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, 2021-2022
- Address systemic racism and other forms of inequity by assessing and evaluating ways to change University structures, practices, and biases at the University, school, departmental, and individual levels. Examples include eligibility for leadership roles, differential standards for faculty evaluation based on race, gender, or national origin, department-level voting privileges, biases implicit in quantitative methods for evaluating faculty, evaluation of effectiveness of campus mental health and wellness programs.
- Continue to explore existing and alternative models for providing public safety and services to the campus community.
- Continue to 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.
- Continue to monitor the effectiveness of university support for online teaching during the coronavirus pandemic.
SCOA 2021-2022 Membership
- Ryan Baker (GSE)
- Vera Krymskaya (PSOM/Medicine), CHAIR
- Steven Messe (PSOM/Neurology)
- Kevin Platt (SAS/Russian and East European Studies)
- Erika Reineke (Vet Medicine)
- Ex officio:
- A representative of the Senate Tri-Chairs
- Peter Kuriloff (GSE), PASEF non-voting member