GENERAL FACULTY MEETING

September 2, 1998

 

 

I. Call to Order

PRESIDENT JOHN PALMS:

I would like to call to order the General Faculty meeting of the Fall of 1998. I would like to welcome you back to the campus. I hope that you have had a fruitful, relaxing, and productive summer.

 

We are off to an exciting start here. I think the campus has been energized once again. You can just sense it and feel it with the arrival of the new students and of our continuing students.

 

II. Correction and Approval of General Faculty Minutes of April 28, 1998

PRESIDENT PALMS - You all have received the minutes. Are there any corrections or additions to the minutes?

PROFESSOR ROY SCHWARTZMAN (THSP) - I am the unidentified speaker on page 5.

PRESIDENT PALMS - Any other corrections or address? Moved. Seconded anyone? All those in favor say aye. Opposed same sign. So ordered.

III. Report of President

PRESIDENT PALMS:

I want to tell you that it has been a very busy summer. The Board of Trustees has continued to meet. We have a number of things going on. First of all, the budget, you know, was approved by the legislature, and, luckily, we got a little more money. In the late spring, we also were permitted to raise tuition because of the needs that we have on the campus. I want to take this opportunity to recognize the support of the Board of Trustees in letting us do that. That provided the resources to accommodate additional faculty salaries, something we had put on the highest priority for this year. It will continue to be the highest priority. We must be competitive with the kinds of institutions that we are trying to emulate.

 

The budget entirely for the University was $539.2 million, with 82% of this going to educational and general budget to direct the academic expenditures, and 18% to institutional support, physical operations and student services. We have always been one of the highest public southern institutions spending principally on academics and instructional support. We are going to try keep that kind of a ratio. Only 40% of our budget or about $207 million now comes directly from appropriations from the legislature--only 40%. So we joked about being first state-totally-supported, and then state-assisted and, now, we are just state-tolerated.

The private campaign is going extraordinarily well. They are keeping your president busy. Almost several times a week I am flying to somewhere to solicit gifts, to cultivate, to nurture people in the understanding of what we are trying to accomplish at the University. The campaign thus far has topped $185 million. Endowment is now up to $201 million, depending on what the market is going to do today. But it is up from $146 million last year. Private support ending June 1998 was $101.3 million --50% more than last year. We are going to be challenged to do a similar amount this coming year, but there is great confidence that the $300 million (which is our goal) will definitely be reached. The question is how much cash there will be on hand when we reach that goal. I know all of the deans have a new function under their responsibilities and even departmental chairman have this responsibility, and many faculty are called upon when we have a particular candidate that we are trying to cultivate. I really appreciate the tremendous support as we increase our responsibilities. It is an extra burden of work: some of these cultivations take a considerable amount of time, and materials have to be provided, and those communications are ongoing. Even after you have received a gift, there are expectations of continuous communication and progress being reported. You broaden your base of giving, but you also broaden your base of involvement. That is a challenge for all of us, particularly those of us in administration.

One of the most important achievements that I can relate to these potential donors is the fact that our own faculty and staff -- you -- have now pledged over $3.6 million to this campaign. I want to thank you. I have written all of you who have given over $500 a personal note of appreciation. This means so much when you are out there trying to raise money, that you can say your own faculty and staff are giving this kind of commitment to the University. That foundation is really, really unheard of today in higher education, to have that kind of support.

At the end of the year, Marsha Torr was so proud to announce to us that the faculty had written over 1,400 proposals--1,464 proposals--up 11% from last year. We successfully reached the $93 million mark in research. Five years ago, we were at about the $40 million mark. We are now at $93 million, up 14% over last year. That is a real tribute to our faculty. It is also an awful lot of work, with the additional burden of responsibility and reports and resubmitting of those grants. I want to thank also all the people in the Grant’s Office for their cooperation. It has really been a great, great year. Eight colleges met or exceeded their goals for acquiring these research grants. Congratulations.

Quickly on the masterplan. Flinn Hall, located in back of the Carolinana Library, has just been marvelously renovated. You need to go by there and look at it. The first stages of the computer connectivity have been done. We are two years ahead of schedule on that. Now, almost every student living on campus has direct access to the USC backbone and to the Internet. That is a constant challenge for us to broaden our band width and get more speed and more facility for our students. We are engaged in a major review of what we are doing in that area. We have had some difficulty with McMaster renovations. They’ve fallen behind on that. Some problems with the architect, some problems with the contractor. We still hope to finish McMaster sometime this year. We will finish the Graduate Science Research Center hopefully by early 1999. We will begin on the East Campus dormitory this month -- which is very important to us. We hope to complete the acquisition of the Bell South building (which will give us several hundred thousand square feet) which we need as we develop our research.

A few words about the other campuses. On August 4, we opened in Salkehatchie a leadership center to strengthen economic leadership. It is very important for that part of the state (Allendale and Salkehatchie), which really needs economic development. They will offer both civic education and business leadership. That is an outreach of the Presidential Economic Development Council. Doug Dobson has been heading that to reach out into the parts of the state where we can have an impact. We already have about a $2 billion impact on the economics of this state. This amount is just unevenly distributed across the state and we are trying to help out. The Beaufort campus, as you know, has a site there to be developed as an additional campus. This is called right now, the New River Campus. We are doing the conceptual drawings on that. We need to be building something on that campus I think in the next three years, so we are working on that. The legislature approved funding for the expansion and renovation of the library in Lancaster. This will double its size, and they are in need of that. Most of that money has been raised from the outside. At Union, for those of you who have never visited there, we have a Truluck Activities Center, and that is going to be renovated beginning in 1999. Sumter will host two new bachelor degrees in early childhood education and elementary education offered by USC Spartanburg. So, there is an awful lot going on, on those campuses as well.

