Faculty Senate Committees

7.2 Faculty Senate Committees
The committees of the Faculty Senate are appointed by the chair of the faculty senate, with the
advice and consent of the Faculty Senate. The chairs of these committees are elected by the
membership of the respective committees. Faculty Senate Committee act on matters assigned to
them by the senate. Each committee may also initiate and pursue matters germane to its area of
responsibility. Each committee is a recommending body, presenting its recommendation to the full
senate for consideration.

These committees together with their memberships and responsibilities are as follows:

7.2.1 Agenda Committee

The Agenda Committee shall be defined as the elected officers and the parliamentarian of the
Faculty Senate, the past chair of the senate and the provost and executive vice chancellor for
academic affairs (non-voting). The Agenda Committee shall meet at least once prior to each
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regularly scheduled senate meeting to formulate and approve (by the vote of the members in
attendance) the agenda for each upcoming senate meeting. The Agenda Committee also:

(a) works with the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and, where applicable, the chancellor, to
prepare the agenda for the General Faculty meetings;
(b) refers matters to the appropriate committee; and
(c) handles other business pertaining to agenda matters.


7.2.2 Committee on Academic Policy
The Committee on Academic Policy:

(a) considers matters of academic policy;
(b) handles other business that influences academic policy; and
(c) members of the committee serve as liaisons to the Undergraduate Academic Policies and
Procedures Committee and the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee, and
are non-voting members of Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee and
the Graduate Academic Policies and Procedures Committee, unless otherwise appointed to the
committees as college/school representatives.


7.2.3 Budget Committee
The Budget Committee:

(a) studies matters relating to budget planning at Appalachian;
(b) studies matters relating to the acquisition and distribution of the University’s funds,
equipment, and supplies;
(c) considers University financial concerns of faculty; and
(d) the chair of the budget committee and the Faculty Senate Chair will serve as members of any
tuition committees established.


7.2.4 Campus Planning Committee
The Campus Planning Committee:

(a) considers matters of faculty concern relating to long-range and physical planning;
(b) serves as Faculty Senate liaison with the Strategic Planning Commission and the Traffic Policy
Committee; and
(c) investigates problems arising from the condition or management of the physical environment
on campus.
(d) Senate will assign a member of this committee to serve on the University Council on the Safety
of the Campus Community.

7.2.5 Chancellor Advisory Committee
The Chancellor Advisory Committee meets four (4) times each academic year (two (2) times each
semester). The membership consists of:

(a) chair and vice chair of the Faculty Senate;
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(b) two standing committee chairs; each standing committee chair attends at least once each
academic year;
(c) four or five senators will attend one (1) of the meetings so that each senator, other than chair,
vice chair, and standing committee chairs, attends once throughout the academic year; and
(d) provost and executive vice chancellor.
The Chancellor Advisory Committee acts as an informal advisory committee on behalf of the faculty
to provide information and discuss matters of faculty interest and concern with the chancellor.

7.2.6 Committee on Committees                                                                                                                                  

The vice chair of the senate is the chair of the Committee on Committees. The Committee on Committees:

(a) submits to the senate, at its April meeting, and at other appropriate times, recommendations
for nominations to fill vacancies on University committees;
(b) strives to insure that a nominee serves on no more than one standing University committee
per three-year term and has no more than one other University committee assignment
(including Faculty Senate committees and University committees);
(c) reviews annually the membership and responsibilities of each of the University committees,
and periodically conducts detailed reviews of University committees;
(d) determines whether or not each University committee is meeting as often as specified and
fulfilling the functions it was created to fulfill;
(e) makes recommendations to the senate for abolishing, changing, and/or adding University
(f) 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;
(g) handles other business that pertains to committees; and
(h) will solicit names and oversee the voting and the election process for the following year’s
nominates of senate officers.

7.2.7 Committee on Welfare and Morale
The Committee on Welfare and Morale:

(a) monitors in all areas of fringe benefits and provides representation by three committee
members on the Faculty/Staff Benefits Committee;
(b) coordinates and participates in the orientation program for new faculty members and spouses;
(c) handles other business that pertains to faculty welfare and morale; and
(d) a member of the Committee on Welfare and Morale shall serve as a member of the non-tenure
track faculty committee.

