Faculty Senate Committee on Committees Committee 2002 - 2003

Appalachian State University
Faculty Senate
Committee on Committees Committee
2002-2003

Members

  • Jeff Butts, Chair
  • Carol Truett
  • Steve White

 Charge

  • serves as the nominating committee for vacancies created by completed terms occurring on the Faculty Grievance Mediation Committee, the Faculty Grievance Hearing Committee, and the Faculty Grievance Assistance Committee
  • submits to the Senate, at its April meeting, and at other appropriate times, recommendations for nominations to fill vacancies on university committees
  • reviews annually the membership and responsibilities of each of the university committees, and periodically conducts detailed reviews of university committees
  • determines whether or not each university committee is meeting as often as specified and fulfilling the functions it was created to fulfill
  • makes recommendations to the Senate for abolishing, changing, and/or adding university committees

makes recommendations to the Senate for the replacement of members on those university committees on which such members are not accepting their responsibilities, or when vacancies on those committees occur; and handles other business which pertains to committees.

 FACULTY SENATE
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
2002-2003 ANNUAL REPORT

Members of the committee for 2002-2003 were: Jeff Butts (Chair), Carol Truett, and Steve White.


I. 2002-2003 ASSIGNMENTS
Responsibilities assigned to the committee during the 2002-2003 academic year and progress toward meeting those responsibilities are listed below:


Recommend faculty members for service on University committees.
This responsibility has been discharged. Details are listed in Section II of this report.


Continue to review university committees following the periodic review schedule established in 2001-2002.
This responsibility has been met. Results of the review of committees in the current year are presented in Section IV of this report.


Review all university standing committees and add those committees to the Faculty Handbook if needed, update the charge to all committees listed in the Faculty Handbook, and develop a policy on replacement of committee members for the Faculty Senate Guidebook.
This responsibility has not been met and should be continued to the 2003-2004 academic year.

II. Appointments to University Committees:
During the year, the Committee made the following recommendations for appointments to university committees:


October 14, 2002
Academic Policies and Procedures Committee
W. Edward Folts (Sociology/Social Work) for a three-year term to replace Dale Wheeler (Chemistry) representing the College of Arts and Sciences, Keith Davis (HPC) for a one-year term to replace Thomas Jamison (LES) representing the College of Education, John Abbott (Library) for a three-year term to replace Elizabeth Williams (Library) representing the Library


Core Curriculum Committee
Victor Mansure (Music) for a three-year term to replace Randal Outland (Music) representing the School of Music


Graduate Council
Dennis Grady (Pol Sci/Crim Just) for a one-year term to replace Matt Robinson (Pol Sci/Crim Just) representing the College of Arts and Sciences


Non-Tenure Track Faculty Committee
--John Turner (Sociology/Social Work) for a one-year term to replace William Hutchins (Phil/Rel)
Research Council
John Craft (Technology) for a one-year term to replace Patricia Mosher (HLES) representing the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Elizabeth Rose (Music) to replace Maribeth Yoder-White (Music) representing the School of Music.
November 11, 2002


Academic Policies and Procedures Committee
Ron Marden (ACCT) to a three-year term representing the College of Business
Faculty Assembly
Ken Muir (SOC/SW) to a one-year term as an alternate delegate


Faculty Grievance Hearing Committee
Joan Woodworth (PSYCH) to a one-year appointment as an alternate to the committee


Teaching Enhancement Committee
Jane Morgan (COM) as a one-year replacement for Roxanne Knudsen (COM) representing the College of Fine and Applied Arts


University Research Council
Mark Vogel (ENG) to a one-year term to replace Derek Paulsen (PSCJ)


III. MOTIONS PRESENTED TO THE SENATE
FS02-03/03-02-02 Motion regarding the charge of the Teaching Enhancement Committee- Passed on March 17, 2003
The charge of the Teaching Enhancement Committee shall be as follows:
"a. Members of the Committee: 14 - 11 faculty (3 from A&S, 2 from Bus, 2 from ED, 2 from FAA, 1 from MUS and 1 from LIB), 2 undergraduate students (chosen by SGA) and 1 graduate student (chose by GSAS). The Coordinator of the Faculty and Academic Development program of the Hubbard Center will be an ex-officio (voting) member of the Committee. The faculty will be elected by the faculty in the unit that they represent. Faculty terms will be three years. b. Report to: the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. c. Areas of responsibility: 1) to work both in cooperation with the Hubbard Center and on its own to consider issues and make recommendations regarding the enhancement, evaluation, and recognition of teaching at Appalachian; and 2) to share among the faculty ways that teaching is being improved both at Appalachian and elsewhere."


