GENERAL FACULTY MEETING

September 1, 1999

 

I. Call to Order

PRESIDENT JOHN PALMS –

        Well good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the Fall 1999 meeting of the Faculty the University of South Carolina. I hope you had a wonderful summer. Those of you who traveled I’m glad you are back safely. I hope you had your scholarly endeavors but also some leisure time of rest. It is always great to get away but also exciting to get back and see the students all hear with their great expectations.

II. Reports of President

PRESIDENT PALMS –

        Let me bring you a little bit up to date on what the class looks like that has just entered. This is the third year that we have raised our admission standards. The SAT of the freshman class is 1101. Those of you who have read the reports on the SAT scores in this state realize that we are in the mid 900’s. Having an SAT score of 1,101 is quite an accomplishment for the University with still almost 80% of our students from South Carolina. We have 20 very impressive Carolina Scholars and they have an average SAT of 1427. Twelve McNair Scholars with an average SAT of 1422. There is still a waiting list for our Honors College. So that is still over subscribed. About 23% of the Honors College this year is coming from out-of-state. So it is starting to have a reputation of its own out-of-state as well.

        Just wanted to remind you also that with the summer commencement, for those of you who weren’t here, we awarded during the past school year, 503 associate degrees; 4,028 baccalaureate degrees; 2,293 master's degrees; 258 law degrees; 68 medical degrees; and 184 doctoral degrees. So, give yourself a round of applause for that hard work.

        We had a luncheon earlier today of the leadership of the University which included the departmental chairs, deans, senate directors, and institute directors. I announced there that, with the outstanding effort by the faculty in research grant writing, you brought in $97 million in research last year. Again, thank you very much. This is 5% more than last year and the 17th consecutive year of gains.

        More good news: We are in a $300 million campaign and finishing our second year. We have now raised $236.5 million, which is about 80% of our goal. Again that is a tribute to the kind of story we can tell about your accomplishments and also your ambitions, the credibility of what we are saying through the accomplishments of our faculty and our students. Last year we raised $65 million, including 13 more gifts of $1 million each. I remember how excited I was 8 years ago writing thank you notes for $5,000. I can tell you there is a big pile of thank you notes every day on my desk. That makes 45 gifts of $1 million so far during the campaign. That is just fantastic for South Carolina. We raised $11 million for scholarships, $28 million for academic program enhancements. For faculty development, including chairs and professorships, we raised $2.5 million. I want you to join me in thanking all the members of the faculty again who participate in this, and particularly the staff in the Development Office. We now have almost 30 people there working with the deans. They are out all over the country nurturing, cultivating, and they're not shy to ask. As they say, all they can be told is "no." So let’s give a hand to our Development Office as well.

        We stated our goal to be in the top 50 in the nation in the libraries. It was important to become worthy of membership in the AAU. This jewel of the University. The national library rankings, for those of you who may not be familiar with that, are made by the Association of Research Libraries. In the most recent ARL rankings, this University broke for the first time into the top 50 in the nation. We moved about 3 places in one year to rank 49 in the United States. We also moved up in the ranking of the size of our library collection to 39 in the USA. We made this move by serious investment. In 1991 we ranked 72 in America. Today 49. In 1991 we ranked 91st in library expenditures. Today 52. Ten years ago no electronic data bases. Today 445. Ten years ago no computer work station in the library. Can you imagine that? Today more than 300. Ten years ago we had one endowment supporting the library. Today we have 28 such endowments, totaling $3.25 million. In ten years we have added 35 special collections and last week 2 more were added. With these latest rankings in overall quality we have passed these 3 AAU schools in the past year: Brown, Suny-Buffalo, and the University of Missouri. Our library now stands above a total of 9 AAU member schools. The other six are: University of Nebraska (hello, James Moeser), the University of California-Irvine, Ohio State, University of Oregon, Syracuse University, and Tulane University. I want to commend George Terry, the faculty associated with tremendous progress, and the librarians. Let’s give them a hand for an outstanding job.

