Committee Minutes

Faculty Meeting #5 Minutes 2012-3-5


1.     Call to Order, Welcome & Announcements – Dean Mary Brabeck

The minutes of the meeting of February 6, 2012, were approved.


Courtney Bowe, NYU Office of Public Affairs, NYU Steinhardt contact;

Tony Graham, Visiting Faculty in the Program in Educational Theatre.


2.     Report from the Steinhardt Senate – Bill Wesbrooks, Chair

Graduate Student Organization, Brian Dooley, Publicity Co-Chair

GSO sponsored the 2012 MLK Oratorical Event.  Approximately 40-50 students participated.  The winner was Michael McCutcheon, a doctoral student in counseling psychology, for his oration, “Speak Out, Speak Up!” asking the NYU community to make freedom and equality of LGBT people a personal issue.  GSO is moving forward with other activities: a town hall meeting, elections, activities in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8, a coffee talk, graduate student social, and reimbursements for graduate students through the professional development fund.

Undergraduate Student Organization, Joey Kopriva, USG President

Steinhardt participated in the all-university games and won the t-shirt design contest with “Steinosaurus,” the most versatile dinosaur.  Upcoming events:  advisor panel; semester day of service co-sponsored with GSO with all different charities; professional reimbursement process for UG students attending conferences; the semester Dean’s hour.  Two big events are: Awards Gala on April 16 and Tip-to-Tip charity walk from 215th Street to Battery Park (reaching out for faculty participation, e.g., handing out water, cheering the walkers on, etc.,

Report from the University SenatorsFloyd Hammack

Report attached.  Two forums are scheduled for discussion of the NYU 2031 plan – March 9, April 20.

Reports from Faculty Council – Bill Wesbrooks

There are a number of issues under discussion (e.g., strategic planning, faculty teaching workload, clinical faculty multiyear contract procedures).  We are making every effort to communicate with as many faculty members as possible.  Please be sure to share your ideas with the department Senators or anyone else who can ensure that your ideas, concerns, and issues are incorporated into the conversations.

Reports from the Deans Steinhardt Updates – Beth Weitzman

  • Good news.  Total enrollment has increased.  (Note the large number of UG students and the growth in enrollment and quality.)  An increase in the applicant pool has also led to increased selectivity across the school.
  • The Steinhardt US News & World Report Ranking is #15.
  • New degree programs and those under development speak to the creativity of the faculty.

Financial Profile & Space Renovations –Robert Knight

  • Steinhardt Income – Trends indicate the enormous productivity of faculty and staff.  The real issues are: the majority of revenue is net tuition – after financial aid; the need is to sustain net tuition income and increase non-tuition revenue. Space challenges are related to difficulty increasing the number of students.  Our need requires sustainability of revenue growth and diversity of revenue sources.
  • Expenses – The majority of spending is on instructional salaries, financial aid, overhead & space.  We’re frugal as an institution and have a meager non-salary budget but remarkable productivity.
  • External Funding – More proposals have been developed and more of those submitted have been funded; the trend in grant activity is upward.
  • Philanthropy – We have received impressive gifts from a handful, but dedicated, group of donors.
  • Space Renovations – Many of us are living through renovations right now.  The big project of connecting the education block to the cogeneration plant is very important to leverage the cool water supply for AC and be greener, more sustainable.
  • Renovation of East Building – This involves bringing the building up to standards.  If everything goes as planned, major renovation may be finished by May 2013 – but that is a very aggressive and optimistic timetable.
  • Enabling Renovations – The renovations required a number of moves, e.g., Administration & Finance moved to Mercer; space at 411 Lafayette was leased to free up top floors of East; ALT moved to 6th floor of Pless.  Music moved to the Education Building and to Pless Annex; Nutrition  & Food Studies (except for the food sciences lab) moved to 411; T&L moved to make space for the renovation.

 4.     Steinhardt Strategic Planning – Dean Mary Brabeck

First, it is important to place the Steinhardt strategic planning process in the context of university priorities.

NYU as Global Network University – Erich Dietrich developed a map that shows where in the world Steinhardt is – where our students are going, where our faculty is involved in research, where our programs are.  Global Media Scholars (Media, Culture & Communication) provides students with two semesters abroad in two diverse sites, focusing on global media, visual culture, and media history.  The Department of Art & Art Professions is working with Global Programs @ Steinhardt to build studios in Berlin (art capital of the world).  The Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions is offering jazz in Florence and Paris and orchestra in Prague.  Significant planning is going on in all departments.  Our challenges are how are we going to staff the programs and invite joint appointments – in New York and abroad.

