Faculty Senate Faculty Handbook Committee 2002-2003

Appalachian State University
Faculty Senate
Faculty Handbook Committee
2002-2003

Members

  • Stella Anderson
  • Chip Arnold
  • Mike Moore
  • Paul Gates

Charge

  • Status of new handbook
  • Propose changes to handbook, based on approved motions

Tasks for 2002-2003

  • propose changes to handbook, based on approved motions

 

Appalachian State University Faculty Senate
Annual Report of the Faculty Senate Faculty Handbook Committee


The committee members were Mike Moore, Chair, Stella Anderson, Chip Arnold, Paul Gates, and Gayle Weitz.


Our main business in the fall semester was to respond to requests for redefining faculty voting. We reviewed the Faculty Handbook and made recommendations to the Senate in November 2002. Those recommendations were not approved.


The "new" Faculty Handbook was put online and has been widely used. It has not yet been made fully searchable, except by its individual chapters. This process was to be done by Lesa Felker in Academic Affairs working with ACS, but it has not yet been accomplished.


At the end of the academic year, the committee began consideration of three proposals from the Council of chairs (one concerning changes in DPC operating procedures, another concerning changes in the faculty review of department chairs in the fifth year of a chair’s tenure, and a third describing the Council in chapter 7 of the FH) and one from the Graduate School. In addition, there were some small stylistic changes considered. We made recommendations on all these matters to the Senate at its May 5, 2003 meeting. One proposal regarding DPC changes was recommended for action at the Senate’s September 2003 meeting.


Respectfully submitted,


Michael J. Moore, Committee Chair

 

Appalachian State University Faculty Senate Report of the Faculty Handbook Committee
October 14, 2002

 

The Faculty Handbook is on-line and being used. The only part that is missing is the index, which Lesa Felker in Academic Affairs is completing. When that is done the Handbook as a whole will be made electronically searchable in addition to being accessible in its current form, which can only be searched in its individual chapters.

Dr. Durham has accepted our recommendation that this Handbook Committee include as ex-officio the Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor or his representative, and that change has been incorporated into chapter 7.

We are now working on questions concerning the governance roles of Adjunct faculty and of part-time faculty teaching six or more hours. The Faculty Constitution (art. 2, sec. 2) excludes Adjunct faculty and part-time faculty teaching less than six hours from participation in governance; however, ch. 4.4.3.4 provides that right to part-time faculty teaching more than six hours. The obvious lacuna is for part-time faculty teaching exactly six hours.

In addition there is confusion about the Provost's office using the term Adjunct in contractual designations for all part-time faculty. The use of such a designation is encouraged by ch. 3.4.2.8.2 (concerning appointment to fixed term contracts), which allows the qualifier "Adjunct" to be prefixed to appointment titles. So, the question is whether doing so means that all part-time faculty contractually titled as Adjunct Lecturer, etc. are automatically excluded from governance by the Faculty Constitution (Art. 2, sect. 2), regardless of the language in 4.4.3.4. We are working on a solution, which we hope to have before the Senate it its next meeting.

We believe that no one had the intent of excluding part-time faculty teaching six hours or more from participating in faculty governance, and will work toward making that plain in the Faculty Handbook.

Michael Moore, Chair

 

Stella Anderson, Paul Gates, Gayle Weitz


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