4.01 Establishment and Regulation of Faculty Committees
4.02 Eligibility and Qualifications for Membership on Faculty Committees
4.03 Term of Office for Faculty Committees
4.04 Appointment and Election to Faculty Committees
4.05 Quorum for Faculty Committees
4.06 Organization and Procedures of Faculty Committees
4.07 Reports of Faculty Committees
4.08 Academic Actions Committee
4.09 Academic Achievement Assessment Committee
4.10 Academic Policies Committee
4.11 Admissions, Records, and Student Information Committee
4.12 Athletic Board
4.13 Awards and Ceremonies Committee
4.13.5 Committee on Advising
4.14 Committee on Research and Creative Activity
4.15 Committee on Teaching and Learning
4.15.5 First Year Experience Committee
4.16 General Education Committee
4.17 Information Resources Committee
4.18 Lectures and Fine Arts Committee
4.19 Search and Screen Committee for Major Academic Positions
(2) The Faculty may create special committees to perform specific tasks of limited nature and duration. When a special committee has completed its charge, and its final report has been acted on by the Faculty, the committee shall cease to exist.
(3) Faculty committees may study problems, make recommendations to the Faculty for action, and establish rules and procedures within their respective jurisdictions subject to review by the Faculty.
(4) Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, any action of a Faculty committee established by this chapter which is effective without the formal approval of the Faculty or the Senate may be submitted to the Senate for review. The Senate may choose to review the action itself, may decline to review the action, or may refer the matter to a regular or special committee for final disposition on behalf of the Senate.
(1) Faculty committees may include academic staff members, students, and persons from outside the university, provided that at least a majority of the members shall be members of the faculty as defined in UWPF 2.01(a).
(2) Unless otherwise provided, nonfaculty members of the faculty committees may vote and hold office other than chair.
(3) Committees may designate nonvoting consultants.
(4) The principal criterion for the appointment or nomination of an eligible person to a committee shall be his/her qualifications to discharge its responsibilities. In addition, the number of other committee memberships held and the principles of affirmative action should be considered.
(5) Unless otherwise provided, no more than three faculty members of a committee shall be from the School of Business and Technology or from any one of the electoral divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Passed 10/3/06 Faculty Senate
(1) The term of office shall be two years for faculty members AND ACADEMIC STAFF MEMBERS and one year for administrators and students, unless otherwise provided.
(2) Terms shall begin on August 16 and end on August 15 unless otherwise provided. This period shall be termed the "Committee Year."
(3) Terms are to be staggered so that for each committee the number of faculty members appointed or elected annually will be as nearly equal as possible.
(2) Appointments of faculty members to all Faculty committees shall be made by the University Committee, in consultation with the Chancellor, unless otherwise provided.
(3) Appointments of students to Faculty committees shall be made by the PSGA according to the procedures adopted by the PSGA.
(4) Appointments of Administrators to all Faculty committees shall be made by the Chancellor.
(5) The Academic Staff Committee shall have authority for appointments and election procedures for providing academic staff members for Faculty committees, except as otherwise provided.
(6) The University Committee, consulting faculty preferences and department chairs, shall act as the nominating committee for regular and special Faculty elections.
(7) Elections for committees shall be conducted according to rules and procedures established by the Faculty Senate.(8) Vacancies
(a) A vacancy in an elective committee membership shall be filled by the available eligible candidate who had the highest number of votes in the last general all-Faculty, school or departmental election. Should there be no available eligible candidate from an all-Faculty election, the University Committee shall appoint a replacement. Should there be no available eligible candidate from a school election, the school shall choose a replacement, following school election procedures adopted by the Faculty Senate. Should there be no available eligible candidate from a departmental election, the departmental executive committee shall select a replacement. Departmental executive committees may choose to delegate this authority to the departmental chair. The members chosen to fill a vacancy shall serve through the remainder of that Committee Year. If the term of office would normally extend beyond this time, an election for the unexpired term is held at the next general election.
(b) Where practicable, a vacancy created by a faculty member being off-campus for one or two successive semesters shall be filled on a temporary basis according to (a) above. Upon his/her return to campus, the faculty member may reassume his/her seat.
(c) A vacancy in an appointive committee seat or an administrative or student seat shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. The person appointed shall complete the remainder of the term of the vacated position.
