1 Academic Senate
2 Meeting of January 17, 2007
3 4 MINUTES
5 6 Present: E. Accampo, M. Apostolos, M. Bolas, J. Brecher, S. Carnicke, R. Coffey, P. Conti,
7 A. Crigler, D. Endres, J. Gates, L. Golubchik, H. Greenwald, N. Hanel, J. Holtzman, K. Howell,
8 M. Jorgensen, A. Kezar, B. Kosko (alternate for E. Chew), V. Longo, C. Malone, M. Matarić,
9 S. Montgomery, J. Moore, S. Murphy, A. Neville-Jan, M. Nichol, J. Nyquist, D. Shook, A. Showrai,
10 D. Stram, R. Walker, W. Wolf (alternate for S. Louie), D. Yett
12 Absent: M. Aranda, D. Ghirardo, N. Hollyn, G. Keating, D. Larsen, P. Lightfoot, P. Norindr,
13 S. Oglesby, M. Omar
15 Guests: R. Labaree, M. Levine, C.L. Max Nikias, M Philadelphia
18 The meeting was called to order by President Maja Matarić at 2:50 p.m. 19
20 1. Approval of December, 2006 Senate minutes – Yes – 15; No – 0; Abstain – 0 M. Jorgensen
22 2. Announcements/Reminders M. Matarić
24 Professor Apostolos reported that the last Senate Newsletter (Fall 2006) had a Meet the
25 Executive Board section; the next issue (Spring 2007) will have Meet the Senate section – be
26 advised that photos will be taken at the February Senate meeting.
28 Discussion is continuing on the matter of medical benefits for retired faculty.
30 A Department of Contracts and Grants memo from Todd Dickey has been distributed – please
31 review and provide input to the Research Administration Task Force.
33 The new Center for Excellence in Research (CER) fellow program has been announced – details
34 were distributed; additional information has been emailed to all faculty. Applications are
37 The Salon Series is a part of CER, consisting of lunches every other week for groups of up to 15
38 faculty. Discussion leaders need to be identified; please send names to Professors Matarić or
39 Narayanan or to Connie Roque. These gatherings are intended to be informal intellectual
40 discussions, and will be publicized in next issue of the Chronicle.
42 Highlights of the most recent Provost’s Council Meeting were presented:
44 ? New Deans for the schools of Architecture and Gerontology were introduced.
45 ? A Dean search for the Keck School of Medicine was announced.
46 ? A significant increase in the PhD fellowship pool will be forthcoming.
47 ? A task force has been established to evaluate plans to include an Acute Care clinic
48 for faculty and staff in the new UPC Student Health Center. This task force is in
49 addition to and separate from the group evaluating plans for the new Student
50 Health Center.
51 ? Additional hiring continues at the Washington, D.C. Center for Research
53 ? The University’s goal is to conduct six UCAR’s per year (currently three are
55 ? Agendas of the Provost’s Council meetings are on file in the Senate office.
57 Update from the Senate Nominating Committee A. Crigler
58 The Committee has been meeting and is proceeding to establish an excellent slate of
59 candidates for the Spring election of Executive Board Officers and Members at Large.
61 Vice Provost Levine explained that there are concerns that some part-time faculty are also
62 teaching at other institutions in the L.A. area. This may detract from USC’s reputation, and it is
63 also not fair to faculty who need a full time salary and benefits. Ideally, all faculty would be full
64 time and tenured. Selected cases of individuals with unique expertise teaching part time may be
68 3. Dialogue with the Provost C. L. Max Nikias
69 st70 The newly appointed CIO, Ilee Rhimes, will be starting February 1. 71 The PhD Fellowship Program was established 3 years ago; money is allocated to schools to
72 recruit the very best PhD students (currently $4M/yr); this has had a very positive effect on PhD
73 programs, and is consistent with the fact that Undergraduate success has also been enhanced with
74 financial aid. The PhD Fellowship Fund will be increased this summer to $11M/yr; this increase
75 may allow for approximately an additional 100 PhD candidates.
77 Question – Considering historical information on tuition remission for TA’s and RA’s, is the
78 new Keck policy requiring PI’s to subsidize grad students tuition wise? Response – Grants are
79 for research, faculty and students working together, thereby training future researchers and
80 PhD’s in academia and industry.
82 Question - At Keck, 25% of tuition is charged to the grant, as it has been at Viterbi for the past
83 several years. Is it likely that this rate will increase? Response – There are no current plans to 84 increase the rate – the intent is not to increase the rate – if an increase ever is necessary, notice 85 will be given far in advance.
87 Question – Currently proposed Faculty Handbook revisions have frequent references to the
88 Provost – do you have any strong feelings on tenure, sick leave, etc? Response – I have not
89 studied the proposed revisions; I will review them for discussion at a later date.
91 Discussion took place regarding the Graduate School PhD pool and the hiring of one staff vs two
92 grad student RA’s to accomplish the same amount of work. 93
94 Question – Regarding USC Stevens (an expansion on the Office of Technology and Licensing) –
95 a recent survey generated some concerns – applied research is more difficult in the arts and 96 humanities – does USC Stevens represent a shift in emphasis toward applied research? Response
97 – Not at all; there is no increased emphasis on applied research; in fact USC Stevens represents
98 an expansion with more inclusion of arts and humanities.
100 Comment – Regarding the conflict of ‘rush to patent’ vs ‘benefit to humanity’ – suggest USC 101 does not overemphasize commercialization of research. Response – The driving force is students st102 priority is not patenting and making money. and learning; the 1
104 Provost Nikias was asked what his major concerns are. Response – conducting 6 national Dean 105 searches simultaneously – so far all searches are going well, with excellent candidate pools; it is
106 hoped that the searches will be finalized by this summer.
108 Thoughts on the Keck School of Medicine Dean search – Brian Henderson is interim Dean for 3 109 years. Qualities mentioned in the Provost’s memo announcing the search were reviewed. The
110 firm working on the search recently completed a search at Michigan (Ann Arbor) and has
111 promised an excellent candidate pool in 60 days. The goal is to move Keck to the top 20 in 5-7