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.