volume 44, number 5
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald

Faculty Senate Annual Committee Reports

 

The Committee on Adminstrative and Trustee Appointments (CATA)

 

   The Committee on Administrative and Trustee Appointments consists of the following faculty members (along with email addresses) listed below. There have been no structural changes or changes in the faculty composition of the CATA during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Parsaoran Hutapea, hutapea@temple.edu
Jeff Solow, solowcello@gmail.com
Joel G Maxcy, tue39543@temple.edu
Rafael A. Porrata-Doria, porrata1@temple.edu
Michael A. E. McIntosh, erasmus@temple.edu
Harold E. Klein, klein@temple.edu


    The sole activity of the CATA occurred during December 2013. On very short notice the Committee was required to conduct a call announcement to the TU faculty and review of prospective nominees to be provided to the Provost for Consultative Review Committees for Performance and Evaluation Review of Academic Deans of the Schools of Law and Dentistry. A copy of the CATA report in this matter sent to the Faculty Senate is forwarded to you separately.
    The CATA met twice in this regard, mainly to select the nominees to be forwarded to the Provost. As has been the case in most all previous CATA activity, the main body of work in reviewing candidate dossiers is done by the respective committee members on their own time prior to committee meetings. The Committee responded to the Faculty Senate's candidate requests in a timely manner, always within the deadlines set.
     I do not believe that that would have been possible without the great cooperation, diligence and responsiveness of the Committee's members. This group performed its task more often than not within very confined time frames -- and on short notice. I was and am most impressed with their conscientiousness and fairness to all candidates.


Thanks,
Harold E. Klein
Chair, CATA

 


The Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color (FOC)

 


End of Year Report Spring 2014
Submitted by Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Co-Chair & Dr. Elizabeth Sweet, Co-Chair


Current Members:
David Organ, Geography and Urban Studies
Donna Marie Peters, Sociology
Karen Turner, Journalism
Former Mayor John F. Street, consultant Political Science
Wilbert Roget, French
Marie Amey Taylor, Department of Education
Rickie Sanders, Geography and Urban Studies
Latanya Jenkins, Librarian
Lee Kenneth Richardson, Theater
Elizabeth Sweet, Geography and Urban Studies
Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Theater


David Waldstreicher, History rotated off this year.


     For our sixth year, FOC continued its collaboration with the Temple Libraries and presented yet another stimulating year of our Chat-in-the-Stacks speakers series.
     On September 26, 2013, we presented Trayvon Martin, Stand Your Ground and Self Defense: Could It Happen Here in Pennsylvania with guest presenters D. A. Seth Williams. Daily News editor Michael Days and Professor Anthony Monterio from African American Studies.
     On November 7, 2013 we sponsored a Chat on American Unions with Dr. Joseph Schwartz, former Temple grad and Federation of Teachers spokesperson Rosalind Jones-Johnson and Micah Kleit from the Temple Press.

    Our February 13, 2014 Chat on Black Philadelphians was canceled because of a snowstorm that closed the university. But on March 27, 2014 we presented a Chat on Violence Against Women with Dr. Elizabeth Sweet, from the Department of Geography and Urban Studies, Carmen Guerrero a community organizer in Montgomery and Norristown PA since 2003 and Kate Schaeffer , Program Coordinator for Alcohol & Other Drugs, Interpersonal Violence, and Mental Health with the Temple University Wellness Resource Center.
     On April 23, FOC and the Temple Libraries cosponsored our final Chat-in-the-Stacks program for the 2013-14 school year by honoring three senior scholars Dr. Wilbert Roget, Department of French, Dr. Howard Myrick, Communications and Media Studies and Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas, Department of History in a special panel discussion and awards ceremony. As always, all of our Chat-in-the-Stacks speakers’ series talks are taped by TUTV and are broadcast on the Temple University television station and are available for streaming on their website.
     In addition to our bi-monthly meetings, FOC also cosponsored an event with Moonstone Inc. and the African American Studies Department on Charlotte Forten; suggested a symposium to the larger Faculty Senate steering committee, and organized 5 planning meetings for the upcoming Diversity Symposium for October 28, 2014. Members of the FOC committee will be working over the summer to facilitate that upcoming symposium.
     FOC members Rickie Sanders, Donna Marie Peters, Karen Turner, Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon and Elizabeth L. Sweet formed a Women of Color writing on race group. To date the group has written and submitted a book chapter regarding their experiences teaching race at Temple. The group is in the process of developing a broader research agenda, has submitted and IRB application, and is applying for grants to fund their research.
     FOC Co-Chairs Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon and Elizabeth L. Sweet along with ACCORD President and FOC member Karen Turner wrote an article for the Faculty Harold regarding the final chat for the academic year and provided primary data regarding the state of diversity within the faculty at Temple.
     On December 4, 2013 FOC facilitated a meeting with the committee of the status of women chair in an effort to develop collaborative projects. We will continue to pursue joint activities and work.
     On March 17, 2014 the FOC wrote and sent a letter to Senator Robert P. Casey, JR. regarding the National Park Services’ closure of the Mary McLeod-Bethune House. We urged the senator to spearhead an effort to re-open this extremely important museum. •


