Faculty Senate By Laws
- Appointment and Membership
- Except for committee members designated in these Bylaws, members of all standing and special committees of the Senate shall be elected by the Senate. Subcommittees of committees may be chosen by the membership of such committees.
- The Nominating, Elections, and Procedures Committee shall prepare and present a slate of nominees for the Executive Committee and all standing committees for election at the May Senate meeting.
- All voting members of the General Faculty are eligible to serve on a committee of the Senate.
- The chairperson and at least two members of each Senate Committee must be members of the Senate. An exception is the Executive Committee comprising Faculty Senators alone.
- Each committee shall elect its chairperson for the next academic year in May.
- The term of office for the Executive Committee members shall be for one year. The term of office for members of all other standing committees shall be for three years.
- All terms of office begin September 1.
- All Senators are required to serve on at least one Faculty Senate standing committee. No faculty member may serve on more than two Faculty Senate standing committees or serve as chair of two Faculty Senate standing committees.
- Types of Committees
- Special Committees
- Standing Committees
Membership of all standing committees shall consist of at least one member, and no more than two members from each college. Additional members are noted by committee. The following shall be the standing committees of the Faculty Senate, listed alphabetically after the Executive Committee:
- Executive Committee
The Committee shall consist of the Chair of the Faculty Senate, the Vice-Chair, the Secretary, the Parliamentarian, the Secretary of the General Faculty, the Chair of the Graduate Council, one senator from each college and one non-tenure track senator elected from among the Senate members. The immediate past Chair of the Faculty Senate will serve as an ex officio member in an advisory capacity for a year.
The Committee shall:
- Prepare the monthly meeting agenda of the Faculty Senate within the guidelines established in these bylaws
- Review reports
- Screen and coordinate Senate business
- Refer matters to standing committees or to the Graduate Council if necessary
- Recommend the creation of special committees as needed
- Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee (at least 6 committee members shall be tenured, 2 non-tenured tenure track, and 1 lecturer)
- Academic Policy and Requirements Committee
The Academic Policy and Requirements Committee shall be charged with the following functions:
- Conduct reviews of general academic policy, monitor the implementation of academic policies and procedures, and make recommendations to the Senate regarding such policies and procedures.
- Review requirements of admission, graduation, honors, and degrees and make recommendations to the Senate, except in the area of graduate education.
- Budget Committee (the Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate shall be a member of this committee)
The Budget Committee shall be responsible for:
- Working with the Provost on reviewing the academic budget and making recommendations to the Provost and President regarding appropriations and expenditures.
- Monitoring and/or conducting exercises that lead to recommendations or new policy that might affect faculty salaries and/or benefits.
- Committee on the Handbook of Operating Procedures (the Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate shall be a member of this committee; a representative from the Chairs' Council, who will be recommended by the Chairs' Council and approved by the Senate, shall serve as a voting ex-officio member of this committee)
The Committee on the Handbook of Operating Procedures shall be responsible for:
- Monitoring and reviewing proposed changes to the Handbook of Operating Procedures that affect the rights, responsibilities, and interests of the faculty. Normally, review of proposed changes shall be undertaken in cooperation with the appropriate Senate committee, as determined by the Chair of the Faculty Senate.
- Formulating recommendations to the Senate concerning any revisions to the Handbook of Operating Procedures proposed by the Administration.
- Evaluation, Merit, Rewards, and Workload Committee (at least 2 members shall be non-tenured tenure track faculty and 1 shall be a lecturer)
- Nominating, Elections, and Procedures Committee (the Secretary shall be a member of this committee)
The Nominating, Elections, and Procedures Committee shall be responsible for:
- Conducting the election of the Secretary of the General Faculty, as well as the election of Senate Officers and Committees and other elections as needed.
- Monitoring the effectiveness of Senate Bylaws and procedures.
- Coordinating and presenting to the Senate proposed changes to the Senate Bylaws or procedures.
- Faculty Senate Research Committee (FSRC)
- University Curriculum Committee
The Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee shall review and make recommendations to the Senate on policies and procedures related to tenure, retention and termination of employment, and academic freedom, including Periodic Performance Evaluation and Third Year Review.
The Evaluation, Merit, Rewards, and Workload Committee shall review current policy regarding evaluation, merit, rewards, and workload and shall develop and recommend new policy regarding evaluation, merit, rewards, and workload.
The Faculty Senate Research Committee (FSRC) shall review and make recommendations on policies and procedures related to research activities of the faculty. The concerns of the Committee include all aspects of the interface between faculty and the administration related to pre-award and post-award services. The Committee is responsible for reviewing HOP policies issued by the office of the Vice President for Research.
The University Curriculum Committee shall review proposals for new and modified academic programs and submit recommendations on such programs to the Senate, except in the area of graduate education.
- Executive Committee
There shall be two types of Faculty Senate committees: standing committees and special committees.
Special committees may be created by act of the Faculty Senate in order to perform certain specific actions, review proposed Senate actions, conduct studies, or other appropriate functions of a temporary nature. In no case shall the existence of a special committee continue beyond September 1 following its creation unless extended by the Senate.
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