It is through the Faculty Senate that members of the University Faculty are represented. The University Faculty is basically comprised of the tenured and tenure track professors. Every department/academic unit as one or two Senators. There are also nine senator-at-large seats rendering a body that has about 100 members.
We are looking at ways to broaden the range of academic titleholders who are represented through the Senate. The Committee has this charge and these members. This Senate presentation gives a quick overview of what we are trying to do.
It is essential to understand all the different academic titles and title modifiers that we have at Cornell and how the thousands of academic title-holders are distributed across the colleges. Titles come equipped with rules about
Shared governance at Cornell is organized through the Senate and various assemblies. Except for the University Faculty, all academic title-holders are represented through the Employee Assembly. A recent polling of non-tenure track academic titleholders reveals considerable unhappiness with this arrangement.
The Process for Changing Senate Rules
(a) The Committee will frame its recommendations through a collection of resolutions.
(b) These resolutions will come before the Senate where they will be discussed, possibly modified, and voted upon.
(c) The collection of Senate-approved recommendations is then presented to the entire University Faculty for a vote.
(d) The OPUF is modified according to what is approved by the University Faculty and the changes become “the law.”
These are the topics/issues that have to be resolved.
The formal name of the Senate needs to change.
A subset of non-tenure track title-holders (temporarily named the “NTT Subset”) has to be identified that would have voting rights in the Senate.
For Senator, a department can chose from its members of the University Faculty or from the NTT subset.
Eighteen Senate seats for the NTT subset are apportioned across the colleges.
Should these committees of the University Faculty be allowed to have NTT Subset members ex officio or otherwise?
Should these committees be allowed to have NTT Subset members ex-officio or otherwise?
What would be the make-up and charge of such a committee?
How might an expanded Senate deal with issues that are specific to the University Faculty, e.g., tenure process issues?
How might the pool of eligible voters be expanded?
How might the pool of those eligible for emeritus/a status be expanded?
Is this necessary and if so what is the process?
How can communication to NTT academic title-holders be improved?
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