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Faculty Governance

Faculty governance rests on the assumption that faculty should hold a substantive role in decision-making in several identified areas in the life of the institution.

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I. Core Principles

At Rhodes, we wish to ensure that the work of the faculty is completed effectively and in an environment where shared decision-making is valued. To this end, we affirm that:

  1. A shared commitment to the mission of the College informs all decision-making and structures of governance. Governance is informed by maximum collaboration and consultation, respectful and reasoned discussion, trust between administration and faculty, and consistent communication.
  2. Governance occurs in multiple venues, must be flexible to accommodate emerging institutional challenges and opportunities, and is accomplished in an institutional culture that balances stability and innovation.
  • Areas of responsibility and the roles of everyone involved in governance must be unambiguous. 
  •  Structures of governance must be as simple and straightforward as possible and respect the time commitment of all involved.
  • Those who participate in the work of governance, either elected or appointed, agree to be held accountable for their work.
  • All participation by members of the Faculty in the work of governance is reckoned as service to the College. Normally, faculty members in the first three years of their appointment serve the College through academic advising and service to their department. Beginning in the fourth year of appointment, faculty may serve the College in an additional way through membership on standing committees or task forces. 
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II. Areas of Faculty Governance

Effective Faculty governance depends on a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities. At Rhodes, the work of governance occurs in three areas: 

1. An area where Faculty has clear expertise and decision-making responsibility. This area includes: 

  • The development and maintenance of degree programs including its content, the academic standards to be met for matriculation and graduation, and the ongoing assessment of the quality of the academic program.
  • The standards for tenure and promotion that lead to a recommendation to the administration and the Board of Trustees as to whether a faculty member should be granted tenure and/or promoted and the process by which tenure and promotion decisions can be appealed.
  • The oversight of structures of faculty governance.
  • The oversight of faculty professional interests that lead to recommendations to the administration and Board of Trustees on issues related to the welfare of the Faculty as a whole.
  • The oversight of policy and procedures for faculty development resources including the review of requests and recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for faculty development grants and sabbaticals.

2. An area where the Faculty share expertise and decision-making responsibility with the administration. This area includes:

  • The standards for evaluating teaching, research and service;
  • The process by which outstanding students compete for post-graduate scholarships;
  • The oversight of academic advising;
  • The process to prepare students for successful membership in a community of scholars through an integral and interconnected first-year experience;
  • The management of information and resources in technology;
  • The policies and procedures to meet admissions and retention goals;
  • The policies and procedures related to international education and study abroad;
  • The process by which new faculty and administration are recruited and hired;
  • Student appeals.

3. An area where the Faculty serve in a consultative role but where primary expertise and decision-making responsibility remain with the administration and/or Board of Trustees. This area includes:

  • Faculty-related personnel policies;
  • Budget;
  • Long range and strategic planning;
  • Athletics;
  • Campus Safety;
  • Special Events and Programming;
  • Liaison with administrative units;
  • Policy Boards;
  • Policies on Environment and Sustainability;
  • Faculty and staff awards.
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IIA. Substantive Change Policy and Procedures

Substantive Change Policy and Procedure 
Rhodes College

Approved by the President and the Executive Staff on 3/6/13.

Rhodes College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACS COC) and all potential substantive changes – whether proposed by students, faculty, staff, or Board of Trustees – must be discussed with and reviewed by the SACS COC Accreditation Liaison, who is appointed by the Rhodes College President. It is the responsibility of the SACS COC Accreditation Liaison to ensure that potential substantive changes are reported to, and approved by the SACS COC, prior to implementation.

The purpose of this Policy and Procedures document is to comply with the Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the Commission on Colleges, Policy Statement, Institutional Obligations, Item #2, that “Member institutions are required to have a policy and procedure to ensure that all substantive changes are reported to the Commission in a timely fashion” (p. 1).