That is the essence of my report. I would like to add some counseling advice, if you will allow me to. We are increasingly under very careful scrutiny. Higher Education is just this way in this country, and there is no difference in this particular state. The best thing that you can do for this University is to do what you have been doing best--that is teaching, doing research, and providing professionalism to our students and to yourselves. There are always constant questions about what major research university faculty are doing. As long as I’ve been in this business, it has been a challenge to justify what a great research university is and what benefit a community has from having such an entity in its existence and to justify that kind of support. We are trying to lobby more effectively in the legislature for additional funds, and we are trying to minimize as much as possible anecdotal horror stories that have come to them about major teaching universities. So, I encourage you to meet your classes, be on time, follow the syllabi, be sure that your faculty realize that we are professionals, and brag about our scholarly achievements. Let’s brag about our commitment to very good teaching and show them that we have that sincere commitment, and we are accomplishing that commitment as well. I think that serves us in the best possible light to the members of the legislature. We have a lot of students working as interns in the legislature. They bring stories back to them, and we would like to have them have the best possible stories told. You are always going to have your other kinds of stories, but, overall, the reputation of this faculty in this state is about as good as it has been since I’ve been here. There is a good feeling about this place. Your Provost will report the excellence of the freshman class coming in, the excellence of the new faculty that have arrived -- you are in the audience. Jerry will have you introduced as well. There are just an awful lot of good things going on, but the challenges are just enormous to reach the goals that we have set for ourselves. So I just ask you to continue with this professionalism, and we will provide the support that we possibly can from the administrative and the Board of Trustees aspects of the University.

Those are the comments that I wanted to make to welcome you back. I will be glad to answer any questions or hear any of your comments at this time.

PROFESSOR CHARLES MACK (ART) - Speaking of those other stories that the legislature hears (and I hate to so dampen spirits) but I wonder if you could bring us up to date on for lack of a better word -- diplomagate.

 

PRESIDENT PALMS - Well now you know why part of my summer was distressed. I can try and do that. You’ve read about part of this in the paper, although I met with the editorial board of the newspaper, with the publisher, and the editorial writers because I thought there was a lot of erroneous or inadequate information published in the paper. I certainly was not at liberty to share all aspects of this situation with the media because there was a combination of academic credibility and possible criminal actions, and this made it very difficult. We had to work with the solicitor in Lancaster to share some of the information, which became the solicitor’s responsibility. We tried to communicate with a number of the faculty that had been involved, mainly one principal faculty member. Since that faculty member retired and had legal counsel, we were unable to have access to this individual. That has been very frustrating. It wasn’t till after the newspapers published an article that the solicitor took some action and there was an indictment. At least there was a presentation to the grand jury, so that is still ongoing. We are still in the process of trying to determine, we’ve had communication with many of the students as to exactly what the perceived or actual inadequacy of the courses were--if there were indeed inadequacies. Right now, I have no evidence, reliable evidence that I can use legally, that the students did not complete the work that was asked of them. There were grades submitted. We operate this University on the basis of trust, and when a faculty member submits a grade on a course, that is taken as evidence of work completed. That is what we have done until we have contrary evidence--which we don’t have at this time. We are still communicating with the students. We have been in communication with the superintendents of the school districts and with the assistant superintendents to ask if they were satisfied with the courses and the contractual obligations of those courses. Again, we have not received from any of these superintendents or assistant superintendents that the courses did not satisfy the needs that they had in mind when they contracted for the courses. There is enough responsibility that should be shared by a number of individuals on this campus, particularly because it dealt with a responsibility we would expect an academic unit to address. A lot of differences of opinion exist about which administrators should have had what kinds of responsibility, how much delegation took place at what level, how far the level of delegated responsibility was passed and whether that was proper and adequate. We had the report from the committee that former Provost Reeves chaired about what we might do with the GRS program. The Provost is now reviewing the current GRS program, and he has been instructed to look at whether we want to continue this program. If we do, what can we do to assure that this kind of possible situation does not happen again? The immediate actions that were taken were to ensure that the inadequacies in the program were corrected. As far as who has the responsibility for admitting students, who has the responsibility for allowing students, who would not qualify under the regular admissions criteria, who would be allowed to take courses that could later be applied towards a degree--all of that has been corrected. Any variations in those procedures have to be approved at the highest level. It is still an ongoing process. It is something that, I think, damaged our credibility, but I think the tone and the rhetoric in the newspapers provided much more damage to our credibility than the reality of it. That is their privilege. I don’t think I could use that kind of language myself. Immediately upon hearing about this, almost that same day, we did take some people out of the classroom, and we tried to make corrective actions. We called a special meeting of the Board to let them know what was going on. It has not been easy because we really lose any kind of power once attorneys are hired. We don’t have the subpoena power, we can’t ask people under oath, and we must do it in an academic fashion. The outside world doesn’t understand that. You have not seen me respond to the newspaper articles because we are not satisfied that we know everything yet. At the proper time, we will see if we have to do that. We certainly do not want to conduct the business of the University in the newspaper.

