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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (June 12, 1984)
Increased pay, involvement goals
of new Faculty Senate president
By Marc Simon
Improving faculty salaries and getting more faculty
involvement in university issues are major goals of
Norman Thorson, professor of law and newly
elected president of the Faculty Senate.
"The highest priority of the faculty is to improve
faculty salaries " he said, saying that this was
necessary to keep qualified faculty at UNL. While it
is generally true that persons in the "academic
market" are paid less than those in the nonacademic
sector, UNL has failed to keep up with salary levels
at many other academic institutions, Thorson said.
Part of this needed, improvement, Thorson said,
could come in the form of an improved benefits
package for faculty. He added that there are a few
areas, which need further looking into, which may
provide a few benefits at no additional cost to the
Increased faculty involvement in important univer
sity issues is another goal of Thorson. He said he
would "make sure that the faculty is involved in an
important decision making," which would be aided
by striving for "good cooperation with administra
tion" among faculty members.
Thorson said he sees a continuing need to improve
relations with decision makers in Nebraska who
have input into the university's operation. To help
do this, he said he is trying to measure people's
attitudes and perceptions concerning the university
through various means.
Part of these perceptions, Thorson thinks, are
heavily related to what people hear concerning
faculty accomplishments. UNL has many outstanding
faculty members, Thorson said, several of whom
have been honored for their teaching and research
Thorson said he wants UNL to attract first-rate
faculty members so "the university achieves a gr eater
level of excellence."
"This is where you want to attract world-class
scholars and world-class research," he said.
Thorson said he does not have a long-range
agenda for the Faculty Senate. Referring to problems
and issues the organization will be faced with, he
said, "you have to be ready to react, but you can't be
asked what to react to."
In addition to his senate endeavors, he currently
i3 working on two projects. One is a book on
Nebraska water laws to be done in conjunction with
Richard Harnsburger, a professor of law at UNL The
other is a colaborative effort on a book relating to
cases in agricultural law.
Thorson has earned four degrees at UNL, including
his law degree in 1977 and doctorate in 1979. He was
a Faculty Senate member for four years, and served
on various committees including the executive,
employee benefits, contracts and athletic ticket
policy committees. He was elected to his current
position as president during a May 8 Faculty Senate
meeting, and will serve for one year.
Other officers elected to the Faculty Seriate are:
Agnes Adams (assistant professor of libraries),
secretary; elected to Executive Council were Stan
Vasa (education professor), Yen-Ching Pao (engi
neering professor), Nancy Betts (home economics
professor), R. McLaran Sawyer (education professor),
John Sholz (chemistry professor), George Tuck
(journalism professor), Bill Caree (Douglas County
extension agent), Allen Biazek (agricultural educa
tion professor) and Desmond Wheeler (chemistry
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