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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. 

Communication and Education Committee: Chair Geoff Freeman, Department of Library Sciences & Informatics
A reception for new faculty members was held in Colcock Hall Feb. 8. Turnout among both new and current faculty members was excellent.  A separate one-half day orientation for incoming faculty is planned for late summer.  In the interim, information of interest will be linked to the faculty senate Web page. The committee also continues to develop constituency lists that will enable faculty senators to identify more clearly whom they represent in their respective units. The College of Medicine represents the biggest challenge due to its many members, multiple divisions, and specialties.

Faculty and Institutional Relationships Committee: Chair Jacobo Mintzer, College of Medicine
At the request of the faculty senate, representatives from MUSC’S Office of Human Resources, Susan Carullo and Dana Tumbleston and David McNair, consultant for the university’s MUSC Excellence initiative, attended the meeting to discuss the development of MUSC Excellence Standards of Behavior. The existence of multiple Code of Conduct policies, how these affect faculty, and differences between the policies with respect to implementation and enforcement were also discussed. 
Carullo and Tumbleston reported that there is one Code of Conduct applied across the entire enterprise and can be found on the MUSC Web site at Finally, Carullo answered questions about the university’s new policy on job shadowing and career exploration.
  • Senator Laura Cousineau (DLSI) announced MUSC Humanities Committee is co-sponsoring a Book Club with the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, College of Charleston. The book will be Dr. Dittmer’s “The Good Doctors: The Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice.” The event was held Feb. 24.
  • The faculty senate voted to support the current S.C. bill to raise the cigarette tax from 7 cents per pack to 50 cents per pack. This rate is below the national median of $1 per pack.  The senate will  send out a letter to faculty encouraging them to write letters to legislators. These letters should be written as an individual citizen, not as a representative of MUSC, and should not use MUSC letterhead stationery. 
  • MUSC faculty senate meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month in 125 Gazes and are open to all faculty members.
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Friday, Feb. 26, 2010

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