20 Apr 2018
Summary: The purpose is to make the organization of teaching faculty committees more general. As presently written, the description in Article III of the academic representation on such a committee is limited to the Professional Leave Review Committee. The proposed change does not alter the make-up of that committee, and simply moves the description of the academic areas and representation into Article II, which is the more appropriate home for that description.
Details: In the Constitution, expand Article II, Section 1.b and modify Article III, Section 4.a.1 as follows (additions underlined, deletions in
Article II, Section 1.b:
The teaching faculty shall comprise all academic employees (defined in the Policies of the SUNY Board of Trustees as those in the Professional Services Negotiating Unit holding academic or qualified academic rank) whose primary responsibility lies within an academic department or school of the College or the library. The teaching faculty shall be grouped into five academic areas according to their home departments: Fine Arts (Art History, Music, and Theatre & Dance), Humanities (English, Languages & Literatures, History, Philosophy), Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy), Professional Studies (Education, School of Business, College Libraries), and Social Science (Anthropology, Communication, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology). Those with part-time temporary appointments are excluded from the teaching faculty.
Article III, Section 4.a.1:
The Professional Leave Review Committee will consist of one academic representative from each of the five
following academic areas listed in II.1.b. : Natural Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Physics/Astronomy), Social Science (Anthropology, Communication, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology), Humanities (English, Languages & Literatures, History, Philosophy), Fine Arts (Art History, Music, and Theatre & Dance), and Professional Studies (Education, School of Business, College Libraries).
Summary: Expand Article III of the Constitution to create the Faculty Budget and Resource Education Committee. This amendment creates a new Faculty Committee. The purpose of this committee is to provide information to the faculty about the budget and resource allocation process in the College. It also provides a channel through which the faculty may provide input regarding faculty priorities to the budget process.
Details: In the Constitution, expand Article III to create the Faculty Budget and Resource Allocation Committee:
Section 5: Faculty Budget and Resource Allocation Committee
1. The Committee shall consist of five elected members of the teaching faculty, one academic representative from each of the five academic areas listed in II.1.b of the Constitution.
2. In consultation with the Chair of the College Senate, the President may appoint up to three additional members selected from those eligible for membership in the College Senate as defined in Article IV of the Constitution other than members of the teaching faculty described in Article II, Section 1.b of the Constitution.
3. The President may appoint a senior representative from Division Administration and Finance to serve as advisory non-voting member of this Committee.
4. The Chair of the Committee will be selected by its elected members.
5. Terms of office shall begin on May 1. Each elected member of the Faculty Budget and Resource Allocation Committee shall be elected to a two-year term with teaching faculty members from Natural Science, Humanities and Social Sciences elected in even years and teaching faculty members from Fine Arts and Professional Studies elected in odd years.
b. Selection of teaching faculty members
1. The teaching faculty members of the Committee will be elected during the spring semester of each year.
2. Each spring, the Committee on Nominations and Elections will identify individuals who are willing and eligible to be elected from within each academic area needing a new representative. The Committee on Nominations and Elections' slate will be presented at Spring All-College Meeting where the Committee on Nominations and Elections will call for nominations from the floor. Any eligible individual nominated and seconded from the floor will be added to the slate of candidates.
3. These names will be placed on the ballot and grouped according to their academic area. The teaching faculty shall vote for one candidate in each of the areas. The candidate in each unrepresented area receiving the most votes will serve on the Committee.
c. Functions and Responsibilities The committee shall have the following responsibilities:
1. To become fully informed on the financial planning and resource allocation issues of the College. Specifically, it shall examine College budgets, financial statements and other related documents used in developing budgetary and resource allocation plans.
2. To meet with the President, representatives from the university budget office, and other college committees to provide faculty input on priorities for future expenditure.
3. To review and provide timely prospective advice, prior to finalizing budget decisions, concerning the College's and its division's annual budgets, the processes used to determine them, and their potential impact on the instructional, academic, research and outreach missions of the College to the President, Provost, Deans, and other officers of administration with responsibility for the University's annual budgets.
4. To review budgets of newly proposed or substantially revised College programs to determine their viability.
5. To communicate to the Faculty and the College Senate information, including an annual report, about the College's annual budgets and resource allocations and their potential impact on instructional, academic, research and outreach programs.
16 Nov 2017
The bylaw below is proposed to replace the existing bylaw in order to improve the process of search committee selection and ensure adequate representation of all stakeholders.
BYLAWS OF THE FACULTY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT GENESEO
ARTICLE V: CONSULTATION
SECTION 3: College Administrative Officers
a. The Distinguished Academy of Geneseo shall comprise the Presiding Officer of the Faculty, the University Faculty Senator, Distinguished Professors, Distinguished Teaching Professors and Distinguished Service Professors. The Presiding Officer shall be convener of the Distinguished Academy.
b. The President of the College shall consult with a search committee prior to the selection of a Provost or Vice President of the College, excepting interim appointments. Each such search committee shall include members as described below, as well as other members as named by the President.
1. The committee chair shall be appointed by the President of the College after consultation with the Distinguished Academy of Geneseo. No individual shall be contacted concerning the chair position until after they have been the subject of such consultation. In the case of a Provost search, the search committee chair shall be a member of the teaching faculty.
