2009-2010 Faculty Senate Committee Report
The Herald would like to thank the Faculty Senate committees and their members for their service over the past year.
For supporting documents mentioned in these reports, and reports submitted after our publication date, please see the Senate Committees Webpage.
1. Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color
While a diverse faculty has a beneficial effect on student learning, studies have shown that persistent barriers have excluded people of color from tenure-track positions. The Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color (FOC) was formed to uncover and lower such obstacles. We seek to promote faculty diversity through a number of activities, including:
Forums to explore the benefits of diversity
Reviews of the faculty’s racial and ethnic composition
Proposals for inclusive hiring practices
Programs for faculty of color peer mentoring
Events to recognize diverse faculty achievement
For the committee, the end of this semester closes a busy year. In July, FOC facilitated the organization of the Academic Center in Research in Diversity (ACCORD). Together with the new center, the committee hosted “Our Changing Complexion and the Future We Face,” an undergraduate forum on demographic shifts in the nation. Also, in association with the Paley Library, we presented a series of faculty panels (four in total) on diversity related scholarship. Additionally, working with ACCORD and library administrators, we hosted a celebration that honored Charles Blockson and raised funds for his special collection of African American art and artifacts. Meanwhile, we sought data on positions held by faculty of color, and we researched proven ways to enhance their presence. We will conclude the semester with a reception for an evolving network of faculty whose scholarship addresses diversity issues. At the event, we will honor Nikki Franke for her outstanding achievement.
--Roland Williams, Jr.
2. Research Programs and Policies Committee (RPPC)
RPPC 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 $75,000 a year in Faculty Senate Seed Money Research Grants (FSSMG).
This academic year the Provost instituted three positive changes. First, administrative support for RPPC was reestablished last fall semester after it had been unilaterally discontinued by the former Senior Vice President for Research. Second, RPPC’s total yearly grant amount was increased from $50,000 to $75,000. Third, a member of RPPC, Professor Dennis Silage, was added to the Search Committee for the new Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Programs.
However, there have been three negative administrative actions or inactions. First, the Provost established new grants of up to $50,000 per grantee without consulting or involving RPPC. RPPC offered to staff or help staff the committee reviewing applications for these new grants, but we never received a response. The Provost formed an all faculty committee to review applications for these large grants, but I believe no member of RPPC was asked to serve on the committee. We do not know the faculty members serving on this committee or how they were chosen. Second, RPPC has not been consulted by the University Administration about its research programs and policies, even though RPPC is clearly charged with advising the University in these areas. Third, it took the Provost's Office almost four months to set up accounts for the fall 2009 grantees. We hope such a delay will not occur for the spring 2010 grantees.
RPPC has ten members, four elected by the Faculty Senate and six appointed by the Faculty Senate Steering Committee. In the past, funding requests came primarily from the Health Science Campus and from the sciences on Main Campus. This is no longer the case. Grant applications are coming from every college and school in the University. We request that faculty from all schools volunteer to serve on RPPC by either election by the Faculty Senate or appointment by the Faculty Senate Steering Committee. Volunteers should be prepared to evaluate applications outside their specific disciplines. Since RPPC has only ten members, not every discipline can be represented.
The ten current members of the RPPC are all respected and active researchers from schools throughout the University. Their names and affiliations follow:
Research Programs and Policies Committee (2009-2010)
Marina Angel, LAW
Jennifer Cromley, EDU, PSYCH. STUDIES
Roberta A. Newton, CHP, PHYS. THERAPY
Eva Surmacz, CS&T, BIOLOGY
Z. Joan Delalic, ENGR, ELEC. ENGR
Dan A. Liebermann, FELS INSTITUTE and CS&T, BIOCHEMISTRY
Jin Jun Luo, MED, NEUROLOGY
Laszlo Otvos, CS&T, BIOLOGY
Bassel E. Sawaya, MED, NEUROLOGY
Dennis Silage, ENGR, ELEC ENGR
This academic year, RPPC received forty-two applications for Faculty Senate Seed Money Grants. We made the following five grants in the fall and six grants in the spring.
