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Minutes: November 12, 2003

 3 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2003
 School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103

 PRESENT: Drs. Adger, Clark, Denmeade, Hillis, Koenig, Kolodkin, Martins, Nicolaou, Sandone, Sterni, Walker, Mss. McCall and Foy.
ABSENT: Drs. Ain, Belzberg, Bhattacharya, Blok, Campbell, Caterina, Chan, Colecraft, Dintzis, Francis, Gabrielson, Hattar, Iacobuzio-Donahue, Johnson-Greene,  Lee, Leffler (excused), Liu, Lorsch, Martinez, Miller, Niv, Pomper, Roper, Ross, Schulick, Smith, Sukumar, Sunness, Woolf (excused), Ziegelstein (excused), Ms. Wahba, Messrs. Grelotti (excused) and Watkins

 GUESTS:  Drs. Chi Dang and Neil Miller, Mr. Gilbert


I.  Minutes

The minutes of the October 22, 2003 meetings are approved.

II.  Biotech Park Update – Dr. Chi Dang, Vice Dean for Research

 The Biotech Park has been renamed the Life Sciences and Technology Park.  Johns Hopkins is participating for two reasons: 1) Public service; and 2) Our responsibility to help with the economic development of the city and state.  Mr. Jack Shannon has been appointed to the leadership role in the East Baltimore Development Inc.(EBDI) entity that will work aligning city and state interests with developers.  Ms. Sally McConnell (VSP) is the Johns Hopkins representative to the EBDI board.

 The role of the University in training employees for laboratory jobs created by the Life Sciences and Technology Park was discussed.

 President Brody has created a new staff position that will focus on helping faculty create start-up companies.  It is hoped that profits generated by new companies will come back to the University to support the academic mission.  Dr. Dang responded to questions concerning the University’s ability to compete with industry salaries and the competition between industry demands and academic responsibilities.

 Dr. Dang reported on efforts to seek faculty input on the effectiveness of the Office of Licensing and Technology, Research Administration, the IRB and the Office of Policy Development.  These operations will be reviewed with the goal of making it easier for faculty to navigate.

III. Federal Agencies’ Impositions on Research – Dr. Dang 

 Dr. Dang commented on the new approach some federal agencies are taking toward researchers.  He discussed efforts being taken by national organizations, professional societies, and university government relations staff to thwart imposition by federal agencies.


IV. Review of Faculty Reappointment Data from Last Ten Years – Dr. Neil Miller

Dr. Miller presented a proposal, on behalf of the Associate Professor Reappointment Review Committee, (RRC) to make the following changes in the “Gold Book”: delete “in unusual circumstances” from the extended contract option, and add “in unusual circumstances” to the option that permits awarding a contract to retirement.  Dr. Miller, based on his long tenure as Chair of the Associate Professor RRC, believes these modifications reflect current interpretation of the Gold Book as reflected in the ten year summary data presented by Dr. Clark.  The current economic climate makes it difficult to offer a contract to retirement to Associate Professors and the option of “rolling” or extended contracts has become the option of choice for faculty who serve a pivotal role in the department but are not ready for promotion at the time of their 9 year Associate Professor review.

There was lengthy discussion on the promotion process and the options presented by Dr. Miller.  The Medical School Council recognizing that faculty promotion is an agenda item at the upcoming Dean’s retreat, tabled a vote on Dr. Miller’s proposal.  Dr. Clark will present the Medical School Council’s views at the retreat and report back to the MSC.

V. Other Business 

There being no further business this meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

Sincerely 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.

  • December 10, 2003
  • January 14, 2004
  • February 18, 2004
  • March 24, 2004
  • April 21, 2004
  • May 19, 2004
  • June 23, 2004