August 22, 2002
Attending: Nancy Amstrong, Russell Church, Richard Fishman, Peter Gromet, John Savage, and Michael White.
Absent: Anne Fausto-Sterling, and Rajiv Vohra,
The General Assembly The Biomedical Faculty Assembly Committee on Medical Faculty Appointments Medical Faculty Executive Committee (MFEC)
We expect to postpone all actions relative to the disposition of these committees until an external review of the Medical School is completed.
Issues that were raised and which we should address are
b. University Disciplinary Council Nancy Armstrong reported on her conversations with Vice President Monteiro. She reminded us of the multi-year study that was done by a committee of faculty, students and administrators of this issue which has resulted in a recommendation to be submitted to the Brown Corporation in February. After her report we decided that our involvement should be limited to the following:
We will record in our documents the President's decision to have an advisory board responsible for diversity. After reflecting upon the responsibilities assigned to various boards we decided that we should recommend that those reporting to the Deans of the College and Graduate School should be called the College Council and Graduate Council, respectively.
Acknowledging the importance that non-traditional information resources play in scholarship, we recommend that the library advisory board be called the Library and Information Resources Advisory Board. We recognize that there may be overlap in concerns between this advisory board and the computing advisory board that should percolate up to the level of the Provost.
We also added to the membership section of administrative advisory boards the following sentence: Students and staff, as appropriate.
We recommend that each administrative advisory board prepared a short description of its charge to be included in the Faculty Rules and Regulations.
We did not change the makeup of the Executive Committee, which is very big, although we may wish to revisit this later.
=============================DRAFT================================= University Curriculum Committee (UCC) ------------------------------------- o Responsibilities * The committee of the whole oversees undergraduate and graduate degree programs and the development of criteria and standards for them. * Submits proposed changes in degree programs, criteria and standards to the Faculty for approval. * Recommendations to the APC and the Faculty concerning the changing curricular needs of Brown undergraduate and graduate students. * Reviews curricula for all new degree programs (graduate and undergraduate) and recommendations on them to the APC. * Reviews (3-5 years) of all departmental and program concentrations and curricula (graduate and undergraduate). Reports annually on these reviews to the Faculty and may recommend termination of inactive concentrations and degree programs. * Approves changes in undergraduate concentrations and graduate degree requirements consistent with approved criteria and standards. * Adjudicates curricular conflicts as they arise between programs and departments. * Appointment of subcommittees o Organization * A graduate screening committee chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School to review for approval all graduate curricular matters. * An undergraduate screening committee chaired by the Dean of the College to review for approval all undergraduate curricular matters. o Membership * Deans of the College and Graduate School, an Associate Dean of the Faculty, the Registrar, all serving ex officio, eight faculty members, two per division, elected by the Faculty to staggered two-year terms, two undergraduate students elected by the Undergraduate Council of Students and two graduate students elected by the Graduate Student Council. * Faculty members should be representative of diversity in the Faculty. o Chair and Support * The Chair shall be a faculty member. The Faculty Vice Chair shall be elected from among the faculty members in their second year of service on the Committee and will become Chair during his/her third year on the Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the the Chair, the Vice Chair, the Deans of the College and Graduate School, and the Registrar. The role of the Executive Committee is to set the agenda for the committee * An office, staff and budget. o Note * The role of the Brown Medical School in this committee is under review. ===================================================================
We also discussed the title of FPC. As was noted in our meeting with the President and Provost, it does not deal with personnel issues. After talking with Russell Carey we considered the titles Faculty Professional Affairs Committee (FPAC) and Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC), settling on the latter title.
* To refer important faculty issues to appropriate committees and administrators.
and we changed its consultative role by adding the following responsibility to replace the earlier charge that it consult with the Corporation and students.
* Serve as a conduit between the Faculty and the Administration, Corporation, and students concerning faculty issues.
We also agreed that current rules for election of the Chair, Vice Chair and Past Chair will be used except that they will be implemented by the new Nominations Committee for the FEC.
=============================Draft================================= Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) ----------------------------------- o Responsibilities * To refer important faculty issues to appropriate committees and administrators * Nominations of faculty members to other committees * With the Provost, prepares slates for UPRC and APC; provides faculty candidates for appointment to administrative advisory boards; and advises on appointments to University committees and task forces. * Oversight of Faculty business - Investigation of matters of concern to the Faculty that are not under the purview of other Faculty committees - Sets the agenda for Faculty meetings in consultation with the President, the Secretary of the Faculty, and other interested parties - Receives, reviews and forwards annual reports of Faculty committees to the Faculty - Authorized to call Special Faculty Meetings and Faculty Forums * Authority to act for the Faculty in emergencies provided that it keeps the Faculty informed of such actions and brings them to the Faculty for approval as soon as possible * Serve as a conduit between the Faculty and the Administration, Corporation, and students concerning faculty issues. * Appointment of subcommittees * Review of Faculty governance once per decade o Membership * Nine faculty members. The committee will have three officers, a Chair, Vice Chair and Past Chair. Current rules for election will be used except that they will be implemented by the new Nominations Committee for the FEC. o Reporting * Annual written reports to the Faculty ===================================================================
Mike White will produce a draft of a talk in Powerpoint that John Savage might use in this talk to the Faculty at the September 3 Faculty meeting.
Nancy Armstrong, Peter and John will examine an electronic copy of the current Faculty Rules and Regulations. Procedures will be developed to implement the changes we are proposing.