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Procedure for Appointment and Reappointment of Deans and University-Wide Administrators [Addendum on Removal of Deans] Section I.E.2

On page 8: Change heading “Consultation for Deans, Associate Deans, and Vice Deans” to “Appointment of Deans, Associate Deans, and Vice Deans” and begin paragraph with preamble:

The Statutes of the Corporation (9.4) state that a Dean shall be appointed or removed by the Trustees, upon recommendation by the President and the Provost, and according to policies and procedures promulgated by the President and the Provost.

On page 9, before heading “Appointments of Acting Administrators” add a new heading: “Removal of a Dean”

The procedure for the removal of a Dean prior to the expiration of his or her term may be initiated by the President and the Provost. It may also be initiated by a faculty vote of no confidence taken at a meeting in accordance with the bylaws of the school. The vote of no confidence must be confirmed by a majority of the standing faculty in a subsequent mail ballot. In either case, the Provost shall appoint, in consultation with the Senate Committee on Consultation, an Advisory Committee of at least five faculty members, a majority of whom shall be from outside of the school. The Committee shall be charged by the Provost and the President to gather information relevant to the issues specified in the charge, including interviews with the faculty land Dean. The Committee shall forward its recommendations, with supporting documents, to the Provost, the President, and the Dean, within four weeks of its appointment. The Committee shall report its recommendations to the faculty of the school.

Speaking Out

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Your July 18 story about the renovation and refurbishing of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is cause for celebration. Credit must go to the Libraries Director, Paul H. Mosher and his team for the master plan as spelled out in the story.

In today’s competitive world, where the tools and techniques for the gathering and storage of information are constantly chang- ing, libraries are hard-pressed to keep up-to- date. Dr. Mosher paints an attractive picture as he describes plans to improve the building’s facilities and make them more user-friendly. He does a disservice, however, to one of his predecessors, Richard DeGennaro, in failing to identify past improvements.

By referring to the building as “crummy,” Dr. Mosher casts aspersions on the stewardship’s prior to his arrival on board. It was during DeGennaro’s tenure that impor- tant improvements, although necessarily piecemeal, were accomplished.

To cite one example, lounges were cre- ated where students could read and work with some degree of privacy. On Van Pelt’s 5th Floor the Class of 1937 Lounge provides a comfortable and attractive retreat. Thanks to the dedicated support of Craig Sweeten, C’37, and his fellow alumni, the Class of ’37 Lounge periodically expanded as it diversi- fied its facilities and decor. Students, in ever larger number, continue to discover and en- joy its agreeable environment.

Another and different kind of space im- proved during DeGennaro’s regime is the Rare Books Reception Room on Van Pelt’s

6th Floor. This handsome room is dedicated to the philanthropy of Lessing Rosenwald. Originally it housed only book cases. Now the walls are lined with rare antique oak paneling from the estate of Trustee Robert Dechert. Elegantly lighted, it is one of the University’s most distinguished gathering places.

I point out these examples of past im- provements not to denigrate Dr. Mosher’s brave new plan, but to give some credit where it is deserved.

  • Maurice S. Burrison

Director, Faculty Club Art Gallery

Response to Mr. Burrison

In the “Age of the Sound Bite,” omission does not necessarily mean absence. The “sound bite” offered me was intended to focus on the rehabilitation effort planned for the next few years rather than provide a history of past efforts at improving the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center; I felt, perhaps wrongly, that the latter would eat up too much space. I am grateful to Mr. Burrison for providing me with the opportunity to recog- nize contributors of the past, and would like to assure him that my concentration on the future was not an attempt to derogate the past.

The Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center consists of two buildings with a linking pas- sage way completed between 1961 and 1964. The building was designed in a style some architects call “neo-brutalist,” and was in- tended to provide what was the largest open stack library collection space in any Ameri-

ALMANAC September 5, 1995

Procedure on Research Faculty Moving to the Standing Faculty

Section II.B.3.

On page 23, delete second full paragraph, and insert in its place:

Members of the Research Faculty do not normally move to positions on the Standing Faculty and, they may do so only in conjunction with a national search. If a Research Assistant Professor moves to an untenured position on the Standing Faculty the beginning of the tenure- probationary period in the Standing Faculty will be set at the date at which the probationary period for promotion to Research Associate Pro- fessor had begun. If the move occurs within a school the tenure-probationary period may not be extended. If the move involves a change of schools, a maximum of two additional years in the tenure-probationary period may be granted with the Provost’s approval. Under no circum- stances may appointment to the Associated Fac- ulty be used to extend the tenure-probationary period.

can university at the time it was built. There have been, over the years, significant efforts to upgrade the facility after it opened. I will welcome the opportunity to recognize some of the most important:

Perhaps the most notable was carried out through the generosity of Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr., whose great uncle, Joseph G. Rosengarten had similarly upgraded and embellished the University Library in its previous home in the Furness Building (now the Fisher Fine Arts Library). Adolph Ros- engarten moved the Lea Library (including the complete gentleman’s victorian library furnishings and equipment) from its old loca- tion in the Furness Building into Special Collections on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt- Dietrich Library Center. He also provided the reserve late night study area and the adjacent computer lab on the ground floor east of Van Pelt. The Special Collections area of the new building was also enriched by Robert Dechert and by Lessing Rosenwald, who helped provide useful and attractive space for exhibits and events.

The Class of 1937 laid the foundation for much of what we currently plan, through its generous provision of the Class of ’37 Lounge with the wonderful class memorabilia which adds so much flavor to that much-beloved study area, and also a computer lab with Thomas Moser carrels, and the Class plans to provide a row of new Moser study carrels as well, adjacent to their lounge. Their example has provided motivation for a dozen other classes who have agreed to enrich the work- ing lives of Penn students through the current


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