Faculty Senate Library Committee

 


End-of-Year Report 2013-14
    The purpose of the Library Committee is to establish a joint forum at which librarians and faculty meet. It is therefore important, on the faculty side, to have members represent as many schools and colleges as possible. For the past year, and continuing into 2014-15, we have maintained this goal: The committee consists of 10 professors, representing 9 different schools or programs. Meetings have been held once or twice a semester that have been attended by members of the library staff, usually four senior members, and always including Joe Lucia, the new Dean of University Libraries. Meetings this past year were held on September 25th, December 11th, 2013, and April 10th 2014. Meetings have been focused on the programming, planning, and conceptual design of the new Main Library. Members of the Library Committee have also participated in some of the visioning and goal setting meetings conducted by Snohetta (architects for the new library), and Brightspot Strategies (programming consultant for the new library). Other topics such as the library budget, collection development, scholarly communication, and the Library Syposium (held 11.18.13 as part of the inauguration of president Theobold), have also been discussed. Committee members were asked to think about library related issues arising within their own units and bring those issues forward for the committee’s agenda as well as reporting back to their units on developments within the University Library. One ongoing concern from all units seems to be the make-up of a reduced on-site browsing collection that appears to be a given for the new library. For the coming year, the process of designing the new University Library will likely continue to occupy the Committee’s meetings.


Robert Shuman
Professor of Architecture
Chair 2013/14
2014/15 members of the Senate Library Committee:
• 2013 Shenid Bhayroo - SMC – Journalism
• 2015 Chih-Chien Chen, Tourism/Hospitality
• 2015 David Elesh, CLA - Sociology
• 2016 Dieter Forster - CST – Physics
• 2015 Robert Shuman jr. - Center for the Arts – Architecture (Chair 2013/14)
• 2016 Donna M. Snow - Center for the Arts - Theater
• 2015 Paul Swann - Center for the Arts - Film
• 2016 Elvis Wagner -- Education – Teaching and Learning
• 2015 Jacqueline Volkman Wise - Fox School – Risk, Insurance
• 2015 Krupa Viswanathan - Fox School – Business and Management



General Education Executive Committee (GEEC)

General Education Executive Committee
Members: Istvan Varkonyi (Chair), Julie Phillips (Co-Chair), Gerard Brown, Michael Hesson, Deborah Stull, Vallorie Peridier, Mary Conran, Peshe Kuriloff, Thomas Wright, Anar Khandvala (Advising Rep.) Jill Swavely (EPPC rep.), Michael Puppolo (grad. student), Kevin Kuruc (Honors undergrad.), Andrew Simmers (TSG undergrad. rep.)
    The GenEd Executive Committee met for a total of 15 meetings over the course of the academic year, roughly once every two weeks.
    A Curriculum Working Group (a subcommittee consisting of two GEEC members, two Area Coordinators, along with the Director and Assoc. Director and the SVP for Undergraduate Affairs) was formed to study ways in which the GenEd curriculum can be made more flexible.
Issues Addressed/Discussed by the Committee during the Year:
 The Committee and Provost Dai discussed ways in which we might improve upon the GenEd Program based on recommendations made in the external review report.
 The role of GEEC in the context of the newly-formed Academic Program Advisory Committee (APAC)
 RCM and the proliferation of existing GenEd courses. Professional Schools, e.g. Law School, are free to teach General Education courses.
 Re-evaluation of procedures concerning the evaluation of existing courses to be taught by new departments.


Decisions and Actions Taken:
 GG (World Society) waiver granted for short-term study abroad programs which have a minimum of 28 days in host country.
 GG waiver also granted to all international students holding student visas and matriculated in an undergraduate college/school.
 Creation of new document “Summary of Procedures for Adding, Recertifying, and Removing Courses in the GenEd Inventory.”
    GEEC has also been actively engaged with the continuation of the GenEd Course Re-certification process. For the academic year under review there were 30 courses evaluated for re-certification. With the assistance of the GenEd area coordinators, GEEC continues to play a central role in maintaining the integrity of the General Education Program.
Among some of the other points of discussion and areas of focus for the committee have been:
 Communicating the central role of undergraduate education to university community.
 Moving GenEd courses to the online learning environment.
 The future role of GEEC in an RCM environment.
Respectfully submitted by,
Istvan Varkonyi •


