GENERAL FACULTY MEETING
September 5, 2000
I. Call to Order.
PRESIDENT PALMS - I would like to welcome you to the fall faculty meeting of the University of South Carolina.
II. Report of President.
First of all, I hope that you had a pleasurable summer and that you were able to get away a little bit, get rid of the cobwebs (if any existed), and accomplish something that you really thought was worthwhile. We are excited about everyone being back. Itís always that kind of adrenaline-pumping time when faculty come back on the campus, when the students come back, when new faculty arrive to stimulate us.
We had an exceptional year of recruiting academic leaders: five new deans and two new vice presidents. I want to begin by thanking all of you who helped attract these quality people to campus. It was just a remarkable collective effort: all the interviews by the search committees, the in-depth evaluations of tons of vitae (you all are getting pretty good at reading between the lines of those vitae), and making recommendations on those vitae. Some of these searches lasted much longer than we would like, but for each college there is the right person for the right time in the development of the institution. I think we did an extraordinary job matching that leadership quality to the individual collegesí needs. So, I want to particularly thank the chairmen of the search committees. Iím sure Jerry will have more to say about that.
It is the beginning of the year, and I know you are gathering together as departments and colleges. We have had all-day retreats of various groups, including academic and college deans. I think that this is the best group of academic leaders Iíve seen in any college I have been affiliated with. We have people who are dedicated to the real life of the mind, who are devoted to higher education. We have seasoned academic deans who have been here for many, many years and who have gained that moral authority that goes with years of accomplishments, years of caring about their colleagues and contributing to the University. Complementing those deans, we also have new deans who bring a different perspective to this institution and help it continue to build. It is a really exciting opportunity for us.
We also held retreats with the Administrative Council and in early October we will retreat with the Board of Trustees to do some more strategic planning. They also feel equally as enthusiastic about the beginning of the year. I don't think the win last Saturday hurt the attitude towards the University.
I have shared with the deans comments and bullets that I plan to use this fall to communicate our momentum to various communities. Part of the messages includes reviewing and laying out some of the major accomplishments achieved since we set some very ambitious goals for ourselves in 1996. I have asked the deans to use the same framework to create a similar review of the accomplishments and goals for individual colleges, departments, and individual faculties.
Setting goals for ourselves is stimulating. Setting goals gives us confidence and focuses our energy. It keeps us from just wondering what we could be to actually seeing what might be possible, and we have done that for the last six years particularly. We like to brag about the accomplishments when those goals have really been achieved. Great universities, like great corporations, set goals for themselves.
I use the words "great universities" because it is a little difficult to convince all the people in South Carolina what an AAU institution is. But I think we can all agree on the basic parameters of a great university, even with rankings so important and people unsatisfied with parameters used by some popular rating systems, U.S. News and World Report for one. There are new initiatives to help clarify what parameters should be considered to define really "great universities." There are about 25 parameters, and you will be hearing more about them.
We know what these qualities are. They are the same parameters the AAU uses and should be using. These institutions attract the best faculty, faculty with national reputations and accomplishments that make them likely to be elected fellows of their societies, members of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Such faculty and great universities attract the best students (if they are public institutions the best students in their state). We are making progress with that. Great universities are linked to their communities; such institutions reach out, especially public institutions, to help communities mature and grow. Great universities provide leadership for that. They garner most of the research dollars from the federal government and from private industry. USCís faculty are increasingly competitive in winning research funding. Great universities have the largest endowments. The success of our campaign shows the possibility of significantly increasing our endowment.
In 1996, when we first began setting some of our goals, we said that we want to be the best undergraduate institution in the state. We wanted to attract outstanding students and we again have an outstanding class. Although they are still analyzing the data, our average SAT score for incoming baccalaureate freshmen is at 1130, a significant increase over last year. Our acceptance rate for applicants is at an all-time low, 67 percent, which is pretty good. We have outstanding classes in the Carolina Scholars Program, the McNair Scholars Program and the Alumni Scholars Program, and we have a waiting list at the Honors College.
Again I want to thank the faculty for their efforts in recruiting those students. Many departments reached out and contacted those students when they were merely candidates and were considering their opportunities. Most, if not all, of these students have scholarships to go somewhere. The accomplishments of our students in winning national awards---most recently the Rhodes Scholarship and the Truman a few years ago---our students winning such competitive awards will put us on the radar screen with many outstanding students.
The class is not as large as we would like but that is what happens when you set the standards high. We are making progress both in-state and out-of-state in making counselors and science teachers aware of where this institution is going.
