USC Faculty Meeting
May 1992


GENERAL FACULTY MEETING
May 6, l992

The meeting was called to order at 3:10 PM in the Law School Auditorium by
President John Palms.

I. Approval of the Minutes:

The minutes of the general faculty meeting of September 4, 1991 were approved as submitted.

II. Statements by the President: President Palms

President Palms stated that:
  1. This May we will graduate a record number of students from USC.
  2. Unfortunately those students are facing a tight job market.
  3. The administration and faculty must address some problems in the tenure and promotion process. These problems include the uneven criteria in the various departments, the legalistic interpretation of the regulations, and the interpretation of outside peer reviews. The principle purpose of these reviews is to get objective evaluation of the scholarly or professional contributions of the individual. It is not to have people tell you rather a person should be tenured or promoted. Since members of the T&P committee who are in the individualÕs department usually abstain from the discussion and voting to avoid undue influence, it is important that a thorough assessment be made at the unit level. The President expressed the belief that both he and the T&P committee needed to know who voted which way when there is a split in the departmental recommendation.
  4. It is necessary to examine the process used to select the T&P Committee and to determine the aspirations of the University. Once the aspirations of the University are decided, hopefully by the Board of Trustees, the Administration and the Faculty together, then we will have a standard to use in T&P procedures. Charles Tucker (SOCY) pointed out that there are two views on deciding who our colleagues are. We can have our colleagues decide who our colleagues are or we can have the administrators decide who our colleagues are. He and the president agreed that the T&P process needs study. Prof Tucker pointed out that a world class university needs world class salaries as well as world class everything else.
  5. Fund raising is 19% ahead of last year, including a $1.2 million gift from an individual to set up a center for Family and Society to coordinate all the programs we have ongoing in the University in that particular topic.
  6. All 46 coaches that took the qualification exam for recruiting procedures passed the exam. The new NCAA compliance officer is David Gideon who was with the NCAA.
  7. The provost search continues.

III. Address of the Provost: George Reeves, Acting Provost

Provost Reeves reported on the following:
  1. Evaluation of the Deans: There were 719 responses to the 1300 questionnaires that were mailed out. About 250 of those had written comments. The statistical summaries are complete and the written summaries will be ready by about May 11th.The chairs of the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Advisory Committees are welcome to examine them when they desire. The comments will not be directly passed on. They will not be identified by anybody except the people who tallied them and myself and the president or whoever at that level will want to see them. The summary results will be shared by the deans one on one and discussed. I will recommend that the deans share the information in a general way with their faculties and discuss how changes might be made if any are needed and that sort. But that will be up to the deans. This process is only one step in the overall evaluation of the deans.

    John Safko (PHYS) questioned the Provost about the ad hoc committee that was set up to deal with the SACS recommendation on our Math and Oral communication requirements. (The SACS committee recommended that we add a math requirement and an oral communication requirement.) In particular he wanted to know why the Curricula and Courses Committee was not only not consulted but told that it was none of their business.

    The Provost said that originally SACS wanted an immediate response but that had now been extended to the 5 year review. He has also asked the ad hoc committee to review the core curriculum. Hal French (RELG) is the chair of this committee whose report should be ready by the end of the month.

  2. The Provost then announced faculty retirements and awards. He first recognized Robert Armstrong (BA) who retired a few years ago. The current retirees are:

    Charles Coolidge - College of HSS - Dept. of History He is awarded the title of distinguished professor in his final year and that changed to distinguished professor emeritus as of June 30th.

    Rufus G. Fellers - College of Engineering - Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering - awarded the title of distinguished professor in his final year and that changed to distinguished professor emeritus as of June 30, 1992.

    Robert W. Foster - School of Law - has been awarded the title distinguished professor emeritus upon his retirement on June 30, 1992.

    Ernest Furtchgott - College of HSS - Dept. of Psychology -has the title of distinguished professor this past year to change to distinguished professor emeritus June 30, 1992.

    Willaim Goodrich - College of Journalism and Mass Communication - distinguished professor emeritus June 30, 1992.

    William McColly - College. Of HSS - Dept. of English - distinguished professor during his final year and that would change to distinguished professor emeritus in June.

    Louise Odor - School of Medicine - distinguished professor emeritus as of June 30th.

    Charles Randall - School of Law - to be awarded the title distinguished professor emeritus on June 30, 1992.

    Walter Reiser - School of Law - to be awarded the title distinguished professor in his final year and distinguished professor emeritus on June 30th.

    James Roherty - GINT - distinguished professor in his final year and distinguished professor emeritus June 30th.

    Tony Ryan - College of Criminal Justice - distinguished professor and distinguished professor emeritus June 30, 1992.

    Mike Schuette - College of Science and Math - Dept. of Physics and Astronomy - former chair of the College of Arts and Science at one time and chair of the Department of Physics for many years upon retirement he is distinguished professor this year and he will become distinguished professor emeritus.

    Elmer Schwartz - College of Engineering - Distinguished Professor this year and distinguished professor emeritus June 30th.

    Joseph Shoquist - College of Journalism - he received the title of dean emeritus. He retired June 30th 1991.

    Rosomond Spraque - College of HSS - Dept. of Philosophy - with the title of distinguished professor emerita. She retired December 30, 1991.

    John Sproat - College of HSS - Dept. of History , distinguished professor during his final year and distinguished professor emeritus June 30, 1992.

    Robert Stewart - College of HSS , Dept. of Sociology, distinguished professor in his final year and retiring June 30th as distinguished professor emeritus.

    Richard L. Walker - College of HSS - Dept. of GINT, title of distinguished professor during his final year and retiring June 30th as distinguished professor emeritus.

    From other campuses.

    John Best - Dept. of Sociology - USC - Aiken, emeritus professor, June 30, 1992

    William Sanders, USC -Aiken, distinguished professor emeritus. He retired July 3, 1987.

    William Baxley - Coastal Carolina - who is retiring June 30 is emeritus dean. He was dean of the School of Business.

    Thomas Boyd - Coastal Carolina - emeritus professor June 30, 1992. in Natural and Applied Sciences.

    Raymond Curtis - Coastal Carolina - School of Business Administration, professor emeritus June 30th.

    Patricia Kirkland - Coastal Carolina - School of Education emerita professor - June 30th.

    Violet Meade - Coastal Carolina - School of Education -professor emerita - June 30, 1992.

RESEARCH AWARDS

USC EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION RESEARCH AWARD IN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES - $1,000

Gordon Goodwin , professor of music in USC School of Music.

USC EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION RESEARCH AWARD IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - $1,000

Ian Lerch , Department of Geological Sciences

RUSSELL RESEARCH AWARD IN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES - $1,000

Elchanan Cohen, professor of economics.

RUSSELL AWARD IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - $1,000

Jeeva Sachith Anandan , Department of Physics and Astronomy.

SAMUEL LITMAN DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR AWARD IN ENGINEERING

Jerry Hudgens, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

TEACHING AWARDS:

GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Charles M. Richie of the College of Business Administration.

AMOCO OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD - $2,500

Ron Atkinson , Department of History

IV. REPORTS OF COMMITTEES

FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Marcia Welsh, Chair:

The Proposal for a faculty committee on Instructional Development is presented for information. It will be presented to the Faculty Senate for approval at a later date. Please direct problems or suggestions to the committee.

V. OLD BUSINESS AND VII. NEW BUSINESS - none

VI. GOOD OF THE ORDER

Nancy Lane (FREN&CLAS) requested that the next spring general faculty meeting be scheduled at a later date so those that have 2 PM exams can attend.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:47 PM