Summary of A&P’s September 15, 2017 Meeting

A&P met for the second time of the academic year on Friday, September 15, 2017. We discussed e-dossiers and the use of Moodle and Sharepoint as possible platforms. We then discussed the pros and cons of the College’s current divisional structure with two subcommittees ultimately being formed to further research the issue. One subcommittee will develop a survey to better gauge how fair the current representation on committees is considered to be. Questions asked might include whether someone found it difficult to get on committees or has someone been forced to serve because of a lack of qualified candidates, etc. A second subcommittee has been charged with looking at our comparison schools and their associated committee structures. A previously formed subcommittee with the purpose of researching faculty representation on the Board of Directors’ A&P Affairs Subcommittee will be meeting in the near future. Finally, discussion of the updating of the Faculty Handbook language was delayed due to the publishing of a newly revised Handbook being expected in approximately a month’s time. The next meeting of the A&P Committee will take place on Friday, September 29, starting at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115.

A&P Meeting on September 15

Dear Faculty:

A&P will meet for the second meeting of this academic year on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. in SF 115. All faculty are welcome to attend. Please find A&P’s agenda below.


September 15, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115 

I.      Call to Order

II.    Minutes

III.  Chair’s Report

IV.  Academic Affairs Report

V.    Old Business

  1. E-dossiers
  2. Division Restructuring
  3. Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee
  4. Updating of Faculty Handbook Language

VI.  New Business

  1. Composition of Standing Committees

VII.         Adjournment

Next Meeting:

September 29, 2017

2:10 PM

SF 115


Summary of A&P’s September 1, 2017 Meeting

The A&P Committee met for the first time during the 2017-2018 academic year on Friday, Sept. 1st , 2017 and outlined a very busy agenda. Five topics were discussed, four old business and one new business: 1) e-dossier policy, 2) Constitutional review, 3) division restructuring, 4) faculty representation on the Board of Directors’ A&P Affairs Subcommittee, and 5) updating the Full-Time Faculty Handbook to reflect recent changes. On the topic of e-dossiers, it was noted that Academic Affairs has no official policy on their use for 3rd year reviews and/or tenure and promotion. Much work on details and procedures is being hashed out, but a template for use with Moodle is being drafted and will be utilized on a voluntary basis. In terms of the Constitutional review, it was agreed that A&P’s role is complete and the matter will be referred to Faculty Council to determine if the review is complete. Similarly, on the matter of divisional restructuring, guidance will be requested from Faculty Council to determine the next step, since many questions remain and some hearsay information needs to be clarified. To that end, chairs and divisional representatives will be contacted to determine both the role of divisional structures outside of seating committees and any problems encountered by the current system at the individual level. On the subject of faculty representation on the Board of Directors’ A&P Affairs Subcommittee, the Committee agreed that more information is needed to answer fundamental questions such as how this would help faculty gain a voice in governing matters, what are the best practices among other schools and suggested by organizations such as the AAUP, the legality of using the term “member” to refer to the proposed roles of the Faculty Council chair and chair-elect, and the potential negative consequences of those roles. Finally, A&P was tasked with updating the Full-Time Faculty Handbook to reflect recently added positions, such as (for example, but not limited to) the new Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of Health Sciences, and the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Arts and Sciences and the roles they play.

A&P Meeting on September 1

Dear Colleagues,

The first meeting of the Academic and Professional Affairs Committee will be held starting at 2:10 p.m. this Friday in SFCC Sobieski (Room 115).  The agenda can be found below.  All are invited to attend.

A&P Agenda

September 1, 2017

2:10 p.m., SFCC 115

  1. Call to Order
  2. Chair’s Report
  3. Academic Affairs Report
  4. Old Business
    1. Policy on E-dossiers
    2. Constitutional Review
    3. Division Restructuring
    4. Faculty Representation on Board of Directors A&P Affairs Sub-Committee
  5. New Business
    1. Standard Operations
  6. Adjournment

Next Meeting:

September 15, 2017

2:10 p.m., SFCC 115