We are trying to get the message across that not only does this institution transmit knowledge, it also advances knowledge. You may have read the press announcement that last year our faculty in total research dollars raised $121.8 million, a 25-percent increase over last year. In seven or eight years, our research funding has gone from something like $40 million to nearly $122 million. When we made this announcement, some reporters who had gone back to their offices called other schools, such as UNC Chapel Hill. When they told Chapel Hill about this growth and asked what it meant for the University of South Carolina, the response they received, and I think this was the word, was "Wow." It is a tremendous increase, and all of you know that it wasnít any administrator or any donor who made this responsible. This growth came from 1600 proposals written by faculty that resulted in that kind of achievement in one year. Besides that, faculty published 120 books last year and over 1100 articles. With $83 million coming from federal funds---and that is really extraordinary when the competition is so fierce---this also puts our faculty again very visibly in the eyes of all those committees who are evaluating proposals.
We think that is the epitome of how great teaching takes place. We need to communicate this process and sell it to this state and the people so that everyone understands how scholarship and research is linked so clearly to outstanding teaching. Outstanding students can attest to the connection, but we need all of the students to be able to do a better job in talking about the connection. The research funding gains clearly demonstrate that the University of South Carolina is on the move. We also have gained 500 or so new faculty over the last five or six years who are of the best quality. The majority are from great institutions and bring their culture, expectations, and commitment to excellence.
The libraries of great institutions are the best libraries in the country. We have gone from being ranked 78th or 79th in the nation to 47th last year. George Terry just this morning was talking about some additional special collections that are being given to the University. Soon, that library will be amazing. You will be able to check out a personal computer when you come in and just go anywhere you want to in the library to work. We are leaders in the South in the world of libraries. It is very, very important for us.
This is a very, very important year for us at the University of South Carolina. Our Bicentennial is a great opportunity for celebration, with more than a hundred projects (performances, seminars, symposiums) taking place in 2001. Various committees made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni, community leaders, and friends, have helped develop these programs. But, this year is also important because we are seeking reaccreditation by SACS. It is important for us in the year of our 200th anniversary that we are indelibly reaccredited. We were daring in picking a non-traditional mode of reaccreditation, in choosing IT (Information Technology) and how IT will effect this institution in years to come. Faculty have stepped forth, and Jerry will talk in more detail about that. The self-study committees are working very, very hard. Many, many people have been involved with the self-study process.
It is our goal to continue making progress towards becoming a great university, and we are committed to increasing in all of the parameters for a great university
To do so, we need to garner more support from the state. We have to find a way for this flagship institution to receive a significant, different, and higher allocation from this state. You would hope that in good economic times this would happen. While our campaign actually has reached its monetary goal and we are over $300 million, we still do not have the resources that we need. The campaign money is not on hand to do with exactly as we wanted to do. The gifts that have come in (significant gifts) have gone through individual programs, but there are still campaign goals that have not been reached, not just monetary goals. We said we were going to broaden the giving base and we are going to raise the level of continuous giving, not just one time giving for the Bicentennial Campaign. We have raised our general annual gift magnitude. If we did nothing now, that money would still come in.
At the same time, we have just begun to lay the foundation of what many other institutions have: a national organization for continuous fund raising. We have made additional contacts nationwide with a hundred thousand or so alumni who live out of state. We have not completed our Regional Campaign kickoffs yet, and we are scheduled to have one in Nashville, in Chicago, in the Triangle area of North Carolina, and finish these kickoffs this year. But, we also need to follow through and establish those organizations, by continuing to nurture and cultivate and contact those regional committees.
Great universities have great endowments (and this goes without saying) to attract those outstanding students and provide money for scholarships, endowed chairs, and professorships. So, our endowment has gone up to $300 million or so, not just because the stock market has done well but because we have received 62 individual gifts of $1 million or more, among other major contributions.
This coming Saturday I will be meeting with the National Advisory Committee to decide what our goals and next steps should be. We have a year left in the campaign, and we are going to discuss our success and look back over the campaign. We want to take a look at pledges and see what the timeline is as far as getting gifts in hand. We will probably have an announcement to make a few weeks after that. So it is a good time for the institution. It is a challenging time. It is a risky agenda that we have for ourselves, but I think in our history we have never been better equipped to influence this state and to make ourselves worthy of joining the most elite group of institutions in the country.