What is a substantive change? 
Substantive change is a significant modification or expansion in the nature and scope of an accredited institution. Under federal regulations, substantive change includes:

  • Any change in the established mission or objectives of the institution
  • Any change in legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution
  • The addition of courses or programs that represent a significant departure, either in content or method of delivery, from those that were offered when the institution was last evaluated
  • The addition of courses or programs of study at a degree or credential level different from that which is included in the institution’s current accreditation or reaffirmation.
  • A change from clock hours to credit hours
  • A substantial increase in the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program
  • The establishment of an additional location geographically apart from the main campus at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program.
  • The establishment of a branch campus
  • Closing a program, off-campus site, branch campus or institution
  • Entering into a collaborative academic arrangement that includes only the initiation of a dual degree program or a joint degree program with another institution
  • Acquiring another institution or a program or location of another institution
  • Adding a permanent location at a site where the institution is conducting a teach-out program for a closed institution
  • Entering into a contract by which an entity not eligible for Title IV funding offers 25% or more of one or more of the accredited institution’s programs

What are the procedures for reporting substantive change? 

SACS COC has identified three procedures for addressing the different types of substantive changes. These include:

  • Procedure One – for the review of substantive changes requiring notification and approval prior to implementation,
  • Procedure Two – for the review of substantive changes requiring only notification prior to implementation, and
  • Procedure Three – for closing a program, site, branch campus or institution.

The different types of substantive change, the specific procedure to be used for each, their respective approval notification requirements, and their reporting time lines are included in the document “Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions of the Commission on Colleges - Policy Statement” located on pages 6-9 at http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/Substantive%20change%20policy.pdf.

Procedures for the institutional changes such as mergers, acquiring or adding programs, or changes in governance or legal status can be found in a separate document, “Mergers, Consolidations, Change of Ownership, Acquisitions, and Change of Governance, Control, Form, or Legal Status.” at http://www.sacscoc.org/subchg/policy/Mergers.pdf.

The initiation or revision of programs not offered for academic credit and that are not eligible for federal financial aid does not require reporting: however, such programs are subject to review at the time of reaffirmation.

Identifying and reporting substantive change:
The President is responsible for:

  • Submitting substantive change notification letters and associated documentation to the President of the SACS COC and providing a copy of the letters and documentation to the Accreditation Liaison

or

  • Designating the Accreditation Liaison as his representative to submit substantive change notification letters and associated documentation to the President of the SACS COC

The President and Vice Presidents are responsible for:

  • Informing relevant personnel under their supervision about the existence of the SACS COC Policy on Substantive Change and the need to check with the Accreditation Liaison regarding any and all significant changes in policy to determine if they meet the criteria for a substantive change as defined in the policy
  • Consulting with the College’s SACS COC Accreditation Liaison regarding questions about substantive changes within their divisions
  • Providing sufficient time to notify the SACS COC prior to the implementation of any changes
  • Assisting with the writing of appropriate documentation and notification of substantive changes as needed by the SACS COC

The SACS COC Accreditation Liaison is appointed by the President and is responsible for:

  • Staying up to date with the SACS COC Substantive Change Policy Statement
  • Serving as the contact person and communication liaison between SACS COC staff and the College regarding substantive change matters
  • Meeting with the President and Vice Presidents yearly to review the policy and planned initiatives
  • Working with the appropriate Vice President to develop a plan of action and timeline for any substantive change actions requiring approval from the SACS COC
  • Preparing substantive change prospectus in collaboration with the appropriate administrators and faculty
  • Submitting substantive change notification letters and associated documentation to the President of the SACS COC as requested by the President
  • Maintaining a database of substantive changes, initiatives, action plans and their status

 

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III. Structures of Faculty Governance

Faculty governance occurs in multiple venues and through multiple structures. Two factors are critical in the decision as to what kind of governance structure should be in place:

