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.
Subcommittees of Faculty Standards and Affairs
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:
- Raise awareness, provide education, and develop programs or forums related to academic freedom for the benefit of the SSU community; and
- 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
- Maintain an SSU policy on academic freedom, making recommendation for changes to this policy to FSAC; and
- Implement relevant parts of the SSU policy on academic freedom, including hearing confidential complaints related to issues of academic freedom.
The Teaching & Learning Subcommittee (TLS) 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 mentor, 2) 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, TLS 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.
The primary role of the Scholarly Activities subcommittee is to support faculty research, scholarship, and creative activities (or RSCA) by reviewing internal grant programs, developing policies related to faculty participation in RSCA, and contributing to efforts that recognize and make visible faculty RSCA. It is the final review body for all campus grant programs requiring faculty evaluation. As such, it serves as a liaison between various units of the campus and the administration.
This subcommittee shall:
- Support the faculty by informing them of the activities of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP);
- Establish review procedures for campus-wide grant review processes (e.g., the Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program [RSCAP] mini-grants and fellowships);
- 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;
- 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);
- Develop policy statements regarding faculty participation in RSCA to be forwarded to the FSAC for consideration; and
- 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
- 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.