President Bollinger convened the meeting of the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences at
President Bollinger began by calling attention to his recent email
announcing that the search for the new Vice President for Arts and Sciences had
been launched. Professor David Freedberg
is chairing the search committee, and President Bollinger expressed his deep
appreciation for the committee’s efforts in this endeavor. He went on to discuss the search for the new
Provost. He reported that he has been
talking to many people around
He then indicated that he is continuing his efforts to learn about the institution. He cited space as an area to which he is devoting a good deal of attention. He observed that space will be critical if the institution is to move forward in any meaningful programmatic way. He also stated that he was aware of the needs within the Arts and Sciences for an increase in faculty size, and that he expects to announce a plan within the next month or so regarding that need.
He expressed his deep appreciation
to everyone who has been involved with the ’s Children Project. He indicated that he views it as a
significant cultural endeavor for
He then went on to talk
about the budget. He noted that
President Bollinger reported that he intends to invest considerable effort during spring semester to engaging alums. He said that he views the 250th anniversary of the university as an important fundraising opportunity.
With respect to the case
related to affirmative action scheduled for presentation to the Supreme Court,
he reported that they are in the final stages of preparation. It is expected that the Supreme Court will
make its decision by the end of the year.
If the decision is negative, it will have a significant impact on
It was moved, seconded, and approved by majority vote that the minutes
of the meeting on
Vice President Cohen opened the discussion on the proposal to establish
renewable term appointments for lecturers in the Arts and Sciences by providing
some context for the proposal. He
indicated that, currently, associates and lecturers with unmodified titles are
unable to hold their appointments beyond the seventh year. A survey was done of peer institutions and it
was found that
Vice President Cohen went on
to call attention to several other aspects of the proposal, noting in
particular the rigorous review process that would be implemented for these
appointments and that the number of lecturers in these appointments may not
exceed 6% of the total professorial rank faculty in the Arts and Sciences. The proposal currently excludes the Departments
of the Arts and International and Public Affairs but had not excluded the
Professor Helfand rose to oppose the proposal. His reasons for doing so included the fact that no courses had been excluded from the array of courses that a lecturer could teach. Further, he stated his belief that the producers of knowledge should be the conveyors of knowledge. Professor Jervis added his voice to the concern about what is and is not appropriate for full-time lecturers to teach.
In response to a question about numbers, Vice President Cohen cited the governors that would limit proliferation of such appointments: a) It is unlikely that many departments will come forward with requests for such appointments as they would replace professorial rank faculty. b) Lecturer positions would be rationed by their having to be approved by the vice president and deans in the course of the annual review process for Instructional Budget Statements. Vice President Cohen then spoke to the issue of the appropriateness of what lecturers can teach. He stated that he himself believes that the faculty have to have confidence in the reasonableness of departments with respect to decisions about content. Professor Breslow rose to describe the situation in the Chemistry department as an argument for why decisions on lecturers’ and associates’ teaching assignments need to be departmentally based.
Professor Kelley rose to speak in support of the proposal. She noted that the primary argument for it is that it benefits the students. Not only does it ensure strong teaching in areas not necessarily represented elsewhere in the departmental faculty, but it will also ensure greater continuity among personnel. It is her experience that lecturers do their job very well and that, if the faculty is to take pedagogy seriously, it has to make provision for career paths that recognize pedagogues in a serious way. Professor O’Halloran supported Vice President Cohen’s earlier statements about the importance of taking the review process most seriously. Professor Friedman, noting that the proposal prohibits the movement of professorial rank faculty into the lecturer ranks, asked whether Directors of Instruction might move into this track. His question was responded to in the affirmative. Professor Jervis reiterated the hope that, as the structures were put in place for this career track, more elaborated guidelines regarding what lecturers could and could not do would be developed. Professor Weinberg observed that the real concern might more appropriately be phrased as what regular professorial rank faculty would no longer be doing, and Professor Foner asked for clarification on what would keep a future vice president from forcing a department to take a lecturer rather than an assistant professor that it might have requested. Vice President Cohen responded that he found that scenario unlikely.
