Faculty Participation

The university recognizes the importance of meaningful faculty participation in its governance and acknowledges its value. Faculty engagement enhances communication, collegiality, and helps both improve the quality of decision-making and ease the way for subsequent implementation. In order to facilitate wide faculty participation, the university will provide opportunities for faculty representation and responsibility commensurate with the faculty's role in the university community generally. In particular, it recognizes that faculty involvement in academic or administrative areas in which they have particular experience and expertise is essential to the vitality and efficient operation of the university as a whole. The faculty, in turn, recognizes its ordinary responsibilities to serve on committees and in posts at the department, college, school and university levels.

University officers will make all reasonable efforts to afford appropriate faculty representatives and bodies the time and material necessary for careful consideration of issues and appointments submitted to them. University officers will also take all necessary steps to ensure that the views of faculty members involved in such proceedings shall be privileged.

Faculty participation endows the university naturally with particular experience and expertise. It is essential for the vitality of the university to ensure a wide faculty representation in its bodies and its formulation of policies.

1. University Academic Senate

The University Academic Senate is a deliberative body with responsibilities for academic policy formulation of an all-university character and for the review and evaluation of academic programs and planning. Its conclusions on academic policy, academic planning, and program evaluation represent the official collective stance of the area of Academic Affairs, and they will be reported as such by the Provost, to the appropriate higher authorities. Recommendations of the Academic Senate are subject to the approval of the president and the Trustees.

The Statutes for the University Academic Senatecan be found in the Faculty Handbook.

2. Departmental Organization

The chairpersons of all departments are appointed by the provost and the appropriate academic dean following deep and effective involvement of the appropriate faculty in the selection process.

Advisory committees are established within each department as a medium for faculty participation in departmental direction. In some departments the committee in question is strictly an advisory committee, in others it is an executive committee; the choice in either case is left to departmental determination.

Other academic boards and committees on which faculty serve can be found in the Statutes for the University Academc Senate Article 4.