Brief Reports of Faculty Senate Committees for 2011-2012
The Herald would like to thank the Faculty Senate Committees and theirmembers for their service of the past year. Full reports can be found on the Senate website.
Committee on the Status of Women
Our charge is to consider areas such as salaries, retirement funds and promotion policies where women are thought to be treated inequitably and to recommend changes in policies to correct inequalities where they exist.
In past years we have advocated for a University-wide gender equity study, and continue to be interested in working with other committees to bring this about.
In October, we hosted our 2nd annual conference, "Achieving Equity: Women, the Workplace and the Law." Keynote addresses were given by Marina Angel, Beasley School of Law professor, and John Curtis, Director of research and public policy of the AAUP. A panel discussion on Legal Issues
for Working Women included attorneys Sandra Sperino, Temple Law faculty (Structural Discrimination); Rona Kaufman Kitchen, Duquesne U. Law faculty (Family Leave); Amal Bass, Women's Law Project (Gender Discrimination and the Law); and Natasha Abel, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission- Philadelphia District (Sexual Harassment). Melissa Gilbert, CLA and Coordinator of the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium, spoke on "Paths to Equity." In addition, members of the CSW were instrumental in bringing MIT Professor, Nancy Hopkins, to CST that same week to speak on "Mirages of Equality: The Changing Status of Women in Science."
Most recently, Professor Laura Levitt, director of the Women's Studies Program, joined us for a conversation about impacts of the merger of the Program into the Sociology department.
Fall 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of this committee. To mark this occasion, the Committee hopes to preserve its archives and welcomes past members to deposit their materials in the Paley Library Special Collections department.
- Gretchen Sneff
Committee on Administrative and Trustee Appointments (CATA)
A summary statement on the mission of CATA found in the Faculty Senate Bylaws is as follows:
The Standing Committee on Administrative and Trustee Appointments shall serve as the faculty consultative body to the Board of Trustees upon (1) all administrative appointments that bear upon (1) the academic life of the University, and (2) nomination and election of new members of the Board of Trustees. It shall be the duty of the Standing Committee to insure faculty participation in the identification and selection procedures in each case.
In my six years serving on this committee, CATA has never been consulted on the nomination and election of new members of the Board of Trustees and only sporadically consulted on relevant administrative appointments.
This has been an active academic year for CATA, having been charged to identify and recommend faculty to serve on the following six search committees: (1) Dean of the School of Communications and Theater, (2) Dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work, (3) Dean of the Tyler School of Art, (4) Dean of the College of Education, (5) Dean of the Libraries, and (6) Provost. We have managed to fulfill these requests even though we are rarely given more than three weeks to identify and recommend faculty members for these committees and our committee is operating at half strength with a membership of only five. It is a tribute to the many faculty members who have volunteered to serve on these important search committees that CATA has been able to recommend strong candidates for these committees.
- Anthony J. Ranere, chair
Lecture and Forums Committee
To allocate annually the budget for University-wide lectures and forums and shall advise the Provost on these matters. To administer the budget allocated to the committee for departmental, school and agency allocations, as well as for the committee's own program, and those programs of merit proposed during the course of the year. To set an annual theme for programs. To consider all proposals submitted by faculty, deans, department chairpersons, institute heads and student organizations leaders.
Activities: The Lectures & Forums Committee awarded all of its $6,500 (a typical yearly budget is $5000, but we did have left over money from previous years) budget to lectures and forums sponsored by colleges and departments from across the university. Funding for honoraria was awarded to such departments as Film and Media Arts, Music, English, Sociology, Art History, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Anthropology, Tyler, the Physics Department and more.
