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Daniel T. O’Hara steps down as Faculty Senate president

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Only six months into a busy and impactful term as president of the Faculty Senate, professor Daniel T. O’Hara announced his resignation last week.

In a letter to members of the Temple faculty, O’Hara reassured colleagues that he and his immediate family are fine, but acknowledged that he was stepping down to attend to “a family medical emergency that requires a regime of constant care-giving.”

“Dan O’Hara has been a force for positive change at the University; his leadership will be missed,” President David Adamany said. “Although Dan’s term as Faculty Senate president was short, his legacy is significant: The program for general education that he helped create will improve the quality of Temple students’ intellectual lives for years to come.”

On Monday afternoon, the Faculty Senate approved a recommendation that senate vice president Jane DeRose Evans replace O’Hara as president. Professor Lois Millner, former senate secretary, replaced Evans as vice president.

O’Hara’s most notable achievement as senate president came on Dec. 14, when the Board of Trustees approved a new program for general education — or gen-ed — for all Temple undergraduates (see www.temple.edu/temple_times/announcements/gened.html). He had devoted more than three years to reforming Temple’s core curriculum. Before his election as president, he served as senate vice president and as a member of the senate’s General Education Task Force under former senate president William Nathan.

Although the creation of the new gen-ed program was marked by diplomatic potholes and occasional setbacks, O’Hara was able to forward a proposal that reflected the views of both the Faculty Senate and the administration to the board’s Academic Affairs Committee within a few months of taking office in July.

The process tested O’Hara’s skills as an agent of compromise.

“There were moments of potentially explosive misunderstanding,” O’Hara admitted. “The trick was diffusing those moments, which we were able to do. My primary goal while working on the gen-ed proposal was maintaining a spirit of cooperation so that the Faculty Senate could return to normalcy and get things done. I believe we achieved that.”

O’Hara, a faculty member in the English department for more than two decades, will continue his teaching and research duties, including editing the Journal of Modern Literature and boundary 2. He is currently co-editing the Barnes & Noble Classic Edition of Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams with graduate student Gina Masucci MacKenzie.

- By Hillel J. Hoffmann

Introducing new president Jane DeRose Evans
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On Monday afternoon, representatives to Temple’s Faculty Senate approved senate vice president Jane DeRose Evans as the Senate’s next president, replacing Daniel T. O’Hara.
No stranger to the senate floor, Evans became a faculty representative seven years ago and has been a member of the Faculty Senate Steering Committee since 2000.
She hopes to follow through on O’Hara’s legacy by taking an activist role during the long haul to implement the recently approved program for general education (or gen-ed), which is slated to replace the current core curriculum in fall 2007.
“Dan worked very hard to make sure that there was a faculty voice in the gen-ed proposal that finally came to the Board of Trustees,” Evans said. “I want to do the same as we meet the challenge of putting the program into action.”
Other important issues on Evans’ agenda include examining the number of credit hours needed to fulfill major requirements and following up on the University’s periodic program review process.
Evans, a member of the art history faculty in the Tyler School of Art since 1991, is an archaeologist specializing in the study of ancient coins and crafts. In the summers, she takes Temple students to excavate Gallo-Roman ruins in southern France. This semester, she’s teaching a course on counterfeiting, looting and the ethics of collecting.

- By Hillel J. Hoffmann


 

 


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