Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee (FSAC)

Charge

The Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee shall have primary responsibility for the development and implementation of policy concerning the practices and procedures used in such Faculty personnel matters as appointment, retention, tenure, promotion, sabbatical and other leaves, grievance disputes and disciplinary actions; and the protection of academic freedom in the broadest sense.

The Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee shall have at least one permanent subcommittee, the University Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Subcommittee, and such other subcommittees as necessary to carry out its charge. Standing Subcommittees of this Standing Committee should include:

  1. the University Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Subcommittee (URTP)
  2. the Academic Freedom Subcommittee (AFS);
  3. the Professional Development Subcommittee (PDS); and
  4. the Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs (FSSP).

  5. FSAC's SETE FORUMS FOR INPUT
FSAC Membership 2014-2015
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair Richard Whitkus Bio 2014 2015 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Ed Beebout Coms 2013 2016 elected School
Member Business & Econ Kyuho Lee Bus 2013 2016 elected School
Member Education Viki Montera Edu 2012 2015 elected School
Member Science & Technology Richard Whitkus Bio 2012 2015 elected School
Member Social Sciences Eric Williams CCJ 2014 2017 elected School
Member Library Paula Hammett Lib 2013 2016 elected Library
Member SSP Vacant       elected SSPs
Member Designee of URTP         appointed

URTP

Ex-Officio Faculty Affairs Melinda Barnard   Office
Ex-Officio Associated Students   AS 2012 2013 appointed AS
Non-voting member CFA Rep Vacant appointed CFA

 

FSAC Subcommittee Memberships

University Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Subcommittee (URTP)

See SSU Policy for more information about this subcommittee

URTP Membership 2014-2015
Position Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair Maureen Buckley Counseling 2014 2015 elected committee
Member Murali Pillai Bio 2012 2015 elected campuswide
Member Deborah Roberts Nurs 2013 2016 elected campuswide
Member Ben Ford Math 2014 2017 elected campuswide
Member Greta Vollmer Eng 2013 2016 elected campuswide
Member Maureen Buckley Counseling 2012 2015 elected campuswide

 

Academic Freedom Subcommitee (AFS)

Charge

  1. Raise awareness, provide education, and develop programs or forums related to academic freedom for the benefit of the SSU community; and
  2. Periodically review the portions of the Faculty Handbook relevant to academic freedom and, in particular, the "Statement of Professional Responsibility," the "Faculty Bill of Rights," and other university documents related to academic freedom, and make any recommendations for change to FSAC; and
  3. Develop an SSU policy on academic freedom and forward this policy to FSAC for appropriate action.
AFS Membership 2014-2015
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair   TBD   2014 2015 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Brantley Bryant Eng 2012 2015 elected School
Member Business & Econ Zachary Wong Bus 2014 2017 elected School
Member Education Charles Elster Edu 2014 2017 elected School
Member Science & Technology Stephen Farmer Chem 2013 2016 elected School
Member Social Sciences Mary Gomes Psych 2013 2016 elected School
Member Library Vacant Lib 2014 2015 elected Library
Member Associated Students         appointed AS
Member SSP Vacant       elected SSPs
FSAC Liaison     Edu     appiointed FSAC

 

Professional Development Subcommittee (PDS)

Charge

The Professional Development Subcommittee (PDS) is a subcommittee of the Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee (FSAC).  Professional development is defined as any activity that contributes to an individual faculty member’s career growth as 1) an educator and mentor, 2) practicing scholar, and 3) contributor to the university and broader community.  As stated in the University mission, SSU is committed to “effective teaching, high standards of scholarship, and ongoing professional development.”  To this end, PDS has primary responsibility within the faculty governance structure for addressing the professional development needs of the university faculty.  These responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the campus-wide orientation program for new tenure-track faculty
  • Advocate for professional development opportunities to be available to all faculty throughout their careers
  • Select and oversee university-wide professional development workshops and other activities
  • Co-sponsor and promote the professional development efforts of other campus entities
  • Advise the Provost on budgetary and hiring decisions that impact faculty professional development 

Support for these activities requires that a staff member and appropriately budgeted resources be designated to help organize, schedule and promote relevant professional development activities and events.  

PDS Membership 2014-2015
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair   Ed Beebout Coms 2014 2015 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Ed Beebout Coms 2012 2015 elected School
Member Business & Econ Kirsten Ely Bus 2014 2017 elected School
Member Education Kathy Morris Edu 2013 2016 elected School
Member Science & Technology Suzanne Rivoire CS 2012 2015 elected School
Member Social Sciences Gerryann Olson Psych 2013 2016 elected School
Member Library Karen Brodsky Lib 2012 2015 elected Library
Member SSP         elected SSPs
Ex-Officio Member Writing Center Scott Miller Writing Center     Office  
Ex-Officio Member Center for Community Engagement Merith Weisman CCE     Office  
Ex-Officio Member Academic Affairs Vacant       Office  
FSAC Liaison   TBA       appiointed FSAC

 

Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs

Charge

The primary role of the Sponsored Programs subcommittee is to develop and implement policies relating to faculty participation in sponsored research and other extramurally funded curricular projects. It is the final review body for all campus grant programs requiring faculty evaluation. As such, it serves as a liaison between the various units of the campus and the administration.

This subcommittee shall:

  1. Support the faculty by informing them of the activities of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and by interpreting grant guidelines. The subcommittee also sets up review procedures for campus-wide grant review processes (e.g., the Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Program [RSCAP] mini-grants and summer fellowships);
  2. Facilitate communication among the administration, the Chief Research Officer, and the faculty by responding to requests for priority recommendations on items that require a broadly based faculty consensus;
  3. Respond to requests for assistance and review of grant activities from individual faculty, departments or Schools;
  4. Develop policy statements regarding sponsored program activities to be forwarded to the FSAC for consideration; and
  5. Hold closed sessions solely for the purpose of deliberations regarding the relative merits of faculty proposals under consideration by the university for external nominations (e.g., NEH summer stipend proposals) or for internal funding opportunities (e.g., RSCAP awards).

The Chair of the subcommittee on Sponsored Programs shall report, as requested, to the Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee (FSAC) on activities of the subcommittee.

FSSP Membership 2014-2015
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair   Thomas Atkin Bus 2014 2015 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Greta Vollmer Eng 2014

2017

elected School
Member Business & Econ Thomas Atkin Bus 2013 2016 elected School
Member Education Jessica Parker Edu 2013 2016 elected School
Member Science & Technology Matty Mookerjee Geology 2012 2015 elected School
Member Social Sciences Adrian Praetzellis Anthro 2012 2015 elected School
Member Library Karen Brodsky Lib 2013 2016 elected Library
FSAC Liaison   Richard Whitkus       appiointed FSAC
Ex-officio Member Academic Affairs Melinda Barnard       Office  

Ex-officio Member

Research & Sponsored Programs Matt Benny       Office