volume 41, number 1
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald

2009-2010 Faculty Senate Committee Report:

International Programs, TU Press, Personnel, and Community Based Learning and Collaboration Committees

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. Faculty Senate Committee for International Programs


The Faculty Senate Committee for International Programs continues to be a very active committee that relies on the expertise and engagement of faculty from across the university. The Committee for International Programs works with the International Programs office to oversee policy, curriculum, and other issues for students studying abroad, including the development of new types of study abroad experiences, organizes the annual Global Temple conference to showcase the wide variety of work with an international focus taking place within the Temple community, and focuses on the international profile and engagement of Temple in terms of degree programs, development, and research.  In recent semesters the Committee has focused in particular on the goal of internationalization, meeting with Provost Staiano-Coico to encourage the appointment of a head of international affairs and participating in the work of the university-wide American Council of Education Internationalization Lab to promote Temple’s continued international development in curriculum and research.

The Global Temple Conference has been organized annually by the Committee to highlight the international research and experiences of students and scholars across the university and hundreds have participated in the day-long event.  Global Temple has in the past included panel discussions, poster sessions, photography and art exhibits, concerts, and films.  The conference will take place this semester on November 16, 2010, during International Education Week. 


In addition to showcasing the ways that Temple is already international in focus, the Committee has sought to expand and integrate international approaches and issues into the curriculum and supports faculty development to this end.  In the spring 2010, the Committee sponsored a faculty Fulbright workshop to encourage applications and opportunities for faculty to go abroad for teaching and research.  In addition to continuing its advisory work with International Programs, the goal of the committee is to develop new programs that support the international interests of the faculty. 

--Rita Krueger, Chair


2. A Report from the TUPress Board of Review


In fall of 2009 the offices of Temple University Press (TUP) relocated from the main campus to the Temple Administrative Services Building (TASB).  The TUP Faculty Board of Review has held two of its monthly meetings at TASB, and the rest at Paley Library on the main campus.  The Board meets eleven times per year, skipping one month during the summertime.   Currently, the board consists of ten faculty members, three of whom are also deans.  Robin Kolodny (political science) joined the board in 2009.  In 2010, Melissa Gilbert (Geography and Urban Studies), Michael Leeds (Economics), and Joann Epps (Dean of Beasley School of Law) joined the board.  In 2009, the Board reviewed book projects at various stages of development, and voted to approve thirty-one advance contracts and twenty-four full contracts.  It rejected one project.  Thus far in 2010, the board has approved twenty advance contracts and twenty-seven full contracts.  TUP publishes book projects in a wide array of academic disciplines and fields including Asian American Studies, Political Science, Ethnomusicology, Sports, Sociology, Urban Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Disability Studies, Global Youth, and History.  The Press also maintains a small trade list, most of which focuses on the Philadelphia region.  Currently, TUP is undertaking a self-study to be completed in the spring of 2011. 

--Heath Fogg Davis, Chair


3. Faculty Senate Personnel Committee: 2009-2010 Activities Report


The Faculty Senate Personnel Committee serves as the final faculty determinant of the rights of a faculty member in cases of dismissal, denial of tenure, or other grievances and, after a full inquiry, makes recommendations to the Senate and the President as to the fair disposition of the case.  The Committee consists of five tenured faculty members elected for three year terms by the University Faculty Senate.

During academic year 2009-2010, the Faculty Senate Personnel Committee had three inquiries from faculty, one of which involved a potential tenure and promotion issue and two of which involved miscellaneous issues. We provided advice to those three individuals.  We had no formal grievances filed, nor were any cases of faculty disciplinary proceedings referred to us. Accordingly, we held no hearings nor did we draft any recommendations.


--Respectfully Submitted,

Rafael Porrata-Doria

Professor of Law

Chair in 2009-2010 


Jane D. Evans

Professor of Art History

Current Chair

4. Faculty Senate Committee for Community Based Learning and Collaboration 2009-2010 Activities

1. Received a Provost’s Seed Grant to develop the Community Learning Network. The Network will advance and support civic engagement in learning and research in academic programs at Temple University and serve as a central resource for local community groups seeking partnerships with Temple.

2. Hired a part-time Coordinator of Placement and Partnership in November 2009.

3. Hired an Assistant Director, Mike Norton, for Network operations in February 2010.

4. Recruited contributors and began developing text for a scholarly book on community engaged scholarship at Temple.

5. Launched Community Learning Network Website (www.templecln.org). The Community Learning Network’s website will ultimately become a viable resource for faculty, students, and community organizations to make connections that mutually support collaborative teaching, learning and research.

6. Supported 5 faculty developing Community Based Learning Courses

• Working with the Teaching and Learning Center, the Community Learning Network supported the development of new Community Based Learning courses for the 2010-11 academic year.
• 6 faculty members volunteered for a new teaching circle in Fall 2010.

7. Planned for a long-term development efforts and began seeking outside funding.

• Identified various outside sources for funding and met with University and CLA development staff.
• Submitted a grant proposal in January for $150,000 over 2 years to American Association of Colleges and Universities. The proposal was not accepted, but many of the ideas are now incorporated into the overall plan of the Network.

8. Secured approval from the Provost’s Office for a $230K operating budget in AY 2010-2011.

• The Network staff will include a Faculty Director, Assistant Director, Partnership and Placement Coordinator, and an administrative assistant. Graduate and undergraduate student workers will also assist in carrying out the mission.
• The CBLC Committee will serve as the oversight committee for CLN.
9. Proposed the Certificate in Community Engagement for university undergraduates.
• The Certificate, requiring 3 CBL courses and a reflective capstone seminar with an independent project, was approved by EPPC in late April.
• The certificate will be presented for approval to the Board of Trustees in fall 2010, and hopefully can be available starting in Fall 2011.

10. Organized and hosted April 23rd launch for the Community Learning Network.

• Keynoted by Provost Lisa Staiano-Coico, and highlighting a dozen Temple community-based initiatives and courses, the afternoon provided an opportunity to network for faculty, students, and community organizations.
• 119 registered guests attended, including 43 students, 47 faculty/staff, and 29 community organizations representatives.

Community Learning Network Schedule of Activities/Events for 2010-2011

1. Secured staffing structure for the Community Learning Network

• Faculty Director: Carol Harris-Shapiro (Intellectual Heritage)
• Assistant Director: Michael Norton (Sociology)
• Partnership and Placement Coordinator: Rachel Howe (English)
• Graduate Assistant: Lauren Ross (Sociology)

2. Submitted an application to the Carnegie Foundation to have Temple designated as a ‘Community Engaged’ Institution.

• Involved a comprehensive inventory of the different ways the University is engaged with local communities through their teaching, research, and outreach activities.

3. Developing of a new numbering system to identify Community Based Learning courses that will count toward a new transcript notation for students who complete the new Community Engaged Scholars Program (still in development)

4. Five faculty are developing new Community Based Learning courses in a teaching circle run by the Teaching and Learning Center; six more slots will be available in the spring.

5. The CLN is supporting three peer teachers in CBL courses; 9 more slots will be available in the spring.

6. The Network is co-sponsoring an Immigration Awareness Forum Wednesday, November 10th, 1:00-5:00 PM, in the Paley Library.

7. In conjunction with the TLC’s winter conference the Network will host a faculty development conference that will highlight engaged pedagogies and collaborative teaching opportunities Wednesday, January 10th, 9:30-4:30 PM in Alter Hall. Keynote: Dr. Dan Butin, Merrimack College


--Eli Goldblatt, Chair
and Michael Norton, Assistant Director, CLN

Also see the Report from the Library Committee, published separately.