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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

REVISIONS TO THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VOTING RIGHTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Professor Hillary Hart (distinguished senior lecturer, civil, architectural and environmental engineering) submitted the following revisions to D 7980-7981, which was presented to the Faculty Council on behalf of the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee on March 22, 2010. At that meeting, the original proposal was returned to the committee for revisions. The proposals recommend changes to the voting rights of the General Faculty. The secretary has classified this as major legislation, and it will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 10, 2010, and will be voted on at that meeting. Afterwards, the legislation will be presented to the General Faculty on a no-protest basis.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



REVISIONS TO THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VOTING RIGHTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

HANDBOOK OF OPERATING PROCEDURES
Chapter 1: Faculty Governance
Section I: General Faculty

B. Membership
1. Voting members of the General Faculty shall consist of the following:
a. All professors, associate professors, and assistant professors.
b. All instructors and [lecturers] non-tenure track faculty who have had a total of four or more continuous long session semesters of service at these ranks at The University of Texas at Austin[.] and who meet these criteria:
i. Are appointed at least 50% time at a UT-Austin unit.
ii. Have an academic title.
iii. Are not students.
c. Such officers as are designated in the Regents’ Rules and Regulations as being ex officio members of all institutional faculties of The University of Texas System.
d. Such other officers as the Board of Regents, upon recommendation of the President and the Chancellor, UT System may designate.
e. If a voting member’s appointment temporarily drops below the minimum amount of time required for voting membership due to an approved leave of absence without pay, the member's voting status shall not be affected.
[2. A faculty member shall have voting status only on the basis of half-time employment or more at the University.]
[3.] 2. Those faculty members designated in Section B.1 above shall retain their voting status while on modified service or phased retirement but not upon full retirement.
[4.] 3. Each voting member, of whatever rank, shall be entitled to one vote.
[5.] 4. Nonvoting members of the General Faculty shall consist of the following:
a) All visiting professors, [and] visiting associate professors, and visiting assistant professors.
b) All instructors and [lecturers] all non-tenure track faculty who have served for less than four continuous long semesters.
c) All individuals [holding the title “professor emeritus” or “associate professor emeritus.”] an emeritus title.
[6.] 5. Non-voting members have the privilege of attending meetings with the right to speak but without the right to vote or make motions or points of order.

HANDBOOK OF OPERATING PROCEDURES
Chapter 1: Faculty Governance
Section VI: Colleges, Schools, and Departments


A. College and Departmentalized Schools.
1. The voting members of the college or school faculty are the same as for the General Faculty (see Sec. I.B.l). [except that any instructor or lecturer with four continuous long semesters of service at 50% appointment or more is a voting member of his college or school faculty.]
2. [Special] Dual titles such as Professor of [Home Economics] Human Ecology and Education indicate voting membership in both colleges or departments provided the faculty member holds a 50% appointment in each unit.
B. Departments and non-Departmentalized Schools.
1. A faculty member shall have voting status in a department on departmental matters if:
a. He or she holds a full-time appointment in that department [as detailed in the budget] and holds the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor or [Lecturer] any non-tenure-track title. The assignment of a faculty member to an administrative post, released time for research, career development, an endowed chair or such other activities as may be approved by the President shall not jeopardize the voting status of the individual under this provision or
b. He or she holds joint appointments in two or more departments in any of the ranks listed in subsection a., above, the sum of which corresponds to full-time appointment in the University[, and holds any of the ranks listed in subsection a., above,] and comprises at least 50% time appointment in the department.
[(1) the terms of the original appointment accorded the faculty member voting status in the department or
[(2) the joint appointment is subsequent to his initial appointment and comprises at least 50% time appointment in the department as detailed in the budget.]
C. Academic Centers.
A faculty member shall have voting status in an Academic Center on Center matters according to how a Center determines its voting rights.


Rationale: To maintain equity in the voting rights for all non-tenure track faculty who meet the criteria described in the original HOP for instructors and lecturers.


Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 19, 2010.