October 30, 2000
Research, tenure on council's October table
By Terri Loften
Provost Rebecca Chopp opened the Oct. 17 meeting by informing the council
that three policies it recommended last yearconcerning stopping
the tenure clock, maternity leave and parental leaveare officially
enacted and will be reported to the Board of Trustees in November.
Chopp also discussed the upcoming Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools (SACS) accreditation review process and asked council members
for their opinions regarding the future of research at Emory. That will
be the focus of the theme around which the University must
plan to comply with the SACS review.
The council discussed a number of research-related topics, including
interdisciplinarity, release time from service commitments, grant writing
education and grant applications from non-tenure faculty. Chopp invited
members to send further comments to her via e-mail.
Frank Stout, new vice president for research administration, introduced
himself to the council and discussed his plans for streamlining the Universitys
research infrastructure. Stout said he is working to foster closer collaboration
between the offices of sponsored research and technology transfer, and
he announced that an on-call research administrator will soon be available
24 hours a day.
Dean Bobby Paul of the graduate school stressed the importance of graduate
students to research and said his mission is to continue enhancing the
quality of recruitment. He also mentioned a new research funding initiative
called the Quadrangle Fund.
Josiah Wilcox, chair of the University Research Committee, distributeda
a handout on research support for discussion. Wilcox said the main issue
was a recently established federal rule mandating that basic research
needs be funded through indirect costs, a process for which Emory does
not have a system in place. The council decided to gather more information
and continue this discussion at a later meeting.
Polly Price of the faculty hearing committee said the committee has not
heard any cases this academic year. She said there may be some confusion
on the committees role regarding the appeals process for faculty
denied tenure, and Chopp said she would raise this issue with a tenure
review committee she is forming.
Michelle Smith, director of corporate relations, gave a presentation
on the Universitys 2000 United Way campaign. The campaigns
goal this year is $380,000.
The next Faculty Council meeting will be Nov. 21 at 3:15 p.m. in 400
Administration Building. reported by Terri Loften
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