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age 10-Tuesday, March 24, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Committee members represent varied interests


English Prof. George Bornstein, who
specializes in 19th and 20th century
poetry, said he enjoys the teaching,
rather than the administrative, side of
University life.
Bornstein graduated with a B.A. in
English from Harvard in 1963 and
received a Ph.D. in English from Prin-
ceton in 1966. He began teaching at the
University in1970.
He said although he has learned a
great deal about the University as a
member of the committee, he will not
be sorry to see his term end. "It's no
fun," he noted.
Bornstein said he enjoys spending the
small amount of time he has with his 10-
year-old son Benjy.-
' --Rita Clark

Before Prof. William Porter began
teaching journalism at the University
in 1962, he worked as a free-lance
writer. He has had articles published in
Time, The Saturday Evening Post, and
Collier's: He won the University of
Michigan Press Award in 1979 for his
book Assault on the Media: The Nixon
Porter, 63, chaired the journalism
department in 1967-73, and also served
as a Fulbright Lecturer at the Univer-.
sity of Rome during 1952-53.
He received a B.A. in English from
the University of Alabama in 1939 and
earned his Master's Degree in
Dramatic Art from Washington State
University in 1940.
-S'ue Inglis

... represents small department
Near Eastern Studies Prof. Edna Cof-
fin said she is impressed that six very
different individuals on the Executive
Committee can work both independen-
tly and together.
Coffin, 48, began teaching at the
University in 1971. She said her
position on the committee is important
because she represents a small depar-
Coffin, born and raised in Israel,
came to America in 1950 to study at the
University of Washington on an
academic scholarship. She received a
B.A. in Political Science there in 1953
and earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern
Studies from the University in 1969.
-Rita Clark

...desires smoother process
Geologist Henry Pollock's work
measuring the amount of heat that
comes out of the earth has taken him to
various places around the world. He
has traveled to Africa, Asia, South
America, and much of North America.
"I don't pretend to say that it is the
ideal path," said Pollack of the way the
committee has approached budget cut-
backs. But he said in facing up to cir-
cumstances the committee has never
had to face, they have made hard and
careful choices.
He started teaching geology here in
1964 after two years of post doctoral
research at Harvard. He received a
Ph.D. from the University in 1963, an
M.S. from the University of Nebraska
in 1960, and a B.A. from Cornell in 1958.
-Sue Inglis

...'calls job an 'honor'
Prof. Harold Jacobson said he con-
siders it an honor to serve on the
Executive Committee because the
faculty are "willing to entrust the
college to your decisions and recom-
Jacobson, 51, is one of the few com-
mittee members who said he would
want the job again. He said his work on
the committee has made him feel as
though he's attending school again, and
he loves it.
The political science professor began
teaching at the University in 1957 and
chaired his department for five years.
Jacobson graduated from the
University with a B.A. in history in the
early fifties and received his Ph.D. in
International Relations from Yale in
-Rita Clark

... misses research time
When she's not teaching biology
courses, attending meetings, or reading
stacks of material to prepare for her
work on the executive committee, Prof._
Sally Allen can be found working in her
molecular research lab.
Allen, 55, said her fragmented and
lbusy schedule has been a setback to her
simple-model cloning research, which
requires long periods of uninterrupted
She graduated from Vassar in 1946
with an A.B. in biology and received her
Ph.D in genetics from the University of
Chicago in 1954. She joined the Univer
sity faculty in 1967.
The professor of biology also dances
with a local belly-dance troupe that has
performed at ethnic fairs and the
Renaissance Center.
-Sue Inglis


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shocked people out of their skins," he
"THESE ARE STEPS that almost
have never been taken," agreed com-
mittee member Pollack. But the
geologist added that the University's
guidelines for discontinuing academic
programs could be better.
"Whether or not we've proceeded
badly, I think there needs to be im-
provement in the guidelines," he said.
"The machinery isn't perfect. It has not
been as smooth a procedure as one

would desire."
Decisions made by the six-member
committee are said to carry serious
weight with the University ad-
"IT'S AN extraordinary amount of
authority for a faculty group," said
Dean Knott, the committee's chairman.
"Effectively the decisions are made at
the college level."
Knott's role is to provide the commit-
tee with information, offer proposals,
and vote in the event of a committee tie.

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Four associate deans also attend
Executive Committee meetings, which
are held each Thursday from 9 a.mn.-3
p.m. and often on weekends.
The University's vice president for
academic affairs has never refused, to
Knott's knowledge, to forward the
committee's recommendations on
faculty promotions to the president and
Regents for final approval.
"YOU FEEL THAT .faculty do have
to have a major role in the operation of
the University," said committee mem-
ber Porter. The importance of that role,
he said, is why he agreed to serve on the
Committee members agreed that the
job is not an easy one.
"The homework is staggering in ter-
ms of time spent," said Biology Prof:
Allen. The position has taxed her
teaching and research time, she said.
"I'VE LEARNED one heck of a lot
about other parts of LSA," she said, but
added, "I'm a benched scientist as
In addition to the meeting time,
committee members must also read
promotion documents submitted? by
departments, faculty and department
evaluations, and research published by
faculty members. Committee members
estimated that they spend a minimum
of 12 hours, and sometimes up to 30 to 40
hours per week on committee work.
Historically, the committee has been
served by a continuum of able, eminent
scholars who value the role of the
faculty in administrative decision-
"Executive Committee members
tend to be middle-of-the-roaders," said
Political Science Prof. Harold Jacob-
son. "People with extreme viewpoints
,are unlikely to be elected to the*com-
Faculty members are elected by
their peers each spring to serve three-
year terms. Terms are staggered so
two expire each year, and two faculty
members each represent humanities,
natural sciences and social sciences
None of the six current commtittee
members said he or she actively sought
the position. Most said they would not
serve again.
Near Eastern Studies Prof. Edna Cof-
fin was asked to serve on the committee
three times before accepting because
her other activities conflicted with
work on the Executive Committee.
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