  1. In what area (as defined above) is the work of faculty governance occurring?
  2. Is the work being undertaken continuing (recurring annually or cyclically) or is it a time-limited task with a clear completion point? 
  1. Continuing work of the Faculty
    1. In the case of continuing work in the area where faculty has clear expertise and decision-making responsibility, present structures include:
      • The Faculty of the College
      • The Academic Department
      • Standing Committees of the Faculty
        • Committee on Committees
        • Educational Program
        • Foundations Curriculum Committee
        • Appeals
        • Development
        • Governance
        • Professional Interests
        • Standards and Standings
        • Tenure and Promotion
    2. In the case of continuing work in the area where the Faculty share expertise and decision-making responsibility with the administration, present structures include:
      • Administrative-Faculty Committee
      • Advising Committee
      • Information and Technology
      • Post-Graduate Scholarships
    3. In the case of continuing work in areas where the Faculty serve in a consultative role but where the primary expertise and decision-making responsibility remain with the administration and/or Board of Trustees, present structures include:
      • Council of Academic Chairs
      • Standing Administrative Committees
        • Budget
        • Faculty-related employment issues
        • Campus Safety
        • Athletics
        • Special Events and Programming
        • Policy Boards (i.e., Sexual Harassment and Assault)
        • Rhodes Planning Cooperative
      • Faculty Liaison appointments to advise specific administrative units (i.e., Board of Trustees, President’s Office, Student Support Services, Student Affairs, Meeman Center for Life Long Learning, Administrative Affairs, Career Services, Disability Services, etc.) 
  2. Time-limited tasks of the Faculty with a clear completion point
    • Task Forces of the Faculty to address time-limited tasks related to any area above
    • Faculty liaison appointments to advise on specific issues
    • Personnel Search Committees (administration and faculty)
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IV. Standing Committees of the Faculty

Faculty committees derive their powers and responsibilities from the Faculty. Committees in general take routine actions without specific faculty approval but with notice to the Faculty through committee minutes. In all more important matters, committees bring recommendations to the Faculty, and a majority of the voting members of every standing committee of the Faculty will be full-time-teaching faculty members. Ex officio members are without vote unless otherwise indicated. Student members are voting members. The standing committees of the Faculty transact most of the business of the Faculty in their specific areas of concern and responsibility. Each faculty committee has four general tasks within its sphere of responsibility:  

  1. Faculty committees serve to keep the academic program under continuing scrutiny, minimizing weaknesses and encouraging improvements, by functioning as a forum for ideas and by investigating academic policy.
  2. Faculty committees recommend policy to the Faculty by guiding the Faculty through carefully formulated proposals. The Faculty then enacts or rejects that policy.
  3. Once the Faculty has approved a policy, faculty committees see that the policy is properly administered, that exceptions are mediated, and that details are tended to. Committees are empowered and encouraged to delegate administrative authority within their bodies so long as the committee retains supervisory and review authority.
  4. With the exception of the Tenure and Promotion Committee and the Appeals Committee, each Faculty committee must inform the Faculty of its actions, normally through reports made at faculty meetings. The exceptions for the two stated committees are in regard to confidential matters only; those committees must report to the Faculty regarding other (non-confidential) committee actions.

All standing committees function under the general oversight of the Faculty Governance Committee. Except for at-large members, all committee members are nominated and elected by their division within the faculty. Probationary members of the Faculty are not normally expected to serve on standing committees until after their third year of full-time service. Elections for all at-large members of all faculty standing committees and Faculty Trustees are normally held at the April meeting of the Faculty. Faculty Governance Committee divisional representatives will call divisional elections, and they should be held prior to the April meeting of the Faculty.

Each committee has a Chair and a secretary. The full-time faculty members of each faculty committee for the next Academic Year will meet shortly after the May elections to elect a committee Chair and to consider the committee’s agenda for the next year. When necessary and without special permission of the Faculty, committees may meet or otherwise conduct their business during the summer recess, though all such business must be reported and approved as usual at the stated meeting of the Faculty in August or September. During any such summer work, the committee shall consist of continuing and newly-elected committee members; any member unavailable for the summer may be replaced for that time by an available outgoing former member by vote of the committee. In the rare instance where a member of the faculty needs to resign from a standing committee of the faculty (or an equivalent service activity), written notice is to be sent to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and to the Committee on Committees. 

The Chair calls the committee meetings and carries out all other duties appropriate to the position. Each committee selects its own secretary unless a member of the administrative staff has been assigned to the task. The secretary keeps minutes, distributes minutes to the committee members, and works with the Chair in maintaining communication between the committee and the rest of the College.

