GENERAL FACULTY MEETING
SEPTEMBER 6, 2001
I. Call to Order.
PRESIDENT JOHN PALMS - Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the fall meeting of the University of South Carolina Faculty.
II. Approval of Minutes.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Let me ask about corrections of the minutes that have been available to you via the Faculty Senate Web page. Any corrections or additions? All in favor say "aye." Opposed? So ordered.
III. Report of President.
PRESIDENT PALMS - I want to welcome you, particularly the new faculty once again. I hope that the faculty members here will have a chance to meet you at the reception following this faculty meeting. And, I hope that the faculty had a restful, productive summer and that you had a chance to accomplish whatever you set for yourself whether it was recreation, scholarship, or travel. Norma and I had an invigorating summer with a little bit of all of the above. After the budget process last spring, we did have a chance to go to Israel and Egypt and that was fascinating.
We are off to a very good start. I am getting letters from parents commenting about the great success they had moving in their children, the orientations during the summer, and students getting their schedules in order. As you know, we added to the freshman class even above what we planned, including an increased yield from those who were accepted. You worked hard to convince students that they ought to come here after they applied and were accepted. The success of the football season is, I think, contributing to this a little bit. As a matter of fact, if we had known we were going to have such a season last year, we probably would have predicted a little more of a yield. I will get into some of these specifics. The applicant pool for this year ended up exceeding 11,000. That is one of the largest application pools that we have ever had.
You saw that Coach Holtz donated $25,000 to begin of a library endowment in his name. He encouraged all those who heard about this to join him and that received good press coverage. Our library continues to make great progress. You know we are ranked 47th of 119 libraries that constitute the ARL, and 3,000 libraries classify as research libraries. We are ranked something like 35th or so among public institutions. We continue to add great collections and are starting to get a reputation again for excellence.
That news comes on the heel of two grants for the College of Education. Les and his people are working very hard to help us fulfill one of our goals to lead the state's K-12 educational reform. We need all the help we can get for K-12 in South Carolina. The college received $993,000 from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to establish the resource network for after school and community education. And, $130,000 came from the William and Florence Hewitt to assist with designing a research-based learning curriculum for undergraduates. The press conference for the after-school and community education network included some disconcerting data: almost 8,000,000 kids come home from K-12 with nobody at home to assist them in any way and their time does not seem to be very productive. Hopefully, we will have some impact on these situations.
In spite of the budget in the spring, we continue to make great progress here at the University and I want to spend a few minutes talking about that. There are many discussions about rankingswho ranks whom and what do the rankings really mean. In this state we have had a lot of talk about U.S. News and World Report to measure excellence. But you know that report is based on an interview kind of process, a reputational kind of process. It does include SATs and retention, but it does not evaluate faculty, does not evaluate research, and it does not evaluate libraries.
The AAU criteria that we adopted measure those things. In the last several years, John Lombardi at the University of Florida has started to look at these parameters. As you know, we had him on this campus to talk to our trustees about what really are the parameters that they as trustees and we as a university ought to focus on in order to gauge the progress we are making in improving not only the quantity of what we do but also the quality of what we do. The Lombardi program on measuring universities performance has put out an annual report (it's on the web) called The Top American Research Universities. My guess is that this is one thing ex-presidents do when they step down. It is very, very useful. These are the parameters that we are looking at: research dollars, members of the faculty who are members of national academies, library ranking, and student quality, both undergraduate and graduate. These measures are the same ones that we have adopted in 1996 as we began to articulate our vision for this University. Those are really the measures that define a great university. And, that is what we are going to stick to.
This vision is not self-serving because we understand by improving USC we are improving our service to the entire state of South Carolina. That has been the charge since the beginning of the institution in 1801. We are chartered to serve the whole community to promote the good order, to create harmony, and to educate as many South Carolinians as possible. The better that we get, the better the quality of this state. And, the better the economic vitality as well, as last year's economic impact study showed. For each dollar that the state gives us they get almost $5 back. The income tax paid by USC faculty and staff is about $70 million; the state is so nice to give us that back at least and then just a little bit more. We also are proud that among all of our campuses 88 percent of the students are from South Carolina.
