THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

 

FACULTY SENATE

 

Senate Document Number 8508S

 

Date of Senate Approval 04/24/08

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:


EC 2: Proposal to Revise the Position Allocation Committee
(Revision of SD1904S; Faculty Handbook Section 10.4.3)


Effective Date:
Fall 2008

 

Background
The Council of Chairs was replaced by the Position Allocation Committee (PAC) in 2004. The PAC was 4 administrators and 6 elected faculty. Our current PAC has 5 administrators and 4 alphabetically chosen faculty. The Position Allocation Committee is the primary means by which faculty can have input into the allocation process whenever a new faculty line is available or whenever an existing line becomes open (through retirement, resignation, or non-renewal of contract).

 

This proposal:

         Changes the procedure for appointing Department Chairs and a Program Director to PAC.

         Adds one member a Faculty Senate representative appointed by the Executive Committee.

         Revises the responsibilities assigned to the Position Allocation Committee.

 

1. Delete the following under Handbook Section 10.4.3 Structure:
The Committee consists of:
VCAA
AVC for Natural Sciences
AVC for Social Sciences
AVC for Humanities
AVC for University Programs
3 Department Chairs (one from each division, chosen alphabetically from a list of departments within divisions)* and 1 Program Director (chosen alphabetically from a list of programs). The Department Chairs will serve 2-year staggered terms and the Program Directors will serve 2-year terms.

Every attempt will be made to maintain the alphabetic selection of members. However, two persons from the same department should never serve on this committee at the same time. If this prevents a department or program from serving, that department or program will be honored at the next possible opportunity.

* For the purposes of this document, a "Chair" is any Department Chair or Program Director that directly evaluates faculty for merit, reappointment, tenure, and promotion.

 

2. Replace with the following: Structure:
The Committee consists of:
Provost
Dean for Natural Sciences
Dean for Social Sciences
Dean for Humanities
Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs
3 Department Chairs, serving staggered 2-year terms
One from each academic division, chosen by the chairs in that academic division.
No person may be reappointed for consecutive terms.
No department may be represented by its chair in consecutive terms.
1 Program Director, serving 2-year term
Chosen by the program directors.
No program may be represented by its director in consecutive terms.
1 Faculty Senate representative, serving 2-year term
Appointed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

Two persons from the same department should never serve on this committee at the same time.

 

3. Delete under Duties:
To make recommendations to the VCAA regarding the allocation of faculty lines to departments and academic programs.

 

4. Replace with the following:

 

  • To make recommendations to the Provost regarding the allocation of faculty lines to academic departments and programs according to a three-year allocation plan that the committee is to develop and continually update.
  • To develop and annually revise faculty hiring guidelines.
  • To consider which responsibilities originally delegated to the Council of Chairs could be profitably assumed by the Position Allocation Committee.
  • To report annually to the Faculty Senate the three-year allocation plan, changes in hiring guidelines and suggestions as to how the Position Allocation Committee can be a more effective faculty voice.

Implementation:
In September 2008 department chairs and the program directors will select their four faculty representatives. The four faculty members selected will draw lots to determine which two representatives will serve 2-year terms and which two will serve 1-year terms. The Faculty Senate will select its representative in September 2008. The Provost will convene the Position Allocation Committee in October 2008.

Rationale:
Changes enhance the influence of faculty in planning the distribution of faculty positions to the different departments and increases the accountability for these decisions. This was discussed and passed by the Department Chairs and Program Directors in September 2007.


Revised Faculty Handbook Section 10.4.3 follows:
The Position Allocation Committee is the primary means by which faculty can have input into the allocation process whenever a new faculty line is available or whenever an existing line becomes open (through retirement, resignation, or non-renewal of contract).

Structure:
The Committee consists of:
Provost
Dean for Natural Sciences
Dean for Social Sciences
Dean for Humanities
Associate Provost and Dean of University Programs
3 Department Chairs, serving staggered 2-year terms
One from each academic division, chosen by the chairs in that academic division.
No person may be reappointed for consecutive terms.
No department may be represented by its chair in consecutive terms.
1 Program Director, serving 2-year term
Chosen by the program directors.
No program may be represented by its director in consecutive terms.
1 Faculty Senate representative, serving 2-year term
Appointed by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

Two persons from the same department should never serve on this committee at the same time.

Duties:

         To make recommendations to the Provost regarding the allocation of faculty lines to academic departments and programs according to a three-year allocation plan that the committee is to develop and continually update.

         To develop and annually revise faculty hiring guidelines.

         To consider which responsibilities originally delegated to the Council of Chairs could be profitably assumed by the Position Allocation Committee.

         To report annually to the Faculty Senate the three-year allocation plan, changes in hiring guidelines and suggestions as to how the Position Allocation Committee can be a more effective faculty voice.

Rules for Voting:
A member may not vote for a proposal from his or her department or program of appointment.

(For the purposes of this document, a "Chair" is any Department Chair or Program Director that directly evaluates faculty for merit, reappointment, tenure, and promotion.)