Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee (FSAC)

Charge

The Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee shall have primary responsibility for the development and implementation of policy concerning the practices and procedures used in such Faculty personnel matters as appointment, retention, tenure, promotion, sabbatical and other leaves, grievance disputes and disciplinary actions; and the protection of academic freedom in the broadest sense.

The Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee shall have at least one permanent subcommittee, the University Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Subcommittee, and such other subcommittees as necessary to carry out its charge.

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FSAC Members 2022-2023

Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term Method By
Chair   Richard Whitkus Bio 2022 2023 elected Committee
Member Arts & Humanities Stefan Kiesbye End 2022 2025 elected School
Member Business & Economics Angelo Camillo BUS 2022 2025 elected School
Member Education Rhianna Casesa  EDU 2021 2024 elected School
Member Library Rita Premo LIB 2022 2023 elected School
Member Science & Technology Richard Whitkus BIO 2021 2024 elected School
Member Social Sciences Tom Whitley Anthro 2020 2023 elected School
Member SSP Vacant          
Member Associated Students

TBD

  2022 2023 appointed AS
Ex-Officio Faculty Affairs Kent Porter   2022   Office  
CFA Rep   TBD   2022 2023 CFA appointed 
AVP FS Faculty Success Matthew Paolucci-Callahan   2021   Office  

 

Subcommittees of Faculty Standards and Affairs

Academic Freedom Subcommittee (AFS)

Charge

As a subcommittee of the Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee (FSAC), the charge of the Academic Freedom Subcommittee (AFS) is to both proactively monitor and examine/respond to confidential complaints about issues of academic freedom at the University, using the Faculty Handbook and SSU policy on academic freedom. The additional charges of AFS are to:

  1. Raise awareness, provide education, and develop programs or forums related to academic freedom for the benefit of the SSU community; and
  2. Periodically review the portions of the Faculty Handbook relevant to academic freedom and, in particular, the "Statement of Professional Responsibility," the "Faculty Bill of Rights," and other university policies and procedures related to academic freedom, and make any recommendations for change to FSAC; and
  3. Maintain an SSU policy on academic freedom, making recommendation for changes to this policy to FSAC; and
  4. Implement relevant parts of the SSU policy on academic freedom, including hearing confidential complaints related to issues of academic freedom.

Statement of Professional Responsibility and Faculty Bill of Rights

Academic Freedom Complaint Policy and Procedures | Academic Freedom Complaint form

AFS Members 2022-2023
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term Method By
Chair    Mark Gondree CS 2022 2023 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Ajay Gehlawat Hutchins 2021 2024 elected School
Member Business & Economics Zachary Wong BUS 2020 2023 elected School
Member Education Fawn Canady EDU 2020 2023 elected School
Member Library at-large for 21-22 Bogdan Negru Chem 2020 2023 elected School
Member Science & Technology Mark Gondree CS 2022 2025 elected School
Member Social Sciences Cynthia Boaz/Allison Ford AY 22-23 Poli Sci/Soc 2022 2025 elected School
Member At-Large Clea Felien Art 2021 2024 elected all faculty
Member At-Large Ben Frymer  Poli Sci 2020 2023 elected all faculty
Member SSP Amy Unger   2021 2024 appointed S&F
Member Associated Students

 

  2022 2023 appointed AS
FSAC Liaison   TBD   2022 2023 appointed FSAC

 

University Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Subcommittee (URTP)

See SSU Policy for more information about this subcommittee

URTP Members 2022-2023
Position Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term Method By
Chair Mary Gomes   2022 2023 elected Committee
Member A&H Liz Burch Coms 2022 2025 elected School
Member Edu  Paula Lane Edu 2021 2024 elected School
Member B&E Florence Bouvet B&E 2021 2024 elected School
Member Lib at-large 21-22 Jenny Bent Music 2021 2022 elected School
Member S&T Suzanne Rivoire CS 2022 2025 elected School
Member Soc Sci Mary Gomes Psych 2021 2024 elected School
Member At-Large Sam Brannen Math & Stats 2021 2024 elected all faculty

 

Professional Development Subcommittee (PDS)

