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Faculty Senate Procedures – Spring 2014

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Tier I Academic Affairs Committee

The mission of the Tier I Academic Affairs committee is to facilitate academic consistency across the Goodwin College curriculum. The committee reviews all interdepartmental policies, substantive changes to the department curriculum (e.g., new courses, prerequisite changes, etc.), reviews new programs and other recommendations from Tier I committees. The committee has 21 members (with the majority of the members having faculty status).

  • The President of Faculty Senate is a permanent member whose rotation coincides with the senate elections.
  • The other faculty members serve two year terms, and their rotation also coincides with Senate Elections.
  • The President officially appoints the faculty to the Academic Affairs Committee and informs the Chair of Academic Affairs so that they can be added to the membership lists, etc.
  • These representatives assume the responsibility to faithfully represent the Faculty Senate and act as a liaison between the Tier I committee and the Faculty Senate.


Faculty Senate Committees

Faculty Senate Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall be a permanent subcommittee of the Faculty Senate with 5 or 7 members. This committee will act as the sole arbiter of Senate Officer Elections and will be the custodian of all ballots. The chair of the Nominating Committee will be the recipient of all election ballots. The Nominating Committee will certify and count the ballots and submit the results to the Faculty Senate in a timely fashion. Nominations for Senate Officers must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by August 1 or the nearest weekday, should it fall on a Saturday or Sunday of odd numbered years. The Chair of the Nominating Committee will be appointed by the Officers of the Senate for a two year term beginning in odd numbered years. Members of the Nominating Committee may not nominate Officers for elections as long as they serve on said committee.

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee shall be a permanent subcommittee of the Faculty Senate with 5 or 7 members. The committee will work to research and propose professional development suggestions and opportunities for Community Day activities to the Faculty Senate for voting. The Professional Development Committee shall provide surveys and evaluations to Faculty Senate members, three times per year, to gain an overarching consensus of wants and needs for future professional development.

Community Day Planning

The following formats shall be utilized in planning Community Day events.

  • Fall (September): An external speaker with knowledge in area(s) that faculty has interest in, based on surveys.
  • Spring (January): Programs designed around teaching pedagogy.
  • Summer (May): Workshops focused on department specific learning to help faculty stay current in their fields.

Faculty Recognition Committee

The Faculty Recognition Committee shall be a permanent subcommittee of the Faculty Senate. The committee will work to recognize and raise awareness of faculty endeavors that advance the college’s mission and purposes.

Adjunct Faculty Committee

The Adjunct Faculty Committee shall be a permanent subcommittee of the Faculty Senate. The committee will work to advance efforts to integrate adjunct faculty into the college community.

Sabbatical Leave Committee

The Sabbatical leave Committee shall be a permanent subcommittee of the Faculty Senate. The Committee will review faculty applications for sabbatical leave. With the Dean of Faculty, the committee shall make recommendations, in accordance with Goodwin College policy, to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.