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.

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.

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.

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.

Update: Faculty Council Feb 3rd

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.

Faculty Council Agenda, Feb 3

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

Update: Faculty Council, January 20, 2017

Faculty Council met for the first time in the spring semester on Friday, January 20th.

Dr. Evan provided an update from Academic Affairs.  The bulk of this report focused on the President’s decision to relocate the college switchboard to the library in order to accommodate the students’ desire for extended library hours.  Council expressed great concern with this decision, it’s impact on the teaching-and-learning space, and the process by which the decision was made.  Dr. Evan provided updates on the Academic Reorganization proposal, the discussion of a Campus Common Hour, and the growing Nursing and Engineering programs.  He also provided an alternate salary benchmarking proposal which was sent to Faculty Benefits for review and consideration.

In new business, Council (i) approved a policy governing the addition of new academic programs to the college curriculum and (ii) approved recommended changes to the Course Withdrawal policy and timeline.  We discussed draft language to define “Effective Librarianship” for the evaluation of faculty in the library and we discussed guidelines for absentee voting in faculty governance committees.  The approval of this language was tabled until the next meeting.

Council meets next on February 3rd.

Faculty Council Agenda, Jan 20

The first 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 is enclosed below for your convenience.  If you have items you wish to have added to the agenda of a future meeting, please contact me or your Faculty Council Division Representative.

1. Call to Order; Approval of Minutes

2. Reports from: Council Chair, Academic Affairs, Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Core Review Committee,  Division Representatives & Sub-Committees

3. Review of the Procedure for Adding a New Academic Program

4. Review of the Course Withdrawal Policy

5. Discussion of the Organization of Faculty Governance Divisions

Update, Faculty Council 12/9

Faculty Council met for the sixth time in the 2016-2017 Academic year on Friday, December 9th. After hearing updates from Chairs, Division Representative and Subcommittees, there were four primary areas of discussion:

(1) Council reviewed the feedback from the All-Faculty Meeting regarding the Academic Administration Reorganization Proposal.  It is clear that most faculty favor adding new administrative positions, largely to relieve pressure from the AVPAA/Dean of the Faculty role.  Of particular concern with the favored model which adds a Dean of the Health Sciences and Associate Deans of both the Arts and Sciences and the Humanities is that there would still be no administrator responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Core Curriculum.  It was suggested the the proposed job descriptions could be modified to more clearly designate this responsibility.

(2) Council discussed the feedback received on the proposal for a campus common hour.  Most concerns about the proposal center around difficulties in adjusting teaching schedules and uncertainties in the administration and oversight of a common hour period.  Council does not feel that these concerns are insurmountable and will recommend to the administration that an Ad Hoc committee consisting of individuals representing the relevant offices of academic affairs, student affairs, and student athletics be formed to move the process forward.

(3) In new business, Council discussed issuing a “Statement of Tolerance and Respect” on behalf of the Faculty.  A statement of this nature was discussed at the AFM on November 18th and was afterwards forwarded to Fr. Ryan with the recommendation that the statement be issued from the President’s Office; Fr. Ryan did not see the wisdom or the necessity in issuing such a statement.  Council considered whether this was a matter of Faculty Governance and whether the statement would be seen as rooted in national politics if if were issued by Faculty Council.  The decision was made to ask the VPAA to issue a similar statement to coincide with Martin Luther King Day and the start of the Spring semester.

(4) At the request of Staff Council, Faculty Council considered a recommendation to combine the 20-year employee award with the Christi Regis award given to faculty and administrative staff in recognition of 20-years of service to the college.  Council unanimously agreed that 20 years of service to the college is worthy of the same level of recognition, regardless of a person’s job title.  Council will forward to Fr. Ryan our support for the recommendation that the two awards be combined.

Council meets again on January 20th, 2017.

 

Agenda, Faculty Council 12/9

 

The final 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 is enclosed below for your convenience.  If you have items you wish to have added to the agenda of a future meeting, please contact me or your Faculty Council Division Representative.

  1. Call to Order; Approval of Minutes
  2. Reports from: Council Chair, Academic Affairs, Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Core Review Committee,  Division Representatives & Sub-Committees
  3. Discussion of and Response to the Academic Reorganization Proposal
  4. Discussion of the Proposal for a Campus Common Hour
  5. Discussion of the Issuance of a Statement of Tolerance and Respect
  6. Review of the Christi Regis Award terms
  7. Review of the Procedure for Adding a New Academic Program
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