FACULTY SENATE


Senate Document Number     0305F


Date of Senate Approval      11/10/05  



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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:



FWDC 2:     Proposal to Revise Membership on the International Programs Advisory Committee

      (Revision of SD6803S; Faculty Handbook 10.4.12)



Effective Date: Immediately





Under Faculty Handbook Section 10.4.12 Membership remove the following:


3 faculty (one from each academic area) serving staggered, renewable, two-year terms (appointed by VCAA in consultation with FWDC and Director of International Studies)




6-9 faculty members representing the three academic areas and serving staggered, renewable, two-year terms, selected by the continuing members of IPAC.

Rationale:  The International Programs Advisory Committee (IPAC) requests that its membership be expanded to 6-9 faculty members, according to faculty interest and availability.  Indeed, IPAC used to have nine faculty members as well as representation from the Office of Academic Affairs.  The Committee’s membership was reduced a couple of years ago in across-the-board cuts intended to reduce the committee load for faculty.  However, broader faculty representation is critical for the international programs – International Studies, Study Abroad, and International Student Advising -- because they have no faculty of their own and depend upon broad input from across the faculty to support and guide their programs.  Expanding faculty participation in UNCA’s international programs is especially important in light of the UNC Board of Governors’ strategic initiative to “internationalize” the UNC system.[1]


Moreover, in stark contrast to previous years, faculty appears to be looking for committee assignments.  Indeed, the recent expansion of the Senate was justified, in part, by the desire to provide more faculty governance opportunities for faculty eager to serve on committees.  Seven faculty expressed interest this year in serving on IPAC. 


Finally, the appointment process outlined in this document appears inconsistent with the new committee selection process which asks the chairs and continuing members of each committee to select new faculty members.