We also should be immensely proud (and we don't get enough credit for) of the number of minority students that we educate so successfully at this institution. We have a 12-percent increase in the head count of African-American students at Carolina. In a state with 4,000,000 students and a minority population of 33 percent, we are delighted that we have been able to both raise our standards and maintain or raise our recruitment of African-American students. You ought to be proud of yourselves. At graduation, you can see the diversity as our students cross that stage. And, I hope you feel great pride.
This fall, we have the largest freshman class in USC's history: somewhere between
3,200 and 3,300. Thank you for all your cooperation in seeing to it that we had the sections necessary to make this enrollment increase possible in spite of our tight budget. We are also very proud of the quality of these students. This class is very large and diverse, and its academic credentials are outstanding considering what we are dealing with in K-12 and the distribution of SAT scores. The SAT of our baccalaureate students will be around 1,120 in the state where the average SAT is 950. Our honor's college SAT's will be around 1,374. As of last week, 23 percent of South Carolinians who scored 1,200 or above on the SAT chose to attend the University of South Carolina. Only 2,400 of 25,000 students who take the SAT score above 1,200. Twenty-nine percent of South Carolinians who scored above 1,400 on the SAT chose Carolina, and almost 30 percent of those who scored over 1,400. This is simply outstanding. It is a real tribute to you because these students are visiting many, many campuses.
We also have wonderful scholarship students. Probably the best ever. 20 Carolina scholars: SAT 1,473. 20 McNair scholars with average SAT of 1,456. 20 Alumni scholars, SAT 1,378. 436 University scholars, SAT 1,301. 42 Lieber scholars (these are National Merits), SAT 1,464. 148 Palmetto scholars, SAT 1,324. 1,405 Life scholarships, SAT 1,153. You know we ought to be really proud of that.
We should also be proud of our students that they continue to earn national recognition as well. Every year, USC has the largest group of students into Phi Beta Kappa. Let me remind you, especially the new faculty, we are the only public institution in the State that has Phi Beta Kappa. That means we have strength in the humanities, we are committed to the humanities as reflected by our library and our curriculum. These students not only have to have a high grade point average, they must have a distribution in the humanities whether they are physics majors or engineering.
Our students continue to be very successful in reaping national awards and recognition. Since 1994, 150 students have won more than $3.5 million for advanced academic study. We have had a Rhode Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a Marshall Scholar, and each year, we continue to see USC students win Goldwaters and National Science Foundation awards. Every year USC students win the most Rotary Internationals. This year's selection will be announced soon. Last year, we ranked 53rd in the nation and 23rd among public institutions in attracting merit scholars. And, you help us do that. You help us recruit these students, you call them, you invite them in, and have them in during the summer and you serve on many committees to make that possible. I want to thank you for that.
However, we are also mindful that South Carolinians continue to struggle to pay for higher education. We demonstrated that concern this summer when we reduced potential tuition increase from 10.4 percent to 5.2 percent. If you look at what the other colleges did in this state, it is remarkable that we were able to be sensitive to the students' ability to pay. If you look at the debt that is being accumulated by students coming here now, it is rising more steeply than ever before. In fact, national debt - just for consumer consumption - is probably at the highest it has ever been. But, we are grateful that you helped us communicate to the General Assembly last year to get that 15-percent cut eliminated. Our students worked hard: they visited with legislators and they came together here and throughout the state. I think that was actually very, very effective.
We continue to educate our students, our friends, our parents, supporters and legislators about the cuts, especially because the economy is not looking much better for next year. There are rumors about a mid-year cut. There are rumors about having to reduce the budget again next year. We are going to have our hands full as how we are going to respond to these possibilities.
But, I want to thank you for doing your share in bringing in more research dollars. You continue to seek actively funds for research in disciplines where such funding for research is available. And, we just concluded the year with $122 million of research funding. Our goal is to garner $175 million by 2005, and I think we can do that. We need more space, we need more post-docs, we need more graduate students of quality, but you are certainly doing your share.
