FACULTY SENATE MEETING
September 6, 2001
I. Call to Order
CHAIR CAROLINE STROBEL - If the senators could please take seats in these middle two sections down front, I would like to call the meeting to order. Rob Wilcox, will you please come forward? It is with pleasure I turn the gavel over to you for the next two years.
CHAIR WILCOX - I would appreciate if you would hold on for one second. On behalf of the faculty, I would like to give Caroline something to put on her wall so that she can remember these two years fondly. It is in recognition and grateful appreciation of her dedicated and outstanding service for the Senate over the past two years. She has done an excellent job. As one who has been on the committees serving behind her, I know the time she has put into it. I am very grateful for that. We all are.
PROFESSOR CAROLINE STROBEL - Thank you very much.
II. Approval of Minutes.
CHAIR WILCOX - The minutes are before you either electronically or in your box. Are there any corrections or additions to the minutes of the June 20th meeting and June 27th special summer meeting? Is there a motion to approve the minutes as submitted? All in favor say aye. The minutes stand approved.
I think we have done the officers' reports. Unless you have more to say to this group, we will move forward.
I promise not to make a speech at every meeting, but I think it important that we use this first meeting of the year to get a good sense of our road ahead. So if you will allow me about 10 minutes, I would like to outline the challenges that I see lying ahead this year for us as the elected representatives of the faculty.
I had the pleasure in mid-August of speaking briefly about faculty governance with the newest members of the Carolina faculty at their orientation to the University. The message they heard about service from the other four speakers, during the hour I was there, was consistent. "Do the minimum amount of faculty service," they were told bluntly, "and turn down the rest. Your reward here lies in your research and teaching, not your service." From a practical perspective, that is probably good advice for untenured professors. Most observers of changing institutional attitudes over the past decade would recognize the emphasis that has been placed upon research and teaching achievement as the most significant measures of individual faculty performance.
But as we work to improve the academic reputation of USC, we must remember that university service is not an end unto itself that is separate or apart from the goals of teaching and research excellence. Rather, it is the active faculty engagement in the decision making process of a university that builds and strengthens its academic and research health. Historically, the faculty of a university have been responsible for the academic welfare of the institution. We must continue to accept the challenge of fulfilling that academic responsibility. We must then measure our service not by how often we meet - but by how much we improve the academic environment at USC.
If we are to continue to claim the traditions of faculty governance, we must take upon our shoulders the responsibility for maintaining a community that attracts and retains scholars both as faculty members and as members of the student body. We, as a faculty, must accept responsibility for answering to the people of South Carolina and elsewhere - and be able to assure them that the work of this community of scholars is of the highest quality and integrity and that any degree earned from this institution reflects a level of experience, learning, and achievement worthy of their highest respect.
Your agenda for today is filled with the annual reports of active faculty committees that have embraced this responsibility and served this University well in the past year with their hard work. It is primarily through the work of these committees that we as a faculty have continued to fulfill our traditional responsibility to maintain appropriate standards for admissions, to provide a sufficiently broad and thorough curriculum, to enforce rigorous degree standards, and to instill the highest expectation of integrity in the classroom and in research.
Specifically, then, what lies ahead for us this year if we are to act as the elected leaders of this community of scholars? How can we, this year, carry out the important duties that fall upon us as a faculty? Let me outline five areas that need our attention this year.
First, by far the most important task that we must undertake this year as senators will be our involvement in the process begun by the provost's strategic directions and initiative committee, which promises to shape the academic mission of this university for years to come. We cannot be idle observers. We must be prepared immediately as individual faculty members to participate constructively over the next few weeks in the public meetings of the committee, and to encourage our colleagues to participate as well, ensuring that there is a complete flow of information and ideas into that committee's deliberations. Then once their report is issued later this year, we must be prepared as a full body to study and respond to the recommendations of the SDI committee. Until we see their report, I cannot say exactly what will be the nature of any action this body may consider with regard to that initiative. But whatever the form of our action, it will include thorough public consideration of the report.
