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 reflect more fully the composition of the student body. An initiative to develop the arts at Stony Brook will make the campus a more exciting plac e for everyone, as well as invigorating the arts and humanities departments.
Identify ways that enhanced faculty diversity can serve as a recruitment strategy for American students from diverse cultural backgrounds. (3.3, Provost; Vice President, Health Sciences Center)
Stony Brook recruits an ethnically diverse student body. Current initiatives focus on the recruitment of more international and out-of-state students to enhance geographic diversity.
Increase the number of tenure-track faculty from underrepresented groups, to increase by 50 percent over 1999 figures. (3.3, Provost; Vice President, Health Sciences Center)
The number of tenure-track faculty from underrepresented ethnic groups increased by 5 percent between fall 1999 and fall 2004, rising from 5.8 percent of the total number to 6.7 percent.
Establish joint appointments between Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook where the salary is shared between Brookhaven and Stony Brook. Joint appointments should have a reduced teaching load and committee obligations to permit greater research activity at Brookhaven. (3.5, Provost; Vice President, Health Sciences Center, Vice President for Research)
Eight faculty hold joint appointments at Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Laboratory, and more than 50 Stony Brook faculty hold adjunct positions at the Laboratory. Their collaborations include work in Brookhaven’s General Clinical Research Center, Medical Imaging Core; the National Synchrotron Light Source; the Center for Environmental Molecular Science; the Rare Symmetry Violating Processes (RSVP) experiments; and the Training, Education, Advancement and Mentoring (TEAM) project. These collaborations have obtained several million dollars of sponsored-project funding. Procedures such as the oversight of research involving human subjects have been arranged to support joint activity. Stony Brook provides minibus service to the Laboratory to facilitate student research projects and internships.
Facilitate learning and teaching in the arts by developing faculty/staff/student workshops for cross-disciplinary studies and by creating an arts mentoring board facilitating student work in the arts. (3.6, Provost)
The Provost has launched a special initiative to develop interdisciplinary research and teaching in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences (FAHSS). The project team is identifying mechanisms to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates, and discussing new interdisciplinary courses, new majors, and mechanisms for promoting undergraduate research. The Undergraduate College in Arts, Culture, and Humanities was created to promote learning and teaching in the arts and the development of student/faculty relationships. The newly renovated Center for Arts, Culture, and Humanities located in the Tabler residential quad supports undergraduate art programs with performance space, a gallery, a SINC site, practice rooms, and a café. The annual Shirley Strum Kenny Student Arts Festival showcases a wide range of student displays and performances. The event is co-chaired by a faculty member, a staff member, and a student.
Develop new programs in the arts, such as a performance institute or a summer arts festival. (3.6, Provost)
The world-renowned Emerson String Quartet came to Stony Brook as Quartet-in-Residence in 2002. In spring 2004 they inaugurated an annual International String Quartet Festival that brings to campus newly formed and established quartets from around the country for intensive coaching, workshops, and performances. The Stony Brook Film Festival, in its tenth year in July 2005, attracts thousands of people to the Staller Center for ten days of film premieres, conversations with film makers and actors, and special events.
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