Charge

The Professional Development Subcommittee (PDS) is a subcommittee of the Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee (FSAC).  Professional development is defined as any activity that contributes to an individual faculty member’s career growth as 1) an educator and mentor2) practicing scholar, and 3) contributor to the university and broader community.  As stated in the University mission, SSU is committed to “effective teaching, high standards of scholarship, and ongoing professional development.”  To this end, PDS has primary responsibility within the faculty governance structure for addressing the professional development needs of the university faculty.  These responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Lead the campus-wide orientation program for new tenure-track faculty
  • Advocate for professional development opportunities to be available to all faculty throughout their careers
  • Select and oversee university-wide professional development workshops and other activities
  • Co-sponsor and promote the professional development efforts of other campus entities
  • Advise the Provost on budgetary and hiring decisions that impact faculty professional development 

Support for these activities requires that a staff member and appropriately budgeted resources be designated to help organize, schedule and promote relevant professional development activities and events.  

PDS Members 2022-2023
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept

Elect Date

End of Term Method By
Chair    Elizabeth Ducy Edu 2022 2023 elected Committee
Member Arts & Humanities Talena Sanders COMS 2020 2023 elected School
Member Business & Economics Kathryn Chang BUS 2020 2023 elected School
Member Education Elizabeth Ducy Edu 2021 2024 elected School
Member Library Rita Premo LIB 2020 2023 elected School
Member Science & Technology Rodrigo Saul Gaitan Math & Stats 2021 2024 elected School
Member Social Sciences Mario Venegas Soc 2022 2025 elected School
Member SSP TBD   2020 2023 elected SSPs
Ex-Officio Faculty Center Justin Lipp       Office  
Ex-Officio CCE Merith Weisman       Office  
FSAC Liaison   TBD       appointed FSAC

 

Faculty Subcommittee on Scholarly Activities (FSSA)

Charge

The primary role of the Scholarly Activities subcommittee is to support faculty research, scholarship, and creative activites (or RSCA) by reviewing internal grant programs, developing policies related to faculty participation in RSCA, and contributing to efforts that recognize and make visible facutly RSCA. It is the final review body for all campus grant programs requiring facutly evaluation. As such, it serves as a liaison between various units of the campus and the administration. 

This subcommittee shall:

  1. Support the faculty by informing them of the activities of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP);
  2. Establish review procedures for campus-wide grant review processes (e.g., the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program [RSCAP] mini-grants and fellowships);
  3. Facilitate communication among the administration, the Chief Research Officer, and the faculty by responding to requests for priority recommendations on items that require a broadly based faculty consensus;
  4. Assist and provide feedback, as requested, to faculty preparing proposals for awards that will be reviewed by FSSA (e.g., RSCAP mini-grants and fellowships);
  5. Develop policy statements regarding faculty participation in RSCA to be forwarded to the FSAC for consideration; and
  6. Hold closed sessions solely for the purpose of deliberations regarding the relative merits of faculty
    proposals/nominations under consideration by the university for external nominations (e.g., NEH summer stipend proposals), for internal funding opportunities (e.g., RSCAP awards), and for university wide recognition of RSCA (e.g., Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award); and
  7. Support the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) in holding university wide events that promote faculty RSCA (e.g., Faculty and Graduate Student Scholarship Symposium).

The Chair of the subcommittee on Scholarly Activities shall report, as requested, to the Faculty Standards and Affairs Committee (FSAC) on activities of the subcommittee.

FSSA Members 2022-2023
Position School/Area            
Chair   Theresa Burruel-Stone Eng 2022 2023 elected committee
Member Arts and Humanities Theresa Burruel-Stone Eng 2020 2023 elected School
Member Business & Economics  Kyuho Lee Bus 2021 2024 elected School
Member Education Rajeev Virmani EDU 2022 2025 elected School
Member Library Mary Wegmann LIB 2020 2023 elected Library
Member Science & Technology Lisa Bentley CHEM 2021 2024 elected School
Member  Social Sciences Emily Ray Poli Sci 2022 2023 elected School
Ex-Officio Director of Sponsored Programs or designee Steven Karp       Office  
FSAC Liaison    TBD       appointed  FSAC