Second, we must continue as a faculty to take an active role in advising the administration on the relationship between more routine budget and financial decisions of the University and the impact of those decisions on the operation and quality of our academic program. We have made great progress in the past three years in working with the provost and president to involve the faculty, through our budget committee, as a meaningful voice in the financial affairs of the university. We will continue to work at a committee level with university officials to ensure that both academic unit and university administrators are given accurate and meaningful financial information for budgetary planning. We also can better educate the members of this body as to the budgetary planning issues of the university, so that a fuller faculty perspective is brought to bear on the key budget decisions affecting the teaching and research life of this University.
Third, we must continue to be attentive to the welfare issues that affect directly our ability at USC to recruit and retain our best and most ambitious faculty. Much of this work occurs in committee and not in this body, as advice is given to and received from the human resources department and other departments, but we must ensure as a Senate that faculty concerns as well as suggestions for improvement are effectively articulated and appropriately addressed.
We must constantly review various University Policies and Procedures to ensure that the University provides the fairest and most open processes we can devise to award endowed chairs to deserving faculty and to resolve complaints and grievances that are registered both by and against our colleagues. This year we will establish new procedures for chair awards and create a new process for resolving salary grievances. I will recommend also that we visit again the University's procedures for handling discrimination claims and other discipline of faculty, as well - to ensure that all faculty are being afforded due process at every level of internal review.
Fourth, we must aggressively look for new and better ways for this Senate to serve as an effective forum at which the concerns and recommendations of our colleagues for improvement of this University in a wide range of areas can be voiced - from strategic academic planning to parking.
We must ensure first and foremost that issues affecting the academic mission are fully deliberated, either in this Senate as a body of the whole or in our elected committees of the faculty. We owe it to our colleagues to review matters with a critical and educated eye and to enact change when warranted; where we have authority to serve only in an advisory capacity, we must offer well
The elected standing committees of this faculty must be given responsibility for working on the issues of greatest importance to this University and we must insist as a faculty that the most critical matters of the day be put before our elected committees. Special committees or task forces have their place, such as when a standing committee is either unable to provide the necessary expertise to address an issue or is so overworked as to be unable to give a critical issue the necessary attention. But we must not allow our elected committees to be relegated to consideration of only the routine issues of the day. They have a proper role, as elected representatives of this faculty, in the consideration of the most critical issues that face this university and we must resist a tendency, I have perceived in recent years, to delegate our important decisions to a special appointed committee.
Finally, but no less importantly, we need as a faculty to redouble efforts that have been made over the past few years and embark upon a deliberate and affirmative plan to nurture and reinforce a common expectation among students and faculty with regard to ethics and integrity in the classroom and the lab. We should not wait for a specific crisis to awaken us to these issues. As a faculty, we bear a continuing responsibility to educate our students both by word and example as to what is appropriate and ethical behavior both here and after they graduate. I realize that, as a senate, we cannot legislate integrity. But I realize also that we, as a faculty, cannot just assume that our expectations and understandings of integrity are automatically shared or understood by our students. We already inform new students of our expectations regarding integrity on the day they matriculate, but we must also remind them again and again of their responsibilities on a regular basis, integrating these lessons throughout the curriculum. This fall Professor Gail Wagner in Anthropology, who fortuitously is also chair of our Instructional Development Committee, will be working under a grant addressing issues including teaching ethics. Indeed, she is welcoming volunteers right now to participate in a campus wide discussion of integrating ethics throughout the curriculum. I have asked her to apply some of the lessons of her research and to work with the Instructional Development Committee on recommendations as to how we can reinforce this critical aspect of our University community.
These are a few of my thoughts. I haven't even mentioned the task of training a new president next summer. That will come later. For now, I look forward to the year ahead and thank you in advance for your service. That is my report.
III. Reports of Committees.
CHAIR WILCOX - Now the reports of the committees. Is there a report of the Steering Committee?
a. Faculty Senate Steering Committee, Professor Peter Graham:
PROFESSOR PETER GRAHAM - HRTM - I am substituting for Sarah Wise who could not be here unfortunately because of a family commitment. We have two announcements and they are primarily for those on the regional campuses. The number for regional campuses senators to call and leave a message to indicate that they are attending the Faculty Senate meeting via "circuit broadcast" is 777-6073. I repeat 777-6073. The second number 888-531-0685 is a toll free number for the regional campus senators to call in order to speak directly to the Faculty Senate during a meeting. There is one incoming line so please be patient if it is busy. Your call is important and will be switched to a PA system so everyone one can hear your input. This is also the number to call when a quorum is being called for but keep in mind you still have to call 777-6073 to report your actual attendance. Thank you.