7.2.8 Committee on Welfare of Students
The Committee on Welfare of Students:

(a) deals with problems, or problem areas, that directly affect the general student body and the
well-being of every student currently enrolled at Appalachian;
(b) serves as liaison to bring serious student problems and possible solutions to the attention of
the faculty, administration, and student body for the purpose of developing or reformulating
(c) collaborates on matters related to student and/or student–faculty relations, with other campus
persons or units, in particular the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Development, the
director of Auxiliary Services, the presidents of Student Government Association and Graduate
Student Association Senate, the director of Admissions, and the Registrar; and
(d) serves, in some situations, as an investigatory body.

7.2.9 Faculty Governance Committee
The Faculty Governance Committee:

(a) monitors matters pertaining to faculty governance on the campus;
(b) monitors the formal structures of faculty governance and recommends changes that will
improve the functioning of those structures;
(c) maintains oversight of changes to the Faculty Handbook proposed by the Faculty Senate
and approved or modified by the chancellor or the provost and executive vice chancellor;
(d) recommends to the senate changes to the Faculty Handbook that will improve clarity,
accuracy, and provide updated information;
(e) works with the provost and executive vice chancellor, the chancellor, and the Board of
Trustees to ensure progress regarding any proposed change;
(f) works with those responsible for publishing the Faculty Handbook to make sure it is widely
and easily available to faculty;
(g) monitors, as well as advises and informs the senate regarding all proposals for changes in
the Faculty Handbook;
(h) the composition of the committee includes the chair and vice chair of the Faculty Senate, the
immediate past senate chair if he/she continues to be employed by the University, or a past
senate chair who continues to be employed by the University who is willing to serve, and
two or more additional faculty members at the chair’s discretion. The provost and executive
vice chancellor (or designated representative) and a representative from the Council of
Chairs shall serve as ex-officio, non-voting members;
(i) The chair of the committee shall be the chair of the Faculty Senate.

7.2.10 Faculty Assembly Committee
Representation in the Faculty Assembly is apportioned among the constituent institutions of the
University of North Carolina according to the number of full-time equivalent faculty positions
allocated to each institution. Thus, Appalachian is currently apportioned four delegates to the
Assembly. The Chair of the Senate serves as head of Appalachian's delegation to the Assembly, with
the Vice Chair of the Senate serving as his/her alternate. The Faculty Assembly Committee consists of 3 delegates and 1 alternate. The alternate
will attend the meetings in the event that one of the delegates cannot attend. Those wishing to
become delegates to the Faculty Assembly submit their names during the process in which Senate
committee assignments are made. The term is for 1 year, but Senators may have their service on
the committee renewed. Should there be fewer than 4 members of the Senate able to serve on the
Faculty Assembly Committee, the Committee on Committees will make recommendations to the
Senate from the faculty for committee members and/or an alternate. It is the responsibility of the delegates to the Faculty Assembly to represent the
interests of the Appalachian faculty to the Faculty Assembly, the President of the University of North
Carolina, and the General Administration. Further, the delegates serve as a conduit for information
from the Faculty Assembly and the General Administration to the faculty at Appalachian.
The longest serving member of the delegation (other than the Faculty Senate chair) will make a
presentation to the Senate summarizing the Faculty Assembly agenda and any items requiring
action at the first Senate meeting following a meeting of the Assembly. In the event that a Faculty Assembly delegate must vacate the office, the Senate’s
Committee on Committees will make a recommendation to the Senate for a replacement to serve
the remaining time in the delegate’s term. Preference will be given to sitting Senators.

7.2.11 Campus Technology Committee
The Campus Technology Committee:

(a) represents the Faculty Senate on technology related committees, councils, and task forces
that deal with technology issues;
(b) selects representation for technology related committees, councils, and task forces;
(c) is a conduit for faculty needs to the various technology groups on campus;
(d) brings the Faculty Senate information about proposed changes to technology policy and
infrastructure on campus.