(d) The chair of a Faculty committee or a majority of its voting members may, after three consecutive absences in an appointive seat at regularly scheduled meetings at which a quorum was present, request the appointing body to declare the seat vacant. If the seat is declared vacant, the appointing body shall make a new appointment.
e) The chair of a faculty committee, or a majority of its voting members, may, after three consecutive unexcused absences of a member filling an elected seat, at a regularly scheduled meeting at which a quorum is present, request the University Committee to declare the seat vacant, and invoke the procedure provided in subparagraph (a). The University Committee shall confer with the affected member before taking action.*
*Amended by Faculty Senate October 14, 2003
(1) Unless otherwise provided, each committee shall elect its own chair from among the faculty members of the committee, and a secretary and such other officers as it deems appropriate. Officers shall be elected at the first meeting of a standing committee after its election or appointment, and shall serve terms extending to the end of the current Committee Year. Officers of special committees shall be elected at the first meeting of the committee and shall serve terms as provided in the enabling legislation.
(2) The University Committee shall designate the conveners for all standing Faculty committees.
(3) Committees may adopt procedures for the conduct of their business subject to the approval of the Faculty under UWPF 2.02(2).
(4) Each committee shall keep minutes of its meetings and file a copy with the Secretary of the Faculty.
(5) Standing committees shall periodically deposit their records with the Secretary of the Faculty, and special committees shall do so when they cease to exist.
(6) Each Faculty committee may survey its composition and functions, and make recommendations to the Faculty for appropriate changes.
(7) The chair of any subcommittee of a Faculty committee shall be a member of the parent committee.
(8) All Faculty committees, with the assistance of the Secretary of the Faculty, are responsible for placing proposed resolutions in proper form for Senate action.
(9) In meetings of Faculty committees, nonmembers in attendance may participate in discussions only when authorized to do so by the Committee.
(a) Five members of the faculty, elected at large;
(b) One appointed member of the academic staff;
(c) Two students.
The Committee shall:
(3) Limitation on Appeals
(a) Receive and act on appeals for special consideration as provided by the admissions requirement policy;
(b) Act on appeals in cases of academic probation, drop actions and readmissions of students dropped for academic reasons;
( c) Act on student requests for waivers of University-wide academic policies, including, but not limited to, requests for waivers of general degree requirements;
(d) Act on student requests for deletions in their official academic record, exclusive of complaints or grievances involving individual course grades;
(e) Convey, through its Chair, the actions of the Committee to the Administration for implementation.
REVISIONS PSF 8 08/09
The Committee shall consist of:
(a) Five faculty members appointed by the University Committee
(b) One member of the academic staff appointed by the Academic Staff Committee
(c) One student appointed by the Parkside Student Government Association.
(d) Up to three non-voting administrative members appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
The committee oversees assessment of learning outcomes to strengthen the University’s teaching and learning. The committee provides the University-wide perspective on learning outcomes assessment as carried out through the University’s undergraduate programs and majors.
(a) Identify key issues and recommend policies and changes with respect to institution wide assessment of student learning.
(b) Identify gaps in assessment information; recommend changes in assessment processes; review the usefulness of assessment strategies, reporting strategies and feedback processes; and make assessment data available to help inform decision-making at UW-Parkside.
(c) Recommend improvements in assessment practices. The recommendations shall be contained in an annual report provided each fall to the Provost and University Committee.
Revisions to 4.09 (1)(a) In the event that there were a non-faculty Director of Assessment , the existing 4.09 (1) (a) would not necessarily lead to having faculty constitute the majority of voting members; this is in conflict with overall policy for faculty committees. In addition, the standard practice is to have academic staff members appointed by the Academic Staff Committee (under 4.04(5)), and there is no compelling reason to change it for this committee. The appointing bodies listed in the new (a)(b)(c) are those specified by 4.04 and appear here for clarity only.
Revision of 4.09(1)(c) and (d) Specific administrative titles change at short notice and should be avoided in UWPF. The Director of Assessment position is currently vacant, for example. Under 4.04(4) administrative appointments are made by the Chancellor; in practice, this generally devolves on the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and it seemed appropriate to specify this in the case of a committee focused on academic achievement.
Elimination of 4.09 (1) (e) The range of needs suggested is so broad that it gives no firm direction to the University Committee. In general, it is better policy to assume that the University Committee will appoint individuals in line with current needs, rather than to attempt to constrain that choice in advance. As we approach our next self-study cycle, for example, one would like to see some overlap between this committee and General Education and CAP.
Elimination of existing 4.09 (2). The standard committee term set by UWPF 4.03 is two years. If greater continuity is thought necessary, the appointing bodies can re-appoint individuals as needed.
Elimination of existing 4.09 (3). UWPF 4.06(1) already requires that chairs of faculty committees be chosen from among the faculty members, so that portion of this item is redundant. Assigning the chair oversight responsibilities confuses the appropriate work of committees with that of administration and would create overlap with the Director of Assessment when and if that position is filled.
