Decanal...(6 of 8)

James N. Porter (jnporter@yorku.ca)
Sun, 11 Jan 1998 17:23:02 -0500 (EST)


as promised - James

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Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 15:21:23 -0500
From: Luigi M Bianchi <lbianchi@YORKU.CA>
Reply-To: York University Faculty Association List <YUFA-L@YORKU.CA>
To: YUFA-L@YORKU.CA
Subject: Re: Please tell me...

Phillip,

I read with great interest that

"In her two meetings with the FFA Executive and the Council,
Lorna Marsden was asked how mnay names hse expected
to be forwarded on the short list. She said "Ideally, one."

This is a remarkable shift from the answer that Susan Mann
gave to Atkinson Council, when she frowned at the possibility
that the short list would consist of only one name. This is a
very good sign.

What you report about the instructions given by the president
to the search committee is also very encouraging. Again, a
critical shift compared to the threatening urgency Susan Mann
had impressed upon the Atkinson Decanal Search Committee.

Have a good trip!

/luigi

Luigi M Bianchi

Date: Sun, 11 Jan 1998 14:44:27 -0500
Reply-to: York University Faculty Association List
From: Phillip Silver <psilver@YORKU.CA>
Subject: Re: Please tell me...

Luigi,

You raise good points and obviously each faculty council must learn from
the lessons of others. A university wide process would be better, and I
think that will come....except for those faculties who seem to their
specialness is under threat.

Your note reminded me of something which I had not included in my previous
and is something that I think those with more years at York can evaluate
better.

You referred to a "short list" from which the President will choose her
noiminee to put before the BOG. In her two meetings with the FFA
Executive and the Council, Lorna Marsden was asked how mnay names hse
expected to be forwarded on the short list. She said "Ideally, one." She
made it clear she would rather have the committee forward one name that
represented the faculty's fullest support committee trhough the committee.

Re internal/external, the Pres enocuraged us to seek internal first. I
read her comments to mean that if a preliminary report from the search
committee indicated that a wider search was required, it would not be
ruled out. The President seemed to be giving the search committee time to
meet, set its own plans and procedures, review the "job
description" as adopted by the council, and decide for itself what the
limits might be. To my knowldege the committee has not met yet, but I
suspect individual members of the committee are aware of these issues and
will speak strongly on them in their early meetings.

Phillip Silver
Department of Theatre
York University
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