Chair Bill Branch opened the Oct. 22 Faculty Council meeting
by talking about his theme for the 2002–03 year: “Strengthening
Faculty Governance.” Branch said the current period suggests
a “crossroads” for Emory and its faculty, and the time
is right for faculty to examine their role in relation to the administration
of the University.
Chair-elect John Snarey announced that solicitations will be made
soon for nominations for the 2003–04 Distinguished Faculty
Lecturer. This year’s lecture will be delivered by public
health’s Claire Sterk on March 27, 2003.
Michelle Smith, director of Corporate Relations, gave a brief presentation
on the 2002 EmoryGives campaign and showed a video that stressed
the campaign’s focus on volunteerism and the opportunities
available for volunteering through EmoryGives. Only 7 percent of
University employees participated in last year’s campaign,
a figure several council members called “embarrassing.”
Interim Provost Woody Hunter informed the council of the meeting
of the American Association of Universities (AAU) (see
story), which concluded that day on campus,
and President Bill Chace described what took place during the meeting,
gave some background on the AAU and discussed what it means for
Emory to be a member.
Hunter announced the budget equilibrium project working group has
completed its draft report, touching on 94 categories of suggestions
for the most efficient use of Emory resources. Hunter also said
the Emory College dean search committee has begun its work, and
the Office of Research has finalized a new institutional conflict
of interest policy.
Two matters currently under consideration by the Council of Deans,
Hunter said, are the question of whether to extend the tenure clock
(including whether to institute a flexible scale among schools)
and whether to create new titles for certain non-tenure track faculty
positions for which “instructor” or “lecturer”
do not quite fit.
Next on the agenda was discussion of a meeting with former President
Jimmy Carter that has been scheduled for March 20, 2003. The question
was what focus the meeting would have, and how broad an audience
would be invited. The council first thought to solicit Carter’s
reactions to the world events at the time, but then it was reminded
that the council’s invitation to Carter specifically mentioned
finding ways to strengthen ties between the University and the Carter
To that end, the council appeared to agree that a smaller group—rather
than inviting the entire faculty of the University, for example—might
be more likely to come up with concrete recommendations. Branch
said the council will revisit the issue at later meetings.
In his scheduled remarks, Chace asked that the council look into
ways in which faculty might lead possibly volatile campus discussions
on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the possible U.S. war with
Iraq (see story, page 1). Campuses at the universities of Michigan
and Colorado, Chace said, recently have been strained by negative
and even dangerous situations that arose from these issues, and
Emory faculty are uniquely qualified to guide students in the open
and prolific airing of their opinions, in hopes that Emory might
avoid the unpleasant experiences of other schools. Council members
Bruce Knauft and Jim Grimsley volunteered to examine the issue and
report back at a future meeting.
Next, the council unanimously passed a motion to amend its bylaws
so that an emeritus faculty member be included in the council. The
job of selecting the emeritus faculty member should fall to the
Emeritus College, the council decided.
Revisiting a topic from its September meeting, the council then
discussed how communication might be enhanced between members and
their constituencies. Many faculty are unaware of the council and
its activities, and some debate arose whether this problem necessitated
a new communication method—such as an electronic discussion
area like LearnLink, for example—or whether it is the responsibility
of Faculty Council members to make sure their constituencies are
informed. An ad hoc committee consisting of Jan Gleason, Sharon
Strocchia and L.G. Thomas was formed to study the issue.
The next Faculty Council meeting will be held Nov. 19 at 3:15 p.m.
in 400 Administration Building.
you have a question or concern for Faculty Council, contact chair
Bill Branch at email@example.com.