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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE VOTING RIGHTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

Professor Hillary Hart (distinguished senior lecturer, civil, architectural and environmental engineering) submitted the following proposal on behalf of the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee recommending changes to the voting rights of the General Faculty. The secretary has classified this as major legislation, therefore, it will be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 22, 2010, and will be voted on by the Council at its meeting on April 12, 2010. Afterwards, the legislation will be presented to the general faculty on a no-protest basis after the Faculty Council’s meeting in April.


Greninger Signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council



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 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.
iv. Have the possibility of continuing employment in their position.
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] non-tenure track faculty who have served for less than four semesters.
c) All individuals [holding the title] with []professor emeritus.[] [or “associate professor emeritus.”]
[6.] 5. Non-voting members have the privilege of attending meetings with the right to speak but without the right to vote.

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] non-tenure-track faculty member with two semesters of service is a voting member of his college or school faculty.
2. [Special titles such as Professor of Home Economics and Education indicate voting membership in both colleges.] Dual titles such as Professor of Computer Science and Chemical Engineering indicate voting membership in both units.
B. Departments and non-Departmentalized Schools.
A faculty member shall have voting status in a department on departmental matters if:
1. [A faculty member shall have voting status in a department on departmental matters if:] 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, Lecturer, or any other non-tenure-track title. The assignment of a faculty member to an administrative post, released time for research or 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.
[a. He holds a full-time appointment in that department as detailed in the budget and holds the rank of Professor, Visiting Professor, Associate Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor or Lecturer. 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.]
[b. He holds joint appointments in two or more departments, the sum of which corresponds to full-time appointment in the University, and holds any of the ranks listed in subsection a., above, and
[(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.]
  Or
2. 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 comprises at least 50% time appointment in the department.
C. Centers.
A faculty member shall have voting status in a 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 March 16, 2010.