As the Lombardi study indicates, only universities that are dedicated to teaching and research as well as service become great universities. We are not just setting a standard for good teaching and a standard for outstanding research and a standard for excellence in service outside the University. Since the beginning of this institution in 1801, we have achieved an extraordinary record of public service while satisfying our missions of teaching and scholarship.
We have another year of opportunity ahead of us. As we celebrate our 200th anniversary, I have more invitations from USC bicentennial events than I know what to do with. You are celebrating with conferences, symposiums, theater performances, musical presentations, etc. Monday marks USC's Aiken's 40th anniversary and the inauguration of the new chancellor Thomas Hallman. USC Sumter is also celebrating their 30th anniversary. We will be, of course, celebrating our research and scholarship and the campaign. I told you that my goal is try and finish the campaign. We have probably exceeded $400 million but that is being reduced depending upon the stock market and by the usual conditions that are expected. We definitely have $365 million, but we will try to reach a gross of $500 million. We have a very aggressive plan for this year to conclude this campaign.
Jerry's got the toughest job. He is chairing the Strategic Directives and Initiatives Committee; he will talk about that. I appreciate the faculty leaving their specialties behind in their departments, looking at the University as a collective, comprehensive entity, and studying how we can structure ourselves to live with the realities of these reduced funding initiatives.
I want to wish you a very good year this year. I want you to continue to focus on the quality that you have emphasized. You are also dealing with quantity. We are the largest most comprehensive university in the state, one of the most comprehensive in the South, and there is no reason why we can't have this quality with this quantity. That is what the expectations are. We have the greatest accumulation of talents available to address any kind of problem that requires interdisciplinary sensitivities, and we are going to continue to try to maintain that comprehensiveness.
This concludes my comments. I will be glad to answer any questions about any of these particular issues that I have presented before you. Any comments?
IV. Report of Provost.
PROVOST JEROME ODOM - Thank you John. We have several things I would like to do today. The first is to pay tribute to some folks who have been awarded emeritus faculty status by the Board. I know many of these people and really owe them a great deal because they have spent much of their life enriching this university, building this university. If these folks are here, I would like to ask them to stand and remain standing until the end when we can certainly thank you for what you have done.
- Bob Cannon, Computer Science and Engineering
- Karel Culik, Computer Science and Engineering
- Tom Davis, Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
- James Hall, School of Music
- Marva Larrabee, College of Education
- John Lopiccolo, Journalism and Mass Communications
- John Safko, Physics and Astronomy (Are you still going to lead the faculty at graduations? One year - okay - good.)
- Fred Splittgerber, College of Education - could not be here today he sends regrets.
- Suzanne Stroman, Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
- Laura Zaidman, USC Sumter
Thank you very much for your contributions! (Clapping)
This is also always a good meeting because we introduce the new faculty who have joined us this year and it is my pleasure to let the deans do these introductions. I would just ask the deans to stand where they are and speak loudly. Henry Price from Journalism and Mass Communications:
INTERIM DEAN HENRY PRICE - Unaccustomed as I am to speaking loudly, Jerry, the first faculty member that I would like to introduce you to isn't here so, it in abstentia. David Scott has joined us as an assistant professor. He has his doctorate from Georgia, MA from Brigham Young and a B.A. from Utah. He came here from the faculty of the New Hampshire College. His research interests are Communication Law and Media Power and Culture. He will be teaching in our advertising area.
The other two are here, and you will notice that we have them here with Ernie Wiggins in the middle, who is mentoring them even as we speak.
Tim Brown has joined us as an instructor with an M.A. with us this past spring and a B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill in Speech Com and Radio TV and Motion Pictures. You may recognize him, or at least think that you do, and it depends on what time of morning you get up but Tim has been the co-anchor of the Sunrise Show on WIS TV for quite a few years. Also you may recognize him as the Carolina Traveler of recent years. He brings to us 12 years of professional experience and will be teaching basic courses in broadcast.
Doug Fisher has a M.A. and was a Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University in Journalism, and a has a B.A. from Indiana University in Economics and Political Science. He has 26 years professional experience in Print and Electronic Journalism and 18 years with the Associated Press. And, I am absolutely delighted to say that Doug is taking over the copy-editing class that I taught for 32 years.