So with those opening remarks, I welcome you to the fall of the year 2000, our bicentennial celebration year. I will be glad to answer any questions or listen to concerns. Usually there are some. Welcome back. Questions? Now before I call upon the Provost, I ought to mention that the minutes have been posted on the web site.
III. Approval of Minutes.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Are there any correction to the minutes or addition to the minutes? Do I hear a motion that we adopt as submitted.
- So moved.
PRESIDENT PALMS - All those in favor say aye. Opposed same sign. So ordered.
IV. Report of the Provost.
PROVOST JEROME D. ODOM:
Good afternoon. I am very pleased to welcome the faculty back as well and I want to start by simply thanking the faculty for a number of things. First of all as John mentioned - recruiting. You helped us recruit these students, in fact, you were the ones who recruited these students. We have an excellent freshman class and I would urge you to continue your recruiting efforts over the next year so not only will we have a quality student body but we can also increase the quantity to some degree.
I would also like to thank the faculty for their efforts on Move In Day. There were a large number of faculty and staff who helped our students move in and the comments that we hear from the parents are very gratifying indeed to know that the faculty are helping these students as they arrive on campus and make them feel better.
The first week was very impressive, I think from a faculty point of view, starting with our freshman year reading experience and various faculty members giving other academic perspectives during the first week. I do remember as a faculty member many years ago, actually not so many years ago, that the first week was primarily a week of fraternity and sorority rushes and very little academic went on. It is very gratifying to see the academic perspective of this university during the first week even before classes start.
We had a wonderful reception last week for all of our Carolina Scholars, our McNair Scholars and again to see the faculty who were there who have agreed to be mentors to these young people was wonderful. A large number of faculty were very involved with our students and if you donít do that I would urge you to think about volunteering to being a mentor to some of these wonderful students. Letís take them to lunch, have a meeting in your office or your home for dinner. These are very bright young people and they want to get to know the faculty.
Finally, I would like to thank the faculty for all of their hard work on the SACS Task Forces. As the President mentioned we are really into crunch time with respect to our reaccreditation. We will have a visit from the SACS team next April - April 1st through the 5th. Dan Barron is going to talk a little bit more about this in just a moment but we will have approximately 30 people on this campus on April 1st and some of those - about 15 of those then go to regional campuses but about 15 will stay here. I am very excited about all the things that are happening with respect to our information technology proposal that we advanced to SACS as well as, the institutional effectiveness portion of our reaccreditation. We still have some issues that we need to deal with and so when you have discussions in your colleges about assessment and outcomes please be aware that we need to be right on top of those issues before our SACS visit.
In terms of deanís searches, I want you to know you are looking at an extremely happy provost. We only have one search that is actually, I think, nearing completion or closer to completion than we have been. That is the dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. Dean Ron Farrar has done an excellent job as interim dean but I hope that we will perhaps have a dean in place by January. The search committee has given the President and me five names and we are currently discussing those names with respect to having visitors to campus so we should be having visits the end of September, the beginning of October and then we will go from there.
We do have a search that is just getting underway for the dean of Library and Information Science. Dean Fred Roper has announced that he will retire on December 31st, 2001 so we have plenty of time. The faculty met last week and they elected their members of the search committee. I have asked Dean Harris Pastides of the School of Public Health to chair that search committee and I will also appoint a staff member, a student, and an outside member to that committee so that committee will begin its work fairly soon.
Every fall, I have the pleasure and in fact the obligation to report to the faculty with respect to our previous tenure and promotion cycle for the 1999-2000 year. I would like to give you the following figures and I will then give this to the Faculty Senate secretary so this can be published in the minutes. There were as of June 28, 2000, a total of 78 tenure and promotion decisions in 1999-2000. The President agreed with the University Committee on Tenure and Promotion in 78 of 78 decisions - 100% agreement. The President agreed with the Provost in 76 of 78 decisions - 97%. The President agreed with the deans in 72 of the 78 decisions - 92%. The President agreed with the chairs in 57 of 63 decisions. There are some colleges that do not have departments and therefore that donít have chairs but there was 90% agreement between the President and chairs of departments. The University Tenure and Promotion Committee agreed with the Provost in 76 of 78 decisions. UCTP agreed with deans in 72 of 78 and agreed with chairs in 57 of 63 decisions. The Provost agreed with deans in 74 of 78 decisions. The Provost agreed with chairs in 57 of 63 decisions. The deans agreed with chairs in 60 of 63 decisions. Positive unit, local votes 71 of 78 and negative local unit votes 7 of 78. So that is the tenure and promotion report and as I said I will leave that with the secretary.
