Faculty + Its Governance

The Faculty Manual is the official governance document of the Faculty.  It describes the procedures by which the faculty will conduct its business, the faculty committee structure, and faculty rights and obligations.  It includes policies on academic freedom, affirmative action and non-discrimination, as well as the charter and statutes of the College, and the AAUP principles endorsed by the Faculty.

The faculty meeting is the principal instrument by which the Faculty discharges its responsibility for ruling on curriculum and educational policy, faculty status, aspects of student life which relate to the educational process, and all other matters that fall under the duties and prerogatives of the Faculty.  The faculty meeting is also the principal instrument for formulating faculty recommendations to the Administration and the Trustees.  Resolutions adopted by the faculty meeting are statements of faculty policy, which bind faculty committees and which serve to express the will of the Faculty to the Administration and Trustees.

The faculty meets with few exceptions, on the second Tuesday of each month in the auditorium of McCook, at 4:20 p.m.  The Secretary of the Faculty normally presides at these meetings.  Faculty who wish to receive the minutes of the meetings or to put items on the agenda should tell the Secretary of the Faculty.  Minutes of the meetings are also posted on the faculty governance SharePoint site.

There is a strong organization of standing committees created by the Faculty to conduct its business.  Each of these standing faculty committees – its jurisdiction, obligations and procedures, as well as its composition and election procedures – is described in the Faculty Manual.  Elections are held each spring for faculty committees; membership begins the following fall.  With a few exceptions, the Committee on Committees fills vacancies due to sabbaticals, leaves, and other resignations.

In addition to the faculty committees, the Faculty elects a Secretary of the Faculty, an Ombudsman, and The Faculty Conference.  The Conference, chaired by the Secretary, ensures that major proposals are placed before the appropriate faculty committees or – in the absence of such a committee – studies, evaluates, and makes recommendations to the Faculty.  The Conference creates ad hoc committees to address some issues and is often asked to suggest members for various administrative committees.

Besides the standing committees described in the Faculty Manual, there are many other committees on which faculty serve, some continuing and some ad hoc. Click here to view a list of standing committees and here to see a list of committee members.