Committee on Faculty Senate Committees Report
May 4, 2007
Members: Sandra Grunwald (chair), Stephen Brokaw, Kerrie Hoar, Joyce Shanks, Carmen Wilson
Members of the Committee on Faculty Senate Committees met on May 3, 2007 (Brokaw, Grunwald, Hoar and Shanks) to discuss the faculty senate charge to “have the COC reconsider the report to give priority to continuing members whenever possible”. After much discussion several revisions were made to the formally submitted list of committee assignments and thus a revised version is presented for approval. The revised list did not receive unanimous support with the dissenting vote being made to “honor the work of the COC”.
In addition to the revised report the COC would like to present the following recommendations to faculty senate.
1. One consistent set of ranked priority order guidelines/bylaws be created for the Committee on Faculty Senate Committees to guide the committee’s work in assigning committee memberships.
The current guidelines state that the Committee on Faculty Committees will:
- Attempt to appoint no one to more than one faculty or joint committee, one student committee and one alternate position.
- Appoint no one without teaching assignments or faculty status to any committee.
- Strive for college, department, gender and race balance while attempting to maintain consecutive service on committees by giving priority to former members who have completed one or more years of satisfactory service while trying to appoint one-third new members, as far as possible.
- Consider assignments on the basis of attendance as reflected in reports from committee chairs.
The current procedural bylaws for COC state:
· The committee shall solicit in writing from the faculty its preferences for committee assignments.
· The committee shall determine in a closed session the list of appointments of regular members and the list of alternates according to rank and/or college representation wherever necessary. The committee shall submit the list to the Senate Executive Committee for review and recommendations. The list of appointments shall then be released to the senate (Article IV.F.8.), and shortly thereafter to the faculty as a whole.
· The committee shall maintain consecutive service on committees by giving priority to former members who have completed one or more years of satisfactory service, and by appointing one-third new members, so far as possible.
· The committee shall maintain membership on faculty committees with new appointments whenever necessary.
2. Placement of members on open committee slots from the alternate list be done with very careful consideration of current committee representation so as not to create a potential long term imbalance in committee representation.
3. The Articles and Bylaws committee discuss the issue of IAS representation on faculty senate committees. Specifically, should a minimum instructional status be needed to serve on a faculty senate committee?
4. The Articles and Bylaws committee discuss if there are certain committees that IAS can or cannot serve on besides the three committees already identified – CGAFF, Hearing, PTS.