Let me tell you one of the other challenges, I think most of you are aware now because we have talked now about this, but performance based funding at the state level is a real challenge for this university as well as other institutions of higher education in the state. The three research institutions have probably come together more on this issue than at any time in our past and this will lead to a number of joint and collaborative interactions over the next several years for sure.
The Commission on Higher Education has asked us to revise our list of peer institutions. For those of you who have been here in the past you probably remember that we had seven peer institutions all of whom were AAU institutions. Most of those, in fact all of those, except perhaps one, were aspirant peers not true peers. The Commission on Higher Education asked us to increase the number on our list to include some universities we felt were true peers.
You will find on the Provostís homepage the ten institutions we now are using as peer institutions. They are the University of Virginia, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Cincinnati, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of New Mexico, the University of Missouri, the University of Kentucky, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Iowa. Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Buffalo, Missouri, and Iowa are the six AAU institutions. We have already asked the deans to start comparing departmental programs in their colleges with these new peer institutions and we will be setting benchmarks and measuring ourselves on various performance indicators with respect to these ten institutions.
Very briefly, just so you are aware, if you just see something in the newspaper about general Elections Day is no longer a state holiday that is true. Act 246 removed general election day as a state holiday. However, there will be a holiday this semester but in the year 2002 we will no longer have a legal holiday on election day so the Registrar will revise the academic calendars and those will go up on the web. The other thing I was asked to do is to urge those of you who currently have reserved parking spaces if you have not signed up to make your payroll deduction as a pre-tax deduction you need to do that as soon as possible. For the future of whatever happens to our parking that will be an issue. At least we will be able to deduct any parking fees in a pre-tax way.
Finally, we have emeritus faculty that I would like to recognize. If any of you are here I would appreciate it if you would stand.
Professor Carl H. Allman from the Department of Surgery
Professor Manuel Alvarez from the School of Music
Professor Dinford G. Maness who is in the Department of English at USC-Sumter
Ms. Cassandra Gissendanner, Librarian from Thomas Cooper Library
Professor Wallace Dawson from the Biological Sciences Department
Professor Benjamin Gimarc from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Finally, one of the pleasant tasks that I have with the deans during our fall faculty meeting is to introduce our new faculty to you. Before I do that the President mentioned not only do we have new deans but we also have two new vice presidents. One has not started yet. He starts two weeks from tomorrow and that is Dr. Bill Hogue who will be our new Chief Information Officer. We do have one with us today. Dr. William Harris
if you will stand so people will know what you look like. He has joined as the new Vice President for Research and is already visiting departments and colleges so that he gets to know the faculty in those units. So without further ado, letís move directly to the deans introducing the new faculty members.
DEAN BLEASE GRAHAM - from the College of Criminal Justice:
Dr. Angela R. Gover - Ph.D in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland
Dean Les Sternberg from the College of Education. Dean Sternberg joins us from Bowling Green State University where he was dean of the College of Education there.
PROVOST - Les, welcome.
DEAN LES STERNBERG:
Department of Educational Leadership and Policies
Dr. Dave Doty from Brigham Young University
Dr. John Lowery from Bowling Green University
Department of Educational Psychology
Dr. Mimi Bong from the University of Southern California
Dr. Feng Liu from Michigan State University
Dr. James Moore from Virginia Tech
Department of Instruction and Teacher Education
Dr. Michell Maher (Start Date: 01/01) from George Mason University
Dr. John Singer from the University of Missouri
Dr. Mary Styslinger from Kent State University
Department of Physical Education
Dr. James Mensch from the University of Maryland
Dr. Lynda Nilges from Florida State University
Dr. Eva Vadocz from Michigan State
PROVOST ODOM - We have a new dean for the College of Engineering and Information Technology. We actually reached down into the ranks of the faculty there and picked the chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Ralph White.
DEAN RALPH WHITE:
Department of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Yinchao Chen from the University of South Carolina, 1992
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Csilla Farkas from George Mason University, 2000
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Toshiro Kubota from Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995
Department of Electrical Engineering
Dr. Antonello Monti from the Politecnico de Milano, 1994
Department of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Branko N. Popov from the University of Zagreb, Croatia (1972)
Department of Civil and Enviromental Engineering
Dr. Dimitrios C. Rizosform the University of South Carolina (1993)
PROVOST ODOM - From the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, we also have a new dean and again we went within the ranks to the chair of Retailing.
Dr. Patricia Moody.
