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.
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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.

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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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Update: A&P February 10, 2017

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.

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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.

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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

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