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Faculty Policies & Committees

Provisional Workload, Major Review Timelines, and College Committees
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Georgia Southern University

 

 Faculty Workload

A. Faculty Workload

Faculty teaching load and workload assignments are made with the focus on curriculum and student needs by the department or school Chair, in collaboration with the faculty member, and with the approval of the Dean.  The standard teaching load for regular, full-time faculty is 12 credit hours per semester.  Adjustments to that load may be made with the recommendation of the chair and the approval of the Dean. (Georgia Southern University Faculty Handbook, Section 218.4).  For example, adjustments may account for: expectations for productivity in scholarly and creative activity, significant service activities, administrative responsibilities, the number of different course preparations, new courses, and the size of classes.

B. Course release, reassigned time and extra compensation

  1. Faculty with administrative responsibilities may be compensated with course release or other reassigned time, summer stipends, or overload pay, as appropriate for their administrative duties and as negotiated with the department or school Chair and Dean.
  2. Faculty may earn a single course release for every five theses and/or dissertations they direct, pending curricular needs. Only one such release may be used in a given semester.
  3. Large enrollment courses: Each department or school Chair, with approval of the Dean, may set standards by which large enrollment courses may count as more than one course toward a faculty member’s semester teaching load.

 

Faculty Major Reviews

Timeline for Major Reviews

A. For candidates undergoing pre-tenure review and lecturer third-year review:

  1. January 7:  Materials due for Department/School review
  2. January 28:  Departmental/School Committee’s letter due
  3. February 4: Candidate’s optional response to Committee letter due
  4. February 11:  Chair’s letter due
  5. February 18:  Candidate’s optional response to Chair letter due
  6. March 4: College Major Review Committee letter due (Evaluation, no vote)
  7. March 11: Candidate’s optional response to College Committee letter due
  8. March 25:  Dean’s letter due
  9. April 1:  Candidate’s optional response to Dean’s letter due.

B. For candidates undergoing tenure, promotion, and sixth-year lecturer review:

  1. Prior to July 1: Discuss with Department/School Chair the timeline for acquiring solicited external reviews.
  2. August 27:  Materials due no later than this date. Early upload to Sharepoint suggested.
  3. September 17:  Departmental/School Committee’s letter due
  4. September 24: Candidate’s optional response to Committee letter due
  5. October 1:  Chair’s letter due
  6. October 8:  Candidate’s optional response to Chair letter due
  7. November 5:  College Major Review Committee’s letter due
  8. November 12: Candidate’s optional response to College Committee letter due
  9. November 26:  Dean’s letter due.
  10. December 3:  Candidate’s optional response to Dean’s letter due.
  11. Forward to Provost’s Office

C. For candidates undergoing post-tenure and follow-up fifth-year lecturer/senior lecturer review:

  1. January 7:  Materials due
  2. January 14: Departmental/School Committee’s letter due
  3. January 21: Candidate’s optional response to Committee’s letter due
  4. January 28:  Chair’s letter due
  5. February 4:  Candidate’s optional response to Chair’s letter due
  6. February 18:  College Major Review Committee’s letter due
  7. February 25:  Candidate’s optional response to College Committee’s letter due
  8. March 4:  Dean’s letter due
  9. March 11:  Candidate’s optional response to Dean’s letter due

College Committees

Faculty Standing Committee Listing (PDF)

A. Faculty Executive Committee.

Purpose:  Faculty governance is a significant element in any viable academic institution and should assist in promoting a shared College-wide vision.  It is the purpose of the Faculty Executive Committee to ensure consistency, justice, efficiency, and fair representation concerning the faculty in all appropriate matters of the College and to promote the welfare of the faculty in the College.  The Faculty Executive Committee will work in the spirit of consultation and cooperation with the Dean.

Membership:  Each department or school shall have one faculty representative and one alternate on the committee elected by the faculty of that department or school.  An exception to an open election can be made when departmental bylaws, voted upon by the department faculty, stipulate that a 9-month faculty member with administrative duties is assigned committee membership.

C. Faculty Evaluation Committee.

Purpose:  The purpose of the committee shall be to make recommendations to the Dean on promotion, tenure, pre-tenure, post-tenure, third-year lecturer review, sixth-year lecturer review, and follow-up fifth-year lecturer/senior lecturer review decisions for faculty in the College.  The Dean is responsible for making the ultimate recommendation that will be forwarded to the Provost The committee’s deliberations and all the documents it reviews are strictly confidential to the extent allowed by applicable law.

