Faculty Senate Fellow
The position of Faculty Senate Fellow offers a professional development opportunity for faculty members by providing shared governance and leadership experience at Texas State. Working on a special project with the Faculty Senate and attending meetings with the President and others, the Faculty Senate Fellow will become familiar with the routine and special concerns of the Senate and gain insight into the shared governance process at Texas State University.
The senate has chosen Sarah Angulo, Senior Lecturer, Psychology as the 2021-22 Faculty Senate Fellow.
Sarah's fellowship project will focus on campus-wide facilitation of mentorship and career development opportunities for non-tenure line faculty (NLF), a group that tends to be disproportionately composed of underrepresented minorities and women. This project has three parts. First, a pilot program of NLF mentoring and career development will begin in the Psychology Department in fall 2021. Second, key stakeholders across our university will be surveyed to assess their mentoring and career development needs. Third, equipped with these survey results, as well as knowledge gleaned from the fall pilot program and benchmarking data, Sarah will provide workshops in spring 2022. These workshops will be available to the university community in San Marcos and Round Rock. The goal will be to share knowledge gained and best practices for NLF mentoring and career development.
Tina Marie (Waliczek) Cade, Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Agriculture was the 2020-21 Faculty Senate Fellow. Preliminary results of her senate fellow project were presented at the September 8 Faculty Senate meeting.
The purpose of this project was to determine awareness of and attitudes toward current and potential campus sustainability initiatives with the intent of using the information to develop a campus sustainability master plan that included priorities for the campus community. Students, faculty and staff volunteered to participate in a survey and were recruited through the use of a campus-wide email requesting their participation. The Qualtrics survey was developed and included statements relating to sustainability initiatives which were gleaned from documents collected from those institutions deemed as peer or aspirational peer institutions to Texas State University. Based on initiatives at the various peer institutions, statements were categorized into the following relating sustainability categories: buildings and infrastructure, waste diversion/minimization, energy, sustainable transport, water use management, grounds, purchasing, academics and sustainable programs/awards. Respondents responded to survey statements using a Likert-type scale ranging from “strongly agree” to “strongly disagree” or “extremely important” to “extremely unimportant” with the most negative responses scoring the fewest points and the most positive responses scoring the most points.
The data is still being analyzed and further initiatives and outcomes will be recommended later this semester.