CHAIR WILCOX - There is another matter involving the Steering Committee and I will leave you alone then. You're in the hot seat for the moment. We have this year an unusual number of vacancies on standing committees of the faculty. It maybe indicative of the concerns we have had about the budget and other issues around here, but we have 6 or 7 committee members who have left us since last spring. We must fill those spots. It is a little difficult. I will tell you the dilemma we have in filling the spots. We need the spots filled quickly because of the need for these committees to get to work as quickly as possible. The Faculty Manual requires that an election be held to fill these seats and, therefore, we need to have an election as quickly as we can to fill vacancies. The Steering Committee has met today and will put forth nominations for most of the vacancies with one exception, and we will seek nominations from the floor. Do you have that list of nominations with you?
PROFESSOR PETER GRAHAM - The nomination for the Board of Governors of the Faculty Club is Jon Wardrip from the College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
CHAIR WILCOX - That is to fill one year remaining on a vacant seat. We will leave nominations open until the end of the meeting. Are there any further nominations at this time to fill that seat on the Board of Governors of the Faculty Club? Nominations will remain open until the end of the meeting.
PROFESSOR GRAHAM - The Curricula and Courses Committee nomination was Gary Geer from Library Sciences.
CHAIR WILCOX - We have two spots available on that committee. One is a one-year remaining term and there is also a three-year term. Somebody had just been elected and then he left the University. We have to fill both of those spots. Quite frankly when we looked at the people who indicated interest on that committee, while there is nothing wrong with putting people who have been at the university for a year, we are concerned because that is a very busy committee. We are dealing with some of the realities of service and tenure and we were concerned about the effect on some of those people. Therefore we have only one nomination to put forward. We would certainly need additional nominations to fill that committee. If we have them from the floor, I will take them. If not, we will have to have to leave that nomination open for the next meeting. It will remain open for the rest of this meeting.
PROFESSOR RICHARD CONANT - MUSC - On the Board of Governors of the Faculty Club, what vacancy was that?
PROFESSOR WILCOX - The vacancy that remains there is from Cathy Pike who has left the University.
PROFESSOR CONANT - I had talked to Caroline and we put Carl Boger in for that. We thought we had the authority to do that.
CHAIR WILCOX - What we have done over the last few days was read the Faculty Manual carefully and we do not apparently have the authority to appoint people. I think that has been the practice in the past. The by-laws indicate special elections should be held for all vacancies. So we are going to do it right.
PROFESS CONANT - Okay, I am going to nominate Carl Boger from the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - The next one is Faculty Welfare Committee.
PROFESSOR GRAHAM - For the Faculty Welfare Committee, the nominee is Eugene Reeder from the College of Pharmacy.
CHAIR WILCOX - This again is to fill out one year of a term. Are there additional nominations from Welfare. It will remain open to the end of the meeting. Now Intellectual Property.
PROFESSOR GRAHAM - For Intellectual Property, the nomination is Alan Decho from Health.
CHAIR WILCOX - This is to fill out a two-year term. It is a remaining two-year term rather than a three-year term. Any additional nominations for Intellectual Property? Nominations for Instructional Development.
PROFESSOR PETER GRAHAM - Finally for Instructional Development the nomination is Davis Baird of Philosophy.
CHAIR WILCOX - Again to fill out one-year remaining. I will offer my apologies as chair for late notice. We will make every effort in the future to put the notice before you in advance that nominations are to be accepted. That is certainly the way it should be done. We are in a crunch at this time recognizing belatedly that we had elections and trying to avoid keeping these committees understaffed throughout a good chunk of the fall semester. So, if there are further nominations please, bring it to our attention before the end of the meeting.
b. Committee on Curricula and Courses, Professor Jeffery Persels, Chair:
PROFESSOR PERSELS - Our report begins on page 18. Let me begin with a sign of current and the promise of future incompetence by noting that the first item I. Darla Moore School of Business was taken care of in the summer. I was not here and I neglected to consult the minutes so we can drop that. II. College of Criminal Justice so moved.
