SSE Faculty Meeting Minutes

212 Lavin Bernick Center
May 5, 2011

4:00 PM

Attendance: Altiero, Aung, Barbarin, Boudaba, Caruso, Dancisak, Daniel, Darwin, Di, Dotson, Godbey, Golob, Hall, Han, Herman, Hopkins, Inglis, Jayawickramarajah, Kalka, Kaplan, Kim, Koplitz, Lockman, Mao, McPherson, Mislove, Mitchell, Moore, Mullin, Nelson, Oertling, Parrish, Parsley, Pascal, Rice, Ruscher, Schmehl, Shakov, Sigler, Tasker, Taylor, Thien, Vasudevan, Walker, Wee, Wietfeldt, Wilson, Zhang

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the meeting of 23 February 2011 were approved.

Announcements and Updates

The faculty joined Dean Altiero in a round of applause for Professor John Perdew who has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Dean Altiero previewed the events of graduation week and urged full faculty participation in the Graduate Hooding Ceremony/Reception and the Unified Commencement Ceremony/Wave Goodbye Party. The Graduate Hooding Ceremony will take place in Dixon Hall at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 11, and will be immediately followed by a champagne reception for the graduates and their families in the Lavin-Bernick Center. The Unified Commencement Ceremony will take place in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center at 4:00 PM on Thursday, May 12, and will be followed by the Newcomb-Tulane College Diploma Ceremony and the Wave Goodbye Party at adjacent Mardi Gras World. The School of Scienceand Engineering will host a Graduation Celebration Toast in the Iberville Room of the River City Plaza at Mardi Gras World between 6:30 and 8:00 PM.

Dean Altiero outlined plans for the summer including the demolition of the Frances Taylor Laboratory and commencement of the Flower Hall project. Completion of Flower Hall is scheduled for fall 2012 and it is anticipated that as many as 40 parking spaces on Engineering Road will be unavailable during the period of construction. Also, during the summer, it is anticipated that the updated SSE Strategic Plan will be completed. There will be a presentation of the plan to the Board of Tulane in late summer or early fall.

Committee Reports

Dean Altiero updated the faculty on the activities of the Executive Committee and again noted that the minutes of all Executive Committee meetings are posted to the SSE web site. The Executive Committee will next meet on May 13 and will be joined by Dean James MacLaren of Newcomb-Tulane College to discuss the implications of the large projected freshman class and the growing size of the undergraduate student body. There will be a special meeting of the Executive Committee on June 17 to complete the SSE Strategic Plan update.

On behalf of Professor Yi Ping Chen, Chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee, Dean Altiero reported that this past year the committee handled ten third-year review cases, two tenure cases, and one promotion to full professor. In addition, several tenure cases involving potential senior hires were considered. The committee did not recommend any changes to the SSE Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.

Interim Associate Dean Russ Schmehl reported on the activities of the Graduate Studies Committee and gave an update on graduate admissions. He noted that there are time limits for degree completion that are being enforced by the School. He also noted that Associate Dean Carol Burdsal will soon be completing her two-year appointment at the National Science Foundation.

Associate Dean Beth Wee reported on the activities of the Undergraduate Studies Committee. She said that they are currently working on course number changes and catalogue updates and requested cooperation of the academic units in order to meet University deadlines.

On behalf of Professor Tor Tornqvist, Chair of the Grievance Committee, Dean Altiero reported that no grievances were filed during the 2010-2011 academic year.

The Nominating Committee has not yet addressed vacant committee assignments for the 2011-12 academic year.

Professor Tim Schuler, Chair of the Alumni Affairs Committee, reported on committee activities in the areas of alumni awards, alumni communications, and alumni activities.

Dean Altiero reported on activities of the University Senate including the changes to the Faculty Handbook that impact Professors of the Practice and Research Professors.

Other Business

There was a general discussion of the implications of the decentralized budget model that will be implemented effective July 1, 2011.


Dean Altiero thanked the faculty for all of their hard work, wished them an enjoyable and productive summer, and adjourned the meeting at 4:50 PM.

Minutes by Nicholas Altiero.

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