December 19, 2008

Faculty Senate Looks to Streamline Working Groups, Improve Governing Efficiency and Effectiveness

Faculty Senate is working to streamline its university-wide working groups to improve governing efficiency and effectiveness.

About 200 faculty members are serving on such groups—in addition to the 50 elected Faculty Senate representatives who work with the governing body's 12 standing committees, among others.

To streamline, while at the same time ensure comparable faculty representation, the senate has appointed an ad hoc team to review university-level faculty committees. The team will examine faculty committees and the methods of nomination and selection of members. A resolution passed by the senate at its November meeting states the purpose of the team is to "improve the efficiency and effectiveness of faculty governance while preserving and strengthening the commitment to democracy and transparency."

"We want to ensure the best use of faculty time in university-wide governance processes while continuing to assist the university in arriving at well-considered decisions expeditiously," said Glenn Starkman, physics professor and chair of Faculty Senate.

At today's meeting, the senate expects to hear updates on ongoing initiatives, including the recent signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. President Barbara R. Snyder, with the endorsement of the senate executive committee, pledged to reduce and eventually eliminate the university's global warming emissions and to enhance research and education to help society re-stabilize the Earth's climate.

During its final 2008 meeting, the senate also will discuss an upcoming online survey in which faculty will identify new budget priorities.

Next semester, the senate will share updates on two university-wide committees appointed to address the budget priorities endorsed during the 2007-2008 academic year: salary equity and campus child care.

Additional spring 2009 projects include:

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, December 19, 2008 12:19 PM | News Topics: Faculty, Provost Initiatives, news

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