1.1. The body hereafter shall be known as the Faculty Senate of Marywood University.
2.1. The purpose of the Faculty Senate is to support and further the mission of Marywood University.
2.2. The Faculty Senate identifies the interests and represents the views of the faculty on matters of curriculum, academic policy, and faculty personnel as well as other concerns, and makes recommendations to appropriate bodies and takes actions on its behalf.
2.3. The Faculty Senate may also respond to specific requests from the administration to consider other university issues.
3.1. The Faculty Senate functions as the official representative body of the Marywood University faculty.
3.2. Through consideration of issues brought before it, the Senate identifies the interest of the faculty on matters of its responsibility and concern. To allow time for discussion among faculty, proposals brought before the Senate will not be voted on at the meeting at which the proposal is introduced.
3.3. After deliberation, the Senate represents the views of the faculty to the appropriate body.
3.4. As the representative of faculty views, the Senate makes recommendations to appropriate constituencies of the university.
3.5. As the representative of faculty views, the Senate may take independent action on relevant matters.
STRUCTURE AND MEMBERSHIP
4.1. The Faculty Senate will consist of the following: three members from each College chosen solely by members of those Colleges, one member from the School of Architecture, one librarian chosen solely by librarians, and four faculty members chosen at-large. The entire faculty will elect the President of Faculty Senate from among all tenured members of the Faculty Senate.
4.2. All Faculty Senate meetings are open to both full-time and part-time faculty and anyone who attends can speak to agenda items. Only elected representatives, however, are eligible to vote.
4.3. Representatives from each College will hold one College-wide meeting/semester so as to insure that all faculty voices are heard and that representatives can represent those voices adequately.
4.4. Contracts will be discussed by and voted on by all faculty members who attend the special meeting called for the purpose of presenting to the faculty the contract proposal agreed to by the Faculty Senate Negotiating Team. The Faculty Senate also can call for faculty-wide votes at their discretion.
4.5. The Faculty Senate will meet once each month during each semester and can call for additional meetings as necessary.
4.6. Elections for Faculty Senate will occur in the Spring semester, with terms to run for two years. Election for the Faculty Senate President will occur in the Spring semester with the term to run for one year. Representatives will be eligible to serve no more than two consecutive terms. Representatives must be willing to serve and cannot miss more than two consecutive meetings. The individual receiving the next highest vote will be an alternate who can substitute for a representative on those occasions a representative must miss. In addition, the alternate will replace representatives who miss more than two consecutive meetings. So as to guarantee that a whole new Faculty Senate will not be elected every year, and to guarantee some consistency, one member of the faculty from each College and two of the at-large representatives will serve a one-year term initially and the other members will serve a two-year term. Faculty receiving the highest number of votes will serve a two-year term. In cases of a tie, there will be a coin toss. Faculty members who serve a one-year term initially are eligible to be reelected for one two-year term. The librarian chosen to represent Learning Resource faculty will serve a full two-year term.
COUNCIL AND COMMITTEES
5.1. The Executive Council will consist of the President, the Vice President (the President-elect), one of the elected members from each of the four Colleges, the elected member from the School of Architecture, and the Library representative.
5.2. The Executive Council is responsible for running Senate elections. Senate elections are for the: Grievance and Appeals Committee, Chairperson of the Compensation Committee, Executive Council, Vice-President (President-elect) of the Senate, and 15 tenured members for the Ad Hoc Committee on Grievance.
5.3. Assignment of all Council responsibilities shall be made by mutual consent of the sitting members of the Council.
5.4. Assignments shall be made at the beginning of each academic year.
5.5. In the event of a vacancy on the Executive Council during a term of office, the first alternate on a rank-ordered list from the last preceding election of councilors shall fill the remainder of their term of office. The second ranking alternate shall then become the first alternate.
5.6. In the event the position of Chairperson of the Executive Council is vacated, the Vice-Chairperson shall assume those duties for the remainder of that term of office.
5.7. Standing Committees shall be either appointed by the Executive Council or elected by the Senate. Appointed Standing Committees are established with the concurrence of the members of the Faculty Senate.
5.8. All Standing Committees Appointments, with the exception of the Instructional Effectiveness Committee, shall be for one year and may be renewed. The Instructional Effectiveness Committee appointments will be for a term of two years and may be renewed for a second term.
5.9. Chairpersons of all Standing Committees except Compensation may be elected by the members of the Committee, or, at the option of the Committee, may be appointed by the Executive Council. The Chairperson of Compensation is elected by the entire full-time faculty.
