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SENATE From the Senate Office

The following agenda is published in accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules. Any member of the standing faculty can attend SEC meetings and observe. Questions may be directed to Senate Chair Neville Strumpf at (215) 898-8802, or by e-mail at strumpf@nursing.upenn.edu.

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Chair Neville Strumpf briefed SEC regarding the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty (PASEF), which is interested in having a representative on SEC; a University Faculty Senate Symposium to be held next fall, with a possible theme of diversity; and future SEC meeting agendas. Professor Stumpf also announced the resignation of Kristine Kelly, administrative assistant to the Faculty Senate; the appointments of Professors Henry Teune and Peter Dodson as Co-Chairs of the Senate Committee on Committees and Professor Mitchell Marcus as Chair of the Senate Nominating Committee.

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.

Search for an Associate Provost. Faculty Senate Chair-Elect Vincent Price briefed the committee on the search for a new Associate Provost recently announced in Almanac and solicited suggestions, nominations and advice for the committee from SEC members.

Report from President Amy Gutmann. President Amy Gutmann gave a synopsis of recent activities.  The President has just returned from visits to Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.  Her vision is for Penn is to move forward with global engagement through more international faculty collaborations and increases in exchange programs and internships.  Penn World Scholars is a new initiative that will increase scholarship aid for foreign students through Penn alumni worldwide. Such initiatives, it is hoped, will generate student leaders with an increased cross cultural understanding.  President Gutmann also was pleased to report a drop in area crime due to the success of the Public Safety campaign, and also that the investment office has revamped Penn’s portfolio, producing significantly increased returns on investments.

Penn Library Delivers. H. Carton Rogers III, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, announced a new initiative, Penn Library Delivers.  Under the new program, the Library will deliver any book or article in circulation to the office of any member of the standing faculty member, free of charge.  All libraries and all school faculties at Penn are to be included.  This ambitious program will be implemented on a trial basis in the spring, with a scheduled launch in the fall.

Report from Provost Ronald Daniels. Provost Ronald Daniels updated SEC on several faculty initiatives that have been implemented or are in progress.  New family-friendly faculty policies are in place.  The Faculty Housing Assistance Program is being replaced by a new program that offers eligible faculty the ability to obtain a second mortgage at a first mortgage rate.  A workshop in August for all department chairs will relate best practices in faculty recruitment, as one way of pursuing Penn’s commitment to developing an outstanding and diverse faculty.  A report on faculty mentoring will go to the Council of Deans; they will be asked to respond to its recommendations. 

Graduate School of Education Proposal to Add New Associated Faculty and Academic Support Staff Appointments. Dr. Stanton Wortham, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Education, briefed the committee on a GSE Proposal to add “Associate Practice Professor” to the associated faculty and “Senior Lecturer” to the academic support staff in the Graduate School of Education.  Professor Don Silberberg, Chair of the Senate Committee on the Faculty, reported on that committee’s evaluation of the proposal. Following clarification of the duties and restrictions associated with such appointments, a motion to approve the proposal was voted upon by the committee and passed.  It was also agreed that the Senate Committee on the Faculty, working with the Provost’s Office, would undertake a thorough review of trends in appointments of non-standing faculty across the University.

Handbook Language on Appointment to More Than One Department. Deputy Provost Janice Bellace reported to SEC concerning new proposed language for the Faculty Handbook relating to tenured appointments in two or more schools, and rules and regulations associated with such appointments.  Following discussion and friendly amendments to the proposed revisions, a motion to approve the proposal as amended was voted upon by the committee and passed.

Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity and Equity Mentoring Report.  Professor Sherill Adams, chair of the Senate Committee on Faculty Development, Diversity and Equity presented the committee’s Mentoring Report.  The report documents a broad range of mentoring practices among the different schools at Penn, and makes four recommendations:  an institutional commitment to mentoring, implementation of formal mentoring programs and faculty development programs in schools and departments, and recognition of success in mentoring with University or school awards.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 27, March 28, 2006


March 28, 2006
Volume 52 Number 27


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