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FacEx-Faculty Senate Executive Committee 06/01/2016

FacEx
June 1, 2016 - 1:00pm
33 Strong Hall
Agenda: 

(The open meeting may be electronically recorded.)

AGENDA (Open Meeting)

I.          Announcements

II.        Approval of minutes from May 10, 2016

III.       Report of Faculty Senate President Pam Keller

IV.       Approval of FY17 Charges to Faculty Senate Committees

            A.        Faculty Compensation

            B.        Faculty Rights Board (FRB)

            C.        Faculty Rights, Privileges, and Responsibilities (FRPR)

            D.        Research

            E.         Restricted Research

            F.         Standards and Procedures for Promotion and Tenure (SPPT)

V.        Old Business

VI.       New Business

 

 

Minutes: 

Approved September 6, 2016

FY17 MEMBERS PRESENT: Pam Keller, Joe Harrington, Ruben Flores, Amalia Monroe-Gulick, Ebenezer Obadare, Suzanne Shontz 

FY17 MEMBERS ABSENT: Pam Fine

ALSO PRESENT: Maureen Altman, Kathy Reed, University Governance

Pam Keller called the meeting to order and asked for announcements

MINUTES for May 10, 2016 were approved.

REPORT OF FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT PAM KELLER

Keller told FacEx that she had only one item to report beyond her report at yesterday’s SenEx meeting. 

From 5/31/16 SenEx: Keller reported that a presentation regarding the budget cut was made at the last KBOR (Kansas Board of Regents) meeting and she noticed that other regent schools were seeking much larger student fee increases than KU.  Reporting about the last KBOR COFSP (Council of Faculty Senate Presidents) meeting she said that they continue to work on credit for AP & CLEP since the process they had created was not approved by the legislature.  She will attend the KBOR meeting in June as well as the KBOR retreat which faculty has never been invited to in the past.  Keller also reported that she and Joe Harrington have started their Provost meetings and met with Interim Provost Sara Rosen.  She also noted that Faculty Senate has approved the Faculty Code.

She reported that there will be a follow up meeting to discuss the Employee Invention Assignment Agreement, noting that the administration had extended the invitation to meet.  She will also meet with Andrew Torrance, who had chaired the committee that drafted a revision to the Intellectual Property (IP) policy.  Keller explained to new members of FacEx that FY16 FacEx had been asked to review and approve the Employee Invention Assignment Agreement in spring but due to concerns with the agreement the process had not been finalized. 

APPROVAL OF FY17 CHARGES TO FACULTY SENATE COMMITTEES

Keller explained that she had put together the proposed charges, which were distributed to FacEx, from FY16 committee final reports and FY16 FacEx discussions.

FACULTY COMPENSATION

Explaining proposed Specific Charge 1 Keller said that the committee submitted a report last year but the library was not included.  Specific Charge 2 also resulted from last year’s report which hadn’t broken down data.

Keller offered that it might be beneficial to have broader charges beyond salaries, such as reviewing benefits and resources available to faculty; Monroe-Gulick suggested adding review of research drafts and Shontz asked if anyone looks at post doc salaries since it seemed only minimum salaries are considered.  Flores suggested the possibility of the committee looking into tuition assistance; Keller explained that the committee had looked at it in the past but found that there is no money available.  Monroe-Gulick said it would be helpful if reports were broken out by schools and disciplines.  Proposed Specific Change 2 was amended:   

  1. Continue to work with OIRP to obtain quantitative analysis of faculty salaryies compression and library faculty salaries for each school or discipline within KU schools or disciplinesCompare individual school and discipline data with peer institutions and provide a report.

Keller suggested that the committee review standing charges, examining whether other issues such as benefits or resources should be added.  Specific Charge 3 was added:

  1. Review standing charges and recommend whether there are issues of faculty compensation other than salaries that could be examined by this committee (such as benefits or resources).

Motion to accept amendments to proposed charges.  Shontz/Obadare.  Passed.

Motion to approve proposed charges.  Monroe-Gulick/Flores.  Passed

FACULTY RIGHTS BOARD (FRB)

Keller explained that FY16 FRB put forth a document [7.3.1 to 7.3.3] that was related to 7.3.4 which was approved by FacEx but not by Faculty Senate because the issue was postponed due to work on the Faculty Code.  However FSRR 7.3.4 was not addressed.  She will sort out 7.3 this summer considering how the amendments will relate to the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations (FSRR) and how issues may have been addressed by the Faculty Code.  

