A&P met for the final time this academic year:
- We will be working next fall to develop electronic dossiers for third-year review and tenure and promotion.
- Until we complete our recommendations for restructuring the divisions, we will recommend to Faculty Council that the Engineering and Nursing programs be housed in Division A.
A&P has approved language for the Faculty Handbook encouraging faculty who have completed the third-year review process to pursue the various means of support offered by the College for advancing their scholarship, teaching, and service. We also continue to discuss division restructuring, awaiting conversations within divisions. And we are taking a proposal to Faculty Council for seating the Faculty Council Chair and Chair-Elect as non-voting ex officio members of the A&P Committee of the Board.
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.
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.
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.
At our meeting on December 2, A&P discussed the following:
- Student athletes’ performance in early morning classes. Some faculty have noted problems with alertness, attendance, and academic performance; A&P is curious to investigate how localized these problems may be and to identify support structures we may be able to implement if necessary.
- Discouraging proxy and absentee voting at meetings of Faculty Council, C&T, A&P, and Faculty Benefits.
- Handbook language that will offer guidance for evaluating teaching effectiveness for librarians, especially those librarians whose jobs don’t require a teaching component.
- Drafting language to address issues emerging from the ongoing review of our constitution.
A&P will meet on December 2, 2016, at 2:10 pm in the Lipo Room. All are welcome to attend.
- Call to Order
- Approval of Minutes
- Chair’s Report
- Old Business
- Effective Librarianship Document
- Proxy/Absentee Voting
- New Business
- Constitution Review Survey Results
- Faculty Benefits Committee proposal for Constitution changes
At our meeting on November 4, A&P continued discussion on three topics:
- Effective Librarianship. We are reviewing documents from other schools (provided by Terry Mech) to see how best to help librarians present evidence for tenure/promotion consideration.
- Proxy/Absentee Voting. We are drafting a statement that will say, in essence, that standing committees have the responsibility each year to establish their working rules for the year and have the discretion to allow proxy and absentee voting. However, in keeping with Robert’s Rules of Order, proxy and absentee voting are strongly discouraged as inconsistent with the deliberative nature of standing committee work.
- Constitution Review Survey. A brief survey will be distributed at upcoming Division meetings to gather an informal sense of where in the administration of the institution faculty think our voice should carry the greatest weight. This survey is a follow-up to the discussion held at the All-Faculty meeting last April.
We also began consideration of two other topics:
- The impact of extracurricular demands on student performance in the classroom.
- Student cheating while taking tests in Academic Skills.
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.
Report to A&P Constitution Review