CHAIR WILCOX - Can you describe briefly the changes here?
PROFESSOR PERSELS - There are a couple of deletions - CRJU 533 and CRJU 541 and then a number of new courses - 532, 545, 554, and 585.
CHAIR WILCOX - The committee moved the adoption of II. College of Criminal Justice deletions and new courses. Is there any discussion of those proposals? There being none, all those in favor say aye. Opposed. It carries.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - Roman numeral III. College of Education, a change in title prerequisites and description - EDEX 530. Another change in title and description -EDEX 630 and then from the Department of Instructional Technology there were course deletions - EDIT 504, 564, 655 and a change in title and description EDIT 603. And then finally change in designator 652 and then PEDU 494 from the Department of Physical Education, PEDU 494 change in title, prerequisites, and credit hours.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - We have moved by the committee the adoption of III. Various changes in title, prerequisites and some deletions and change in designator for departments within the College of Education. Any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. It passes.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - IV. College of Engineering and Information Technology - change in prerequisites - EMCH 354, 361, 427 and then a change in prerequisites and description for EMCH 360.
CHAIR WILCOX - The committee has moved IV. Change in prerequisites and descriptions in various courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. Opposed. Passes.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - The College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management a number of new courses - HRTM 560, 564, and 565 and HRTM 576 and 580. Also course number change - HRTM 585.
CHAIR WILCOX - V. College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management has been moved - new courses and a change in course number. Any discussion of the changes from the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management.
PROFESSOR DANIEL FELDMAN - BADM - Have you gotten a sign off from the Business School on HRTM 576?
PROFESSOR PERSELS - I am not sure. It has been to the Graduate School. We haven't seen this in a long time.
PROFESSOR FELDMAN - I would like this tabled until we check for a sign off from the Business School.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - David, do you recall a sign off by the School of Business.
PROFESSOR DAVID BERUBE - SPCH - I would assume since it was signed off by two committees - it went through us and then it went through the Gradudate School.
CHAIR WILCOX - Is there any reason this must be considered this month?
PROFESSOR PERSELS - I don't have any of the documents here. They are not offering it during the fall - that's for sure. There is no rush.
CHAIR WILCOX - Let's strike or table 576 just as a matter of courtesy to the Business School to be sure that was covered. Then we would consider the other new courses 560, 564, 565, and 580 and a change in course number. Any further discussion?
PROFESSOR FELDMAN - I don't know who was on the committee and apparently you don't know off hand if there has been a sign off, so I think it would be worth sending to the department that teaches the courses in entrepreneurship.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - I am going to have to check on it because it went through our committee and then to the graduate committee. I will be glad to double check that for you.
CHAIR WILCOX - With that one amendment is there any further discussion of V? All in favor signify by saying aye. Opposed. It passes.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - The College of Journalism and Mass Communications presents just a change to the University Bulletin. One history or one government course - you can see that on the right hand side. There was an editorial change that was suggested to me as a number of wonderful suggestions from Caroline Eastman who has a sharper eye than I and that will be taken care of. There apparently is a discrepancy on the on-line bulletin and the print version. I will be checking with the people in charge about taking care of that.
CHAIR WILCOX - VI. College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Is there any discussion? It has been moved by the committee. All in favor say aye. Opposed. It passes.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - From the College of Liberal Arts, section VII, a new course GEOG 567; Department of History - new courses, 307 and 308; changes in Theatre, Speech and Dance, a number of changes; Women's Studies - a new course WOST 554 which is cross-listed with CRJU.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - VII changes in the Departments of Geography, History, and Theatre, Speech and Dance and Women's Studies. Any discussion? All in favor. Opposed. VII was approved.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - A new course for the School of Music - MUSC 410.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - VIII a course in the School of Music. All in favor say aye. Opposed. Any discussion? VIII is approved.
