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  •  Board of Trustees Approves a New Degree Program and Faculty Handbook Revisions

    Friday, Feb. 24, 2012

     

    The Board of Trustees Approves a New Degree Program and Faculty Handbook Revisions
     
    I am pleased to announce that, at its meeting on February 10, 2012, the Board of Trustees approved (i) a set of clarifications and amendments to the Faculty Handbook that were recently endorsed by the faculty senate, and (ii) the creation of a new degree, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Department of Education. 
     
    The Board acted on the recommendation of the University's Academic Affairs Committee which recommended that the MAT degree become effective for the cohort entering the University in summer/fall 2012. I would like to thank Pedro Hernandez-Ramos and Lisa Goldstein for their work in developing an excellent proposal for the new MAT degree.  For their careful review of the proposal I would also like to thank the Dean's Office in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and the members of the Academic Affairs Committee: Phyllis Brown, Elsa Chen (chair), Steve Chiappari, Robert Henderschott, Pat Hoggard, Katrina Jaber (student representative), Diane Jonte-Pace, Gudrun Tabbert-Jones, and Jeff Zorn.
     
    The clarifications to the Faculty Handbook include:
     
    ·          Both courses and course-equivalents are included in determining terms of adjunct faculty on fixed-term appointments.
    ·          Department chairs write a contextual letter as part of the tenure and promotion process.
    ·          Non-reappointed non-tenure-track candidates will be informed, upon request, of reasons for denial of reappointment or promotion.
    ·          Retired faculty may be re-hired in adjunct appointments.
    ·          Approval process for faculty who wish to teach elsewhere is streamlined.
     
    The amendments to the Faculty Handbook include:
    ·          New Lecturers must complete at least one review cycle before applying for promotion to Senior Lecturer.
    ·          Academic year appointments must be at least 50% time.
    ·          Adjunct professors and research professors may, with approval of the Provost, be appointed for more than six academic years.
    ·          Senior Lecturers are eligible to apply for sabbatical after nine quarters of service.
    ·          A postdoctoral fellow appointment category was created.
    ·          Visiting Scholars and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to participate in the defined contribution retirement plan.
     
    The revisions to the Faculty Handbook are effective immediately and will be incorporated within the coming weeks into the website  http://www.scu.edu/provost/policy/handbook/. For their work in drafting the Faculty Handbook revisions, I would like to thank the members of the Faculty Affairs Committee: Jeffrey Baerwald, S.J. (co-chair), Matthew Bell, Barbara Kelley, Suzanne Luttman, Kathleen Maxwell, Margaret Russell, Reynaud Serrette (co-chair), and Amy Shachter.
     
    Best wishes,
     
    Dennis
  •  Task Force on Class Scheduling and Classroom Utilization

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

    Dear Colleagues:

    In spring 2011, the Interim Provost and the Faculty Senate President formed a Task Force on Class Scheduling and Classroom Utilization* to help the University understand better how many and what types of instructional spaces are needed to support student learning.  The Task Force was also asked to attend to how the scheduling of classes “impacts faculty’s ability to manage those tasks beyond teaching for which they are responsible.”

    The Task Force submitted its report and recommendations in December 2011.  As Faculty Senate President and Provost, we want to thank the members of the Task Force for their fine work. We are grateful for their thoughtful analysis and recommendations.

    The report has been posted at http://www.scu.edu/provost/office/committees/Task-Force-on-Classroom-Utilization.cfm, and faculty are invited to submit comments/suggestions anonymously through the website.

    The full report contains the following elements:

    • A summary report concluding with ten recommendations designed to enhance scheduling flexibility, improve classroom utilization, and foster better communication (p. 1-9).
    •  A proposal for a revision of the current guidelines for class scheduling (p. 11-15) and, for the purpose of comparison, the current (2009) guidelines for class scheduling (p. 16-19).
    • A report on the fall 2011 faculty survey focusing on possibilities for off-peak class scheduling (p. 20-37). This includes an analysis and a complete list of responses.
    • An analysis of utilization patterns for classrooms and other instructional spaces at Santa Clara (p. 38-41)
    • An analysis of the history and current patterns of scheduled classes and classrooms at Santa Clara (p. 42-51).
    • The original charge of the Task Force (p. 52-53).

    Members of the task force will discuss the report at the Faculty Senate Council meeting on February 8, 2012.  The report has already been discussed with the Planning Action Council among other groups.  Feedback from faculty and the Faculty Senate Council is of critical importance as we plan next steps.

    Sincerely,

    Dennis Jacobs        William Greenwalt      
    Provost                     Faculty Senate President


    *  Task Force members include the following: Glenn Appleby, Darren Atkinson, Charles Erekson, Diane Jonte-Pace, Kristin Kusanovich, Dale Larson, Jill Pellettieri, and Neal Ushman. Glenn Appleby served as Chair in spring 2011 and Jill Pellettieri served as Chair in Fall 2011.  The group was staffed by Monica Augustin and assisted by Suzanne Dancer.