Statutes Committee Meeting Minutes— January 9, 2014, 10:30 am


Attended: Jeanne Balsam, Chris James Joe Hughes


Absent: Bryan Church, John Stein, Tucker Balch (Ex. Board liaison), Justin Eisenberg (Student Representative)



Jeanne Balsam called the meeting to order at 10:40 am


SUBCOMMITTEE ON FACULTY DEFINITION:  Jeanne provided status of the Subcommittee on Faculty Definition.  She shared a draft of the proposed Faculty Handbook and stepped through the recommended changes.  There was feedback concerning the representation on the Faculty Executive Board from the Academic Faculty Senate to have a minimum of one representative from each college.  Jeanne will share the recommendation with the subcommittee.

WEBSITE: Jeanne shared the plans to have a Draft 2014 Proposed Faculty Handbook website.  This website will include a Draft 2014 Faculty Handbook, preamble, FAQs, background information, and a feedback button.  The website is being set up and should be available next week.  Jeanne said she would let the Statutes Committee know when the website is available.

POSTDOCS: Jeanne shared information about the meeting with individuals setting up a Postdoc Association. The group discussed the recommendation for a standing committee that would address postdoc and visiting faculty issues.  There was a suggestion that the duties may need to also include non-tenured track academic faculty.

TIMELINE: Jeanne shared the plans to present the recommended changes to the Executive Board on January 28th, then to the General Faculty on February 18th and April 22nd for approval. 


VOTE: Jeanne will share via email the 2014 Draft Faculty Handbook with the Statutes committee and ask them to review and vote on presenting it to the General Faculty. 


MEETING TIME: Justin Eisenberg has a class on Thursdays until 11 am and Bryan Church teaches a class at noon; therefore, the recurring meeting needs to be changed.  Jeanne will coordinate and suggest a meeting time for the spring semester.


Next meeting: Thursday, February 13, 10:30 am. CRB 403


The meeting adjourned at ~11:45 am