PROFESSOR MACK - May I ask a follow-up question? One of the things that concerned me, about the newspaper story, was the fact that a faculty member on the Lancaster campus supposedly grew suspicious of what was going on and reported the suspicions to someone here on the main campus. And was, I believe I quote correctly, told to butt out. That seems to suggest that was happening was a some level by someone on this campus condoned. That is what really most concerned me (aside from the overall story) when I read that article. Is it possible for you to address that particular aspect?

PRESIDENT PALMS - That particular aspect was also investigated. Again what the newspaper reported they are not obligated to tell the truth, they can report rumors, they can report innuendos; this campus does have a history where people feel free to call newspapers and tell them all kinds of stories. They get many, many calls a day as a matter of fact. That was part of the investigation and interviewing people, what was said to whom and etc. We are getting into a lot of detail that I don’t think would be appropriate to discuss.

PROFESSOR MACK - Let me just ask -- are you making efforts to track that story down?

PRESIDENT PALMS - We’ve been making efforts. We’ve met with the writer of that story and with his boss, and the boss of his boss, and the publisher of the newspaper. We have contacted a number of those who reported so-called facts and have actually asked them "If you have any information whatsoever, any information that we don’t have, that we can use legally, you must provide it to us. I’m asking you to provide it. You don’t even have to tell me who it is. Tell me what the information is that I can use." And, there is nothing that they can supply that I can use legally. So they have the same information we have. We shared it--there is freedom of information, and they have it. There is a senator who has asked for all the information we have, and we’ve given him boxes and boxes of information. I don’t believe that anyone has any information that we do not have at this time. But, we have not yet been able to speak to the principal faculty member. He has got a good lawyer who is telling him, "You don’t have to talk to anybody." So, that is where we are. If anybody else wants to add anything to this, the Dean of the Graduate School and the Provost have been involved in this and a number of people in my staff as well. We’ve been briefing the Trustees on a regular basis, and we’d like to settle it. We’d like to be able to close the door on this thing.

 

PRESIDENT PALMS - Any other comments?

 

 

IV. Report of Provost

PROVOST JEROME ODOM:

Thank you very much President Palms. I have a number of things that will be my pleasure to do today. The first is to recognize some emeritus faculty. I would like to call their name and if they are here I would like for them to stand. These individuals have retired with emeritus status:

John Bauer - distinguished professor emeritus School of Music

Robert L. Beamer - distinguished professor emeritus College of Pharmacy

John J. Duffy – emeritus professor and executive dean emeritus

for Regional Campuses

John Freeman - emeritus professor College of Pharmacy

Linda Holderfield - librarian emeritus Thomas Cooper Library

William H. Kanes - distinguished professor emeritus College of Science

and Mathematics

Garrett Mandeville - distinguished professor emeritus College of

of Education

Donald Morgan - distinguished professor School of Medicine

David Rembert - distinguished professor emeritus Biological Sciences

Betty Jean Rhyne - librarian emeritus Thomas Cooper Library

Charles Weasmer - emeritus professor College of Liberal Arts

Robert Weinbach - distinguished professor emeritus College of Social

                    Work

Now let me share some news with you. Let me tell you first of all about students who have entered this fall. This is the best first year class that we have ever had. For the sixth consecutive year, we have more academically qualified students than before. These students were accepted from over 10,500 applicants. Just to give you some highlights: 258 students have entered South Carolina Honors College. Those students have an average SAT score of 1,371 which is up 13 points. We have 61 National Merit Scholars who have entered this year and that is up from 41 last year with an average SAT score of 1,460. We have 11 National Achievement Scholars. Their average SAT score is 1,396. Everyone of those Achievement Scholars are from South Carolina. 20 Carolina Scholars entered as usual, average SAT score 1,483. 12 of the semi-finalists also entered with an average SAT score of 1,457. This year for the first time, as you know, we are starting our McNair Scholars program. This is a result of a $20 million gift that Robert and Janice McNair gave to the University. Each finalist who enters the University receives $8,000 a year. Each winner of the McNair scholarship receives $12,000 a year. The scholars are from nine different states. We have ten McNair scholars with an average SAT score of 1,386 and we will have 20 scholars a year, eventually, entering for a total of 80 McNair scholars. It has been a very important program for us. The Transition Year we have intentionally reduced by 60 students this year. We have a Transition Year class of 289, their SAT scores are 969 which is up 31 points from last year. We have an international student enrollment of 261, up by 21. The fellowships and scholarships program has done its usual excellent job for us. This year we had a Truman Scholar--there are only 75 of those in the nation. We had 3 Goldwater Scholars, we had 3 National Science Foundation Fellows, and I am pleased to announce (I have just learned) that 5 of the 7 Rotary Scholarships awarded in our district were won by USC students and alumni. Those students (and this has just been announced) are:

Emily Green - a senior in English, student in the Honors College

Kimberly Hartwell - a student in Journalism, a senior in the Honors College                    

Jennifer Smoak - a honors college graduate from 1995 in Political Science

Amy Stevens - a senior from South Carolina Honors College in English and French (a double                  major)

Jonathan Tillotson - a senior in the GINT department

So those five students are our first winners of the new year. Altogether last year 46 students won more than $435,000 in scholarships and fellowships. In terms of Life Scholarships, that many of you have read about--the new Life scholarships this year and those are not just freshmen, those are throughout the University--we have $6 million at the University of South Carolina that has been awarded to our students for Life Scholarships.