Revision of 4.09(4)(a), renumbered to 4.09(2)(a). At various times in its history, the committee has sponsored various pilot projects in assessment, but committees are not, in general, an appropriate vehicle for any full-blown assessment program. The committee believes that its proper role is working to make sure that assessment takes place and that assessment efforts are coordinated.
(a) Six faculty members elected at large, no more than two of whom may be from either the School of Business and Technology or from any one of the electoral divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences.
(b) Vice Chancellor or designee, ex officio;
(c) One elected academic staff member;
(d) One student;
(e) The Registrar and the Director of Advising, ex officio.
The purpose of the Committee shall be to assist the Faculty, in cooperation with the administration, to fulfill its responsibilities and powers for academic, educational, and scholarship matters under UWPF 2.02. It shall be concerned mainly with academic, educational and scholarship matters which pertain to the University as a whole.
The following issues are illustrative of those which fall under the purview of the Committee: graduation requirements, degrees offered, grading systems, policies concerning evaluation of instruction, guidelines for credit by examination and independent study, admissions requirements, general university requirements, financial aid policies.
In carrying out its responsibilities and functions, the Committee shall conduct studies and reviews, make recommendations, consult with other committees concerned with academic, educational and scholarship matters, and consult with and advise the Faculty and Administration, except that the final authority to review, approve, and enunciate academic, educational and scholarship policies is reserved to the Faculty, and to the faculties of the academic departments, as provided by the Faculty Policies and Procedures.
(2) Term of Office
(a) Six appointed faculty members, no more than two of whom may be from the School of Business and Technology or from any single electoral division of the College of Arts and Sciences.
(b) Two appointed academic staff members;
(c) The director of Advising or designee. (Revised by the Faculty Senate November 24, 2009);
(d) One administrator;
(e) One student.
(4) Limitation on Appeals
(a) To recommend to the Academic Policies Committee or to the Faculty Senate on matters of policy relating to high school and college relations, student admission, registrations and record-keeping. This Committee should maintain liaison with the appropriate standing committees and administrative offices through its chair.
(b) To develop guidelines for the implementation of admissions policy and to govern appeals procedures for admissions decisions.
(a) Four appointed faculty members;
(b) One appointed academic staff member;
(c) One student;
(d) One representative of the greater Parkside community appointed by the Chancellor;
(e) The Director of Athletics, ex officio and nonvoting.
(f) The Faculty Athletic Representative, ex officio.
(g) The chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Council, ex-officio and nonvoting (revised by Faculty Senate 11/28/00)
(2) Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) as defined by NCAA and NAIA legislation
The Chancellor shall appoint a faculty athletic representative from a slate of candidates recommended by the University Committee in consultation with the Athletic Board.
The athletic program shall be under the control of the Faculty. The Athletic Board shall:
(a) Review, approve, and submit the athletic budget;
(b) Approve the hiring and assignment of intercollegiate athletic coaches. They shall also review and approve the criteria used in performance evaluation.
(c) Approve schedules for intercollegiate athletic contests;
(d) Review and rule upon questions of eligibility of students under institutional, conference, and NCAA/NAIA regulations;
(e) Review the policies governing the awarding of athletic scholarships;
(f) Review the policies governing intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, and recreation, and recommend to the faculty, from time to time, changes that will promote the long-term development of the University;
(g) Review the policies governing the utilization of physical education facilities.
(a) Six faculty members, elected at-large,
including at least one member from the School of Business and Technology
and the College of Arts and Sciences;
(b) Two appointed administrators;
(c) The Scholarship Officer, ex officio;
(d) Two students.
(a) Advise and assist the Chancellor in the arrangement of commencements, convocations and other public ceremonies;
(b) Recommend candidates for honorary degrees to the Chancellor;
(c) Recommend policies pertaining to all scholarships and student awards to the Faculty and Chancellor;
(d) Coordinate the determination of all awards to students.
(1) Select recipients of scholarships not assigned to another selecting group (departments, Admissions Office, the athletic program, etc.).
(2) Review scholarship awards made by other selecting groups.
(3) Select recipients for special awards, such as the Chancellor's Award.
(4) Approve academic achievement awards recommended by academic departments.
(5) Approve alternative criteria for academic scholarships and specific criteria for selection and renewal of talent awards.
