Senate Committee on Faculty and the Administration SCOA
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The Senate Committee on Faculty and the Administration ("SCOA") oversees and advises the Executive Committee on matters relating to the faculty's interface with the University's administration, including policies and procedures (e.g., the Patent Policy, Conflict of Interest policies) relating to the University's structure, the conditions of faculty employment (such as personnel benefits), and information. In general the Committee deals with the matters covered by the following sections of the University's Handbook for Faculty and Academic Administrators: I.A.-D., G.-H.1., I.-K., II.E. III., V., VI.
Specific Charges, 2020-2021
- Assess and evaluate ways to change University structures, practices, and biases (at the University, school, departmental, and individual levels) that perpetuate systemic racism as they apply to the committee’s general charge.
- Facilitate the changes identified in the previous charge.
- Explore existing and alternative models for providing public safety and services to the campus community.
- Examine the effectiveness of outsourced employee benefits and human resources services (including but not limited to WageWorks and Health Advocate) with respect to how well their processes embody Penn’s values.
- Monitor the effectiveness of university support for online teaching during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Identify and evaluate possible approaches to responding to challenges of fulfilling childcare needs posed by faculty who deliver instruction online.
SCOA 2020-2021 Membership
- Ryan Baker (GSE)
- Joel Bennett (PSOM/Medicine)
- Peter Kuriloff (GSE)
- Vera Krymskaya (PSOM/Medicine), CHAIR
- Errol Lord (SAS/Philosophy)
- Steven Messe (PSOM/Neurology)
- Kevin Platt (SAS/Russian and East European Studies)
- Erika Reineke (Vet Medicine)
- Ex officio:
- William Braham (Weitzman Design), Senate Chair-Elect
- Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Annenberg), Senate Chair
- Marshall Meyer (Wharton), PASEF non-voting member