The University Record, February 12, 2001

LS&A Faculty Meeting Roundup

Editor’s note: The following items were discussed at the Feb. 5 LS&A faculty meeting.

By Theresa Maddix

Senior lecturer position proposed

William “Jim” Adams, LS&A associate dean for academic affairs and professor of economics, made a motion to recognize and reward outstanding lecturers III by creating the position of senior lecturer. Reading a written proposal he co-authored with history Prof. Terrence McDonald, Adams said, “There are currently 110 lecturers III and 235 other lecturers in LS&A. While some lecturer III positions might eventually be replaced by tenure-track positions, lecturers will remain important members of the teaching community. It is appropriate to consider ways in which truly outstanding persons in that rank should be recognized and rewarded.”

The amended faculty code, if accepted, would request approval by the Provost and Regents for “25 (and only 25) senior lectureships.” Selected lecturers would be required to carry the rank of lecturer III for at least six years to be eligible.

Discussion and a vote on the proposed faculty code change will be held at the next meeting, currently scheduled for 4:10 p.m. April 2 in Auditorium B, Angell Hall. A March meeting is under consideration, and if it’s held, discussion and voting will be done at that time. Watch the Record calendar for meeting listings.

Nominating committee members announced

Dean Shirley Neuman announced the members of the LS&A Nominating Committee. They are: Domna Stanton, professor of Romance languages (chair); David Mindell, associate professor of biology and associate curator and director of the Genomic Diversity Laboratory, Museum of Zoology; Peter Railton, professor of philosophy; Matthew Shapiro, professor of economics and senior research scientist, Survey Research Center; Edwin Vedejs, professor of chemistry; and Jennifer Widner, associate professor of political science.