UH—MAIN CAMPUS ISSUE: FALL 2008 T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F H O U S T O N FAC ULT Y S E N AT E UP DAT E — FA L L 2 0 0 8 NOVEMBER 15, 2008 http://www.uh.edu/fs UPDATE FROM THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT INSIDE THIS ISSUE: WYNNE CHIN Welcome to the Fall for faculty. It acts as an you feel needs to be ad- UPDATE FROM FACULTY AF- 3 2008 issue of the Fac- official voice for the faculty dressed by a University FAIRS ulty Senate Newsletter. to administration, other administrator like the UPDATE FROM 5 Much too often, faculty governing bodies within the President or Provost, THE EDUCA- TIONAL POLICY ask me to explain the University as well as the one route is to contact AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COM- roles and activities of the community at large. At the your senator or any of MITTEE Senate. That is why I felt same time, the Senate the officers of the Sen- UPDATE FROM 7 it was time to resurrect tries to gather and dissemi- ate Executive Commit- THE SCHOLAR- SHIP AND COM- our newsletter. Our goal nate information that may MUNITY COM- MITTEE is to have one distributed be relevant to faculty. This UPDATE FROM to all faculty each semes- newsletter is one such ex- 8 THE BUDGET ter. For this issue, be- ample. We also send out AND FACILITIES COMMITTEE sides providing an up- email updates whenever UPDATE FROM date of recent activities, I possible as reflected in the 9 THE AD HOC asked each of the Sen- recent dissemination con- COMMITTEE ON PLANNING ate committee chairs to cerning the Provost search ISSUES AND 10 provide a little back- and Legislative appropria- OPINION FROM AT LARGE MEM- ground about their com- tion requests. We are also BERS mittee. Hopefully, this working on an update of UPDATE FROM 12 will not only reacquaint our website which will in- THE COMMITTEE ON COMMIT- faculty with the goals clude faculty blogs, en- Wynne W. Chin is the C. T. Bauer TEES and activities of the Sen- hanced access to faculty Professor of MIS in the depart- A FEW FACTS RE- ate, but provide an op- relevant documents, and ment of Decision and Informa- GARDING THE SEN- tion Sciences. Recently ranked ATE: portunity for interested regular news updates as as one of the top five human faculty to help the Sen- well as spot polls. computer interaction research- • Faculty Senate meetings ate in some of our cur- ers and one of the top 10 re- are typically held on the The Senate consists of 52 rent initiatives. If you are searchers in technology accep- third Wednesday of each month in the Elizabeth D. interested in providing tenured or tenure track fac- tance according to the Journal of Rockwell Pavilion, M. D. some of your skills, ex- ulty proportionally repre- the Association for Information Anderson Library and are pertise, and energy, senting their respective col- Systems and the Communica- tions of the Association for Infor- both open to the public please contact the par- leges. Near the back of this mation Systems respectively, and attended by the President and senior ticular chair and volun- newsletter, you will find the Wynne is also known as the cabinet members. teer. list of all current senators. developer of PLS-Graph, a sec- Your college senator can ond generation multivariate • Faculty Senate Executive Committee also hosts When asked to describe be a valuable resource for graphical based statistical pro- the Senate, I would say it you. For example, if there is gram to perform Partial Least monthly meetings nor- Squares analysis. mally attended by the represents the conduit an issue or concern that President and Provost THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 2 UPDATE FROM THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT WYNNE CHIN tee. While faculty members often do send out messages directly to a particular administrator, it may be worth first asking your senator which particular person or administrative committee would be the best place to direct inquiries. Finally, never hesitate to contact either myself directly at email@example.com or my President-elect Dan Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like all Faculty senators, we’ve made a commitment during our term to try our best to represent the faculty at large by providing a voice wherever it is needed. FACULTY SENATE ENHANCEMENT ENDOWMENT A WORTHWHILE FUND FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE ANNUAL FACULTY & STAFF CAMPAIGN We would like to alert you to a own belief in the work we do at an $85 per month payroll deduc- new Senate fund specifically the University. tion). An official signing ceremony created this year as part of the is scheduled for early next year and annual Faculty & Staff Cam- The kind of outreach and part- a number of the Senate Executive paign. The Faculty Senate En- nership activities we hope to un- committee members and past presi- hancement Endowment was de- dertake requires funding. dents of the Senate have already veloped, in part, to support ef- While we hope to secure addi- joined. December 31st is the cutoff forts of UH faculty to take the tional funding through a signifi- date for either a full contribution or UH knowledge-base and applied cant corporate grant, our suc- commitment to be a founding mem- research out to engage the cess in that effort will be greatly ber. Houston community. assisted by our demonstrated commitment to our goal. One of the easiest vehicles for giv- The Faculty Senate Endowment ing to the endowment is through the is an active measure toward our You can demonstrate your com- 08-09 Faculty and Staff Campaign. goal to have UH designated by mitment to your work and our You can go online to the Carnegie Foundation for the shared goals by making a gift of www.advancement.uh.edu/ Advancement of Teaching with any size to our Faculty Senate uhgivesback or call the Office of An- both Community Engagement Enhancement Endowment. nual Giving at 3-4708 