Faculty-Administration Liaison Committee
Annual Report, 2008-2009
The Faculty-Administration Liaison Committee (FAL) met 5 times in the 2008-2009 academic year. On the committee were (chair) Sarah Worth (Philosophy), Kirk Karwin (Business), Ty Tessitore (Political Science), Bill Ranson (Earth and Environmental Science), Mark Britt (Music), John Wheeler (Chemistry), John Beckford (Dean), and Tom Kazee (Provost).
At the beginning of the year the committee took on the task of collecting suggestions from the faculty, as per directions from the CRC report, about how the Furman administration can best facilitate academic research. We received a wide range of suggestions from several departments. We worked on some individual suggestions and responded directly to faculty members about resources that we either currently have or can gain access to. We also proposed a new "fellowship" program to the administrators that would allow faculty members to apply for a fellowship that would last 3 years, and would allow faculty to $3000 for 3 consecutive years for research in addition to the funds available from the dean's office. See the attached proposal draft for the full account. The administration was very supportive of the proposal and FAL will continue to work on the proposal with the development office next year.
There were three other issues with which the committee dealt. First, an ad hoc "cultural climate" committee was made at the request of the dean to address some of the difficulties among the faculty. Second, a petition was presented to the committee concerning the need for infant and toddler care on campus. Both issues will continue into the work of the committee for the next school year. Third, Larry Lawter addressed the committee about the difficulty the bookstore is having with the costliness of excess books in the bookstore if students buy their textbooks online. Larry is working with the departments on how to better handle book orders.