University Senate                                                                     

Proposed: February 6, 2009

Adopted: February 6, 2009, as amended by voice vote with no nays and one abstention

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH

LAMONT RESEARCH PROFESSORSHIPS

WHEREAS    the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) has maintained an eminent position in basic research in the earth and ocean sciences since its founding in 1949, and

WHEREAS    the more than 60 Officers of Research called the Doherty Research Staff, a group of independent, world-class scientists, have contributed crucially to LDEO’s intellectual distinction, alongside the two-dozen faculty members in the Arts and Sciences Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and

WHEREAS    the rapid recent growth of the field of earth and environmental sciences has made it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain Doherty Research Staff against offers of faculty positions at other institutions, and

WHEREAS    the urgent need to make the Doherty Research Staff positions at LDEO more prestigious and secure has spurred the creation of the new title Lamont Research Professor, a set of nine-month Research Officer positions with an increased fraction of salary support to be provided by the Lamont endowment, and with full salary guaranteed for the duration of renewable five-year appointments;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED              that the University Senate approve the establishment of three new titles for Officers of Research based at LDEO: Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Lamont Associate Research Professor, and Lamont Research Professor;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED       that the University Senate respectfully request the Trustees to amend the University Statutes as follows (new matter underlined):

 

§20. Membership. The University Senate shall be a unicameral body whose membership shall be composed of representatives from the following categories:

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f.          Research members

Six members who shall be elected from and by those persons designated as senior
research scientist or senior research scholar, Lamont research professor, research scientist or research scholar, Lamont associate research professor, associate research scientist or associate research scholar, Lamont assistant research professor, postdoctoral  research scientist, postdoctoral research scholar, or postdoctoral research fellow, senior staff associate and staff associate, as defined in Section 62 of these Statutes, and who are not entitled to vote as officers of instruction.

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§21. Election, eligibility, recall, and term of office

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d.         Election of members of officers of research
The six memberships for officers of research shall be apportioned by the University Senate biennially as follows: four among officers of research members designated as senior research scientist or senior research scholar, Lamont research professor, research scientist or research scholar, Lamont associate research professor, associate research scientist or associate research scholar, and Lamont assistant research professor; one additional research officer member shall be elected from those persons designated as postdoctoral research scientist, postdoctoral research scholar, or postdoctoral research fellow; and one additional research officer member shall be elected from those persons designated senior staff associate or staff associate.

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§60. Appointments. ... Except with the approval of the President, no officer of instruction shall be appointed as an officer of research, or vice versa, except that an officer of instruction who is a lecturer may also be appointed a senior research scientist or senior research scholar, a Lamont research professor, a research scientist or research scholar, a Lamont associate research professor, an associate research scientist or associate research scholar, a Lamont assistant research professor, or a postdoctoral research scientist or postdoctoral research scholar, and vice versa. ...

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§62. Officers of research: Grades of office

a.         The following grades of office shall be recognized in all appointments of officers of research:

senior research scientist or senior research scholar
visiting senior research scientist or visiting senior research scholar
adjunct senior research scientist or adjunct senior research scholar
Lamont research professor
research scientist or research scholar
visiting research scientist or visiting research scholar
adjunct research scientist or adjunct research scholar
Lamont associate research professor
associate research scientist or associate research scholar
visiting associate research scientist or visiting associate research scholar
adjunct associate research scientist or adjunct associate research scholar
Lamont assistant research professor

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c.         A Lamont research professor is an officer of research in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory holding the doctorate or its professional equivalent, who is appointed for a term not to exceed five years, which shall be renewable, for full-time or parttime service, who is primarily engaged in research and whose qualifications correspond to those of University officers in the grade of professor.

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e.         A Lamont associate research professor is an officer of research in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory holding the doctorate or its professional equivalent, who is appointed for a term not to exceed twelve months, which shall be renewable, for full-time or part-time service, who is primarily engaged in research and whose qualifications correspond to those of University officers in the grade of associate professor.

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g.         A Lamont assistant research professor is an officer of research in the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory holding the doctorate or its professional equivalent, who is appointed for a term not to exceed twelve months, which shall be renewable, for full-time or part-time service, who is primarily engaged in research and whose qualifications correspond to those of University officers in the grade of assistant professor.

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                                                                        Proponent: Faculty Affairs Committee