Chair Bill Branch opened the final Faculty Council
meeting of the academic year, held April 15 in 400 Administration,
by briefing the council on the formation of the Faculty Advisory
Committee meant to provide additional faculty input to the Presidential
Branch said Board of Trustees Chair Ben Johnson, who chairs the
search committee, asked him to submit 10 nominations for the advisory
committee. Five of Branch’s nominees were named to the 10-member
group, which Johnson announced earlier this month.
In subsequent discussion of the search, council members asked Branch
whether the search committee plans to hold open faculty meetings
with finalists for the position. Many candidates prefer confidentiality,
especially in the early stages of the search, but the council asked
Branch to urge the search committee for transparency in the later
stages of the process.
Next, Commission on Research co-chairs Claire Sterk and David Carr
updated the council on the commission’s work. Early in 2003,
the commission released a draft report that was part of Emory’s
reaccreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools. Sterk said some faculty think this report was the conclusion
of the commission’s work, but she reminded the council that
the commission plans to release an expanded and updated report this
“We’re almost using that first report as background
for the work we’re doing now,” Sterk said.
Carr added that it is important for the commission’s work
to be regarded as a product of the faculty. Rather than an overview
from the administration, the Commission on Research should be considered
a “faculty self-study,” Carr said. Council members stressed
to the two co-chairs the importance of identifying concrete benchmarks
in the commission’s final report so that Emory may measure
President Bill Chace commended Sterk and Carr and the commission
as a whole for its work over the past two years, and he said he
would do “everything possible” to convince the Board
of Trustees and his own successor to act on the commission’s
“It would be pitiable if all this labor and thought were to
be lost in the [administrative] transition,” Chace said. “I
don’t think that will happen.”
In his remarks, interim Provost Woody Hunter presented an income/expense
analysis of the University’s Educational and General Budget
for fiscal year 2004, which has received conditional approval from
the Board of Trustees pending a final review in late May and early
In a time of financial constraint, Hunter pointed out a 4 percent
($765,000) increase in the University Libraries budget, which he
said was a “conscious effort to keep library holdings growth
consistent with the research mission of the University.” The
big expense drivers of the budget, he said, are increases in insurance
costs; assessment and redistribution of benefits costs after Emory
Healthcare changed its benefits system; and one-time costs associated
with several new facilities coming online.
In year-ending committee reports, the Faculty Hearing and University
Research committees filed written reports. The former had nothing
to report since there were no faculty hearings during the year,
reported chair James Hughes. URC chair Cy Wilcox wrote that applications
are still being reviewed for the committee’s spring awards
cycle, but committee is granting a new faculty award in performing
and visual arts to complement its existing Levy Awards in biological
and health sciences.
Chairs of three ad hoc committees delivered their final reports.
Representing the ad hoc committee on academic freedom and student
concerns, co-chair Bruce Knauft reported on the great success of
the March 26 Classroom on the Quad event. With an estimated attendance
that reached 2,000, the event was roundly applauded by council members,
and Knauft proposed elevating the committee to permanent status
so that similar events might be designed in the future.
Sharon Strocchia reported for the ad hoc committee on communication.
Strocchia said the possibility still exists for an online faculty
discussion area, and she is working with the Information Technology
Division and the University webmaster to investigate the matter
Branch, speaking for the ad hoc commmittee on the future of the
University, said the group, which to date has been a function mostly
of the Faculty Council executive committee, has met twice. It has
submitted a list of 34 names to Johnson in hopes of assigning faculty
members to each of the Board of Trustees’ seven major committees.
John Snarey, chair-elect of the council, was not present, and Branch
said Snarey would be installed as council chair (and University
Senate president) at the Senate meeting on April 22. Faculty Council
will reconvene in the fall.
have a question or concern for Faculty Council, e-mail Chair Bill
Branch at email@example.com.