The Nominating Committee met three times and conducted much of its business electronically during the 2012-13 academic year.
The primary task of this committee is to nominate faculty officers and to populate faculty standing committees. This year we nominated a candidate for the office of Chair of the Faculty. In addition, the committee nominated 121 faculty members for service on 19 faculty standing committees, as well as for slots on the Graduate Council and the Traffic Board. A total of 63 of these 121 positions were new candidates; the committee also nominated 16 Chairs.
For six out of seven faculty meetings during 2012-13, the committee proposed replacement candidates for faculty who were, for a variety of reasons, unable to serve on the committees for which they were originally nominated.
Because changes in Student Government Association administrations occur late in the spring term, student nominees for standing faculty committees were delayed until the fall semester. The SGA President is assigned with the task of recommending 40 students to fill 24 seats on 9 committees. Those recommendations reached the Nominating Committee in late September and October. The Nominating Committee reviewed the applications as material arrived and nominated 24 students and posted slates that included student members for faculty vote in the September, October, and November meetings.
Because the task of selecting students seemed especially onerous this year, the Nominating Committee evaluated the procedure and proposed alternatives. The chair met and corresponded electronically several times with Scott Derrick (Director of the Trone Student Center) and Connie Carson (Vice President for Student Life) in order to establish and implement a new system that complies with current policies. An online application system through OrgSync was developed, and staff and faculty were asked to recommend students to apply for faculty standing committees. Some portion of the students needed for committees will be nominated before the April 2013 meeting; the remainder will be nominated in early fall.
Respectfully submitted by the 2012-2013 Nominating Committee:
Marty Cook (MTH), Mary Fairbairn (LIB), Hugh Floyd (MUS), Lisa Knight, Chair (REL), Joe Pollard (BIO), and Cinnamon Stetler (PSY).