        As I said, we had a luncheon today. We really have no way to bring the entire University community together. We have this faculty gathering, we have the Faculty Senate, we have the governing associations and we have the departmental chairs and the colleges; but there is just no collective togetherness of the entire university. Part of the luncheon today was to begin to realize what constitutes the university. As people are asking, "What is the university’s position on something?" And I say, "Well, just ask the university." It is very difficult to do that but this luncheon today is recognition of who we are, what we represent, and that the whole tone that we set as a university and the character we define by the way we conduct ourselves everyday is important.

        We do have some collective things that are going to involve us. We are in this re-accreditation effort. We have identified a non-traditional way of being re-accredited how IT (Information Technology) is going to affect the way we operate this University. That will take a collective effort of many people, as you know how these accreditations come about. I came on board, I think, just when we were finishing the last 10-year study and I met with the re-accreditation committee. I didn’t know I was going to be here when the next re-accreditation would come about, but we are collectively involved in that. This is a year of lots of major initiatives. We have that Campus Compact, we have the Bicentennial Planning Committee lead by Thorne Compton with many staff members, alumni, and the Board of Trustees involved. We, of course, have the Capital Campaign. We have a new concept of the Sustainable University Project led by Bruce Coull how we can use our resources, our materials more wisely and be environmentally less imposing. That is a new concept that has really gained a lot of popularity throughout universities in this country. Of course, we have the usual activities during the school year: Martin Luther King holiday/service day, to Religious Awareness week, and International Student week. We appreciate your participation in those and your leadership.

        We want to welcome our new faculty today. I’m going to let the Provost introduce you. But, as the President, I want to welcome you and thank you for your trust in this institution to be here and to know that your professional career and your human life can be enriched by your presence here. We commit to you our closest support.

        That is the conclusion of my report. I would be glad to take any questions or comments that you have. If we don’t hear any, we have an item of business regarding the Faculty Manual. Who is going to make that motion? Margit Resch.

III. Reports of Committees

A. Faculty Advisory Committee Professor Margit Resch, Acting Chair:

PROFESSOR MARGIT RESCH -

        I am Professor Henry Price in German drag. He is now heading the Faculty Advisory Committee but couldn’t be here today. I’m really sad that he is not here to present this report because he was instrumental in it’s existence.

        As you know, we’ve been trying to revise the Faculty Manual. Our first step was to improve the committee system. The second step was to make editorial revisions. If you have, as you should have, looked into the Web and seen our proposal you will have seen 137 pages. Each one of these pages has quite a few changes on them. The committee who has done this work consisted of Henry Price who headed it/chaired it, Professor Adams in Law, and I don’t know if Professor Franklin from English is also here. I would like to thank them very, very much. This was a tremendous job and it hasn’t quite ended yet. We made three more small editorial changes to the manual that were not on the Web. I will explain them to you briefly if only to give you an example of what kind of changes we have made and to assure you that they are strictly editorial. Sometimes they may seem drastic because whole paragraphs were eliminated or switched or changed but the substance of the Faculty Manual was not touched. Essential aspects, essential to most faculty members such as T&P, we did not look at editorially. So this second step that I am about to present to you will be followed by a third one and that is substantive changes. Several committees will be working on those and hopefully present them to you in May of 2000. Our subcommittee consisting of these three gentlemen have also helped identify a lot of those substantive changes but there are more. If you see anything in this new Faculty Manual version that you believe needs changing, please let us know.

        In addition to the changes that were published on the Web, there are three little ones. One is that we no longer have a Venture Fund, so we had to eliminate that from the Faculty Manual. We did that just today. We were made aware of that by John Olsgaard. Several times we overlooked that the Patent and Copyright Committee now has a new name: the Intellectual Property Committee, so we added that and changed that. Under the description of that committee’s charges and copyright and patent policies, we have for many years overlooked that equity or the share of an inventor's equity is no longer 30% but 40%. That had been approved by the Senate, President Palms, and the Board and so we need to change that. As, you see by those three examples they are really strictly editorial changes to bring the Faculty Manual up to date.

        Now we decided to present this as a closed rule report which means that you either vote for it or you vote against it. You cannot offer amendments. If you find anything objectionable, just vote no. And, I don’t know how we proceed from here.

PRESIDENT PALMS - Well, this is a committee report so it doesn’t require a second. So you have the motion before you and it is open for discussion. There is no discussion. Are you prepared to vote? All those in favor of the editorial changes signifying by saying aye. Opposed same sign. I hear no objections.

