Present: Altiero, Engleman, Walker (for Gaver), Heins, John, Kalka, Mague (for Koplitz),
McLachlan, McGuire, McPherson, Nelson, Parker, Ruscher, Tasker
Absent: Burdsal Guest: Baisier
Dean Nick Altiero reported on the Tulane Deans’ Council meetings of January 15 and February 19. Among the items reported and discussed were the following.
There will be two more School of Science and Engineering faculty meetings this academic year: March 24 and May 7. The group discussed the agendas of those two meetings, including introduction of new faculty members, AY09 elections, certification of degrees, and action items. Action items include the proposal to establish dual-degree engineering programs with partner institutions, amendments to the SSE Faculty Constitution, and changes to the SSE promotion and tenure guidelines. Nick distributed proposed changes in the constitution and promotion and tenure guidelines for discussion and further refinement. There will be first readings of all of these changes at the March 24 meeting with final votes to be taken at the May 7 meeting.
Margaret Walker, Executive Vice President of the Tulane Undergraduate Student Government (USG), serves on the University Senate Committee on Educational Policy (CEP) and is championing a proposal to introduce a fall break into the academic year calendar. She has asked if the School of Science and Engineering would have any objections to this calendar change. The group discussed this proposal and agreed that there are no objections as long as the fall break is scheduled in such a way that the total number of class sessions for the semester is not reduced.
The group discussed teaching assignment policy. It was generally agreed that the assignment of courses should be left up to the individual department chairs, who are responsible for assuring that all courses are covered and that teaching loads are distributed among the faculty in a fair and equitable manner. A question was raised about whether or not a faculty member, who is not on sabbatical or unpaid leave, could be granted a semester without a teaching assignment. It was agreed that this could be done at the discretion of the department chair but that the faculty member should not be authorized to spend the semester off campus unless there is a compelling reason to do so.
Joanna Baisier, Associate Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), gave a presentation on “Visas and Employment for International Students, Scholars, and Faculty” and then addressed questions from the group. Her presentation and additional detail can be found at the website: global.tulane.edu/oiss/.
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