GENERAL FACULTY MEETING
April 23, 1996
The meeting was called to order in the Law School Auditorium at 3 p.m.
by President John Palms
I. CORRECTION AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.
The minutes of September 6, 1995 were approved as submitted.
II. ANNUAL FACULTY RECOGNITION:
The Provost announced four emeritus faculty appointments and several awards.
Interim Provost Winona Vernberg
- Eleanor Duff (Education)
- Sandra B. Frick-Helms (Nursing)
- Thomas A. Surratt (Education)
- Richard M. Uray (Journalism and Mass Communications)
Carolina Distinguished Professors
- Ward W. Briggs, Jr. (French and Classics) received his Ph.D. from
the University of North Carolina in 1974. He has won the university's
award for distinguished research. Professor Briggs is a nationally
- Carol Myers-Scotton (English) received her Ph.D. from the University
of Wisconsin in 1967. She has served as director of linguistics at the
University of South Carolina and she has won the university's award for
distinguished research. Professor Myers-Scotton is a nationally renowned
specialist on code switching in languages.
Golden Key Award for Creative Integration of Research and
- James R. Coleman (Psychology) has an undergraduate degree in
zoology, a Master's and a Ph.D. in psychology - all from the University of
California - Los Angeles.
Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
- Jerome A. Jewler (Journalism and Mass Communications) is
as an individual who makes it clear to his advisees that their success in
classes and internships and future careers is important to him. Students
respond to this attention with respect and admiration and a sense of
self-worth that makes a relationship with Professor Jewler something very
special. This year the USC Program in Public Relations and Advertising
have been nationally ranked 12th and 13th for quality instruction by the US
News and World Report. Quality programs such as these cannot survive
without quality faculty advisors like Professor Jewler.
Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences
- Abraham W. Wandersman (Psychology) is in Washington today and is
unable to be with us.
Russell Research Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering
- John W. Baynes (Chemistry and Biochemistry) has been a member of
the faculty for 20 years. He is known for his work on glycation of
proteins and the behavior of proteins in the presence of reducing sugars.
He was the first to show the plasma proteins in human blood were glycated
and that their extent of glycation was increased during hyperglycemia in
USC Educational Foundation Award for Health Sciences
- Russell R. Pate (Exercise Science) has done research in three
primary areas - physical activity and physical fitness in youth, physical
activity and public health, and hematological adaptations to endurance
exercise. He has authored over 100 publications in significant journals.
He has edited books, written chapters, co-authored texts as well as
published his own original research.
USC Educational Foundation Award for Humanities and Social Sciences
- John M. Bryan (Art) has devoted much of his career to the
investigation, preservation and restoration of the architectural legacy not
only of his city and state, but of the South in general. He has been among
the nation's leaders in demonstrating the economic and cultural values of
preservation for contemporary urban planning.
USC Educational Foundation Award for Professional Schools
- David G. Owen (Law School) has pursued his focused research
and became an internationallyrenowned scholar in the field of tort law.
One of the few top theoreticians in the subfield of products, liability
law, and very probably the world's pre-eminent scholar in the subfield of
USC Educational Foundation Award for Science, Mathematics and
- Michael A. Sutton (Engineering) does research in the field of
fracture mechanics and computer vision. He has pioneered the development
and application of experimental optical methods to extend the knowledge in
the field and improve methods of fracture control. He has led a team at
USC in developing the technology and computer vision so that it is becoming
useful method for studying the mechanical behavior of materials.
USC Educational Foundation Award for Outstanding Service
- Daniel D. Barron (Library and Information Sciences) has
himself through his untiring efforts to serve the people in South Carolina.
The enhancement of the university's reputation is an essential component
to the quality of lives of South Carolinians has always has been in the
forefront of his efforts. Over the course of his career, Dan has developed
a national reputation in two areas: school library media programs and
Michael J. Mungo Teaching Awards
- Reginald F. Bayne (Music) is a composer, a theorist, and a
of music. Dr. Bayne has spent the last five years at USC trying to
integrate new technologies into the music classroom. His introduction to
computer music offers students the opportunity to use the latest digital
and audio technology to create and explore their musical areas.
