• University Senate passes motions regarding interdisciplinary programs, strategic planning

    At its October and November meetings, the University Senate passed the following motions that are subject to the Consent Procedure under the Faculty Organization Plan (II.D.1.a(6)(a).

    Motions passed at the October 17, 2000 meeting of the University Senate

    Appointments in Interdisciplinary Programs

    Request to Hire or Appoint:

    The curriculum and students of the Undergraduate College may at times be best served by having faculty directly appointed to an interdisciplinary program. A full-time faculty line in an interdisciplinary program will normally teach a full load, consisting of six courses and advising duties, in the program. But such positions may be considered by the Dean and the Academic Vice President if those associated with the interdisciplinary program can show that the faculty member would teach a minimum of four courses in the program and advise students in the program. In such cases, the faculty load would normally be filled out by teaching in another academic program. The distribution of teaching load and other duties will be clearly stated at the time of appointment. When it is determined that a clear need exists for such an appointment, the department or program should submit a Request for Undergraduate Faculty Position//Interdisciplinary form. That form should be used to request:

    1. Transfer of a faculty member from an existing department or program at the University of St. Thomas to the interdisciplinary program.
    2. Hiring a faculty member by conducting a search according to university guidelines.

    The Request for Undergraduate Faculty Position form should be submitted to the dean by September 1, which begins the normal faculty position request review process. Appointment of a faculty member to the program would normally begin the following academic year.

    The faculty member who moves from a St. Thomas academic department into an interdisciplinary program will no longer have faculty rights and privileges in the former academic department but will have those rights and privileges in the interdisciplinary program. A tenured faculty member transferring to an interdisciplinary program will remain tenured to the University.

    Should the faculty member who transfers eventually wish to return to the original academic department, a position in the former department is not guaranteed, even if the reason for wanting to return is the elimination of the interdisciplinary program. A return would be possible only if an opening exists in that department. It is possible for the faculty member to remain connected to the former department through a joint appointment, which would be subject to the requirements of the Joint Appointment Policy.

    Tenure, Promotion and Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Faculty:

    a) Annual Review — Annual review of faculty members in an interdisciplinary program will be conducted by the program director. If the faculty member also is the director, the dean of the college will conduct the review or designate a reviewer.

    b) Tenure and promotion review — Will be carried out by a committee of at least three faculty of appropriate rank and, when possible, will consist of other faculty in the interdisciplinary department or faculty from related academic disciplines. The dean in consultation with the faculty member and the program director will appoint review committee members. When appropriate, the director will be a member of the review committee. The committee, serving as an academic department review committee, would submit its recommendation to the dean of the college. When possible, the make-up of the committee will be indicated upon appointment to the interdisciplinary position.

    Policy on Joint Appointments
    A faculty member teaching regularly in two departments may receive a joint appointment. Such an appointment would require the approval of both departments, the relevant deans/directors, and the Vice-president for Academic Affairs. Such appointments should be the norm for faculty hired with the expectation of teaching in second department or program and for current faculty regularly teaching in another department or program. For current faculty, agreements should be completed in September, on full academic year prior to the beginning of the joint appointment.

    Departments or interdisciplinary programs that regularly use a specific faculty member from another department or program to staff courses should formalize the relationship through a joint appointment. The department or program seeking the services of a faculty member from another department must submit a request for a joint appointment by September 1 prior to the academic year in which the joint appointment would occur. Before submitting the request to the dean, the request must be reviewed by the chair of the department in which the faculty member is housed. The appointment would require the approval of the Dean of the College and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and would be governed by the following stipulations:

    1. Joint appointments presume the teaching of two courses a year outside the department in which a faculty member holds an appointment. Any other obligations in addition to teaching, including advising, must be clarified between the chairs or directors of the two departments or programs and stated in the contract of the faculty member.
    2. Joint appointments are for three years and are renewable. After two three-year terms, the programs in which the faculty member teaches and the administration will decide upon continuation of the joint appointment on a permanent basis.
    3. Faculty holding joint appointments will maintain rights and privileges in the home department or program. Service and advising obligations will be required in the home department unless otherwise stipulated in the annual contract or in an agreement made at the time of the joint appointment.
    4. The chair or director of the faculty member’s second department or program will evaluate the faculty member’s performance and submit it to the dean, who will consider it with the evaluation from the faculty member’s home department. The chair of the second department will also make written recommendations on tenure and promotion for the faculty member.
    5. Facul
      ty members who occasionally teach a course in another program or department are not required to formalize the relationship with a joint appointment.

    Motion passed at the Nov. 14, 2000, meeting of the University Senate

    Submitted by Michael Degnan and Joseph Hallman

    1. All future strategic planning proposals which affect the work of the faculty will be brought to the University Senate for an advisory recommendation before being presented to the Board of Trustees.

    Rationale: Strategic planning proposals which affect the work of the faculty come under the purview of the University Senate as stated in the Faculty Handbook: "The scope of responsibility of the University Faculty shall include changes in the Faculty Organization Plan, advisory recommendations on rank and tenure criteria, and other matters pertinent to all faculty, II.B.1.b." The University Senate is charged with this responsibility at II.D.1.a.1, "The University Faculty authorizes the creation of a University Senate which is empowered to discharge the responsibilities of the faculty as defined in II.B.1.a and b."

    If any members of the University Faculty have any concerns or objections to these motions, these concerns or objections must be expressed in writing to Brenda Kroschel, University Faculty Secretary (e-mail: bkkroschel or Mail # OSS201), within 20 class days of this notice. The effective date by which concerns or objections must be registered is December 15, 2000.

     

     

     

     

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