SSE Faculty Meeting Minutes

212 Lavin Bernick Center
March 8, 2010

4:00 PM

Attendance: Aung, Barbarin, Boudaba, Campanella, Caruso, Colombo, Corey, Cortez, Cronin, Dancisak, Daniel, Darwin, Dawers, Di, Dohanich, Dotson, Gaver, Godbey, Golob, Grisbaum, Horwitz, Inglis, Johannesson, John, Kalka, Kaplan, Karubian, Kim, Koplitz, Lockman, McGuire, McPherson, Mitchell, Molix, Moore, Muneoka, Murfee, Nelson, O’Connor, Oertling, Overstreet, Papadopoulos, Parrish, Perdew, Pesika, Popescu, Pratt, Reed, Richards-Zawacki, Ruscher, Schmehl, Schrader-Kriek, Schuler, Shakov, Sherry, Straub, Szechter, Tasker, Taylor, Thien, Törnqvist, Vasudevan, Vijayaraghavan, Walker, Wietfeldt, Wilson, Wyland

Guests: Christie, Maczuga

Dean Nick Altiero was unable to attend this meeting. Senior Associate Dean Gary McPherson presided. A new faculty member was introduced: Jordan Karubian, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the meeting of 10 December 2009 were approved without change.

Technology Transfer and Business Development

Jake Maczuga and John Christie from the Tulane Office of Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBD) briefed the faculty on the operations of that office and the opportunities available to entrepreneurial faculty and students. The technology transfer office at Tulane was established in 1985 but it has been mostly engaged with the medical school. Activity is now quickly picking up in the School of Science and Engineering and TTBD would like to help accelerate that growth. Their office works with faculty members on invention disclosures, patenting, and identification of commercial partners to license technologies. Jake and John discussed a number of specific cases in the SSE in which they have brought together resources to develop business plans based and raise start-up funds. They also encouraged increased involvement on the part of graduate students and students from the Freeman School of Business. TTBD stands ready to facilitate these partnerships and to facilitate use of the new incubator space that is being built in the city. The Office of the Provost is promoting stronger ties to industry and TTBD will play a major role in that effort.

Strategic Plan Update

Senior Associate Dean Gary McPherson gave an update on implementation of the SSE strategic plan that was initiated in July 2007. He discussed trends in faculty hiring, undergraduate enrollment, graduate enrollment, research funding, fundraising, and the School's short- and long-term goals. He also went into some detail regarding sources of revenue and the implications of transitioning back to a decentralized budget model, presumably in fiscal year 2012.

Graduate Studies Committee – Tasker/Schmehl

Committee Chair Jeff Tasker announced that two new graduate courses have been approved and four changes in graduate course names and/or numbers have been approved. All approvals have been included in the minutes of the Graduate Studies Committee, posted to the web.

Undergraduate Studies Committee – Wee/Prindle

Associate Dean Beth Wee announced that a number of new undergraduate courses have been approved and these have been included in the minutes of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, posted to the web.

Nominating Committee – Sherry

Committee Chair Tom Sherry solicited nominations for elected committee positions that will be effective fall 2010. Elections will be held for positions on the School of Science and Engineering Promotion and Tenure Committee, the University Senate, and the Graduate Council.

Dean Altiero has asked the Nominating Committee to make recommendations regarding on which committees SSE Professors of Practice may serve and on which they may not. Senior Associate Dean McPherson spoke to the important role that Professors of Practice play in the SSE and argued for broad inclusion on SSE committees and as SSE representatives to University committees. There was general agreement that Professors of Practice should be included on committees as appropriate and that the Nominating Committee should provide some clarity on eligibility. The Nominating Committee is seeking faculty input on this issue.


The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 PM.

Minutes by Wayne Reed.

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