2008-2009 Committee Reports, We Got a Few More!
Last 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.
The following reports were not published in our last issue. We present them now along with our thanks to 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. Research Programs and Policies Committee (RPPC)
This committee has existed for over thirty-five years. It has two major charges; 1) to advise the University on all research programs and policies, and 2) to distribute $50,000 a year in Faculty Senate Seed Money Research Grants.
Senior Vice President for Research Larry Lemanski has never consulted RPPC on any research programs or policies. In December 2008, by telephone call, I was notified by his Chief of Staff Rhonda Karp that administrative support supplied by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research to RPPC for over thirty-five years was being unilaterally withdrawn. RPPC was able to function this year because I had no teaching or research responsibilities Spring 2009 due to back surgery and because I have part time use of a secretary due to disabilities. A full time faculty member chair of RPPC cannot continue to function without the substantial, experienced administrative assistance that was supplied for over 35 years. The Senate President and Vice President have not been able to set up a meeting with Vice President Lemanski despite attempts over the last two months.
Research costs and grant requests have increased, but RPPC’s budget has not been increased in over thirty-five years. Senior Vice President for Research Lemanski has not provided any additional funds. Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico mentioned at a Faculty Senate Meeting that she was going to set up a research fund for the Arts and Humanities on Main Campus. RPPC volunteered to provide faculty screening and recommendations.
There are ten committee members, four elected by the Senate and six appointed by the Senate Steering Committee. The ten members are all respected and active researchers from schools throughout the University.
The names and affiliations of RPPC members follow:
Research Programs and Policies Committee (2008-2009)
Marina Angel, LAW
Philip W. Harris, CLA, CRIM JUSTICE
Roberta A. Newton, CHP, PHYS THERAPY
Eva Surmacz, CS&T, BIOLOGY
Z. Joan Delalic, ENG, ELEC ENG
Dan A. Liebermann, FELS INSTITUTE and CS&T, BIOCHEMISTRY
Jin Jun Luo, MED, NEUROLOGY
Laszlo Otvos, CS&T, BIOLOGY
Bassel Sawaya, MED, NEUROLOGY and NEUROVIROLOGY
Dennis Silage, ENG, ELEC ENG
This academic year, RPPC received twenty-nine applications for Faculty Senate Seed Money Grants. We made the following three grants in the Fall and four grants in the Spring.
Fall 2008 Grantees
Angelika Dimoka, Fox Bus, Marketing
- “The Potential of Functional Brain Imaging to Understand the Neural Correlates of Online Consumer Behavior”
- $10,000 Award
Marjatta Lyyra, CS&T, Physics
- “Measurement of the Permanent Dipole Moment of Ground State LiSr and LiYb Molecules for Applications Involving Ultracold Polar Molecules in Optical Lattices”
- $10,000 Award
Joanna Maselko, CHP, Public Health
- “Social and Spiritual Capital and Violence Risk Factors in Philadelphia”
- $10,000 Award
Spring 2009 Grantees
Matthew Greenbaum, Boyer Music & Dance, Music Studies
- “Nameless” Recording
- $2,600 Award
Jeremy Jordan, School Tourism & Hospitality
- “Running to Stop: Smoking Cessation, Physical Activity, and the Homeless”
- $6,000 Award
Christine Woyshner, College of Ed, Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology
- “Organizing Education: Voluntary Associations and the History of Schooling, 1870-1970”
- $4,400 Award
W. Geoffrey Wright, CHP, Physical Therapy
- “Virtual Environment Head-Mounted Display for Research in Sensorimotor Adaptation of Postural Coordination During Linear Acceleration”
- $7,000 Award
This year we revised our notices, grant application forms, notification letters, and review forms. We established ethical rules for our own proceedings. Since all of our members are active researchers, any RPPC member who submits a Faculty Senate Seed Money Grant application as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator may not participate in the any of the deliberations of RPPC during the relevant semester. Any RPPC member who has worked with a Principal or Co-Investigator may not participate in the decision involving that application.
Professor Marina Angel, Chair, Law School
2. Student Awards Selection Committee
As in years past, the Student Awards Selection Committee for 2008-09 had two main tasks: 1) to recommend a student speaker for Spring Commencement, and 2) to select or recommend students for Memorial Awards. After reading through the application materials and interviewing six applicants for student commencement speaker, we recommended to President Hart that she select Kendrick Davis, from the College of Engineering. I am happy to report that she agreed with our recommendation. We also selected recipients for the Feinstone, Walker, and Wachman awards and made recommendations to the Kean family for the award that they generously sponsor.
It was a real pleasure to chair this committee. Not only was it a delight to meet with the applicants for commencement speaker and to distribute funds to deserving students, I had the good fortune to work with a dedicated, wise, and congenial group of colleagues. Margaret Jones and Dean Ainsley Carry of Student Affairs were also very helpful in assisting us. In carrying out both of our tasks, we did realize that there may be ways to improve the procedure both for applying to speak at commencement and for the Memorial awards, and I have a memo in process to Dean Carry on both of these issues.