2. The committee shall include at least four members of the teaching faculty. In the case of a Provost search, teaching faculty shall make up a majority of the search committee. Teaching faculty members of the search committee will be selected from a list of nominees who are willing to serve and who have been reviewed by the Distinguished Academy of Geneseo. The list of nominees transmitted to the President must contain at least three times the number of teaching faculty to be appointed and should be diverse in terms of rank, discipline, and other appropriate considerations. Self-nominations for the list will be accepted by the Presiding Officer prior to the time at which the Distinguished Academy makes its evaluation of nominees. Notification shall be provided so that members of the teaching faculty have at least one week's opportunity to self-nominate.
3. The committee shall include at least two professional faculty members, at least one of whom shall be from the same unit as the position being searched for. These faculty members will be selected from a list of at least six willing nominees determined at a meeting of the professional faculty convened by the Presiding Officer of the Faculty. There will be minimum of one week notice for this meeting, and quorum for this meeting is 15% of full-time professional faculty. Self-nominations to be considered for the list will be accepted by the Presiding Officer prior to the meeting. An individual need not be present at the meeting to be included in the list.
4. The committee shall include at least two students, selected from a list of willing students provided by the Executive Committee of the Student Association. This list must have at least four times the number of students to be appointed.
17 Nov 2016
Whereas the duties of the former Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services have now been divided between two new administrative positions,
Be it resolved that Article III Section 2 of the Faculty Constitution, concerning the Committee on Undergraduate Academic Standards, be amended to replace all references to the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services with the Dean of Academic Planning and Advising,
And further be it resolved that Article IV Section 4 of the Faculty Constitution, concerning membership on the College Senate, be amended to replace all references to the Dean of Curriculum and Academic Services with the Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment.
20 Apr 2016
Whereas there is currently no award or formal recognition method available for faculty who have, over the course of their careers, most deeply benefited SUNY Geneseo in multiple roles, and
Whereas the faculty of Geneseo have no mechanism for formally recognizing fellow faculty members for outstanding contributions to the college,
be it Resolved that the following section be added to the Constitution of the Faculty of SUNY Geneseo, Article VIII: Duties of the Executive Committee
Section 11: Faculty Awards
The Executive Committee, itself or through an appointed subcommittee, shall solicit nomination letters for a Faculty Career Achievement Award from faculty members with continuing appointment, to be received by March 1 of each year. Nominees named in at least three letters will be considered, on the basis of materials requested by the committee, for having made outstanding contributions in all three areas of scholarship in their discipline, teaching and curriculum development for the college, and service to the college and community. At most one award will be conferred yearly.
Whereas all other elected faculty positions in SUNY Geneseo Governance require only a number of candidates that is twice the number of open positions, and
Whereas the current constitutional procedure commonly results in slates far exceeding three times the number of open positions due to ties among those receiving a single nomination,
Article III of the Faculty Constitution, Section 3, part b, item 4 shall be amended as follows:
ARTICLE III: STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE FACULTY
Section 3: Committee on Faculty Personnel
b. Selection of Committee Members:
4. The Committee on Nominations and Elections shall compile the nominations from Departments and create the slate of nominees for presentation to the Presiding Officer of the Faculty at least one week prior to the October All-College meeting, for inclusion in the Senate Bulletin. The slate shall include at least triple double the number of positions to be filled. ( Additional nominees will be included in the case of a tie votes emerging fromin the number of Departmental nominations.) The slate shall include at least double the mandatory number of Full Professors to be elected.
20 Apr 2015
- Clarification of Membership in the Faculty (Const II.1.b & c)
- Referring to the Appropriate Title (Const III.3.b.4 and VI.3)
- Updating the Office of Past Presiding Officer (Const V.1 & 7, VI.6, and VII.1)
- Simplifying a Committee Name (Const IX.1)
- Correcting Teaching Faculty Election Procedures (Const III.4.b.5, IV.7, IV.7.a & b)
- Affirming Changes Made in Previous Years (Const IV.4, IV.8 inserted, IV.8, IV.9)
- Reapportioning Professional Senators (Const IV.5)
- Renaming Administrative Faculty (Const II.1.a & b & c, IV.5, IX.1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5.a) (Bylaws I.1.a.2, I.1.b.2, I.3.b, V.3.a, V.3.a.2)
- Procedures for Faculty Absences (Stand Rule II added)
18 Apr 2014
- Definition of the Faculty of SUNY Geneseo (Const II.1)
- Academic Standards Hearings (Const III.2.b)
- Deactivated Departments (Const III.4.a.1 & 3)
- Managing Elections (Const III.1.b divided into 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7) (Bylaws I.2.e added)
- Timing of Elections (Const III.3.b.4, V.5 & 6) (Bylaws I.2.a.1 & 3, I.2.b.1; I.4.a deleted)
- Elective Procedures (Const III.3.b.1 divided into (i), (ii), & (iii) ) (Bylaws I.2.a.2, I.2.b.2, I.2.c.2 & 3, I.2.d.1 & 3 & 4)
- Constitutional Clarifications (Const III.1.a, III.3.a.5, IV.5 & 9, V.1 & 2 & 5)
- Senate Representation Apportionment (Const IV.7.a & b)
- Executive Committee Speaking for Others (Const VIII.9)
- Electronic Governance (Const XI.6 divided into a & b) (Byaws II.4 added)
- Start of Incoming College Senate (Bylaw I.3)
- Bylaws Clarifications (Bylaw I.1.a.1 & 2, I.1.b.2, V.2, V.3, V.3.a)
17 May 2010
- Allow Electronic Committee Meetings (Const XI.6 added)
- Amend the Committee on Nominations (Const III.1.b)
20 Oct 2009
- Editorial changes, CAAC creation (Const IV.5, V.1, X.3, X.4)