DEAN PATRICIA MOODY - College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management - We have six new faculty members:
School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management
The first one is Dr. Carl Boger who is chairing our School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. Dr. Bogerís degree is from Purdue University.
We have Cathy Gustafson from that department. She is a University of South Carolina graduate. We did a national search and she was still the best one and the number one club management professor in the country.
Department or Retailing
We also have Dr. Scarlett C. Wesley whose degree is from the University of Tennessee.
Department of Administrative Information Management
We have Dr. Jerry Kandies whose degree is from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
We have Dr. Cheryl Weidmaier whose degree is from University of Missouri at Columbia.
Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
Dr. Laura L. Sawyer whose degree is from the University of Northern Colorado.
College of Journalism and Mass Communications
INTERIM DEAN RONALD FARRAR: We have five new faculty members, four of whom are in class this hour.
Dr. Julianne Sivulka, who got her Ph.D. this summer from Bowling Green State University. She was worked for an ad agency for (14 years). She is the author of a book called Sex, Soap and Cigarettes - An Informal History of Advertising. It sold very well. She will be teaching creative strategy with us and sheís got a tough job because Jerry Jewler had that position and he retired and he was last yearís national advertising educator of the year.
Lois Boynton, who is writing the last chapter of her dissertation up at Chapel Hill and will be teaching public relations with us. She had a dozen years in public relations. She was a Park Fellow at Chapel Hill and she is an excellent research prospect.
Cecile Holmes, who was one of our graduates some years ago. She has since gotten her masterís degree from North Carolina and then worked for large newspapers. As a matter of fact, her specialty is religious news writing. She worked for the Houston Chronicle. She is a former national president of the Religious News Writers of America and her work has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize seven times.
The only one here, I think, is Mike Witkoski and we only have a portion of him. He has a joint appointment with the Institute of Public Affairs. Mike has been doing some teaching with us. He chaired our Bateman Competition Team which always does very well nationally. He has his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina.
One other faculty member who wonít be joining us until January is Dr. Ran Wei whose research specialty is internet advertising. A very bright young man. His Ph.D. is from Indiana University in Bloomington.
School of Law
DEAN JOHN MONTGOMERY - I am pleased to introduce one of our two new faculty members. The other woman is teaching right now. With us is Ann Bartow who got her undergraduate degree from Cornell and a law degree from Penn and Temple Universities. She taught at Idaho and taught at Dayton and was an intellectual property litigator with a major San Francisco law firm. She joins us to teach intellectual property litigation. If you have your patents and coyprights and your trademark issues--Ann can help you out.
Our other new faculty member is Lisa Eichorn. She has an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a law degree from Duke. She has taught in West Virginia and Denver and she is our legal writing director and is an expert on the Americans with Disabilities Act. She could not be with us this afternoon.
College of Liberal Arts
DEAN JOAN STEWART - I have 14 introductions to make today.
Department of Art
Jennifer Laffoon with an M.F.A. degree from the University of Arizona
David Voros with an M.F.A. degree from Indiana University-Bloomington
Department of English
We have 3 new appointments:
Fred Dings could not be here because he is teaching. He is our new poet with an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
Leon Jackson with a specialization is American Literature. He has a Ph.D. from Oxford.
Tracey Weldon works in linguistics. She has a Ph.D. from Ohio State and has been an assistant professor at NC State. Tracey is returning to her hometown, Columbia.
Department of Germanic, Slavic and East Asian Languages
We have Sarah Westphpal-Wihl who comes to us with a Ph.D. from Yale University with a specialization in Medieval Literature and Feminist Theory.
Department of History
Dan Carter comes to us from Emory with a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and is USCís first Educational Foundation University Professor.
We also have Karl Gerth with a Ph.D. from Harvard whose specialization is modern China.
Anna Krylova whose is ABD from Johns Hopkins University and a specialist in modern Russia.
Department of Philosophy
We have a new assistant professor joining us in January 2001 and that is John Opsomer with a Ph.D. from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
Department of Psychology
Katherine Prenovost with a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and a specialization in quantitative methods.
Department of Religious Studies
John Michael Spencer who is teaching right now. He is the new director of African-American Studies with an appointment in Religious Studies as well. He specializes in the African Deaspara.
Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance
Erica Tobolski who has an M.F.A. from Purdue University specializing in voice and acting and she is a certified voice trainer.
Nicolae Ularu will be joining us in January 2001. His degree is from The Arts University in Bucharest, Romania.