(a) Five elected faculty members, no more than two of who may be from the School of Business and Technology or from any single electoral division within the College of Arts and Sciences
(b) One member of the teaching academic staff
(c) the Director of General Education, ex officio
(d) the Director of Advising, ex officio
(e) the Director of Student Support Services, ex officio
(f) one professional advisor appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
(g) one professional advisor appointed by the Dean of the School of Business and Technology
(a) increase collaboration among faculty and advising personnel to improve advising practices throughout the University;
(b) develop policy regarding academic advising for new students, transfer students, returning students, undecided students, and students who have already declared majors;
(c) collaborate with and make recommendations to other faculty and administrative groups in regard to student academic programs and degree completion
(d) advise the administration and Faculty Senate on matters related to advising.
(a) One faculty member from the School of Business and Technology;
(b) One faculty member from each of the electoral divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences;
(c) The Grants Officer, ex-officio and non-voting.
(a) Act to stimulate and support research and creative activity by members of the Faculty;
(b) Generate non-institutional funds for the support of research and creative activity by members of the Faculty and administer such funds, subject to approval (normally pro forma) by the Chancellor;
(c) Establish in consultation with the Administration, criteria and procedures for the allocation of institutional funds for research and creative activity;
(d) Review proposals from members of the Faculty for research and creative activities and award institutional funds for such activities;
(e) Advise the Administration on matters relating to the encouragement and support of research and creative activity.
(a) Four faculty members, no more than two of whom may be from the School of Business and Technology or from any single electoral division within the College of Arts and Sciences.
(b) One elected teaching member of the academic staff.
(c) One non-teaching member of the academic staff, who has regular contact with students in some capacity, appointed by the Academic Staff Committee;
(d) Two students;
(e) The faculty representative to the Office of Professional & Instructional Development, ex officio, non-voting;
(f) The administrative representative to the Office of Professional & Instructional Development, ex officio;
(g) The director of the Teaching Center, ex officio, non-voting if not a faculty member.
(a) Provide advice, encouragement, and support for faculty and staff seeking external funding for teaching development activities;
(b) Seek institutional and noninstitutional funds for the support of teaching development at UW-Parkside and advise the administration on the allocation of such funds;
(c) Advise the administration and Faculty Senate on all questions affecting the climate for teaching excellence at UW-Parkside.
(4) Review of Sabbatical and Teaching Improvement Proposals
The Committee shall advise the administration on faculty sabbaticals and faculty development proposals requiring on-campus screening.
(5) Teaching Excellence Awards
Annual teaching excellence awards shall be administered by special committees consisting of four students appointed by the PSGA and four members appointed by the Committee on Teaching. The members appointed by the Committee on Teaching shall be members of the faculty or academic staff who are former teaching award winners.
The Committee shall consist of:
(a) The two Co-Directors (faculty and staff), ex-officio, voting.
(b) First-Year Coordinator, ex-officio, voting.
(c) Six faculty, appointed by the University Committee.
Appointed members should broadly represent the divisional structure, but must have significant contact with first-year students.
(d) Three academic staff, appointed by the Academic Staff Committee.
Appointed members must have significant contact with first-year students, with consideration given to people with experience on OMSA, in the Advising Center, or with ESS.
(e) Two Students, selected by PSGA, with the recommendation that they come from Tutoring or be an active RA.
(2) Term of Office
Members of the Committee shall serve three-year terms. Staggered terms of two and three years would be appropriate for the first incarnation of the Committee.
The Chair shall be elected from among the faculty members of the Committee.
The purpose of the Committee shall be to assist the Faculty and Staff, in cooperation with the Administration and appropriate governance committees, in organizing, reviewing, evaluating and improving the first-year experience of Parkside students.
The Committee shall be charged with developing a comprehensive and consistent program for first-year students. The Committee shall guide, coordinate, implement and evaluate all facets (policies and programs) related to students’ First Year Experience at Parkside, including:
a) Orientation, particularly Phase 2 Orientation.
b) Mentoring programs, including Tutoring.
c) Actions to increase collaboration among all members of the Parkside community to improve the first-year experience.
d) Work with Learning Assistance to improve learning and performance of first-year students in developmental courses.
e) Work with the General Education Committee and the Departments to improve learning and performance of first-year students in their academic coursework.
f) Work with the Advising Center to improve learning and performance of first-year students in their academic coursework.
g) Establishment of programs for exceptional first-year students.
h) Recommendations for improving these programs on the basis of the Committee's ongoing assessment.
i) Seeking and administering institutional and non-institutional funds for the support of its activities.
j) Advice to the Administration and Faculty Senate on actions related to this charge.
In carrying out its responsibilities and functions, the Committee shall conduct studies and reviews, make recommendations, consult with other committees, and consult with and advise the Faculty and Administration.
