Minutes of the Meeting of the Senate
of the Faculty
Thursday, October 11, 2001, 7:00 p.m., Room 213, Conner Hall
Meeting called to order with a quorum at 7PM
Present: M. Aiken, B. Barkdoll, L. Bombelli, J. Bradley,
L. Bush, W. Y. Chen, D. Chessin, W. Cleland, A. Cooper, C. Cunningham,
S. Davis, K. Dellinger, C. Eagles, R. Ethridge, J. Ford, G. Herrera,
Bobbie Krapels, I. Labuda, F. Laurenzo, K. McKee, A. Mark, J.
Martin, D. Nagal, R. Oliphant-Ingham, J. Reid, J. Schetz, W. Steel,
K. Swinden, M. Tew, D. Wilkins, M. Zarzeski
Absent: A. Ajootian, P. Cooker, J. Czarnetzky*, R. Elam,
A. Fisher-Wirth*, R. Haws, P. Malone, R. Riggs, D. Rock, T. Verlangieri,
A. Welcome and introduction of new director of ARAMARK Food,
B. Announcement of Liberal Arts III caucus after meeting.
C. Announcement of an Elections Committee caucus after
III. Old Business
A. Minutes of the September 13, 2001, Faculty Senate minutes
IV. New Business
A. Faculty Governance Committee Recommendation: The
Faculty Governance Committee recommended approval of the policy
regarding the selection and appointment of academic administrators
2001 Agenda for original document.
- Senator Laurenzo noted an amendment by the Governance committee
since posted: under "Appointment", the second and third
sentences are joined by a semicolon and the word "and"
to read: "...of the relevant unit; and the Chancellor..."
- Senator Laurenzo, on behalf of the Governance committee,
accepted a friendly amendment from the Senate at large: under
"Basic Principles", in the sentence beginning with
"Therefore, in searches for deans..." the phrase "the
Provost/vice chancellor for academic affairs [and] other"
- Senator Bradley made a motion to change to word "general"
to "clear" the two times it appeared in the"Appointment"
section. Second by Senator Reid. Passed by a voice vote.
- Senator Bradley made a motion to: 1.) add the sentence, "Faculty
support shall be determined in a manner specified by the faculty
of the relevant unit, or by the search committee in the absence
of a faculty policy." under "Appointment", after
the sentence that begins "Except in extraordinary circumstances..."
2.) to strike the word "clear" in both places it appeared
in the "Appointment" section. Motion was seconded by
Senator Cooper. Motion passed with a hand count of 19 in favor
of the motion and 10 against the motion.
Pursuant to a call for the question from Senator Martin, Chair
Bush called for the vote for of the Senate on the document as
amended. The motion to approve the document passed without dissent.
The document as approved by the Senate is set out below in full.
Meeting officially adjourned at 8:30PM
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Selection and Appointment of Academic Administrators
To foster academic excellence and shared governance,
the faculty (tenured and tenure-track) shall participate fully
in the selection of all academic administrators. The process
of searching for and appointing persons to academic administrative
positions must conform to the Affirmative Action Plan of the
University and all prevailing governmental regulations. Appointments
will be made only after (1) the evaluation by and advice of the
faculty and (2) the advice of a search committee as described
below. The primary objective of every search will be to employ
the best available person. Therefore, in searches for deans and
academic officers at the level of vice chancellor, qualified
individuals will be sought from both inside and outside the University
Deans and Vice Chancellors
When a vacancy occurs or is impending, the Provost will consult
with the faculty of the relevant unit and with the Executive
Committee of the Faculty Senate to determine the conditions of
the search. The faculty of the relevant unit shall by secret
ballot nominate individuals to serve on the search committee.
The Executive Committee will conduct the ballot and will select
from the nominees six faculty to serve on the search committee.
When appropriate, faculty or non-faculty members representing
other University constituencies will be selected by the Provost
in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.
The selection process will conform to the Affirmative Action
Plan of the University and all prevailing governmental regulations.
All search committees will be limited to no more than ten members,
and faculty members will constitute a majority. As soon as the
search committee is formed, the Provost will announce the membership
of the committee to the university faculty.
In consultation with the Provost, the search committee will
select a chair, establish the criteria for the position, appropriately
announce and advertise the opening, coordinate the review and
evaluation of candidates, reduce the applicants to a short list
of the better qualified, arrange campus visits, consult with
the faculty in the relevant unit about the candidates, and report
its recommendations to the Provost in whatever order or ranking
it deems appropriate.
The Provost will meet the candidates brought for campus interviews,
consult widely with the faculty in the relevant unit, and meet
with the search committee to discuss its assessments of the candidates
before making a hiring decision. Except in extraordinary circumstances,
the Provost will recommend only a candidate or candidates who
have the support of the faculty of the relevant unit; and the
Chancellor, upon the recommendation of the Provost, will approve
a candidate who has the support of the faculty of the relevant
unit. Faculty support shall be determined in a manner specified
by the faculty of the relevant unit, or by the search committee
in the absence of a faculty policy. If at any stage of the process,
between the search committee's recommendation and the Chancellor's
decision, either the Provost or Chancellor rejects any of the
candidates previously approved, that officer will meet with the
search committee to discuss the candidate and explain the reasons
for rejection. If reopening the search should be necessary, the
supervisory officer will confer with the Executive Committee
of the Faculty Senate and the search committee to decide how
Searches for permanent appointees to vacant positions will
begin as soon as practicable. Only when unavoidable, and only
after consultation with the faculty of the relevant unit and
the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, an interim or
acting appointment may be made to fill the position until the
normal search process is completed. Such interim or acting appointments
will not last more than one year without the concurrence of the
faculty of the relevant unit and the Executive Committee of the
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