PROFESSOR PERSELS - IX. College of Science and Mathematics. First the Department of Geological Sciences, GEOL 567 and from the Department of Physics and Astronomy - a deletion PHYS 351, change in course number ASTR 112, a change in prerequisites and description, and a change in prerequisites and description for ASTR 111A and a change in prerequisites for ASTR 311.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - IX has been moved by the committee changes in the Departments of Geological Sciences and Physics and Astronomy. Any discussion? All in favor signify by saying aye. Opposed. IX is approved.
CHAIR WILCOX - Any report from the Faculty Advisory Committee?
c. Faculty Advisory Committee, Professor Daniel Feldman:
PROFESSOR FELDMAN - We had our first meeting last week and I was asked to report to you on three items. First, we sent a memo to the Provost in April about the procedures for appointment of endowed chairs. We had a lot of complaints from faculty around campus about the chairs either not being advertised or no time to prepare files or no
faculty input on chair appointees. We haven't heard back yet from the Provost on that. Hopefully we will hear in the near future. If not, at the next meeting I will report to you in detail what our specific concerns are and what specific recommendations we would like to see.
The second issue is the continuing business (Rob was actually my predecessor, so he can probably address this as much as I): We also sent to central administration a memo about our concerns about the roles of donors in shaping the direction the University. More specifically, the question was: Should there be some policy whereby donors are not allowed to set the university priorities, rather just support them? For example, can a donor designate a chair be given to a faculty member who does consulting for them? We thought maybe some guidelines along those lines would be worthwhile.
The third issue (I speak for everyone on Faculty Advisory that we all have a Pavlovian negative response to our e-mail because we are being inundated with questions) concerns the Strategic Directions Committee. I'm sure we are not alone on this. I want to reiterate Jerry's suggestion that you show up at these various meetings and send input because, frankly, if there is no diversity in input then your voices won't be heard. The specific issues that people are writing us about are: (1) the lack of faculty representatives on the committee; (2) the fact that roughly only 5 or 6 colleges are represented on the committee and that many of the smaller colleges who are more vulnerable to being cut do not have representatives on the committee; (3) also to some extent, the self-encapsulating nature of the data collection. For example, I am not in Liberal Arts so I don't have a dog in this fight, but the representative from Liberal Arts is the dean. So, we have the dean collecting the data, the dean presenting the data, the dean being on the committee that evaluates the data. It is not entirely clear that there is a diversity of input into the process that will be relevant.
The other issue (I wish Jerry would be here so he could address this): We have gotten a lot of queries about the Washington Action Group. This is apparently a consulting group hired by the Board of Trustees or some set thereof to work on restructuring the university. While they have apparently met with deans, again, at least as far as anybody can tell, they have not met with faculty who aren't on the SDIC. Again, it is not entirely clear there is diversity of input being made into the process. Anyway, those are the concerns that have been brought to us and we will try to follow up as much as we can. Thank you.
d. Faculty Welfare Committee, Dan Sabia, Chair:
PROFESSOR DAN SABIA - I will be the new chair this year and we will meet for the first time next week. I will do my best to make Senate meetings to give reports. We have no report right now. I should note that the year-end report done by my predecessor is available in the back of the distributed minutes.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - Any questions for Faculty Welfare?
e. Committee on Admissions, Professor Jim Burns:
f. Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions, Professor Marja Warehim,
Chair: No report.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - Are there any other committee reports?
g. Other Committees.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - Are there any further nominations for the committee vacancies to put forward? If there are none, we will fill the positions from which there have been nominations. Courses and Curricula will remain open for nominations at the next meeting. I urge you go back to your colleges and find people both have the time and the experience, and I should add the willingness, to serve that committee and bring their names forward at the next meeting. We need to fill that spot so those people are not overworked.
VI. Unfinished Business.
VII. New Business.
IX. Good of the Order.
PROFESSOR GRAHAM - I would just like to bring to the attention of the Senate the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management will be hosting the International Conference on Sport and Entertainment Business here on this campus as part of the Bicentennial celebration October 3rd - October 7th.
PROFESSOR WILCOX - Again, I promise not to be long winded at every meeting. My speech today was an aberration, but I do hope that this body will have a good year and provide a very useful function of the governance of the University. If there is no further business, is there a motion to adjourn?
PROFESSOR WILCOX - We have the motion so we stand adjourned until the October meeting, which will be on a Wednesday, our normal meeting time.
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