THE FIVE YEAR GOAL
Stony Brook will support and strengthen its excellent faculty. Success is dependent on the imagination and energy of the faculty, and it is essential to encourage, recognize and reward their work. The University will create a family-friendly culture and a community in which faculty feel fairly treated and adequately supported in all their many endeavors. The faculty will be further diversified to more fully reflect the composition of the student body. An initiative to develop the arts at Stony Brook will make the campus a more exciting place for everyone, as well as invigorating the arts and humanities departments.
Establish a Universitywide committee to examine the status of part-time faculty and lecturers on campus, analyze their utilization, and make recommendations about how to foster their inclusion in the academic community. This review should consider incentive programs, support for professional development, and other opportunities--such as office space and e-mail accounts-- to integrate part-time faculty and lecturers into campus life. (3.2, Provost, Vice President, Health Sciences Center )
A University Senate/Provostial Ad Hoc Committee on Non-Tenure Track Faculty and Instructional Issues was created to examine the role of part-time faculty on the West Campus and make recommendations. The Committee completed a draft report on full-time non-tenure track faculty for review by the provost, college deans, and the University Senate in spring 2004. A similar report on part-time non-tenure-track faculty is in progress. Part-time faculty make significant contributions in all the Health Sciences Center schools and generally receive the same benefits as full-time faculty, including office space, staff support, leadership positions, committee participation, email accounts, and funds for travel, conferences and other expenses.
Expand University child care facilities for the children of faculty, staff, and students, to decrease the waiting list to a maximum of six months. (3.2, Vice President for Administration)
Stony Brook Child Care Services, Inc. moved into its new purpose-built building in September 2001, and phased-in a 60 percent enrollment increase to 160 children: 80 infant/toddlers (two months to three years) and 80 three- to five-year olds. Capacity was more than doubled in infant/toddler services, for which the demand is greatest. Time on the waitlist now averages six months. Further expansion is under consideration, but it is complicated by utility issues and licensing requirements.
Establish a volunteer group to welcome new faculty and staff to Stony Brook and orient them in the community. This group could, for example, provide information on local schools, religious organizations, health care services, and recreational facilities. (3.2, President)
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will initiate a welcome program in summer 2004 matching new faculty and staff who are relocating to the Stony Brook area with faculty and staff volunteers who can give them practical information and advice on living in local communities. If the program is successful it will be extended to all new employees.
Implement the recommendations of the committee on the status of faculty of color. (3.3, Provost; Vice President, Health Sciences Center )
The Faculty of Color Committee discussed a variety of issues, reviewed faculty demographic data, and distributed a questionnaire to all faculty of color to gather information on their perspectives and concerns, but it has not yet made recommendations. The Campus Climate Survey conducted in spring 2004 will provide further insight into the campus community's perceptions of respect, fairness, and inclusiveness.
Enhance multicultural academic units such as Africana Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Women's Studies, and Italian American Studies, and consider initiating a program in Asian and Asian-American Studies. Develop partnerships between these programs and community-based organizations, and establish international exchange programs. (3.5, Provost)
A Department of Asian and Asian American Studies was established in fall 2003. SUNY approval for new majors in Asian Studies and European Studies is expected in 2004. Facilities renovations and equipment upgrades have enhanced Africana Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Women's Studies. A study abroad program in Bangalore , India will be inaugurated in summer 2004; a program in Ghana is planned for 2004-05, and a program in the Caribbean is under consideration for 2005-06.
Provide interdisciplinary teams adequate access to facilities for teleconferencing and videoconferencing. (3.5, Chief Information Officer)
Faculty have access to video teleconferencing facilities in a number of areas on campus; some departments utilize Internet2 to host video conferences, and facilities in Educational Technology are available for faculty use. Demand for videoconferencing is limited and well within the capacity of existing facilities.
Increase joint appointments with School of Medicine-affiliated institutions and expand integration with community hospitals and organizations in areas of mutual interest. (3.5, Vice President, Health Sciences Center )
The School of Medicine will soon begin offering academic titles to Winthrop University Hospital residents and fellows. Discussions are in progress with two community hospitals regarding expansion of their clinical education mission.
Assess the adequacy of arts facilities and the need for new ones. (3.6, Provost, Vice President for Administration)
A new arts and performance facility was created in Tabler Cafeteria for students in the Undergraduate College of Arts, Culture and Humanities. It includes performance, studio, classroom and meetings space. Staller Center for the Arts facilities will be upgraded in fall 2004, including new seating and lights and a new box office. Redesign of the plaza in front of the Staller Center is scheduled for completion in December 2004.
Strengthen the academic program of arts and creative activities for the campus community and the community at large, by organizing and promoting the concerts, performances and exhibitions of student artists to create well-attended series. (3.6, Provost)
The work of student artists in Art, Music and Theatre is receiving increased publicity through mailings and email announcements. The Undergraduate College of Arts, Culture and Humanities provides a new academic opportunity in the arts.
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