Chair-elect Sharon Strocchia opened the Oct. 21 Faculty Council
meeting in 400 Administration by asking for nominations for the
2005 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. Strocchia, who chairs the
lecture committee, said the deadline for nominations is Dec. 1,
and the group hopes to submit a nominee to President Jim Wagner
by the end of December. This year's Distinguished Faculty Lecture,
featuring Candler Professor of American Church History Brooks Holifield,
will be held Thursday, March 25, 2004.
on the agenda was a panel presentation by two former heads of Faculty
Council and University Senate. Chair John Snarey invited chemistry
Professor Myron Kaufman, who led the bodies during 1993-94, and
sociology Professor John Boli (1999-2000) to discuss their experiences
working with University administration.
(who said he'd finally discarded all his Senate notes just a couple
months earlier) recalled that parking--as always--was an issue, and
that during his term parking for faculty went from "inexpensive
and not available to fairly expensive and available." He said Emory
decided to drop Blue Cross as its EmoryCare provider due to high
costs, and that an oversight committee was established to monitor
the health plan.
also during that time served as head of the local chapter of the
American Association of University Professors (AAUP), and he couldn't
recall whether the initiative started in the Senate or the AAUP,
but a program was set up to evaluate University administrators
every five years. Harriet King, senior vice provost for academic
affairs, said the program is still in place but not often used
since few high-level administrators have remained in their positions
for more than five years.
recounted a number of still-active programs, policies and developments
that moved through the Senate during his term: Emeritus College;
the maternity/parental leave and tenure-clock policies; and the
Starvine Way shuttle road connecting the Clairmont and main campuses.
said he was gratified that some Senate committees were consulted
earlier in certain University decision-making processes--the earlier
involvement of the Senate environment and campus development committees
in capital projects, for example--but felt that increased influence
was, and still is, appropriate.
also cited some University actions that seemed to contravene or
ignore earlier Senate recommendations and said this--along with
a lack of visibility of the Senate among faculty and a general
lack of understanding of its purpose--combined to create a "disconnect" not
only between the Senate and its constituencies, but also with the
council moved into a long discussion about demands on faculty members'
time and the differences in culture among the schools. Some members
felt that faculty were overstretched and needed more time to do
research, while others felt the demands placed on them are manageable.
his remarks, Wagner reacted to the discussion, saying he was disappointed
in some things he'd heard and that the "proportion of bitterness" in
the council's words reflected a lack of direction in the University
and also some flawed decision-making processes.
said the draft Vision Statement currently up for review and comment
from the community will help guide Emory toward improving these
processes while also preparing the University for serious strategic
planning and "financial campaign" efforts. Wagner consciously used
the term "financial" rather than "capital campaign" because he
said the resources Emory needs will not necessarily be used for
bricks and mortar; they will have more programmatic ends, though
these uses may yet involve building construction.
new device in administration Wagner has introduced, he said, is
to ask his direct reports to regularly compile two-part lists of
opportunities and issues. If administrators are constantly responding
to issues, Wagner said, it's hard to move forward and the institution
becomes bogged down in maintaining status quo; by consciously identifying
opportunities, administrators are forced to be creative in locating
close his remarks, Wagner said a tentative date for his inauguration
is set for April 2, 2004, but that he hopes the event will downplay
the focus on him as an individual. "I've been to too many coronations," Wagner
said. "I'm simply looking forward to being the guest of honor at
the University's celebration of the inauguration of its president."
next Faculty Council meeting will be held Nov. 18 at 3:15 p.m.
in 400 Administration.
If you have a question or concern for Faculty Council, e-mail
chair John Snarey at email@example.com .