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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY REVISED

REVISED RECOMMENDATION TO AMEND THE FACULTY COUNCIL RULE GOVERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR REAPPOINTMENT TO STANDING COMMITTEES

On behalf of the Committee on Committees, Professor Larry Abraham (curriculum and instruction), submitted the following revised motion to amend the Faculty Council rule governing eligibility for reappointment to standing committees. The original motion to amend the rule was provided to the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 24, 2005. The Secretary has classified this as general legislation. The Faculty Council will act on the motion at its meeting on February 21, 2005.

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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council






This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 18, 2005. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
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REVISED RECOMMENDATION TO AMEND THE FACULTY COUNCIL RULE GOVERNING ELIGIBILITY FOR REAPPOINTMENT TO STANDING COMMITTEES


  CURRENT RULE:

Chapter 1: Faculty Governance, Section III: Faculty Council

B. Committees

2. Except where otherwise provided by the Council, terms of office for faculty members of standing committees shall  be two years, commencing on the first class day of the fall semester,  with half the faculty membership appointed each year. Members are eligible for reappointment once and may serve a maximum of four consecutive years; after serving four consecutive years, faculty members must be off a committee for at least one year before becoming eligible to serve again on that committee.


  PROPOSED CHANGE:

 
2. Except where otherwise provided by the Council, terms of office for faculty members of standing committees shall be two years, commencing on the first class day of the fall semester, with half the faculty membership appointed each year.  Faculty members are eligible for immediate reappointment to a new term of service unless they have just served four or more consecutive years, in which case they must be off the committee for at least one year before serving on that committee again.


RATIONALE:

Typically standing committee members are appointed by the president to two-year terms of service, based on recommendations from the Committee on Committees.  In a few cases longer terms (three – five years) are prescribed.  In addition, each year the Chair of the Faculty Council appoints two Council members to one-year terms on each standing committee.  The rule for reappointment eligibility is based on a presumption that all terms of service are for two years.  The rule does not clearly address a situation in which a committee member has not yet served four consecutive years but a reappointment would extend membership beyond four years.   Nor does it clearly address whether an individual appointed twice to one-year terms would be eligible to be immediately appointed to a two-year term.  The proposed change clarifies eligibility in these situations.