5.10. All Standing Committees shall consist of at least three members. With the exception of the Faculty Grievances and Appeals Committee and the Chair of Compensation, any member leaving a committee may be replaced by appointment by the Executive Council.
5.11. No member of the Senate shall serve on more than one Standing Committee at a time. No member of the Executive Council may serve as chairperson of a Standing Committee, but may attend and participate in the actions of that committee. Executive Council members shall not have the right to vote in the proceedings of a Standing Committee.
5.12. The following Standing Committees are authorized by the Senate and may be added to or removed by amending the Bylaws of the Senate.
Elected Standing Committees
5.13A. Faculty Senate Grievances and Appeals Committee
Purpose: to assist in resolving grievance and appeals concerning professional matters brought to the committee by an individual faculty member. There are six committee members, each serving a term of three years, with two people replaced each year. From these six, the Committee’s Chair assembles a committee of three faculty members to hear an individual complaint. Committee members must be tenured faculty. Faculty currently serving on the Rank and Tenure or Faculty Development Committees are not eligible for election to this committee. For further details concerning the Committee see the Progressive Discipline and Faculty Grievance Policies in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
Appointed Standing Committees
5.13B. Faculty Senate Concerns Committee
Purpose: To investigate general faculty concerns and to develop strategies to deal with such concerns.
5.13C. Faculty Senate Compensation Committee
Purpose: To research, collect, and analyze data on faculty salaries and benefits; to investigate systems of faculty compensation; and to make recommendations concerning faculty compensation.
5.13D. Instructional Effectiveness Committee
Purpose: To enhance instructional effectiveness of the faculty by providing opportunities for ongoing professional development, particularly in the areas of curriculum design and instructional strategies.
5.14. Ad Hoc Committees shall be formed for a period of time up to one academic year. They are appointed by the Executive Council with the concurrence of the Senate to deal with situations not covered by Standing Committees. Ad Hoc Committees may be reappointed for a second academic year in order to complete their task.
5.15. Chairpersons of Ad Hoc Committees may be elected by the members of the Committee, or, at the option of the Committee, may be appointed by the Executive Council.
5.16. Normally members of the Senate should serve on no more than one Ad Hoc Committee at a time. No member of the Executive Council may serve as chairperson of an Ad Hoc Committee, but may attend and participate in the actions of that committee. Executive Council members shall not have the right to vote in the proceedings of an Ad Hoc Committee.
5.17. Ad Hoc Committees may be dissolved by the Executive Council with the concurrence of the Senate.
5.18. The Negotiating Team, in consultation with the Executive Council, has the responsibility each year of negotiating the contract for faculty.
5.19. The Negotiating Team consists of five faculty members, including the President of the Senate, the Chairperson of the Compensation Committee, and three faculty members whose terms extend for three years, with one member elected each year. Faculty may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The Chairperson of the Compensation is elected by the full Senate.
5.20. The Chairperson of the Negotiating Team is elected each year by the Team from the three elected faculty members.
6.1. The Faculty Senate will meet once each month during each semester and can call for additional meetings as necessary.
6.2. Notice of meetings, with an agenda, shall be communicated in writing to all members of the faculty, at least one week in advance of the meeting date.
6.3. Special meetings of the Senate may be called by the President, or by written notice of five members of the Senate. Should five members wish to call a meeting, they must notify the President of the Senate in writing of their request and allow for at least one week for written notification of the members of the Senate.
6.4. A quorum for Senate meetings is defined as three-fourths of Senate representatives.
6.5. When necessary, the Executive Council of the Faculty Senate can send out a mail ballot to obtain faculty opinion provided that a majority of a quorum present so authorizes the faculty-wide vote.
BYLAWS AND AMENDMENTS
7.1. The Faculty Senate reserves the right to establish all rules and regulations governing the function and operation of the Senate. Where specific Bylaws have not been established by the Senate, Robert's Rules of Order will prevail.
7.2. The Bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the Faculty Senate by a two-thirds majority of the members present, providing that a quorum is established.
7.3. Notice of any proposed amendment must be given at a preceding meeting, or in writing, to the members of the Faculty Senate at least two weeks in advance of the meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be acted upon. A copy of the proposed amendment and the current section of the bylaws to be amended must be included, in writing, with the notification to the members.
7.4. Amendments adopted by the Faculty Senate shall become effective upon passage by the Senate.
Approved October 1998
Revised October 22, 1999
Revised October 2004
Revisions approved May 2, 2006
Revision approved April 13, 2007
Revision approved October 3, 2014