Tuesday, April 25, 1995 3:00 p.m. / 778th Meeting
MEMBERS PRESENT: Drs. Robert Black, Diane Griffin, John Groopman, Bernard Guyer, Wallace Mandell, Roger McMacken, W. Henry Mosley, Jonathan Samet, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs, Carol Weisman and Scott Zeger; Ms. Robin Fox, staff.
MEMBERS ABSENT: Drs. William Richardson, Cheryl Alexander, Haroutune Armenian, Laura Morlock and Charles Rohde.
GUESTS: Drs. Sharon Krag and Noel Rose; Ms. Diane Glover.
Approval of the Minutes: Minutes of the 777th meeting on March 28, 1995 were approved.
Remarks by the Dean
Dr. Sommer announced that Dr. Dan Nathans, Professor in the School of Medicine, will become acting president of the University on June 1 and Dr Richardson will depart on June 15. Dr. Nathans is well-respected throughout the University. The Board of Trustees hopes to name a new president within 6 to 8 months, although it may be close to a year before he/she is actually in place. Dr. Sommer outlined a number of issues being dealt with by the Board of Trustees and indicated the School is moving in a positive direction in meeting its goals for improving the lives of its community, faculty, staff and students. He commented that the School will be dealing with a number of issues in the next few months, including changes and improvements to the Policy and Procedures Manual regarding faculty appointments and the new non-tenure faculty track. As the School gains experience with the new faculty track over the next few years, it can be refined to best meet the needs of the School. Future areas of concentration will included curriculum development, long distance education and related issues.
The Schools of Public Health, Nursing and Medicine will collaborate with HarperCollins Publishing to develop consumer health publications. Dr. Sommer indicated that this arrangement offers rich opportunities for all 3 schools.
Report of the Faculty Senate
Dr. Weisman reported that the Senate will discuss proposed revisions and additions to the Faculty Policy and Procedures Manual at the May 2 meeting. Revisions to Faculty PPMs 1 and 8 have already been discussed and PPM 9 will be discussed by the Senate for the first time. Dean Sommer suggested that PPMs 1 and 8 be emphasized first and PPM 9 can be revisited at a later date if there are serious objection. He noted that parts of PPM 9 were first suggested by several groups of faculty.
Other items: Discussion of PPMs Faculty 1, 8 & 9
Dean Sommer reviewed the status of PPMs 1, 8 and 9, noting that much of PPM 9 came from an the Ad hoc Faculty Committee on Tenure Issues. PPM 9 has been reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, which remarked on differences between proposed PPM 9 and recommendations of the Ad hoc Faculty Committee on Tenure Issues. The Advisory Board then discussed several proposed features in the PPMs. Dean Sommer noted that the revised PPMs contain protections for faculty which were not previously in place.
Several issues were discussed, including the desire to avoid redundancy of efforts by organizing only one faculty committee for each case, how satisfactory performance should be judged, and the process by which tenured faculty should be reviewed. After discussion, the Advisory Board determined that review of tenured faculty should most appropriately become a regular part of departmental reviews. In response to questions regarding the non-tenure faculty track, the Advisory Board agreed to shorten the time interval by which a notice of termination must be given to faculty in the highest ranks of the new track. PPMs 1 and 8 will be voted on at the May Advisory Board meeting, and PPM 9 will be revised for discussion at a later date.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:10 p.m.
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