PROFESSOR RESCH - Thank you very much.

IV. Correction and Approval of Minutes: April 29, 1999

PRESIDENT PALMS - Which reminds me of the minutes of the previous meeting, they were on the Web. Do I hear any corrections or additions to the minutes of the last General Faculty meeting of the Spring? It is moved that they accepted as posted and seconded. All those in favor say aye. Opposed same sign. So ordered.

        Is there any old business?

PROFESSOR JOHN SAFKO (PHYS) - Is the Provost going to be allowed to say anything today?

PRESIDENT PALMS - The Provost is going to say something in just a minute. He is going to introduce new faculty. I would mention that Henry Price’s mother passed away and that is one reason why he is not here. I will now call on the Provost for his report.

V. Report of Provost

PROVOST JEROME ODOM -

        Thank you very much President Palms. I would like to also express my thanks to Ben Franklin, Greg Adams, and to Henry for their very hard work on the Faculty Manual this year. And, to Margit for initiating this through the Faculty Advisory Committee. I think the hard work has just shown up with you seeing no objections. I know that all three of those gentlemen worked extremely hard in the Provost Conference Room, the Law School Conference Room, and many other places.

        I would like to also echo for just a moment something that the President mentioned and that is our SACS reaccredidation. Many of you have received a letter asking you to chair committees or task forces on various issues. I simply can’t emphasize how important it is for the faculty to be involved in this process as we move forward. By choosing this alternate method of reaffirmation and writing a proposal and examining information technology as it relates to teaching and learning is something that pervades the entire campus and effects all of us in so many ways. So I urge you when you receive a letter from President Palms asking you to be involved that you answer in the affirmative.

        We have a number of searches under way that I’d like to just briefly bring you up to date on. The Vice Provost for Research Committee chaired by Dean Gary Crawley (Dean of Science and Mathematics) is proceeding very well. They have moved to a short list and we will be interviewing candidates very soon. Many of you will, hopefully, be involved in that process. In the search for a Chief Information Officer, the committee has been formed and Fred Roper (Dean of Library and Information Science) will chair that committee. And, we will move forward very quickly with that. We will be searching for three deans for next year in Music, Applied Professions, and Education. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Maney Alvarez, Pat Moody, and Fred Medway for the super job that they have done as Interim Deans. In the case of Music, Gordon Smith will chair that search committee. Applied Professions, George Terry will chair that search committee. And, I have an invitation out to a chair for Education and have not had an opportunity to get back to that individual yet.

        Also, I would like to bring to your attention that about three weeks ago we had an all day workshop for deans and department chairs. This workshop dealt primarily with the evaluation of faculty. The annual evaluation, the third year review, preparing a tenure and promotion dossier, and we also had a discussion about post-tenure review since this will be the first year of that particular process. I hope that we will see the results of that very enjoyable day. I think we had some good discussions and covered a lot of territory.

        I have just a couple of other things I would like to mention to you before we move to the introduction of new faculty. Just to bring you up to date on where we are with classroom enhancement. Again this summer we focused on six classrooms and we enhanced classrooms in Business, Nursing, Physical Sciences Center, we are still completing Amoco Hall in the College of Engineering, we also did a computer classroom in the Library, and we essentially replaced all the furniture and blackboards in LeConte College. So I think we have been able to accomplish a lot. If you remember, last year we put overhead projectors and screens in every classroom. This summer we also tried to concentrate on some of the smaller classrooms by putting televisions and VCR’s in those classrooms. We purchased 42 televisions and VCR’s for those classrooms and I hope that they will be welcomed by the faculty.

        One of the things that Margit mentioned was the fact that the Venture Fund no longer exists. Just so that it is clear, you should have received from SPAR an announcement. On the recommendation of a number of faculty, the SPAR staff, and the staff of the Office of Research; Stan Fowler and I decided to combined the Research and Productive Scholarship Fund with the Venture Fund giving us a total amount of $280,000. With this merger we wanted to retain the emphasis on funding junior faculty. We wanted to limit the call for proposals to one per year and I want to make sure that everyone understands that is October 4th this year. We decided to actually divide the funds into two categories. Category I will provide funding for projects whose research appears to hold promise for external long term funding. Category II provides funding for projects which have a primary goal of scholarly excellence. So I call that to your attention and hope you and your colleagues are busily preparing proposals for October 4. But I do want to tell you that the emphasis as I said is on junior faculty.