Thank you very much. (Clapping)
PROVOST ODOM - School of Music, Dean Jamal Rossi.
DEAN JAMAL ROSSI - I would like to introduce the following new faculty members.
Dr. Soon Bae Kim joins the music faculty as a visiting professor of piano for the year. Dr. Kim completed her DMA and MM from USC in the 1980's. She also earned a BA from The Seoul National University. Dr. Kim is currently a Professor of Piano at Hammin College in Korea. She is an active performer, clinician, lecturer, author, and has edited music of Claude Debussy and Oliver Messien for a Korean music publishing company. Dr. Kim could not be with us today due to a recent death in her family.
Dr. Chris Lee joins the faculty as a lecturer of Percussion for the upcoming academic year. Chris completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from USC in August. Additionally, he holds the Master of Music in Percussion Performance from USC< and the Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of maryland. Chris has been an adjunct faculty member at the USC Honors College since 1995, and has taught on the faculties of Lander University, Erskine College, and Clafin University. He is a clinician for the Pearl Drum Corporation, the Avedis Zildjian Company, and Innovative Percussion.
Ivan Raykoff joins us as a Lecturer in Music History for the upcoming year. Mr. Raykoff is completing the Ph.D. from the University of California-San Diego. He earned the M.A. in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music. Additional study includes Humbolt University in Berlin, Germany, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary and at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Willie Strong joins the faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music History. Willie earned a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, the M.A. in Musicology from Yale University, and the B.A. in Music from Emory University. In addition, he has attended Georgia State University and the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Strong has been an assistant professor in American Studies and African-American Studies at Yale University.
Ms. Helene Tintes-Schuermann joins us as a Lecturer in Voice for the upcoming year. A mezzo-soprano, Ms. Tintes-Schuermann is completing her DMA from Northwestern University. Additional degrees include the Magister (Masters) in Lied from the Hochschule"Mozarteum" in Salzburg, Austira, the MM from the University of Minnesota, the Diploma in Opera from the Escuela Superior deCanto in Madrid, Spain, and a B.A./B.S. from Moorhead State University. She has extensive teaching and performing experience in the U.S. and throughout Europe.
PROVOST ODOM - For the College of Criminal Justice, Dean Blease Graham will announce his new faculty.
DEAN GRAHAM - CRJU - We have two new assistant professors both are currently engaged in other activities. The first is Professor Robert W. Brame who joins us from the University of Maryland. He is currently in Toronto where he is an associate on a project called"Pathways to Desistance" that is affiliated with the McArthur Foundation Network of Adolescence Development in Criminal Justice." Our other assistant professor is John D. Burrow who received a doctorate from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is in class at the moment.
PROVOST ODOM - College of Pharmacy, Dean Farid Sadik.
DEAN SADIK - Thank you, Jerry. I am pleased to introduce two faculty members. On my far left is Dr. Laura Fox, Dr. Fox will be an assistant professor and she joined us last October. She came to us from Arizona. Dr. Fox received her B.S. in Biology from Clemson University and here Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from the University of Georgia. Her teaching responsibilities and research interest will be in pharmaceutics and pharmakinetics. Dr. Desuo Wang Assistant Professor joined the College of Pharmacy in January 2001. Dr. Wang came to us from the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. He received his Ph.D in Pharmacology and Therapeutics from the University of Florida and his M.D. from China. His research interest is in pharmacology.
PROVOST ODOM - From the College of Science and Mathematics, Dr. Crawley:
DEAN CRAWLEY - We have 7 faculty joining us this year - 6 of whom are here, the last one will join us later. First, I would like to introduce Kevin Higgins. Kevin joined our Biological Sciences Department this fall as an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis and then did a post doc year in Finland and most recently has been with a National Science Foundation as a fellow at the University of Oregon. His field is theoretical ecology and environmental biology.
Next, Peter Waddell. Peter actually just got here a couple days ago from New Zealand. He joined our Biological Science Department as an Associate Professor. Peter also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Statistics. He received his Ph.D. from Massey University, New Zealand. Before coming to USC he was with the Chugai Pharmaceutical Company in Tokyo as a Bio Informatics scientist. That is why he is doing statistics and biology.