or email and Outreach & Partnership You might even wish to join the email@example.com. classifications. Therefore, the Founders Club to be perma- endowment benefits UH, our nently displayed in our Senate relationship with the city of office by contributing $1,000 to Houston, and underscores our the fund (for example through 2008 UH Faculty/Staff Campaign: Building Our Future Faculty Senate Enhancement Endowment: HE43281RN Under Giving Choices - Gift Codes - General Institutional Support -UH THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 3 UPDATE FROM THE FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MARK CLARKE For those of you who variety of other tasks policies on faculty and to are unfamiliar with the including providing provide feedback (and workings of the Faculty proactive input to the where appropriate con- Senate, the Faculty Af- University administra- crete suggestions) on fairs Committee (FAC) tion via the Senate as how to modify these poli- is a standing commit- they develop or modify cies in a way that repre- tee of the Senate policies that impact sents your perspective charged with dealing you as a faculty mem- as a faculty member. As with those issues that ber. The Chair of the part of this goal, the FAC directly or indirectly im- FAC also serves as a encourages input from pact you as a faculty member of the Execu- not only your elected Mark Clarke is an Associate member and employee tive Committee of the Senators but individual Professor in the Department of of the University of Senate in order to fa- faculty members like Health and Human Perform- ance. After being elected as a Houston. cilitate communication you. If you have a spe- Senator from the College of between the Senate cific faculty-oriented is- Education in 2006, he has The committee deals with a variety of issues as a whole, the Senate sue that you would like served as Chair of the FAC for surrounding the terms Leadership and the to discuss with the FAC, the past 18 months. Originally from Ireland, he received both of faculty employment University administra- please speak to or email his undergraduate and gradu- tion. one of your Faculty at UH, including ate training in Manchester, Senators or contact the England in pharmacology and changes to the Faculty As in any large institu- Handbook, regular as- tion, policies enacted Chair of the FAC directly. cell biology /biochemistry, re- spectively. Mark arrived at UH sessment of faculty by one part of the or- in early 2002 after post- health and retirement ganization can and do doctoral work at Harvard Medi- benefits and ongoing have unintended con- cal School, The Medical College review of new and ex- sequences for other of Georgia and an eight year isting university policies parts of the organiza- career in the Life Sciences Di- rectorate at NASA-Johnson which directly impact tion. One of the impor- Space Center firstly as a Na- how faculty perform tant roles played by tional Research Council Fellow their duties. The com- the FAC is to consider and then as Senior Staff Scien- mittee also performs a the impact of such tist with Universities Space Re- search Association. His re- search interests lie in the gen- eral area of musculoskeletal/ cardiovascular physiology with a focus on the effects of me- “The committee deals with a variety of issues surrounding the chanical loading on these sys- tems. In parallel, Mark has also terms of faculty employment at UH, including changes to the become involved in the devel- opment of biomedical monitor- Faculty Handbook, regular assessment of faculty health and ing technologies to assess such changes. You can find more retirement benefits and ongoing review of new and existing information about his depart- mental program and faculty on university policies which directly impact how faculty perform their web-page. their duties. ” THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 4 UPDATE FROM THE FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE MARK CLARKE Our first major accomplishment The Faculty Affairs Committee and provided a lot of insight to in the past 18 months was the has also formed a Subcommittee those of us unfamiliar with state new Provost’s Faculty Travel on Faculty Benefits tasked with politics surrounding higher educa- Fund. Initially proposed by the first cataloguing and then sug- tion in Texas. Faculty Senate in 2006, our com- gesting ways to improve all bene- mittee worked with Provost Foss fits provided to faculty. Over the I would like to end this inaugural to develop the initial award past 9 months our subcommit- newsletter from your Faculty Affairs guidelines to ensure the smooth tee, ably chaired by Dr. Sujit Committee by thanking all of the implementation of this welcome Sansgiry, has been hard at work Faculty Senators who have served addition to faculty opportunities on such issues as: the IRS- on the FAC over the past 18 for professional travel. To date, a mandated changes in the report- months. Without their dedication to total of 89 travel awards were ing requirements for Optional Re- and continued efforts on behalf of made to faculty during FY2008 tirement Providers (ORP) at UH, the committee, the Faculty Senate (out of a total of 101 requests) what those changes will mean for and their fellow faculty members with 10 requests pending so far faculty and how to make sure throughout the University, the pro- for faculty travel in FY2009. those changes are communi- gress being made by the Faculty Please visit the Provost’s Faculty cated to you, the faculty member, Senate to represent and forward Travel Fund . in a timely fashion; exploring the interests of the faculty at the creative ways in which the Uni- University of Houston could no A second initiative developed by versity can increase the matching longer continue. the FAC centered on providing retirement contribution made to additional information to newly faculty retirement accounts; and