        The other report that I give every September is a requirement. That requirement is: "The Provost will report annually to the General Faculty the results of the tenure and promotion process. The report must contain statistics that show the percentage of agreement between the President’s, the University Committee on Tenure and Promotions’, Provost’s, Dean’s, and Chair’s recommendations in tenure and promotion decisions...."

        As of July 9, 1999 the total tenure and promotion decisions last year was 76.

        - The President agreed with the UCTP in 75 of 76 decisions (99%).

        - The President agreed with the Provost in 75 of 76 decisions (99%0.

        - The President agreed with the Deans in 69 of 76 decisions (91%).

        -The President agreed with Chairs in 51 of 59 decisions (and remember that they are colleges that do not have Chairs --             they are not divided into departments) (86%).

        - The University Committee on Tenure and Promotions (UCTP) agreed with the Provost in 74 of 76 decisions (97%).

        - The UCTP agreed with the Deans in 70 of 76 decisions (92%).

        - The UCTP agreed with Chairs in 52 of 59 decisions (88%).

        - The Provost agreed with the Deans in 68 of 76 decisions (89%).

        - The Provost agreed with Chairs in 50 of 59 decisions (85%).

        - The Deans agreed with Chairs in 53 of 59 decisions (89%).

        - Positive local votes on both tenure and promotion: 71 of 76.

        - Negative local unit votes: 5 of 76.

        I will furnish these statistics to the Secretary so that they can be placed in the minutes.

        Now it gives me real pleasure to be able to have the Deans of our colleges introduce new faculty so that we can recognize the new faculty in the University family. I would ask the Deans if they will come forward and use the microphone and new faculty stand when the Deans recognize them.

        We will start with the College of Applied Professions and Interim Dean Moody.

INTERIM DEAN PATRICIA MOODY - I am very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce two outstanding young men. Dr. Herbert Brown comes to us from Virginia Tech. Herb has a concentration in business and computer information systems and also helped design the Governor’s Virtual School of Virginia. So we are delighted to have Herb join our Information Management Program. We are also pleased to have a new graduate in Marketing from the University of South Carolina School of Business, Dr. Matthew Bernthal. He will be teaching Sport Marketing in our Sport Management Program.

PROVOST ODOM - For the Darla Moore School of Business, Associate Dean Bob Markland will introduce the new faculty.

ASSOCIATE DEAN BOB MARKLAND - Thank you Jerry. It is my pleasure to introduce seven new faculty members to the Darla Moore School of Business. Most are not here today. It is reliably reported that they are in class or doing research. The first person is Mary Bange, who is not with us, Assistant Professor of Finance, Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. The second person is Frank Fehle, another Assistant Professor of Finance, he has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, he is also not with us. The third person is Satish Jayachandran, he is Marketing Assistant Professor, his Ph.D. is from Texas A&M University. The fourth person is with us and that is Kenneth Robinson, Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, he is in the Management Department and his specialty is entrepreneurship. The next person, who I believe is here, is Donald Schunk. Well, I’m sorry he must not be here. He is a Visiting Professor of Economics, Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. The next person is Solomon Tadesse, he is a specialist in International Business and, I might indicate is a native of Ethiopia. His Ph.D. is from the University of Maryland. The next person is Mark Taylor, who is also not here, Assistant Professor in Accounting, Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. And, finally, hired last January, Nancy Lightner with a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Purdue University. Thank you.

PROVOST ODOM - From the College of Criminal Justice, Dean Blease Graham.

DEAN BLEASE GRAHAM - I am pleased to present two new colleagues in the College of Criminal Justice. First is Professor John MacDonald from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is recently affiliated with the National Institute of Justice and his area of interest is criminology. Our second new colleague is Professor Robert Stokes from Rutgers University who has an interest in the impact of crime in urban spaces.

PROVOST ODOM - From the College of Education Interim Dean Fred Medway.

