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 seventeenth core review meeting of the academic year is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 8:30 a.m., in Sheehy-Farmer 115. The eighteenth meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16, 8:30 a.m., in Sheehy-Farmer 109. The agenda for both meetings is to discuss the role of global languages in the core; our focus will be on the “Global Citizenship” cluster.
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.
The sixteenth core review meeting of the academic year is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 8:30 a.m., in Sheehy-Farmer 115. The sole item on the agenda is to continue our discussion of the role of the natural sciences in a revised core curriculum.
Faculty Council met for the first time in the spring semester on Friday, January 20th.
Dr. Evan provided an update from Academic Affairs. The bulk of this report focused on the President’s decision to relocate the college switchboard to the library in order to accommodate the students’ desire for extended library hours. Council expressed great concern with this decision, it’s impact on the teaching-and-learning space, and the process by which the decision was made. Dr. Evan provided updates on the Academic Reorganization proposal, the discussion of a Campus Common Hour, and the growing Nursing and Engineering programs. He also provided an alternate salary benchmarking proposal which was sent to Faculty Benefits for review and consideration.
In new business, Council (i) approved a policy governing the addition of new academic programs to the college curriculum and (ii) approved recommended changes to the Course Withdrawal policy and timeline. We discussed draft language to define “Effective Librarianship” for the evaluation of faculty in the library and we discussed guidelines for absentee voting in faculty governance committees. The approval of this language was tabled until the next meeting.
Council meets next on February 3rd.
The fifteenth core review meeting of the academic year is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 8:30 a.m., in Sheehy-Farmer 115.
The agenda is: 1) to discuss briefly concerns regarding the time frame for our work; 2) to discuss FYE and its exclusion from or inclusion in the core; 3) to discuss preliminarily whether the category of courses entitled “International Perspectives” is a viable way for students to pursue the learning outcomes under goal 6; and 4) to discuss a memo submitted to the committee by the natural sciences CART.
The first 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 is enclosed below for your convenience. If you have items you wish to have added to the agenda of a future meeting, please contact me or your Faculty Council Division Representative.
1. Call to Order; Approval of Minutes
2. Reports from: Council Chair, Academic Affairs, Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Core Review Committee, Division Representatives & Sub-Committees
3. Review of the Procedure for Adding a New Academic Program
4. Review of the Course Withdrawal Policy
5. Discussion of the Organization of Faculty Governance Divisions