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Academic Senate

Faculty Affairs Committee's Charges


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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).

  1. Work with the Office of Legal Affairs and the Administration to complete the work on revisions to the following policies:E22.0 (Policy on Financial Exigency); E23.0 (Dismissal of a Faculty member for Cause); and E24.0 (Faculty Grievance). Investigate the methods by which all levels of instructional faculty can bring grievances against employers. Are these avenues sufficient, effective, and fair?
  2. Bring revisions to the following policies to Senate for review and action: E5.0 (Policy on Tenure); E12.X (University Professor); E 14.0 (Appeal Committee on Faculty Salaries); E20.0 (Discontinuance of Academic Programs); and E21.0 (Transfer of Tenure-Track Faculty).
  3. Work with the Office of Legal Affairs and the Administration to complete the work on the definitions for academic units.
  4. Determine how to best and most efficiently implement any changes in B2.0; in particular, clarify voting rights for senior and principal lecturers at the various levels of university governance.
  5. Clarify promotion guidelines for Senior and Principal Lectures in E 6.0.
  6. Consider restoring ranks for Adjunct Faculty, and prescribe criteria for assignment of rank such as terminal degree, work experience, and years teaching. In addition, examine and report on adjunct faculty compensation, which has not changed for many years.
  7. Consider the creation of a faculty option for continued part-time employment at RIT post tenure, which might be called Honorary Professor. How would faculty be eligible for such a rank, and what would the rights and responsibilities of such rank be?
  8. In policy E 5, clarify the role of the department faculty and chair in providing meaningful input into the tenure review process. Specifically, investigate the following points: (a) the departmental faculty at the appropriate rank review the candidate’s full dossier; (b) the departmental faculty issue a single summative evaluative letter on the candidate’s tenure or promotion materials and that this letter is to be included in the dossier when forwarded to the tenure/promotion review committee; and (c) the department chair letter is submitted separately, either for consideration by the faculty prior to a single summative evaluative letter or after the faculty letter has been written. In both cases, the department chair evaluative letter would be included in the dossier when forwarded to the tenure/promotion review committee. Additionally, the Faculty Affairs subcommittee is asked to consider a ‘primary unit’ committee to do the work of writing the letter and recording any vote taken by the departmental faculty. The subcommittee should also consider those units that are not organized in departmental structures. And finally, the committee should include in their investigation appropriate lead-time for colleges to amend their policies before any such changes to E5.0 or E6.0 (for promotion) are initiated.
  9. Review the current language in E7 pertaining to the five categories of performance and consider whether a recommendation for change might be desirable.
  10. Review the following policies: E8.0 Academic Administrator Search Statement; E10.0 Projects Relating to Teaching Productivity; E11.0 Policy on Effective Teaching Committee; E14.0 Appeal Committee on Faculty Salaries; E15.0 Faculty Education and Development. Please reference the POW chart for the Academic Senate devised by the University Policy Office for more details of each policy.