Update: Faculty Council, April 7

Faculty Council met on Friday, April 7.

In standing reports, the Chair noted that Division elections should wrap up before Easter Break.  Elections for at-large representatives will be held after Easter.  The VPAA reported that the progress report to Middle States has been submitted and the Strategic Planning committee has begun their work by conducting external scans and creating internal surveys.

Council discussed the updated proposal for a campus common hour.  Discussion centered around (i) the proposed common hour time (MWF 1-2:15) and it’s impact on the class scheduling and (ii) who would oversee the scheduling of events during the time period.  The committee also discussed the opportunity for events to be scheduled during this time including CELT events, theater brown bag discussions and other cultural and co-curricular events.  Faculty would be encouraged to schedule official office hours outside the common hour.

A&P presented proposed constitutional language to seat the Chair and Chair-Elect of Faculty Council as ex-officio members of the A&P Sub-Committee of the Board of Directors.  In principle, inclusion of the faculty on the committee would strengthen the relationship and communication between the faculty and the board; the faculty would have no voting rights or responsibilities.  The proposed language will be presented at the All Faculty Meeting on April 21 and the BOD meeting on April 28 before further discussion in Council.

 C&T forwarded to Council a proposal for a new Entrepreneurship track in the Management major of the McGowan School of Business. The new track represents one concentration among several in a planned restructuring of majors within the business school.  C&T recommends encouraging students to use “free electives” to pursue minors outside the school of business and recommends re-evaluating the decision to remove the foreign language/experience requirement from the Global Business concentration.  Council voted to endorse the recommendations of C&T.

Lastly, Council discussed the Faculty Athletic Representative position which will become an elected position of faculty governance.  The Council Chair will gather more information about the responsibilities of the position before further action is taken.

Update: A&P March 31, 2017

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.

Update: Faculty Council, March 24

Faculty Council met for the fifth time this semester on Friday, March 24.

The only new business considered at the meeting was proposed changes to the membership of the Faculty Benefits Committee.  Council voted to increase the Faculty Benefits committee by four at-large representative seats, adding a full professor, an associate professor, an assistant professor and one instructor to the current roster of Division representatives.

The next Faculty Council meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 7.

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: A&P February 24, 2017

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.

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.

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