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October 7, 1998
Present: Louis Bloomfield, Paul Cantor, Julian Connolly, Lester
Andrews, Susan Perry, Kenneth Schwartz, William Pearson, Houston
Wood, Barbara Parker
Louis Bloomfield, Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee,
called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m., in Peabody Hall, Room
The first item on the agenda was a report by Mr. Bloomfield on the
status of the Common Spaces initiative. The Garden Room is doing
well. Gordon Stewart, Associate Dean of the College, is generously
providing funding for College undergraduates to take College faculty
to lunch, and it is hopeful that other schools will adopt similar
programs, Mr. Bloomfield stated. Kenneth Schwartz, a professor in
the School of Architecture, reported that the dean is supporting the
same type program in the School of Architecture.
Alderman Library Café also is doing well, and café
hours have been extended to accommodate faculty and students.
Mr. Bloomfield reported on the status of the Forum for
Contemporary Thought. It is possible that the administrative side
may need additional funds in the future. A subcommittee of the
Research and Scholarship Committee will be appointed to address
funding, staffing, programming, and other issues regarding the future
of the Forum. Mr. Bloomfield will see if the Forum has an advisory
committee and, if so, who serves on the committee.
In regard to the University's desktop computer initiative, the
Office of Information Technology and Communications is forming a
committee to study the issue. The Faculty Senate will have
representation on that committee when it convenes.
Mr. Bloomfield said Gene Block, Vice Provost for Research, has
reported that there are some concerns at AAUP regarding the treatment
of Postdoctoral students. The Faculty Forum for Scientific Research
is going to address the issue, and the Research and Scholarship
Committee will look at that report before making any recommendations.
The Committee had a discussion on the Intellectual Community
initiative. During the Committee's discussion, it became apparent
that there are intellectual exchanges occurring around Grounds. Mr.
Bloomfield will contact the Office of the Dean of Students to see if
a list of student/faculty events exists, so that the Committee may
get a better idea of what is already happening at the University.
The Faculty Speakers Bureau initiative was addressed. This
program is envisioned to be a pro bono outreach to the people of the
Commonwealth of Virginia, initially involving members of the Faculty
Senate, but eventually broadening to the entire faculty. A lot of
this type of activity already exists, but has not been identified,
i.e., who, when and where?
Mr. Bloomfield said he also would like to create a lecture series,
which would consist of local speakers, possibly new or recent
chair-recipients (with the Chair donor invited), describing life in
their parts of the University, addressing such questions as why they
got into their particular intellectual pursuits. A subcommittee
should be created to look at issues, such as the benefits and
problems that could exist with such a lecture series, Mr. Bloomfield
said. Mr. Bloomfield, Barbara Parker and Houston Wood will serve on
The Committee's theme this year, Year One: Information Technology,
was discussed. Mr. Bloomfield said there will be an information
technology conversation this fall, and there will be information
technology lectures in the spring. There will be a subcommittee
appointed to coordinate the activities of the information technology
lectures. Louis Bloomfield, Paul Cantor and William Pearson will
serve on the subcommittee.
The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.