by Cindy Abole
Results from MUSC Faculty Senate’s elections resulted in the election
of a body comprising 59 members and 26 alternates, and new leadership
under the guidance of Christopher Davies, Ph.D., president; Mary
Mauldin, Ed.D. vice president; and Sharon Bond, Ph.D., secretary.
Dr. Christopher Davies
Davies, an associate
professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and
director of MUSC's Center for Structural Biology, presided over his
first senate meeting Nov. 10 at Gazes Auditorium. In the next 12
months, Davies will work with the faculty senate, its officers, as well
as the group’s executive and subcommittees, to address and resolve
issues and continue to guide the organization toward its mission and
Tops on Davies’ agenda is to work with the administration on the issue
of harmonizing faculty contracts, to increase the visibility of
the senate through monthly updates, reports and other campuswide
publicity, and to ensure that the interests of the faculty are
represented when the institution addresses important issues such as
conflict of interest and strategic planning.
“We have just completed a busy and challenging year and the importance
of the faculty senate has never been clearer,” said Davies. “I look
forward to working with the administration to help the institution meet
the challenge of maintaining its excellence in the face of budgetary
pressures forced by cuts in state funding.”
Davies came to MUSC in February 2001 from Duke University and
previously at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Davies was
recognized by his peers by receiving the 2003 MUSC Developing Scholar
Award for his efforts in establishing a structural biology laboratory
and advancing crystallography research on campus.
Mauldin, an associate professor in MUSC Library and director for the
Center for Academic Research and Computing, has been active in faculty
senate activities and numerous leadership roles. She contributes to
academic, educational and research efforts throughout the institution.
Bond has been involved in senate activities and is an assistant
professor with the Nurse Midwifery Clinic in the College of Nursing.
MUSC faculty and staff also elected 25 new senators to two-year terms
and 26 new alternates to one-year term limits. The senate represents
faculty and their views, needs and interests of all faculty
representing educational, research and service programs at MUSC.
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009