We also have joint appointments with the Medical School - Ann Ramsdell and DeAnne Messias with Nursing. She is from the University of California-San Francisco and I will let their tenure colleges say more about that.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Our freshmen faculty look younger every day.
GEORGE TERRY - VICE PROVOST AND DEAN FOR LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS:
We have five new faculty members. I am very pleased with each of them and their wise choice in selecting us to come to work with us at the Thomas Cooper Library.
Rose Marshall, Reference Librarian. Her degree is from the University of Alabama.
Deborah Clanton is Assistant Head of the Business Library.
Elizabeth Sudduth is our Special Collections Cataloger. She comes to us from Randolph Macon College.
Carol Crawford who is our Laboratory Director and Senior Conservator at the Conservation Labs. She comes from the Library of Congress.
Hui Hua Chau. She is our Documents Librarian. She comes to us from Indiana University.
PROVOST ODOM - I think I see Stan Fowler who is standing in for Larry Durstine:
School of Medicine
ASSOCIATE DEAN STANLEY FOWLER - The School of Medicine is very proud to have eight new faculty members.
Ruth Ann Riley who has a MS degree from the University of Illinois and she is the new Director of the Medical School Library. She comes to us from the University of Arkansas. We are very pleased to have her come at this critical time in the development of the Medical School Library.
FOWLER - Now starting with those who are more involved in the Biomedical Sciences I am very pleased to introduce:
Janet Lee Fisher, Ph.D. graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Fisherís area of research is in molecular pharmacology of GABA receptors. She will be a strong addition to our neuroscience group at the School of Medicine.
Richard L. Goodwin, Ph.D. and he gets his degree USC. He is a respected developmental biologist and is working in the Department of Developmental Biology and Anatomy.
Ann F. Ramsdale who gets her degree from MUSC. Dr.Randsdell is also a well known expert in developmental patterning. She is going to play a very important role in our developmental biology group as well as having a joint position with the Womenís Studies group.
Stephanie Muga who got her Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She is also joining us now in the Department of Developmental Biology. Dr.Mugaís area of research is in developmental biology and cancer.
PROVOST ODOM - Thank you and welcome.
School of Music
PROVOST ODOM - We also have a new dean in the School of Music, Jamel Rossi. Jamel joins us after being an associate dean at Ithaca College and I donít see Jamel. Do we have a substitute please?
ASSOCIATE DEAN ANDREW GOWAN:
We have two faculty joining us in the School of Music. We are pleased to announce that they are both teaching at this time but happy to be here nonetheless.
Dr. Clifford Leaman will be our professor of saxophone. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and comes to us from the faculty of Furman University.
Dr. John F. Rogers will join us as a professor of music theory and composition. Dr. Rogers holds degrees from Cornell and Northwestern and joins us from the faculty at Boston University.
School of Nursing
DEAN MARY ANN PARSONS - The College is pleased to have two tenure track faculty.
Dr. De Anne Messias has a joint appointment with the College of Nursing and Womenís Studies. She has a long history of international health, nursing and womenís issues and really brings wonderful experience to the College of Nursing and Liberal Arts as well as the University. She did her Ph.D. at the University of California-San Francisco.
We do have one faculty member Dr. Judy Kaye. She has just completed her degree at the Medical College of Georgia and will be joining us in the tenure track in January. She brings to us a wonderful wealth of experience and a combination which is very difficult to find in Ph.D. nursing. She has acute care practitioner background as well as other critical care experience.
College of Pharmacy
DEAN FARID SADIK - We have four new faculty members.
Dr. Judith Shinogle. Judy received her B.S. degree from the University of Kansas, masterís from Harvard and Ph.D. from John Hopkins. When she was a student at John Hopkins, she also worked at the Congressional Budget Office. I must say that Judy is shared with the School of Public Health and Dean Pastides and I will be sharing her duties.
Dr. John Shim. John has a degree from Seoul National University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and he came to us from the University of Missouri and currently he is in last year of his MIS grant that he brought with him.
Dr. Desuo Wang. He is currently in Research Park Triangle. He received his Ph.D. and M.D. from the University of Florida and he will be joining us January 1st and he will bring with him $300,000 in HIS grants.
Dr. Laura Fox. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She graduated from there a couple of years ago. She is in Arizona and her commitment to that university prevented her from coming here but she will be joining us on October 1st.
Thank you very much.
School of Public Health
DEAN HARRIS PASTIDES - Good afternoon, Jerry and my USC colleagues. We have 4 Ĺ new appointments. 3 Ĺ who could be here. You already met the Ĺ . The other three include two in the Department of Health Promotion and Education.
