Emory Report
October 3, 2005
Volume 58, Number 6


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October 3 , 2005
Council opens defining year for faculty

BY Stacia Brown

New Chair Michael Rogers, associate professor of mathematics at Oxford College, convened the first Faculty Council meeting of 2005–06 on Sept. 20 in 400 Administration.
After approval of minutes from the last spring meeting and introduction of new members, Rogers outlined four goals for the academic year, including:
• defining exactly what “the faculty” means at Emory;
• working with administration to outline the future of the University Teaching Fund (UTF), the University Advisory Council on Teaching (UACT) and other teaching-related programs;
• working with the Association of Emory Alumni to facilitate greater faculty involvement with alumni; and
• developing an appointment process for faculty counselors to the Board of Trustees.

Richard Mendola, chief information officer and vice president for information technology (IT), introduced himself and outlined his priorities for the coming months (see column, page 4). Mendola said he hopes to focus on IT governance and prioritization; measurement of progress in IT service; streamlining electronic directory services and identity management; business continuity and data storage/recovery in case of disaster; and communication of IT services and policies.

In his remarks, Provost Earl Lewis echoed Rogers’ desire to find a more precise and comprehensive definition of who Emory’s “faculty” really are. Lewis said Claire Sterk, senior vice provost for faculty development, will examine the question this year. Lewis also discussed Emory’s strategic plan, which is now being rolled out to various University constituencies. Key at this stage of preliminary implementation is the development of measurable goals, he said.

UTF Chair Arri Eisen reported that the committee has been approved to continue in its present form for 2005–06, though at the year’s conclusion it will likely be merged into a new centralized structure for teaching, learning and research resources. Eisen asked if the council preferred UTF to conduct one or two funding cycles, and the council decided to continue offering two cycles.

In closing the meeting, President Jim Wagner said in his remarks that the University’s Comprehensive Campaign began Sept. 1 and is now in its silent, Prelude phase. Wagner said this phase dictates that he spend more time traveling, though he expressed a hope not to be away from campus too much.

The president then asked the council for feedback on a question posed to him by an Emory student, who asked why Emory always seemed to be in “business” mode. Does Emory, Wagner asked, project a tone or ethos that is too much “business” and too little creativity and free thought? Several council members thanked Wagner for being bold enough to bring such a potentially sensitive issue to the table. Judy Raggi-Moore noted that “the logic of numbers” sometimes seems to drive the University forward, more so than the individual gifts and strengths of undergraduates. Other members suggested the administration spend less time discussing the capital campaign in meetings with faculty and students; better, they said, to mention the campaign and move on to a broader range of issues important to building up Emory community.

The next Faculty Council meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 3:15 p.m. in
400 Administration.

If you have a question or concern for Faculty Council, e-mail Chair Michael Rogers at rogers@learnlink.emory.edu.