The University Record, April 9, 2001

LS&A Roundup

Editor’s Note: The following actions were taken at the April 2 LS&A faculty meeting.


By Theresa Maddix

Two departments receive undergraduate initiative awards

LS&A Dean Shirley Neuman announced two recipients of the $25,000 Departmental Award for Contributions to the Undergraduate Initiative. The recipients are the Department of Classical Studies and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS).

In announcing the award to Classical Studies, Neuman said, “The classics faculty and administration deserve great credit for the extensive enhancements they have made to the curriculum and for their continuing commitment to undergraduate education.”

Classical Studies has increased its enrollment from 13 in 1994–95 to 68 in 2000–01. New curricular initiatives include the creation of three minors—Latin, Greek and archaeology; an intensive Latin program in the Residential College; a new Koine track in second-year ancient Greek; expansion of the modern Greek curriculum; and the development of the Context for Classics Consortium.

Department Chair Sharon Herbert received the award on behalf of Classical Studies. Herbert also is a research scientist at and director of the Kelsey Museum, and professor of classical studies.

Neuman praised CAAS “for the changes and improvements they have made in their curriculum. With this reform, they are helping to improve the overall educational experience of our students.”

“Curricular changes,” Neuman said, “are one aspect of an ongoing rethinking of the Center in anticipation of, and in response to, the major growth over the past few years and in the future.

“One of the major advantages of the new curriculum is that it requires critical thinking across Africa and the Diaspora at both the beginning and the more advanced levels,” Neuman said.

James Jackson, director of academic programs at CAAS, received the award for the department. Jackson also is director of the Department of Psychology; director and senior research scientist, Research Center for Group Dynamics; faculty associate at the Institute of Gerontology; and professor of psychology, and of health behavior and health education.

Nominating committee candidates announced

Candidates for the 2001 College election are as follows:

Nominated for the executive committee in the humanities are Simon Gikandi, English; Luis Gomez, Near Eastern studies; Sidonie Smith, English and women’s studies; and Sarah Thomason, linguistics.

John Campbell, political science; James House, sociology; and Stephen Salant, economics, were nominated for the committee in the social sciences.

The following candidates were nominated for the curriculum committee.

For the humanities: Philip Ivanhoe, Asian languages and cultures; Vassillios Lambropoulos, classical studies and comparative literature; Peggy McCracken, Romance languages; and Anita Norich, English.

For the natural sciences: Brian Coppola, chemistry; Robert Keener, statistics; and Priscilla Tucker, biology.

Nominees for Senate Assembly in the humanities are Frank Beaver, communications, and film and video studies; Bruce Frier, classical studies; Juli Highfill, Romance languages; Deborah Keller-Cohen, linguistics; William Paulson, Romance languages; and Helmut Puff, Germanic languages.

In the social sciences: Robert Barsky, economics; Robert Franzese and Scott Page, political science; and Silvia Pedraza, sociology.

In the natural sciences: Carl Akerlof, physics; Robert Fogel, biology; Masato Koreeda, chemistry; and Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, geological sciences.

Neuman asked for a nomination for the missing fourth nominee for social sciences in the executive committee. Receiving none, she asked for a motion to go forward with three nominees. The motion passed.

Senior lecturer title created

At the Feb. 5 meeting, Associate Dean William “Jim” Adams proposed that the faculty code include a new title, senior lecturer. The proposed revision of the bylaws was reviewed with the Office of the Provost before the April 2 meeting, and some modifications were made, reported Neuman. A motion from the floor for another change in the bylaw wording was proposed at the meeting.

The faculty voted to amend the bylaw wording— “Departments and Programs of LS&A” to “Departments, Programs, Institutes and Centers of LS&A.” The faculty also voted to accept the new faculty code bylaw.

Article 1 of the new bylaw states: “The title Senior Lecturer is created for faculty members in the rank of Lecturer III. Such appointments shall be made primarily in recognition of outstanding teaching. Curricular service may also be considered.”

Adams explained that previously, “there was no adequate mechanism for rewarding [lecturers] in a manner akin to the collegiate professorship for the professorial faculty.”

In discussion of the amendment, Muhammad Eissa, lecturer III in Near Eastern studies, noted that because the senior lecturer title requires six years of service, “it could not be used to recruit lecturers from other colleges.” Eissa also commented that this change does not provide job security to lecturers, even outstanding lecturers who might be awarded this title, because it must be renewed every five years.

Neuman followed up by clarifying that the motion is not proposing a rank but an award. “We began by discussing the creation of a rank. SACUA [the Senate Advisory Committee for University Affairs] is adamantly opposed to the creation of such a rank,” Neuman said.

Helene Neu, lecturer III in Romance languages, also noted that the lecturer position carries issues of job security. “When you have worked here for 20 years and every few years you’re up for review,” she said, “you are always worried about security.”

Twenty-five senior lecturer titles will be awarded over five years. Neu asked how this number was decided.

Neuman responded, “The idea was to make a significant number of these awards for lecturers. There are currently 50 lecturer IIIs that would be eligible for nomination to the 25 awards.”

Neu also asked that departments be able to provide an unranked list of all eligible lecturer IIIs for the executive committee, who then would determine who was awarded. Neu said this would help keep department politics and the perception of favoritism out of the process.