2. Faculty Governance

The Faculty

The Faculty of the Institute comprises the Academic Faculty, the Research Faculty, and designated Administrative Officers as defined below. The Faculty is granted the right and responsibility of its own governance; the governance of Students; the creation of such committees as may be required; the prescribing of regulations regarding admission, suspension, expulsion, discipline, scholarship, classes, courses of study, and requirements for graduation; and the creation of such other regulations as may be necessary or proper for the maintenance of high educational standards.

To fulfill these responsibilities, the Faculty establishes the following bodies: the Faculty Executive Board, the Academic Faculty, the Research Faculty, the Academic Faculty Senate, and the Research Faculty Senate.  Some matters will require the Academic Faculty Senate and Research Faculty Senate to meet in joint session which will be termed a meeting of the Faculty Senate.  Some matters will require a meeting of the whole Faculty comprising the Academic Faculty, Research Faculty, and designated Administrative Officers.  Joint meetings of the Faculty Executive Board and the Georgia Tech Staff Council may be held from time to time for business appropriate to such a gathering.

Any Administrator designated to serve on the Faculty Executive Board, the Academic Faculty Senate, the Research Faculty Senate, or any Standing Committee of the Faculty may appoint another appropriate and qualified Administrator or Faculty member to serve on that body and to carry out any designated duties related to that body in said Administrator’s place. Such an appointment must be approved in advance by the Faculty Executive Board.

Limitations on Participation in Faculty Governance
Participants in faculty governance are called on to make long range decisions on behalf of the Institute.  Persons elected to serve on faculty bodies typically serve terms of three years.  Therefore, participation in faculty governance is appropriate for those with long term commitments to the Institute and those having the time to devote to faculty governance.  Accordingly, the following restrictions will be made:

  • Personnel with titles designated as Temporary or Visiting, or having other limited term appointments, will not be eligible to participate in faculty governance.
  • Persons holding only adjunct appointments or other honorary titles shall not be considered to be members of the faculty [per Board of Regents Policy Manual 3.2.1.1].
  • Only persons serving the Institute at least 0.75 full-time equivalent (FTE) in eligible positions as defined herein shall qualify to participate in faculty governance, unless otherwise approved by the Faculty Executive Board or specified by the Statutes. Individuals who would otherwise fall into this category but are temporarily employed less than 0.75 FTE or on leave of absence would be suspended from participation in faculty governance for the duration of that situation.

While the above limitations are appropriate in support of sound faculty governance, they do not in any way diminish the important contributions that individuals subject to these limitations render to the Institute.

Within the above limitations, those eligible to participate in faculty governance shall be determined solely on the basis of the position held within the Institute, as specified below in Sections 2.2, 2.3, and 2.4.

Secretary of the Faculty

  • A member of the Faculty shall be appointed the Secretary of the Faculty by the President on the recommendation of the  Faculty Senate to serve as a permanent secretary of the various Faculty bodies listed above.
  • The Secretary shall not serve concurrently as a representative to a faculty body nor as a member of a standing committee and shall be given appropriate released time funded by the Administration.

Duties

  • Keep minutes and records 
  • Post the minutes of the various bodies.
  • Accept the Nominating Committee reports from the Faculty Executive Board.
  • Under the supervision of the Faculty Executive Board, conduct the elections to fill faculty governance positions addressed by the  Nominating Committee. In these elections, voters will indicate their preference for as many candidates as necessary to fill  the indicated openings. Elections from these slates will be determined by the highest vote totals from the pool of candidates for each office.

 

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