Harrington asked whether FY16 FRB’s recommendation that information about possible conflict of interest of judges employed by KU be communicated to faculty had been accomplished.  He was informed that FacEx decided to forward the report to the Ombuds Office since it was determined it might be valuable information in their advising.  In response to his request Altman said she would send him a copy of the email to the Ombuds Office.

Keller pointed out that charge 1 demanded a considerable amount of work since she felt it included all of 7.3. 

Motion to approve proposed charges.  Monroe-Gulick/Flores.  Passed

ACTION:  ALTMAN WILL PROVIDE HARRINGTON WITH A COPY OF EMAIL TO OMBUDS OFFICE REGARDING JUDGES. (Writer’s note: completed).

FACULTY RIGHTS PRIVILEGES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES (FRPR)

Keller noted that upon completion of the KU Core Curriculum survey assigned in proposed Specific Charge 1 Governance will have 3 years of data.  She explained that she rewrote last year’s Specific Charges 2 because Governance should have more oversight regarding UCC (University Core Curriculum Committee).  Proposed Specific Charge 3 regarding scholarly misconduct was from the FRPR final report.

In response to Keller’s question of the status of the UCCC survey, Monroe-Gulick, who was a member of FY16 FRPR reported that it had been sent Stuart Day, Acting Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs.  Altman added that it had been decided at the FacEx May 3, 2016 meeting that the survey be forwarded to UCCC but it was uncertain at this point whether it should be sent by FY16 FacEx Chair Tom Beisecker or Keller; Keller will follow up.  Responding to a question about proposed Specific Charge 3, Keller clarified that rather than the issue of scholarly misconduct per se the charge concerned guidance on what material should be turned over.   

Motion to approve proposed charges.  Flores/Shontz.  Passed.

ACTION: KELLER WILL FOLLOW UP ON FORWARDING FRPR’S SURVEY TO UCCC.

RESEARCH

Keller noted that proposed Specific Charge 1 had come from the FY16 Committee final report.  The intent of proposed Specific Charge 2 was to have research look at what systems are being used to evaluate faculty.  Last year they only looked at PRO but this year’s charge will have them look at Academic Analytics.  Regarding proposed Specific Charge 3 she explained that last year’s committee had reported on PRO but had not included the libraries, which she added; she also added a few more questions to the charge for them to consider.  Keller also expanded on the issue of entrepreneurship in proposed Specific Charge 4 to be more specific and include more forms of entrepreneurship beyond businesses and patents, such as service.  It was an issue of particular interest last year to Tom Beisecker which had not been adequately addressed. 

Several FacEx members supported the charge to look at Academic Analytics, citing concerns about its accuracy and noting that it was often confusing.  Keller agreed that FacEx needs to know where it’s used and to what extent.

Motion to approve proposed charges.   Flores/Obadare.  Passed.

RESTRICTED RESEARCH

Since its responsibilities are specific the committee’s charge stay steady from year to year.  FacEx unanimously approved the proposed charges.

STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR PROMOTION AND TENURE (SPPT)

Noting that the committee had no specific charges last year Keller felt they needed more to do and added charges regarding mentoring faculty; she asked if FacEx had any suggestions.  Keller explained that while working with FRB she found mentoring inconsistent across campus and felt the proposed specific charges would be positive.  During the discussion about proposed Specific Charge 2 FacEx noted that in trying to be inclusive faculty is sometimes afraid to offend and that risks make faculty hesitant to address diversity issues.  Agreeing that inclusion isn’t just a matter of intention or being nice but involves the necessity for examination and training, the charge was amended to reflect this goal:     

2.  The committee should also examine the extent to which faculty mentoring development includes access to training and guidance on handling issues of diversity and inclusion that may arise in the classroom or otherwise in fulfilling their teaching responsibilities. Provide a report and make specific recommendations as to how to better support faculty and identify to ensure they have the tools and training necessary to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

Motion to accept amendment to proposed charges.  Shontz/Flores.  Passed.

Vote to approve proposed charges.  Passed.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None

NEW BUSINESS

After the closed meeting FacEx voted to give Keller the authority to choose new appointees if those made by FacEx did not agree to serve.   