Our average SAT score, this seems to be something that is very important in national rankings and so forth, is 1,091 this year. This is up 13 points from last year.

If I could talk just a moment about something that is going to be more and more important to us over this year and probably into the future has to do with performance funding. I know that most of you, because I have talked to you and others as well, are aware that our state is in a performance funding mode. This is the 3rd year of performance funding based on 37 indicators. Every penny of money that goes to higher education this year will be allocated by performance funding. This year if you saw, we scored 88. The other two research universities, Clemson University scored 88, and the Medical University scored an 86. The school that scored the highest with 99 was Spartanburg Technical College. If you just think a minute about what that may mean, is Spartanburg Tech 13 points better than MUSC and what does that really mean? It can give you some idea of the problems that one faces in performance funding. I was in a group the other day where we were talking about this and the analogy was that it doesn’t really matter where you are right now in your performance but what happens to your performance the following year. The best analogy I can make to this was one that was made by a gentleman, who said, "Imagine two students in a class and they have a mid-term and a final exam and on the midterm one makes 75 and one makes 95. Then the instructor says,"well, if you perform better on the final than you will get an "A" and if you don’t, you get a "C." The person who makes 75 makes a 78 and he got an "A." The person who made a 95 makes a 92, he got a "C." That is performance funding today. It is funny but it’s not funny because you go to the Commission and you try to do the best job you can in coming up with benchmarks and in trying to meet those benchmarks. I am not trying to pick on Clemson because all the research universities are standing together on this. Let me just give you one example. If we have 18% minority students and for whatever reason next year we only have 17%, we are going to lose funding. Clemson has 5%. If they have 6% next year they are going to gain funding. So that is what we are dealing with. We will deal with it. We will do the best job that we can in setting benchmarks and doing what we can to meet those benchmarks. It is not an easy process. The three provosts of the three research universities have met a number of times with Rayburn Barton, the head of the commission and we expressed our dissatisfaction at using 37 indicators all equally weighted for every institution of higher education in this state. If you look at those indicators you will quickly see that indicators don’t speak to the mission of a research institution at all. So we will just have to see where this goes.

This year the legislature allocated new money for higher education and fortunately that new money basically - most of that money went to an additional 2% salary increase that was to be distributed on a merit basis to the best performing faculty. We wanted to basically dedicate that to faculty salaries and the board went along with it and for that we were very pleased. We did take some of that money and allocate it in other ways and I just wanted to quickly tell you that we asked for additional money to put into our classroom enhancement program. We enhanced this summer 5 classrooms across the campus - Belk Auditorium in the School of Business, one was in Flynn Hall that will be used primarily by South Carolina Honors College, one was in Coker, one was in Sumwalt and one was in the Physical Sciences Center. We have now done 16 classrooms. We have a published schedule for those enhancements. We are hoping to use this additional money to do additional classroom enhancements or to speed up our schedule. The other thing that we have used that money for is to try to enhance all the classrooms to some degree. By fall break we will have placed one hundred overhead projectors in classrooms and one hundred screens so that every classroom on campus should be equipped with an overhead projector and a screen. We also put some money into research incentives only $400,000 was put into that but this was to be able to return to the colleges some of the money that the state used to give us if you ever heard of the statement "a quarter of a quarter." The state at one time through the formula which is no longer in place gave us $.25 on every dollar of external funding we received. They do not do that any more but we have still tried to be able to budget that as much as possible for those colleges. We also put $160,000 into undergraduate programs. The bulk of that went to South Carolina Honors College and University 101 and a small amount went to the McNair Scholars Program so that we can gear up for recruiting those individuals.

The other thing that you may have read in the paper is that we dedicated $1 million to new deans recruitments. At one time a reporter thought that that meant $1 million for three new deans’ salaries which would have been wonderful but as you well know we try to make commitments to deans so that they can build their colleges. $1 million to be honest with you is probably not going to be enough but we will do the best that we can.

Let me now move right into the searches so that I can talk about that a little bit.

We have two interim deans who started in July who are serving two-year terms:

Dr. Patricia Moody in the College of Applied Professionals; Dr. Manuel Alvarez, in the School of Music. We will not be searching for a new dean for either of those units before next year. There are three searches that we will be doing this year and we have already started or will start shortly. I will talk first about education. Education has been a difficult search for us. It has been a difficult search for other universities as well. I know that because I have talked to a number of provosts. The President and I have just made the decision that we will use a search firm to help us with an education dean search. That doesn’t mean we won’t have a search committee and we will begin meeting with folks in education in putting that together immediately. Also we will use a search firm for the business search because we would like to have a new dean in place next summer and again we will involve the faculty in a search committee just as we always have. These firms, as you probably know, can help identify individuals many times that you would not identify otherwise or who might not apply. In both of those cases we feel like we can get the help that we need by using a search firm. In the College of Liberal Arts, a very important search this year, we have already gotten underway. I met with the chairs in Liberal Arts and I understand that each of them were to have had a candidate submitted yesterday to the dean’s office and we will have a college wide election as soon as possible. Dr. Bruce Coull who is dean of the School of the Environment is going to chair that search committee. We have already submitted the advertisement in the Chronicle. We are going to run the advertisement twice. It will appear next week and it will appear in the first week of October. We have already submitted the ad to Black Issues in Higher Education and Women in Higher Education and those advertisements will be in the October issues. So we are moving forward with deans’ searches on several fronts.

