NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
GENERAL FACULTY MEETING
April 11, 2000
"Timeless Values for Continuum and Change in the Development of NC State"
1. Welcome and Opening Remarks
The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Frederick T. Corbin, Chair of the Faculty.
Chair Corbin welcomed everyone to the meeting.
2. Introduction of Guests
Chancellor Fox thanked everyone for attending and introduced her colleagues/staff. She introduced Kermit Hall, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; George Worsley, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business; Thomas Stafford, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Mary Beth Kurz, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel; Terry Wood, Interim Vice Chancellor for University Advancement; Clare Kristofco, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor and Secretary of the University; Mark Fleming, Assistant to the Chancellor for Government Affairs.
The three members of Chancellor Fox’s staff that were unable to attend the meeting were, Debra Stewart, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Graduate School, Charles Moreland, Vice Chancellor for Research, Outreach and Extension, and Les Robinson, Director of Athletics.
Chancellor Fox noted that these people have the responsibility of helping the faculty do their jobs.
3. Approval of the Minutes of the November 1, 1999 General Faculty Meeting
The minutes were approved without dissent.
4. Faculty Development and Information Technology
Chair Emeritus George Wahl reported that the Faculty Senate is in the process of electing its third person to serve as Chair of the Faculty. He stated that the list of voting faculty is maintained by the Government Committee of which he is the Chair. Simultaneously with trying to improve communication, they are trying to do away with the Government Committee. It is his hope that the Government Committee will meet once more before passing the responsibilities of the committee to the Faculty Senate.
Chair Emeritus Wahl reported that several faculty members attended a workshop last summer to learn how to become mediators for Faculty issues. He stated that until now there have been a formal grievance and a formal hearing procedure. Chair Emeritus Wahl feels that mediation is a user friendly procedure and encouraged the faculty to use that procedure before moving to a grievance.
Chair Emeritus Wahl reported that he has been involved in the Hewlett Initiative where they were concerned about better ways of teaching, and having more involvement with the students. He was also involved with an initiative sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation where the main thrust was the idea of diversity being introduced into the classroom-- how to make sure that the faculty are teacher friendly to a diverse group of people.
Chair Emeritus Wahl reported that the Listserv is in fair shape, and stated that work is being done to emulate the students with the hope that next year they will be able to vote online.
Chair Emeritus Wahl stated that there has been a great movement toward a strong emphasis on the introduction of Information Technology with our new Provost. Last Thursday, the Faculty Assembly hosted a half day program led by Diana Oblinger, Vice President for Information Technology. The Faculty Senate remains quite interested in exactly how Information Technology will be implemented and what the faculty’s input will be. There is a Standards Committee that seems to be functioning very well, and there has also been a ground root roundtable program that seeks input from all corners of the campus. The Faculty Senate will be coming forth with a resolution to encourage and to make sure that there truly will be one of those groups representing the perspective of the users more than the administrators or the operations people, on a continuing basis. Chair Emeritus Wahl feels that there may be a need to focus as clearly as possible on the users. He encouraged the faculty to talk with their Senate representatives about concerns so that the Faculty Senate can follow up on them.
5. Recent Accolades
A. Remarks from Chancellor Fox
Chancellor Fox shared some recent accomplishments of the university with the faculty.
She stated that the Department of Forestry has received a $4.4M grant from the National Science Foundation to deal with Genomic Science and Genetic Engineering of forest products, and noted that this is similar to the $4.0M level of support received by the Department of Genetics.
"The investment that was discussed last year about having on the Centennial Campus a core laboratory that would undergird support for Genomic Science and Bioinformatics is certainly beginning to pay off. The $100M that the News and Observer reported Chapel Hill as having for genomics is pure dreaming. The $100M, if it exists at all was to be a joint proposal which we would together send forward through the system. If this money was to ever come forward, certainly NC State would get its full complement. The fact that NC State has already been successful in getting some of this significant match for Genomic Science and this initiative would actually put us in a better position than Chapel Hill to assume leadership for that project.
