Tuesday, March 16, 1999 / 3 p.m. / 822nd Meeting
Members Present: Drs. Steven Knapp, James Anthony, John Breitner, Diane Griffin, John, Groopman, Bernard Guyer, Robert Lawrence, Ellen MacKenzie, Roger McMacken, Edward Miller, Jr., Jonathan Samet, Alfred Sommer, Donald Steinwachs, and Scott Zeger; and Ms. Amanda Cline, staff (for Robin Fox).
Members Absent: Drs. Robert Black, William Brody, James Yager, and Barry Zirkin.
Guest: Dr. Noel Rose Provost Steven Knapp convened the meeting at 3:07pm.
Add the Dean of the School of Medicine as a member of the SHPH Advisory Board Dr. Miller absented himself from the meeting. Dr. Sommer informed the Board that historically, the Dean of the School of Hygiene and Public Health has sat on the School of Medicine's Advisory Board, though in the past two decades, informally. He proposed the Dean of the School of Medicine should have a seat on the SHPH Advisory Board, and Dean Miller proposed that the Dean of SHPH once again sit formally on the SOM Advisory Board. This will provide an opportunity for both deans to be better informed of the events of the two schools. In addition, it will send a powerful message of collaboration among University divisions. The Board voted unanimously to appoint the Dean of the School of Medicine to the SHPH Advisory Board.
Approval of the Minutes Minutes of the 821st meeting on February 16, 1999 were approved.
Remarks by the Provost
The Provost reported that the President's Council on Urban Health held an all day meeting where 19 recommendations were identified and will be included in their report to the President. After review by the President, the Report will be shared with the University divisions. Colene Daniel and Martha Hill are leading this effort and are on track. Dr. Knapp explained that the very complex structure is still being worked out. Consideration needs to be given to whether clinical care will drive this forward or if it will be part of a larger institute. From the meeting it was clear that substance abuse is a top priority. Dr. Sommer reminded the Board that this issue is the topic of tomorrow's seminar by Colene Daniel and Martha Hill at the SHPH. The Provost informed the Board that discussions are taking place on the use of funds received from the tobacco effort. Possible uses include new buildings on this and the Homewood campuses.
The School of Continuing Studies will change its name to the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education to reflect its focus in these areas. Dr. Knapp reminded the Board that the masters of liberal arts program moved to Arts & Sciences. The name change coincides with the search for a new dean of that school.
A search for a new Director of APL will begin soon. Dr. Smith will retire in July. APL has been involved in huge efforts such as bio-terrorism and projects with NASA. There is a growing collaboration among APL and the Schools of Public Health and of Medicine.
Remarks by the Dean
Dr. Sommer reported that the final version of the School's Self Study is complete. The CEPH Site Visit is scheduled for March 29-31, 1999. The Dean thanked Dr. MacKenzie for all her efforts on this important task.
Report of the Faculty Senate Dr. Anthony informed the Board that at the last Faculty Senate meeting Ms. Sylvia Eggleston Wehr talked to the faculty about how the faculty can help build the endowment. They also learned about lobbying. The COW and Faculty Senate will continue discussing the faculty titles issue.
1998-99 Faculty Salary Analysis Dr. Zeger summarized the 1998-99 Faculty Salary Analysis report for the Board. This year, "field of scholarship" was included in the analysis to see if "field" rather than "department" accounts for some of the heterogeneity within non-disciplinary departments. Since the last analysis, the Dean has continued his annual efforts to identify faculty below the average salary range and bring their salaries up (this has been primarily for female and minority faculty.) The tables reflect these efforts; however, there still remains a small difference in salaries by gender and minority status. Dr. Zeger reported that a new longitudinal analysis is being planned for next year to look at the changes by year and to compare similar women and minority faculty with male faculty. Dr. Knapp thanked Dr. Zeger for the very thorough report. He suggested the School of Public Health act as a model and offer assistance to the other University divisions who undertake this important endeavor.
Review of summary data from 95-98 Student Exit Surveys and the 93-95 Alumni Survey Dr. MacKenzie informed the Board that the results of the Student Exit Survey would be available to the site visitors in two weeks. The student response rate has consistently gone down. This year, the Student Survey was shortened and put on the web in hopes to increase the response rate. The School's overall "very good/good" rating was slightly down from previous years. It will be important to see the class of 1999 results. Overall, the surveys indicate the School is doing well. One area that needs improvement is in health services to students. Given we are the School of Public Health, we should strive to be excellent in this category. It is thought that there is mis-communication about the health services available to students. Dr. Miller will have the appropriate person in the School of Medicine contact us to discuss how to better educate our students. They have put a lot of effort into this area so that students can feel comfortable seeking counseling, such as coding files so names are not identified; use of off-site facilities to avoid fellow student interaction, etc.
The Alumni Survey had a good response from US addresses. Many of the international addresses are no longer valid. In summary, there are not many graduates who can't find jobs (some did not give reasons why they are not working). There were only 8% working at local health departments. Now that we have a good baseline, it may be useful to repeat this review every 3 years. Dr. Knapp thanked Dr. MacKenzie for her efforts.
Proposed changes to PPM for adjunct faculty Dr. Rose asked the Board to postpone a vote until the Committee on Appointments and Promotions has an opportunity to discuss the changes again. The Board tabled this item for a future meeting when a vote will be taken.
The meeting adjourned at 4:30pm.
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