Category Archives: General News

Faculty Dining Room Future Discussed

  At its April 15 meeting, Dave Furhman, senior director of food services administration, reported to the Council on plans to convert the Faculty Dining Room in the Dobbs University Center over the summer into a “campus convenience store.” The dining room currently serves “a small group of repeat customers of about 40 to 45 […]

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Council Chair Reflects on Year’s Work

  Outgoing Faculty Council chair Deb Houry took several minutes of the final meeting of 2013-14 to review the Council’s work throughout the year. Among the highlights: In early fall, the Council conducted a faculty governance survey based on the AAUP  “Indicators of Sound Governance” instrument. The Faculty Handbook was thoroughly reviewed and revised with […]

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Seeking Feedback on Emory Barnes & Noble Bookstore

  In March, Bruce Covey, senior director of campus life technology and bookstore relations, along with Paul Byrnes, director of business services, solicited the Council’s feedback on Emory’s bookstores. Covey reported that the bookstore space in the Oxford Road building has gotten “rave reviews,” especially in student surveys. Sales are up in every area but […]

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Graduate School Executive Council Chair Reports on Priorities

  As the newly appointed chair of the Executive Council of the Laney Graduate School, Professor of Environmental Health Barry Ryan presented a report on the current status of the graduate school. In his overview, he mentioned that the school presently enrolls some 1900 students, that it offers more than 40 degree programs, and that […]

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University Research Committee Considers Changes

  In February, the co-chairs of the University Research Committee (URC), Frank Wong (Public Health) and Elizabeth Pastan (Art History), spoke to the Council to solicit its input. A standing committee of the Faculty Council, the URC awards small research grants to Emory faculty. In collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, the […]

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Provost Reports on Budget Process, Reaccreditation

  Provost Claire Sterk addressed the Council in February on several major processes currently underway in the life of the university. The annual “budget season” recently began, she said, offering “an insider’s perspective on challenges and how people are looking toward solutions. More and more, we hear about ways to collaborate that were not part […]

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Understanding Who Constitutes “the Faculty”

  In a January meeting discussion led by three council members, each representing concerns from faculty in the health sciences, the Council deliberated the evolving meaning of “tenure” and “nontenure” faculty positions across the university. As the numbers of clinical track faculty in the health sciences rise, for example, how are those non-tenure-track faculty supported, […]

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SGA Proposes Revision to Student Judicial Processes

Two Student Government Association leaders, President Raj Patel and James Crowe, an associate justice of the Constitutional Council, presented to the Faculty Council their proposal to realign student judicial processes. They explained that the honor councils in Emory College and other divisions hear cases of academic misconduct, and that those processes provide recommendations to academic […]

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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the new academic year! The Faculty Council began 2013-14 by receiving 1084 responses to an online governance survey—modified from an Association of American University Professors survey—circulated to all faculty in early fall. To me, this 33 percent response rate indicates the growing interest in shared governance on our campus. We will be reporting […]

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President to Council: Ask the Bigger Questions

Emory President James Wagner addressed the Faculty Council in September with the observation that higher education is very much a part of the public discourse of the nation currently. While the great interest is good, he said, the challenge is the narrow conversation: “We have an additional calling, and it’s actually our older calling, which […]

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