Global Public Health – The Steinhardt MA in Public Health is moving to the university-wide Global Public Health program.

ICES (Institute for Cities) and CUSP (Center for Urban Science & Programs) calls for an applied science institute and high-level science programs for an “urbanizing” world.

 Bioengineering – Numerous trans-school interests and efforts.

Data Science & Statistics – We are able to contribute to that substantially through PRISM, our courses, etc.

Games – This interest is also trans-school including Courandt, Teaching & Learning, and ALT.

Steinhardt faculty, programs, and departments share commonalities and interests that are also in tune with current NYU priorities:

Perry Halkitis and Jan Plass serve on the Provost’s Council on Science & Technology and shared our interests in expanding the science focus here and abroad.  How do you tell the multidimensional story of science at Steinhardt?  That story has several foci: (examples are illustrative, not inclusive)

  • Learning & Cognition (e.g., Clancy Blair’s work on self-regulation/Applied Psych)


  • Games & Learning (e.g. Jan Plass in ALT & Catherine Milne in Teaching & Learning)
  • Behavioral Sciences: (e.g., HIV is more than biological reality and links with – Farzana Kapadia’s work on social networks, Larry Aber’s psychosocial research in Africa, Sally Guttmacher’s public health research, and Niyati Parekh’s research on diet, obesity, and cancer)
  • Health Sciences – (e.g., partnership with Rusk Institute in research & training including the rehab doctoral program, Gregory Gutierrez’ work in rehabilitation science)


  • STEME – (e.g., Steinhardt STEME Education and Research Center; teaching science & math at all levels; Marty Simon’s NSF grant on teaching rational numbers in elementary school, Pam Abder’s work on CRISP “Clinically Rich Integrated Science Program, Okhee Lee’s focus on promoting science learning and language development of English Language Learners through teacher professional development)


Go to:


  • Why this year? We were going to begin this 2 years ago, but waited because of the economy.
  • Goal?  We want to build consensus on the big ideas that perhaps build on some university priorities, take advantage of them, and shape them.
  • Role of the Steering Committee? The Committee will work with information the consultants gather from the rest of us and shape it into a set of big ideas.
  • Keeling & Associates?  We selected these consultants because of their understanding of universities and the context in which we work.  They will be gathering data – surveys, in person, town halls, focus groups, “idea walls” – get our ideas and then shape them for discussion by the Steering Committee.
  • Cost?  We will need to generate a sense of the cost of the new directions once they are identified.
  • Timing? Consultants will gather information in April and May; the Steering Committee will discuss and shape the big ideas during the summer; the plan will be brought back to the faculty in the fall.


  • There will be many opportunities to spend time with them as info strategies are implemented.
  • The time to ask where you’re going is when you’re going somewhere; given current picture, we’re going somewhere.  Where?  What about funding, faculty, academic priorities?
  • Who are the consultants?  They are higher education consulting corporation that’s been around for about 20 years doing program reviews, strategic reviews, etc.
  • Process?  The goal is to develop a plan that is resonant, respectful and aspirational, contextual, and practical.  We’re in a great situation in this process because this one starts from enormous strength – “building on our strengths, advancing our mission” – responds entirely to opportunity not correcting something that’s not working.


  1. How many adjunct faculty are there – about 700, primarily located in Music, Art, and Teaching and Learning.
  2. Clarification – Thanks for the presentation and the information about the sciences (social sciences, community initiatives, diversity initiatives).  But, our priorities are broader and more comprehensive.  For example, what priority big idea around the arts do we have?
  3. Digital Learning – NYU has been slow to get into online learning or online courses.  How should Steinhardt be involved in this as our big idea – accelerated by the “global network university?
  4. The clinical faculty comprises approximately 34% of the faculty.  How do they fit in? 

[Response: We’re about research informing practice and practice informing research.  So, for example, clinical faculty members in art are artists, blurring differences in the work of clinical and tenured faculty.  Our clinical faculty is very impressive.  Our reason for presenting the science focus today is not to distract from the other things we’re doing.  Maybe we should do another overview on arts & humanities.  Also, discussing science at Steinhardt is primarily about educating those who are outside our school about the range of things we do?

  1. What do you think of a strategic planning process?  We want to make every effort to make this as inclusive and transparent as possible.  Members of the Steering Committee represent all of us – departments, staff, students.  Suggestions? Cautions?

[Response: Material at the beginning is inundating.  If this is put on the web, the town hall meetings can focus on encouraging comments.} 

Everyone – Have a good spring break!


Respectfully submitted,

Terry A. Astuto, Faculty Secretary