Student members of the Faculty committees are appointed by the Rhodes Student Government. Appointees are nominated by the Rhodes Student Government Internal Affairs Committee which will, prior to the nominations, solicit applications from the student body at large to identify interested candidates. The slate of nominations must be approved by the Committee on Faculty Governance, with an eye to diverse student representation. Nominations will be voted upon by the Student Senate for final approval. Student representatives will be accountable to the Rhodes Student Government, and shall, after each meeting of their committee, submit a written report of the meeting to the chair of the Internal Affairs Committee within five days of the meeting. The representative may then be requested to attend the next Student Senate meeting to elaborate upon that report if the Internal Affairs Committee deems that to be appropriate.

No faculty member shall serve simultaneously on more than one of the following committees: Appeals, Tenure and Promotion, and Faculty Professional Interest.

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The Academic Advising Committee

Membership. Four faculty members (preferably one elected by each of the four curriculum divisions, serving 3-year terms. Two of the faculty members must be tenured, and junior faculty are not eligible to serve as chair); two students (elected by the Student Senate, one first-year or sophomore student and one junior at the time that service on the committee commences, serving two consecutive year-long terms); ex officio: the Associate Dean of Students for Student Academic Support (voting); the Director of New Student Programs (non-voting); the Registrar (non-voting); an additional faculty member who has just completed his/her first year of advising first-year students will be invited by the committee to serve one year on the committee (non-voting).

Duties.

  • Oversee the academic advising program and work to promote an effective advising system
  • Develop and oversee programs and workshops for the ongoing development of advisers and advisees, including:
  • Registration workshops
  • New advisor development
  • Continuing advisor development
  • Work to ensure that students are educated on appropriate advising expectations and their role and responsibility in the adviser-advisee relationship
  • Serve as the resource on academic advising for all members of the community
  • Revise and circulate annually the Advising Handbooks for Faculty and Students
  • Develop and recommend guidelines for academic advisers
  • Provide faculty interface with appropriate student services groups
  • Provide guidance concerning the academic components in Open Rhodes and Welcome Week
  • Review faculty petitions for variance from regular first-year advising

Expected Involvement. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair.

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The Departments and Programs Assessment Committee

Membership. Five faculty members (one tenured representative elected by each of the four curriculum divisions, plus one tenured at-large member, 3-year terms); the Accreditation Liaison (ex-officio, non-voting).

Duties.

  1. Review the annual reports of departments and programs as related to the educational program every five years and submit a report to the Office of Academic Affairs;
  2. Review with the Vice President for Academic Affairs external reviews of departments and programs on a ten-year cycle;
  3. Work closely with the Administrative Assessment Committee in conducting department and program assessment.

Expected involvement. Committee usually meets weekly.

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The Educational Program Committee

Membership. Five faculty members (one elected by each curriculum division, plus one elected at-large, 3-year terms); one student (member of the junior and/or senior classes, elected annually by the Student Senate); ex officio (non-voting): designated representative of the Office of Academic Affairs and Registrar.

Expected Involvement: Biweekly meetings are scheduled throughout the academic year. Ad hoc subcommittees may be established as needed.

Duties.

  • Recommend to the Faculty general academic policies.
  • Review and approve significant changes to requirements for existing educational programs and degrees, including majors, minors, Maymesters and other off-site programming, and master’s degrees.
  • Make recommendations to the Faculty about the creation of new educational programs and degrees, including majors, minors, Maymesters and other off-site programming, and master’s degrees.
  • Review and approve student proposals for self-designed interdisciplinary majors.
  • Review Buckman International Curriculum Grants and make recommendations about these grants to the Buckman Center for International Education.
  • Report to the Office of Academic Affairs each year about one or more aspects of the educational program beyond the foundations curriculum
    • The committee will consult with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the council of chairs to determine which aspects of the curriculum it will undertake to review each year
    • Aspects of the educational program to be examined include, but are not limited to:
      • writing instruction
      • oral communication instruction
      • internship programs
      • senior seminars
      • preparing students for graduate and professional study
      • interdisciplinary study
      • study abroad
      • co-curricular and fellowship activities
      • These reviews will be based on information gathered from department and program chairs, from the Registrar’s Office, from the Office of Institutional Research, and from other offices of the College (e.g., career counseling, study abroad) as needed
      • Reviews will include:
        • a descriptive report of how the departments and programs vary in their implementation of these aspects of the curriculum;
        • an assessment of our overall effectiveness in meeting learning outcomes in these areas; and
        • a set of recommendations for continued progress in these areas
        • Oversee the Hill Presidential Initiative Grants.
          • Establish curricular priorities for proposals, based on the assessment work of this committee (described above) and on consultations with the Foundations Curriculum Committee
          • Review applications
          • Recommend to the Office of Academic Affairs grant awards
        • Review Buckman International Curriculum Grants and make recommendations about these grants to the Buckman Center for International Education.
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The Faculty Committee on Admission and Enrollment