Steve Newman, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of English
3. The Committee on Administrative and Trustee Appointments (CATA)
The Committee on Administrative and Trustee Appointments (CATA) had no requests to recommend faculty members for either administrative or trustee appointments during the fall and spring semesters of the 2008-2009 academic year. On Monday, May 18, 2009, the committee was asked to assist in identifying faculty members who might serve on the search committee for the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Our search for appropriate faculty members is ongoing as I file this report.
Anthony J. Ranere, Chair
4. Faculty Herald Editorial Board
Submitted by: Frank Friedman, Committtee Chairman
David Waldstreicher, Editor
Aaron Sullivan, Assistant to the Editor
Board Members: JoAnna Moore, Linn Washington, SCT, Bill Woodward, Law, Steve Zelnick, CLA
Lewis R. Gordon, CLA (Past Editor), Joan Jasak, CLA (Past Assistant to the Editor)
Note: This report contains much the same material (with some expanded content) and follows the same format as the interim (December 2008, Herald Advisory Board report. Comments and corrections may be sent to Frank Friedman, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.)
A. New Herald Stewardship
We are pleased to report that the Herald began the year under the very able stewardship of Professor David Waldstreicher of the History Department and Assistant Editor, Aaron Sullivan. David and Aaron to continued the fine work of Lewis Gordon and Joan Jasak, providing enhancements, new initiatives and unique flavor of their own, as we continued to work to improve the Herald, increase its responsiveness and readership, and increase faculty interest and participation in University and community affairs. The Board is extremely appreciative of the consultation Lewis provided David as well as Joan’s efforts in bringing Aaron up to speed (See Joan’s summary, below). Their efforts have been instrumental in making the editor transition as seamless as possible. David and Aaron are now, and have been for some time, “their own men.” The Advisory Board believes that David and Aaron have accomplished much of what they and we had hoped for with regard to the above goals. We look forward to an even better Herald next year.
B. Position Descriptions – Editor and Assistant to the Editor
At the request of the Faculty Senate officers, position descriptions, vetted by current and immediately past Herald Editors and Assistants to the Editor were submitted to Senate President Karen Turner midway through the Fall Semester.
C. Herald Issues for 2008-09
The first issue of the Fall, 2008 Herald (Vol 39, No. 1) came out early in October. The Herald editorial addressed two key issues related to the contract negotiations (the role of department chairs, and merit), as well as pro and con issues related to the new Gened program. Terry Halbert authored an article on Gened, and Ken Ihrer of University Computer and Information Services wrote about Phishing. We expect to continue to seek out reports on key University initiatives such as the Gened program, and to provide more information on technology. The second Fall, 2008 issue (Vol 39, No. 2) appeared in early December, and contained several extremely evocative Letters to the Editor, an editorial on University-Faculty negotiations, and a main article (by Assistant Editor, Aaron Sullivan) on the new Banner Enterprise System.
Two Herald issues have already come out this Spring and one more is due (probably before this report is completed). The first issue, Volume 39, No. 3, appeared in mid-February and covered the following items: a profile on Beasley School of Law Professor David G. Post and his new book, In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace; and an article on the Office of Sustainability by Sandra McDade. It also included an open letter to President Hart by Vallorie Peridier on merit and performance pay in private industry and academia, a letter from Frank Friedman on assessment, values and whether Temple is "doing any good", and a letter Laurence Steinberg on TAUP's new contract proposal.
Volume 39, No. 4 appeared in April, 2009 and included an in-depth interview and discussion with Joe Schwartz, in light of his new book, The Future of Democratic Equality; a look inside Alter Hall and its new classroom technologies; guidelines for textbooks and other instructional material from the President's Cost Savings Committee, and letters from Frank Friedman (on the ongoing negotiations), Paul LaFollette, Jr. (on budget cuts and changes in the administrative structure), other letters from Michael Neff, Daniel O'Hara, Shannon Miller, and a letter from a group of 51 faculty in response to Laurence Steinberg's letter from the previous issue
D. Letters to the Editor
This past Fall, The Herald Advisory Board discussed the handling of letters to the editor and ways to ensure that the letters are a) current and accurate and b) that efforts are made, as appropriate, to ensure that members of the University community that may be affected by such letters be informed of their content. We are aware of the ease with which the line between ensuring awareness and censorship can be crossed, but we believe it is better that members of the community who may be impacted by specific letters be informed of their content prior to publication rather than be caught by surprise. Rebuttals to letters, editorials, and articles will continue to be welcome, but only after the original item has been published.
