TaskForce on Faculty Governance
Minutes of Meetings
The Task Force on Faculty Governance
May 29, 2002
Attending: Nancy Amstrong, Russell Church, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Richard
Fishman, Peter Gromet, John Savage, Rajiv Vohra, and Michael White.
After a general discussion we agreed to focus our attention on the most
important committee functions and to postpone discussion of the less important
functions until a later time.
We then proceded to define the mission of two committees, an Academic
Priorities Committee and a Faculty Personnel Committee. Descriptions follow.
Academic Priorities Committee
- Makes recommendations to President
- Issues regular reports to the Faculty
- Members: Six senior academic administrators, six faculty
- Possible selection procedure for faculty members: FEC prepares slate
for approval of Provost and election by Faculty
- All major academic initiatives, including change of status of
- External reviews of academic units; appoints review committees
- Strategic allocation of academic resources
- Review of all major academic budgetary proposals
- Review of candidates for endowed chairs
- Appointment of its ad hoc committees
- Academic Priorities Committee will not be obliged to review all
sent to it.
Faculty Personnel Committee
- Ensure excellence across all areas of knowledge
- Reviews and approves departmental standards, criteria and procedures
- Appointments, promotions, tenure
- Advise on salaries and benefits
- Advise on faculty retention and recruitment policies.
- Monitor and promote faculty diversity
We discussed the possibility of this committee supervising periodic (perhaps
external) reviews of individual faculty salaries to ensure that they conform
to the standards of each field and individual qualifications.
At our next meeting we will discuss the makeup of the Faculty Personnel
Committee and well as the mechanism for their selection/election.
Our next two meetings will be on June 5 and 12 from 2-4pm in the English
Index of Taskforce Minutes
John E. Savage