Membership.  Four faculty members (one elected by each of the four academic divisions, 3-year terms); ex-officio (non-voting, except in case of a tie): Associate Dean of Admission or other senior Admission officer, as appointed by the Dean of Admission. One member of the committee will serve as the Admission Faculty Representative to the departmental liaisons.

Duties.

  • Recommend to the faculty changes to academic policies for admission to the College.

  • Advise the Dean of Admission about academic policies and standards for admission set by the Faculty, as indicated by the College Handbook.*

  • Review and report to the faculty current admission and financial aid policy and trends as well as student retention rates.

  • Advise and assist the Dean of Admission in coordinating faculty engagement in student recruitment.

Expected Involvement. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair.

*The College Bylaws delegate to the Faculty, through the regular channels described in Article VIII, the responsibility to admit students.

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The Faculty Committee on Appeals

Membership. Five faculty members (one tenured representative elected by each of the four curriculum divisions, plus one tenured at-large member, 3-year terms). An alternate will be appointed by the Faculty Governance Committee in consultation with the chair of the appeals committee when a principal member is unavailable or must abstain for personal reasons or potential conflict of interest. The committee may hear Honor Council appeals with a quorum of 4 people at the discretion of the committee chair. Service on this committee precludes the holding of a seat on the Faculty Professional Interest Committee.

Duties.

  • Hear appeals of faculty fourth-year review, tenure and promotion decisions and report their actions and conclusions to the President;
  • Hear appeals of dismissal for cause cases and report their actions and conclusions to the President;
  • Hear appeals of student Honor Council decisions and report their actions and conclusions to the parties designated in Article IV. Section 5 of the Honor Council Constitution (and to the Faculty, while preserving confidentiality).

Expected Involvement. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair.

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The Faculty Committee on Committees

Membership. Three tenured faculty members to be recommended by the Faculty Governance Committee, with open nominations accepted from the floor of the faculty, 3-year terms, non-repeatable consecutively. No two members shall be from the same division.  
 
Duties.

  1. Conduct both divisional and faculty-at-large elections of committee members to the various standing committees of the faculty and report results to the Office of Academic Affairs, the Faculty Governance Committee, and the faulty-at-large.
  2. Nominate personnel for standing faculty committees, with open nominations accepted from the floor.
  3. Nominate the presiding officer, the faculty secretary, and the faculty parliamentarian, with open nominations accepted from the floor.
  4. Approve a slate of student nominees for standing faculty committees, as submitted by the Rhodes Student Government.
  5. Maintain a rotational system for membership on standing faculty committees.

Expected Involvement. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair.

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The Faculty Committee on Diversity and Equity

Membership:

5 faculty members, all elected at large. At least 2 must hold tenure, and no more than 2 may represent any academic division. One student member, ex officio (non-voting); a representative of the Office of Academic Affairs, ex-officio (non-voting). When bringing nominees to the faculty for this committee, the Committee on Committees will seek to build a demographically, ideologically, and intellectually diverse committee, representing the broad range of experience and viewpoint found among the faculty.