Dr. Kathryn Luchock is a specialist in maternal and childcare health. She got her doctoral degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and joins us from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Alexandra Evans. Dr. Evans is a specialist in communications and in cancer and comes to us with a new minted Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.
Dr. Don Finan. He has his doctoral degree from Indiana University and is an expert in speech pathology.
Dr. Jan Probst, Department of Health Administration. Dr. Probst joins us as an associate professor and comes to us from Garners Ferry Road who is at the USC School of Medicine.
Dr. Judy Shinogle who has a joint appointment in Health Administration and Pharmacy. She has a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
PROVOST ODOM - We reached in the ranks once again to select our Executive Dean for Regional Campuses, Chris Plyler has been with the university for a long time and has done an excellent job in every position heís had. This one included.
DEAN CHRIS PLYLER - I am pleased to announce 9 new faculty from the Regional Campuses.
Teresa L. Smith recently received her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute
Pearl R. Fernandes - Biology - Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina
Thomas W. Simpson in Mathematics. He has an M.S. from the University of South Carolina.
Peter G. Murphy in English who comes to us from the University of Arkansas where he got his Ph.D.
Merrill Horton in English. Merrill earned his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina.
Fran Perry in Art who earned her M.F.A. from Norwich University in Connecticut.
Patricia Ellen Malphrus in English. A Ph.D. from University of South Carolina and one of Dr. Don Greinerís star students. She studied under James Dickey.
Davis Folsom - Business - Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and who comes to us from the Aiken campus in a transfer.
Elizabeth Cralley, Psychology. She has a newly minted Ph.D. from Tulane University.
PROVOST ODOM - Welcome.
College of Science and Mathematics
DEAN GARY CRAWLEY - I am pleased to welcome eight faculty members in the College of Science and Mathematics.
Erin Connolly has her degree from the University of California (Davis). She comes to us from Dartmouth College.
Johannes Stratmann has his degree from the University of Regensburg, Germany. He comes to us from Washington State University. Both are plant biologists.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Walter Scrivens is an organic chemist and received his degree from University of South Carolina. He comes to us from Milliken Chemical Company.
Department of Mathematics
George Androulaskis. He has his degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and comes to us from Texas A&M.
Mohammad Ghomi also in Mathematics. He received his degree from Johns Hopkins and comes to us from the University of California.
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Varsha Kulkarni. She is an astronomer and received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Christina Lacey. She is an astronomer with her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and comes to us from the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
Edsel Pena with his degree from Florida State University and comes to us from Bowling Green State University.
PROVOST ODOM - Welcome. Have I missed anyone? That concludes my report and I will be glad to answer any questions.
PROFESSOR JOHN SPURRIER - STATISTICS - Jerry, under our post-tenure review policy those who get superior reviews at your option get merit raises. Did that happen this year?
PROVOST ODOM - That did not happen this year, John. I can only tell you that the budget did not allow that to happen. Thatís one of the things that I would have liked to have done. Our budget situation this year was such that I was not able to do so. I was not able to supplement faculty salaries as the president and I have done the past two years. I was not able to put any money in the library. I was not able to put any money into the Honors College and I was not able to reward superior ranking on post-tenure review. Any other questions?
DAN BARRON - CO-DIRECTOR OF SACS SELF-STUDY - Thank you, Mr. President for five minutes I will make it as brief as possible and I would also like to add my welcome to the new faculty who are here. You joined an excellent group of people who are dedicated to learning and teaching and scholarship and service to the community and toward that end our SACS reaccreditation efforts are moving right along.