hired faculty regarding their providing feedback to the new “A second initiative choice of an optional retirement Strategic Planning Committee on developed by the FAC program (ORP) provider here at new initiatives initially developed UH. This informative and unbi- during our Spring 2008 Faculty centered on providing ased review of all ORP providers Senate retreat. additional information to was first provided to new faculty in 2007 and has since been fully One final accomplishment of newly hired faculty regarding incorporated into the new faculty note for the FAC in the past year their choice of an optional orientation process in HR. The was the planning effort for our Senate, and especially the FAC, Fall 2007 Faculty Senate retreat retirement program (ORP) would like to sincerely thank Dr. with state legislators. The FAC provider here at UH. This Dale Rude, Bauer College of was tasked with developing a Business, for his help and techni- presentation and a series of fo- informative and unbiased cal expertise in developing this cused questions for our legisla- review of all ORP providers program. The presentation Dr. tors that asked them how could Rude made to our new faculty we as a Senate, and as individual was first provided to new colleagues during this year’s ori- faculty members, help to en- faculty in 2007 and has since entation will soon be available to hance the University’s goal of all members of the faculty on the achieving Tier One Research Uni- been fully incorporated into Faculty Senate web-page. Please versity status in the State of the new faculty orientation check the Faculty Senate website Texas. Our legislator’s answers for details. were enlightening to say the least process in HR.” THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 5 UPDATE FROM THE EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE DAVID MAZELLA What are the strategic faculty’s—own agenda. out the university? In my goals of EPSAC for the And I would argue that view, a good Senate does coming year? these and similar pro- both, since the effective- jects should continue, ness and the independ- In the week following so long as they really do ence of this body are the Fall Assembly, reflect the interests of equally necessary for any when the Senate the Senate and the fac- model of shared govern- helped President Kha- ulty generally. ance within the univer- tor address the univer- sity. David Mazella is an Associate Pro- sity’s problems in re- But first I should explain fessor in the Department of English, sponding to Hurricane some assumptions that This is to say that over where he specializes in eighteenth- Ike, the FS listserv car- I have long carried the past year I have fo- century British Literature. His first ried some interesting about the Faculty Sen- cused upon the long- book, a cultural and conceptual discussions about the ate’s larger purpose term strategic goal of fos- history of the “cynic” and “cynicism” in Great Britain, is enti- proper role of the Sen- within the university. In tering “student success,” tled The Making of Modern Cyni- ate in its interactions my view, one of the which coincides with cism (University of Virginia Press, with administration. most important roles President Khator’s own 2007). He is currently working on a One Senator noted played by the Senate is announced priorities. At second book, a literary history of a that this assembly to help the administra- the same time, I have single year, the year 1771, which he has also taught as an advanced, showed our willing- tion set its priorities, been working with EPSAC research-intensive undergraduate ness to be “team play- since faculty are the and others to fill this goal seminar. ers,” but perhaps we ones who put those pri- of “student success” with now needed to “return orities into effect. Once specific content and to As a member of the English depart- to our own agenda”? we accept this view, the start moving the univer- ment's Undergraduate Curriculum Because I had as- question becomes sity toward that goal with Committee, he helped to design and teach the now-required gate- sumed all along that whether it is more effec- specific, targeted initia- way course for the major, Introduc- we had been pursuing tive for the Senate to tives. tion to Literary Studies. Subse- our own agenda, I formulate and push its quently, he published an article thought it would be priorities independently Last spring, EPSAC be- about the development of this worthwhile to discuss of the administration, or gan the process by dis- course and its implications for cur- ricular reform in Profession '98, the in this column some of to try to work collabora- cussing generally how we MLA's official forum for professional the longer-term pro- tively with administra- might define “student issues. He was named Teacher of jects we are pursuing tion, and to influence its success” from a Tier One the Year in 1997 by Sigma Tau at EPSAC, to show how priorities as these are perspective. Later during Delta, the undergraduate English these really do repre- being articulated and the summer, I and other Honor Society. His contributions to undergraduate teaching were rec- sent our—meaning the implemented through- members of the Senate ognized in 1999, when he won the University of Houston Cooper Teaching Excellence Award, a uni- “ . . . the question becomes whether it is more effective for the Senate to versity-wide teaching prize. He is a formulate and push its priorities independently of the administration, or to member of the UH Faculty Senate, and is currently Chair of its Educa- try to work collaboratively with administration, and to influence its tional Policy and Student Affairs Committee. priorities as these are being articulated and implemented throughout the university? In my view, a good Senate does both . .” THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 6 UPDATE FROM THE EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE DAVID MAZELLA and Executive Committee task force, which provides a enhance student engagement. (Wynne Chin, Dan Wells, and much better framework for guid- This broad strategic push, how- Adriana Kugler) began a series ing “undecided” students into ever, which will take place over of discussions with Elaine the appropriate majors than we a number of years, will also re- Charlson and Dan Gardner have ever had in the past. And quire that we see some returns about taking a comprehensive my suspicion is that similarly fine for our efforts semester by se- inventory of the university’s in- work has been done, and is be- mester. You may rest assured teractions with students, to see ing done right now, to foster stu- that I will be monitoring our pro- how well the various parts of dent success, but it is largely un- gress in these efforts week by the “chain” fit together, and to coordinated, ad hoc, and unsup- week, and making sure that identify the points in the chain ported by any sense of larger in- faculty have a say in any new where proposed improvements stitutional investment. I hope initiatives designed to promote would have the greatest im- that EPSAC will be able to change enhanced teaching and learn- pact. We asked, for example, that lack of follow-up by its two- ing throughout the campus. how might university operations stage, “inventory and interven- like admissions, enrollment tion” strategy. management, financial aid, ad- vising, work study positions, As far as I am concerned, etc. be optimized so that exist- "student success" is essentially ing obstacles for students the umbrella title for a variety of could be cleared away, and our specific initiatives, which would “ . . . , there should be much students encouraged to excel? include such projects as a cam- better support and pus center for teaching excel- infrastructure for both Studies like this had been un- lence, better enrollment manage- dertaken many times on par- ment, more responsive financial students and faculty for ticular, isolated problems, usu- aid, and more strategic thinking classroom instruction than ally at a moment of crisis, but a overall about teaching and learn- full and comprehensive view ing throughout UH. In my opin- either currently receives, and like ours had never to my ion, there should be much better the Senate is a logical group knowledge been attempted, support and infrastructure for to push for this under the and many of those studies and both students and faculty for recommendations had often classroom instruction than either rubric of "student success." been left to languish, when currently receives, and the Sen- they were displaced by new ate is a logical group to push for problems, new administrations, this under the rubric of "student and new initiatives. success." So, for example, I hope that in Moreover, since “student suc- the coming semester both EP- cess” is inevitably caught up with SAC and the Undergraduate the problem of student engage- Council will urge the current ment, the QEPs represent a logi- provost to adopt the recom- cal place for faculty to develop mendations of Dan Wells’s USD new strategies and programs to Page 7 UPDATE FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMUNITY COMMITTEE SUZANNE FERIMER My name is Suzanne has also worked with the tire UH Faculty. Un- Ferimer and I have been Homecoming Committee fortunately, these had at the University of Hous- and the Carnage Commu- to be cancelled due ton for 28 years. I hold nity Assessment initia- to the hurricane. We the rank of Librarian with tive. The Chair has also hope, since we have the University Libraries served on the Ceremony the format in place, and I am the Optometry Task Force for the Inves- to reschedule these Branch Librarian. I am a titure of Renu Khator as events for next medical librarian having the eighth Chancellor of fall. We feel it is very worked in both medical the University of Houston important to get center and hospital librar- System and thirteenth these folks on cam- ies. President of UH. pus to see what and Now the Committee is who we are. I have chaired the Schol- working with the Office of arship and Community Special Events in re- Finally, we are also “Now the Committee is Committee of the Faculty vamping the Faculty Rec- looking into reestab- working with the Office Senate for the past three ognition Dinner, which is lishing our long dor- years. During that time scheduled to take place mant Faculty Club of Special Events in the SCC has overseen the in the spring instead of which would provide revamping the Faculty establishment of this fall. a much needed Recognition Dinner, the annual Faculty Recog- venue for faculty in- which is scheduled to nition Dinner, a meeting The SCC was working to teraction. take place in the with State Legislators on schedule individual campus with Faculty meetings with local Leg- spring instead of this Senators, and the bienniel islators and Faculty fall. “ Scholarship and Commu- Senators on campus, fol- nity Conference held in lowed by a campus re- 2007 titled “Music Across ception for the area rep- Boundaries.” The Chair resentatives and the en- Factoids The Faculty Senate Office is scheduled to move to the 3rd Floor of the M. D. Anderson Library in Spring of 2009 . The Original UH Faculty Club was housed in the E Cullen Building. Pictures of it before an accidental fire in the 1970s burned it down can be found at: http://www.uh.edu/fs/minutes/spring%20assembly%202008.ppt That space was subsequently converted to administrative offices. THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 8 UPDATE FROM THE BUDGET AND FACILITIES COMMITTEE RICHARD WILLSON The UH Faculty Senate eliminate these errors, salaries, which would allow Budget and Facilities but further measures a 5% extra salary increase Committee devoted a are required to prevent for one in ten UH faculty large fraction of its ef- them from recur- each