INTERIM DEAN FRED MEDWAY - Thank you Jerry. I am pleased to announce that the College of Education has seven new faculty this year. Most of them are here. I would like to start with Dr. Jennifer Wells China. Jennifer if you will please stand. We are very happy to have Jennifer join our Department of Educational Leadership and Policies. Jennifer has her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and performance funding is her specialty. Second faculty I’d like to introduce is Dr. Keith Davis. There is Keith. Keith joins us as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology coming into the Counselor Education program. Keith received his Ph.D. from UNC Greensboro. The third faculty member I would like to introduce is a joint appointment as a clinical faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies and Department of Instruction and Teacher Education is Dr. Sharon Ray. Sharon has her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina but in the interim years when she got her degree was a school administration in Spartanburg. We are very pleased to have Sharon back. The next faculty member I would like to introduce is Dr. Rowand Robinson, there he is. Thank you Rowand. Rowand comes to us from the University of Florida and joins us as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Special Education program. It is my great pleasure to introduce next Dr. Diane Stephens who received her Ph.D. from Indiana University, however, Diane was for many years at the University of Hawaii and joins us as a full professor. She recently was awarded tenure by the Board in the Department of Instruction Teacher Education. Diane’s field is reading and literacy. I would like to introduce Dr. Jane Zenger, is Jane here today? Well Jane is not here today. She is our teacher-in-residence and joins the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education. Her degree is from the University of South Carolina. And, finally we have one clinical instructor joining the Physical Education Department, Leah Gutekunst. Is Leah here? Leah. We are very happy to have her. Leah received her Masters in Education from Colorado State University. We have seven very strong faculty members and we are very pleased to have them. Thank you.

PROVOST ODOM - Acting Dean Joe Gibbons from the College of Engineering will introduce the new faculty member.

ACTING DEAN J. H. GIBBONS - We have one new faculty member in the College of Engineering and I haven’t seen him slip in. He was supposed to be here. Dr. Christopher Williams came to us with his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Chemical Engineering and his most recent assignment was a post doc at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Thank you.

PROVOST ODOM - From the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Dean Judy Vanslyke Turk.

DEAN JUDY VANSLYKE TURK - We have two new faculty in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. John Guiniven joins us as a Visiting Professor from the University of Nebraska. Take that James Moeser. John has 25 years of corporate communications and public affairs experience and will be teaching in our new Integrated Communications Masters program and also at the undergraduate level in Public Relations. Our second new faculty is Scott Farrand, formerly graphics editor of The State newspaper. He will be teaching in our Graphics and Visual Communications area obviously and in our Senior Semester Laboratory Newspaper program.

PROVOST ODOM - From the School of Law, Dean John Montgomery.

DEAN JOHN MONTGOMERY - I am pleased to announce our new faculty member Kim Diana Connolly. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar, Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Georgetown University Law School, practiced with Hunton and Williams in Washington (which is one of the leading firms in the country). She has a special expertise in Environmental Law and will be teaching in that area as well as our clinical programs and professional skills area.

PROVOST ODOM - From the College of Liberal Arts a new faculty member herself and a new dean - Dean Joan Stewart.

DEAN JOAN STEWART - I take pleasure in introducing 22 faculty as new as I am.

-Joining the Department of Art is Laura Kissel who holds a degree from Northwestern.

-The Department of English welcomes four new faculty members: Daphne Desser whose degree is from the University of Arizona; Edward Gieskes, Boston University; and Janette Turner Hospital, Queens University-Canada. We also have in the Department of English a new faculty member who holds a joint appointment with Women’s Studies, Ingrid Reneau.

-The Department of Geography welcomes two new faculty: Cary Mock with a degree from the University of Oregon and Helen Power with a University of Delaware degree.

-In Government and International Studies we have three new faculty: Jill Frank with degrees from Berkeley and McGill; Brad Gomez holds a Ph.D. degree from Duke University; and Mona Lyne, University of California-San Diego.

-In the Department of History we have five new faculty members. We have two who have joint appointments with African-American Studies: Bobby Donaldson who is working on a degree at Emory University and Valinda Littlefield who is working on a degree at the University of Illinois. Kathryn Edwards holds her degree from the University of California-Berkeley; Thomas Lekan, the University of Wisconsin; and Daniel Littlefield, Johns Hopkins University.

