Annual Report to the Faculty Senate
Committee on Committees
Committee Chair: Richard LeBlond
Committee Members: Clai Dungy, Vicki Grassian, Teresa Mangum, George Neuman, Margaret Raymond, Mathew Rizzo, Katherine Tachau
Committee Charge: The Committee on Committees recommends to
the Council, and then to the Senate, the names of faculty members to fill
positions on general University committees (see
Meeting Dates: October 21, 2004, January 28, 2005, March 24, 2005
Activities: At the October 21, 2004 meeting the committee selected nominees to fill vacancies on the Judicial Commission, including both mediators and panelists, the Conflict of Interest in Employment Committee, the Council on Teaching, the Financial Aid Advisory Committee, and the Faculty Policies and Compensation Committee. We discussed the need for gender balance on the committees. We also started a discussion about how to identify resources for training faculty for the Judicial Commission in mediation skills. Potential resources are the University Counsel, Randal Nye, Kevin Ward and the Ombuds office.
At the January 28, 2005 meeting the committee reviewed the method of soliciting volunteers for service on the faculty senate and council and the senate and charter committees. It was decided to do this electronically this year. The solicitation letter was reviewed and revised under the direction of Prof. Mangum. The Awards Committee will be constituted with the next academic year. In addition appointments were recommended to the Council on Teaching and the Senate Government Relations Committee.
The March 24, 2005 meeting reviewed all of the faculty volunteers for each committee (up to three committees selected for each faculty member), the vacancies on the Charter, Senate and Special Committees and the charges and composition of each committee. Nominees and alternates were then selected for each vacancy trying to match the committee needs and the faculty preferences. The nominees were contacted to confirm their willingness to serve. The slate of nominees was taken to the Council and Senate at their April meetings.
Final Conclusions: The Committee had a busy and successful year. The challenge of soliciting and obtaining faculty participation in university and faculty governance remains a challenge. It appeared that we had a decrease in volunteers using the electronic format for solicitation. However, faculty with an expressed interest in service were overwhelmingly willing to assume committee assignments, even when not their first choice.
Recommendations to the Senate:
1. Continue electronic solicitation, but consider ways to enhance faculty volunteerism in self-government.
2. Explore options and develop a program for training faculty mediators on the Judicial Commission.