Examples of lecture topics included:
Women, the Workplace, and the Law
Female Subversions in the Art of the Late GDR
Geometry and Music
Caravaggio and Shakespeare
Towards Integration in Multilingual Schools
Socio-Historical Context and Linguistic Analysis
Dancing in the Streets: Motown and the Making of Modern America
To Serve the Living: African American Funeral Directors and Black America
- Eran Preis
Committee on Invention and Patents
In many instances new ideas, discoveries and inventions that come out of our university research labs and the applied arts leads to practical and commercial applications. The University recognizes the importance of such inventions and ideas and would mutually benefit if these inventions reach the society at the earliest. So it is in the interest of the University to encourage and foster development of such ideas, discoveries and inventions resulting from the research conducted at the university. At the same time it is also important for the University to give adequate recognition and incentive to the inventors by having them share in the proceeds of the inventions. Our Invention and Patent policy is central in governing these rules and transactions and act in capacity to protect the Inventor as well as the University, to build a research enterprise to foster more research and provide guidance and rules to bring forth these inventions into commercialization.
The Invention and Patent committee met for the first time on April 25th 2011. During the first meeting the committee came to a consensus on the necessity to update the current policy to meet the requirements and needs of present day. As a first step the committee has delegated the Office of Technology Development and Commercialization to prepare comparable policies from leading technology commercialization institutions for the committee’s review and comments. The committee also discussed about the need for increasing the awareness about the members of the university from students to faculty the importance of intellectual property, copyright and patenting issues. The committee is scheduled to meet in early fall with their findings and to start deliberations on the several line items in the policy.
- Feroze Mohamed
The Faculty Herald Editorial Board
The Faculty Herald Editorial Board (previously, 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. Again this year, we worked closely with the Herald Editor to identify of major issues of community concern, including topics such as the 20/20 plan, Student Feedback Forms (electronic versus paper), shared governance, the Diamond Teacher program, budget cuts, budget analyses, and the size of the Temple administration. We also focused a good deal of attention on the issue of faculty interest and participation in University governance, especially as related to Senate and other governing committees. 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.
At a Fall meeting it was suggested by David Waldstreicher that the Board go to the Faculty Senate Steering Committee to present the concept of a faculty-sponsored symposium on an issue of importance to the Temple Community. With FSSC interest and some funding from the Provost's office secured, The Board settled on the topic of faculty governance, and Bill Woodward recruited Mary Burgan, Professor Emerita at Indiana University and former general secretary of AAUP, as our speaker. Mary came to campus on April 6 and 7th, met with several prominent members of the faculty, and was the featured speaker at the First Faculty Senate/Faculty Herald Symposium on the
Future of the University.
Although attendance was disappointing (approximately 25 faculty attended), Mary's talk on "What Happens to Faculty University Governance in Hard Times?" was well received, and the panel discussion that followed was very fruitful. The Board has committed to a second symposium to be held in the Spring, 2012.
Readership of the on-line Herald was down again this year although first time readership and the number of unique readers was up. Despite the heroic work done by the Herald Editor, David Waldstreicher, in soliciting articles and letters on timely topics of interest, the Board is looking for ways to improve readership and interest the university affairs in general.
- Frank Friedman, Chair
We had a very easy year on the Personnel Committee, which is set up to be the "final faculty determinant of the rights of a faculty member in cases of dismissal, denial of tenure, or other grievances and shall after a full inquiry make recommendations to the Senate as to the fair disposition of the case." There were no formal complaints made, and only one inquiry made about a person's employment status, an inquiry that the faculty member decided not to pursue.
- Jane DeRose Evans, Chair
Senate Student Award Selection Committee
The Senate Student Award Selection Committee has two main purposes. All of our efforts occur
during the month of March.
We interview and select the Student speaker for the University Commencement. Each college recommends one student who has already been selected to speak at that college/school's commencement. We listen to their speeches and make our recommendation for the speaker at the University-wide Commencement. After this, we present our recommendation to the Board of Trustees for questions and confirmation.
We also select recipients for University Memorial Scholarship Awards. There are generally 40-50 applicants for these. Our committee reviews the criteria for the awards and the applicants, and makes our recommendations for these awards.
This year, we completed all of our efforts with a very small but committed team of Faculty volunteers.