year. All problems will forts this year to com- ring. We now have a not be immediately reme- pleting the Salary Study new data set which can died by this approach, but started by our prede- be used to audit these over several years this pool cessors, and to inter- improvements. can go a long way to elimi- acting with the Admini- nating the worst instances stration on policy sug- We were also pleased of compression and inver- Richard Willson, 2007-2009 Chair gestions arising from with the collegial dis- sion. of the UH Faculty Senate Budget that study. We enjoyed cussions arising from and Facilities Committee, is Pro- considerable coopera- our recommendations, BFC also worked to increase fessor of Chemical & Biomolecular tion from the admini- and the fact that the the transparency of con- Engineering, Biology & Biochemis- stration, especially In- administration adopted struction activities on the try, and Biomedical Engineering at ternal Research and our primary recommen- campus through better pub- UH, and Senior Affiliate Member of the Office of the Pro- dation that the raises licity and signage, and circu- The Methodist Hospital Research vost, in the complex associated with faculty lation of the consultants' Institute. He did three degrees in task of collecting, cor- promotions should be repoJerald Strickland recting and interpreting increased to reduce the <firstname.lastname@example.org> Chemical Engineering at Caltech salary data for all UH tendency for salary rt on Fleming, Science, and and MIT, and was a postdoc in faculty. One major re- compression over the Science and Research Biology at MIT before coming to curring issue was the time. This recommen- buildings. We also repre- UH in 1988. His research focuses relatively large number dation has been imple- sented faculty interests at on the specific recognition of bio- of errors in the data mented as of the pro- each of the Provost/Dean molecules such as proteins and set, especially misclas- motion classes of May, budget hearings. Finally, DNA by surfaces and by other sifications of faculty in 2008. We also called the Chair of BFC serves ex molecules, and the applications of ranks. Because the for the creation of a officio on the Physical Plant molecular recognition in pharma- number of faculty of a special fund (above the Operations Committee and ceutical production and diagnos- given rank in a particu- normal raise pool, not the Tuition and Fees Com- tics, and he recently completed a lar department is often taken from it) to ad- mittee. term as President of the Interna- small, misclassifica- dress individual cases tions can produce large of salary compression/ tional Society for Molecular Recog- errors in calculated av- inversion, and this rec- nition. He is a recipient of the NSF erage salaries. We ommendation was also Presidential Young Investigator worked extensively with accepted. The initial Award under the first Bush admini- the administration to pool is 0.5% of total stration, and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He is mar- “We were also pleased with the collegial discussions arising from our ried to Dr. Anika Sabo of the Baylor recommendations, and the fact that the administration adopted our Genome Center, and has a 2-year- primary recommendation that the raises associated with faculty old daughter, as well as two grown promotions should be increased to reduce the tendency for salary sons. compression over time. “ THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 9 UPDATE FROM THE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON PLANNING SUJIT SANSGIRY The Ad Hoc Committee committee was ment would then be on Planning was initi- charged with the re- passed on to the Execu- ated by the Faculty sponsibility to define tive Committee with rec- Senate Executive Com- the role and feasibility ommendations and ac- mittee in 2007 to pro- of the committee in the tion items for implemen- vide faculty input on Faculty Senate. The tation. In addition, the the vision and strategic committee members committee decided to direction for the Univer- voted in favor of a focus their efforts in the sity of Houston. The standing committee future on growth and im- focus of the committee and to rename the ad pact of graduate pro- has been on the long hoc committee as the grams at UH and the Dr. Sansgiry is a faculty range goals of the Uni- Strategic Planning and needed faculty growth to member in the College of versity such as increas- Development Commit- achieve top tier status. Pharmacy with research ing faculty, expanding tee with the charge to interests in the area of facilities, improving stu- review and recommend The committee welcomes pharmacoeconomics, pharmaceutical market- dent quality, empower- responses to changes suggestions and recom- ing, and health outcomes ing students with better that will impact the Uni- mendations from all fac- research. Dr. Sansgiry’s services and develop- versity of Houston due ulty on how we should research has had a major ing a globally competi- to regional, state, na- improve and enhance the impact on the US pharma- tive and recognized tional and global demo- academic experience of ceutical industry, espe- cially the over-the-counter university. The current graphic, economic and students and faculty at (OTC) drug market. The committee members educational shifts. The UH. Please feel free to US FDA has used his re- include Sujit S. Sans- committee also re- provide your comments search to develop guide- giry (Chair), Steven viewed the minutes of or thoughts to Sujit S. lines for packaging and Craig (immediate past the Faculty Senate re- Sansgiry labeling of OTC products. chair), Damon Camille, treat and developed a (email@example.com). His research work was referenced in the FDA Seth Chandler, Katy document titled published guidelines titled Greenwood, Marie- “Strategies for Faculty “Over-the-Counter Human Theresa Hernandez, Success.” This docu- Drugs: Labeling Require- Kishore Mohanty, Craig ment was forwarded to ments”. He has numer- Pirrong, Michael Rea, the Faculty Affairs Com- ous presentations and more than 100 publica- Michelangelo Sabatino mittee to provide input tions in various recog- and Joe Eichberg (ad on recommendations nized pharmaceutical hoc member). and action items neces- journals to his credit and sary to enhance faculty has received a variety of awards and recognition This past year, the success. The docu- for his work. “The committee narrowed down two topics to focus their efforts in the future, namely, growth and impact of graduate programs at UH and the needed faculty growth to achieve top tier status.” THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 10 ISSUES AND OPINION FROM AT LARGE MEMBER ALLEN R. (AL) WARNER I’ve been a member of many people over the a representative present the UH faculty since past decade, the Fac- at the annual budget 1973 when I was hired ulty Senate has hearing for each college. straight from my doc- emerged as the voice The Senate is working to toral program to help of the faculty at the support our movement to start the UH-Victoria University of Houston. a more research- campus. A year later I Just three years ago intensive environment by came to the main cam- former President Jay assuring that faculty have pus. After 27 years in Gogue offered us the the infrastructure support various administrative opportunity to address needed to succeed. One roles, my colleagues the Board of Regents. element is the Provost’s were kind enough to The Board now in- Faculty Travel Fund “Because of the work elect me to the Faculty cludes a place on the (http://www.uh.edu/ of many people over Senate and Senators agenda of each of their provost/grants/ later honored me with regular meetings for an fac_travel_fund.html) to the past decade, the two terms as Secretary, update from the Senate provide support beyond Faculty Senate has a term as President in President and these the department or col- emerged as the voice 2005, and I’m currently updates are published lege for tenured and ten- in my second term as on the Senate website ure-track faculty to pre- of the faculty at the an At-Large Member of (http://www.uh.edu/fs/ sent peer-reviewed pa- University of Houston.” the Senate Executive BOR_FS_President_ pers at professional Committee. My profes- Reports_Index.html). meetings. sorial appointment is in Curriculum and Instruc- A Senate-led University If you’re a faculty mem- tion, and my research Coordinating Council ber and have not read and scholarly interests now works to assure the Preamble to the Sen- are in public policy is- that proposed policies ate Constitution and By- sues that affect are vetted through an laws (http:// teacher education and organized structure be- www.uh.edu/fs/ retention. fore being forwarded constitution.html), I urge for approval. The Sen- you to do so and to be I’m committed to assur- ate Budget and Facili- involved in the work of ing that we as faculty ties Committee is at the Faculty Senate. It’s have a strong voice in work on their second our major avenue at the issues that affect our study of faculty salary University level to be at lives and our work. As compression or inver- the table, rather than on a Washington, D.C. sion, and a precedent the menu. based colleague states is set with an amount the issue – if you’re not preserved at the cam- at the table, you’re pus level to address probably on the menu. identified cases. The Budget and Facilities Because of the work of Committee are also has THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 11 ISSUES AND OPINION FROM AT LARGE MEMBER H. JEROME FREIBERG of the recommenda- tions have been imple- governance experiences Look Back to Look mented by the Senate at other Universities and Forward and at the most recent had factored in our own The Faculty Senate Senate retreat, re- unique governance his- Commission on Univer- maining items were tory. In so doing, it has become evident, that cre- H. Jerome Freiberg is a John sity Governance (FS- reviewed and dis- & Rebecca Moores Professor CoUG) submitted its cussed for further ac- ating a workable system and Professor of Education final report to the Sen- tion. that will fit small and large in the College of Education in ate on October 17, colleges, professional the Curriculum & Instruction The FS-CoUG recom- schools and graduate pro- Department, He is PI and 2005. It was the first mendations were de- Founder of the Consistency time in the history of grams will require more signed to support the than the adoption of a sin- Management & Cooperative the University of Hous- necessary shared gov- gle best practice model Discipline Project, and the ton that a joint faculty- Editor of the Journal of Class- ernance conditions to from other institutions. room Interaction, an interna- administration Com- enhance: Our research showed that tional Journal with subscrib- mission (composed of ers in over 40 nations. six senior faculty, three Input from those mem- successful shared govern- deans and an associ- bers of the academy ance requires a level of Dr. Freiberg has received the with sufficient infor- trust and collegiality that U of H College of Education, ate vice president/vice Distinguished Career Award, chancellor) was assem- mation to understand takes both time and ex- the College of Education Re- bled to analyze govern- the ramifications of perience to evolve. search Excellence Award and ance at the University, the decisions; Difficult financial times the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award. and to recommend Access to the decision often place additional bur- He was the elected President changes in both proc- -makers by those dens on the shared gov- of the Faculty Senate at the ess and structure. As members of the acad- ernance process. There- University of Houston in the University of Hous- emy who may be most fore