I also want to mention another very important success on campus, i.e., a title six grant for the study of South Asia. This has been awarded to the Triangle South Asia Consortium which is an educational cooperative that brings faculty together from NC State, Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC Central. The Department of Education Title Six provides fellowships and grant support for scholarly research for graduate students who are working in this particular area. We have also received support for a National Resource Center for South Asia studies. This Resource Center would focus on seminars, workshops, media series examining South Asia and various institutional activities and curricula programs that would enhance the comprehensive scholarly research in this important area. At present, fifty-two faculty members are involved in that consortium, of which sixteen are faculty at NC State. I believe that this is an excellent example of how the Federal Government can provide support for partnerships in a new and unique way that establishes and supports the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
There are many faculty recognitions which can be viewed on the Chancellor’s Web page for the first and second semesters for this academic year. Professor Winser Alexander received the Janice A Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers. Professor Alexander received a Presidential Mentoring Award last year and is an excellent testimony to both the effort that we put into diversity on this campus and through his exceptional achievements to the kind of education that benefits our Engineering students. The second award was to Dean Debra Stewart. She won the 2000 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate Education from The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. She has been named President of the Council of Graduate Schools which will unfortunately pull her away from NC State beginning on July 1, 2000. Dean Stewart has done a fantastic job both in providing national leadership and leadership on this campus. Her moving to a position that she characterizes as one that she loves is one of the only disappointments that I have had at this university. I also want to thank the faculty for the mentor-ship and advice that was given to the students. This year, there has been a particular notice of success in recognition of that mentoring. Namely that there were two students who successfully competed for National Graduate Fellowships: Tracy Sanderford, in receiving the Goldwater Scholarship, and Tommy Vitolo in receiving the Mitchell Scholarship.
Let me tell you as well about a status report on the Commission on the Future of NC State University. The Commission is scheduled to meet on June 11-12. It will be a blue ribbon panel of outside experts and people who can think ahead and who will come to campus under the leadership of President Emeritus of the University of North Carolina, Bill Friday, and President Emeritus of Rice, Norman Hackerman. They will Chair this Commission and will be joined by fifteen other educational leaders from around the country: Ed Woolard, the former Chairman of Dupont, Nathaniel Pitts from the National Science Foundation, who is in charge of Interdisciplinary Research and Science Technology Centers, James Duderstadt, President Emeritus of the University of Michigan and a leading study on information technology and distance learning at the National Research Council, Robert Jordan, Former Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina and a leader in the Forestry Industry in the state, Nannerl Keohane, President of Duke University, Larry Wooten, Chairman of the Farm Bureau, William Wulf, President of the National Academy of Engineering, John Wiley, Provost of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Eva Pell, Vice President for Research at Penn State, and her colleague Jim Ryan, who is the Vice President for Outreach and Extension, and Enriqueta Bond, President of the Glaxo Welcome Foundation. So from the Foundation World, from the Industrial World, and from the Academic Sector we will have a very good discussion on what it takes to go forward in this university. That discussion will be a forum for the compact plans that have bubbled up from the faculty through the colleges and through the Provost as well as the compact plans that have been generated by your Executive Officers for the services that need to take place on this campus. I would draw your attention as well to a "White Paper" that Ellis Cowling has taken on as a means for examining the role of extension and outreach on this campus. In fact, one of the principal questions that we will be posing to the commission in June is how best can the new land grant institution moving into the new century reinvent itself in order to embrace this idea of outreach and extension. How can we make outreach and extension a more integral part of what we do, and how can we make it more reciprocal so that it is more of an engagement activity rather than something we simply make available to the community? The engagement of the community undergirding the kinds of partnerships that we are uniquely able to do has become the hallmark of this institution. The meeting on June 11-12, 2000 is an open meeting. The time, place and agenda will be announced later.
We will be awarding two Honorary Degrees at the May Commencement: one will be given to the Commencement Speaker, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, and a second to the Reverend Billy Graham. Reverend Graham will make his acceptance by video because of his failing health. Even more impressive than the line-up in May is that which will happen in December. The Commencement Speaker in December will be Ellie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient whose work on the holocaust and on behalf of displaced persons around the world is known everywhere. Mr. Ray Anderson, the Chairman and CEO of Interface Inc., a company which is environmentally friendly and was a featured presentation at the Governor’s Emerging Issues Forum two years ago, will also receive an Honorary Degree. Also receiving one will be Father Theodore Hesburgh, President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and Chairman of the US Civil Rights Commission during the 1960 and 70's in which this country for the first time undertook a deep understanding of race and its consequence on our society. Finally, Peter Doherty, an Immunologist and Nobel Prize winner will also receive an Honorary Degree. In December we will have quite a line up and I encourage you to think very deeply about those in your disciplines who deserve Honorary Degrees. Not only does the presence of people of this quality enrich and enliven our representation, but they also in some cases have enough time to come to campus early enough to interact with our students and faculty. For the faculty this is a freebie. You can invite someone to come, give them an Honorary Degree and have them interact in a very substantive way with your colleagues. Please let us encourage you once again, if you have Honorary Degree nominees, please forward them to us. We have tried to take as much work out of the nomination process as possible.
The Board of Trustees at its last meeting asked that we increase the number of meetings from four to five. So, for the first time, there will be a Board of Trustees meeting in July. What that means with respect to Honorary Degrees is that now will be a very good time for you to think about Honorary Degree candidates because we will be having additional meetings beyond those that are typically scheduled.
Some of you have noticed in the News and Observer that the university has been criticized for what they consider a land sale. It is 159 acres which is adjacent to the arena which has traditionally been used as a forage area for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. That as you know has been built up very significantly, making it virtually impossible to take any farm equipment onto the property and difficult to use it for its original purpose. It is also an environment which is sufficiently constrained by the development activities around it, so that almost any animal agriculture on that property is also going to be very constricted. Recognizing this reality, the Dean proposed and the Executive Officers affirmed a request by which we would go to the Council of Government Operations and the Council of State to ask for permission to swap that land for other land which could be used to develop and support the activities of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Swap, however, is not sufficiently a descriptive word because the land that we are talking about giving up is on Interstate 40, and of course it has, in terms of its worth in the private sector, significant value. So the value that we would gain by selling that land could be used many times to acquire additional green space rather than a one on one land swap. In fact, that plan that has been approved by these governmental bodies is one that would more than double the amount of land in Wake County and increase six fold the amount of open green space used in support of our research programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences around the state. We have been reticent to identify specific property because, as you know having ever bought or sold a piece of real estate, as soon as you express interest in a particular piece of the property the price is going to go up. If the price goes up, we will not be able to do the full complement. Using the appraised values, we are talking about a sale and repurchase in which we would give up 159 acres which would be subject to the same kind of zoning and restrictions that the city would impose on anyone, in exchange for approximately six times as much land around the State of North Carolina and additional tracks that would, in Wake County and the City of Raleigh, more than make up, in fact, double the amount of green space which is available. I have to say that in the News and Observer’s article, it would be inaccurate to say that this was not characterized as a sale reacquisition. The last sentence of an almost four-page article does say that NC State intends to use the money to purchase land. It does not really convey the magnitude of this purchase or how it really is necessary to undergird both our environment responsibility and the ability of our College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to manage their programs effectively.
As you know, I serve on a number of Boards as Chancellor of NC State University and those are continuing. One additional responsibility that I have undertaken, not so much as Chancellor of NC State, but as an individual, is that I have been elected President-Elect of Sigma Xi which is a National Honorary Science Society. I will succeed John Gibbons as President beginning in July 2000. I am also serving on your behalf as Chairman on the Committee of Undergraduate Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences and I would like to tell you that a report will be forthcoming this summer which will be entitled Evaluating and Rewarding Quality Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Science, Engineering and Technology. It basically will address the question of how improved pedagogy can improve student outcomes and student learning.
Finally, I continue to serve on your behalf as a member of the Council on Competitiveness of the National Research Council and as a member of the Committee on Science and Engineering Public Policy of the National Research Council. Very recently, we issued a report in which I was the Senior Supervisor of the Guidance Group called Experiments and International Bench marking for US Research. The idea of this study was to take three fields of investigation and respectively they were Mathematics, Material Science, and Immunology, and to benchmark progress in the United States against our counterparts elsewhere. Having done that benchmarking by some new techniques which were developed by the committee, it was possible to say that the United States is among the leaders or the leader in many of the sub-areas in these fields and to identify for decision makers in the Office of Management and Budget, those fields in which we are under invested and those in which it is absolutely necessary for us to maintain effective leadership."
B. Cecil F. Brownie, Chair, O Max Gardner Award Committee
University Standing committees are many. Serving on any of these committees affords Faculty members unique opportunities to better appreciate not only the complexities of executing university programs, but most important, faculty peer interactions.
The 0. Max Gardner Awards Committee is one that I have been privileged to serve on for the last three years. The 0. Max Gardner Award is the highest academic award bestowed annually on a faculty member from one of the sixteen campuses within the UNC System by its Board of Governors. Contribution to "the welfare of the human race" is the premise on which this award is made.
Since its inception ( 1949), NCSU nominees have been the recipients 22 times, most notably, each of the last four years. This brings me to Professor Jayant "J" Baliga, the 1998 recipient of this award. As a member of the 0. Max Gardner Award Committee that reviewed, deliberated and recommended Professor Baliga's nomination to then Chancellor Monteith as NCSU's nominee for the award, the outcome was a feeling of "a job well done." There are many ways to measure accomplishments. In Professor Baliga's case, the numbers of US Patents received and the efforts expended in achieving them stand by themselves. One significant aspect of Professor Baliga's folder was a sincere willingness and capacity for mentoring of students. Let us not forget that students are the University's most prized citizens. I often wondered where Professor Baliga finds time to mentor his students to the extent that he does. Maybe he will give us insight as to how he does this.
It is with pleasure that I introduce to you Professor Jayant J. Baliga, recipient of the 1998 0. Max Gardner Award.
Jay Baliga, Recipient, 1998 O Max Gardner Award
The field that I have focused my work on is the Poly Semi-Conductor Field. Most people, when I mention the word semi-conductor, think of the wonderful ad run by Intel where you see people in these strange space suits running about. I have to tell you that is not what I work in. The chips that I work with are like the brain in the human body. They provide the power to do computation, and of course, they are also memory chips used for storing information. The chips that I work on are devices that I use to actually move things or provide activation, and in essence, they are more like the muscles in the human body. They are needed in computers, cars, power windows and power seats. They are used in factories to run robots. They are used in the air conditioners in your homes, to run large motors in steel mills, and to move people around in electric cars. These are extremely widely used and it has been my privilege to be involved in this field for twenty-five years.
During my graduate studies, I conducted research on growing thin films of semi-conductor materials with a new process technology. I was very excited about the results and was hoping that I could go to industry and find a job where I could take that work further. Unfortunately I could not find a job of that nature, and the only position available to me was at the GE Research and Development Center to work on power devices. Even at that time, twenty-five years ago, power devices had been in use for many years. However, the last twenty-five years have allowed us to make really dramatic progress in power devices which have led to big changes in power electronics.
As far as my work here at NC State, I want to mention that my students and I have continued to work to enhance the performance of these devices by bringing in improved designed rules, and we do this in concert with the industry that sponsors the Poly-Semi-Conductor Research Center. We have also proposed and developed innovative new device structures. These structures are those that you can expect to find in future applications in the next few years. In terms of the devices that we have developed in addition to the power switch, we need a very good rectifier, and in this case as well, when I started my career, there were two fundamental technologies in place. I found a way to combine the attributes of both to get a new device which now the industry is producing in volume.
Dr. Baliga said one of the great joys of being at the university is to work with young minds, and noted that it has been his pleasure to guide more than twenty students through their Masters, and another twenty students through their PhD.
6. Interim Report
Ellis Cowling, Chair, Special Select Committee on Reappointment Promotion and Tenure
On February 2, 2000, Dr. Fred Corbin, in his role as Chair of the Faculty, appointed the Faculty Senate Special Select Committee on Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure. This committee has met weekly from 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. to consider the issues that were placed before it by the Chair of the Faculty. It represents every college on this campus, all the major functions of this institution, people who are engaged in undergraduate and graduate education and in research, and other kinds of scholarship and creative activities. The committee had six charges;
a) Study and make recommendations on the new RPT process (defined in Provost Hall’s Memo to the Deans dated September 7, 1999),
b) Give faculty opportunities to express their views in appropriate forums,
c) Study and make recommendations on the composition and purview of the proposed university-level Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee,
d) Study the criteria for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure decisions so as to ensure the appropriateness to the scholarships of the discipline,
e) Review and make recommendations on university statements of qualifications for rank and tenure as listed in the faculty handbook,
f) Give a report to the Faculty Senate (and to Provost Kermit Hall) with recommendations as soon as possible this Spring.
The committee came to a consensus view about their charge and their responsibility in what they would like to have as the outcomes from that in their first and second meetings. Provost Hall met with the committee and explained why he wrote the memo of September 7. He was eager to have a further involvement of faculty in the process. He also made clear that there was a need for a deep increase of uniformity in processes by which dossiers were put together and processes by which those dossiers would be evaluated by faculty in departments, schools and particularly at the university level. He emphasized the need for attention to the twin goals of fairness and excellence.
Dr. Cowling stated that the committee had five days of hearings with the faculty and learned during that period that NC State needs reappointment, promotion and tenure processes that are
–much better understood by both junior and senior faculty alike,
–much more nurturing of faculty progress and continuing self-improvement from the time of initial appointment until time for promotion and tenure decisions,
–much more transparent with regard to process,
–much more fair to faculty engaged in outreach and extension functions, and
–much more uniform from department to department and college to college across our campus.
The committee generally agrees that it would be desirable for NC State to have a university level committee that would oversee the process. They think it probably should not be engaged in deciding about up or down on tenure or promotion decisions except in very unusual cases.
The committee sees a need for improvement of faculty mentoring processes in most of the colleges and schools at NC State.
The committee believes that some schooling of department heads and senior faculty about the processes of promotion and tenure decision making would be desirable.
The committee is coming to believe that every faculty member should be engaged in a process of continuing self development and self improvement. For this reason, they believe that there is merit in the idea of having position descriptions for every faculty member at NC State University. They believe that position descriptions should be coupled with plans for continuing professional development and annual or semi-annual appraisal performance.
The committee is also working hard on a Preamble. A Preamble will define the values they hold dear at NC State. They have thought about doing that in two ways: 1) eloquent discursive form and 2) memorable quotable quotes. They would like outreach and extension faculty to feel that they will be evaluated on the quality of their performance as much as the teacher in the classroom will be rewarded for the quality of their performance and that the scholar will be rewarded for what his/her job will be.
The committee plans to make some recommendations about the continuing evolution of the processes of promotion and tenure decisions at NC State University. They will not be the last words. This university will be about the process of improving its performance for a long time.
Dr. Cowling offered the following two quotations from persons who have observed teachers of this institution for a long time.
Dr. Nash Winstead, former Provost of NC State said "NC State, is a loose collection of colleges, each presided over by a very strong Dean."
Dr. Cowling feels that is also true of many departments within colleges of this institution. That management culture has resulted in appreciable lack of uniformity in the processes by which dossiers are prepared, advice is given to young faculty, etc.
Dr. Henry Smith, the first Vice Chancellor for Research, said "NC State is a good university, but you know, we could be a very good university."
Dr. Cowling stressed that, in their committee report, they hope to offer some encouragement for the process by which they advance further toward an excellent university.
Chair Corbin adjourned the meeting at 3:00 p.m.