Volume 6, Issue 1 University of Houston
Warner elected Faculty Senate president
Senators continue preparing to work with new provost
By Matt Dulin
The Faculty Senate elected its next president and outlined its priorities for working with a new provost at its Wednesday meeting.
President-elect Allen Warner of the College of Education said his top priority as president will be to secure the practice of shared governance that UH President Jay Gogue has supported.
Warner will take office at the Senate's next meeting Jan. 28.
Senators also exchanged views on a document that would define the priorities of the Faculty Senate and provide a rubric the provost search committee can use to judge candidates for the University's top academic position.
In its current form, the document identifies four strategies: education, research, community and cross-category. Although each strategy calls for certain objectives with specific goals, only one -- research -- has been defined: to seek more tenured faculty. That goal falls under an objective that calls for fostering faculty productivity.
In all, the document outlines 10 objectives the Senate will expect a provost to seek in league with the faculty.
Interim Provost Jerald Strickland said the document will be useful for the new provost, but advised against a document that tried to do too much.
"We don't want to scare them off or over-investigate at this point," Strickland said, adding that provosts are already called on to "walk on water."
Many senators agreed, proposing that the document be whittled down to a few key priorities, while others suggested adding more objectives to improve the document.
A new provost should be selected early in 2004.
In other business, Strickland said the University is searching for 56 new faculty members. Another 12 are being sought for UH-Downtown, five for UH-Victoria and six for UH-Clear Lake.
Sara McNeil of the College of Education was elected secretary of the Senate. Wynne Chin, a professor in the Bauer College of Business, and Steven Craig, a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences were elected to the Senate's two at-large positions.
The Senate will next meet at 12:15 p.m. Jan. 28 in
Room 220, E. Cullen.