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The core review committee’s twenty-first and twenty-second meetings of the academic year are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 2/28, 8:30 a.m. and Thursday, 3/2, 8:30 a.m., both in Sheehy-Farmer 115. The Tuesday meeting will be concerned with the natural sciences; the Thursday meeting will be concerned with FYE.
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.
The core review committee’s nineteenth and twentieth meetings of the academic year are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, February 21 and 23, in Sheehy-Farmer 115, at 8:30 a.m. Both meetings will concern the role of the natural sciences in the revised core.
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.
Faculty Council met for the second time in the spring semester on February 3rd.
The primary discussion was concentrated on the recent decision to relocate the college switchboard to the library. Members of Council expressed concern over not only the decision, but also the process by which the decision was reached, particularly the lack of adequate consultation with faculty and the academic administration. Council discussed a letter to be forwarded to Fr. Ryan to convey our concerns.
Additionally, Faculty Council approved “effective librarianship” criteria which will be used in place of “teaching effectiveness” in the evaluation of faculty in the library. The new language will be added to the Full-Time Faculty Handbook. Council also approved language to discourage absentee and proxy voting in the operation of standing committees of faculty governance. The language necessitates a change to the Faculty Constitution.
The next meeting of Faculty Council takes place on February 17th.
At our last C&T meeting, we discussed reports to being sent to Academic Affairs concerning CART reviews from CORE 100 and Literature. Members of the committee were given documents to review regarding a reorganization proposal for the McGowan School of Business.
The seventeenth core review meeting of the academic year is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 8:30 a.m., in Sheehy-Farmer 115. The eighteenth meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 8:30 a.m., in Sheehy-Farmer 109. The agenda for both meetings is to discuss the role of global languages in the core; our focus will be on the “Global Citizenship” cluster.
The second 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 meeting agenda includes:
1. Call to Order; Approval of Minutes
2. Reports from: Council Chair, Academic Affairs, Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Core Review Committee Rep, Division Representatives & Sub-Committees
3. Review of proposed “Effective Librarianship” handbook language
4. Review of proposed handbook language regarding absentee voting in standing committees
5. Discussion of a draft memo regarding the relocation of the switchboard to the library
A&P met for the first time this spring on January 27; most of the business was to put several initiatives in motion:
- We are working to finalize our recommendations for updates to the Constitution.
- We are investigating a policy for giving faculty a course release after they complete their third-year review.
- We are investigating means for faculty to submit electronic dossiers for third-year review and tenure.
- We are studying the current Division structure to look for ways to balance committee representation.
Our next meeting will be February 10 at 2:10pm in the Lipo Room.
January 27, 2017
Lipo Room 2:10pm
- Call to Order
- Approval of Minutes
- Chair’s Report
- Old Business
- New Business
- Revisit language on proxy voting
- Policy on course releases after third-year review
- Electronic dossiers for third-year review and tenure
- Divisional structure
- Constitution review