- Edward H. Beardsley (History) completes his 30th year at USC
arrived in 1966 with a Ph.D. in American History from the University of
Wisconsin. The author of three books , Dr. Beardsley teaches the history
of American science and medicine and the United States history survey. For
students in the latter course, he has introduced four one-man shows where
he performs as Ben Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt and FDR.
- Berten E. Ely, III (Biological Sciences and Director of the
Institute for Biological Research and Technology) is a strong advocate of
encouraging student participation in classroom discussions and providing
opportunities for undergraduate research projects. Currently he is
supervising five undergraduate research projects in addition to his regular
- Jamil A. Kahn (Engineering) is a registered professional engineer
in South Carolina and teaches heat transfer and several fluid mechanics
classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
- Richard M. Showman (Biological Sciences) is actively involved in
research on the cell and developmental biology marine organisms.
Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award
- Daniel E. Reger (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is a dedicated
who teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. He is the recipient
of this award for teaching Chemistry 111, a challenging and even somewhat
intimidating course. Professor Reger, like many of his colleagues in the
chemistry department and elsewhere on campus, cares very much about his
teaching and goes to considerable length to present complex material in a
matter that is accessible to the students. His colleagues consider him a
truly dedicated teacher who is competent, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and
caring. Dan Reger is a superb full-service faculty member.
III. REPORTS OF OFFICERS
IIIA. REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT: President Palms
As we speak, the Senate Finance Committee is trying to
decide how much money they are going to give the university, so that is a
very important process that is going on and we are hopeful still. We still
have good words about what we are going to do. Right now there seems to be
enough raise money if we can hold it. There is some money for capital
projects, as well, plus some programmatic money that we have been needing
for EPSCOR, SCAMP and some other initiatives. Since we last met, we had a
great deal of discussion about the promotion and tenure criteria and
standards and processes, and I announced to the Senate that I was in the
process of appointing a committee to review what we have done here in the
last 20 years or so, where we stand with the criteria and the standards,
and the appeals processes. Since then, I have had an initial meeting with
that committee. Dr. Robert Patterson is here today and has graciously
agreed to accept the chairmanship of the committee. It has been given a
broad charge to look at the entire number of issues that arise yearly about
the standards, the criteria, and the processes and the appeals issue, and
tit is to report back to the faculty and the Faculty Senate for any
appropriate action that they will recommend. We are not pressing this
committee to work with great speed. We know this is an issue that takes
deliberation and I think dedicated concern and time. Dr. Patterson may
want to say something about some of the initial actions that they have
decided to take, but we don't think that we will have anything before this
faculty before maybe next year at this time. Dr. Patterson, you may want
to add to that.
Robert Patterson (History) assured his colleagues that any
recommendations will be submitted to the faculty for a vote and that the
process will be as open as possible. Most of next year will be spent
gathering data and determining the degree of confidence that the current
system has with the faculty.
The President then stated that tenure and promotion letters are being
distributed. All disagreements within the system are minor. The overall
quality of the faculty under consideration is improving.
IIIB. REPORT OF THE PROVOST: Acting Provost Vernberg
The Provost reported on the number of national fellowships and
This year we had five Rotary International academic scholarships, three
Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, three National Science Foundation awards,
two NSF graduate fellowship honorable mentions, one Tau Beta Pi
fellowship, one State Farm exceptional student fellowship, one Fulbright
grant, one Rhodes scholar, one Harry S. Truman scholarship, one Fanny and
John Hurts Foundation fellowship, and one national Physical Science
Consortium graduate fellowship for women and minorities.
IV. REPORT FROM THE STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE,
The committee moved that it be abolished because it has no defined
duties or authority. After extensive discussion of the committee and its
charges, the faculty concurred and voted to abolish the Student Affairs
David Berube, Chair
V. OLD BUSINESS & VI. NEW BUSINESS: None
There will be a reception in the lobby following the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned.