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Trustees approve tenure and promotion

02/05/2010

Miami University trustees on Feb. 5 approved the promotion and/or tenure conferral of 47 faculty members. Provost Jeffrey Herbst emphasized the investment in the future that a university makes in conferring promotion and tenure and added that nationwide, only 27 percent of the professoriate is tenured or tenure-track.

A brief update on the school’s budget included the fact that the 2011 state support for Miami will be slightly less than what Miami received in 2001.

Trustees started the day with a tour of the Smale Interactive Visualization Center in the Farmer School of Business and received a live report on the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies’ various projects for which students have designed, collaborated or performed work for clients. Two examples this year include creation and near-launch of the Web site goodzuma.com, an online community of corporations (including Pepsi and Nike), non-profits, government agencies and students intending to work together to create a more sustainable, cleaner and safer world; and creating a digital archive for the Tibetan government in exile.

Trustees approved awarding construction contracts of up to $1.2 million for the renovation of Rentschler Hall on the Hamilton campus.

Renovations will include new classrooms and offices, a fire protection system, energy-efficient lights and mechanical systems upgrades.

In other action, trustees:

  • voted to support State Issue 1, a bond issue to continue the Third Frontier Initiative that ties education to innovation, technology and business opportunity in Ohio.
  • approved changing the name of the department of paper and chemical engineering to the department of chemical and paper engineering, effective with the following academic year.
  • approved emeritus/emerita designations for several retiring faculty and administrators.
  • recognized trustees Richard Smucker, who recently resigned from the board due to new responsibilities; Fred Wall, Miami ’56, whose current term expires this month after 12 and a half years of service; and Heath Ingram, student trustee whose two-year term expires this month.

Associated Student Government (ASG) President Jonathan McNabb reported on an ASG resolution to support a new Bicentennial Student Center (BSC) following support found in a student survey of 1,816 responses. The survey found varying levels of favor among students for having student fees pay for the construction and operation of a BSC. The resolution includes the stipulations that at least 40 percent be paid for with donations and that student fees be assigned once the center is operational, among other stipulations.

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