Following discussion, Vice President Cohen summarized the sense of the faculty. He noted the general endorsement of the proposal but acknowledged the clear call for a) the Faculty Development Committee to devote time to thinking in some detail about implementation of the review structures and, b) the Vice President and deans to think carefully when they reviewed the first cycle of such positions.
Dean Henry Pinkham presented the update on the Graduate School of Arts
and Sciences. He called the faculty’s
attention to the annual report on the ECFAS website. He began his report by noting that the
has achieved its goal of full funding for 90% of the incoming students. It seeks now to move to 100%. In response to a question from the floor, he
clarified the policy on unfunded students.
Departments no longer have quotas of unfunded students that they must
admit. Departments must be prepared to
allocate fellowship support to any unfunded student it admits beginning in year
two of the student’s tenure at
--The Arts and
Sciences will need to find ways to replace the instructional needs that are
emerging as a result of downsizing of the
--Greater attention needs to be given to the professional training component of the Ph.D. This includes preparation for non-academic roles and training for teaching. Improving the training for teaching is the rationale for seeking to develop a teaching center.
represents an acute situation for graduate students, many humanities and social
sciences departments have no space for their graduate students, including no
space for them to meet with students in the classes for which they serve as
teaching fellows. Ideally, it would be
important to create a communal space, such as a
Responding to the statements about the need for improved training for teaching, Professor Breslow described the efforts in the Department of Chemistry to train teaching fellows.
Professor Shapiro asked about the status of unionization. Dean Pinkham indicated that they were waiting for a decision from the National Labor Relations Board. Provost Cole gave an overview of a number of cases currently on the NLRB agenda.
At that point,
the focus of the discussion shifted and a question was asked regarding plans
for any further increases in the size of the undergraduate student body. Provost Cole reported that
5. Professor Andy Nathan, chair of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, began his report by introducing the members of ECFAS present at the meeting. He then described the consultative process in which the committee has been engaged. He noted that everyone with whom the committee has talked had been generous with both their time and the quality of the information they provided. Professor Nathan reported that the Executive Committee was reassured by the state of the Arts and Sciences. He highlighted the interrelated nature of the enterprise and acknowledged some of its challenges.
He next gave an overview of the key sections of the Executive Committee’s letter included in the call for the meeting. He called attention to the goals for administration and faculty governance (noting that faculty want to have a central role in the priority setting process in the current budgetary environment) and the summary of their work to date. He then invited faculty discussion of the questions at the bottom of pages 6 and 7 in their letter and encouraged faculty to ask any additional questions they might have.
Professor Sisman reiterated the importance of thinking about issues related to faculty. Vice President Cohen described three aspects to be considered about instructional support – securing eminence, increasing the size of the faculty, and improving the salaries of continuing faculty. He noted that it will be important to have a sense of the faculty regarding the balance among these three competing demands. Professor Jervis asked how any increase in faculty size might be funded given the flatness of the income stream.
6. Professor Helfand presented the report of the Committee on Arts and Sciences Fundraising. He began by reminding the faculty that the Arts and Sciences is dependent upon tuition for 85% of its revenues. He then returned the theme of the capital campaign which was to raise 50 substitutional chairs for the Arts and Sciences. A total of 42 have been raised; however, their December 2002 market value was only $47 million rather than the $75 million that had been envisioned. Professor Helfand observed that if the rest of the chairs and the outstanding pledges were to be realized, the endowment level would increase from $47 million to $58 million.
that the Committee on Arts and Sciences Fundraising had had several meetings
with representatives from UDAR. He cited
the openness of UDAR in discussing its current status and in describing the
future of fundraising at
Vice President Susan Feagin was called upon to provide an overview of current planning and activities in UDAR. These include:
--building on the foundation of the capital campaign
--restructuring UDAR with respect to both organization and culture
--more actively involving faculty in fundraising going forward
--involving trustees in fundraising
--shifting to a culture of greater accountability
She closed by emphasizing the fundamental operating principle that fundraisers do not set priorities and expressing appreciation to Vice President Cohen and the deans who had reached out to her and her staff in the spirit of welcome and collaboration since her arrival.
There being no further business to come before the body, the meeting was by consensus adjourned at .
Roxie R. Smith
Associate Vice President