Faculty Affairs Policy Committee (FAPC) Report
given at the Monday, April 21, 2008 University Senate Meeting
submitted by Todd Shiver, given orally by J.F. Yao
At our last meeting (April 4, 2008) the FAPC discussed the following:
The committee was presented with a faculty awards matrix - listing award, eligibility, nomination process, criteria for selection, materials to be submitted, and what the award winners receive. The working group decided that FAPC should facilitate consistency among and between award committees, share information with the committees, and then make a recommendation for changes. This will become an item of business for the 2008-2009 FAPC.
This group decided to work on revisions to the faculty bylaws, present these revisions to the FAPC in the fall and then to the University Senate for endorsement. The revised bylaws would then be presented to the faculty at the spring meeting for a vote.
Anne Gormly informed the group that she has raised the workload issue with various constituent groups and will assemble a working group to address the various components of workload. Once the group has completed its work, Dr. Gormly will bring a draft document to FAPC to consider. This group was never formed and her advice was to pursue this with the interim VP next year.
Advising will be a topic for the group as the BOR implements policy in three phases during the 2008-09 academic year. These phases are as follows: Phase 1- Universities should mandate that all students must meet with an advisor each semester. Phase 2 Require training for all advisors. Phase 3 Require that advising be a part of annual review for all advisors.
Who sits on the committee for background checks? Currently, there is no faculty representative for faculty searches and no staff representative for staff searches. Should this occur? The committee agreed that further discussion is necessary, and should become an item of business for the 2008-2009 FAPC.