To open the Faculty Councils final meeting of the 200102
year, held April 16 in 400 Administration, interim Provost Woody
Hunter noted two recentand successfulconferences, each
of which dealt with related subjects.
The April 57 Sam Nunn Policy Forum, themed The Commercialization
of the Academy, and the April 1516 Conference on Philanthropy
and the Research University (see
story) both examined connections between funding
and higher education. Hunter said the two events were very
interesting, in terms of how a research university operates and
the different opportunities for external support.
After congratulating council member Huggy Rao (recently named Charles
Howard Candler Professor of Organization and Management in the business
school) , Hunter said the Strategic Planning Committee, which he
cochairs along with anthropologys Michelle Lampi, has held
town hall meetings with faculty as it examines structures in Arts
and Sciences. Hunter said the committee hopes to present a draft
report to President Bill Chace by semesters end.
In year-ending committee reports, James Hughes said the Faculty
Hearing Committee had no requests for hearings over the yeargood
news, he added. Reporting for the Carter Center Liaison Committee,
Claire Sterk said the group has not met for three years and the
council should consider whether the liaison committee should continue
in its present form.
University Research Committee chair Cy Wilcox reported that, during
the fall 2001 funding cycle, 58 proposals were funded (out of 86
applications) for a total of nearly $580,000. Grants have not been
awarded for the spring cycle, he said, but the committee has received
87 propoals requesting more than $2.1 million.
Following the reports, Allison Adams, managing editor of Academic
Exchange, informed the council of an online faculty survey the
publication is conducting to assess existing and future projects.
All responses to the survey, available at http://AESurvey.cc.emory.edu,
will be kept confidential, Adams said.
With chair Frank Vandalls term coming to end as both council
chair and president of University Senate, the task fell to the provost
to install the new president. President-elect William Branch, chief
of general medicine in the School of Medicine, will not be able
to attend the April 23 Senate meeting, so Hunter officially installed
him in his new position. Vandall then presented Branch with a gift
to aid him over the next year: a copy of Roberts Rules
Finally, Chace used his scheduled remarks as an opportunity to
call to the councils attention the final decision regarding
employee benefits, which he called less than radical.
Chace said public discussion of the issue was productive, and even
though it occasionally turned contentious, he said, the process
served to involve a large number of constituents in the decision
To close the meeting, Vandall presented certificates of appreciation
to council members whose term is expiring: Oxfords Ken Anderson,
the law schools Robert Schapiro and Branch, who would have
rotated off had he not been named president-elect last year.
The Faculty Council will reconvene in the fall.
If you have
a question or concern for Faculty Council, send e-mail to William
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