A periodic update for faculty from President Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong
February 1, 2008
Faculty Senate resolution helps make our case in Jackson
Thanks to the Faculty Senate for stepping up this week with a resolution sent to the Governor and the Legislature. The document thanks policy makers for past support, cites the positive impact of higher education on economic development in our state, and suggests increased funding.
That public stance by faculty leaders already is proving helpful as we make our case at the Capitol during the current legislative session. We appreciate the demonstration of unity and support. In case you haven't seen the resolution, it appears here:
TO: Governor Haley Barbour, Lt. Governor Phil Bryant, Speaker of the House Billy McCoy, Members of the Senate, and Members of the House of Representatives.
A Resolution from the Robert Holland Faculty Senate at Mississippi State University,
Whereas, the positive benefits of Higher Education upon the economic development and well-being of society have been documented in every study done to date; and
Whereas, the Mississippi State Legislature and elected officials have given an increased level of support to Higher Education over the past two years; and,
Whereas, that level of support has enabled the institutions of Higher Education to increase the quantity and quality of both students and faculties; and,
Whereas, Mississippi State University deeply appreciates the recent level of support, especially at the time of increasing enrollments and new program initiatives; now,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Robert Holland Faculty Senate thanks all those responsible for the current level of support and encourages the Legislature and elected officials to maintain, and even increase, that level of support, in order that we may continue to attract high-quality students and faculty and reach a state of parity with our sister institutions across the nation.
Given on this day of January 28, 2008.
(Signed) Robert E. Wolverton
Faculty Senate President
Survey seeks faculty feedback
We are again seeking campus-wide feedback from faculty and staff on a variety of topics. You should have received by now an email message including a link to a web-based survey titled "How We See Ourselves: Faculty, Staff and Student Views of MSU."
This survey was first conducted approximately a year ago and yielded valuable insights into concerns that have been useful in shaping university plans and budgets. This year's follow-up version is somewhat shorter, and should take only a few minutes to complete. The survey is carried out by the MSU Social Science Research Center, and the data collected cannot be associated with any individual respondent. Overall results of the survey will be shared with the campus community later this semester.
Please take a few minutes to voice your opinion by completing the survey.
General Faculty meeting set
I hope to see many of you this week as we convene for the spring General Faculty meeting in the newly renovated Colvard Union Ballroom. The meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. At that time I plan to share with you the current outlook for the legislative session now under way, discuss what I see as our top budget priorities for FY 09, and seek your feedback on those goals. We will also have a general update on issues before the university.
Dr. Sandra Harpole, associate vice president for research and physics professor, has been named to the board of directors for the Coalition of EPSCoR/IDeA. EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, promotes development of science and technology resources in areas that historically have received smaller amounts NSF funding for research and development. IDeA, the Institutional Development Award, works to broaden the distribution of the National Institutes of Health support for biomedical and behavioral research.
Ian A. Munn, professor of forestry and an expert on forest resource economics and management, is a new fellow of the Society of American Foresters. He is routinely provides forestry-related expertise to the state Tax Commission and helps survey more than 2,000 private and industrial landowners to determine the value-in-use of Mississippi's forestland.
Dr. Lynne Arnault, professor of special education, has been named the national 2008 Distinguished Clinician of the Year by the Association of Teacher Educators. The award seeks to recognize one individual per year for service to teachers and other school personnel, and typically goes to a public school teacher. The award is to be presented later this month at the ATE annual meeting.