Monday, February 19, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 99



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. 31.

"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 Interaction.

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 Excellence Award.

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