Dr Vitaly Rassolov joins our Chemistry and Biochemistry Department this fall as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Rassolov received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to USC, Dr. Rassolov was with Northwestern University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in their Chemistry Department.
Dr. Gene Yogodzinski joined our Geological Sciences Department in the summer. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Prior to USC, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Geology at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
His area of expertise is Geochemistry and he uses this to study the measurement of the earth's techtonic plates.
Dr. Alicia Wilson also joined our Geological Sciences Department in January as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. from John Hopkins University. Most recently she was a National Research Post-doctoral Fellow at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia. Her area of expertise is paleohydrogeology. In other words, the long-term history of the flow of water. She is also an avid soccer player.
Dr. Richard Styles will join our faculty in December as an Assistant Professor in Geological Sciences with a primary appointment in Marine Science. Dr. Styles received his Ph.D. at Rutgers University and he has been a post doc at Rutgers University before coming here. His field is physical oceanography.
Finally, Dr. Ruslan Prozorov joined our Physics and Astronomy Department this fall as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Prior to coming to USC he was a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois. His field is condensed matter physics and nanoscience.
PROVOST ODOM - Dean Les Sternberg, College of Education
DEAN LES STERBERG - We have four new faculty who joined the ranks of our college. None of whom could be here today. Three of them are teaching classes and one is attending a conference in San Diego.
The first individual is Todd Busch who joined our Department of Educational Psychology as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Minnesota and will be a faculty member in special education programs here.
Three faculty members have joined our Department of Instruction and Teacher Education. Diane DeFord has come on board as a professor with tenure in that department. She received a doctorate in literacy from Indiana University and prior to coming here she was a professor at Ohio State University.
Professor Belinda Eggen is a new assistant professor in charge of our newly authorized program in Beaufort's MAT's program. She received her Ph.D. in elementary education here at USC.
Our final faculty member is Denise Morgan who joins the same department as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of literacy. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
PROVOST ODOM - We now have Dean Fred Roper of the College of Library and Information Science.
DEAN FRED ROPER - I am very pleased to introduce Dr. Marie Landry who joins us this year as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She holds two degrees from LSU and her doctorate from Florida State. Her teaching experiences has been at Florida State and the University of Oklahoma. She brings strengths in areas that we lost with Chuck Curran's retirement last December in the areas of administration, research methods, election development, and public libraries.
PROVOST ODOM - College of Nursing, Dr. Sara Fuller.
DR. SARA FULLER - We are pleased to have two new faculty this August and three from last January. The first is more a welcome back as many of you can greet Dr. Opal Brown who we have been able to lure out of retirement to be our new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Brown's doctoral work is from Carolina and she has actually been a long standing Carolina faculty member.
Also new this August is Debbie Babb. Debbie has joined our clinical track in Medical Surgical Nursing. Her M.A. also is from the University of South Carolina and she is presently in clinical with students.
From last January we had two people who changed status with us, Lisa Strebler in the clinical track recently from DHEC. Her M.A. is from us and she changed from part-time to full-time.
And, Dr. Judy Kaye from the Medical College of George changed from Visiting Faculty to Tenure Track Faculty.
Then we had an additional clinical track faculty Lisa Murr, Nursing Practitioner who joined our clinical track faculty last January.
PROVOST ODOM - The Darla Moore School of Business, Associate Dean Bob Markland.
ASSOCIATE DEAN BOB MARKLAND - Thank you Jerry. We have one new faculty member Sergei Tsyplakov. He joins us with his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His field is Finance and he also has a bachelors and masters degree in Science and Applied Mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics. He also has a M.A. degree in Economics from Cal Tech.
PROVOST ODOM - School of Public Health, Associate Dean Harriet Williams.
ASSOCIATE DEAN HARRIET WILLIAMS - Thank you Jerry. I am pleased to present seven new members of the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health. Two of them could not be here but five of them are and I would like to introduce those five first.
