Annual Report, 2006-07
Given the establishment of a number of new standing faculty committees and two ad hoc committees, as well as increased scrutiny of constraints imposed by both the Constitution and the By Laws governing nominations of faculty and students, this year proved to be a particularly challenging one for the Nominating Committee. The committee was able to complete much of its work electronically, particularly during the fall and winter terms. However, there were several live meetings throughout the year—one at the end of August, another in January, and five in March and April.
The primary task of the Nominating Committee was to fill 125 faculty positions and 20 student membership slots on 19 standing faculty committees. Attempting to follow as strictly as possible the mandates of the Constitution and By-laws, the committee sought a balance in its nominations from among departments, divisions, and faculty ranks. It became apparent very early in the nominating process, however, that perfect results were unattainable. For example, as is normally the case, the departments in the relatively small Fine Arts division are over-represented, as the Nominating Committee made an effort to nominate at least one member from that division for every standing committee.
Among the committee’s major obstacles in assuring a more balanced slate were two-term and year-long sabbaticals, retirements, unexpected resignations, grants, approved leaves of absence, and a few issues involving health or family crises. In addition, the committee avoided as much as possible asking faculty committees who will complete a three-year term on a standing faculty committee this year to begin service on a new committee next year. Finally, the committee made an effort to avoid asking some of those who will be involved with the institutional Self Study or who have major commitments on the Implementation Task Force to serve on a standing faculty committee next year.
The Nominating Committee expended considerable effort in preparing a slate of nominations for three new standing faculty committees—the Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee, the Study Away Committee, and the First Year Seminar Committee. There were also four necessary changes in membership on various standing committees.
In addition to preparing nominations for standing faculty committees, the Nominating Committee was asked by the Faculty Chair to approve membership changes on implementation committees and to assist with the submission of a slate of nominees for the ad-hoc Committee to Study Honors Programs and Senior Year Experiences, as well as for the ad-hoc Committee to Study the Cultural Life Program.
One of the most significant actions taken by Nominating Committee this year was an effort to follow more closely the intent of the Constitution with respect to the nominations of student members on the nine standing faculty committees and the various ad-hoc committees on which they serve. This year both the outgoing and incoming AFS presidents were asked to submit two names for each available student slot on any committee, and the Nominating Committee then selected one of the two students as its nominee for committee membership. This pattern will be followed in the future.
The chair is appreciative of the hard work and extensive amount of time devoted by each committee member to the many tasks that were accomplished in this unusual year, but he is especially grateful to Professor Shackelford, who guided the committee’s work during most of the fall term.
Maurice Cherry (Modern Languages and Literatures), Chair
Gary Malvern (Music)
Doug Rall (Mathematics)
Lynne Shackelford (English)
Dick Stanford (Economics)
Laura Thompson (Biology)