The other issue that will be a big issue for us this year and an even bigger issue as we move forward is our SACS reaccreditation. We have decided after discussing with the deans and discussing with the Faculty Advisory Committee that we will try what is called an alternate method of SACS reaccreditation. That is where the university examines an issue that cuts across all phases of university life - student, faculty, staff, administration. We have chosen the topic of technology. We need to examine our technology - all aspects of our technology. So I have asked Dan Barron to head that particular aspect of the reaccreditation. At the same time you still have to go through an institutional effectiveness part of the reaccreditation and I have asked Peter Becker if he will head that. We are currently in the process of providing space to Peter and Dan in Thornwell College and they also will have a staff person who will help and as soon as we know the telephone number of those individuals we will let you know. We have a proposal due October 1st to SACS on what we want to do in terms of technology. Dan Barron has taken the lead on that and we have a draft of that proposal that a number of people have worked on and had input. The thing that I need you to know is that we will be coming to the faculty to be a part of this on various committees as soon as we receive word from SACS that the proposal has been accepted. We will be setting up committees of various kinds that will cut across the entire university and we need your help. We need your input and we will be asking you to serve on those committees. One of the things that we know has happened very recently is fairly large universities have gone through this in using much the same topic "technology." Those are Virginia Tech and the University of Texas at Austin. We will be visiting at least one of those schools and Dan Barron has already talked to individuals on both campuses about how this alternate method worked. There are really very few guidelines from SACS because this is a relatively new procedure but this is going to be a very important issue for us.

Dr. Palms mentioned our research grants and proposals etc. At the same time I want you to know how pleased I am with all of the scholarship that goes on at this campus. There are just a number of things that are happening this fall that I think show the real creativity of our faculty and the scholarship we possess on this campus. We are going to have the publication from the USC Press - South Carolina, the History by Walter Edgar which will be published in September. I have already begun reading a draft of that book and I think it is a wonderful book. It is the most comprehensive history of our state that has ever been written and I am sure that you will want to read that.

There are a number of other things that are happening. We have a Writers’ Festival, October 1st through the 3rd hosted by the English Department. Charles Fraser, a USC graduate, author of Cold Mountain, will be back as well as Reynolds Price and a visiting professor here Robert Couver. That is going to be a very exciting event. I am already looking forward to it. We have the Solomon Tennenbaum lecture next week. James Cougal, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard will speak. That will be open to the public and I would urge your attendance. Just a number of things that are happening that show what a wonderful faculty we have throughout this university.

One of the things that the provost is charged with annually is reporting to the general faculty the results of the tenure and promotion process. The report is to contain statistics that show that the percentage of agreement between the president and the UCTP, the provost, the dean and the chair. Let me read these to you and give a copy of this to the secretary so that these can go in the minutes. We had this year 71 total decisions. That is tenure and promotion. The President agreed with the UCTP 66 of 71 decisions. That is 93%. The President agreed with the Provost in 62 of 71 decisions - 87%. The President agreed with the deans in 57 of 71 decisions - 83%. The President agreed with chairs now remember that some units do not have chairs but agreed with chairs in 53 of 64 decisions. The University Committee agreed with the Provost in 56 of 71 decisions - 79%. The University Committee agreed with the deans in 52 of 71 decisions - 73%. And the University Committee agreed with chairs in 50 of 64 decisions that is 78%. The Provost agreed with deans in 64 of 71 decisions. That is 91%. The Provost agreed with chairs 52 of 64 decisions - 81%. Deans agreed with chairs in 52 of 64 decisions - 81%. Of the 71 local unit votes 67 were positive and 4 were negative.

 

At this time I would like to introduce various deans and have them introduce their new faculty. I would like to start with the College of Applied Professions.

Applied Professions - Dean Patricia Moody:

DEAN MOODY - I would like to introduce Dr. David Coleman, who received his degree from Michigan State University in tourism research. David will be the director of our Institute for Tourism.  

School of Business - Dean David Shrock 

DEAN SHROCK - We have seven new tenure track faculty members this year and two visiting professors. I will introduce those that are here and read the ones that are not. Joining us in the marketing unit, we have two assistant professors, June Cotte who joins us from the University of Connecticut and Stacy Wood who joins us from the University of Florida.

In Management Science and Information Systems, we have Mun Yi who joins us from the University of Maryland. We have Nancy Lightner who will join us in the spring. She is at Purdue and is finishing her Ph.D. at this point.

We have with us in Finance, Eric Powers. There he is, he’s down front. Eric joins us from Massachusetts Institution of Technology. Ed Maberly - Ed has his doctorate from Texas A & M. He joins us as a visiting professor in International Business. He has taught at a number of schools and also has some international experience in Japan and in New Zealand. Those who could not be with us today include Eric Johnson in Economics, University of California at San Diego; Raji Srinivasan who is a visiting professor in management. She is joining us from Purdue. Hyuekseung Yang who is in the human resources area in management and he joins us from the University of Minnesota.

PROVOST ODOM - Thank you. Blease Graham from the College of Criminal Justice.

College of Criminal Justice – Dean Blease Graham:

DEAN BLEASE GRAHAM - The college has two new professors: Professor Barbara Koons from Michigan State University and Professor William Pelfrey from Temple University.

