GENERAL FACULTY MEETING April 28, 1997 I. Call to Order. PRESIDENT JOHN M. PALMS: Even though it is a rainy day, it is 5 minutes after 3:00 p.m., and it is my pleasure to call to order the spring meeting of the General Faculty of the University of South Carolina. II. Approval of General Faculty Minutes - August 28, 1996 The minutes have been distributed on the World Wide Web. Any additions or corrections to the minutes as they have been posted? If not, do I hear a motion that they be adopted as so posted?. All in favor say aye. Opposed - nay. So they are adopted. III. Report of President. PRESIDENT PALMS: I think most of you are aware that what really concerns us as far as the legislature is concerned is our budget. The House has completed work on the higher education budget, and it is now in the Senate. Currently there is a 3-1/2% base pay raise in that budget, effective July 1. There is also a bond bill, the total of which is $250 million. There is almost $15 million in it for our campus, which is very important as we address the deferred maintenance on this campus and continue on with our master plan. The next major focus on us is this campaign in which we are engaged. It is in the quiet phase. In this quiet phase this year we are trying to raise $45 million, and we are making a lot of progress. We will have a major donor announcement on Wednesday. We will also have a major dinner and meeting on this campus on Thursday, at which time close to 700 volunteers are meeting for a dinner, and listening also during the afternoon to a presentation that is being made by Mr. Steve Forbes from Forbes magazine about philanthropy, giving, obligation, and all those good things. There is a heavy agenda for me to solicit all donors above $1 million. There is a long list. If I solicit one a day, I wouldn't be through for at least over a year, and they are continuing to grow that list. So there are good feelings about what is happening so far. You've probably read that when the trustees met in Greenville with the members of the Board of Education Foundation and the Development Foundation, at that luncheon Mr. and Mrs. James Pearce announced a $1 million cash gift to institute five additional Carolina scholarships, fully endowed. We would like to have lots of gifts like that. That has set an example for South Carolinians, and I hope that that kind of a gift will be coming from many more donors. On the way out, I hope that you will get a copy of the President's Annual Report. This is a report about your research. It highlights faculty research the kind of research projects that we are involved in. I appreciate the cooperation of the 28 profiled faculty, who helped us create a profile of what is best regarding research at this University. This does not mean that the rest of you were not worthy of the same kind of coverage, but I think it exemplifies really what sets us apart from all the other institutions in the state. And certainly what is necessary to make us in the future worthy members of the Association of American Universities. So I want to thank you for that. That is sort of the end of my report. We have some wonderful awards to give today, and I want to call on my distinguished new provost who is doing an outstanding job (his birthday was yesterday by the way) to make the awards. Thank you. Jerry. IV. Report of the Provost. PROVOST JEROME D. ODOM: Thank you very much, President Palms. Before I start giving out awards, naming some people, let me just tell you that this is very meaningful thing for me. Because I know personally most everybody that is getting an award today. I know most of the emeritus faculty. I think it speaks volumes about this University: the quality of the people that have been on the faculty here over a number of years and the people that are getting awards today. So, I am pleased to be able to take part in this ceremony from this side of the lecturn. The professor emeriti are listed on the back of your program. We contacted the individual and asked them if at all possible to be here today. Some, of course, could not be here for a number of reasons. But there are a number of people who will be here, and I would like to call their names and have them come up on the stage and receive their certificates at this time. Allen D. Bushong - Geography David Claybrook - Biological Sciences Gene Ferguson - Music R. B. Hilborn, Jr. - Engineering Gunther J. Holst - Germanic, Slavic and Oriental Languages J. O'Neal Humphries - Medicine William P. Kremel - Government & International Studies John J. O'Neil - Art Kathryn Green Pearson - Nursing James B. Radziminski - Engineering William S. Rawson - Business Administration V. Awards. PALMS - Jennifer Jolly is going to give the award for the National Honor Society Golden Key, right? JENNIFER JOLLY: Each year the Golden Key National Honors Society recognizes a faculty member who has distinguished himself effectively combining on going research with undergraduate instruction. The Golden Key Faculty Award for Creative Integration of Research and Undergraduate Teaching honors faculty who actively engage students in scholarly research. This year's recipient greatly impressed the committee with his genuine interest in the lives of the undergraduate involved in his research. He feels it is very important undergraduates not only be doing the dirty work in the lab but that they actually form hypothesis and answer they questions through their research. He has co-authored several publications with his undergraduates. He is an Associate Professor in the College of Science and Mathematics and he received his degree from the State University of New York at Stonybrook in the field of ecology and evolution. The Golden Key Honor Society is proud to recognize Dr. Thomas J. Hilbish as the recipient of the 1997 Faculty Award for Creative Integration of Research and Undergraduate Teaching. PROVOST ODOM: I would like to announce the Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisory. Would Professor Thomas