Six faculty members have been elected to three year terms on the Faculty Advisory Committee. The new members are P. Allan Klock, Jr., MD (Anesthesia & Critical Care), Neethi Pinto, MD (Pediatrics), Manyuan Long, PhD (Ecology & Evolution), Ilaria Rebay, PhD (Ben May Department for Cancer Research), Gregory Christoforidis, MD (Radiology, Surgery) and Benjamin Lahey, PhD (Health Studies). The new co-chairs are Harriet de Wit, PhD (Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience), Ron Rock, PhD (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), and Fuad Baroody, MD (Surgery, Pediatrics).
Members rotating off the committee at the end of June for their service: Anita Blanchard, David Frim, Wei-Jen Tang, Michael Coates, Kate Keenan and Aytekin Oto. We are grateful for their contributions to the Biological Sciences Division.
BSD computing services: The FAC is continuing to work with Bob Grossman, Sam Volchenboum and CBIS on determining the computing needs of the faculty, increasing the dissemination of computing services, and facilitating representation of BSD faculty on strategic committees.
Issues arising from departmental visits: The annual departmental/section visits by the FAC generated a list of issues that will be considered as potential agenda items for the coming year. Faculty have requested more effective communication around changes in clinical practice and this will be a focus of activity during the coming year.
Faculty perception of appointments and promotions process: The results of the FAC survey on appointments and promotions conducted in conjunction with the Dean’s office were discussed with the department chairs. It was agreed that procedures need to be in place in each department to ensure that the appointment and promotion process is fair and consistent, that faculty have appropriate input into who is appointed and promoted, and that all faculty are given a fair chance at being promoted. A number of departments have made changes to their procedures as a result of this input. A repeat survey will be conducted after enough time has elapsed to allow for sufficient promotions to have occurred.
Non-clinical scientists in clinical departments: As a division, we are fortunate to have a faculty with varied interests and areas of expertise. The non-clinician scientists in the clinical departments make unique contributions to the richness of our academic environment. In order to increase communication between the Dean’s office and non-clinician faculty in clinical departments, a series of meetings have been scheduled to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest and importance such as promotion, recognition of teaching efforts, access to graduate students, and expectations for salary recovery, among others.
To read summaries of FAC meetings, held twice per month, visit http://chalk.uchicago.edu (organization name: “Faculty Advisory Committee”). Notices of upcoming meeting agendas appear in myBSD.