February 26, 2001
Faculty Council reviews
emeritus college report
By Michael Terrazas email@example.com
Chair-elect Frank Vandall opened the Feb. 20 Faculty Council meeting with a report from the Distin-guished Faculty Lecture committee. Vandall said the group had narrowed the list of nominees for the 2002 lecture to three names, which he presented to the council for their consideration before the final vote takes place at the March meeting. The names of potential lecturers are kept confidential until the chosen speaker formally accepts an invitation from President Bill Chace.
Chair Claire Sterk said the law schools Polly Price is stepping
down from the faculty hearing committee, and two new members will take
her place: Gary Smith (also from law) and Penny Castellano from the medical
Charlotte Johnson, senior vice provost for administration, briefed the
council on the Universitys 200102 general and education budget,
approved Feb. 15 by the Board of Trustees (see story, page 1). Johnson
walked the members through an overview of Emorys income and expenses
in tuition-driven enterprises. Though the University is working in a time
of tighter fiscal restraints, she said, the new budget makes major investments
in faculty-staff salaries and market adjustments for certain fields.
Other budget priorities included investment in research efforts and the
pedagogical strategic plans of certain schools. Johnson also said that
while tuitions percentage of overall income still is around 57 percent,
that figure has dropped about 5 percent in the last five years, while
endowment spending has risen about 4 percent.
Nanette Wenger of the faculty life-course committee presented a detailed
proposal for a two-year emeritus college pilot project. The
project, under development for a couple years now, hopes to create ways
for retired or nearly retired faculty members to continue to work and
contribute to the Universitys educational services.
The pilot proposal requests $60,000 to fund a part-time director, an
administrative assistant and graduate student assistant, office furniture
and equipment, and general operating expenses. The plan also calls for
the formation of an advisory committee, which would use surveys and focus
groups to study faculty attitudes toward the purpose and activities of
an emeritus college.
The council voted unanimously to support the project in principle, and
Wenger said the committee will now present its proposal to the administration
In closing the meeting, John Boli asked members to consider for the next
meeting, in light of the imminent departure of Emory College Dean Steve
Sanderson, the idea of combining leadership of the college and graduate
school. He said he hopes to discuss this possibility with Provost Rebecca
The next Faculty Council meeting will be March 20 at 3:15 p.m. in 400 Administration.
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