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.