The official charges to the Awards Committee and the Teaching Enhancement Committee have a significant area of overlap which has resulted in confusion regarding which faculty committee has responsibility for selection of nominees for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and other teaching awards.


The current charge to the Awards Committee is:
"Members on Committee: 17 - 13 faculty (3 from A&S, 2 from Bus, 2 from FAA, 2 from Ed, 2 from Music, 2 from Lib), 2 staff, and 2 students (one undergraduate and one graduate). Faculty composition can be any faculty, including adjunct and part-time. In the event a member of the Committee wishes to seek an award, an alternate from his/her area will be recommended to the Faculty Senate by the Committee on Committees to serve for the duration of the awards process. b. Report to: The Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Areas of Responsibility: Selecting and facilitating university and external awards including but not limited to: ASU teaching awards, Board of Governors Awards, O. Max Gardner Award."


The current charge to the Teaching Enhancement Committee is:
"a. Members of the Committee: 14 - 11 faculty (3 from A&S, 2 from Bus, 2 from ED, 2 from FAA, 1 from MUS and 1 from LIB), 2 undergraduate students (chosen by SGA) and 1 graduate student (chose by GSAS). The Coordinator of the Faculty and Academic Development program of the Hubbard Center will be an ex-officio (voting) member of the Committee. The faculty will be elected by the faculty in the unit that they represent. Faculty terms will be three years. b. Report to: the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. c. Areas of responsibility: 1) to work both in cooperation with the Hubbard Center and on its own to consider issues and make recommendations regarding the enhancement, evaluation, and recognition of teaching at Appalachian; 2) to share among the faculty ways that teaching is being improved both at Appalachian and elsewhere; 3) to serve as the selections committee consistent with the guidelines submitted by the Board of Governors for the Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching."


This overlap in responsibility was discussed with the chairs of the two committees, and they agreed to resolve the overlap by changing the charge to the Teaching Enhancement Committee to eliminate the responsibility for selection of the nominee for the Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching.


IV. REVIEW OF COMMITTEES
The committee is charged with responsibility for periodic review of standing faculty committees. In October 2001, the committee presented to the Senate, and the Senate approved, a plan for review of standing committees on a three-year rotating basis. Under that plan, the standing committees to be reviewed in 2002-2003 were the Library Services Committee, Patent and Copyright Committee, Registration and Calendar Committee, and Teaching Enhancement Committee. In conducting the reviews committee members used the Committee/Council Review Form (developed in 2000-2001 and appended to this report) and assigned responsibility for review of one standing committee to each of the members of the Committee on Committees.


Review of the Library Services Committee:
The committee was assigned to Jeff Butts for review. The review is not complete at this time.
Review of the Patent and Copyright Committee:
The committee was assigned to Jeff Butts for review. The review is not complete at this time.
Review of the Teaching Enhancement Committee:
The committee was reviewed by Stephen White. Membership on the committee includes 11 faculty, 2 undergraduate students, and one graduate student. The Director of the Faculty and Academic Development Program is an ex officio member of the committee. The committee reports to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The charge to the committee was revised by the Senate in March to eliminate the responsibility for selection of candidates for the Board of Governors awards for Excellence in Teaching.
The Committee on Committees recommends no additional changes to the charge of the Teaching Enhancement Committee at this time.
Review of the Registration and Calendar Committee:
The committee was reviewed by Carol Truett. Membership on the committee includes 5 faculty, 2 staff, 2 students, and one representative from the Controller’s Office. The Registrar is an ex officio member of the committee. The committee reports to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.


Overall the committee appears to be functioning well with a focus on setting the University calendar. The chair of the committee raised some questions about the charge since the focus of the committee has been on setting the academic calendar and about the membership on the committee, specifically the purpose of having a representative from the Controller’s Office. The Committee on Committees recommends that the Registration and Calendar Committee review its charge and the composition of membership and make a request to the Senate next year if changes are necessary.


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