Faculty survey on workload, other issues conducted this week
The Faculty Council and Provost Rebecca Chopp encourage all faculty to participate in a survey of faculty activity being conducted on campus this week by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California at Los Angeles. HERI has conducted national surveys of college students and faculty since 1966.
The survey covers teaching practices and research activities, interactions with students and colleagues, professional activities, faculty attitudes and values, perceptions of the institutional climate and job satisfaction. The questionnaire also includes 20 "local" questions regarding faculty development, quality of support for faculty work and other issues specific to Emory. The survey takes about 25 minutes to complete.
In addition to providing a comparison of Emory faculty responses to those of faculties at other research universities, the survey will help the Faculty Council and University administrators understand and support current faculty needs. An overview of the results will appear in a later issue of Emory Report.
The five-page questionnaires are being distributed Jan. 11-15 via campus
mail to all instructional faculty. If you haven't received a copy or have
misplaced yours, call the Office of Institutional Planning and Research
at 404-727-0765 to obtain another.
A temporary goodbye to an Emory landmark
On Monday, Jan. 11. the black iron, front-entrance arch located on Dowman Drive at Emory Village that reads "Emory" will be taken down for refurbishment. The process is expected to take about 30 days. For more information, call Robin Smith, Zone B, Facilities Management at 404-727-2186.
Emotional health topic of Jan. 11 lecture
Emory psychiatrist Jeffrey Kelsey will offer tips tonight, Jan. 11, at a free community lecture on having an emotionally healthy 1999.
He will provide overviews and answer questions about different forms of depression and anxiety disorders-- even getting over "holiday blues"--and how addressing our mental health can improve our physical and emotional well-being in the new year. Treatment options, including participation in clinical research trials, will also be discussed.
The lecture take place from 7-9 p.m. at Wesley Woods Health Center, fourth floor, 1817 Clifton Road. Call 404-727-8968 for information.
NIH director Varmus to speak Jan. 20
The year's first Future Makers lectures will bring the head of the National Institutes of Health, the physician/ medical writer of The New York Times, and media mogul Ted Turner to the Emory campus during the next few weeks. The series is open to all faculty, staff, students and friends of the University and held in WHSCAB.
Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus, director of the National Institutes of Health, will give a special Future Makers lecture on "New Trends at the NIH" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in conjunction with the 42nd annual Medical Student Research Day. Varmus garnered a shared 1989 Nobel Prize for his work demonstrating that cancer genes can arise from normal cellular genes. A reception will follow his lecture.
Also at 4 p.m. the following Monday, Jan. 25, New York Times medical writer Larry Altman will give a lecture, "Who Goes First: The Story of Self-Experimentation in Medicine," based on his book by the same title. Altman is one of the few medical doctors working as a full-time newspaper reporter. He is also clinical associate professor at the New York University Medical School.
Ted Turner will speak on "Our Common Future" Tuesday, Feb. 9. Now vice chairman of Time Warner Inc., Turner is best known as founder of CNN, owner of the Atlanta Braves, a philanthropist and a straight-talking speaker.