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.
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.
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:
- Call to Order; Approval of Minutes
- Report on the Capital Campaign (Freddie Pettit)
- Reports from: Council Chair, Academic Affairs, Standing Committees & Ad Hoc Core Review Committee Rep
- 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.
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.
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.
The core review committee’s nineteenth and twentieth meetings of the academic year are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, February 21 and 23, in Sheehy-Farmer 115, at 8:30 a.m. Both meetings will concern the role of the natural sciences in the revised core.
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.
At our last C&T meeting, we discussed reports to being sent to Academic Affairs concerning CART reviews from CORE 100 and Literature. Members of the committee were given documents to review regarding a reorganization proposal for the McGowan School of Business.
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
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.