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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. 

Electronic IRB: Steve Lanier, Ph.D., and Lynn Veatch, Ph.D., introduced MUSC’s new electronic IRB process that is rolling out this spring.

This e-IRB system is completely Web-based paperless (routing through approving departments is automatic) requires Internet access and will allow cooperative operations with other institutions in the Health Sciences South Carolina consortium. Metrics and access to IRB-approved documents are incorporated into the eIRB design. Update sessions, computer labs, Tegrity modules and other support materials are available to the research community. For additional information, see

Faculty contracts: Michael Wargovich, Ph.D., (faculty senate, College of Medicine) reported that an agreement was reached between representatives of the senate and the administration on the harmonization of faculty contracts according to rank and that the board of trustees voted to approve this proposal at its April meeting.
The proposal establishes a minimum base salary for rank and a variable component to each contract. As part of this agreement, the faculty senate will work with administration to revise procedures for post-tenure review. The board of trustees resolution is posted on the faculty senate Web site.

Communication and Education Committee: Chair Geoff Freeman, Library Sciences and Informatics
This committee has organized a town hall meeting for faculty to discuss the new contracts for fiscal year 2010-11. This will be held at 4 p.m., April 29  in Room 100, Basic Science Building. As well as representatives of the senate, John Raymond, M.D., and Joe Good, university counsel, will be present to answer questions. All faculty are encouraged to attend.
In collaboration with the Women’s Scholar’s Initiative, a workshop providing advice to faculty on the negotiation of annual contracts is also being organized, with a probable date in early May.

Governance Committee: Chair Paul Jacques, College of Health Professions
The faculty handbook has been updated to move policies that have been adopted since the last edition from the appendix into relevant sections of the main handbook. URLs cited in the handbook have also been updated. The draft is posted at Review the draft of the new handbook, as faculty senate will vote on it in May. The handbook is part of the MUSC contract that governs the employment in the university.
MUSC faculty senate meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month in 125 Gazes and are open to all faculty members. For information, visit

Friday, April 23, 2010

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