ADJOURNMENT TO CLOSED MEETING TO DISCUSS FACULTY SENATE/UNIVERSITY SENATE COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Meeting adjourned at 2:27.

Respectfully submitted

Maureen Altman

 

KELLER’S SUGGESTED CHARGES DISTRIBUTED FOR CONSIDERATION

 

(Information at the beginning of each Faculty Senate committee’s charges:

Approved by FacEx: June

Approved by Faculty Senate: September

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or

the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

 

 

FY2017 FACULTY COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

Standing charges:

  1. Continue to monitor the level and distribution of faculty salaries to identify issues and concerns.  Report issues, problems, and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).
  2. Continue the cooperative communication between the Chairs of the Planning and Resources and Faculty Compensation committees to facilitate coordination on issues of mutual concern.  Report issues and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).

Specific charges:

  1. Continue to work with OIRP to obtain quantitative analysis of salary compression in libraries.
  2. Continue to work with OIRP to obtain quantitative analysis of faculty salary compression within schools or disciplines.

 

 

FY17 FACULTY RIGHTS BOARD (FRB)

Standing charges:

  1. Hear promptly all concerns and claims brought to the attention of the committee by members of the faculty regarding faculty rights, including promotion, tenure, non-reappointment, and academic freedom, pursuant to Article XIII, Section 3 of the University Senate Code and Article VI of the FSRR.  Report issues or problems of concern to governance to FacEx, with due regard for the confidentiality of individual cases (ongoing).

Specific charges:

  1. Be prepared to revisit policies and procedures for faculty dismissal proceedings (formerly proposed FSRR 7.3.4) and related issues

 

 

FY2017 FACULTY RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (FRPR)

Standing charges:

As circumstances require:

  1. Monitor the implementation of university policies related to the rights and responsibilities of the faculty, including the following general areas (1) appointments, promotions, granting of tenure, and non-reappointments; (2) merit evaluations, rewards and sabbatical leaves; (3) protection of the faculty’s right to privacy; and (4) intellectual property.  Review all current policy statements regarding these matters to ensure that they are adequate, appropriate, and readily available to all faculty members.  Report issues, problems, and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).
  2. Respond to inquiries and address issues regarding faculty rights, privileges, and responsibilities (as they arise). 
  3. Communicate with representatives of the AAUP regarding their concerns relating to faculty rights, privileges and responsibilities.  Report issues, problems, and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).

Specific charges:          

  1. Monitor the implementation of the KU Core Curriculum by administering FRPR’s survey again in FY17.  Report issues to FacEx.
  2. Assess the relationship of UCCC to Faculty Governance. Consider the appropriateness or efficacy of Governance review of – or involvement in – UCCC decision-making. Make recommendations if necessary to ensure faculty have appropriate input in the development and supervision of academic requirements.
  3. Review procedures for discovery of evidence in cases where someone outside the University alleges a faculty member has engaged in scholarly misconduct. In such cases, it is necessary to balance the rights of faculty to directly face their accusers with the institutional risks of releasing personnel-related material. Make recommendations on how USRR 9.1.7 might be amended to better protect accused faculty members as well as faculty who hear these scholarly misconduct cases.

 

FY2017 RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Standing Charges:

  1. Monitor the administration of the General Research Fund (GRF) and make recommendations, as needed, to ensure its effectiveness and appropriate utilization. Report to FacEx concerning actions taken with respect to this charge by 03/05/19.  (FY2019 3 year GRF Review). 
  2. Monitor the execution of the University’s Restricted Research Policy (Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, Article IX) in handling requests for exceptions. 
  3. Serve as the body to hear faculty appeals of research rejected by the restricted research committee or by the Vice Provost for Research, as specified in the Restricted Research Policy.
  4. Monitor the implementation of policies and procedures for determining which proposals will go forward in cases where the number of grant applications that may be submitted from the University is limited.  Identify problems or concerns, and report issues and recommendations to FacEx.
  5. Continue working with the ACEC (Academic Computing and Electronic Communications) Committee to process needs for and issues with computing and telecommunications for research, including recommendations for sustainable policies and procedures and monitoring ongoing and new developments in IT. Report issues and recommendations to FacEx as needed.