-The Department of Philosophy welcomes Christopher Preston. His Ph.D. is from the University of Oregon.

-In Psychology we have four new members: Lorraine Taylor, University of Virginia; Matthew Traxler, University of Oregon; Julia Mendez, University of Pennsylvania; and Patricia Keith, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

-Finally, the Department of Theatre, Speech, and Dance has two new members joining it: Terry Donovan Smith, whose degree is from the University of Washington; and Kevin Sargent, Northwestern University. Thank you.

PROVOST ODOM - And, Dean Stewart joins us a full professor in French and Classics as well as dean. From Library and Information Systems, Dr. George Terry.

DEAN GEORGE TERRY - We have six new faculty that we are pleased to introduce. But before I do that, there are a number of other faculty from the library here that make us look so good. I just want to acknowledge their presence because they really do make us look good. The six new librarians are: John Brunswick, who comes to us from the University of Delaware. He is the head of Interlibrary Loan now so I am sure you will be meeting him a good bit down the road. Alma Creighton, who has been here at the University in Computer Services is now our Systems Librarian. She comes to us from our Library School. Erin Loftus, who will be in our new Conservation Lab (which you will be hearing more about), comes to us from the Library of Congress. She was one of two people that we went out and recruited nationally to serve in that lab. Margit Moughan is a Manuscript Librarian at the Caroliniana Library and comes to us from Simmons College. Alan Ringwood from the Music Library is an Assistant Librarian who is going to be doing cataloging and making sure that that collection is well intact. And, finally, Brette Barclay, a new reference librarian, who could not be here today as she is helping people search over at the library. I welcome all of them and I know they are going to do a great job.

PROVOST ODOM - From the School of Music, Interim Dean Maney Alvarez.

INTERIM DEAN MANNY ALVAREZ - It is a pleasure to introduce six new faculty members to the School of Music. Dr. Bradley Edwards, an assistant professor of trombone, received a doctoral degree in trombone performance from Peabody Conservatory of Music. He has taught at the University of Northern Iowa. Brad was a member of the United Air Force Concert Band and has played with the Baltimore Symphony and Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. Dr. Julie Hubbert, assistant professor of music history, received a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University and a Master of Music in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Julie's are of specialization is 19th and 20th century music and aesthetics. Dr. Rebecca Oettinger, assistant professor of music history, received her Ph.D. in music history from the University of Wisconsin. Her area of specialization is in music in the Reformation and the history of vocal music. Rebecca is the recipient of the prestigious American Musicalogical Society AMS 50 Dissertation Fellow. Mr. David O’Shields, associate director of bands, is completing a doctoral degree in conducting at the University of South Carolina. Mr. O'Shields served as the interim associate director of bands for the past four years. This year we were able to get a tenured position and David won the position. Dr. William Terwilliger, associate professor of violin, received his doctoral degree in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. He has balanced a dynamic career of teaching and performing. Bill is a member of the Terwilliger-Cooperstock Duo champions of contemporary American music. They have recently recorded the complete works for violin and piano by Aaron Copland. Dr. Terwilliger has been in residence at North Carolina's Brevard Music Center since 1991. Dr. Stephen Zdzinski, assistant professor of music education, received his Ph.D. in music education from Indiana University. He has taught at the University of Maryland, University of Toronto, and Wayne State University. Dr. Zdzinski is very active as researcher in music education. Stephen's research has been published and he has made numerous presentations of his findings at major conferences.

PROVOST ODOM - From the College of Nursing, Dean Mary Ann Parsons.

DEAN MARY ANN PARSONS - I am pleased to welcome one new tenure track faculty member to the College of Nursing, Dr. Patricia Munhall. Dr. Munhall joins us as full professor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. She has served in numerous administrative and professional capacities at Columbia University, City University of New York, Seed Call and Barry University. She is an international scholar. She is the founder and president of the International Institute on Human Understanding. A graduate of both New York University and Columbia University, she did post doctoral work in psychoanalysis and is nationally certified as a psychoanalyst. She is also an advance nurse practitioner. She brings wonderful experience to the College of Nursing and certainly will contribute widely to the University. Welcome, Patricia.

