Welcome from the Faculty Council Chairperson

Issing 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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Nominations for Chair-Elects for 2016-2017

February 11, 2016

Dear Members of the Faculty:

With this email, I announce the beginning of the election season for faculty governance. Please consider nominating yourself to serve as Chair-elect of Faculty Council or one of the three standing committees, i.e., Academic and Professional Affairs, Curriculum and Teaching, or Faculty Benefits. You might also want to invite a colleague to participate in faculty governance. The next two years will surely be important ones for faculty governance in the ongoing effort to strengthen and effectively exercise our voice as the College strives towards a stable and hopeful future for the distinctive King’s education.

The Faculty Constitution stipulates that those standing for election meet the following criteria: a non-transition, full-time member of the faculty, in at least the fifth year of service at the College.  The Constitution also requires that the Chair-elect not come from the same division as the Chair; therefore, the following restrictions are placed on nominations for Chairs-elect for AY16-17:

  • As Kristi Concannon will serve as Chair of Faculty Council, the Chair-elect may not be from Division A.
  • As Michael Little will serve as Chair of A&P, the Chair-elect may not be from Division C.
  • As Garrett Barr will serve as Chair of C&T, the Chair-elect may not be from Division A.
  • As Michele McGowan will serve as Chair of Faculty Benefits, the Chair-elect may not be from Division D.

The Constitution, which can be found in the Faculty Handbook (pp. 111-128 in Fall 2015 edition found here on the Faculty Governance webpage), provides a helpful introduction to the role of faculty governance in the shared governance of the College as well as explanation of the rules and procedures for elections. It also clarifies the roles, responsibilities, and procedures of Council and the standing committees. Please review this document as you discern participation.

To facilitate the election process, I have attached a nomination form (Chair-elect Nomination Form) and ask that interested candidates return the form to me via campus mail, to my office (Hafey-Marian 414), or via email as a scanned document, by Thursday, February 18. The following day, I will distribute a list of nominees to the faculty. The Constitution allows for an additional six-class-day period for submitting nominations, meaning nominations will close on February 26. Assuming multiple nominations for any position, online elections will be held from February 29 to March 4. Council has asked me to invite candidates, if desired, to disseminate to the faculty a statement of interest and qualification. Over the next two weeks, Kristi and I will communicate with you some of the concerns we see facing Council over the next few years.

After the Winter Recess, Divisional Representatives to Faculty Council will hold elections for divisional representatives to various committees within the context of division meetings. Please consider these additional opportunities to serve.

The challenges that face our College are real. It behooves us as faculty to make sure that we have our best representation in faculty governance and that we use our voice effectively and courageously. Please consider this important participation.

Sincerely,

Fr. Dan

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February 12 FB Meeting Agenda

Faculty Benefits Committee
Agenda for February 12th 2016
2:10 pm in the Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

  1. Chairs Update
  2. Approval of January 29th minutes
  3. Discussion Part Time Faculty Survey
  4. Role of FB Committee and how FB fits into new budget cycle
  5. Alternatives to step system
  6. Development of Faculty Compensation Plan
  7. Questions for administration and information needed
  8. New business
  9. Adjournment

Next meeting February 26th Friedman Room (117) in the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center

 

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A&P Meeting on February 12

A&P Committee 2015-2016

A&P will meet this Friday, February 12 at 2:10 p.m. in the Lipo Room. All are welcome to attend.

February 12 Meeting Agenda

  1. Approval of the minutes of January 29 meeting
  1. Chair’s Report
  1. Old business
  • Feedback Form for Academic Administrators
  • Constitutional Review
  1. New business
  1. Adjournment

Next A&P meeting is on February 26 in Lipo.

