January 29, 2001
Defining research will
Faculty Council project
By Michael Terrazas firstname.lastname@example.org
The first Faculty Council meeting of 2001, held Jan. 16 in 400 Administration, opened with Harriet King reporting for President Bill Chace and Provost Rebecca Chopp, who were attending a memorial service for the late John Bostwick.
King, senior vice provost for academic affairs, said the provosts office is beginning to prepare for the accreditation review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, scheduled for 2003. For its self-study component, the University has selected Research at Emory as the theme, and
King said the provosts office is looking for input along four aspects:
The council began a discussion that examined these questions and more,
including whether it was even possible to define research
at a university as broad as Emory; whether individual disciplines know
what research is to them; and the importance of academic freedom versus
commercialization. Council Chair Claire Sterk pledged to continue this
discussion at future meetings.
Arri Eisen, reporting for the University Teaching Fund (UTF), presented
a proposal for wording changes in the charter of the UTF,
which functions as a council committee. The language, in effect, eliminated
the mandate for UTF to fund only innovative teaching projects
and would allow the group to approve funding for proposals that are worthy
but not necessarily innovative. The proposal also deleted the prohibition
on UTF funding release time and computer hardware.
After amending the proposal furtherthe council struck a statement
saying UTF monies are not meant to fund curriculum reformthe
council approved it unanimously.
Don Harris of Information Technology gave a presentation seeking volunteers
to help plan a teaching with technology conference on campus
next fall. The council officially endorsed the conference and said it
would refer interested faculty to Harris.
Jean Porter of the Well House and Madge Donnellan of the nursing school
gave a presentation on a health-assessment program they have been offering
to select University populations for a couple years. They asked if the
council thought faculty would be open to participating in such a program,
and the council replied in the affirmative, assuming health and related
information are kept appropriately confidential.
To close the meeting, the council began a discussion of a proposed intellectual
property policy that was submitted to faculty last spring by the provosts
office. A number of council members voiced deep reservations about the
proposed policy and the manner in which it had been communicated to faculty.
King said she understood the concerns but stressed that the problems
faculty perceived from the language were not intended as such by its authors.
Both King and Vice President for Research Administration Frank Stout pledged
to maintain open and wide communication with faculty, through both Faculty
Council and less formal avenues, while the policy is being crafted.
The next Faculty Council meeting will be held Feb. 20 at 3:15 p.m. in 400 Administration.
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