PROVOST ODOM - College of Pharmacy, Dean Farid Sadik.

DEAN FARID SADIK - I am delighted to present the new faculty members we have in the College of Pharmacy. We have eight new faculty members. Six of them are present here. In the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, I would like to present Dr. Lester Lachuk. Dr. Lachuk received his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Miami and he completed his residency in ambulatory care at Buffalo VA Hospital. Dr. Tom Oppelt received his doctorate from Campbell University and completed his residency in medicine at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Scott Sutton completed his doctorate at the University of South Carolina and completed his residency in infectious diseases at the VA Hospital here in Columbia. In the Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, I would like to present Dr. Theresa Smith. Dr. Theresa Smith received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas and she comes to use from Rutgers University Cancer Institute. She brought with her $315,000 from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Bao Zhu is M.D., Ph.D., received his doctorate from the University of Texas and as you can tell also he came to us from Rutgers University Cancer Institute. He brought with him an NIH Grant in the amount of $400,000 and I must say that since he arrived here, for the last few months, Dr. Zhu has already submitted NIH proposals close to $2 million. Dr. Mike Wyatt received his B.S. and Masters from Furmon, Ph.D. London University, and he just completed 3-years of post-doctorate training at Harvard University where he served in the Department of Cell Cancer Biology. We are delighted to have him. He brought with him a $300,000 NIH grant and we are delighted to have that money coming in. Dr. Xiaojing Ma he couldn’t be with us because we just made him an offer and most likely he will give us a positive yes very soon. And, I can tell you this individual had eight job offers and we competed with the University of Texas, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania. But he indicated to me yesterday that it is going to be between us and Cornell and I’m sure we will prevail. Mostly likely he will be coming in October. When he comes, he is going to bring with him 2 NIH grants total $1.6 million. Last, but not least, a person who is not with us here today is Judy Shinogle. Judy received her B.S. from Kansas, Masters from Harvard, and she is right now a Ph.D. candidate and just about to complete her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. While at Johns Hopkins, she worked as an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office for four years and I am certain that she will be an asset when we start to apply for grants from the Federal Government. I must say that the position that Judy will fill is a joint appointment with the School of Public Health and it is split 50/50. So, we are going to take the best 50%. Thank you very much.

PROVOST ODOM - From the School of Public Health, Dean Harris Pastides. You get the last word.

DEAN HARRIS PASTIDES - I have never been challenged publicly this way since arriving at the University of South Carolina, but we will see who gets the best half in good time! This is the silver anniversary year for the School of Public Health and we are proud to introduce four new tenure track faculty to the University community. First of all, Professor James Hebert will be appointed as a tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department Epidemiology and Biostatistics. James has not quite arrived; he will be here next week. Dr. Hebert has been, for 18 years, a Professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. He has his doctoral degree from Harvard University and is an internationally recognized scholar in Nutritional Epidemiology. In the Department of Exercise Science we welcome, as an Assistant Professor, Sara Wilcox. Sara has recently been an Assistant Professor at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. She received her doctoral degree from Washington University and did a post-doc at Stanford University. Her expertise is in the Psychology of Physical Activity. Also in the Department of Exercise Science we welcome Assistant Professor James Carson. James is a Bench Scientist in Exercise Physiology. He received his doctoral degree from Ohio State University and has recently been a post doc at the Baylor School of Medicine and the University of Texas. And, finally in the Department of Health Promotion and Education, we welcome Assistant Professor Kenneth Watkins. Ken has recently received his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan and his focused research area is in Gerontology.

PROVOST ODOM - From Regional Campuses and Continuing Education Dean Chris Plyler.

ASSOCIATE VICE PROVOST CAROLYN WEST - We have five new faculty on the Regional Campuses. In Beaufort we have a new historian from the University of Wisconsin, Robert Landrum. From the University of Florida, John Kiker is in Business Administration. At Sumter campus Eric Howser is the new Ph.D. in Speech Communication. And, finally we are happy to welcome with us today Hayes Hampton who is a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Rhetoric and Composition. He has been a visiting faculty member at Sumter for two years and has been selected to fill the position as a full-time tenure track faculty. The fifth person that is in a tenure track position is in the Credit Programs for Continuing Education, her name is Kate Fritz. She received her Ph.D. in French from the University of Maryland.