Fall 2009 Grantees
Cheryl Dileo, Boyer College of Music and Dance, Music Therapy
“Singing for Tomorrow: The Use of Songwriting as an Expressive Medium for Hospitalized Children with Spinal Cord Injury”
Roselyn Hsueh, College of Liberal Arts, Political Science
“Capital Liberalization and Development: Lessons from China, India, and Russia”
Maria Spassova, CS&T, Biology
“Functional Role of Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor in Mechanotransduction of Human Coronary Artery Smooth Muscle Cells”
Dennis Terry, CS&T, Earth and Environmental Science
“Rare Earth Elements in Fossil Vertebrates as a Potential Archive…”
Maurice Wright, Boyer College of Music and Dance, Music Composition
“A Potter’s Diary”
Spring 2010 Grantees
Jun Han, CS&T, Chemistry
“Study of Effects of Macromolecular Crowding on Formation Kinetics of B-Amyloid Dimer
Evgeny Krynetskiy, School of Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences
“Novel Targets of Chemotherapy: Aiming at Glycolytic Pathway”
Richard T. Lauer, CHPSW, Physical Therapy
“Assessment of Visual Dependence on Balance Instability in Adults with Cerebral Palsy”
Moritz Ritter, College of Liberal Arts, Economics
“Trade and Inequality”
Howard Spodek, College of Liberal Arts, History and GUS
“All the World is Urban”
Kimberly D. Williams, College of Liberal Arts, Anthropology
“Bioarchaeology of 3rd Millennium B.C. Tombs in Dhofar, Oman”
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. We request that those reviewing applications within their schools with any such connections should either recuse themselves or disclose to RPPC if they review such applicants from their colleges or schools.
RPPC thanks Professor Dennis Silage for volunteering to serve as Interim Chair during the spring 2010 decision-making process while Professor Marina Angel was teaching at Temple University Japan in Tokyo. We also thank Veronica Gardon for her administrative support which immensely facilitated the work of the Committee.
3. The President's Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics
The Committee met three time this year. Its principle work was to evaluate progress on Plans for Improvement and other undertakings of the University in its 2008 NCAA Recertification self study. The areas reviewed were: Gender and Racial Equity, Compliance and Student Athlete Welfare, Admissions and Graduation Rates, and APR and Academic Performance. Comprehensive reports in each area were reviewed and discussed. Additionally the committee identified several areas for input and follow up including class scheduling and facilities improvement, particularly the work on Pearson Hall which may have an impact on various operations of the Dept. of Athletics and the Student Athlete Academic Advising and Support Center. The Committee is composed of a majority of faculty (recommended by the Faculty Senate and appointed by the President) and also includes several faculty/ administrators who are ex officio members. It is chaired by Eleanor Myers (Law) who is the NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative.
--Eleanor W. Myers
4. The General Education Executive Committee
The Committee occupied itself with assessment activities this year, developing definitions for eight learning competencies through an iterative process that involved several opportunities for faculty input. A subcommittee then built rubrics for two of the competencies, critical thinking and contextual learning, and tested them against student work that had been collected from GenEd courses across the program.
According to the GenEd founding documents, every fourth year a course is taught, GEEC must review and evaluate the course in terms of its responsiveness to GenEd learning goals. GEEC has recently communicated to all past and present instructors about this recertification process, requesting their feedback as what kind of evidence would best allow us to assess whether GenEd courses were delivering on the promise of our learning goals.
The Middle States re-accreditation process also figured prominently on the GEEC agenda this year, as GenEd is a high profile and recent transformation of considerable interest to the visiting team. GEEC took part in drafting and editing Chapter 12 (on GenEd) and Chapter 14 (on Assessment) of the Self Study. During the visit, there was a lengthy meeting with past and present GEEC members, Area Coordinators and a panel of Middle States reviewers.
This year GEEC approved 14 new courses. Nearly two-thirds of these include PEX components, offering students experiential learning opportunities in Philadelphia.
In July 2009, the GEEC awards subcommittee selected 15 faculty to receive $500 “PEX Partnership” stipends, to collaborate with individuals in the cultural community in creating new PEX components for GenEd courses. In fall of 2009, 22 more of these “PEX Partnership Stipends” were awarded. The partnership awards support the development of an on-going and sustainable relationships between GenEd courses and particular cultural organizations. Participants were chosen for the GenEd Peer Teaching program—there were 16 faculty/student Peer Teaching pairs selected in Fall 2009 and 24 in Spring 2010.
GEEC also determined the three winners of the Provost’s Award for Innovative Teaching in General Education, whose $4,000 prizes were honored at the April 2010 Faculty Recognition ceremony. Award recipients include, Samuel Hodge, Jr. of the Fox School of Business, Julia Mendenhall of the College of Liberal Arts, and Robert Yantorno of the College of Engineering.
5. The Faculty Senate Editorial Board
The Faculty Senate Editorial Board is charged with making editorial decisions about the Faculty Herald. The Board’s primary role is to consult with the editor in identifying issues of concern to the University faculty and, as appropriate, to write articles and letters and to solicit others to write for the Herald. The Board is also responsible for monitoring the on-going effectiveness and community reach of the Herald, to respond to recommendations and complaints, and to recommend to the Faculty Senate Steering Committee (FSSC) a candidate for editor every other year.
