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SENATE From the Senate Office

The following is published in accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Senate Chair Neville Strumpf at (215) 898-8802, or by e-mail at strumpf@nursing.upenn.edu.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Operation SAFE (Safety & Awareness for Everyone) Program. Maureen Rush, Vice President, Division of Public Safety, presented an overview of “Operation SAFE.”  Five million dollars in additional funding has been given by the administration this year to help improve public safety on and around campus. The Division of Public Safety is working with the University City District, Business Services, Facilities and Real Estate, and local businesses to enhance local-area pedestrian lighting, increase the number of virtual CCTV camera patrols, and add a new transportation shuttle service. More Penn police officers, security guards, and walking patrol officers have been hired. “Operation SAFE” will continue its efforts to reduce local-area crime in 2006.

Discussion of Minority Equity Report and University’s Response.  Dr. Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Assistant Provost for Gender and Minority Equity Issues, Dr. Bernard Lentz, Director of Institutional Research and Analysis, Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, Director, Center for Africana Studies and former Chair of the Minority Equity Committee, and James Cunningham, Administrative Information Technology and Data Administration, updated SEC on current efforts to respond to issues raised by last year’s Minority Equity Report. Discussions with deans and chairs have been conducted, policies related to leave and promotion have been reviewed to make them more “family friendly,” and “pipeline” issues related to encouraging progress of minorities through college, graduate school, and the professoriate are being discussed. To aid in monitoring efforts, the Faculty Database Project is underway to improve collection and analysis of faculty information. Discussion ensued surrounding the collection of information identifying the county of origin and immigration status of faculty, and ways of moving beyond data-related issues to address concerns over the work climate for minority faculty on campus. Phase I of the Faculty Database Project is targeted for completion in June 2006, with Phase II in September 2006. A follow-up report on minority equity from the Provost’s Office should be completed in May 2006.

Chair’s Report.  Faculty Senate Chair-Elect Vincent Price informed SEC that Susan White is temporarily replacing Kristine Kelly, on a part-time basis, as administrative assistant to the Senate. Tentative agendas for upcoming SEC meetings were outlined, including visits from President  Gutmann and Provost Daniels (in March); Dean of Admissions Lee Stetson (March or April); discussion of a faculty proposal from the Graduate School of Education (March); Trustee Liaisons (April); a proposal to revise Senate rules (April); and reports from Senate Committees. Price announced that Professor Laura Perna has been named chair of the Senate Committee on Economic Status of the Faculty, and that Professor Philip Rea has been named Disciplinary Hearing Officer.

Past Chair’s Report.  Faculty Senate Past Chair Charles Mooney briefed the committee on recent meetings of the Capital Council and the Academic Planning and Budget Committee.

Senate Committee on Committees Election.  A vote was taken by SEC to elect seven members of the Senate Committee on Committees.

Status Report on Review of University Council Committee Structure.  Past Chair Charles Mooney reported on revisions now being contemplated in the structure of University Council Committees. The idea is to streamline numerous standing committees into a smaller, more workable group of standing committees, with subcommittees created to handle specific needs as these arise. The Steering Committee of University Council expects to review these revisions at its March meeting.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 24, February 28, 2006


February 28, 2006
Volume 52 Number 24


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