Structures of Faculty Governance

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Amended by the Faculty, November 14, 2007.

Faculty governance occurs in multiple venues and through multiple structures. Two factors are critical in the decision as to what kind of governance structure should be in place:

  1. In what area (as defined above) is the work of faculty governance occurring?
  2. Is the work being undertaken continuing (recurring annually or cyclically) or is it a time-limited task with a clear completion point? 

 1. Continuing work of the Faculty

  1. In the case of continuing work in the area where faculty has clear expertise and decision-making responsibility, present structures include:
    • The Faculty of the College
    • The Academic Department
    • Standing Committees of the Faculty
      • Committee on Committees
      • Educational Program
      • Foundations Curriculum Committee
      • Appeals
      • Development
      • Governance
      • Professional Interests
      • Standards and Standings
      • Tenure and Promotion
  2. In the case of continuing work in the area where the Faculty share expertise and decision-making responsibility with the administration, present structures include:
    • Administrative-Faculty Committee
      • Advising Committee
      • Information and Technology
      • Post-Graduate Scholarships
  3. In the case of continuing work in areas where the Faculty serve in a consultative role but where the primary expertise and decision-making responsibility remain with the administration and/or Board of Trustees, present structures include:
    • Council of Academic Chairs
    • Standing Administrative Committees
      • Budget
      • Faculty-related employment issues
      • Campus Safety
      • Athletics
      • Special Events and Programming
      • Policy Boards (i.e., Sexual Harassment and Assault)
      • Rhodes Planning Cooperative
    • Faculty Liaison appointments to advise specific administrative units (i.e., Board of Trustees, President’s Office, Student Support Services, Student Affairs, Meeman Center for Life Long Learning, Administrative Affairs, Career Services, Disability Services, etc.) 

2. Time-limited tasks of the Faculty with a clear completion point

  • Task Forces of the Faculty to address time-limited tasks related to any area above
  • Faculty liaison appointments to advise on specific issues
  • Personnel Search Committees (administration and faculty)