The Board meets 4 to 6 times a year with the Editor and Assistant to the Editor of the Herald. The immediate past Editor and Assistant Editor are also invited to attend. This year, we worked closely with the Herald Editor to identify of major issues of community concern, especially pertaining to the Acres of Diamonds mission of the University and how well this mission was being met. We also focused a good deal of attention on a concern voiced by members of the Board and the FSSC regarding the lack of faculty interest and participation in University governance, especially as related to Senate and other governing committee participation. Efforts to solicit articles on these and other issues were outlined and several members of the Board (and the FSSC) contributed their own letters and articles.
The Board made a conscious effort to solicit articles and letters concerning the role of Collegial Assemblies in collegial governance, and the importance of encouraging these Assemblies to elect a faculty chairperson and reassert their roles as an independent bodies with meaningful advice and consent roles within their respective colleges. The Board also dealt with logistics issues related to the reappointment of David Waldstreicher and Aaron Sullivan as the Editor and Assistant Editor respectively of the Herald (through 2012) and received from the Assistant Editor reports on the readership and faculty community reach of the Herald.
6. Committee on the Status of Women
The Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women started out the fall semester by organizing and presenting their first conference, “The Balancing Act: Challenges of Combining Responsibilities for Work and Family.” On October 21 more than 100 faculty, student and staff registrants were welcomed to the Gittis Student Center for the event. Presenters included Judith Katz, a specialist in career transformation; Julie Cohen, an expert in work-life balance; and a panel of Temple’s top female leaders. The committee is grateful to the Faculty Senate Committee on Lectures and Forums, Provost’s Office, Women’s Studies, Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought, and Schools and Colleges including Law, Communications and Theater, Science and Technology, and Liberal Arts, for their support. The next conference, “Achieving Equity: Women, the Workplace and the Law,” is scheduled for the morning of Oct. 20, 2010. The Committee is designing a new website and is also looking forward to future collaboration with the Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color and with TAUP, on shared diversity and equity concerns.
The Educational Programs and Policies Committee (EPPC) is charged with reviewing all proposals for change in undergraduate academic programs and procedures affecting more than one college. During the past academic year the committee has focused on reviewing policy changes that have been recommended by the Provosts Committee on Dysfunctional Rules, for example, dropping the Library Skills test. We have also considered policy changes recommended as a consequence of the implementation of the new Banner Enterprise System. We have considered it our responsibility to make sure that any policy changes we endorse are in the best interest of our students, and not simply driven by technological feasibility.
Other issues we have dealt with this year include recommending a new Certificate in Community-based Learning and continuing the review of the ways in which incoming students can receive credit for prior learning. We provide continuing oversight of the courses in the ROTC program and the University Seminar Courses, since these courses are not housed in a school or college. EPPC also has oversight responsibility for the Writing Intensive Courses.
--Mary Anne Gaffney
8. The Faculty Handbook Committee
The Committee convened in early 2010 to consider revisions to the Faculty Handbook in light of several sets of revisions to the TAUP Contract. The Faculty Handbook is the dominant pact governing relations between faculty and the University in non-TAUP schools (Dental, Law, Medical, and Podiatry). It also governs faculty in TAUP schools to the extent that governing provisions are not in the TAUP Contract.
The Committee has begun identifying the scope of its work and has been looking primarily at the Handbook's tenure and promotion process and at procedures for discipline of faculty. The issues are somewhat difficult inasmuch as there is there is no formal union grievance process (either for mistakes in the promotion and tenure process or in disciplining faculty) for those faculty who are outside the TAUP Contract.
Proposed revisions in these areas, when ready, must go through the Senate and the administration before they can come into effect. We are hopeful we can conclude this work over the coming school year.
--William J. Woodward
9. Student Awards Selection Committee
As in past years, the SASC this year had two main duties to discharge, and thanks to the hard work of the committee’s members, I think it did so effectively:
1. After auditioning candidates from a range of colleges, we selected Annie Wilson (CLA) as student commencement speaker and Eric Stephenson (Fox) as runner-up. President Hart accepted our recommendation. I conveyed the committee’s suggestions to Ms. Wilson on how to improve the substance and the performance of her speech, and Dean Tutelman told me that she would also meet with her—along, perhaps, with Prof. Turner, an expert in these matters.
2. The committee was concerned that the number of applicants was down this year, especially since Dean Tutelman and I had discussed how to increase the participation of the various colleges. We will continue to work to remedy this.
3. After reading through a great many applications for four university-wide awards, the committee made its selections or recommendations. Again, while there we numerous applicants, the numbers were a bit lower than in previous years and Dean Tutelman will be working with next year’s chair on how to improve this.
I am now rotating off this committee, having served three years, the past two as chair. It has been a pleasure to serve, to work with such dedicated, intelligent, humane colleagues, to meet and read about such excellent students, and to engage in dialogue with various members of the Dean of Students office, including Dean Tutelman and Margaret Jones.