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Volume 34 Issue 18

Same-sex partner health benefits inevitable, committee says, but urges University not to offer them now >

May 16th, 2002

Eventually, the University should offer medical benefits to its employees' same-sex partners — but doing so now "would not be prudent," Pitt's special committee on domestic partner health insurance benefits has advised. After 10 months of study, the committee concluded in a report to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg that "there is no simple solution" to the […]

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Senate election produces tie for VP >

May 16th, 2002

Economics professor James H. Cassing has been re-elected to a second one-year term as president of the University Senate. Josephine E. Olson of the Katz Graduate School of Business has been elected as the group's new secretary. Their terms begin July 1. Voting for the Senate's vice president resulted in a tie between incumbent Thomas […]

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Faculty elected to Senate committees >

May 16th, 2002

The following faculty members have been elected to three-year terms on standing committees of the University Senate: Admissions and financial aid — Otto L. Graf, education; G. Lance Lugar, University Library System (ULS), and Sheel M. Petel, pharmacy. Anti-discriminatory policies — Eric O. Clarke, Jane Feuer and Richard C. Tobias, Faculty of Arts and Sciences […]

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Senate surveys part-time faculty >

May 16th, 2002

Part-time faculty who responded to a University Senate survey expressed a high degree of satisfaction with physical resources at the Pittsburgh and regional campuses (secretarial support, access to departmental computers and mailboxes) and moderate-to-high satisfaction with academic support (such as departments providing adequate grading guidelines, and matching teaching preferences with course offerings). Respondents were less […]

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SAC to fill officer position next month >

May 16th, 2002

The Staff Association Council (SAC) will fill the office of vice president for communications next month in a special election. SAC vice president for communications Audrey Portis, who had been serving out the term vacated by a retiring staff member, has left the University. The position will be filled next month during a special election, […]

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Turning the tables: The importance of student evaluations of faculty varies >

May 16th, 2002

For most academic units at Pitt, the term is over, exams are completed, students' grades are in. Now, the tables have turned and most faculty are awaiting "grades" from their students. As a matter of institutional policy, faculty at Pitt regardless of rank are required to be evaluated by their students at least once a […]

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Turning the tables: How the evaluation process works >

May 16th, 2002

Deep in the recesses of the Cathedral's ground floor, four Pitt staffers and their boss, surrounded by half-stuffed campus envelopes, long for the day this month when the Mailing Services delivery truck will collect their term-long bookkeeping efforts. On the first day of each term, the Office of Measurement and Evaluation of Teaching (OMET), mails […]

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Turning the tables: Students want access to evaluation results >

May 16th, 2002

Where's the student in student evaluations of teachers? Over the years, Pitt students have insisted that evaluations simply fall into a black hole. In 1998, for example, then Student Government Board (SGB) President Alyson Wallach complained about the evaluations to the University Senate, "We want to know how, who and why. Who is looking at […]

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Some Pitt faculty salaries gain, some drop slightly in AAU poll >

May 16th, 2002

Average salaries of Pittsburgh campus librarians ($48,600) and assistant professors ($56,600) during the 2001-2002 academic year gained ground slightly over the year before, compared with salaries at other Association of American Universities (AAU) schools. Full professors' average pay here ($95,800) ranks about the same as it did the year before, compared with AAU peers. But […]

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AAU rankings include data for regional campuses >

May 16th, 2002

Among the 14 AAU public university branch campuses that focus on baccalaureate-level education, Pitt's Bradford campus ranked 11th during 2001-2002 for average salary of full professors (Bradford average: $61,300) and 10th for both associate professors ($51,700) and assistant professors ($41,700). The year before, Bradford ranked 9th for full, 12th for associate and 11th for assistant […]

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