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April 20, 1998
David Gies, Chair of the Committee on Research and Scholarship,
called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m. in 110 Peabody Hall. In
attendance were Paul Cantor, Julian Connolly, Daniel Larson, Paul
Mahoney, Susan McKinnon, Kenneth Schwartz, Martha Snell, Jahan
Mr. Gies welcomed everyone to the meeting. He said some of the
initiatives that the Committee is working on are in a holding
pattern, i.e., a location for faculty lunches -- Mr. Gies is waiting
on word from the administration regarding this initiative. He hopes
to have something substantive regarding the issue to announce at the
Faculty Senate meeting on April 29.
Julian Connolly reported on the progress of web-based technology,
such as a web site that will announce calendar events at the
University. A web calendar committee exists, and a UVa web calendar
will be a separate project up and working for the Fall semester.
Nancy Tramontin, Director of University Publications, is the contact
person for this initiative. Mr. Connolly agreed to continue a
dialogue with Ms. Tramontin and the calendar committee.
Susan McKinnon will continue to have conversations and stay
updated on the Alderman Cafe initiative. She will report to Mr. Gies
before the Faculty Senate meeting. Mr. Gies will renew the mandate
with the Faculty Senate for the initiative to have additional inside
and outside gathering locations for faculty and students, with good
foods and coffee.
Dan Larson reported on his findings regarding sesquicentennials at
the University. Mr. Larson concluded that the present state of the
sesqui system is not acceptable, guidelines are not clear or uniform
across schools. It was noted that flexibility is needed among
departments. The Research and Scholarship Committee will address the
administration about the vulnerability of the policy, which is not
being practiced equitably across schools. The Committee will submit
a brief recommendation to the Executive Council regarding
sesquicentennials at the University. Mr. Larson agreed to compose a
one-page summary with the Committee's findings.
Mr. Gies and the Committee discussed the creation of a Faculty
Senate-sponsored seminar, to replace the Theory Seminar, which had
been headed by Richard Rorty. Mr. Gies and others have met with
Melvyn Leffler, Dean of Arts and Sciences, and those currently
running the seminar. Someone has agreed to take over as director of
the seminar series, and the Committee agreed that those running the
program will report to the Research and Scholarship Committee, who
will oversee the initiative. The Research and Scholarship Committee
feels that the committee that currently oversees the seminar series
should include representatives from all schools that contribute
funding to the initiative. This initiative will be presented to
Peter Low, with total funding raised to date, at the Executive
Council meeting on April 27.
The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.