Message from Ted Magder, FSC Chairperson 2011-12
The Faculty Senators Council has had a productive fall semester working through a variety of items concerning the University’s academic and faculty affairs, from tenure and promotion guidelines and faculty housing to on-going developments with the global network university. Our committees have worked closely with the University’s administrative liaisons on benefits, finance, and wellness. We continue to monitor and comment on any proposed changes to tenure and promotion procedures and other personnel-related items. The Executive Committee’s meetings with the President and the Provost have been substantive and cordial.
We’ve also been working to improve the way we communicate with our constituents: first, through a new website launched last spring, and now through an electronic newsletter to be distributed regularly. Our aim is not just to keep the faculty informed on the work of FSC, but also to establish channels for greater participation in university governance by creating livelier forums for discussion anchored to easily accessible and accurate sources of information.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all FSC members for their contribution to University governance and, especially, to acknowledge the Council’s committee chairs and the Executive Committee officers for their help in crafting an agenda that meaningfully reflects the faculty’s priorities and interests. Finally, the work of FSC would be an impossible burden without the assistance and guidance of the FSC’s Coordinator, Karyn Ridder.
What follows is a summary of our most recent committee work and resolutions.