Present: S. Anderson-Gold, P. Hajela, J. Norsworthy, K.
Fortun, M. Rea,
Absent: P. Boyce, A. Kapila, P. Quinn, L. Winner, K. Craig
Guests: G. Gabriele
President Hanna called the meeting to order and welcomed new Senate members as well as introduced returning Senate members.
The Minutes were passes unanimously.
President Hanna said the Dean of Engineering is in place and will arrive on campus in November. The Provost Search committee will be reconstituted before the inauguration. The Vice President for Research will be searched for internally. The President is now considering two candidates put forward by the search committee for Vice President of Human Resources. Senator Mark Rea stated that the search committee for the Vice President of Research has been reconstituted. Senator Neil Rolnick asked why a Vice President instead of a Provost. Mike Hanna said that this vice president reports to the Provost and is unsure whether he/she is a member of the cabinet. He added that the title vice president has a better outside recognition than vice provost. [Discussion]
President Hanna said the search committee for the Vice President for Human Resources met over the summer. It came down to a short list of two candidates who have been present to President Jackson. Both are from pharmaceutical companies. This is a move up for Human Resources, since previously it was a Director. The approach and caliber is different. The person coming into this will be expected to be a change agent rather than just someone who handles pensions.
Senator Richard Leifer asked why the
Richard Leifer said that typically, Human Resources does staffing, retention, benefits, looking at retirement systems and making decisions about insurance carriers. Those are traditional roles and everyone interacts with those systems. And there are many things they are not doing. There is no management training here- for staff or for department chairs. Our chairs are usually the best technical people, not necessarily the best management people. It depends on how they [Human Resource Directors] view their role; narrowly or widely. They can become organization change agents.
Senator Sharon Anderson-Gold said that it is a big change and that traditionally, chairs are those who carry the values of an academic group. Richard Leifer added that that is why the position is important. Romesh Diwan asked if a one line statement that the faculty are concerned can be issues. Mark Rea said that Richard [Leifer] made a lot of good points, but it is a two-edged sword. On one hand, department chairs need to be managers, but they also need to represent faculty. The separation between faculty and administrative functions has its upside and its downside. Joyce McLaughlin said that in a large organization, a VP for Human Resources rarely decides who manager will be, but Richard disagreed. President Hanna thinks that the Senate needs more clarification on the job has been defined. He will also address with the administration how this person is going to interact with the Provost.
Discussion turned to the search for a Dean of Science. It was confirmed that Doyle [Daves] permanently stepped down as Dean of Science. [Discussion] Mark Rea asked how the Vice President of Research will impact the faculty functionally. Mike Hanna said his or her role is to help identify the appropriate superstructure and substructure, and to encourage research. Mark Rea asked if this is a development officer. Richard Leifer said that the big problem is that when the research dollars come into RPI, RPI is ˝ to 1/3 below where it should be. Mark said that is they have initiated an internal search that they must have a job description available. Mike said he has not seen any documentation. John Norsworthy added that usually a committee is charged to find a candidate for a particular job. Mark Rea asked how will it be determined whether a person is qualified if it is not know what they will have to do. Senator Kenneth Jansen said that some reason is needed for making it an internal search. [Discussion, formally off the record.]
Sharon Anderson-Gold asked if it is a development officer,
with a role like Dean Button or Lester Gerhardt. Mark Rea asked whether it was a search among
faculty. John Norsworthy said that the
trend at NSF and elsewhere is for multidisciplinary, multi-institution research
and he does not think there is someone who can go after that. Vice President
Mark Rea said he heard the position will be filled in 60 days. Kim Fortun asked if it was clear what role the Senate will have in the evaluation process. Mike Hanna said no, but the lines of communication are still being determined.
Mark Rea stated that it is a small act of faith that RPI
knows what they are doing with traditional positions, but it is not so with the
new positions. President Hanna said that
what role the Senate will have at various levels is unclear. He said President Jackson was apparently
surprised that the
Kim Fortun asked if there is an organizational chart for
President Hanna said that last year the many interlocking
issues concerning governance and the status of clinical faculty were
recognized. Governance with respect to
off-campus branches of RPI was one part of this. Ultimately the issue regards who represents
the faculty on the
Kim Fortun asked what role the
Kim Fortun said that as she understands the handbook, hiring
is in the hands of tenured faculty. She
then asked that if
[Discussion: Should Deans be allowed to nominate someone to the Senate- including a clinical faculty member?]
Mike Hanna said it is the job of the Election Committee to present a slate. The Dean could nominate someone. At the Faculty Meeting in the spring, nominations usually come from the floor. Mark Rea said that if the Deans are charged with quality assurance, which they are and he thinks they should be, then the Senate has a basis for making decisions. Kim said not necessarily and that faculty often chair curriculum committees which forward approved curriculum to the Dean. Theoretically, curriculum not approved by the faculty does not make it to the Dean.
President Hanna said he was waiting to see if the new
administration had a position on clinical faculty. Mark Rea asked if it was correct to assume
that there is no urgency in making the decision, although the faculty in
A motion was made to table the discussion. President Hanna suggested that a better
discussion could be had after the President’s long range plan is revealed. Joyce McLaughlin said she believes more information
is needed in order to have additional discussion. Each person is describing a different
procedure for hiring and retaining clinical faculty. This seems to be true in each department as
well as at
Mike Hanna said he spoke to Doyle and he said this
discussion was a little premature. [Discussion:
Need to confirm that
Mark Rea made a motion to table the decision on clinical faculty until after the have heard the President’s long range plan. Motion passed. Adjourned.