Over the past year, we have had over 300 faculty and staff working on something like seventeen task forces and a writing and oversight team. The Steering Committee has been guiding this effort for us and for the new faculty who are here I would like to encourage you to take a look at our web site and look at the work we have done thus far and to join us in the effort. As you may know, SACS comes to us every ten years and says, "We want you to look at yourself. We want you to examine yourself. We want you to engage in a conversation that will make you better. And, as the President has indicated, we are taking a risky move in saying, "Yes, we are going to do the traditional institutional effectiveness." My friend and colleague, Peter is the co-director of that aspect of the self-study. There is no doubt in my mind that we will come through with flying colors. Not because of Peter or me, but because of the people who are here in the institution that weíve built. I think it is very important for all of us to know that that part of the study was done primarily with administrative types so that we didnít engage in what we traditionally call "ritualistic naval gazing." That report will end with USC in 2001 and those thirty people that the Provost mentioned who will be here will take a look at us and see if we are in fact in compliance with nearly 500 must statements. The other aspect of the self-study in which we will engage and have engaged the faculty in is a continuing conversation which will end in a document called USC 2006. It is a visionary document of where we want to go, where we want to be in the year 2006. Virginia has adopted a vision statement Virginia 2020 and Nebraska, Nebraska 2020. Weíve taken a little bit more realistic view, we think especially, when we think about what information technology is and how it changes almost daily, to take a vision statement and say this is platform from which we will go into the second half of this century. But the most important thing again is to thank the people who are involved. And that have been faculty, as Iíve said over 300 people thus far, and to invite you to participate in this. The focus of our self-study on that side is the appropriate applications of information technology. Appropriate is the key word. It is not just some helter-skelter pulling together of technology because it is there but a thought filled application of those technologies. Since the 60ís we have been national and international leaders in what has become the hot topic distance education. Our College of Engineering and Business had been in the business of providing degrees through Distance Education since the mid 60ís and we continue to be leaders in that area. It has also been my good fortune to take a look around the campus and say what are the other faculty doing in these areas. If you take a look at a list of all the applications of information technology regardless of what that might be, you are going to find one or two or three or a cluster of our faculty who are engaged in using information technology in that way. Either as a teacher, as a scholar, or as a servant to the community. So one of the most important things I hope that you will do over the coming months, will be involve yourself in this self-study. We have some open focus groups that if you come to us and letís talk about expanding the conversation to say what to do we as a faculty want to bring to this self-study. What do we as a faculty want to bring to the Presidentís vision, who says that he wants us to be considered among the top 5 in the southeast of publicly funded institutions. Well how do we define that and how are we going to realize that vision? That is the purpose. Again if you go to USC homepage, scroll down to quick links, link onto the SACS web site. And, again that is another thing we are very proud of is that we are testing the SACS process by pushing as much stuff into the web as we possible can. Hopefully, we might even reduce the number of people who will be visiting with us. The 30 people who will take the look at the institutional effectiveness will be joined by 5 people that we will choose to help us take a look at our vision for where we want to be in 2006 as far as information technology applications. So those 5 have not been chosen. If you have someone in mind who represents you, especially new faculty, if there is someone you highly regard as far as applying information technology appropriately, let us know. Weíd like to consider them as a part of the pool of candidates for those 5 positions. But again, go to our web site. My name and e-mail and telephone number is there. Peterís is also there. If you have any questions whatsoever let me know. We are meeting tomorrow afternoon with our SACS IT - the student advisory council for SACS which will involve both undergraduates and graduates. We will be visiting each of our regional campuses to talk to faculty and to students. But again on this campus we will engage faculty in a series of focus groups and we look forward to hearing from you. Welcome to a new year.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Thank you Dan.
V. Reports of Committees.
VI. Old Business
VII. New Business.
VIII. Good of the Order.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Let me recommend that we now have a short intermission and have the reception now. We can then gather again in about 15 minutes for the Senate meeting.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Do I hear a motion for adjournment? So moved. I declare the meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m. Thank you very much and welcome.
1999-2000 Tenure and Promotion Cycle: The Provostís Report to the Faculty
"The Provost will report annually to the General Faculty the results of the tenure and promotion process. The report must contain statistics that show the percentage of agreement between the Presidentís UCTPís, Provostís, Deansí, and Chairsí recommendations in tenure and promotion decisions, and the positive and negative vote of the local units taken as a whole."
Below are the figures as of June 28, 2000.
Total decisions (both tenure and promotion) in 1999-2000: 78.
President agreed with UCTP in 78 of 78 decisions (100%).
President agreed with Provost in 76 of 78 decisions (97%).
President agreed with Deans in 72 of 78 decisions (92%).
President agreed with Chairs in 57 of 63 decisions (some units do not have Chairs) (90%).
UCTP agreed with Provost in 76 of 78 decisions (97%).
UCTP agreed with Deans in 72 of 78 decisions (92%).
UCTP agreed with chairs in 57 of 63 decisions (some unit do not have Chairs) (90%).
Provost agreed with Deans in 74 of 78 decisions (95%).
Provost agreed with Chairs in 57 of 63 decisions (some units do not have Chairs) (90%).
Deans agreed with Chairs in 60 of 63 decisions (some units do not have Chairs) (95%).
Positive local unit votes (both tenure and promotion): 71 of 78
Negative local unit votes (both tenure and promotion): 71 of 78