Attending: Nancy Amstrong, Russell Church, Richard Fishman, Peter Gromet, John Savage, Rajiv Vohra, and Michael White.
Absent: Anne Fausto-Sterling
We agreed to recommend that ACUP be reconstituted as a provostial committee, that is, a committee called by the Provost to which he makes appointments on the recommendation of the Faculty and other campus constituencies.
We spent most our time discussing how to select faculty members for the three committees. We decided that the faculty members on each committee should serve staggered three-year terms.
For the APC we recommend the following procedure be used: each year two slates of two faculty members be prepared for election by the Faculty. Candidates are to be chosen by the Provost in consultation with the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) (or its replacement) from a list prepared by the FEC.
This procedure is designed to ensure the selection of highly qualified candidates who have the confidence of the Provost and the approval of the Faculty.
The new description of the APC follows.
Academic Priorities Committee (APC)
We then revised the responsibilities of the APT slightly and expanded the number of faculty sitting on it from 8 to 12, three from each of the four divisions. This was done to ensure that there is an adequate number of faculty members to handle the increased workload that will be encountered with the expansion of the Faculty and the many retirements that are coming. It will also allow for adequate representation of the arts without short changing representation of the humanities.
Appointment, Promotion and Tenure (APT) Committee
After considerable debate about whether to increase the number of faculty members serving on the Faculty Personnel Committee, we decided to keep the number at six. Otherwise, we did not change its description except to require that its members will be elected by the Faculty. It should be noted that the FPC does not have responsibility to hear appeals on individual salaries.
Faculty Personnel Committee (FPC)
5. At the end of the meeting we had a short discussion of an educational policy committee. We agreed that we should combine the work of the College Curriculum Council and the Graduate Council into one Educational Policy Committee. We believe this is the best way to ensure the integrated treatment of undergraduate and graduate courses and degree programs. However, we were not able to further organize this committee.
6. We agreed to put our minutes on a Faculty Governance web site for internal faculty access and to notify the Faculty of the status of our discussions. However, before notifying the Faculty of our proposals we will ask key administrators for their comment.
John E. Savage