To my far right is Dawn K. Wilson. Dawn is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Education. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Her work will be largely in our Prevention Research Center whose major theme is physical activity and health. Welcome Dawn.
Next to her are new faculty members in our Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. First is Julius Fredricksson who comes to us as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and along with his colleagues has a wide range of research interests. Welcome Julius.
Next to him is Eric Healy who comes to us as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Eric has a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee - I think he is enjoying this weather already. Welcome to you Eric.
To my immediate right is Janice Jackson who comes to us as an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Massachusetts where she received her Ph.D. degree.
All three of these wonderful new faculty members, have a wide ranging research interests in speech, speech perception, speech development, children's language, and a variety of other topics related to speech and hearing. We look forward to lots of good things happening as they join our faculty.
To my immediate left is Jim Lyons who comes to us as an Instructor in the Department of Exercise Science. Jim has his Ph.D. from Simon Frazier University.
He has a number of research interests that focus primarily on motor control processes as they relate to special populations, and in particular Down's Syndrome. We welcome Jim and are glad that he is with us.
The two who could not be here are: Lee A. Newman, who comes to us as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences and has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and Robert Woods Johnson Medical School. Last but not least, Paul F. Beattie comes to the Department of Exercise Science as a Clinical Associate Professor. He has a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Paul's primary responsibility will be in our new doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Welcome to all of you.
PROVOST ODOM - College of Liberal Arts, Associate Dean Gordon Baylis.
ASSOCIATE DEAN GORDON BAYLIS - Well, I would like to welcome thirteen people to join our college today and we hope that is not any kind of a bad omen. I should say that we work our people so hard that most of these people aren't able to be here today.
But starting with Anthropology we have Janina Fenigsen who joins us from Brandeis University. And, Janina is a Linguistic Anthropologist who is interested in the politicis of language (at least I think I have it right).
In French & Classics we welcome Lara Lomicka. She joins us from Pennsylvania State and her interest is French and especially studies the acquisition of foreign languages.
Geography welcomes three new members. The first is William Graf who joins us as a full professor. He can't be here. He has a distinguished reputation and we have lured him away from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interest is in fluvial geomorphology especially with regards to the effects of people. And, I study this myself from time to time in the low part of this state but only as an amateur sitting on the beach.
Geography also welcomes Carl Dahlman from the University of Kentucky. Welcome. And, Blake Gumprecht from the University of Oklahoma who is teaching. He is a cultural and historical geographer. Welcome to you.
In the Department of Germanic, Slavic & East Asian studies we are welcoming two faculty members back who were Visiting Assistant Professors and are now Tenure Track Assistant Professors: Agnes Mueller and Alexander Odgen. Who I think neither of whom could be here.
From Government and International Studies we are welcoming three new faculty members. James Douglas joins us from the University of Georgia but we don't hold that against him. His interest is the area of Public Budgeting. Thomas Hansford joins us from University of California-Davis his interest is Public Law. Christopher Kam joins us as an Instructor from the University of Rochester and his interest is the dynamics of interactions within political parties ministerial actions etc.
The Department of Sociology is very pleased to welcome Barry Markovsky as the new chair. I know he can't be here today. We are putting him to work already. He joins us from the University of Iowa. His area of research is small group processes and social networks. As I said he will be the new chair of the Department of Sociology.
The Theatre, Speech and Dance Department welcomes Mindy Fenske. She joins us from Louisiana State University. Welcome. Her interest is... I hope that this is right "the relationship between performance and the historical and cultural context of performance." Welcome Mindy.
Last but no means least, in Women's Studies we welcome Wanda Hendricks from Arizona State Univeristy who is interested in the political involvement of the African-American woman.
Welcome to all thirteen of you.
PROVOST ODOM - Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Technology.
DEAN RALPH WHITE - We have 11 new faculty members.
Dr. Tom Davis from Chemical Engineering. Tom received his B.S. degree and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He has joined us after a career in industry. His specialty is electrodyalisis.
Dr. Ed Gatzke from Chemical Engineering. Ed received his B.ChE. in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech and his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. His research interests include process control, dynamic system modeling, optimization, and intelligent methods.
