Davis is new Faculty Senate chairman,
Childress next in line
By Matt Kelly
Childress was nominated to run unopposed for chairwoman-elect
of the Faculty
whose name was placed in nomination May 7 at a Senate meeting
in the Rotunda Dome Room, will serve as chairwoman-elect for the
2003-04 academic year and then chair of the Senate in 2004-05.
have a real and practical interest in inter-school collaboration,
said Childress, co-director of Humanities in Medicine at the Medical
School. Having different disciplines working together is invigorating
for the faculty members involved and for the University, she said.
is also interested in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty,
especially women and other underrepresented groups,
J. Davis was the sole nominee for secretary of the Faculty Senates
for three seats on the Executive Council this year were Marian
Moore, M. Norman Oliver, Rebecca Kneedler, William Kehoe, Claire
Cronmiller and Ellen Contini-Morava. Council terms are for three
years, with the University president, Faculty Senate chairman,
chairman-elect, immediate past chairman and secretary, as well
as the chairs of the Academic Affairs and Research and Scholarship
committees, all serving as ex officio members. Seven council members
are elected by the Faculty Senate.
chairman Michael J. Smith, in handing the chairmanship over to
Robert E. Davis, recounted his year at the helm. He reminded members
of the Senates support for the Universitys involvement
with the Mount Graham observatory, adding a non-voting faculty
member to the Board of Visitors and endorsement of a tuition increase.
Faculty Senate has also taken an active role in diversity issues.
need a diverse faculty that looks more like the community it serves,
other business, the Senate is working with the Center for Undergraduate
Excellence, which assists undergraduate research, to turn over
administration of the Harrison Undergraduate Research Grants program,
Childress said in her report from the Research and Scholarship
Committee. Details are still being negotiated, but she hopes to
have the transition in place by the summer. The Faculty Senate
will still be heavily involved in the selection and review processes.
For information about the Faculty
Senate, including reports and upcoming committee and full
Senate meetings, visit its Web site.
committee is also trying to change how the Harrison money is paid.
Currently, she said, students are reimbursed for research-related
expenses, which can create problems because students have to spend
their own money up front. The money should be paid out as a fellowship,
committee also hopes to change how grant money is paid to faculty
mentors. The committee had hoped to pay the money into a research
account, but Childress said this was not possible this year because
of tax considerations.
online system of course evaluations is moving forward, according
to Academic Affairs committee Chairman Robert
He said the committee had made some suggestions about the program,
which is run with volunteer respondents this year. He predicted
it would be several years before the program is fully in place.
ROTC committee reported a sharp increase in interest in the program.
The Air Force ROTC detachment has increased 35 percent over the
last year, and six of its seven third-year cadets have been selected
for pilot training. The Army ROTC has been ranked in top 15 percent
of programs nationwide for the second year in a row and has its
largest first-year class in 15 years.