School of Hygiene and Public Health Advisory Board
Members Present: Drs. Robert Black, John Breitner, Margaret Ensminger, John Groopman, Bernard Guyer, Robert Lawrence, Roger McMacken, Wayne Mitzner, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs, James Yager, and Scott Zeger; and Ms. Robin Fox, staff.
Members Absent: Drs. William Brody, Diane Griffin, Edward Miller, Noel Rose, and Jonathan Samet.
Guests: Drs. Joanne Katz and Sharon Krag; and Ms Diane Glover.
Meeting Convened: Dean Alfred Sommer convened the meeting at 3:00 p.m.
Approval of the Minutes: Minutes of the 843rd meeting on December 19, 2000 were approved.
Remarks by the Dean
Dean Sommer noted he would be out of the country through February 18. He reminded the Advisory Board that that annual retreat will be October 25-27, 2001. The main agenda item at the retreat will be a review of the strategic plans of each department. Dr. Sommer then asked that each department undertake a strategic planning process that will include defining the critical issues they face, and develop a five-year plan for educational and research programs, faculty recruitment and space needs in light of the framework of "controlled growth" called for within the School's overall Strategic Plan. He suggested that the departments should discuss among themselves how to maximize efforts in light of controlling growth, and that efficiencies may be gained by such discussions. Each chair will be asked to present their department's strategic plan at the retreat.
Report from the Faculty Senate
Dr. Ensminger reported that results of the Faculty Senate survey on priorities for implementation of recommendations contained in the "Environment" section of the Strategic Plan were presented to and discussed by the Senate. Surveys on implementation priorities for recommendations contained in the Strategic Plan's sections on "Education" and "Research/Practice" have been sent to the Senate. Results of all surveys will be presented at the joint Faculty Senate/Committee of the Whole meeting on February 13.
Dr. Yager suggested that all faculty receive via e-mail a list of the top priorities identified by the Faculty Senate.
Report on Searches
Dr. Krag reported that searches for the Quantitative and Molecular Sciences for Research on Populations Program has begun in two departments (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Biostatistics) have begun, and a plan for allocating resources from the Tobacco Settlement Fund is being developed. Dr. Zeger commented that the joint nature of the faculty recruitment process is appreciated by the candidates, including the interest shown by faculty from disciplines other than that of the candidate. The first jointly-sponsored seminar series on "Behavioral and Social Sciences in Public Health" was held on January 24. It was well-attended and well-received.
Revision of the PPM on Administration & Governance PPM #1 section 5 on the Committee on Information Technology -- for vote
The Advisory Board reviewed the revisions of the PPM of the Committee on Information Technology, which broadens the charge of the Committee, among other changes. The Advisory Board voted to approve the changes. Dr. Steinwachs suggested that the Committee on Information Technology report to the Advisory Board on an annual basis.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 3:50 p.m.
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