Committee for International Programs


A. Members
Jessie B. Iwata <jiwata@temple.edu>, Xuebin Qin <tuf29396@temple.edu>, Latanya N. Jenkins <tue34962@temple.edu>, Yasuko Kanno <ykanno@temple.edu>, Cherie Lisa Vaz <tuf26111@temple.edu>, Chih-Chien Chen <ccchen@temple.edu>, Joel G Maxcy <tue39543@temple.edu>, Kenneth M. Dossar <kdossa01@temple.edu>, Mary Conran <mconran@temple.edu>, Patrick Murphy <murphy.p@temple.edu>, Ronald W Webb <rwebb@temple.edu>, Srimati Mukherjee <smukherj@temple.edu>, Wilbert J. Roget <wilbert@temple.edu>, Howard Spodek <spodek@temple.edu>, Chair


GLOBAL TEMPLE: The Faculty Senate Committee on International Programs conducted, once again the annual Global Temple Conference, on November 20, 2013. Faculty and students presented a total of 110 talks, roundtables, poster sessions, and films demonstrating their ongoing engagement with international study. The next conference is scheduled for November 12, 2014.


B. Subcommittees:
We have created three subcommittees:


1. One on the issues of students going overseas, guided by Denise Connerty.
Denise Connerty, Assistant Vice President for International Affairs, has organized the Education Abroad subcommittee to deal with issues concerning our students who are planning on studying overseas. Their principal task is to identify appropriate programs for our students going overseas, that is, preparing general guidelines, preparing lists of known programs that we already approve and in which our students already participate, evaluating additional programs that may serve our students' general needs, and evaluating incoming requests by students for approval of programs that may serve individual needs. As increasing numbers of students study overseas, we need to be alert to programs that will serve them and us -- and to programs that won't. The subcommittee has drafted a statement of criteria. It will go to the provost, but we are asking relevant members of the faculty senate to take a look at it before we send it forward. I will forward that statement by separate email.
Members include: Wil Roget, Ron Webb, Mary Conran, Patrick Murphy, and Srimati Mukherjee.


2. One on students (and faculty) coming to Temple from overseas, guided by Brooke Walker:
Brooke Walker, Assistant Vice President for International Affairs, is organizing a committee to deal with issues concerning our students coming from abroad. They are looking into the academic programming and resources that we currently provide -- especially academic advising and writing center support -- and seeking ways in which to improve and augment them for a constantly increasing number of international students. They are similarly looking into ways of improving and augmenting support services, such as orientation, housing, and emergencies. They are also discussing the budget needs for these services. They are meeting also with HR and TLC to create guidelines and training materials to increase the sensitivity of faculty members to the sensibilities of international students.
Members include: Yasuko Kanno, Jessie Iwata, Xuebin Qin, Cherie Lisa Vaz, and Latanya Jenkins.


3. One, a committee of three, which I chair, which turns mostly to Denise for guidance, deals with faculty needs in internationalizing the curriculum.
    This third subcommittee is concerned with helping faculty who wish to initiate or expand their research and teaching overseas. We are seeking to improve the communication of the availability of opportunities by improving existing campus websites and by convening a workshop featuring Fulbright representatives and including faculty who have received Fulbrights, now scheduled for December 9. We have also been discussing the need for liaison with Writing Center personnel to help faculty who are working with international students with writing problems. We have met with Michele Masucci, Interim Vice Provost for Research, who deals with government grants, and will also meet with personnel in the Development Office, who deal with foundation grants. We are also examining possibilities for expanding and updating existing campus websites that provide information on overseas opportunities.
Members include Ken Dossar and Joel Maxcy.


C. Committee meetings were scheduled around the work that we were doing. In the fall, when the Global Temple program took up so much time and energy, as did clearance of Fulbright applications, the committees met less frequently. Through the spring semester, we created the three subcommittees. Each met at least twice. Part of each committee's work was defining programming and tasks for the fall semester.
    The subcommittee working with Denise has drafted a statement of criteria. It will go to the provost, but we are asking relevant members of the faculty senate to take a look at it before we send it forward. I am sending it to you separately.
D & E. I think that these issues are addressed in the materials above.
Howard Spodek, Committee Chair  •


Senate Lectures and Forums Committee


Committee members:
Noa Kaumeheiwa, Law, 1-5865, noa@temple.edu, '16
Jan Krzywicki.(Acting Chr) BCMD. 1-8309, jan.krzywicki@temple.edu, '15
Eran Preis (Chr.), TFMA, 1-6991, epreis@temple.edu, '14** (on sabbatical)
At the end of the 13-14 academic year the committee will have 6 vacancies.
The Senate Lectures and Forums Committee has an annual budget of $5000. The committee has awarded all its funding for the year to the following.

