volume 37, number 1
Temple UniversityFaculty Herald

From the Editor

—Lewis R. Gordon

Lewis Gordon, Editor

Welcome to the first issue of the new, online Faculty Herald!    

This issue comes to print in the midst of what, for some, could be described as the thaw after a very long, cold winter of conflict between the Adamany administration and the faculty.   The campus is now ready to work together, develop new ideas, and move forward.

The task is daunting as we search for a new Provost; look for new ways to maintain our hospital; search for a new dean for the College of Liberal Arts; institute a general education curriculum; and address a variety of community concerns that range from parking and security to the declining percentage of black students enrolled at Temple University.

The Editorial Board and I hope that The Temple Faculty Herald will be a forum for spirited discussion of these issues.

We should, however, first like to thank Professor Joyce Ann Joyce for her editorship of the Herald from the academic year 2004 till the end of spring 2006.  Her tremendous effort highlighted the work of under-represented faculty and students, and she provided an open forum for controversies that needed discussion.   I remember stopping by her office in Anderson Hall late on many evenings, where she could be found going over materials for the paper.  She was thoroughly devoted to the Herald and to making Temple University a better place.  I hope to honor her legacy of dedication.

Temple’s commitment to research, teaching, and service has taken unique forms.   At many other institutions, knowledge has become banal and few students are passionate about learning.  At Temple, many faculty members attest to having met many students imbued with the spirit of wonder. 

Research at Temple must also be more broadly understood.  Some promote only traditional scholarship while others would expand the question to pedagogical needs appropriate to our clinical and artistic activities. Temple is well positioned to take our place as leaders in this debate that public institutions of higher learning should be having.

Service poses similar challenges.  How do we recognize the dedication and contributions of so many members of the Temple community?

There is, as well, the ongoing question of faculty autonomy.  Many demands are placed upon professors, but how can we contribute to our university if we are blocked from or even considered the enemy of making a difference in its development?

Much of what I have discussed here depends on communication.  In that spirit, we inaugurate the new Faculty Herald, with editorials from Jane Evans, President of the Faculty Senate; Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University; William Cutler, President of the Temple Association of University Professionals; Jo-Anna Moore, Chair of the Art and Art Education Department; and articles profiling a program in the School of Communications and Theater, the Pan-African Studies Community Education Program, and a short story on a benefit performance for victims of Hurricane Katrina, each of which reaches beyond the borders of Temple University. 

There are some issues on the horizon on which it will be important for faculty members to express their opinion.  We will focus on the following in the next two issues of the Herald:

 

1        For the March 30th issue, we would like editorials on the impact of enrollment-based budgeting on Temple and recommendations for alternative budgeting systems.  The current system has affected everything from the number of credits required for majors in some schools to the project of General Education at Temple.  Voice your opinion on the matter.

 

2        For the April 30th issue, we would like a frank discussion of the concept of merit or modes of assessment (besides tenure) of faculty at Temple.   Much discontent among and between faculties at Temple emerges from an absence of recognition of their contributions to the institution, their students, and their fields.

         

3        We know what Temple is and has been.  It will be very important to voice your opinions concerning what Temple should become.

The Herald will also now be an online newspaper.  This will enable access to it at any time and from anywhere there is an internet connection.  As well, there will be a PDF print-friendly version of each issue that is structured in the newspaper format for readers who will prefer having the paper in hand.

That said the new Temple Faculty Herald has benefited greatly from the creativity and hard-work of my assistant, Ms. Joan Jasak, and from my colleagues on the Editorial Board, whose dedication and patience I greatly appreciate.  We very much look forward to publishing articles on Temple’s proverbial diamonds and contributions to important debates on the university’s present and future.