FACULTY GOVERNANCE ELECTIONS TO BE HELD IN SPRING 2002

SOLICITATION OF NOMINATIONS

STANDING COMMITTEES

 

In the Spring of 2002 there will be elections to vacant positions on the Standing Committees of the General Faculty and Academic Faculty. Nominations, including self-nominations, of persons to run for election are solicited now. Names should be sent to either of the co-chairs of the Nominating Committee:

Gisele Welch (GTRI) gisele.welch@gtri.gatech.edu

Doug Allen (Arch) doug.allen@arch.gatech.edu

 

Immediate submission of names is encouraged and no names will be accepted after February 1, 2002. A list of the available committee positions is appended below, followed by brief descriptions of each committee’s responsibilities.

 

Elections will be held some time in March 2002. Elected persons take office at the start of Fall term 2002 and hold office for three years (and may seek election to one further period of office). Note that all faculty are eligible to seek office on committees of the General Faculty, but only persons of "Academic Faculty" status may run for membership of the committees of the Academic Faculty. Certain other restrictions on candidacy are noted in the list of vacancies. For a list of present committee memberships see:

http://www.facultysenate.gatech.edu/CommitteesoftheFaculty01-02.html

For copies of committee minutes see:

http://www.facultysenate.gatech.edu/CommitteeMinutes.html

Please note that this solicitation does not cover membership of the General Faculty Assembly nor the Academic Senate; these elections are performed within units. In the case of any questions or need for clarification please contact the Secretary of the Faculty:

edward.thomas@physics.gatech.edu

 

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Edward W. Thomas

Secretary of the Faculty

Revised December 3, 2001

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ELECTIONS TO STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

(All persons of "General Faculty" and "Academic Faculty" status are eligible to run for election)

 

 

Faculty Benefits Committee

(one position)

Faculty Honors Committee

(one position)

Faculty Status & Grievance Committee

(two positions; may not be “administrators)

Statutes Committee

(two positions)

Academic Services Committee

(two positions)

Welfare and Security Committee

(one position)

 

 

ELECTIONS TO STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE ACADEMIC FACULTY

(Only persons of "Academic Faculty" status are eligible to run for election to these committees)

 

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (which is being reorganized)

(ten positions of which five must be from the Engineering College, and one each from the other five colleges)

Graduate Curriculum Committee

(seven positions of which six must be from Engineering and one from the College of Sciences)

Student Regulations Committee

(two positions)

Student Academic & Financial Affairs Committee

(one position)

Student Activities Committee

(two positions)

Student Grievance and Appeal Committee

(one position)

Student Honor Committee

(one position)

Student Computer Ownership Committee

(two positions)

 

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Abbreviated Descriptions of Committee Responsibilities; and Comments on Current Activities

 

Committees of the General Faculty:

 

Faculty Benefits Committee. Reviews faculty benefits, including insurance and retirement programs; makes recommendations for changes. In practice works very closely with the Office of Human Resources. It also has a responsibility for review of working conditions of non-professional employees. Currently undertaking comparisons with peer institutions.

 

Faculty Honors Committee. Solicits nominations for major faculty awards related to teaching and program development; chooses recipients. Activities mostly confined to early in the spring term.

 

Faculty Status and Grievance Committee. Acts as the first review board in cases of contested dismissals of members of the General Faculty. Reviews the records of Assistant and Associate Professors who have not had a promotion within certain stipulated periods. These matters are its major activity and are all handled in confidence. Also supposed to review general policies with regard to salary scales, tenure, teaching loads and leaves of absence; reports these to the faculty and to the President.

 

Statutes Committee. Handles all proposals for revision of the Statutes of the Institution under which faculty governance is organized. Currently undertaking a major review of the Statutes and possible simplifications.

 

Academic Services Committee. Reviews all academically oriented, supportive institutional functions  (including Library, Continuing Education, Computer Center). Tends to identify matters of current priority and reviews them in detail. Has a current major role in the matter of Intellectual Property Rights. 

 

Welfare and Security Committee. Reviews non-academic institutional functions (including parking, health and safety, general welfare). Tends to identify matters of current priority and reviews them in detail. Currently much concerned with Security and overall planning for campus-wide development.

 

Committees of the Academic Faculty:

 

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Responsible for the initial review and approval of all proposals for new courses and degrees at the undergraduate level. Rules on requests and appeals by undergraduates students for exceptions to established rules and regulations in academic matters. Has some responsibility for periodic review of Academic Programs including reviews related to accreditation agencies. Handles academic matters in the “Study Abroad” program through a sub-committee.

 

Graduate Committee. Similar responsibilities to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee but for the Graduate program. Responsible for the initial review and approval of all proposals for new courses and degrees at the graduate level. Rules on requests and appeals by graduates students for exceptions to established rules and regulations in academic matters. Has some responsibility for periodic review of Academic Programs including reviews related to accreditation agencies. Handles academic matters in the “Study Abroad” program through a sub-committee.

 

Student Regulations Committee. Originates or receives all proposed changes to the institutional regulations pertaining to the student body. Responsible for the “Student Rules and Regulations”.

 

Student Academic and Financial Affairs Committee. Has broad responsibility for many student related matters including aid, admissions, academic standing, and advising. Tends to identify matters of current concern for review and action.

 

Student Activities Committee. Reviews and approves all changes to Charters and Constitutions of Student Bodies and organizations; this is most of its activity.  Responsible for regulation concerning social fraternities and sororities, student housing , student publications the Student Center and similar matters.

 

Student Grievance and Appeal Committee. Concerned with any student grievance, suggestion or criticism relevant to the Institute. Conducts confidential hearings on any student appeal of a ruling against them by the judicial arm of the student government.

 

Student Honor Committee. Hears and tries all cases referred to it involving alleged dishonesty in academic matters on the part of the students. In practice only receives those relatively few cases which cannot be resolved administratively by the Dean of Students. All proceedings are confidential.

 

Student Computer Ownership Committee. Defines and updates the standard hardware for  a minimally configured student computer. Decides on the software suite used by the Georgia Tech community. Reviews generally the  usage of computers in the academic program.

 

Prepared by the Secretary of the Faculty for informational purposes only and not designed to replace the formal statements of responsibility give in the full Statutes of the Institution.

Edward W. Thomas. Secretary of the Faculty

December 3, 2001