April 23, 2001
Faculty Council ends year with reports
By Michael Terrazas email@example.com
Leading off the academic years final Faculty Council meeting, held April 10 in 400 Administration, was a discussion with President Bill Chace.
Chace, who had just returned from Peru to help the Carter Center monitor
that countrys elections, said the experience was fascinating. He
said he would like to further the relationship with the Carter
Center, possibly through a course in which students would examine a particular
country and conclude the semester by visiting it, à la an abbreviated
Peace Corps experience.
Council members then asked several questions of Chace concerning the
recent reorganization of Arts and Sciences and the appointment of Bobby
Paul as the first executive vice provost for Arts and Sciences. Chace
said the move had been in discussion for some time, and the recently announced
departures of Provost Rebecca Chopp and Emory College Dean Steve Sanderson
hastened the timetable.
Council members asked Chace about the feasibility of conducting an honest
and open discussion regarding new administrative structures when the new
administrator has already been appointed and put in place. Chace said
he believed it is possible to hold such honest discussions, and an agreement
exists between the provost and the executive vice provost that nothing
is set in stone regarding the new position. Chace also said concerns
that the appointment harms the college are tenable, but that
he does not share them.
In year-end committee reports, Nanette Wenger reported for the Faculty
Life Course committee and said the committees primary accomplishment
this year was getting approval and funding for a pilot project of an Emeritus
Reporting for the Faculty Hearing committee, Polly Price said her group
handled no formal hearings, though it did correspond with several faculty
members regarding particular situations. Price said Jim Hughes will take
over as committee chair.
Cy Wilcox reported for the University Research Committee. He passed out
data showing that since its inception in 1983, the committee has awarded
just under $4.9 million in grants, resulting subsequently in (to date)
$57.2 million in external funding, 76 book publications, 620 journal articles
and 109 miscellaneous publications.
Chair Claire Sterk handed out certificates of appreciation to Kim Wallen,
Frank Vandall and John Boli for their service to the council, and she
also presented a gift to Chopp, who is leaving Emory to become dean of
Yale Divinity School.
To close the meeting, Sterk reported on the progress of the Research
at Emory commission. She said the commission will comprise four
subcommittees, each charged with examining an aspect of research. The
groups will be chaired by Wallen, Carol Worthman, Steve Warren and Jim
Fowler. The Faculty Council will reconvene during fall semester.
If you have a question or concern for Faculty Council, send e-mail to new chair Frank Vandall at firstname.lastname@example.org.