Faculty Status Committee
Annual Report, 2006-2007

To date, the Faculty Status Committee has met 19 times during the 2006-2007 academic session. An inventory of the committee’s activities over this time period follows:

1. Evaluated the files of 33 probationary faculty and recommended a merit category to the Acting Dean for each of these faculty members.
2. Reviewed 11 candidates for tenure and 15 candidates for promotion. Our recommendations were forwarded to the Acting Dean and to the Acting President.
3. Recommended salary adjustments based on an across-the-board component and percentage distribution among the four merit categories.
4. Reviewed and approved a letter sent to the faculty presenting the committee’s recommendations to the Acting Dean for allocation of salary increases, faculty merit categories, and percentage salary increase in each category.
5. Recommended to the President that 3 faculty members be awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus or Emerita.
6. Revised memoranda and forms associated with the 2007-2008 faculty evaluation cycle.
7. Reviewed 14 files from the Policies and Procedures manual. 3 files needed no revision; 7 files were revised and sent to Policies and Procedures for their consideration; 2 were deferred; 2 additional files remain under consideration. With the exception of these last two (168.1 and 185.8), all files sent to FSC by Policies and Procedures have been reviewed for changes relative to the new calendar and curriculum and have been revised where necessary.
8. Instituted the practice of holding optional, informal individual meetings with tenure candidates to offer advice on compiling and organizing materials for their dossiers.
9. Held an Open Forum with faculty regarding committee procedures and standards for promotion and tenure.
10. Discussed issues relating to tenure and promotion, communication with and accountability to the faculty, and procedures related to the evaluation process.

Respectfully submitted by the 2006-2007 Faculty Status Committee:

Bill Allen, Chair (MLL), Bob Chance (ART), Susan D’Amato (PHY), Bob Fray (MTH), Willard Pate (ENG), Paul Rasmussen (PSY)

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