Duties:

  • Formulate and recommend to the faculty policies and strategies for promoting a diverse and equitable campus environment for all students and faculty. 
  • Assist in the implementation of such policies and strategies, the assessment of their impact.
  • Advise the Office of Academic Affairs on issues of diversity and equity.
  • Liaise with the other faculty committees and with relevant offices of the College on issues of diversity and equity.
  • Consult with the Title IX Officer on the College’s compliance with Title IX.
  • Create ad hoc groups for specific projects related to the work of the committee.
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The Faculty Committee on Information and Technology

Membership. Four faculty members (each one selected by the Information Services division based on their frequency of use of divisional services) and one student member (selected by RSG), chaired by the CIO.

Duties.

  • Advise the CIO on matters affecting the welfare of the Faculty and students as a whole and specifically on policies relating to technology and information services; and
  • Propose campus-wide meetings on issues and items requiring campus-wide input and communication.

Expected Involvement. Meetings are held at members′ request but not more than monthly. 

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The Faculty Committee on Post-Graduate Scholarship

Membership. Membership is flexible but normally includes four faculty members (divisional representation preferred), one administrator and the Dean of Academic Affairs for International Education. The Committee works in conjunction with other faculty coordinators who serve as liaisons to particular fellowship foundations and as campus coordinators.  

Duties:

  • Coordinate informational meetings, receptions and other pertinent events with the objective of cultivating and recruiting students for post-graduate scholarships;
  • Manage and assist the network of campus coordinators;
  • Manage and update the post-graduate scholarship calendar and website;
  • Along with campus coordinators, advise potential applicants throughout all stages of the application process; provide guidance on the preparation of students’ dossiers; when required, conduct the internal competition and selection process; prepare and submit institutional endorsements to foundations;
  • Assist students in preparing for the interview process;
  • Serve as occasional guest lecturers for Interdepartmental Studies 331

Expected Involvement. Regular meetings are held at the call of the Chair. Much of the month of October is dedicated to reviewing applications, serving in mock interviews, preparing endorsement letters and submitting candidates’ dossiers. Members are also expected to

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The Faculty Committee on Standards and Standings

Membership. Five faculty members (one elected by each of the four curriculum divisions, plus one elected at-large, 3-year terms; two should be tenured); ex officio Associate Dean of Students for Student Academic Support (voting); Director of Academic and Learning Resources; Registrar.

Duties.

  • Act on individual requests for substitutions for or waivers of degree requirements;
  • Act on individual requests for variation from academic policy;
  • Evaluate college-level equivalence requests;
  • Recommend policies and guidelines for academic probation, suspension, or leave of absence;
  • Consider cases of academic probation, suspension, or leave or absence;
  • Exercise oversight of and recommend changes in admissions standards and policy;
  • Act on applications for readmission;
  • Recommend requirements for eligibility for a degree;
  • Recommend guidelines for determining “reasonable progress towards a degree,” including policy on course sequencing, course load limits, and definition of “acceptable academic work”;
  • Recommend policies regarding grades, their meaning, and their use in determining grade point averages;
  • Recommend policies for degrees with academic achievement and with honors.
  • Serve as the Institutional Review Panel in cases involving appeals of awards of the Tennessee Hope Scholarships

Expected Involvement. Meetings are called by the Chair as needed. Ad Hoc subcommittees may be established as needed. 

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The Faculty Committee on Technology and Academic Space

Membership:

Five faculty members (one from each division, one at-large, at least two tenured); Associate Provost, ex-officio (non-voting); Chief Information Officer, ex-officio (non-voting); Director of Physical Plant, ex-officio (non-voting); Director of Library, ex-officio (non-voting).

Charge:

  • Address immediate concerns and current problems with academic space and technology for instructional, scholarly, and creative activities.
  • Facilitate long-term planning of technology needs and services for classrooms, lecture halls, and performance spaces.
  • Support faculty technology needs.
  • Review policies and practices regarding the use of technology in instructional, scholarly, and creative spaces.
  • Advise and guide the library regarding instructional, scholarly, and creative resources.
  • Liaise with Information Services, Student Life, and other offices as relevant.
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The Faculty Committee on Tenure and Promotion

Membership. Five faculty members (one tenured faculty member elected by each of the four curriculum divisions and one tenured faculty member elected at-large, with a preference for faculty at the rank of professor, 3-year terms).

Duties.

