I have been a member of the University community since 1987. Over the past several years, I have served on the Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty and more recently the Senate Assembly. When asked to run for SACUA, I agreed due to my interest in community service and involvement. Michigan will continue to be one of the best schools of its kind in the country, but it can only be its very best when the faculty are involved and active in the community.
As the University faculty and administrators develop exciting new research, teaching and service initiatives, we must be vigilant to avoid quagmires that might cripple the faculty and thereby the University. Future troubles can be averted proactively through faculty involvement. One example is that together we can take steps now to shore up the long range future of retiree health care rather than leaving it vulnerable as part of the annual operating budget of the University. These kinds of initiatives can best be achieved when the faculty and administration work together.
At the U-M (and most public schools) the governing body is a group of individuals with good intentions but variable qualifications who are elected on the basis of politics by an uninformed electorate. The job of the regents is to watch over the presidents activities from a variety of political and personal agendas. There is [fill in the blank]. (What is the opposite of unanimity?) SACUA should lead the discussion and analysis of this issue, decide if changing the governing body of the University is in the best interest of the University and the faculty, and if so, take the lead on changing the system. Other topics like work hours, unionized employees, tenure, diversity, political correctness, athletics, rules and regulations, are not very important to me as SACUA issues.
Robert Bartlett graduated from Albion College in 1960 and the U-M Medical School in 1963. After residency in general and thoracic surgery at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Childrens Hospital Boston, 196370, he was on the faculty at the University of California-Irvine, 197080 and the U-M Medical School, 1980present. He maintains an active clinical practice in general surgery and critical care. His research is in cardiopulmonary physiology and artificial organs for acute life support. He is currently professor of surgery and director of Surgical Critical Care. Bartlett has been NIH funded continuously for 30 years. His academic awards include the Sheen Award for scientific accomplishment of the American College of Surgeons, the Ravdin Lecturer on Basic Sciences in Surgery of the American College of Surgeons, the Barney Clark Award of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs, and charter membership in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. His teaching awards in the Medical School include the Galen Silver Shovel Award in 1992 and the Kaiser Award for Outstanding Clinical Teacher in 1993.
We also will need to enhance our prospective efforts to plan for the future. Change characterizes the present milieu. Whether one views it as good or as bad, government regulations and oversight are increasing, and HIPPAA and other new standards will have potentially enormous impact on how we conduct our business, as an institution and as individuals. Not only will issues of confidentiality become more complex, but other challenges will continue to surface as well, e.g., ownership and copyright vis-á-vis intellectual properties and the Internet.
The faculty needs to be able to provide and receive information at all levels of decision making and should be effectively represented in meeting these challenges. SACUA should strive to ensure that these challenges are met in a manner that contributes to an environment that is optimally conducive to the teaching and scholarly missions of the University.
Berent received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University in 1972 and completed his clinical internship training in clinical psychology at the National Institute of Mental HealthSaint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Berent came to U-M in 1979, following seven years on the faculty at the University of Virginia where he was a tenured associate professor of psychology. Currently, he is professor of psychology, with academic appointments in the departments of psychiatry, neurology, occupational medicine and psychology.
Since coming to the U-M, Berent has been a member or chair of numerous boards and committees. Some of these activities include the Universitys Tenure Committee, the Department of Psychiatry Appointments and Promotions Committee, the Medical School Financial Aid Committee, the University Task Force on Legal Resources for Faculty, the IRBMED, Government Relations Committee, General Counsel Advisory Committee and the University Senate.
Having served on SACUA and having been chair of SACUA previously, I know that it is possible to work with the central administration for the overall good. I believe faculty must retain focus on issues and not drop them in frustration when disagreements arise. I believe SACUA must do its best to define and communicate the issues to the faculty at large. Input needs to be more effectively solicited from faculty, perhaps through focused surveys and broader use of e-mail. Senate Assembly can be used more effectively to elucidate issues of concern. Open debate and reporting in the University Record of the elements debated can be utilized to engage a larger portion of the faculty in issues of importance to their function and welfare. I believe my experience would prove valuable in sustaining and improving faculty input into the Universitys operation and mission.
Her research interests are in the areas of the sociology of immigration, race and ethnicity in America, as well as the sociology of Cubas revolution and exodus. She places particular stress on comparative studies, both historical and contemporary. She says that the leitmotif of all her work lies in seeking to understand the causes and consequences of the differential historical incorporation of immigrant and ethnic groups in America, as well as other nations.
In the American Sociological Association she has been an elected member of its council. She also was elected chair of the section on Latinos in the United States and the chair of the section on racial and ethnic minorities. She also was director of the Associations Minority Opportunity Summer Training Program (MOST) that was conducted at the U-M for two summers.
At the University, she has been an elected member of the Curriculum Committee of LS&A, as well as Senate Assembly. In the past few years, twice she has won an Excellence in Education Award from the LS&A.