Jan Krzywicki, Acting Chr
Boyer College of Music and Dance

 

Proposer

Lecturer

Award

Fall 2013

Robert Blackson,  Tyler School of Art

Suzanne Lacy

400.00

Marcia Hall, Tyler School of Art       

Prof. Brian Curran

400.00

Susanna Gold Tyler School of Art    

Elizabeth Milroy

400.00

Aneta Pavlenko & Michael Hesson College of Education

Dr. David Harrison

250.00

Gerald Silk,  Tyler School of Art        

Dr. Matthew Affron

400.00

Spring 2014

Elizabeth Bolman, Tyler School of Art            

Prof. WarrenWoodfin

300.00

Drew Brown, College of Liberal Arts

Harry Edwards and John Carlos

500.00

Jayasinghji Jhala, College of Liberal Arts

Prof. Krista Harper and Prof. Matt Durington

450.00

Theresa Dolan, Tyler School of Art    

Prof. catherine Soussloff

300.00

Gerald Silk, Tyler School of Art         

Dr. Esther Da Costa Meyer

400.00

Gerald Silk, Tyler School of Art         

Dr. Cheryl Krause Knight

500.00

Paul Garrett, College of Liberal Arts

Prof. Bambi S. Schieffelin

500.00

Julie McGinnis Flanagan Tyler School of Art                 

Cara Zimmerman

200.00

Total amount of funds awarded for academic year 2013-14           $5,000.00


Faculty Senate Library Committee

The purpose of the Library Committee is to establish a joint forum at which librarians and faculty meet. It is therefore important, on the faculty side, to have members represent as many schools and colleges as possible. For the past year, and continuing into 2014-15, we have maintained this goal: The committee consists of 10 professors, representing 9 different schools or programs. Meetings have been held once or twice a semester that have been attended by members of the library staff, usually four senior members, and always including Joe Lucia, the new Dean of University Libraries.
    Meetings this past year were held on September 25th, December 11th, 2013, and April 10th 2014. Meetings have been focused on the programming, planning, and conceptual design of the new Main Library. Members of the Library Committee have also participated in some of the visioning and goal setting meetings conducted by Snohetta (architects for the new library), and Brightspot Strategies (programming consultant for the new library). Other topics such as the library budget, collection development, scholarly communication, and the Library Syposium (held 11.18.13 as part of the inauguration of president Theobold), have also been discussed. Committee members were asked to think about library related issues arising within their own units and bring those issues forward for the committee’s agenda as well as reporting back to their units on developments within the University Library. One ongoing concern from all units seems to be the make-up of a reduced on-site browsing collection that appears to be a given for the new library. For the coming year, the process of designing the new University Library will likely continue to occupy the Committee’s meetings.


Robert Shuman
Professor of Architecture
Chair 2013/14
2014/15 members of the Senate Library Committee:
• 2013 Shenid Bhayroo - SMC – Journalism
• 2015 Chih-Chien Chen, Tourism/Hospitality
• 2015 David Elesh, CLA - Sociology
• 2016 Dieter Forster - CST – Physics
• 2015 Robert Shuman jr. - Center for the Arts – Architecture (Chair 2013/14)
• 2016 Donna M. Snow - Center for the Arts - Theater
• 2015 Paul Swann - Center for the Arts - Film
• 2016 Elvis Wagner -- Education – Teaching and Learning
• 2015 Jacqueline Volkman Wise - Fox School – Risk, Insurance
• 2015 Krupa Viswanathan - Fox School – Business and Management •


Presidential Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics


The President put this committee on hiatus until he felt a need for it again. It has not met.
Eleanor
Prof. Eleanor W. Myers, Committee Chair •


Student Award Selection Committee Report


    In 2013-2014, the Student Award Selection Committee comprised the following members: Sayed Ali, Maia Cucchiara, Alexander Davies (student member), Elizabeth Groff, Edward Latham and Rick Ridall. We did not create any subcommittees this year, nor were there any other structural changes to the committee. The committee met twice, once in February and once in March. Prof. Ali was not able to attend the latter meeting, due to a scheduling conflict created by an out-of-town conference.
At the February meeting, we interviewed and auditioned five candidates for 2014 Student Commencement Speaker. Minutes were not recorded at this meeting. When the voting ended in a tie, we scheduled a follow-up run-off between the finalists, attended by Alexander Davies, Edward Latham, and Rick Ridall. The run-off was captured on video by Dean Ives, and sent to the remaining members of the committee; a final selection—Katie Johantgen—was made via email ballot. The selected candidate was then formally recommended to the Board of Trustees via a written report prepared by the committee chair and presented by Dean of Students Stephanie Ives at the next Board meeting. The Board unanimously accepted the committee’s recommendation.
    At the March meeting, we evaluated dozens of files for the six Memorial Awards, and selected candidates for each award. Although minutes were not recorded at this meeting, a number of committee members voiced concerns about the efficiency and time-intensive nature of the selection process. Subsequent to this meeting, the committee chair met twice with members of a student team under the direction of the Dean Ives that was in the process of preparing an online portal for submission of Memorial Award applications that will address the concerns voiced by the committee. This portal should be available before the 2015 cycle.
    In addition to the initiative to streamline the Memorial Award application and evaluation process, the committee considered ways to streamline or clarify the Commencement Speaker application process. The committee was made aware, through the office of the Dean of Students, that several Commencement Speaker applications were not successfully received this year, due to a technological glitch. If the Commencement Speaker applications can not be folded into the Memorial Awards portal, then the committee and the Dean of Students have place a special emphasis on making its process more transparent and seamless next year, with multiple levels of follow-up to ensure thoroughness.


