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1.14.4. Faculty Senate Standing Committees


1.14.4.1 Committee on Committees

1.14.4.2 Executive Committee

1.14.4.3 Faculty Welfare Committee

Terms of office of all members of Faculty Senate Standing Committees shall be one year except that of the Faculty Welfare Committee, whose members shall serve two year terms. The chairs of Faculty Senate Standing committees shall be elected from their membership for one–year terms no later than 5 days following the May Senate meeting. At least one member of each Faculty Senate Standing Committee shall be a Senator. Any modification to the purpose, membership, reporting procedures, and duties and procedure of committees named in this section of the document shall be made by a simple majority approval of the Faculty Senate at the meeting after which notice of the change has been given.

1.14.4.1 Committee on Committees

Purpose: To administer Article III (election of senators) and Article IX (committees) of the Faculty Association Bylaws and implement policies concerning the election/selection of faculty members to the Faculty Senate, University Standing Committees, Academic Standing Committees, and Faculty Senate Standing Committees; to call the first meeting for Academic Standing Committees each year to ensure timely operation of these bodies.

Reports to: Faculty Senate

Membership (7): Membership shall consist of 1 Senator from each electing unit, elected by the respective unit.

Duties/Procedures:

  • Convened by the chair as needed.
  • Perform tasks assigned by Executive Committee of Senate concerning elections and nominations for appointment.
  • Develop uniform voting procedures for the election of Senators and supervise Senate elections.
  • Poll faculty to determine rank order of committee service preferences.
  • In making recommendations for committee members, recommendations shall be in compliance with the affirmative action plan of the University.
  • The Committee on Committees will distribute Committee Interest form to the faculty in February of each year. The faculty will submit completed forms to the Office of the President. The Office of the President will provide the list of interested faculty to the appropriate appointing authority.
  • Obtain names of faculty members elected by colleges or appointed by administrators for service on appropriate committees before first meeting of each committee.
  • Ensure that an individual faculty member is not appointed to more than two committees, Academic or University, where other faculty within the college are available and agreeable to serve. In the case of large faculty numbers within a college, the college may elect to establish a rotational schedule allowing an individual faculty to serve for two consecutive years before moving to the bottom of the appointment list.
  • Report to the Faculty Senate as appropriate.
  • Appoint replacements for elected or appointed faculty committee members who resign. For staff replacements, secure new appointments from the appointing officer.
  • Notify all chairs of University, Academic, and Faculty Senate Standing Committees of the following procedure with regards to resignations of faculty committee member(s):  Chair of committee must notify Chair of Committee on Committees, who will notify the office of the University President  as well as the Faculty Senate President and Vice President.

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1.14.4.2 Executive Committee

Purpose: To provide leadership for the Faculty Senate

Reports to: Faculty Senate

Membership (7): Officers of the Faculty Senate and Chairs of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees.

Duties/Procedures:

  • Convened by the Faculty Senate President once a month approximately eight (8) working days preceding each regular meeting of the Faculty Senate, or at the call of the Senate President.
  • Prepare Senate agenda for distribution not less than five (5) working days before each regular meeting.
  • Assign tasks to Faculty Senate Standing Committees and receive their reports.
  • Interpret provisions of the Faculty Association Constitution and Bylaws.
  • Recommend to the Faculty Senate changes in structure of Faculty Senate Standing Committees or Constitution and Bylaws.
  • Monitor the implementation and ongoing operation of the governance structure.
  • On behalf of the Senate, fulfill the stated obligation in Article III, Section 4 of the Constitution to forward to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs recommendations concerning all actions taken by the Faculty Senate related to Academic Standing Committees listed in the Nicholls Governance Structure (Section 1.14.2 of this Manual) and Faculty Senate Standing Committees listed in Article IX of the Association Bylaws.

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1.14.4.3 Faculty Welfare Committee

Purpose: To recommend to the Faculty Senate changes in policy related to issues such as tenure and promotion, faculty development, faculty honors, merit system, faculty compensation, and new faculty orientation; to periodically review and update this Manual to reflect current policies; and to recommend policy changes in the areas outside the purview of the other committees.

Reports to: Faculty Senate

Membership (14):

  • Two elected faculty from each academic college
  • One faculty member elected from the library
  • One Faculty Senator appointed by the Executive Committee of the Senate

Duties/Procedures:

  • Convened by the chair as needed.
  • Review existing policies related to tenure and promotion, faculty development, faculty honors, merit system, and new faculty orientation.
  • Review faculty sections of this Manual to assure that it reflects current policy and recommend policy changes in the areas outside the purview of other committees.
  • Review policies and procedures with regard to faculty development.
  • Recommend policies and procedures involving salary and benefits for faculty.
  • Submit recommended policy changes to the Faculty Senate for action.

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Changes to Section of Manual
Section Effective Date Origin Change Form
1.14.4.1 04/01/2015 Faculty Senate PPM change form 1.14.4.1