Faculty Senate

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Charge to the Executive Committee

From the Constitution, Article VI., Sec. A., Par. 1-4:

"Par. 1. The Executive Committee shall consist of fourteen persons. The president of the University, or, in the absence of the president, a designee of the president; the provost; the chair of the Faculty Senate; the vice chair of the Faculty Senate; the immediate past chair of the Faculty Senate; the secretary of the University Faculty shall be members ex officio. In addition, there shall be eight faculty members of the Faculty Senate, one representing each of the constituent faculties, elected at large by the Faculty Senate for one-year terms. Each of the elected members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee shall serve ex officio on the faculty executive committee or corresponding entity of his or her constituent faculty pursuant to Faculty Senate Bylaw X. A member may be successively re-elected to membership of the Executive Committee for the duration of his or her term as a member of the Faculty Senate. The chair of the Faculty Senate or, in the absence of the chair, the vice chair shall serve as chair of the Executive Committee.

Par. 2. The Executive Committee shall consult with the president on such matters as the president may bring before it; it shall be empowered to act for the Faculty Senate between meetings on matters requiring emergency action; and it shall advise the president in the selection of officers of academic administration whose positions carry responsibilities extending beyond a single constituent faculty.

Par. 3. The Executive Committee shall set the agenda for meetings of the Faculty Senate, subject, however, to such exceptions as may be specified in the by-laws of the Faculty Senate.

Par. 4. The Executive Committee shall report all actions and recommendations to the Faculty Senate."

From the By-Laws of the Faculty Senate, By-Law VII., Item b.:

"The membership and functions of the Executive Committee shall be as provided in the Constitution, Article VI, Section A, excepting that, in addition to the functions therein specified, the Executive Committee shall also assume the following responsibilities:

1) Each year the Executive Committee, in consultation with the Secretary, shall determine the dates of regular meetings of the Faculty Senate as specified in By-law III, Item a.

2) The Executive Committee shall select the chair of each standing and ad hoc committee from among the faculty members of each respective committee.

3) Upon request by the chair of any standing committee, the Executive Committee shall submit to that standing committee a written statement clarifying the responsibilities of the standing committee, subject to the provisions of the Constitution and of these By-laws; and the Executive Committee may submit such a statement to any standing committee on its own initiative.

4) The Executive Committee shall be responsible for identifying existing or emerging issues affecting the nature and scholarly effectiveness of the University, including all proposed changes in the organizational structure of the University falling within the scope of Article III, Section B, and Article V, Section A, Paragraph 2, of the Constitution of the University Faculty. The Executive Committee shall take suitable and timely action with respect to all such issues, including, as appropriate, their placement on the agenda of the Faculty Senate.

5) Each elected faculty member on the Executive Committee serves ex officio on his or her constituent faculty executive committee or corresponding entity as provided in the Constitution Article VI, Sec. A, Par. 1, and Faculty Senate Bylaw X. Therefore, each Executive Committee member should report to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee at least once during the year about issues affecting his or her constituent faculty.

6) The Executive Committee should hear reports from the standing committees at least once a year, preferably in the middle of the academic year.

The Executive Committee shall take the initiative in periodically exploring with the President plans and projects affecting the Faculty and the University and shall assume full responsibility for bringing to the attention of the Faculty Senate all issues which, in the Committee's judgment, affect the vital interests of the Faculty and involve the nature and direction of the University."