Brown University Faculty Task Force on Faculty
Governance Minutes 06.12.02
Task Force on Faculty Governance
Minutes of Meetings
The Task Force on Faculty Governance
July 24, 2002
Attending: Nancy Amstrong, Russell Church, Richard Fishman, Peter Gromet,
John Savage, Anne Fausto-Sterling, and Rajiv Vohra.
Absent: Michael White
The meeting came to order at 3:05pm and adjourned at 5:10pm.
The minutes of July 17 were approved.
Publicizing our work and obtaining feedback
We agreed upon modifications to a draft letter previously circulated
to the Committee that will be sent to all members of the Faculty
describing the work of the Committee.
Revision in the Tenure, Promotion and Appointments Committee (TPA)
We changed the name of this committee to the Tenure, Promotion
and Appointments Committee (TPA).
We agreed to have TPA make recommendations to the Deans of the Faculty
and Biology and Medicine instead of the Provost.
We agreed the the Vice Chair be elected from among the elected faculty
in their second year of service on the Committee and that the Vice
chair shall become Chair during his/her third year on the Committee.
Revisiting the Academic Priorities Committee (APC)
We amended the responsibilities of APC to say explicitly that
it shapes the general direction of Brown academic programs.
We changed "endowed chair" to "named chair."
We added that the Provost serves as Chair of APC.
Design of the University Curriculum Council (UCC)
J. Savage and N. Armstrong reported on their on conversations with the
Deans of College and Grad School about this new committee. Both support
We replaced Items #8 and #9 in the previous description with a new Item
#8 that gives the committee the right to create subcommittees.
Exploration of the role of students on the ACUP replacement
We discussed a variety of alternative methods to obtain student
opinions on the ACUP replacement. We will revisit this matter
at our next meeting.
Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) and Committee on Nominations
We examined the current mandate of the FEC and agreed that some of
its responsibilities should be retained, others assigned to other
committees, and some should be deleted. A new draft charge for the
committee will be prepared by the J. Savage and circulated before
the next meeting.
Medical Faculty Executive Committee (MFEC) and Medical Faculty Bodies
We agreed to invite the Interim Dean of Biology of Medicine, Richard
Besdine, and the Chair of the MFEC, Martin Weinstock, to meet with us
on August 21.
Committees Reporting to the President
J. Savage reported that he had communicated to Russell Carey, Secretary
of the University, that our Task Force was not going to recommend
changes to committees reporting to the President unless the President
requested us to do so. He was also told that we are ready to discuss
faculty governance issues with the President.
It was agreed that N. Armstrong and R. Church would explore with
relevant administrators the function of the following two committees:
Standing Committee on the Academic Code
University Disciplinary Council
Administrative Advisory Committees
We decided to recommend that they be called "boards" instead of
At our next meeting we agreed to examine whether we need a Faculty
Resources committee that would be responsible for advising on all
resources needed by the Faculty for research and teaching. This
might subsume the responsibilities of the Library Committee and
the Faculty Advisory Committee on Computing.
Our next meeting will be from 3-5pm on Wednesday, August 7.
We agreed to discuss a mechanism to allow faculty members serving
on administrative boards to report back to the Faculty. This may
be done via the FEC.
We agreed that a workload reduction is appropriate for service on some
of the major committes we are proposing.