  • Receive recommendations from departments for tenure and promotion;
  • Assess departmental recommendations and all other information used in the evaluation of candidates for tenure or promotion;
  • Recommend action on each candidate to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and to the President;
  • Publish specific procedures and have changes in these procedures affirmed by the Faculty.

Expected Involvement. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair. 

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The Faculty Development Committee

Membership. Five faculty members (one elected by each of the four curriculum divisions plus one elected at-large, 3-year terms); ex officio: a representative of the Office of Academic Affairs.

Duties:

  • Oversee the Faculty development programs of the College and review specific proposals for sabbaticals and summer grants;
  • Receive and review reports from faculty members who have had sabbaticals or grants;
  • Advise the Office of Academic Affairs concerning applications for and administration of Faculty Development Endowment Grants, and other grants in support of faculty development.

Expected Involvement. Meetings are scheduled weekly for about six months of the academic year. Each member of the committee will have a supervisory role related to some segment of the committee’s work. 

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The Faculty Governance Committee

Membership. Five tenured faculty members (one elected by each of the four curriculum divisions, one elected at large, 3-year terms); ex officio: Presiding Officer of the Faculty (non-voting except in case of a tie), Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Duties – In relation to the Faculty as a whole:

  • Oversee the implementation of faculty actions;
  • Provide general oversight of all standing committees of the faculty;
  • Coordinate the process for faculty consideration and input when broad consultation is requested by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the President;
  • Recommend procedures for administration and collection of student evaluations of instruction;
  • Make recommendations to the Faculty concerning the establishment or elimination of standing committees;
  • Supervise agenda for faculty meetings, procedures in faculty meetings, and the calling of special faculty meetings;

Duties – In relation to the Office of Academic Affairs​:

  • Advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs on any major change in academic direction or program;
  • Advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs on diversity and campus climate matters;
  • Advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the addition or deletion of any department of instruction;
  • Advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the overall academic budget;
  • Advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the assignment, reassignment, addition and deletion of faculty positions;
  • Recommend procedures for the administration and collection of student evaluations of instruction.

Expected Involvement. Meetings are scheduled at least biweekly during the academic year.

Anonymous (not verified) August 18, 2015

Printed from: https://handbook.rhodes.edu/college-handbook/faculty-policies/faculty-governance/faculty-governance-committee


The Faculty Professional Interests Committee

Membership. Five faculty members (one elected by each of the four curriculum divisions plus one elected at-large, 3-year terms, non-successive).

Duties.

  • Advise the Faculty, on matters affecting the welfare of the Faculty as a whole and specifically on policies relating to conditions of employment, such as faculty remuneration, evaluation, tenure, promotion, and retirement;
  • Serve as a watchdog committee for the maintenance of academic freedom, high standards of professional faculty conduct, and high standards of the academic program.
  • Monitor the Bias Education Reporting System as it relates to faculty and faculty professional interests.
  • Each year choose one member of the committee, preferably with tenure, to serve as a representative on the Campus Climate Team.

Expected Involvement. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair.

Anonymous (not verified) August 18, 2015

Printed from: https://handbook.rhodes.edu/college-handbook/faculty-policies/faculty-governance/faculty-professional-interests-committee


The Foundations Curriculum Committee

 

Membership. Eight faculty members (one elected by each curriculum division, plus four elected at-large with no more than two being from any division, 3-year terms); one student (member of the junior or senior class, elected annually by the Student Senate; a representative of the Office of Academic Affairs, ex officio (non-voting): ex officio (non-voting), Registrar.

Duties.

  • Review and approve all new Foundations proposals;
  • Review and re-approve, on a regular cycle, all existing Foundations experiences;
  • Recommend to the Faculty policies regarding the Foundations Curriculum;
  • Assess the Foundations curriculum.

Expected Involvement. Weekly or biweekly meetings are scheduled as necessary throughout the academic year. Ad hoc subcommittees may be established and may meet as needed.

Anonymous (not verified) August 18, 2015

Printed from: https://handbook.rhodes.edu/college-handbook/faculty-policies/faculty-governance/foundations-curriculum-committee