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Curriculum & Teaching Committee Meeting Agenda

Agenda

Curriculum and Teaching Committee

12 February 2016, 2:10 PM

SF 115

 

  1. Approval of Minutes
  2. Chair’s Report
  3. Discussion of Core 14X Requirement for International Students
  4. Preliminary Discussion of Common Hour Initiative
  5. Preliminary Discussion of Liberal Arts Seminar CART Report
  6. Discussion of Update on Core Review
  7. Discussion of Faculty Governance Policy on Changes to Majors/Programs
  8. Adjournment

All are welcome to attend.

 

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Agenda, core review meeting, Tuesday, February 9, 8:30 a.m., Lipo Room

The next meeting of the Core Review Committee is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 9, 8:30 a.m., in the Lipo Room. The agenda is the same as it was for our February 2 meeting:

1) to review and discuss the draft of learning goals and outcomes distributed to the faculty on January 15;

2) to review and discuss feedback from faculty about this draft;

3) to consider changes to it; and

4) to consider two further, small changes to the draft core statement of purpose.

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Chair’s update January 29th FB meeting

I started off updating the committee on items from our December 4th meeting. In response to FB’s requests for the number of employees on each health care plan and the cost to King’s of each plan the committee was told that “The information requested is too sensitive and too detailed to share as the cost of the plans are tied closely to the actual claims of the members covered. John will commit to attend a future meeting and answer theoretical questions on how cost share is determined but cannot provide actual information.”

There was no response to the FB recommendations on parking. Lita said that she did not recall receiving the recommendations and that she would look into it.

Michele and I meet with Joe and Neal the week before classes began to ask them some of the FB questions from our December 4th meeting. Below is a summary of the questions asked and Joe and Neal’s responses:   Continue reading

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Update: Jan 29 A&P Committee Meeting

A&P Committee met on Friday, Jan 29.

First, the Dec. 4 meeting minutes was approved with some minor edits. Then, the Chair reported DSS for Exercise Science and the revised Sabbatical Leave Policy were discussed and approved by Council. The Chair also reported that the summer research committee had finished reviewing the proposals and the recommendations were submitted to the Academic Affair office.

Later on, the whole committee focused on the deliberation on Third Year Review Policy Proposal. With modifications, the document was approved with 9 votes in favor and 1 against.

A&P also briefly discussed the Feedback Form for Academic Administrators. A draft from the President was distributed during the meeting. Due to the lack of time, the committee decided to continue discussion on Feedback Form and the Constitutional Review report in the next meeting.

After the meeting, the Dec. 4 meeting minutes was uploaded on the sharepoint site.

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Agenda, Core Review Meeting, Tuesday, February 2, 8:30 a.m., Lipo Room

The next meeting of the Core Review Committee is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 2, 8:30 a.m., in the Lipo Room. The agenda is fourfold:

1) to review and discuss the draft of learning goals and outcomes distributed to the faculty on January 15;

2) to review and discuss feedback from faculty about this draft;

3) to consider changes to it; and

4) to consider two further, small changes to the draft core statement of purpose.

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Constitution Review Progress Report

A&P would like to hear your comments about our work on Constitutional Review. A&P is currently working with a report prepared by the Ad Hoc Committee for Constitutional Review; that report, linked below, responds to the various concerns raised by the faculty at an All-Faculty Meeting last fall. The report identifies areas needing more study or deliberation, and it also begins pointing in new directions.

We encourage you to bring your ideas for shaping governance and strengthening faculty voice to this conversation. If you have any questions or comments, please forward them to any member of A&P.

Thanks!

Report to A&P Constitution Review

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A&P Meeting on January 29

A&P Committee 2015-2016

A&P will meet this Friday, January 29 at 2:10 p.m. in the Lipo Room.  All are welcome to attend.

January 29 Meeting Agenda

  1. Approval of the minutes of December 4 meeting
  1. Chair’s Report
  1. Old business
  • Third Year Review Procedure Proposal
  • Feedback Form for Academic Administrators
  • Constitutional Review
  1. New business
  1. Adjournment

Next A&P meeting is on February 12 in Lipo.

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