we strongly encour- 2001. ton advances toward affected by the deci- age all shared governance Dr. Freiberg has gained interna- the goal of a leading sions; and stakeholders to continue tional recognition with 8 books research and teaching the discussion begun over with translations in six lan- institution, it must also Feedback regarding guages and has published over the last several years. It advance its governance the input provided to 100 scholarly publications. He was the expectation of the is also a Member of the Commit- infrastructure. The total the decision-makers Commission that imple- tee on Human Rights for Chil- report listed on the and the reasons for mentation of these recom- dren and Youth, The World Senate web site the ultimate decision, Council for Psychotherapy, Vi- mendations, will propel matched specific rec- with attention to the enna, Austria and on the Na- the UH campus commu- ommendations with the considerations raised tional Center of Youth Policy for nity on a path to more ef- the Netherlands. current opportunity for by members of the fective and inclusive Uni- change in order to en- academy. versity governance as we hance the process of In crafting our recom- move to a top tier acad- “. It was the first time in the shared governance and mendations, the Com- emy. history of the University of decision-making. Many mission drew from Houston that a joint faculty- administration Commission . . . was assembled to analyze governance at the University” THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 12 UPDATE FROM THE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES KATY GREENWOOD The Committee on tees. The resulting in- and Computing Commit- Committees (COC) of formation is used by tee’s proposal to restructure the Faculty Senate the Committee to se- into the Information Tech- serves as a catalyst for lect faculty representa- nology Planning and Policy faculty participation at tives to fill vacan- Committee. The COC the University of Hous- cies. This year 75 fac- agreed to the change and Dr. Katy Greenwood has been a ton through a commit- ulty were nominated to has passed it on to the Fac- continuing advocate for training tee structure that helps fill 71 seats on the 33 ulty Senate Executive Com- and development as a curricu- the University sustain UH Standing Commit- mittee for its consideration. lum component at the under- its commitment to fac- tees. This semester the Commit- graduate and graduate levels in ulty involvement in gov- The Committee on tee on Committees plans to ernance. Committees also pre- fill additional vacancies on the College of Technology. She The work of the COC is pares the slate for the Standing Committees, fol- was instrumental in setting up established in Article annual election of the low-up on issues raised the first T&D courses that were Four of the Faculty Sen- UH Faculty Grievance from past Standing Commit- offered in the College of Tech- ate Constitution. Mem- Committee and pre- tee Reports, and will pre- nology and continues to teach bership is elected by sents it at the Spring pare the slate of candidates various HRD courses face to the Senators and it is Faculty Assembly. It for 2009 Faculty Senate Of- face and on-line. Her Ph.D. is in generally chaired by then conducts and ficers and Committee on Career and Technology Educa- the immediate past publishes the results of Committees. tion from the University of Min- President of the Sen- the balloting. During the last several nesota. Her research interests ate. When the past The COC also oversees years, the COC has had the have been in career transitions President is unavail- the operational health benefit of special assis- and job placement, particularly able to serve, the com- of the Standing Com- tance from Dr. Sara McNeil, mittee elects the Chair mittees. In May, the fellow Senator and Associ- with adults who have lost jobs from its member- Committee met with ate Professor of Curriculum due to downsizings or mergers. ship. This occurred this Joan Nelson, Executive and Instruction in the Col- Her research interests also year when Joseph Ko- Director of Human Re- lege of Education in fulfilling include faculty governance in tarba stepped down in sources, to discuss the its responsibili- academia. anticipation of a devel- reactivation of the Hu- ties. Sarah has been the opment leave and the man Resources Com- force behind the technology “Each year the current chair, Katy mittee and the reor- necessary to conduct the on Greenwood, was ganization of the Fringe -line election for the Griev- Committee on elected by the commit- Benefits Committee ance Committee and the Committees surveys tee. from a system-wide Committee Preference Sur- the faculty to Each year the Commit- body to a UH standing vey. COC members are very tee on Committees sur- committee. The COC grateful for her continued determine their veys the faculty to de- also met with Barbara assistance; their work on interest in serving on termine their interest in Chapman and Dennis this important committee the University serving on the Univer- Adams to discuss the has been made easier be- sity Standing Commit- Information Technology cause of Sarah. Standing Committees.” THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 13 2008 FACULTY SENATORS BY COLLEGE SENATORS UH MAIL CODE E‐MAIL TERM ENDS TELEPHONE Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture SABATINO, Michelangelo ARCH ‐ 4000 MSABATINO@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐1601 C. T. Bauer College of Business CHIN, Wynne DISC ‐ 6027 WCHIN@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐4728 KELLER, Robert MANA ‐ 6030 KELLER@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐4676 NEWBERRY, Kaye ACCT/TX ‐ 6023 KAYE.NEWBERRY@MAIL.UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐0849 PIRRONG, Craig FIN ‐ 6029 CPIRRONG@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐4466 