Faculty Senate to
continue research grants to students
with the student response to its new Undergraduate Research Awards
program, the Faculty Senate has decided to extend the program
for three years, Faculty
Senate chair David Gies reported at the group's meeting March
also heard reports from three of the four chairs of the Virginia
2020 commissions, from President John T. Casteen III on General
Assembly activity and from the senate's academic affairs and research
and scholarship committees.
Faculty Senate Forum on the "The Climate for
Women at U.Va." A panel discussion with Carl Zeithaml,
dean of the Commerce School; Glenna Chang, assistant dean
of students; Dr. Sharon Hostler, director of the Kluge Children's
Rehabilitation Center; Sondra Stallard, dean of the School
of Continuing and Professional Studies; and history professor
2-3:30 p.m., Rotunda Dome Room
Faculty Senate meeting
3-5 p.m., Newcomb Hall South Meeting Room
number of Undergraduate Research Awards will be increased from
25 to 40, and the offices of the president and provost will contribute
funds to boost the pot up to $160,000 per year, Gies said. The
awards this year, supported by a gift from David A. Harrison III,
ranged from $1,880 to $3,000 each.
Biology professor Robert Grainger, who reported on activities
of the research and scholarship committee, said the students who
received the research awards this year were often eloquent in
describing the relationship between research and teaching. His
committee is preparing two position papers on the topic: one for
an internal audience, in which they look at the barriers to finding
a balance between the two areas, in terms of time, resources and
incentives; and the second directed toward the larger, outside
community to help people understand how research and teaching
are vitally intertwined.
group of awards to be announced soon are the Teaching Initiative
grants, a pilot program the senate launched three years ago and
now in its final year. The academic affairs committee, with the
help of the Teaching
Resource Center, will evaluate the program and recommend whether
it should be continued, said William Johnson, economics professor
and committee chair. The committee plans to identify 10 to 12
of the most innovative projects from all three years and find
ways to disseminate the teaching ideas around Grounds.
Two Virginia 2020 commission chairs talked about the steps they
are taking to raise the visibility of their areas on Grounds.
For drama professor Robert Chapel, who heads the Fine and Performing
Arts Commission, that means showing how the arts are important
to everyone's lives. Along with documenting what is unique about
U.Va.'s arts programs, the commission is in the early stages of
planning arts-related events, including a speakers series in the
fall and a major interdisciplinary event in Spring 2001 that will
be coupled with a series of short courses, Chapel said.
professor Rebecca Kneedler, who chairs the Commission on Public
Service and Outreach, reported that her group is putting together
an inventory of the faculty's public service work, focusing on
ways they share their academic expertise off-Grounds. The searchable
database will be made available online in the near future. The
commission is also interviewing community representatives to find
out what they know about the University's public service and what
they think is needed, she said, with the goal of looking for other
ways to communicate to the larger community.
the objective of charting "a course to substantially increase
the University's excellence and leadership in science and engineering
education and research well before 2020," commission member
Ariel Gomez said the group is looking at how U.Va. should capitalize
on its strengths and how it should make strategic choices to develop
selected areas and sustain them.
and Technology Commission is starting discussions about potential
priorities. Discussions with the faculty within the various departments
and schools will follow.The commission plans to present its recommendations
by late spring, he said.
fourth commission, on international activities, will give a report
at the next Faculty Senate meeting.
information on the University's planning initiatives, see http://www.virginia.edu/virginia2020