M E M O R A N D U M
TO: JAMES CHAMPINE, FACULTY SENATE CHAIR
FROM: D.K.@Skip@ SMITH, 2005-2006 MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR
DATE: 19 APRIL 2006
RE: 2005-2006 FACULTY SENATE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE REPORT
The 2005-2006 Faculty Senate Membership Committee consisted of Kim Dillivan, Kathy Gilliland, Jim McGill, Cheryl Milde, Bruce Mims, D.K. “Skip” Smith (Chair), and Pat Willingham (replaced partway through the term by David Glick).
We accomplished the normal things the committee does. As vacancies arose on various Faculty Senate Legislative and Reporting Committees, we filled those vacancies; in addition, chairs were nominated by the committee, for approval by the senate. When requested to provide nominees to the President for the AQIP Committee, we provided names of candidates for his consideration. We also solicited volunteers to serve on various University Standing Committees and Councils, and recommended individuals to the appropriate administrators for appointments on those committees. New this year, we implemented a process where each faculty member indicating an interest in serving on a particular committee or council was invited to provide a short statement indicating why they were interested in serving and why they believed they were a good candidate; the Membership Committee believes that having these statements available improved our ability to match up faculty interests and abilities with the positions for which we were soliciting candidates.
We also identified faculty senators whose terms were expiring, and initiated the process for electing new senators for the affected units. As it happens, the two senators whose terms expire this year (Senator Cobb from Physics, and Senator Fulgham from Music) were both re-elected. At the end of this term, two senators (Senator Champine, from Biology, and Senator Mims, from the Department of Communication) resigned; in both cases, their alternates (Lucinda Swatzell from Biology and Larry Underberg from Communications) have agreed to finish out their colleagues’ terms. Before the end of this semester, the chair of the Faculty Senate Membership Committee will contact the chairs of these two departments, to request the election of alternates to replace those who (next year) will be serving as senators.
Finally, in his Faculty Senate Membership Committee report last year, Chair Bruce Hathaway indentified a question(whether senators must be tenure/tenure track, or whether any full-time faculty member can serve) which needed to be resolved. According to Parliamentarian Rick Althaus, our constitution indicates that “All full-time faculty members who have completed one academic year of service at this university are eligible to be candidates for the position of departmental unit representative.” A review has been initiated, to ensure that the faculty handbook and websites do contain the correct information.