Annual Report, 2005-06
Throughout most of the academic year, the Nominating Committee dealt with a large number of issues, both electronically and in three major meetings. During both the fall and winter terms, the committee was faced with proposing several changes on existing committees and reviewed the proposed membership of 44 members of five new committees created by the chair of the faculty to address changes in the academic calendar and the implementation of the new curriculum.
In the spring the committee met to approach its primary annual task, that of addressing necessary changes in the membership of faculty committees necessitated by rotation off of committees after the standard three-year term of service, sabbaticals, other kinds of leave, and retirements. From one to five members of every faculty committee had to be replaced before the Nominating Committee presented its 2006-07 committee slates at the general faculty meeting in April.
The committee also addressed concerns from several faculty members who raised questions concerning the distribution of membership among faculty members and the over- or underutilization of some faculty members on the various kinds of committees at Furman. The committee endorsed the faculty chair’s plan to ask that someone in the Administration undertake the coordination of a flow chart that will show the membership of all faculty members on faculty, administrative, special, and ad-hoc committees for a period of several years in an effort to be sure that equity is maintained as much as is feasible in assignments of faculty members to various type of committees.
The committee chair applauds the perseverance, creativity, and integrity of the committee members, all of whom put personal concerns and biases aside in an effort to create balanced slates of committees that reflect the many dimensions in the makeup of the Furman faculty.
Maurice Cherry (MLL), Chair
Don Gordon (Political Science)
Gary Malvern (Music)
Lynne Shackelford (English)
Suzy Summers (Business and Accounting)
Laura Thompson (Biology)