General Faculty Meeting
Welcome by Prabhat Hajela, Chair of the Faculty Senate
Remarks by Linnda Caporael, President, Faculty Senate
Meeting called to order at
by Prabhat Hajela, Chair of
the Faculty Senate. He welcomed everyone
to the General Faculty Meeting, including the
Linnda Caporael, President of the Faculty Senate, made a brief presentation on the topics discussed during the fall semester of the Faculty Senate.
Linnda Caporael outlined the issues that the senate would be discussing for the spring semester.
President Jackson formally presented the status of the Performance Plan and focused on Institute-wide goals, the first-year highest priority initiatives, Institute portfolios, the Performance Planning Guidelines and timelines.
President Jackson commended the faculty, individually and
collectively, for all they have done to help our students and everyone get
through a very difficulty fall semester in light of what has happened to our
country. The events of September and beyond show us with great clarity that the
lives and the work of everyone here do matter a great deal and that the mission
President Jackson affirmed that we are well into the implementation, on course, and making significant progress on the Rensselaer Plans, as funding for the school and divisions' performance plans is giving life and substance to our vision.
Christopher Bystroff, Biology,
Concerning the fact that other schools offer higher graduate
student stipends than
President Jackson stated she was in the process of forming a
task force to look into the issue of graduate student financing. A study was
conducted of six or seven institutions that are research intensive, and
Charles Malmborg, Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems,
Could you tell us in general terms where the revenue stream will come from to support the augmentation of the faculty in the long-run?
President Jackson stated
The institution's first intent is to raise specific funds that will support faculty chairs as well as overall operations, and that will strengthen endowment.
Secondly, tuition, particularly with respect to the graduate
program, needs to get on a consistent plane as to what tuition will be charged.
Third, we have to have a lot more of our faculty doing
funded research. If we build a Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies
building, this potentially allows us to up our overhead rate where we can
recover a larger percentage in terms of indirect cost recovery. We are making a
major set of investments, both in the building of the new facilities, as well
as systematic renovation, repairs or reconstruction of existing facilities. The
revenue stream in the end will come from endowment income, tuition from all
sectors that attend
Jim McKim, Dept. of Engineering
What are the possibilities of improvement of facilities at
President Jackson stated that Rensselaer Hartford last year
awarded about 550 Masters Degrees, most of them MBA's or Masters of Science in
Management. Some Masters degrees in Engineering and Computer Science were also
awarded. The intent is to strengthen and refocus the Management Programs in
The intent for
As we establish a strong Engineering and Science program at
Mike Hanna, Biology,
Mike expressed concern on the revitalization or interdisciplinary research portion of President Jackson's presentation, in particular the number of proposals submitted. Since it is not possible to fund all of them (some probably would have been worthy of funding, if more funding was available) is there a plan to continue either of these two initiatives?
President Jackson confirmed that these initiatives would be on going and are budgeted through the Provost's office and the Vice President of Research.
Kurt Anderson, Mechanical Engineering, Troy, referred to the
impressive number of masters students that Hartford carries, and the programs
geared toward generating masters students. Will
President Jackson explained that
Henry Scarton, Mechanical Engineering,
The institute does not have enough space across the board. The President is committed to:
As the Performance Plan evolves we will continue to develop. We have no plans at this time to build on the Academy Hall site, but it is a future site, as well as other spaces on campus. (However, before rumors get started, the President made clear that, "on her watch" the 86 field is not one of the spaces considered, and is "off the table!") There is a lot of space on this campus that can be developed and it all depends on the success of the capital campaign.
Kurt Anderson, Mechanical Engineering,
What is the capacity of the new parking garage?
President Jackson stated as we go through the project the expectation is to create additional surface parking possibly add about 100 new spaces, but down the line we may have to face an additional structure for parking. The President said she believes in "truth in advertising" saying she is building what she is able to build today. If the capital campaign is successful, if we get our other revenue streams, (graduate tuition and research awards) on track then we will have more resource capability to do more things.
There are a lot of pent-up needs and all of those needs are not going to be met in the short term. A consistent and coherent approach has been worked out which focuses on research and the arts. The Electronic Media and Performing Arts Center will not only support the Arts, but also visualization studies and simulation, a research platform, as well as creating more life space on the campus.
Susan Smith, Biology,
President Jackson stated that there was a workshop recently
on the whole grants process and the
The President concluded with the need for more recognition of faculty, to showcase and honor faculty who have achieved great things. That is why part of the capital campaign is geared towards the Chairs, and how to get more recognition on the outside with major professional societies and the national academies.