Faculty Meeting

School of Science and Engineering

234 Lindy Boggs Center
April 10, 2007
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM



Altiero, Burdsal, Corey, Cortez, Cunningham, Daniel, Darwin, Dawers, Dickerson, Diebold, Fauci, Gaver, Godbey, Golob, Han, Herman, Jacobsen, Kalka, Kaplan, Koplitz, Law, McGuire, McLachlan, McPherson, Mitchell, Moll, Nelson, O’Brien, O’Connor, Overby, Papadopoulos, Parsley, Perdew, Rice, Rosencrans, Ruscher, Schexnider, Schmehl, Schrader, Sherry, Szechter, Tasker, Walker, Wee, Wietfedlt, Wilson, Wyland




The minutes of the meeting of November 29, 2006, were approved.

Strategic Planning

Dean Altiero updated the faculty on the status of the strategic planning process. He is scheduled to present the plan to the Tulane Board of Administrators on June 14, 2007.


Dean Altiero described the role of the faculty in the Unified Ceremony and the School of Science and Engineering Ceremony on May 19. He urged full faculty participation in both events and stressed the importance of PhD dissertation advisors being present to hood their students. Thorough instructions will be sent to all faculty members soon.

Engineering Physics Program

James McGuire, Chair of Physics, presented a new BS degree program in Engineering Physics that had been approved by the Undergraduate Studies Committee. During the course of the discussion, the following points were raised for consideration:

Consideration should be given to the inclusion of a computer programming course.

Consideration should be given to more coverage of partial differential equations, perhaps a dedicated course.

Is there overlap between the computational course offered by Physics and that offered by the Mathematics department?

The new program was then passed by the faculty with one abstention.

Amendment to Promotion and Tenure Guidelines

The following addition to the Promotion and Tenure Guidelines, proposed by this years Promotion and Tenure Committee, passed with one abstention:

Section H. Committee Deliberations and Votes

Any member of the committee may vote on any case, if eligible and if there is no conflict of interest.

Eligibility requires status of the same rank or higher as the case being considered. Committee members at the associate professor level, for example, are eligible to vote on other faculty being considered at the associate level or third-year review, but not full professor cases.

Any member who is from the same department as a candidate in cases of third year review or cases of promotion and/or tenure shall be recused from the deliberations and votes of the committee regarding the case.

Any member who has professional or personal affiliations with a candidate that could affect his/her impartiality shall recuse himself/herself from the deliberations and votes of the committee regarding the case.

A valid vote by the committee on any tenure, promotion, or third-year review case requires participation by at least three-fourths of the eligible, non-recused committee members.

Next Meeting

There will be one more meeting of the faculty this academic year, in mid-May. At that meeting, the candidates for degrees will be approved and there will be a discussion of committee assignments for 2007-08 with elections as needed.

School of Science and Engineering, 201 Lindy Boggs Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5764