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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. 

Governance Committee: Chair Paul Jacques, College of Health Professions
The process of amending and updating the faculty handbook, based on changes previously approved by the faculty senate, is in progress.

Institutional Advancement Committee: Chair Carol McDougall, College of Nursing
The committee has received a list of all university standing committees from the provost’s office and is reviewing it to ensure that the faculty senate has representation on each committee. 

Communication and Education Committee: Chair Geoff Freeman, Library Sciences & Informatics
There has been an ongoing effort to assign individual senators to a specific group of faculty in order to improve communication between the senate and the faculty that it represents. Constituency lists have been developed for most of the colleges and are almost complete for the College of Medicine. This committee is also developing a  new Web site that provides resources for incoming faculty, which includes links for research, teaching and clinical  activities.
The senate discussed the impact of further cuts in state funding and agreed these would be damaging to the institution. The senate encourages all faculty to contact their state legislators to voice disapproval of further cuts to higher education and to explain how such cuts would be damaging to the local economy.
MUSC faculty senate meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 125 Gazes and are open to all faculty members. For information, visit

Friday, March 19, 2010

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