Respectfully submitted,
Dr. Edward D. Latham
Assoc. Prof. of Music Studies

Chair, Student Award Selection Committee •


The Faculty Herald Advisory Board Year End Report


Members:
Terry Halbert (Fox School of Business)
Deborah Howe (School of Environmental Design)
Will Jordan (College of Education)
Andrea Monroe (Beasley School of Law)
Anna Peak (CLA, NTT rep)
Michael Sirover (School of Medicine)
Gregory Urwin (CLA)
Phil Yannella (CLA)
Rebecca Alpert (CLA), Chair


    The Faculty Herald Advisory Board met three times each semester with the editor and staff (Steve Newman and Kime Lawson) to discuss plans for articles and editorials for upcoming issues of the Herald and to review the past issue and reader responses. We worked closely with the staff to identify issues of community concern, and identify writers and interview subjects.
    This year the Herald focused on creating a conversation about teaching, including a dialogue on good and bad teaching with the staff of the Temple News, an interview with Dean Anderson of the College of Education, and articles on universal design, athletics, international students, online learning and textbooks, the Honors Program, Student Feedback Forms, and faculty safety in the classroom.
    Our most popular articles were letters to the editor, interviews with Provost Dai, and articles on budgetary, athletics, and disability issues. Readership data is attached.
    Much to our regret, Steve Newman resigned his position as editor effective June 30, anticipating a conflict of interest with his new responsibilities as Vice President of TAUP. Steve distinguished himself as editor, bringing both bold ideas and a strong editorial presence to the task, and we are grateful for his service. After a lengthy search we were most fortunate to be able to recruit Paul LaFollette as the new editor of the Herald and we eagerly await his contribution in the coming year.


2013-2014 report from the Committee on the Status of Women Faculty


Message from the Chair of the Committee on Status of Women Faculty:
    On behalf of the Committee I am happy to introduce our Committee’s “Woman of the Month” 2013 recipients. I thank all members of the Committee for their helpful suggestions and ideas, active participation in the Committee’s work, and continuous support.


“Woman of the Month” 2013 nomination from the Status of Women Committee:
Ellen Tedaldi, MD Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS Elizabeth Pfeiffer, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCP
    On behalf of the Committee on Status of Women Faculty at Temple University, we want to acknowledge and nominate three wonderful faculties from Temple University Medical School and Main Campus as a “Woman of the Month-2013”: Dr. Tedaldi, and Dr. Goldberg, who are also 2012 recipients of the Best Doctors Award, and Dr. Pfeiffer who earned a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Occupational Therapy with a specialization in pediatrics, and a Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy, and currently is teaching pediatric courses. Our congratulations to all thirty-two Temple University physicians who were included in Philadelphia magazine's 2012 "Top Doctors" list, although there were only 3 women among those 32 doctors. We are very proud and happy to introduce them in our next report.
    We asked all three recipients to answer to 11 questions survey so their thoughts and suggestions will be shared. We appreciate very much their time, and thank them for being such a great example for female faculties and students!


Ellen Tedaldi, MD
Professor, Medicine
Director, HIV Program
Department of Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine
Questions from the Status of Women Committee:
1. What classes have you taught over the past 2 years (if applicable)?
I am a clinical preceptor in the HIV ambulatory elective, course director for the Women’s Health elective and precept in the inpatient third year medicine rotation.
2. What is your research focus (if applicable)? HIV/AIDs with a focus on antiretroviral treatment trials, observational database analyses and now neurologic aspects of HIV as part of the temple Comprehensive NeuroAIDS center.
3. What do you enjoy most about being a faculty member at Temple? Working in an exciting clinical practice caring for vulnerable populations while educating medical residents and students.
4. What do you do for fun? Travel and garden (scuba diving when I can)
5. What do you hope to be doing in the next 10 years? Getting my MPH! thinking about the next phase of my medical career.
6. What does this award mean to you? It is a wonderful recognition by colleagues-I do think, however, that many equally worthy clinicians go unrecognized in the surveys.
7. In what ways can and/or has this award inspire(d) young female faculty members and students? Not sure that it has actually.
8. What advice do you have for young female faculty members at Temple? Take every opportunity to learn about leadership, hospital/medical school financing—and be ready for new opportunities.
9. How can the status of women at Temple University be improved? There is an absolute dearth of women in leadership here-clinically, administratively. There is no institutional commitment to the retention and development of women faculty.
10. What was your most memorable teaching moment? There is not one- in clinical teaching, I am fortunate to have many—with students and with patients.
11. What suggestions would you have to the Committee of Women? There is some mentoring and orientation that can be done by the committee but there needs to be a significant push to get women into leadership roles—supporting development programs, working on search committees etc.

