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:
Interim Provost Winona Vernberg

The Provost announced four emeritus faculty appointments and several awards.

Professor Emeritus

Carolina Distinguished Professors

Golden Key Award for Creative Integration of Research and Undergraduate Teaching

Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award

Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences

Russell Research Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering

USC Educational Foundation Award for Health Sciences

USC Educational Foundation Award for Humanities and Social Sciences

USC Educational Foundation Award for Professional Schools

USC Educational Foundation Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering

USC Educational Foundation Award for Outstanding Service

Michael J. Mungo Teaching Awards

Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award

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 scholarships.

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,
David Berube, Chair

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 Committee.

V. OLD BUSINESS & VI. NEW BUSINESS: None

VII. ANNOUNCEMENTS

There will be a reception in the lobby following the meeting.

The meeting was adjourned.