College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences BENECOMO, Anadeli HISPA ‐ 3006 ABENCOMO@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐3068 BROWN‐GUILLORY, Elizabeth ENGL ‐ 3013 EBROWN‐GUILLORY@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐2976 GORDON, Andrew ANTH ‐ 5020 AGORDON3@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐3784 HAUN, Martha COMM ‐ 3002 MHAUN@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐2886 HERENDEEN, Wyman ENGL ‐ 3013 WHH@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐2937 HERNANDEZ, Marie‐Theresa MCL‐ 3006 MTHDZ@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐3074 HOWARD, Philip HIST ‐ 3003 PAHOWAR2@MAIL.UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐3105 JOWETT, Garth COMM ‐ 3002 GJOWETT@UH.EDU Fall 2008 713‐743‐2884 KOTARBA, Joseph SOC ‐ 3012 JKOTARBA@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐3954 KUGLER, Adriana ECO ‐ 5019 ADKUGLER@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐3822 MAZELLA, David ENGL ‐ 3013 DMAZELLA@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐2953 MCHENRY, Monica COMD ‐ 6018 MMCHENRY@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐5503 MIDDENTS, Jonathan THEA/WT‐4016 JMIDDENTS@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐2914 MONTOYA, Delilah ART/FA ‐ 4019 DMONTOY2@MAIL.UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐2855 SCHIFF, Fred* COMM ‐ 3002 FSCHIFF@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐2864 SPOSATO, Jeffrey MUSIC ‐ 4017 JSSPOSATO@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐5697 TRAIL, George ENGL ‐ 3013 GTRAIL@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐2965 College of Education CLARKE, Mark CUIN ‐ 5027 MCLARKE@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐9854 CRAIG, Cheryl CUIN ‐ 5027 CCRAIG@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐3312 FREIBERG, Jerome CUIN ‐ 5026 FREIBERG@MAIL.UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐4953 WARNER, Allen CUIN ‐ 5027 AWARNER@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐5059 Cullen College of Engineering CHELLAM, Shankar CIVE ‐ 4003 CHELLAM@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐4265 KAMRANI, Ali INDE ‐ 4008 AKAMRANI@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐4192 MO, Y. L. CIVE ‐ 4003 YILUNGMO@EGR.UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐4274 MOHANTY, Kishore CHE ‐ 4004 MOHANTY@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐4331 WILLSON, Richard CHE ‐ 4004 WILLSON@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐4308 THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 14 2008 FACULTY SENATORS BY COLLEGE SENATORS UH MAIL CODE E‐MAIL TERM ENDS TELEPHONE Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Mangement BARTH, STEPHEN HRM ‐ 3028 SCBARTH@CENTRAL.UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐2415 Law Center CHANDLER, Seth LAW ‐ 6060 SCHANDLER@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐2123 DUNCAN, Meredith LAW ‐ 6060 MDUNCAN@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐2019 LINZER, Peter LAW ‐ 6060 PLINZER@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐2176 Library BENNETT, Miranda LIB ‐ 2000 MHENRY4@UH.EDU 2009 713‐7443‐9786 CAMILLE, Damon LIB ‐ 2000 DCAMILLE@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐9731 FERIMER, Suzanne LIB ‐ 2000 SFERIMER@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐1912 College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics COPELAND, Peter GEOSCI ‐ 5007 COPELAND@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐3396 GAO, Xiaolian BIO/BCHS ‐ 5001 XGAO@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐2805 IGNATIEV, Alex SVEC ‐ 5004 IGNATIEV@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐3621 JOHNSON, Gordon MATH ‐ 3008 GJOHNSON10@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐3488 KADISH, Karl CHEM ‐ 5003 KKADISH@UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐2740 LEE, T. Randall CHEM ‐ 5003 TRLEE@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐2724 REA, Michael BIO/BCHS ‐ 5001 MREA@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐2682 RU, MIN MATH ‐ 3008 MINRU@MATH.UH.EDU 2009 713‐743‐3477 SUBHLOK, Jaspal COSC ‐ 3010 JASPAL@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐3340 WELLS, Dan BIO/BCHS ‐ 5001 DWELLS@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐2671 College of Optometry MANNY, Ruth OPT ‐ 2020 RMANNY@UH.EDU 2010 713‐743‐1944 QUINTERO, Sam OPT/OPT ‐ 2020 SQUINTERO@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐1932 College of Pharmacy SANSGIRY, Sujit TMC1 ‐ 5039 SSANSGIRY@UH.EDU 2009 713‐795‐8392 Graduate College of Social Work ACHENBAUM, Andrew GCSW ‐ 4013 ACHENBAUM@UH.EDU 2011 713‐743‐8070 College of Technology GREENWOOD, Katy HDCS ‐ 4023 KGREENWOOD@UH.EDU 2008 713‐743‐4093 *On leave Fall 2008 THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACULTY SENATE UPDATE—FALL 2008 Page 15 FACULTY SENATE CONTACT INFORMATION University of Houston Office of the Faculty Senate 351 Cullen Performance Hall Houston, TX 77204-2005 Phone: (713) 743-9181 Fax: (713) 743-9184 Staff Associate Mary Brantley: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Coordinator Amy Tucker: email@example.com T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F H O U S T O N F A C U L T Y S E N A T E S U P P O R T I N G T H E I N T E R E S T S O F T H E F A C U L T Y A T L A R G E 2008 FACULTY SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS Wynne Chin, President Dan Wells, President-elect Ruth Manny, Secretary Katy Greenwood, Chair, Committee on Committees Jerome Freiberg, Member-at-large Allen Warner, Member-at-large Richard Willson, Chair, Budget & Facilities David Mazella, Chair, Educational Policies & Student Affairs Mark Clarke, Chair, Faculty Affairs . Suzanne Ferimer, Chair, Scholarship & Community . Check us on the web at www.uh.edu/fs Sujit Sansgiry, Ad Hoc Committee on Planning.