 


Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS
Section Chief, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care
Professor, Surgery
General Surgery Residency Program Director
Department of Surgery, Sections of Trauma/Critical Care and General Surgery
Questions from the Status of Women Committee:
1. What classes have you taught over the past 2 years (if applicable)?
I am a College Director of the Babcock College in the Doctoring course.
I also give a lecture for the yearly Sophomore Pathophysiology course.
I work with the students during their third and fourth year rotations on the Trauma Service, The Acute Care Surgery Service and the SICU.

2. What is your research focus (if applicable)?
My research is focused in two areas, Trauma and Surgical Education.
The Trauma program has two violence prevention/intervention programs. Cradle to Grave is our violence prevention program and Turning Point is our violence intervention program. With the amount of gun violence we see in North Philadelphia we have developed these two programs to try to decrease the numbers of patients we see and to assist the patients after they are injured and at the time of discharge.
We are also trying to determine the best way to resuscitate the trauma patient prior to their arrival at our hospital. We believe the patient who has sustained a penetrating injury should be transported immediately to the Trauma Center with less focus on airway management and fluid resuscitation.
The second focus of my research is regarding Surgery Education. The care of surgical patients can be very stressful during certain situations. We are developing a curriculum for the surgery residents which implements stress reduction techniques that would result in optimum performance.

3. What do you enjoy most about being a faculty member at Temple?
I think it has to be working with the students and residents. They push us every day to be better at what we do. They keep us on our toes and continue to make it stimulating and challenging.
4. What do you do for fun?
I love sports….baseball, golf……
I like to exercise and stay in shape……running, rowing etc.
I also enjoy the arts……music, the museums.

5. What do you hope to be doing in the next 10 years?
I hope to continue doing all those things I love to do now, working with the residents and students while taking care of patients in all phases of their care.
Continuing my research and being creative in developing new practices

6. What does this award mean to you?
I am honored to be recognized and to receive this award. It is such a humbling experience taking care of patients.
7. In what ways can and/or has this award inspire(d) young female faculty members and students?
We all should strive every day to be the best we can be and to improve on the previous day.
8. What advice do you have for young female faculty members at Temple?
Do what you love and be open to opportunities that arise. What you think you are setting out to do or become on your career path, may not be what you ultimately find yourself doing. Be passionate and don’t be afraid to take chances.
9. How can the status of women at Temple University be improved?
It would be great to see women in more leadership positions, such as Section Chiefs and Chairs.
10. What was your most memorable teaching moment?
I really can’t think of one moment. The entire process that we, as educators, are privileged to participate in is just amazing. We see first year students become highly competent fourth year medical students ready to take on their internship. We see these very same interns grow into chief surgical residents who are now fully trained exceedingly qualified physicians and surgeons, taking care of some of the sickest patients in the hospital. There is nothing more remarkable and memorable.
11. What suggestions would you have to the Committee of Women?
The Committee has done an excellent job supporting women faculty at Temple by providing resources and education. The Committee has kept important issues at the forefront and has really made significant impact on the status of women at Temple.

 


Dr. Elizabeth Pfeiffer, Ph.D., OTR/L, BCP
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Temple University
Program Coordinator of Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy:
Questions from the Status of Women Committee:
1. What classes have you taught over the past 2 years (if applicable)?
I teach in the Doctorate and Masters of Occupational Therapy programs (DOT and MOT) in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences with my primary teaching responsibilities in the DOT. The doctoral classes are taught in a blended learning format where students attend a weekend of classes at the beginning and the end of the semester with distance learning in between. I developed and launched the DOT program in January of 2008 and served as the DOT coordinator from its inception until August of 2012. Over the past two years, I have taught Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Research, Leadership, Field Study, Capstone Project, and Outcome Measures in the DOT program and Applied Research and Pediatric Assessment and Intervention in the MOT program.
2. What is your research focus (if applicable)?
I conduct research in the area of sensory processing and Autism, ADHD, and mental health with an emphasis on the effectiveness of interventions and more recently in the development of outcome measures. Last year, I had the opportunity to serve as the Visiting
Scientist at the Boston Rehabilitation Outcomes Center, a federally funded grant center focused on the development and advancement of health profession measurement tools and training. We are in the beginning stages of developing an outcome measure to assess the impact of the sensory environment on participation in daily activity for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.