PROVOST - Professor Fred Medway, Interim Dean from the College of Education.

College of Liberal Arts – Interim Dean Fred Medway:

INTERIM DEAN FRED MEDWAY - The College of Education is very pleased to welcome four new faculty members this year. It is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Susan Shramm who is joining us in our Department of Education and Leadership Policies. Susan is a graduate of Miami of Ohio with interest in equity and visual arts. It is also my pleasure to introduce Dr. Rhonda Jeffries. She is a graduate of University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. She also joins us in the Department of Educational and Leadership Policies.

Her interests are in the identity of African American women and qualitative methodology. It is my pleasure to introduce Dr. Jacque Jacobs. Jacque is coming in at the associate level. Jacque previously had some other appointments but she comes to us from Vero Beach, Florida where she was an award winning principal at Vero Beach, Florida and has managed grants in excess of $1 million. It is my pleasure to introduce from the Department of Physical Education, Dr. Eva Vadocz. Eva is completing her studies at Michigan State University and she is in the area of sport psychology.

PROVOST - From the College of Engineering, Dean Craig Rogers:

College of Engineering – Dean Craig Rogers:

DEAN ROGERS - It is my pleasure to introduce 7 new faculty in the College of Engineering. First of all, the new chair of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Abdel Bayoumi. He is most recently from NC State University as a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and was the Boeing professor at Washington State University prior to that with industrial experience at Hewlitt Packard. In our Civil Engineering Department, 4 new faculty members: (1) Dr. Adrienne Cooper. She is an assistant professor in environmental engineering. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. She has 8 years of experience at DuPont. Her area of research is water quality and environmental engineering. Kent Harries is from McGill University and he was a visiting assistant professor at Lehigh working at the Center for Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems. He will be working seismic design and retrofit of civil structures as well as historic building refurbishment. Dr. Jasmin Imron, from the University of Minnesota, is working in the area of river mechanics and sediment transport. Dr. Charles Pierce from Northwestern University has research interests in civil, geotechnical and infrastructure engineering. In electrical and computer engineering is Dr. Enrico Santi. He has his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cal Tech and also has 5 years industrial experience at TESLAco in Irvine, California. His area is in power electronics and control. Dr. Jose Vidal from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in computer science. His area is computational learning agents.

PROVOST - The School of Law, Dean John Montgomery:

DEAN MONTGOMERY - Let me introduce two new faculty members who joined us this summer as the new director of the Law Library and Information Technology, Steve Hinckley. Steve has both a law degree and a librarian degree and he comes to us from George Mason University where he was director of the Law Library and prior to that he was director of the Law Library at University of Richmond. I think he comes as President of the Southeastern American Law Librarians Association so he is really well known nationally and will be a great addition to our faculty. One other new hire, Robin Wilson, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and clerk for the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals. She practiced law with one very large law firm in Houston, Fulbright and Jaworski which is one of the nation’s outstanding law firms and with another firm specializing in health law. She will be teaching in the area of health laws. These are the best people in the country that we could find to join us.

PROVOST - The College of Liberal Arts – Interim Dean Gordon Smith:

INTERIM DEAN GORDON SMITH: We are pleased to welcome 20 new tenure track faculty members this year. Many of them are here but some reported that they would be in class now. I will introduce them and ask them to stand:

Department of Anthropology - Kenneth Kelly, Ph.D. from UCLA with a specialization in historical archeology especially in peoples of west Africa.

Department of Art – Siu Challons-Lipton. A Ph.D. from Oxford University in England with a specialization in art history especially in 19th century European painting.

Department of English - We have 4 new faculty members. Rakesh Bhatt, who is in class right now. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Urbana with a specialization in linguistics and second language acquisition. Christy Friend, Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialty in rhetoric and composition. Greg Forter, a Ph.D. from the University of California - Berkeley with a specialization in 20th century American fiction to 1950. Pamela Barnett comes as a joint appointment with the African- American Studies Program with a Ph.D. from Emory with a specialization in Southern literature with emphasis on American historical and cultural perspectives. From French and Classics, we have Daniela Di Cecco.

She is in class as well. She has a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia with a speciality with emphasis upon cultural studies. Allen Miller comes to us from Texas Tech where he was director of comparative literature and is the new director of our comparative literature program and has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. In the Department of Germanic, Slavic and Oriental Languages, Judith Kelp, Ph.D. from Stanford - Russian and extensive experience in that country. From the Department of Government and International Studies, Ani Ruhil. He is finishing up his degree at SUNY - Stony Brook with a specialty in public policy, political economy and American government. In the History Department, Kasey Grier. Catherine Grier, Ph.D. from the University of Delaware specialization in museum management, material culture and applied history. Her husband, Dr. Paul Johnson who joins us from the University of Utah where he was a professor and has his Ph.D. from UCLA with a specialization in 19th century American history. The new chair of the History Department, Pat Maney with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He joins us from Tulane where he was a professor and his specialty is American history. The Philosophy Department, Ina Roy. Ina comes to us with a medical degree from Stanford and a Ph.D. in philosophy from UC-Berkeley. Her speciality is medical humanities and medical ethics. The Psychology Department welcomes Bradley Smith, with a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona with a specialization in psychology of adolescent addiction. Also Jeffrey Schatz with a Ph.D. from Washington University with a specialization in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. Department of Sociology, Shane Thye, received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa with a specialization in social psychology. Andrew Billingsley has been with us for a couple of years but joins the faculty of sociology this year. He has a Ph.D. from Brandeis.He was a professor and chair of the Department of Family Studies at the University of Maryland and is affiliated with the Institute of Families, and also the Department of Sociology. From the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Eric Holt. Eric received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University with a specialization in Spanish linguistics. And last, but not least, from the Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance - Sarah Parker who received an MFA from Southern Methodist and comes to us from Pittsburgh and is the new director of our acting program.