Specific charges: 

  1. Determine a method for GRF allocations that helps overcome a perception of disparity among units, that enhances a more effective way to use the fund, and that is more dynamic and responsive to changing disciplinary research contexts within and outside the University.”
  2. Investigate and report on the extent to which the University is using Academic Analytics to gather data or evaluate departments, programs, or faculty.  Explore how these metrics are impacting faculty research, research opportunities, or the understanding of faculty research profiles at KU. Research and report on publically available information about other institutions’ experience with Academic Analytics.
  3. Revise the 2016 committee’s survey questionnaire for evaluating PRO to include Libraries as an academic unit. Consider whether to revise the survey to include questions about the use of Academic Analytics or other internal or external systems for evaluating faculty research. After revision, use the questionnaire to collect data for FY 2016-17.
  4. Investigate and report on how entrepreneurship activities are used in evaluating faculty productivity in each academic unit. Consider whether unit policies are broad enough to include, not only faculty who create businesses or patents, but also those who provide services. Provide a report and make recommendations regarding how evaluation processes might be improved in the future.

 

 

RESTRICED RESEARCH

 

Standing charges: 

  1. Pursuant to the university’s restricted research policy (FSRR Article IX), review and, if appropriate under that policy, approve proposals for exceptions to the university policy against engaging in research that is subject to restrictions on the transparency of data or the dissemination of results.
  2. Publish each of the Committee’s recommendations in a notice to the Faculty Senate Research Committee in a timely manner. The notice shall include:

a. Title of project;
b. Name of principal investigator or project director;
c. Source or sources of funds for support of project;
d. Action by the Restricted Research Committee as to approval or
e. If approved, a short statement of justification for the proposed research in terms of the purposes of the University and in the light of the criteria for approval as listed in Section IV.D. below; if disapproved, a short statement of the reasons for rejection.

  1. Make an annual report to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, listing each restrictive grant or contract considered during the year, to include references to all information identified in Section 4.C. 2 of FSRR Article IX.

Specific charges:

                None.

 

 

FY2017 STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR PROMOTION AND TENURE (SPPT)

 

Standing charges: 

1.     Review department and school criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure pursuant to section 6.3.5.1 of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations for consistency with the requirements of Article VI of the rules and regulations, and approve criteria, guidelines, and procedures that are consistent with those requirements.  Identify inconsistencies and coordinate with the Provost’s office to provide feedback to departments, the College, schools, and other administrative units to correct problems.  Submit issues that cannot be resolved to FacEx as provided in section 6.3.5.1 (ongoing).

2.     Review guidelines and forms developed by the Provost, and procedures developed by the UCPT, pursuant to 6.3.5.2 for consistency with the requirements of Article VI of the rules and regulations, and identify problems or concerns.  Provide comments to the Provost and UCPT, and report issues that cannot be resolved to FacEx as provided in section 6.3.5.2 (ongoing).

3.     Promote and facilitate compliance with the standards and procedural requirements of Article VI of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations by maintaining and disseminating guidance documents for departments, the College, schools, and other administrative units (ongoing).

4.     Monitor the implementation of Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations concerning Promotion and Tenure.  Identify issues and problems as they arise and report recommendations to FacEx as needed (ongoing).

5.     In coordination with the Policy Office, annually review technical modifications to Promotion and Tenure polices submitted to the Policy Library.

Specific charges:

  1. FSRR 6.4.1 provides that each department, school, or other administrative unit must incorporate a plan for mentoring faculty before tenure. This committee should review all mentoring plans to determine if they provide sufficiently specific details to be effective in ensuring all faculty have access to strong mentoring and guidance as they make progress toward tenure review.
  2. The committee should also examine the extent to which faculty mentoring includes access to training and guidance on handling issues of diversity and inclusion that may arise in the classroom or otherwise in fulfilling their teaching responsibilities. Provide a report and make specific recommendations as to how to better support faculty to ensure they have the tools and training necessary to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FY17 COMMITTEE CHARGES APPROVED BY FACEX

 

 

FY2017 FACULTY COMPENSATION COMMITTEE

Approved by FacEx: June 1, 2016
Approved by Faculty Senate:

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or

the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

 

Standing charges:

  1. Continue to monitor the level and distribution of faculty salaries to identify issues and concerns.  Report issues, problems, and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).
     
  2. Continue the cooperative communication between the Chairs of the Planning and Resources and Faculty Compensation committees to facilitate coordination on issues of mutual concern.  Report issues and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).