3. What do you enjoy most about being a faculty member at Temple?
It is an amazingly supportive environment with so many unique resources. I most enjoy the collaboration with my colleagues in both teaching and research. There are good people here at Temple doing good things for people. It is exciting to see all of the changes happening right now and the potential for Temple faculty to be at the forefront of these changes.
4. What do you do for fun?
I really enjoy spending time with my husband and my two little boys, Wyatt (5) and Shane (2). I am also an avid ultimate Frisbee player and enjoy doing Cross Fit, running races, and an occasion triathlon.
5. What do you hope to be doing in the next 10 years?
I hope that I can be a leader in research on measurement and interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) across the life span in order to help people understand the unique strengths and attributes of the condition, while also promoting participation in everyday environments and activities for individuals with ASD. Along with this, I hope I can serve as a faculty leader and mentor in best teaching practices, especially in the area of distance education.
6. What does this award mean to you?
An award honoring women is one that I highly value. I have had a few awards across my career but this nomination is especially special as I have had amazing women mentors and role models throughout my life who have had a powerful impact on both my career and personal life. To know that I could have that same impact on another woman in their profession means a great deal.
7. In what ways can and/or has this award inspire(d) young female faculty members and students?
I think that learning about the experiences and successes of other women can certainly serve as an inspiration. More importantly, the award demonstrates the value of women and their potential to influence the University community and their professions.
8. What advice do you have for young female faculty members at Temple?
There are so many resources and potential female faculty mentors and support systems at Temple. I would definitely advise young female faculty to utilize the resources and most importantly take the initiative to find a mentor and connect with other female faculty members. There are many unique roles professional and personally that women fill across their life, and Temple has a rich environment of women who balance these roles while being very successful in their professions.
9. How can the status of women at Temple University be improved?
There is always a need, as in most places, to strive for equity among all members of a work community in terms of salaries and opportunities. I think support for work – life balance is essential for women faculty.
10. What was your most memorable teaching moment?
There are certainly those moments in the classroom where you see a student who has an “aha” moment, but I think my most memorable moments are those times where I get to see my students apply what they have learned in the clinical or professional setting. I think about one situation in which a doctoral student was explaining the results of her final research project to a therapist in a clinical setting. This therapist then modified her practice to better help her clients. The translation of teaching into practice has always been the most important and memorable aspect of teaching for me.
11. What suggestions would you have to the Committee of Women?
A female faculty mentoring program might serve as an additional resource to women working at Temple. Continuing the current work in advocating for women in the Temple community is also extremely important.

 


Current Committee members: Mary Barbe, TUSM, 2-6422, mbarbe@temple.edu, '15 Laura Katz Rizzo, BCMD, lkatz@temple.edu, '15 Brianna Clark, STHM, brianna.clark@temple.edu, '15 Nune Darbinian-Sarkissian, TUSM, 2-4998, nsarkiss@temple.edu, '14 Dominique Kliger, Univ. Coll, 1-3154, dominiq@temple.edu, (consultant).

   Dr. Nilgun Anadolu-Okur (Chair, Personnel Committee, Founder, Underground Railroad Conference, Editor, International Journal of Black Drama) is joining to work as a Chair again.
    It is my great pleasure to serve Committee on Status of Women as a Chair and to work with all you. As my rotation time is due in 2014, I suggest Dr, Anadolu-Okur to continue as a Chair, as she has demonstrated previously and over past years her passion and love toward our Committee while was a Chair.
    I would like particularly acknowledge our talented and enthusiastic members, Brianna Clark from STHM, Dominique Kliger, Univ. Coll, and Nilgun for their help, Mary and Laura for interesting suggestions, and Mark, Tricia and Joan for continuous support.
    We had very efficient meetings in 2013 and 2014, including meetings with Dr. Clark in December 2013, and with Dr. Nilgun Anadolu-Okur (previous Chair of the Committee on Status on Women before me) in 2014 regarding our Committee and future plans.


2014 plans are:
1) to organize Committee's Open House (from 10 AM -12 PM, with 1-2 inviting speakers) twice a year: Spring and Fall; the theme of our conference as we agree can be "Women and Technology" or “Power of Knowledge”
2) to post all our plans, announcements and events on Committee's website
3) to establish a Fund for Woman of the Month nomination (4 times a year) for a small Temple-associated gifts - watch or other memorable thing
4) to propose a Free Coffee Day for all women at Temple on March 8th (Women Day) - in appreciation of their hard work of all women
5) to continue collaboration with other committees - with joint meetings
6) To set meetings for each third Thursdays at noon.
    I had an opportunity to talk for few minutes with the Temple University's president, Dr. Neil D. Theobald, same day with Committee’s meeting in December, about a main goal of our Committee – “A Happy Woman at Temple”, agreed that if a woman will be happy - than her work will be very productive and efficient and everyone around will be happy as well. To reach our goal, our Committee expects a big support from the President to collaborate with the Committee on the Status of a Woman. The President agreed that our goal is very important for Temple community and he will support us.
    I was invited by Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, a co-chair, of the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Color, to meet with the Committee members last Thursday, December 5th at 2-4 PM, to explore ways in which we might collaborate moving forward to promote hiring, retention and professional development for women and faculty of color, in the Faculty Senate office. It was a very efficient meeting.

