Faculty Senate president
outlines goals for term
By Maurizia Wong
Daily Cougar Staff
The new UH Faculty Senate president has
a busy year planned for himself and the Faculty Senate.
H. Jerome Freiberg, professor of curriculum
and instruction at the College of Education and a John and Rebecca Moores
University scholar, was sworn in as the new Faculty Senate president Jan.
"I devoted my energies to scholarship,
students and governance in the college," he said.
As Faculty Senate president, Freiberg says
he wants to help the faculty define what excellence in a public, urban
research university is.
He said one of his goals for his one-year
term is to improve communication. This involves better understanding among
the faculty senators themselves as well as with their constituents.
He also wants the senators to become better
representatives of the faculty. This involves helping them define their
roles and determine their goals as a group.
These objectives were part of the focus
of the first-ever Faculty Senate Retreat, held on Feb. 12.
The other main goal at the retreat was
determining the year's agenda.
"With a one-year term, you have to do a
lot in the beginning," Freiberg said.
The Faculty Senate's next event will be
UH System Day in Austin on Tuesday.
Faculty Senate members, students and alumni
will meet with the State Legislature members and their staff.
Freiberg says their purpose will be to
"communicate the needs of one of the largest institutions in the state."
He considers this event pivotal in UH's effort to obtain Texas Tier One
Research Excellence Funding.
In addition to his responsibilities in
the College of Education and the Faculty Senate, Freiberg is director and
founder of the Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline Program,
a classroom management reform program, and editor of the Journal of Classroom
He co-authored the third edition of Freedom
to Learn with psychologist Carl Rogers and the third edition of Universal
Teaching Strategies with Amy Driscoll.
Freiberg is also the recipient of the College
of Education Research Excellence Award and the University of Houston Teaching