Bill Woodward suggested the possibility of a point-counterpoint forum in the Herald, especially concerning controversial issues. It was agreed that the most practical approach to providing a venue for on-going discussion throughout the year was to encourage additional correspondence in the form of Letters to the Editor. The editors of the Herald have already begun to do this, by inserting new letters into the most recent Herald and calling attention to these letters through an email to the entire Faculty community. The first such announcement of new letters went out in mid-December, and several more have appeared in 2009. We are excited by the increases in interest that these letters have generated (and the increase in readership, too – yes – we have numbers to back it up). Bill’s suggestion to announce between issue letters new perspectives have stimulated on-going discussions and helped keep important issues in the forefront of debate on the campus. As expected, they have also had the added benefit of increasing “circulation” by drawing readers to recent issues the Herald.
E. Support for the Assistant to the Editor
The Board discussed assistantship support (stipend and tuition) for Aaron. Cheryl Mack and the FSSC, working together with Bill Wilkinson in the Provost’ Office, found the funds needed to support Aaron. We are now working toward establishing a budget that reflects the new realities of an electronic Faculty paper and an Assistant to the Herald Editor who plays a critical editorial and technical role in the publication of the paper. The Assistant not only provides the usual assistance in gathering, writing, and organizing material for publication, but now also plays a major role in the mechanics of electronic publication of the paper. This work is critical to the timely publication of the paper as well as the appearance and ease of navigation through each issue.
F. The Herald and TAUP
In a correspondence to the Board dated 31 October, Steve Zelnick raised the matter of opening the Herald to TAUP matters. At that time, and again in late April, Steve expressed his concerns that the Senate and the Herald had at least partly blurred the line between Union and Senate matters.
The Board reviewed Zelnick’s comments at its November 5th meeting and again at the April 30th meeting. The Board shares Zelnick’s concerns about blurred boundaries. However, we feel strongly that the current contract impasse is about far more than just the contract – that faculty consultation and governance are also at stake. The Advisory Board agreed that the Herald belongs to the entire faculty, and that Union matters (particularly the current contract negotiations) were often of concern to the faculty as a whole.
G. Report from Joan Jasak on Summer Work re Faculty Herald (by Joan Jasak)
Chairman’s Note: In Spring of 2008, Joan Jasak, Lewis Gordon, and the Herald Advisory Board agreed on a statement of work to be performed by Joan over the Summer, 2008. Below is Joan’s summary (from Fall, 2008) of this work. The work was supported from funding agreed to by the then President of the Faculty Senate, Dr. Robert Aiken.
Project 1: Digital Archive of Issues
Time frame: continuous throughout June 2008 – August 2008
Spent first portion troubleshooting how to / the best way to get the archived issues up:
contacted George Miller at Evergreen to see if they have digital copies of issues published at their site (sales response)
contacted Joyce Joyce (response, but no follow-up)
contacted History editor (no response)
Scanning the issues:
realized that I’d have to scan in each issue, began planning best way to do this, lots of trial and error
contacted Johanna, Curator of the Visual Resources Library at Tyler, for help
each scanned issue is memory-heavy and incredibly time-consuming to scan, so I decided to scan in the first issue of each volume
spent the rest of the summer scanning in issues piecemeal, while completing the following two projects
Project 2: Redesign Site Structure
Time frame: continuous throughout June 2008 – August 2008
Status: completed in August 2008
This involved re-organizing the site to accommodate multiple volumes for the purpose of ease of access by the user. I began researching how other sites accommodate multiple volume publications and started to lay out the architecture conceptually. I incorporated the redesign into Aaron’s training, which leads to Project 3.
Project 3: Train the new GA, Aaron Sullivan
Time frame: Mid-July 2008 – August 2008
Status: completed in August 2008
Aaron’s training consisted of four incremental parts:
an introduction to the fundamentals of the process (an overview of the pre-publication tasks and of the steps in the publication process)
a hands-on look at site editing in Adobe Contribute (here is where Aaron and I updated the site design to accommodate multiple volumes)
training to create the PDF publication in Microsoft Publisher (the preparation of a mock-issue)
training to edit the site with the content from the PDF publication
H. Faculty Listserves
The Board has been concerned about the electronic distribution of the Herald, and whether the paper was reaching all Temple University Faculty, including NTTs and adjuncts. At the time of this report, it appears as though separate NTT and adjunct email lists have been made available to the Senate and are being used for Herald distribution. The Board welcomes additional suggestions for expanding the electronic reach of the Herald beyond the Faculty to other University community groups. Of particular interest might be readership among graduate students, faculty emeriti, the Board of Trustees, and oversees faculty not normally members of the U.S. (Pennsylvania) campus faculty. It does seem as though the Herald is reaching faculty at other campuses although it is not clear at this point if non-Philadelphia employees are receiving the Editor’s email announcements.
I. Shortage of Board Members
The Board remains concerned about the shortage of active members.
NOTE TO FSSC:
Four additional Board members are needed to fulfill the member count mandated by the Senate rules. We would appreciate some help in this regard. If the FSSC wants suggestions from the Board, we would be happy to try to provide some.
J. Next Meetings
As of April 30th, 2009, no additional meetings of the Faculty Herald Advisory Board are planned for this Spring.