 

We shared our achievements and major goals, communications with Faculty Herald, and other women faculties, as the most important goals of our Committee on Status of Woman are:
1. “A Happy Woman”
2. “Finding of a perfect balance between work and family to become a Happy Woman”
3. “Finding best examples among Temple Female Faculties who had succeeded in the finding a right balance between career and family
Things to do:
a) It is important to have a limited financial support on the level of Provosts or Deans for all previous recipients of our Woman of a Month nomination (there were 5 recipients for 2012 and 3 for 2013 (can be a watch with Temple symbolic)
b) We propose to nominate 4 times per year so for 2014 Woman of the Months we will have : Winter / Spring / Summer / and Fall nominators
c) We can organize open voting system so all Temple members can have their opinion; we should discuss whether it is only for ladies to vote or gentlemen can vote too
d) We will organize joint Committee meetings monthly
e) We can have every second meeting joint with other Committee, so we will know better each other, can share each other’s experience and goals
f) We can invite every time to our meetings one member from Administrative Offices (Deans, Provosts, President) – new administrator, to hear them and to help to hear us.
    One of goals of the Committee is to set a close collaboration between female faculties of Medical School and other schools within Temple, and to recruit more faculties from Medical School into Committee on Status of Women, and to organize joint meetings with the Committee on Status of Women in Medicine from Medical School, and to build bridges between Medical School and Main Campus. There are only 3 Committee Chairs from Medical School, only one female Chair (Committee on Status of Women) from Medical School. This Committee has important goals for Temple community, as so many wonderful women work at Temple.
    As a Chair of Committee, I was invited to give a talk “Power of Knowledge” at brown bag lunch series on October 18th 2012, organized by American College of Education (ACE) to share our thoughts about finding a right balance in women life between their family and carrier. We live in a great country of opportunities for women, and work in a great place of education for hundreds of women, and we should be able to use these opportunities to constantly educate ourselves and help younger generation - students and our children - to be educated.
    Next, I was invited to the Medical School Committee’s meeting on November 15th at 12:00 in MERB, to talk about our work and to set a tight collaboration with this Committee.
    Our Committee was also invited to closely communicate with a Committee on the Status of Faculty of Color.


2013 goals of the Committee were:
1. To acknowledge wonderful women at Temple University who inspire students and faculties
2. To nominate a ‘Woman of the Month” who is doing remarkable work every day (similar as it was done for 2011- 2012 Great Teachers Award nominees Dr. Joan Poliner Shapiro, Dr. Shohreh Amini and Dr. Sarah Bauerle Bass). In charge: Dr. Brianna S. Clark, (PhD)
3. To collaborate with Faculty Senate (Sheryl Mack) in organization of a webpage for the Committee on Status of Women. In charge: Dr. Mary Barbe, (Ph.D.)
4. To collaborate with Committees on Status of Woman from different Schools, including School of Medicine; an establishment of a tight collaboration with any other similar committees at Temple, related to a status of women, including a Committee on status of women at Medical School. In charge: Dr. Laura Katz Rizzo
5. To encourage senior administrators and faculties from different Departments and Schools to participate in the Committee’s work, as it is important to build good connections between two our committees.
6. To establish a partnership between Committee on Status of Women and Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) to recruit KIPP female students, cover their financial aid costs, and provide support services while they’re on campus. Our Committee, Temple Senate and Temple University can become partners with KIPP, to support few female students. In charge: Dominique Kliger, Ph.D. (advisor)
7. To announce monthly Committee’s news and reports on the Committee’s WEBSITE
8. To collaborate with Faculty Herald to send brief reports from monthly Committee’s meetings.
In charge: Nune Darbinian(PhD)
Chair of the Committee on Status of Women Faculty.
9. 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 charge: Chair and each member in the Committee


Finally, in 2014 we had wonderful news to share: our Committee member and a very good friend Brianna had a precious daughter, Virginia Audrey Nuffer, born in January 2014: CONGRATULATIONS!


Thank you all, for such an important work you all did in 2012-2014.
Have a wonderful summer break.
Sincerely,
Nune Darbinian, PhD
Chair of the Committee on Status of Women Faculty •