Civil Engineering Dr. Erik Anderson. Erik received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include analytical methods in groundwater mechanics and modeling of groundwater flow.
In Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Kirk Cameron. Kirk received his B.S. in math from the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in computer science from Louisiana State University. Dr. Cameron's research interests include performance analysis and prediction, parallel and distributed systems, and computer architecture.
Dr. Duncan Clarke received his B.S. from Michigan State University and his M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania. His current research interests include the use of formal specifications to drive automated software test generation.
Dr. Valerie Cross received her B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in statistics from West Virginia University. She received her master's degree in computer science from University of Colorado - Boulder and her Ph.D. in computer science from Wright State University. Her research interests include intelligent information retrieval and integrating fuzzy logic into knowledge based systems.
Dr. Mohammod Ali received his B.S. in electrical and electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology - Dhaka. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Ali's research interests are in the general areas of antennas and microwave engineering.
Dr. Jorge Seminario received his B.S. in electronic engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, in Lima, Peru. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. His research interests are in the general areas of nanotechnology, nanoelectronics, and molecular electronics.
Dr. Grigory Simin received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute, and his Ph.D. from GIRICOND Science & Research Institute in Leningrad, Russia. His research interests include wide bandgap semiconductors, microelectronics, microwave, high power and photonic devices.
Dr. Jeff Darabi received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology from Tehran, Iran, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. His research interests are in the areas of microelectronic mechanical systems (MEMS), chip-integrated micro cooling systems and microfluidic systems.
Dr. Thomas Lienert earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from Ohio State. His research interests include application of materials science principles to joining problems.
PROVOST ODOM - From the Regional Campuses, Associate Dean Carolyn West:
ASSOCIATE VICE PROVOST CAROLYN WEST - We have 11 new faculty from the Regional Campuses, 3 of those are tenure track. USC - Lancaster, Dr. Howard Kincaid, assistant professor of Speech and Theatre. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Also at USC - Lancaster, Dr. Dwayne Brown, an assistant professor in Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. USC - Sumter - welcomes a professor in English, Dr. Andrew Konka who received his Ph.D. in August from Purdue University.
PROVOST ODOM - Have I forgotten anyone else? Thank you very much. It is always the tradition at the fall faculty meeting for the provost to give a report on the previous year's promotion cycle. Let me just give you these figures and they will be published in the minutes. The total decisions, both tenure and promotion, in the year 2000-2001 were 78. The President agreed with the UCTP in 74 of 78 decisions which is a 95% agreement. The President agreed with the Provost in 76 of 78 decisions which is 97% agreement. The President agreed with the deans in 72 of 78 decisions which is 92%. And in those units that have chairs the President agreed with chairs in 57 of 67 decisions which is 85%. The UCTP agreed with the Provost in 72 of 78 decisions which is 92%. The UCTP agreed with the deans in 72 of 78 decisions which is 92%. The UCTP agreed with the chairs in 59 of 67 decisions which is 88%. The Provost agreed with the deans in 74 of 78 decisions which is 95%. The Provost agreed with chairs in 57 of 67 decisions which is 85%. The deans agreed with chairs in 61 of 67 decisions which is 91%. There were 70 of 78 positive local unit votes for both tenure and promotion which means there were 8 of 78 local negative unit votes for both tenure and promotion. As I said this will be submitted to the secretary and it will appear in the minutes.
Finally, I have a couple of things I would like to discuss with you. I think I'll start right out with the most important one and that is certainly the Strategic Directions and Initiatives Committee. This committee is made up of a fairly small number of senior faculty and staff. The first thing I would like to tell you is: So that we can publicize our activities, schedule, what is happening as much as possible; we have created a web page for this particular committee. Once you get to the Provost homepage it takes two clicks, one to committees and the second one to the SDI Committee. So that you know, we are meeting twice a week. We are meeting in Osborne in the large conference room - Osborne 107C. These meetings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. From 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and at the last meeting the committee voted to meet from 3:30 until 7:00 or 7:30p.m. on Thursdays. These meetings are open to the public and you are invited to attend any or all of these meetings. When we post the schedule, you will see that most of September and some of October will be taken up talking to deans. We also will be examining other facets of the University - talking about facilities, talking about maintenance. We really do invite your input, your suggestions, and your concerns. We hope on this web page (and let me just acknowledge Jane Olsgaard for all her hard work in setting this up) that you will be able to submit e-mail directly to the committee through the web page. We really are open to as much input as we can get. We are going to have three open meetings - open to the entire campus. If we feel like we need more, we will certainly consider having more. Those three open meetings occur this month on September 11th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Drayton Hall, September 18th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in Belk Auditorium in the Darla Moore School of Business, and September 25th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. right here in the Law School Auditorium. So we have those on different parts of the campus but we welcome your participation in one, two, or three of those meetings. We are very interested in hearing from students, from staff, and from faculty.
