Human Behavior--the area in which GenEd most needs new courses.

11. President’s Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics

 

The President's Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics successfully completed its work as the core of the Steering Committee for the second cycle NCAA Re certification of Temple's Intercollegiate Athletics program. The Committee hosted the NCAA peer review team which visited campus for several days during the fall. In April 2009, the NCAA announced that Temple's athletics program had been fully certified without conditions, based on its self- study and the results of the peer review team's report.

The Committee meets three times a year and will be pursuing initiatives it developed this year, including increasing non athlete student enjoyment of the intercollegiate athletics program, creating a faculty mentoring program for student athletes, and coordinating with the Provost's office to explore the possibility of more flexible class scheduling, if feasible. In addition, the Committee created subcommittees on gender and racial equity, admission and graduation rates, APR and academic performance, and compliance and student athlete well being. Faculty representatives serve on each subcommittee.