[Committee created and added to chapter 4 by Faculty Senate on October 3, 2006, PSF 4/06-07]
(2) Term of Office
(a) Two at-large faculty members elected by the University Faculty.
(b) One faculty member elected from the School of Business and Technology and one elected by each of the electoral divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences.
(c) Two members of the academic staff, at least one of whom should be teaching academic staff;
(d) Two students;
(e) Vice Chancellor (or designee), ex officio and staff to the committee;
(f) Chair of the Academic Policies Committee (or designee), ex officio;
(g) Chair of the Committee on Teaching & Learning (or designee), ex officio;
(h) Chair of the Academic Achievement Assessment Committee (or designee), ex officio;
(i) Director of General Education, ex officio. (Revised by the Faculty Senate 4/18/00)
(j) The faculty co-director of the First Year Experience (or designee), ex-officio (Revised by the Faculty Senate 4/19/05) [Agenda document #4];
(k) Director of Advsing or Designee (Revised vy the Faculty Senate November 24, 2009);
(l) Registrar or Designee (Revised by the Faculty Senate November 24, 2009).
The Committee shall consist of:
(a) Four appointed faculty members;
(b) One elected academic staff member;
(c) One student;
(d) Two Administrators appointed by the Provost, (non-voting).
Passed Faculty Senate Meeting 2/5/08, PSF 24/07-08
The Committee shall represent the interests and authority of the faculty and UW-Parkside community in all matters affecting the materials and technology for supporting instruction and research.
Passed Faculty Senate Meeting 2/5/08, PSF 24/07-08
The Information Resources Committee was originally created by combining separate committees working with computer, library, and bookstore issues. The administrators from the library and computer areas were included on the committee. This was reduced to one administrator by an administrative reorganization, but it would be again desirable to include those in charge of both areas. The computer area currently is represented on the committee, and the intent of the first proposed change is to allow the Provost to appoint the library director. Exact titles are omitted, however, because there is a fairly constant flux in the actual titles of the appropriate administrators. The second proposed change is also intended to omit organizational titles subject to change at short notice; “Information Services” no longer exists as such.
(a) Four appointed faculty members:
(b) One appointed academic staff member;
(c) One administrator;
(d) One student.
(a) Arrange for lectures and fine arts programs and exhibitions in support of the university curriculum; and
(b) Submit an annual budget to the Administration.
When a vacancy occurs, or is anticipated, in any administrative position which also includes appointment as a faculty member, such as academic vice chancellor, academic dean, or academic associate dean, the following provisions shall apply.
After consulting with the University Committee concerning the composition and size of the committee, the appropriate administrator shall appoint a Search and Screen Committee. At least two-thirds of the Committee shall consist of faculty members appointed from among those nominated by the University Committee. For each faculty seat on the Committee, the University Committee shall nominate at least two persons. No more than two faculty members, other than the chair, shall be from the School of Business and Technology (unless the search is for an administrative position in that school) or from any single electoral division within the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Committee shall be chaired by a faculty member who is not also serving in an administrative capacity.
It is the function of the Committee to determine and to supply to the appropriate administrator an unranked list of acceptable candidates for the vacant position. The committee shall also report to the Chancellor and the University Committee on the manner in which it conducted its deliberations, including affirmative action considerations. If none of the slate of candidates recommended is acceptable to the appointing authority, or if all acceptable candidates decline, the Committee may be requested to submit a new list of acceptable candidates, or a new Search and Screen Committee may be appointed.
(a) Five members of the Faculty Senate, elected by the Faculty Senate.
(b) The Chair of the Faculty Senate. The Chair of the Faculty Senate may not also serve as Chair of the Budget Committee.
(c) Four of the six members must be tenured.
(2) Term of Office
The five elected members shall serve staggered, three year terms.
(Note: Initially, three members will be elected for three year terms and two members for two year terms.)
(3) Method of Electing Members
During the spring semester, the Secretary of the Faculty shall solicit nominations from among current members of the Faculty Senate whose terms continue to the next year and faculty whose terms will begin the following fall semester, and prepare a ballot for distribution to all current members of the Faculty Senate. The election shall be completed before the end of the spring semester.
(a) Ensure coordination and communication between faculty and other budget entities.
(b) Participate in the development of budget policies, needs, and priorities and monitor the programming impact.
(c) Report to the Faculty Senate at each regularly scheduled Faculty Senate meeting, and at other venues as deemed appropriate by the committee.
Passed by the UW-Parkside Faculty Senate on March 8, 2011.
This resolution amends UWPF Chapter 4.