Specific charges:

  1. Continue to work with OIRP to obtain quantitative analysis of salary compression in libraries.

 

  1. Continue to work with OIRP to obtain quantitative analysis of faculty salaries and library faculty salaries for each school or discipline within KU.  Compare individual school and discipline data with peer institutions and provide a report.

 

  1. Review standing charges and recommend whether there are issues of faculty compensation other than salaries that could be examined by this committee (such as benefits or resources).

 

 

 

 

 

FY17 FACULTY RIGHTS BOARD (FRB)

Approved by FacEx: June 1, 2016
Approved by Faculty Senate:

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or

the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

 

Standing charges:

  1. Hear promptly all concerns and claims brought to the attention of the committee by members of the faculty regarding faculty rights, including promotion, tenure, non-reappointment, and academic freedom, pursuant to Article XIII, Section 3 of the University Senate Code and Article VI of the FSRR.  Report issues or problems of concern to governance to FacEx, with due regard for the confidentiality of individual cases (ongoing).

 

 

Specific charges:

  1. Be prepared to revisit policies and procedures for faculty dismissal proceedings (formerly proposed FSRR 7.3.4) and related issues.

 

 

 

FY2017 FACULTY RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (FRPR)

Approved by FacEx: June 1, 2016
Approved by Faculty Senate:

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or

the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

 

Standing charges:

As circumstances require:

  1. Monitor the implementation of university policies related to the rights and responsibilities of the faculty, including the following general areas (1) appointments, promotions, granting of tenure, and non-reappointments; (2) merit evaluations, rewards and sabbatical leaves; (3) protection of the faculty’s right to privacy; and (4) intellectual property.  Review all current policy statements regarding these matters to ensure that they are adequate, appropriate, and readily available to all faculty members.  Report issues, problems, and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).
     
  2. Respond to inquiries and address issues regarding faculty rights, privileges, and responsibilities (as they arise). 
     
  3. Communicate with representatives of the AAUP regarding their concerns relating to faculty rights, privileges and responsibilities.  Report issues, problems, and recommendations to FacEx (ongoing).
     

Specific charges:         

 

  1. Monitor the implementation of the KU Core Curriculum by administering FRPR’s survey again in FY17.  Report issues to FacEx.

 

  1. Assess the relationship of UCCC to Faculty Governance. Consider the appropriateness or efficacy of Governance review of – or involvement in – UCCC decision-making. Make recommendations if necessary to ensure faculty have appropriate input in the development and supervision of academic requirements.

 

  1. Review procedures for discovery of evidence in cases where someone outside the University alleges a faculty member has engaged in scholarly misconduct. In such cases, it is necessary to balance the rights of faculty to directly face their accusers with the institutional risks of releasing personnel-related material. Make recommendations on how USRR 9.1.7 might be amended to better protect accused faculty members as well as faculty who hear these scholarly misconduct cases.

 

 

FY2017 RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Approved by FacEx: June 1, 2016
Approved by Faculty Senate:

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or

the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

 

 

Standing Charges:

  1. Monitor the administration of the General Research Fund (GRF) and make recommendations, as needed, to ensure its effectiveness and appropriate utilization. Report to FacEx concerning actions taken with respect to this charge by 03/05/19.  (FY2019 3 year GRF Review). 

 

  1. Monitor the execution of the University’s Restricted Research Policy (Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations, Article IX) in handling requests for exceptions.

 

  1. Serve as the body to hear faculty appeals of research rejected by the restricted research committee or by the Vice Provost for Research, as specified in the Restricted Research Policy.

 

  1. Monitor the implementation of policies and procedures for determining which proposals will go forward in cases where the number of grant applications that may be submitted from the University is limited.  Identify problems or concerns, and report issues and recommendations to FacEx.

 

  1. Continue working with the ACEC (Academic Computing and Electronic Communications) Committee to process needs for and issues with computing and telecommunications for research, including recommendations for sustainable policies and procedures and monitoring ongoing and new developments in IT. Report issues and recommendations to FacEx as needed.

 

Specific charges:  

  1. Determine a method for GRF allocations that helps overcome a perception of disparity among units, that enhances a more effective way to use the fund, and that is more dynamic and responsive to changing disciplinary research contexts within and outside the University.