Membership:  The committee will be composed of two tenured faculty members from each department or school in the College, elected by the faculty of that department or school. For units that have tenured or tenure-track faculty housed on a single campus, both representatives shall be elected from the eligible faculty on that campus.  For units that have tenured or tenure-track faculty housed on both the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses, one representative shall be elected from the eligible faculty on each campus by the full-time permanent faculty on that campus

Membership will be prioritized to include full professors. In the event that no faculty member from a department or school campus meets the criteria or is willing or able to serve, that position may be filled by a tenured associate professor. In such a case, that individual may observe but may not participate in any deliberations or votes concerning full professors or applications for promotion to full professor.  However, if that individual is the elected representative for such a candidate’s unit, that individual may answer questions from the committee about the candidate’s discipline or unit. In instances where departments or schools do not have enough eligible tenured faculty who are willing and able to serve, and substitutes are wanted, the department’s/school’s tenured professors shall work with the Chair to elect an appropriate representative to the committee, consistent with College Bylaws and taking special care to ensure that members from outside the department or school have sufficient expertise to appropriately evaluate candidates’ materials.

Faculty members may serve on this committee if their materials are up for review in that year.  In the event than an elected committee member is up for review in that year, that committee member must remove themselves from the room while the committee deliberates and votes on their portfolio and must recuse themselves from any part of evaluating their portfolio and other portfolios for the same rank or review (i.e., rank of professor or post-tenure review)

In any year lecturers are considered for promotion to the rank of senior lecturer, the Dean shall appoint a senior lecturer from the University—if one is available—to this committee, for the purpose of deliberating and voting with the committee on those promotions.  The appointed senior lecturer shall not be present for any deliberations or votes concerning any other faculty under review.  Similarly, in any year academic professional associates or academic professionals are considered for promotion, the Dean shall appoint an academic professional or senior academic professional, as appropriate, from the University—if one is available—, for the purpose of voting with the committee on those promotions.

Ex-officio Member: An associate dean shall serve as an ex-officio member of the committee, with the purpose of ensuring procedures and policies are followed.

D. Curriculum Committee.

Purpose:  The purpose of the committee will be to review and approve curricular revisions, program revisions, and any new program proposals for all College programs, and to ensure that the degree programs are of high quality and that the requirements are consistent with the University’s mission and with accreditation standards.

Membership: The committee will be composed of one faculty member from each department or school in the College, elected by the faculty of that department or school. An exception to an open election can be made when departmental bylaws, voted upon by the department faculty, stipulate that a 9-month faculty member with administrative duties is assigned committee membership.

Ex-officio Members:  The College’s elected representatives to the Faculty Senate Undergraduate Committee and Faculty Senate Graduate Committee will also be as ex-officio members, unless already serving as an elected representative to the College Curriculum Committee as a voting member. An associate dean shall serve as an ex-officio member of the committee, with the purpose of ensuring procedures and policies are followed.

E. College Awards Committee.

Purpose:  The purpose of the committee shall be to determine the criteria for College awards, solicit nominations for those awards, evaluate submitted materials from awards candidates, and recognize excellence through the selection of College award winners.

Membership: The committee will be composed of one faculty member from each department or school in the College, elected by the faculty of that department or school.  Faculty members may not serve on this committee if they are under review for a College award in that year.  In the event than an elected committee member is under review for a College award in that year, that committee member must resign and a special election must be held to replace that member for the duration of his or her term.  An exception to open an election can be made when departmental bylaws, voted upon by the department faculty, stipulate that a 9-month faculty member with administrative duties is assigned committee membership.

Ex-officio Member: An associate dean shall serve as an ex-officio member of the committee, with the purpose of ensuring procedures and policies are followed.

F. Technology Committee.

Purpose:  The purpose of the committee will be to research the technology-related needs of the College and its departments and schools and to make recommendations to the Dean for the allocation of student technology fees in the College as part of the university process for student technology fee allocation.

Membership:  The committee will be composed of one faculty member from each department or school in the College, elected by the faculty of that department or school.  An exception to an open election can be made when departmental bylaws, voted upon by the department faculty, stipulate that a 9-month faculty member with administrative duties is assigned committee membership.

Ex-officio Member: An associate dean shall serve as an ex-officio member of the committee, with the purpose of ensuring procedures and policies are followed.

G. College Leadership Advisory Council.

Membership: The council will be composed of all Chairs and Associate Deans in the College.

Purpose:  The purpose of the committee is to advise the Dean on all matters relevant to the College.

H. College Student Advisory Council

Purpose:  The purpose of this council shall be to advise the Dean on all matters concerning students’ experiences, perceptions, ideas, and viewpoints regarding their experience in the College’s programs.

Membership: The chair from each department or school in the College, in consultation with the faculty, will select two student representatives from that department or school ensuring that both campuses are represented if a program is on two campuses.

I. College Staff Advisory Council

Purpose:  The purpose of this council shall be to advise the Dean on all matters concerning staff experiences, perceptions, ideas, and viewpoints regarding their experience in the College’s departments and schools.

Membership: Membership shall include the administrative support staff from each department or school in the College. The Executive Assistant to the Dean shall chair the staff council and the membership shall elect a vice-chair.

 

 

Last updated: 9/10/2018