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MUSC faculty senate notes

The faculty senate serves as the voice of the faculty and works with the administration to ensure the success of the university’s mission in teaching, research, and service.

Update from Roger Poston (OCIO)
Roger Poston, Ed.D., reported to the senate  on several projects to enhance information services at the university, including the MUSC Student Portal (now operational), the Research Portal, and the Curriculum Vitae Bank, among other projects.

Governance Committee: Chair Paul Jacques, College of Health Professions
This committee has completed a review of the faculty senate constitution and by-laws as charged, and recommended to the senate that no changes be considered at this time. This motion was approved by the senate. This committee is also amending the faculty handbook. Policies that have been approved recently by faculty senate and the board of trustees that are presently contained in the Appendix A of the handbook are being moved to relevant sections in the main body of the handbook. This will improve the overall clarity of the document.

Institutional Advancement Committee: Chair Carol McDougall, College of Nursing
A current list of university standing committees is under review to determine if the faculty senate has representation on each of these. In addition, this committee is charged to develop a strategic plan for the senate in response to a survey of the faculty that was held last year. The survey revealed wide recognition of the senate, but also brought to light some issues of concern that need to be addressed The search for a facilitator to guide this process is under way.

Communication and Education Committee: Chair Geoff Freeman, DLSI
A reception for new faculty members will be held at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 8 in Colcock Hall. Invitations are forthcoming. A separate half-day orientation for incoming faculty is planned, with several dates in February under consideration. In conjunction with Women’s Scholar’s Initiative, a promotion and tenure workshop is tentatively planned for early May. In addition, this committee is developing constituency lists to enable faculty senators to identify more clearly whom they represent in their respective units. The goal is to improve communication between faculty and Senate representatives.

Faculty and Institutional Relationships Committee (F&IR): Chair Jacobo Mintzer, College of Medicine
The committee chair has met with representatives of Human Resources (HR) to review the MUSC Standards of Behavior and how they might affect faculty. A representative from HR has been invited to the next faculty senate executive meeting to develop a policy for faculty. The F&IR committee is also  addressing the need to craft a conflict of commitment policy that would serve alongside the existing conflict of interest policy. Finally, F&IR is reviewing university policies describing tuition reimbursement. Strong support for continued staff tuition reimbursement was articulated.
MUSC faculty senate meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 125 Gazes and are open to all faculty members. For more information, see

Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

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