A Series of Virtual Forums for Penn Faculty Faculty Senate Seminar Series
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To increase our understanding of the challenges facing Penn in this fraught time and to provide a venue in which faculty questions and concerns can be voiced and addressed, the Tri-Chairs of the Faculty Senate have initiated a Seminar Series with University leaders.
Recordings will be posted on this site for later viewing.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Webinar Registration Link: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/eektvugk
Part of Penn Climate Week 2021: A discussion with representatives from the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
- Koko Warner, Head of the Environmental Migration, Social Vulnerability and Adaptation Section, UNU-EHS
- Zinta Zommers, Programme Management Officer, UNDRR
Moderated by Michael Weisberg, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Senior Faculty Fellow and Director of Post Graduate Programs at Perry World House
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
- (August 23, 2021) Faculty Senate Return-to-Campus Updates
- (August 27, 2021) Memo Addressing Fall 2021 Concerns Related to In-Person Instruction
All faculty and staff were invited to this webinar, in which senior decision-makers addressed your questions on returning to the academic campus for the Fall 2021 semester. Panelists included:
- Benoit Dubé, Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer
- Jack Heuer, Vice President for Human Resources
- Anne Papageorge, Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate Services
- Laura Perna, Vice Provost for Faculty
We are compiling remaining questions and requesting written replies. Those replies will be shared with all registrants as soon as they become available.
Scroll down for archives of the twelve Faculty Senate Seminars held during the inaugural year of the Series, between June 2020 and May 2021.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
9:00-10:00 a.m. EDT
Click here for seminar video and written responses to remaining questions.
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Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President, and Trevor Lewis, Vice President for Management and Budget, address “Penn’s Endowment, Academic Budget, and the COVID-19 Impacts.”
After explaining Penn’s academic budget and endowment, the principles underlying endowment spending, and the financial impact of COVID-19 in both the current and next fiscal years, our guests respond to questions prioritized by the moderators.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
10:00-11:00 a.m. EDT
Jack Heuer, Vice President for Human Resources, Susan Sproat, Executive Director for Benefits, and R. Joy Azikiwe, Executive Director for Human Resources and Chief of Staff, address questions related to human resources and benefits.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
Dr. Benoit Dubé, Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer, addresses ways we can come together and protect the health and wellbeing of the Penn Community during these challenging times. After the discussion, Dr. Dubé responds to questions prioritized by the moderators.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
Provost Wendell Pritchett addresses educational challenges Penn and higher education are facing and responds to questions posed by faculty.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
4:00-5:30 p.m. EST
This virtual Town Hall addresses common questions as we prepare for a unique spring semester. Panelists include:
- Mark Dingfield, PhD – Associate Provost for Finance and Planning
- Benoit Dubé, MD – Chief Wellness Officer and Associate Provost
- Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH – Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing and Executive Director, Center for Public Health Initiatives
- Jeffrey Rowland, MA – Executive Director for Staff and Labor Relations, Division of Human Resources
- Harvey Rubin, MD, PhD – Professor of Medicine
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
This special virtual workshop focused on public art, portraits, and iconography on the campus open to all members of the Penn faculty. The workshop was facilitated by leaders of the Penn Center for Public Art and Space:
- Ken Lum, Marilyn Jordan Taylor Presidential Professor, Chair of Fine Arts
- Paul Farber, Senior Research Scholar
On March 17, 2021, four School Deans - Steve Fluharty (SAS), Erika James (Wharton), Larry Jameson (PSOM), and Andy Hoffman (Vet Medicine) - joined the Senate Executive Committee for a discussion on climate and sustainability efforts taking place within their schools.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
4:00-5:30 p.m. EDT
- University Council Presentation from March 24, 2021
- University Council Presentation from March 24, 2021 - Environmental Innovations Initiative
- Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 (2019)
- Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0 FY20 Update (2020)
Co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Assembly, our guests during this 90-minute Seminar addressed questions submitted in advance on topics related to University investment policy and availability of “green” investment options for faculty and staff retirement plans; efforts to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of the portfolio; plans to reduce carbon-producing travel and to conventionalize carbon-free food consumption and a plastic-free Penn; and greening existing buildings and ensuring that to the extent possible new buildings are powered by renewables. Panelists include:
- Craig Carnaroli – Executive Vice President
- Peter Ammon – Chief Investment Officer
- Anne Papageorge – Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate Services
- Marie Witt – Vice President, Business Services
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
4:30-5:30 p.m. EDT
Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President, and Trevor Lewis, Vice President, Budget Planning & Analysis, offer an update on Penn’s Academic Budget and COVID-19 Impacts on Academic Year 20/21 and an outlook for Academic Year 21/22.
As a follow-up to the Seminar held June 25, 2020, our guests explain Penn’s academic budget and the financial impact of COVID-19 in both the current and next fiscal years. They will then respond to questions prioritized by the moderators.