P. Cafferty from Psychology come forward. Professor Cafferty, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, he was the Director of the Undergradate Program from 1991 to 1995. During which time he was instrumental in setting up new advising procedures in that department. He served as a faculty academic advisor in the Honor's College from 1991 until 1993, advising all honor students majoring in Business, Social Sciences, and Marine Science. This has given him a broad perspective on advising issues across the University. Also from 1991 until 1993 he chaired an Ad Hoc Committee on Advising in the College of Liberal Arts, exploring means of improving advising in that college. When not advising Professor Cafferty teaches Social Psychology on the Graduate and Undergraduate level. Congratulations. PRESIDENT PALMS: It is now my pleasure to announce the Outstanding Freshman Advocate award. Each year the Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award recognizes a member of the University community who has enhanced significantly the academic professional and personal lives of freshmen. A real challenge today. It goes to an individual who has gone beyond his or her duties to help freshmen succeed. The recipient this year is Professor G. James Burns. Jim will you come forward. Jim is director of USC's Provisional Year Program and an English instructor. Throughout his 17 years at the University, Jim has been an advocate, advisor, and allies to students beginning their education at Carolina. He is motivated by the desire to see them succeed and instills in them their own desire to succeed. His mentoring style matches no nonsense expectations with strong encouragement and guidance. Julie Johns an Honor College student and last year's winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, had this to say of Jim: "He made me feel like I had the ability to do anything and never let me get away with anything but my best. He never lets you sell yourself short or take credit when it is not due. As a teacher he builds minds, as an advocate and mentor he builds character." Jim's commitment to students is particularly evident in his fine work with the Provisional Year Program, but that commitment does not fade when they leave the program. Jim stays in touch with them throughout their time at Carolina. It is a strong indication of his positive affect on students that they continue to stay in touch with him and visit him after they graduate even. On behalf of the students whose freshman year Jim has made better and whose futures have become brighter because of his work, it gives me great pleasure to present the Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award to G. James Burns. PROVOST ODOM: The Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences is being awarded today to David E. Willer from Sociology. David, would you come forward please. David is a professor of Sociology and Director of the Carolina Laboratory for Sociological Research. He is a fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and recipient of a National Foundation Faculty Fellowship as well as an Exxon Mid-Career Faculty Fellowship. He is associated with the Netherlands Inter-university Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology where he was a visiting scholar in 1996 at Grunigan. His study was supported by a visitor?s grant from the Netherlands Science Foundation. Currently, he is a member of the panel for the Sociology program at the National Science Foundation. At USC he was a participant at the First Research Planning Retreat and has served on diverse University-Columbia and departmental committees. David told me, when I asked him to come to my office, that he was an undergraduate Physics major. His most recent work uses elementary theory jointly with status characteristics to find relations between power and influence. Since coming to the University 9 years ago, he has received seven National Science Foundation Grants supporting his research. Also when David came to my office, he asked, can I use this money for anything that I want to. I didn't really want to commit myself on that, but I said, "I think so, David." Right away he told me he was donating this to the South Carolina Honors College. So congratulations David. The recipient of this year's Russell Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering goes to Dr. James M. Tour of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Jim, would you come forward please. Jim Tour's research speciality is in Organic and Materials Chemistry. In just eight years at the University, Jim has published over 85 papers in Chemistry's most respected journals. He has built the largest research group in the department. He has 14 graduate students and 3 post- doctoral associates. His research is funded by a broad array of agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Energy, and the Federal Aviation Administration. His success in making molecular wires is recognized as the number one achievement in Nanow Electronics. One of the most exciting cutting edge areas of research dealing with the electronics is the ultra small regime. His work in this area has inspired research and development around the world. Jim is the recipient of numerous research awards including the prestigious NSF Presidental Young Investigator Award and the Exxon Educational Foundation Research and Training Award in 1994. At a personal here is that I was Chair of Chemistry when Jim was hired, so I feel a little responsible for Jim being here today. Congratulations, Jim. The recipient of the USC Educational Foundation Award for Health Sciences is Thomas K. Borg from Medicine. Tom Borg has actively promoted cardiovascular research in the State of South Carolina. Through participation in the South Carolina Heart Association he has served as campaign chair, a member of the Research Awareness Committee, chaired the Peer Review Committee, and recently was elected to the Board of Trustees. He has received the research