63rd Faculty Senate, 2021 - 2022
The September Bulletin includes the following topics:
- Faculty Senate Petition to Administration
- Academic Freedom Corner
- Faculty Perceptions of Academic Administrators
- Fall Application Deadlines
- Faculty Senate Fellow 2020-21 Report
- Faculty Senate Fellow 2021-22
For information regarding the university’s path for keeping our community safe and our students advancing toward their educational goals, visit the Roadmap.
On August 11, a letter was sent to President Trauth and Provost Bourgeois requesting more flexibility with the beginning of classes, enforcing the use of Bobcat Trace and quarantining, and asking for more clarity of messaging related to COVID-19. On August 20, the Faculty Senate Statement on Minimum Health and Safety Procedures for Return to Campus was circulated to all faculty and university librarians resulting in 514 signatures by August 24. The statement was then sent to President Trauth and Provost Bourgeois, and was the subject of comment and discussion at our meeting with them on September 1 at which Dr. Carranco was an invited guest. There are a few things that came about as a direct or indirect result of the senate’s advocacy for faculty, including the incentivization of vaccinations and expedited messaging from Bobcat Trace regarding positive cases in classes.
We pledge to continue to advocate for our faculty as we navigate issues and concerns related to COVID-19 on our two campuses.
2020 - 2021 Accomplishments
• Reviewed and endorsed awards related to the following peer review processes: Research Enhancement Grants, Nontenure Line Faculty Workload Release, University Lecturers Series, Part-Time Faculty Teaching Awards, and the Piper Professor and Everette Swinney Teaching Awards.
• Reviewed 65 Academic Affairs and University Policy and Procedure statements.
• Contributed to efforts to enhance environmental sustainability on campus by supporting Dr. Tina Cade's 2020-2021 Senate Fellow project to create an environmental sustainability "road map," including a list of steps the university and its members can take to improve sustainability.
• Cosponsored the Academic Freedom Committee and Philosophy Dialogue Series.
• Endorsed required diversity training for faculty hiring, faculty enrichment, and department participation.
• Distributed two surveys to faculty to ensure our collective concerns and voices were heard regarding personal health, safety, and course modality options during the pandemic.
• Continued to work on drafts of the NLF Teaching Faculty Appointments and Personnel Committee policies and finalized the Academic Freedom policy.
• Advocated for an additional year's tolling of the tenure clock.
• Advocated for early semester updates from the Registrar to notify faculty of students who add/drop courses prior to census day.
• Participated in Restorative Justice sessions.
• Prepared and submitted recommendations to improve faculty morale to university administration.
During the week of July 13 - 20, 2020, Faculty Senate surveyed faculty regarding your perceptions and concerns related to the University’s Roadmap to Return.
Here are the final results. While specific comments have not been included for reasons of confidentiality, comments were coded into general categories, which are included in this report.