Tuesday, July 14, 1998 / 3 p.m. / 815th Meeting
Members Present: Drs. Steven Knapp, James Anthony, John Breitner, Benjamin Caballero (substituting for Dr. Robert Black, who was on sabbatical), Bernard Guyer, Robert Lawrence, Roger McMacken, John Scocca, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs, and Barry Zirkin; and Ms. Robin Fox, staff.
Members Absent: Drs. William Brody, Diane Griffin, John Groopman, Ellen MacKenzie, Jonathan Samet, and Scott Zeger.
Guests: Drs. Noel Rose, James Tielsch and Mei-Cheng Wang; and Ms Diane Glover.
Meeting Convened: Provost Steven Knapp convened the meeting at 3:00 p.m.
Approval of the Minutes: Minutes of the 814th meeting on June 30, 1998 were approved.
Faculty Time-in-Rank Analysis, 1981-97
The Time-in-Rank analysis presented a number of methodological and statistical issues related to faculty leaving the School for different reasons. Dr. Tielsch acknowledged Dr. Wang's successful efforts to develop statistical and analytic methods to handle the complex analysis. Dr. Tielsch reviewed results of the analysis of the entire faculty cohort from 1981-97, and then compared results of faculty cohorts from 1981-88 and 1989-97.
Overall, the Committee found that women assistant professors were promoted more slowly and less frequently than male assistant professors. More recently, the rates and cumulative frequency of promotion of male and female assistant professors has converged, but the suggestion of differential promotion rates by gender continues. The analysis also revealed that rates and cumulative frequencies of male and female associate professors were similar over the period studied.
Dr. Tielsch noted that the Committee has tried to identify some of the reasons for the observed differences between male and female assistant professors but that the Committee has been hesitant to commit to the enormous undertaking that a more thorough and qualitative analysis would entail.
Results of the analysis will be shared with the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, which will be asked to help identify possible reasons for differential promotion patterns between male and female assistant professors. In addition, department chairs will be particularly cognizant of these observations during their annual reviews of non-tenured faculty. Several chairs suggested additional data collection and analysis. After further discussion, Dr. Knapp thanked Drs. Tielsch and Wang for their presentation.
Remarks by the Provost: Dr. Knapp remarked that the search was underway for the Chief Information Officer of the University. A strong pool of candidates is visiting for interviews.
Remarks by the Dean: Dr. Sommer acknowledged Dr. Scocca's final Advisory Board meeting as past-president of the Faculty Senate and thanked him for his thoughtful and distinctive input over the past several years.
Remarks by the Faculty Senate: Dr. Zirkin noted that the report and recommendations from the Ad Hoc committee on the Quality of Doctoral Education was approved by the Faculty Senate at their most recent meeting.
Faculty PPM 7 on Fraud in Research
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:55 p.m.
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