award from the South Carolina Affiliate of the American Heart Association and was recently awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health for studies in molecular biology. Dr. Borg also received in 1989 the USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering. If there ever was a person who could double dip, Tom is the person. I said that because Tom recently spent a sabbatical in the Department of Biological Sciences working with Frank Berger and has been a great supporter of molecular biology all over this campus. The recipient for the USC Educational Foundation Award for Humanities and Social Sciences is Dr. Thomas J. Rice of the Department of English. Dr. Rice was not able to be with us today. Dr. Rice has published on the canonical authors and works of 19th and 20th century British literature, concentrating in his eight books and nearly 100 essays, articles, chapters, conference papers, and public lectures on the English novel and its pre-eminent authors, Charles Dickens, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Wolfe, and Iris Murdock. Tom is unable to be here today to receive this award personally because he is currently lecturing at the invitation of Russian Academy of Science at a number of universities in Russia. Professor Rice requested that I thank both the University of South Carolina and its support of innovative research. The rumor is that he is lecturing on chaos theory in Russia. The recipient of the USC Educational Foundation Award for Professional Schools is Dr. Daniel C. Feldman from Business Administration. Dan Feldman is judged to be one of the top three empirical researchers in the field of Career Management in the country. He operates by identifying topics that are of critical importance but that are not understood or adequately developed within the field. He then pioneers the theoretical development for understanding the phenomenon and follows this development with empirical assessments. The result is that there are substantial number of theories, concepts, and models within management for which Dan Feldman's work is foundational. Since 1989, when he joined the University family, his research has focused on layoffs and the aftermath of downsizing. That work culminated in the publication of book with the title "Coping With Job Loss,": How individuals, organizations and communities respond to layoffs. This book was named one of the four outstanding books in all fields of management by the Academy of Management in 1992. Congratulations, Dan. The USC Educational Foundation Award for Science, Mathematics and Engineering this year goes to Dr. Robert C. Thunell of Geological Sciences. Bob Thunell has published over 90 papers in top flight national and international journals dealing with the multi-disciplinary field of paleo-oceanography. Over the last two decades Bob has been a leader in this demanding area of research. One of the newest in oceanography. This field strives to understand how the earth and its integreted biological and physical environments respond to global climate change. He and his students have pioneered the study of linking modern oceanographic processes with the record in deep sea marine environment sediments. Deciphering this record requires imagination, creativity, and perseverance. Bob's work spans the world from the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean. It also extends back in time from the last 100 years to the last 100 million years. I would also like to say that Bob has served as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences for several years. He embodies the characteristics of what we all look for: a good teacher, a good researcher, and a good administrator. Congratulations, Bob. The USC Educational Foundation Oustanding Service Award goes this year to Augustus Rodgers in the College of Social Work. Gus Rodgers has been a member of the faculty of the College of Social Work since 1971. In these years he has established an exempliary record of service within the University and outside within the community. He has been a member of virtually every major committee in his college. He has served on numerous committees university wide and he has been actively involved in community and civic affairs since 1964. He has served as President of the Black Faculty and Professional Staff Association, and as director of the National Black Family Summit. He has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the United Way of the Midlands, and he has served on the Board been elected vice-chairman and, then chairman of the South Carolina Interfaith Community Service Agency. Gus Rodgers outstanding service was also recognized in 1996 when Governor David Beasley presented him the Order of the Palmetto. There are four recipients this year of the Michael J. Mungo Teaching Undergraduate Teaching Awards. Would the following please come forward: John K. Adams from Music, Ronald R. Atkinson from History, Chaden Djalali from Phsyics and Astronomy, and Walter H. Peters, III from Engineering. John Adams is a graduate of Yale University and a member of the faculty of the School of Music since 1964 teaching piano performance and piano literature. He has given debut recitals in New York, London, and Amsterdam, and, performed concert tours in 16 foreign countries. He is the creator of piano portraits a multi-media presenatation on the lives of great pianists. Professor Adams students have received wide recognition at home and abroad including 20 winners of the USC concerto aria competition since 1964. Congratulations, John. Ron Atkinson began teaching African History at the University in 1984. He received his PhD from Northwestern University, and he brings to the classroom the experience of having lived and work in and written about east, west, and South Africa. He has most recently spent the majority of time from 1989 to 1994 working in black education in South Africa in a project supported by some 70 funders including a 1.7 million grant from the USC Agency