Faculty Status Committee
Annual Report, 2011-2012

The Faculty Status Committee met 23 times during the 2011-2012 academic session. An inventory of the committee’s activities over this time period follows:

1.  Evaluated the files of 185 faculty and recommended a merit category to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean for each of these faculty members.

2.  Reviewed portfolios of five candidates requesting tenure and promotion and three portfolios of candidates requesting promotion to the rank of professor and subsequently made recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the President.

3.  Recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the President that 3 faculty members be awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus.

4.  Discussed and made recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean concerning any potential salary pool increases.

5.  Reviewed, revised and recommended changes and then submitted 9 files to the Policies and Procedures Committee and the faculty for review. These files included: 121.3, Academic Advising; 122.2, Surveys of Student Opinion of Instruction; 137.3, Political Activity; 157.4, Probationary Appointment; 157.8, Faculty Rank; 158.4, Tenure; 167.8, Expectations of Scholarly and Creative Activity; 167.9, Support for Scholarly and Creative Activity; and 188.2, Faculty Office Assistance.

6.  Sponsored two Faculty Forums to discuss Policy 122.2 and two Faculty Forums to discuss an October salary raise cycle.

7.  Discussed feedback concerning an October salary raise cycle with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and the President.

8.  Chair met with new faculty to discuss the FSC charge, with specific emphasis placed on issues related to tenure and promotion and student opinion surveys.

Respectfully submitted by the 2011-2012 Faculty Status Committee:
Linda Barlett (MLL), Bob Chesebro (MUS), Si Pearman, Chair (HSC), Shirley Ritter, (EDU) Helen Lee Turner (REL), Paul Wagenknecht (CHM), and John Beckford, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean (non-voting, ex-officio).

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