Welcome from the Faculty Council Chairperson

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Kristi Concannon, Faculty Council Chair

Welcome to the new King’s College Faculty Governance page. My hope is that this site will increase and strengthen faculty participation in the governance of King’s College. This page is an instrument of communication and collaboration in our efforts of shared governance; as the epigraph above says, a voice for faculty action in a spirit of authentic collegial cooperation. Please make a visit to this site a regular part of your daily habits. Continue reading

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Agenda: Faculty Council March 24

The fifth spring meeting of Faculty Council is scheduled for Friday at 2:10pm in the Lipo Room of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center. The meeting is open to all; please consider yourself invited to attend. The only item on this week’s agenda is discussion of proposed changes to the faculty constitution regarding membership of the Faculty Benefits Committee.

In addition, today is the last voting day for the position of Chair-Elect of C&T. The polls will close at 5pm; you can vote here: http://departments.kings.edu/facultyelections/

In the next couple of weeks, your Divisions will elect representatives to the standing committees. After Easter, we will hold elections for any remaining at-large positions.

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Update: Faculty Council, March 3

Faculty Council met for the fourth time this semester on March 4.  Mr. Freddie Pettit was present to give a report on the capital campaign and institutional advancement.  He indicated that financial metrics are positive with an increase in donations from alumni and benefactors.  He also reported that his team is working to fine tune the capital campaign prospectus.  Early reports indicate that four areas resonate with potential donors: student scholarships, initiatives to improve student success, initiatives to enhance the Holy Cross mission, and new Engineering/STEM programs.  Mr. Pettit expects the campaign to be a seven-year process, with the first three years in a silent phase.

Faculty Council continued discussion on four proposed changes to the faculty constitution.  The discussion resulted in (1) a vote to clearly define a quorum of members for standing committees, (2) a vote to change the start date of committee terms, including Chair positions, to July 1st, (3) a vote to make Faculty Council a clearinghouse of all faculty committees.  Each of these proposed changes will require approval by the Faculty and the Board of Directors.  Council also considered a proposal to include faculty on the A&P sub-committee of the Board; this was returned to A&P for further discussion and clarification.  A proposal to update the membership of the Faculty Benefits Committee was tabled.

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Agenda: Faculty Council, March 3

The fourth spring meeting of Faculty Council is scheduled for Friday at 2:10pm in the Molewski Room of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center.  The meeting is open to all; please consider yourself invited to attend.  The agenda includes:

  1. Call to Order; Approval of Minutes
  2. Report on the Capital Campaign (Freddie Pettit)
  3. Reports from: Council Chair, Academic Affairs, Standing Committees & Ad Hoc Core Review Committee Rep
  4. Review of proposed changes to the faculty constitution regarding: standing committee quorums, the term timeline for committee chairs, faculty as members of the A&P committee of the Board, Council’s role as a “committee on committees” and membership of the Faculty Benefits Committee.
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Update: A&P February 24, 2017

A&P continues to discuss ways to encourage or support pre-tenure faculty through the third-year review process, particularly by encouraging them to apply for differential workloads after the review process if they feel they need time to work on scholarship or teaching. We also continue to look into how we might use electronic dossiers for tenure/promotion. Division restructuring is still under discussion, as is Constitution review.

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Update: Faculty Council Feb 17th

Faculty Council met for the third time in the spring semester on February 17th.

The primary discussion was concentrated on proposed language changes to the Faculty Constitution in three different areas: (i) the term end-date for faculty governance chair and chair-elect positions, (ii) how a quorum is defined for Faculty Council and the standing committees, and (iii) whether the chair and chair-elect of Faculty Council should serve as members of the A&P subcommittee of the Board of Directors.  Council also discussed whether it should serve as a “committee on committees” and should oversee any and all committees on campus to which faculty are appointed or elected. Further discussion on all of these items is expected at the next Faculty Council meeting.

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Update: A&P February 10, 2017

A&P is investigating a handful of issues at the moment:

  • a course release for faculty after they complete their third-year review
  • using electronic dossiers for review and promotion
  • restructuring the divisions

We’re also working on our review of the Constitution. Some major issues are still under consideration, but more minor issues are resolved and will be forwarded to Faculty Council:

  • a clear definition of quorum for Council and Standing Committees
  • changing the terms of committees so that they begin on the first day of the academic year (instead of beginning immediately after Commencement)

One significant proposal we’re sending to Council will be to seat the Faculty Council Chair and Chair-elect as ex officio members of the A&P Committee of the Board of Directors.

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