for International Development. Ron has also won the prestigious Amoco Award on our campus and is widely recognized around the campus for his excellent teaching. Congratulations, Ron. Chaden Djalali received his PhD from the University of Paris in 1981 and joined the faculty at the University in 1989 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been heavily involved in improving our large physics undergraduate courses the introductory courses and how they are taught. Since joining the University he has successfully carried his research in experimental Nuclear Physics. And, I should tell you that Chaden and I have had many long discussions about teaching and he is sincerely devoted to making undergraduate physics understandable to all students. He works very hard at that. Congratulations, Chaden. Wally Peters has been a faculty member in the College of Engineering at the University since 1980. He has challenged his students to learn to be learners. He first started teaching at Auburn University in 1970. He has tricked many students into learning concurrent engineering design and systems analysis when they were given the responsibility of cooking the pig at the Biannual Wally World Pig Picking. Congratulations, Wally. Congratulations to all of these individuals. The last award is considered the highest award on our campus. It is the Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award. This award again is one that means so much to faculty because of the large involvement of undergraduate students in the selection of the award. As most of you may know, nominations are received but then a very elaborate procedure occurs where faculty and students visit an individual?s classes, talk to other faculty colleagues. The recipient of this award this year is an oustanding teacher, and outstanding advisor, and an outstanding person. Would Richard M. Showman from Biological Sciences come forward? Rich Showman has distinguished himself in both undergraduate and graduate education. He has been very active as a teacher, an advisor in the South Carolina Honors College. He has taught both beginning and advanced courses and is consistently regarded by the students as among the very best professors they have encountered at this University. Rich has received numerous awards that recognize his excellence in teaching and advisement, including the South Carolina College Teacher of the Year in Science in 1987, the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award in 1988, the Michael J. Mungo Teaching Award in 1996, the South Carolina Honors College Distinguished Honors Teachers Award in 1996, and the College of Science and Mathematics Outstanding Advisor of theYear Award in 1996. Rich has also received numerous citations by the Division of Student Affairs for influence on undergraduates. Rich is also the Assistant Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and does an excellent job of supporting the chair in that department. Congratulations, Rich. PRESIDENT PALMS - Let us give one more round of applause to all our recipients. I have not been notified of any committee reports. VI. Committee Reports. None. VII. Old Business. None. VIII. New Business. PROFESSOR JERRY DOCKERY (Lifelong Learning) - Dr. Palms, I have a resolution in support of the Frances Marion University faculty would that come under Annoucements? PRESIDENT PALMS - No, that would be under New Business, and if you will identify yourself, you can make your proposal now. PROFESSOR JERRY DOCKERY (Lifelong Learning) - I passed around some of the background for this resolution there weren't enough copies for everyone. Some of you may have read in The State newspaper this past Saturday morning that the President of Francis Marion University abolished the Faculty Senate, abolished all faculty committees, and dismissed the Chair of the Faculty of Francis Marion University. This resolution is then a response to that: Whereas, shared governance is a cornerstone of sound academic practice, and Whereas the President and Board of Trustees of Francis Marion University have eliminated shared governnace at Francis Marion University, Be it Resolved that; The Faculty of the University of South Carolina support the Faculty of Francis Marion University in their efforts to restore shared governance to their institution and call on the Council of College Presidents, the Commission on Higher Education, the Governor of the State of South Carolina, and the State Legislature to offer their efforts in an attempt to resolve this crisis before it results in further damage to Francis Marion University and to the State of South Carolina. PRESIDENT PALMS - Are you making this in the form of a motion? PROFESSOR DOCKERY - Yes sir. PRESIDENT PALMS - This is in order. Is there a second to this motion? Motion has been seconded.. It is open for discussion. Any discussion regarding this motion? Are you ready to vote? All those in favor of this motion signify by saying aye. Opposed same no. Let the record show the vote is unanimous in favors of this motion.. Thank you. IX. Good of the Order. PROFESSOR JOHN SAFKO (Physics & Astronomy) - I am, of course, speaking like a preacher does in church. I am very concerned with the attendance at this meeting. If we take out the award winners, the emeritis faculty, it would be pretty lonesome in this room to a stranger. I really feel that the faculty needs to pay more concern. There very important votes to pass unanimously but without discussion but other things could have happened at this meeting that might upset members of faculty but they weren't present. I just want to say that for the Good of the Order. PRESIDENT PALMS - Any additional statements? You are welcome to some refreshments after meeting. X. Announcements. None. XI. Adjournment. PRESIDENT PALMS - Do I hear a motion to adjourn the meeting? All in favor aye. So have it. The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 p.m. Thank you very much. 9
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