The second point that I just wanted to make was, one the President mentioned earlier, we are hearing rumors about a mid-year cut. I received a letter this morning that I have not relayed to the deans yet but I will. This letter was from Rick Kelly who is our chief financial officer. He informs me that the Budget and Control Board will consider later this month a mid-year cut between 2 and 4%. Rick also informs me that when the Budget and Control Board declares a mid-year cut that there is no state agency that is held harmless from that cut. Every state agency has to take it.
Third, just so that you are aware of the deans searches that are currently being conducted on this campus. We are inviting finalists to campus right now for the dean of the College of Social Work. Dean Frank Raymond is retiring at the end of December. The Journalism and Mass Communication search committee will be chaired by Dean Mary Ann Parsons of the College of Nursing and they had their first meeting yesterday. The search committee for a dean of Libraries is being chaired by Dean Fred Roper of the College of Library and Information Science and we have our first meeting of that committee tomorrow afternoon. The search committee for the dean of the Law School has had two meetings and that is being chaired by Dean Larry Faulkner of the School of Medicine.
I would like to thank Henry Price for his willingness to serve as Interim Dean of Journalism and Mass Communications this year. Henry, welcome. I think most people who have been here for any period of time know you and know you will do an excellent job.
USC - Lancaster has an Interim Dean John Catalano. Joe Pappin the dean up until August 15th decided he would like to go back to the faculty. That search committee is getting underway as well.
Mr. President, that concludes my report. But I will be happy to answer any questions that I can. Thank you.
V. Reports of Committees.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Are there any committee reports? No reports.
VI. Old Business.
VII. New Business.
VIII. Good of the Order.
PROFESSOR RANDY MACK - ART - There are two art openings this afternoon - art exhibitions - one is at McKissick. Boyd Saunders is presenting a retrospective of his prints. Boyd has just retired from the Art Department. And, there is also a show at the new McMaster Gallery by David Voros our new painter. Both are very fine shows.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Do I hear a motion that we adjourn?
PROFESSOR RICHARD CONANT - It is traditional that we the invite the new faculty to the Faculty Club. I'll buy the first two pitchers for new faculty only not for the regular faculty. We would love for you to come over and meet some the old guys, that does include myself, and get into the fold there. We would really like to have you. If we could get a few takers and come in and introduce yourself and say hello and I'll see that you don't go thirsty. Also Mr. President I would like to congratulate you on your upcoming retirement. I might say there is a lot of curiosity as to what you have in mind afterwards. You don't have to address that necessarily.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Are you going to promote your musical?
PROFESSOR CONANT - Well, okay. I didn't cue him to do that. I am playing Emile de Becque in"South Pacific". "Some enchanted evening..." that is one of my big songs so I really couldn't resist that role even though I am not retired yet. But it is okay I am still teaching. It opens tomorrow night, September 7th at Town Theatre through the 29th of September. It is a wonderful show. One of the old great ones. They don't write them like that any more. I will be happy to see you out there and come by say hello afterwards. Maybe we can go and get another pitcher.
PRESIDENT PALMS - Thank you. A reminder: the members of the senate will you please stay for a short meeting. Will the rest of faculty mingle with the new faculty? An outstanding group of new faculty. Congratulations again for trusting the University in fostering your career and intellectual contributions. A round of applause for them again. Hearing no further business, I am assuming that we are adjourned. Thank you.