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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES FROM THE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES TO INCREASE GENERAL FACULTY STANDING COMMITTEE TERMS OF SERVICE TO THREE YEARS

On behalf of the Faculty Committee on Committees (CoC), Dr. Megan Seaholm (history) submitted the following proposal to increase General Faculty Standing Committees’ terms of service from two to three years. On March 22, 2010, the Faculty Council approved proposals from the Faculty Committee on Committees affecting terms of service, term limits, chairs, and chair elects (D 7976-7978). Provost Leslie submitted his recommendation for partial approval and partial disapproval of the eight proposals. Upon the provost’s recommendation, President Powers returned the legislation as a whole to the committee for reconsideration. The revised proposal below will be voted on by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 9, 2011. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. Final approval resides with UT System.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council and General

 

PROPOSED CHANGES FROM THE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES TO INCREASE GENERAL FACULTY STANDING COMMITTEE TERMS OF SERVICE TO THREE YEARS

Handbook of Operating Procedures
Chapter 1: Faculty Governance, Section IV: Standing Committees
B. Membership

  1. Unless otherwise specified in Policy Memoranda 1.501, 1.502, and 1.503, [appointments shall be for two-year staggered terms, commencing on the first class day of the fall semester.] terms of office for faculty members of standing committees shall be three years, commencing on the first class day of the fall semester, with one-third of the faculty membership appointed or elected each year. Faculty members are eligible for immediate reappointment or re-election to a new term of service, unless they have just served six or more consecutive years, in which case they must be off the committee for at least one year before serving on the committee again.

Rationale: Currently, all but two standing committees have two-year terms, and members may be appointed for one additional two-year term. This legislation increases the term lengths of these committees to three years. In early 2010, the CoC, under the leadership of Professor Dominic Lasorsa (journalism), informed all standing committee chairs that it was reviewing term limits. The CoC said that it “wants to make sure that committees have continuity of memberships to facilitate efficient operations, but, at the same time, the CoC wants to make sure that committees have diversity of memberships, avoid stagnation, and encourage new ideas and vitality. The CoC hopes to strike a balance between these critical, yet sometimes conflicting goals.” Overwhelmingly, committee chairs expressed concerns about membership continuity issues relating to their committees and cautioned that a lack of continuity was the most serious hindrance to the effective operation of their committees. The Committee concluded that one of the best ways to facilitate continuity is to move from two-year to three-year terms on most committees and does not believe that increasing term limits will inhibit diversity of membership.



Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011.