 

 

PROVOST ODOM - Thank you. Dean Fred Roper from the College of Library and Information Sciences.

DEAN ROPER - The College is very pleased to welcome back one of USC’s own Dr. Renee Jefferson who received both here B.S. and MLIS degrees here. She then went to the California State University system and made an intermediate stop at the University of Iowa to receive her doctorate degree. We are delighted to have her back.

PROVOST ODOM - Library and Information Systems, George Terry, Vice Provost:

GEORGE TERRY, VICE PROVOST AND DEAN FOR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCES - We have 36 new librarians. (Laughter) We have 6 new librarians to welcome today to our staff. Two of them actually have worked at the library several years both as students and technical people and I want to introduce those first - Jo Cottingham, who is assistant interlibrary loan librarian and Stefanie DuBose, assistant interlibrary loan librarian. Both got their degrees here at USC from our Library and Information School and it underscores we have probably one of the finest interlibrary loans departments in the United States. We are very proud of that. Both of them are two of the people who made it happen. Karen Schneider is our newest bibliographer in social science. She comes from the University of Wisconsin. She just came aboard very shortly. Sharon Verba is our newest reference librarian and she comes to us from Indiana University and we are very pleased to have her with us too. Bob Skinder - what can I say about Bob? He comes to us from Johns Hopkins University and his degree is from Rhode Island and he is our newest science reference librarian and he is one of the rising stars in our library system. You will be seeing and hearing a lot about Bob I’m sure in some way or another. Finally, Holly Herro. Ms. Herro comes to us from well actually her degree is from the Catholic University of America and when I first met her she was at the Virginia Historical Society. She is our newest faculty member in terms of a new program that we are beginning which is conservation. A lot of people think that you just buy books and you ignore them for 200 years and they still will be the same. Well, we’ve come to realize that we have a big conservation issue within our libraries and when I first met Holly I was really impressed because what she was doing she was deacidifying George Washington’s first survey at the Virginia Historical Society. We welcome you too Holly.

PROVOST - Is Dean Larry Faulkner here from the School of Medicine? Larry has about 23 new faculty. Many of those are clinical faculty. He knew that they were already in the hospital at work so he didn’t make it.

College of Nursing - Dean Mary Ann Parsons:

DEAN PARSONS: The College is pleased to introduce two new tenure track faculty. I would like to introduce Michelle Lichen. She joins us from the University of Michigan where she just completed her Ph.D. Her specialty is gerentology. I would also like to welcome Dr. Kathleen Scharer. Dr. Scharer was most recently in clinical practice in the area of psychiatric care. Her degree is from the University of Illinois - Chicago.

 

PROVOST ODOM - School of Public Health. I get to introduce the new dean, Harris Pastides who comes to us from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.

DEAN PASTIDES - Thank you, Jerry. I am delighted to be addressing my fellow faculty members for the first time and to introduce the seven new faculty in the School of Public Health - two of whom are on the tenure track. Dr. Wei Zheng. He has been appointed professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Zheng has an M.D. degree from Shanghai Medical University and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Zheng is an eminent cancer researcher and is currently conducting research following over 200,000 citizens of the People’s Republic of China. We are happy to have him here. Two new faculty in the Department of Exercise Science - Dr. James Martin who received a doctoral degree from the University of Texas - Austin and Terry Moore who is completing her doctorate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. In the Department of Health Administration, Dr. John Solomon has been named research associate professor. He has had extensive experience working with the State Department of Health and Environmental Control. We are happy to have him. Finally in the Department of Health Promotion and Education, Lisa Lindley, has been named research assistant professor. Lisa has her degree from USC and Dr. Deborah Parre-Medina, assistant professor and Deborah received her degree from San Deigo State University. We are happy to have all of them.

PROVOST ODOM - Regional Campuses and Continuing Education,Carolyn West, Excutive Dean:

EXECUTIVE DEAN CAROLYN WEST - I don’t believe our faculty member is here but we are pleased to announce that a graduate of USC in English, Lucy Morrison has joined the credit program in Regional Campuses.

PROVOST - College of Science and Mathematics, Interim Dean Roger Saywer:

INTERIM DEAN ROGER SAWYER - Thank you, Jerry. I would like to introduce 7 new faculty members. First of all in the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Rekha Patel. She comes to us as an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science in India. Most recently she comes to us from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Department of Molecular Biology.

In the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Dr. John Ferry, assistant professor, comes to us from a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas-Austin. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in aquatic and atmospheric sciences.

Thank you.

Geological Sciences we had three new members. First, Dr. James Knapp, comes to us a associate professor. He is from Cornell University where he was a research scientist. He is a structural geologist. His Ph.D. was from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Matthew Kohn comes to us from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he was a post-doctoral fellow. He received his Ph.D. from Rensalear Polytechnic Institute and he is a geochemist. Welcome. Dr. George Voulgaris comes to us as an assistant professor as well. He specializes in oceanography. He is from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and received his Ph.D. from the University of South Hampton in the United Kingdom. Welcome.