 

  1. Investigate and report on the extent to which the University is using Academic Analytics to gather data or evaluate departments, programs, or faculty.  Explore how these metrics are impacting faculty research, research opportunities, or the understanding of faculty research profiles at KU. Research and report on publically available information about other institutions’ experience with Academic Analytics.
  2. Revise the 2016 committee’s survey questionnaire for evaluating PRO to include Libraries as an academic unit. Consider whether to revise the survey to include questions about the use of Academic Analytics or other internal or external systems for evaluating faculty research. After revision, use the questionnaire to collect data for FY 2016-17.

 

  1. Investigate and report on how entrepreneurship activities are used in evaluating faculty productivity in each academic unit. Consider whether unit policies are broad enough to include, not only faculty who create businesses or patents, but also those who provide services. Provide a report and make recommendations regarding how evaluation processes might be improved in the future.

 

 

 

FY2017 RESTRICTED RESEARCH

Approved by FacEx: June 1, 2016
Approved by Faculty Senate:

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or

the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

 

Standing charges: 

  1. Pursuant to the university’s restricted research policy (FSRR Article IX), review and, if appropriate under that policy, approve proposals for exceptions to the university policy against engaging in research that is subject to restrictions on the transparency of data or the dissemination of results.
     
  2. Publish each of the Committee’s recommendations in a notice to the Faculty Senate Research Committee in a timely manner. The notice shall include:

a. Title of project;
b. Name of principal investigator or project director;
c. Source or sources of funds for support of project;
d. Action by the Restricted Research Committee as to approval or
e. If approved, a short statement of justification for the proposed research in terms of the purposes of the University and in the light of the criteria for approval as listed in Section IV.D. below; if disapproved, a short statement of the reasons for rejection.

 

  1. Make an annual report to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, listing each restrictive grant or contract considered during the year, to include references to all information identified in Section 4.C. 2 of FSRR Article IX.

 

Specific charges:

 

            None.

 

 

 

 

FY2017 STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES FOR PROMOTION AND TENURE (SPPT)

 

Approved by FacEx: June 1, 2016
Approved by Faculty Senate:

  • For further information or to schedule a meeting with FacEx  to discuss charges or

the committee’s work, contact FacEx Chair Pam Keller at pkeller@ku.edu.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office (govern@ku.edu) as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site.
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, FacEx must officially receive that recommendation by March 7, 2017 in order to meet timeline requirements for full review by Governance.
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at govern@ku.edu, and submit the final report by April 14, 2017.

 

Standing charges: 

1.   Review department and school criteria and procedures for promotion and tenure pursuant to section 6.3.5.1 of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations for consistency with the requirements of Article VI of the rules and regulations, and approve criteria, guidelines, and procedures that are consistent with those requirements.  Identify inconsistencies and coordinate with the Provost’s office to provide feedback to departments, the College, schools, and other administrative units to correct problems.  Submit issues that cannot be resolved to FacEx as provided in section 6.3.5.1 (ongoing).

2.   Review guidelines and forms developed by the Provost, and procedures developed by the UCPT, pursuant to 6.3.5.2 for consistency with the requirements of Article VI of the rules and regulations, and identify problems or concerns.  Provide comments to the Provost and UCPT, and report issues that cannot be resolved to FacEx as provided in section 6.3.5.2 (ongoing).

3.   Promote and facilitate compliance with the standards and procedural requirements of Article VI of the Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations by maintaining and disseminating guidance documents for departments, the College, schools, and other administrative units (ongoing).

4.   Monitor the implementation of Faculty Senate Rules and Regulations concerning Promotion and Tenure.  Identify issues and problems as they arise and report recommendations to FacEx as needed (ongoing).

5.   In coordination with the Policy Office, annually review technical modifications to Promotion and Tenure polices submitted to the Policy Library.

 

Specific charges:

  1. FSRR 6.4.1 provides that each department, school, or other administrative unit must incorporate a plan for mentoring faculty before tenure. This committee should review all mentoring plans to determine if they provide sufficiently specific details to be effective in ensuring all faculty have access to strong mentoring and guidance as they make progress toward tenure review.
  2. The committee should also examine the extent to which faculty development includes access to training and guidance on handling issues of diversity and inclusion that may arise in the classroom or otherwise in fulfilling their teaching responsibilities. Provide a report and make specific recommendations as to how to better support faculty and identify the tools and training necessary to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

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