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Minutes: March 19, 2008


3 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2008
School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

PRESENT: Drs. Argani, Armstrong, Bluemke, Brayton, Choi, Dagnelie, DeLeon, Flynn, Halushka, Honeycutt, Huang, Maragakis, Mears, Mooney, Pidcock, Pomerantz, Siberry, Zellars,  Mss. Fairman, Oliver, and Foy.

ABSENT:  Drs. Allaf, Bergles, Bhatti, Chan, Cooke, Cormack, Cromwell, Efron, Geller, Goldstein, Jia, Kravet, Leahy, Li, MacDonald, Magaziner, McCarthy, Peters, Robinson, Schramm, Sterni, Stivers, Tompkins, Tufaro, Whitmore, Woolf, Yaster, Yehia, Messrs. Pirruccello and Skelley, Mss. Nguyen, and Warner.

GUESTS: Dr. Becker

I.  Minutes

The minutes of the February 20, 2008 meeting were approved. 

II.  Medical School Council Business - Dr. Honeycutt

Election Process

            The Medical School Council charter requires an election for a second term.  In the spirit of administrative efficiency, a suggestion from the Dean’s office that consideration be given to changing the process to permit reappointment for a second term if an incumbent is willing to serve was discussed.  Such a change would eliminate the need for an election.  The Council, after discussing the pros and cons of the suggested change, voted to maintain the election process as defined in the charter.  The Council supports streamlining the election process and suggested exploring electronic technology for elections.  There was also discussion regarding the charter’s requirement for meeting attendance standards.

Joint Oversight Committee Report

                Dr. Honeycutt asked for and received Medical School Council endorsement to ask Department Directors to share their departmental compensation plans with the Council and the Joint Oversight Committee.  The request addresses process only, not dollar amounts or individual salaries.

Agenda Items for Future Meetings

                Provost Johnson will be a guest at the June meeting.  Topics for discussion will include an update on the Vision 2020 report, the role of the newly appointed Provost’s Advisory Committee, and faculty benefits.  Suggestions for other discussion items should be sent to Dr. Honeycutt.


                A sub-committee chaired by Dr. Richard Zellars will be appointed to elicit and document faculty sentiment regarding benefit issues.  Such data will be helpful in benefit discussions with the Provost and other administrative leaders.

Other Topics

                IT Update- Fall 2008

                Biopark Update – To be scheduled

                Abu Dhabi Proposal – Dr. Nichols, April 2008

III. Women’s Representation on Standing Committees and Leadership Groups in the School of Medicine – Dr. Diane Becker

Dr. Becker opened her presentation by reviewing the terms of Mary Elizabeth Garrett’s significant gift to the University and her vision of the role of women in the School of Medicine which she endowed.

                Previous reports examining perceptions of leadership among men and women faculty using self reported service on decision-making committees showed low participation overall and a lower percentage of women relative to the percentage of men who indicated involvement in decision making committees.  A study was undertaken by Dr. Becker to analyze gender composition of selected decision making committees over a recent ten year period.

                Dr. Becker presented the results of her study which identified committees needing membership adjustments to achieve gender proportionality.  Over the study span women’s leadership roles have not changed.  There continues to be a high deficit in gender imbalance in committee membership.

                Dr. Becker has shared the study results with the Women’s Leadership Council and efforts are underway to address deficiencies cited.  It was noted there is now a renewed effort and an electronic tracking system that should enhance the committee appointment process.

                Dr. Becker responded to a number of questions relating to the impact of committee work one’s academic career.

                Dr. Honeycutt thanked Dr. Becker for sharing this important study with the Council.

 V. Other Business

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary E. Foy

Future Medical School Council meetings:

All meetings will be held in the School of Medicine Board Room (SOM 103), 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

April 16, 2008

May 14, 2008

June 18, 2008