In Mathematics, we have Dr. Kevin Ford, comes to us from the University of Texas at Austin where he was the R. H. Bing instructor. He held that position there. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Welcome.

In the Department of Statistics, we have Brian Habing, assistant professor as well. He has just finished his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in statistics. Welcome.

Finally, we have a new full professor coming into the Department of Physics, Dr. Gary Crawley, who will be our new dean and will be here on September 15th. Thank you.

PROVOST - Dean Frank Raymond from the College of Social Work.

DEAN FRANK RAYMOND - I am pleased to introduce 5 new faculty members in the College of Social Work. Professor Nancy Brown. Nancy comes to us from the University of Albany where she received her Ph.D. Her primary teaching responsibility will be in the area of clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups. Second we would like to welcome Professor Michelle Carney. Michelle joins us from Ohio State University where she received her Ph.D. degree. Her area of teaching specialization will be practice with organizations and communities and research.

Also we are pleased to welcome Professor Joanne Coe who is completing her Ph.D. degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. Joanne’s area of teaching speciality is practice with organizations and communities, and human behavior. Also, she directs our technology program.

Next, Professor Naomi Farber. Naomi received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Services Administration. Prior to joining our faculty, she was on the faculty of Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and before Bryn Mawr she was was at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work. Her area of teaching specialization is practice with individuals and families. And finally, Professor Guntham Menan is a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana. Prior to joining our faculty he was a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. His primary area of teaching responsibility will be research and technology.

PROVOST ODOM - Have I missed anyone? One more comment I would like to make something that was a fairly hot topic last year. I would like to bring you up to date with our Child Development Center. As you all know we are starting a new dormitory and so we were going to have to ask the Development Center to vacate the property before the bulldozers arrived. We provided them with temporary quarters on Whaley Street and I hope that if any of you have an inclination you will go and visit. I’ve been twice - once when they were moving and once they were under full operation with all the children there. It’s a facility that they are very pleased with. We bought modular units that have more room in them than I actually thought they would. Every one is equipped with a children’s bathroom, a small kitchen and we have walkways, raised wooden walkways. They have a very nice playground. Dean Rogers we are counting on University 101 Engineering students I think to build them something that will provide them with some shade. Everybody seemed very happy yesterday except one little girl who wanted her mommy. But we now have a very daunting task ahead of us to find property or an existing facility and to have that facility moved in at least two years. I have invited a number of people to serve on a task force to help me primarily to look into the academic quality of what is happening in our Children’s Development Center, to perhaps visit other facilities in similar schools to see what they are doing in terms of providing the right kind of academic atmosphere for such a facility and at the same time I know that Caroline Eastman and the Faculty Welfare Committee will be looking into the whole issue of child care. We just wanted to bring you up-to-date on that. There is a facility that is fully operational.

Last year we were hopeful that the state be involved with us in the facility and they decided that they would not participate. We are still hopeful that if we have a new facility that they will choose to participate at that time. But right now we have 93 children from toddler through five-year olds in our Child Development Center.

That’s my report. I will be happy to answer any questions that I can.

PRESIDENT PALMS - I want to add my official welcome to the new faculty and I want to thank the faculty who worked hard to recruit you here and I want to thank you for your trust in this institution as you further your careers. I think you will find this is one of the most civil faculties that I have encountered anywhere. It is a faculty does work well together. It is a good relationship - a very open relationship with the administration and the board of trustees.

We kicked off the major campaign in the spring and I gave a speech in the Koger Center and talked a little bit about what it takes to build a sense of community. It is not something that you can just formulate. It doesn’t happen automatically. It consists of the way we treat each other and consists of the culture that we bring with us and the culture that we develop and I would ask the faculty that is here to welcome the new faculty to reach out a helping hand to provide some mentoring and nurturing of our faculty, to teach them about this particular culture and this particular institution and this particular state. You might sensitize them about the kind of press we get normally here in South Carolina and the fact that is a unique kind of state but I am so very, very proud of the extraordinary quality of this new faculty. Let’s give them one more round of applause. We have other faculty on the five regional campuses and of course at our campus at Aiken and Spartanburg and at least we will have those in some sort of publication and maybe in the future we will be able to do this through interactive television and have them introduce their faculty as well.

 

 

II. Committee Reports.

PRESIDENT PALMS - I would like now to ask if there are any committee reports of the faculty.

III. Old Business.

None.

PRESIDENT PALMS - I would like to adjourn for a reception to welcome the new faculty members and then reconvene for the Senate in about 15 minutes.

PROFESSOR RICHARD CONANT - MUSC- I’m not really sure how this works. It is a Faculty House issue and we wanted to do it at the last general faculty meeting to change the Faculty Manual. We couldn’t do it last time because of the post tenure review and discussion was being limited and all that.

PROFESSOR WEDLOCK - You are asking if you can make a motion to change the Faculty Manual. The problem is what is on the agenda. So I think it is out of order.

PRESIDENT PALMS - We can put it on the next agenda.

PROFESSOR WEDLOCK - We will put it on the agenda for the next faculty meeting.

PRESIDENT PALMS - Do I hear a motion that we adjourn? All in favor say aye. We will see you in about 20 minutes.

Adjourned at 3:30.

 


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