PROVOST ODOM - From the College of Social Work, Associate Dean John Gandy.

ASSOCIATE DEAN JOHN GANDY - I am delighted to welcome four new faculty. Two could not be here this afternoon. Julie Miller-Cribbs is an Assistant Professor from Washington University. Karen Gray is an Assistant Professor from the University of Texas at Austin. Both I know are teaching this afternoon. Two others can be here. The first is Paul Kim. Paul Kim please stand. Paul Kim came with tenure at the Full Professor rank from LSU. He has an international reputation in International Social Work and Gerontology and we are happy to have him. Sadye Logan recently was at Kansas University. She is a tenured Full Professor. Her expertise is in the area of Cultural Sensitivity and Social Work Practice and she also holds the I. De Quincy Newman Chair. We are thrilled to have her on the faculty as well.

PROVOST ODOM - College of Science and Mathematics, Dean Gary Crawley.

DEAN GARY CRAWLEY - I am pleased to ask you to join me in welcoming seven new faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics. Five of whom are here today with us. From the Department of Biological Sciences first is Dr. Ron Benner who is a Full Professor in the department. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia and comes to us from the University of Texas. Second in the same department of Biological Sciences is Dr. Brian Helmuth. Brian received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Both he and Dr. Benner are in the Marine Science Program. And, finally Dr. Robert Raguso, another Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences who unfortunately cannot be with us today. He has his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, I am pleased to welcome Dr. Donna Chen as a new Assistant Professor. She comes to us with a Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. In the Department of Computer Science, Dr. Stephen Fenner an Associate Professor with a degree from the University of Chicago. In the Department of Geological Sciences, Dr. Venkataraman Lakshmi an Assistant Professor with his degree from Princeton University. And, finally in the Department of Physics and Astronomy another person who cannot be with us is Dr. Sanjib Mishra a high energy Physicist with his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University coming to us from Harvard.

PROVOST ODOM - Have I left anyone out? Would you join me in welcoming these new faculty. I would be happy to answer any questions that anyone may have.

PROFESSOR GLENN HARRISON (BADM) - In your list of on going dean searches you omitted the jewel of the University, The Darla Moore School. Should we infer that the President and you are happy with the Interim Dean and have ceased the search?

PROVOST ODOM - Professor Harrison, you may not infer. We have a terrible Interim Dean in the College of Business Administration right now. We are trying very hard to relieve him of his duties and we will do so within the very, very short near future and an announcement will be made. We are continuing the search and I am sorry that I omitted the jewel of the University from my remarks. Any other questions? Thank you.

PRESIDENT PALMS - Thank you Jerry. I just think we have an outstanding incoming class. We brag about our freshmen but we have even more bragging rights about the incoming faculty freshmen class.

VI. Old Business - None

VII. New Business - None

VIII. Good of the Order

PROFESSOR RICHARD CONANT (MUSC) - You know what this is going to be about. I am also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Faculty Club. I met a number of you there. I already promised our Pharmacy guys a free pitcher when they come over and our Criminal Justice folks, also -- my second area. We want you all to join. It is only $40 initiation, $70 dues a year and that is cheap compared to corporate or associate memberships or any other club in town. As an added incentive, if some of the new people -- I’d like to old people to come too -- but if some of the new people show up I’ll spring for the first few pitchers tonight at about 5:15 p.m. If I am not there quite then, just tell them it’s on my tab, Conant the Barbarian. They’ll know who you are talking about. Please join us! We have a good time there and learn a lot about the University. And, meet a lot of good people. We need some young blood as you can tell. Thank you.

IX. Adjournment

PRESIDENT PALMS - Before we entertain a motion to adjourn, there will be a reception afterwards to give you an opportunity to meet the new faculty, but I would like the Senators to stay. There is short brief meeting of the Faculty Senate and then the Senators can join immediately after. Do I hear a motion to adjourn. All in favor say aye. So moved. A five minute adjournment and then the Senate will meet.


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