Mandate from Policy B2.0:
The Faculty Affairs Committee shall be responsible for policy recommendations concerning faculty tenure, rank, welfare, leave, and professional conduct; and shall review all policies and procedures concerning the extended part-time and adjunct faculty of the university. The Faculty Affairs Committee shall consist of eight members, each to be elected by his or her collegial faculty, one member of the educational development faculty elected by that group, one Dean elected by the Deans Council, three members at large elected by the Academic Senate, and the Provost or his or her delegate (ex officio, voting).
Charges for AY2018:
- FAC 2 Complete revisions to Policy on the Discontinuance, Reduction or Transfer of Academic Programs E20.0, in concert with ICC to include removal of portion dealing with program review, placing it in D01.0. Ensure collaboration with ICC, who will subsequently revise D01.0 to include program review and discontinuance. This policy was a carry-over from 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years; expected to be presented to the Academic Senate this past fall but could not. FAC has discussed this policy extensively, and agreed on how to proceed, including conditions to be met before program discontinuance, status of tenured and pre-tenured faculty, and senior or principal lecturers. FAC has completed a draft that is ready for Senate. We halted discussions because we had no input from ICC yet. Per committee chair, this will be the first policy addressed in the new academic year.
- FAC 3a Review and update Policy on Dismissal of Faculty Member for Adequate Cause E23.0. The FAC discussed this policy extensively with multiple votes on how to advance this policy. We made significant changes to this policy, including a major change merging policies E23.0 and E23.1, such that a single policy would cover all faculty (tenure-track, lecturers and adjuncts). There were proposed changes on the constitution of the dismissal review committee, depending on who is being considered for dismissal for adequate cause. This policy has been approved by the FAC (vote was not unanimous), was to be presented to Academic Senate before the Provost raised objections to the propriety of having a single policy that would likely blur the line between tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty. FAC met with Bobby Colon at the full committee meeting and he recommended that E23.0 and E23.1 not be combined into a single policy. However, he did recognize the authority of the “owner” of the policy to make a final business decision on the propriety of a combined policy. Will be presented to the Senate in the fall.
- FAC 3b Complete revisions to Policy on Assignment and Transfer of Tenure-Track Faculty E21.0 to address the consolidation of all aspects of transferring a program and faculty. This policy was reviewed by FAC, discussed and some changes made to existing policy. However, we are awaiting further discussion before a vote is taken. Will transition to the new academic year for further discussion.
- FAC 6 Review the already-stated responsibilities of the different ranks and determine if it is appropriate for faculty at the rank of lecturer (contracted for one-year) to hold administrative titles. Based on the results of the review, propose wording for all appropriate policies (e.g. B2.0, E6.0), as necessary, that would provide clarification on this matter. This policy was discussed briefly by FAC and sent to sub-committee.
- FAC 8 Per Policy B05.0, review policy E17.0 – Faculty Leave of Absence (last revised 2011). This policy was reviewed and revised by sub-committee, presented to FAC for further debate and discussion, and finally approved by FAC. The revised policy E17.0 is ready for presentation to the Academic Senate. Will be presented to the Senate in the Fall.
- FAC 9 Consider whether tenure and promotion policies should incorporate an individual’s impact on diversity and inclusion as these issues are recognized in the hiring process but not in tenure and promotion. This policy was discussed extensively by FAC, and new ideas proposed, including clarifications on how to demonstrate that faculty have introduced diversity into their scholarship, teaching and service. Such diversity should be clearly reflected in the submitted portfolio for tenure and promotion purposes. However, FAC could not come to an agreement as to how to demonstrate this, as doing so could create additional criteria for tenure and promotion, to the intent some candidate might advocate their work in the community meets these criteria, and we may inadvertently push the criteria of scholarship, teaching and service to the background. Discussion is ongoing and a final vote has not been taken.
- FAC 10 Consider a policy that: 1) formally acknowledges peer-reviewed Scholarship and peer-reviewed Scholarship of Teaching & Pedagogy produced by RIT Lecturers of all ranks and 2) incorporates such acknowledgment in the annual merit review documentation and process. This policy was discussed briefly. FAC agreed to carry over this into the new academic year. In addition, some members of the sub-committee are leaving the FAC and as such we plan to constitute a new sub-committee to examine this in detail and present to the full committee.
- Complete revisions to E20.0 and E21.
i. Special instructions for E20 include a removal of portion dealing with program review and having it placed in D01.0. This action would necessitate a simultaneous charge to given to ICC to revise D01.0 to include program review and discontinuance. E20.0 draft policy with FAC addresses the treatment of faculty in the case of program discontinuance or reduction.
ii. Further special instructions regarding E20.0 and E21.0 is the consolidation of all aspects of transferring a program and faculty to be included in E21.0 leaving E20.0 to address only the implications on faculty resulting from the discontinuance or reduction in a program.
- Complete revisions to policy E5.0 and E6.0 entailing whether tenure and promotion policies should incorporate an individual’s impact on diversity and inclusion as these issues are recognized in the hiring process but not in tenure and promotion.
- Per policy B05.0, review E04.1 – Faculty Extra Service Compensation and Summer Employment Policy – and either affirm with no changes; make revisions or edits through the appropriate review process; or recommended for decommissioning because it is obsolete or superseded by another policy.
- Per policy B05.0, review E12.7 – Outstanding Teaching Award for Non Tenure-Track Faculty Policy – and either affirm with no changes; make revisions or edits through the appropriate review process; or recommended for decommissioning because it is obsolete or superseded by another policy.
- Review policy E7.0. Specifically, the timing of faculty evaluations and plans of work. In GCCIS there has been a lot of talk and speculation that they might consider reviewing faculty on the academic year (instead of the calendar year) now that HR has changed the date that merit increases go into effect.
- Review RIT policies regarding maternity leave and their application and make recommendations for policy change or clarification or better training for department heads and deans. Perhaps establish a task force to examine institutional bullying of junior, particularly female, pre-tenure faculty as well as non tenure-track faculty.
- Investigate benefits of changing the parking registration window for faculty such that it occurs earlier in the calendar rather than late in the summer when many faculty take their long-awaited vacations and go offline.
- Review all RIT policy to ensure consistency regarding our commitment not to exclude or discriminate against any faculty by reference to their degree or previous professional background. Make recommendations where necessary to ensure consistency and compliance with the principles of inclusion and non-discrimination. Specifically, consider the benefits and liabilities associated with allowing an individual holding a law degree to participate in grievance hearings, and make a recommendation to the Academic Senate regarding whether to change current faculty grievance policy on this matter.