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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
Faculty senate voted to approve the new handbook with all of the previously approved appendices now incorporated into the main body and URLs updated. The new version is posted on the MUSC faculty senate Web site: The handbook is part of MUSC's contract and governs  employment in the university.  
A new academic year signals it is time for MUSC senate elections. New senators will begin work in October. Consider representing the needs and interests of your colleagues though your voice in faculty senate affairs. Watch for a call for nominations in the near future.

Communication and Education Committee: Cochairs Geoff Freeman, Department of Library Sciences and Informatics, and Heather Bonilha, College of Health Professions
This year, the New Faculty Welcome will be held in conjunction with an orientation for new faculty on Aug. 10. The orientation will include lunch with key administrators followed by three breakout sessions emphasizing key MUSC missions: research, teaching and clinical practice.  The general orientation session will take place in Room 204 of the College of Health Professions, Building A.  The welcome is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. in Colcock Hall.

Faculty contracts update: Following an update on the status of faculty contracts, the senate expressed concerns those faculties with modified ranks are not included in the approved base salaries.  However, the faculty senate is committed to revisit this issue. In addition, the senate has formed an ad hoc committee to examine the post-tenure review policy. The senate will work with administration to revise this policy with the goal of making a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in December. Faculty interested in serving on this committee should contact Christopher Davies, Ph.D.,

New business: Mark Sothman, Ph.D., updated the senate on the work of the university’s funds flow committee. This group, composed of representatives from each college and faculty senate, is charged with reviewing MUSC’s overall philosophy on managing its finances. His updated report is available on the faculty senate Web site.
MUSC faculty senate meetings occur on the second Tuesday of each month in 125 Gazes and are open to all faculty members. For information, see

Friday, July 23, 2010

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