THE FACULTY GOVERNANCE SPECTATOR

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CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FACULTY CHAIR AND PROVOST Spring 16

 

Noon in the Faculty Center

 

Mar 30th

April 26th

 

PIZZA!

 

COMMENCEMENT IS MAY 21, 2016

 

LET'S HAVE A GREAT SHOWING OF FACULTY THIS YEAR!

 

This is a very important day. Plan to be there for our students and their families. Lunch provided! Contact Andrea Rodriguez for more info.

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 February 2016
Faculty Governance welcomes our new President Dr. Judy Sakaki. We look forward to working together for the benefit of the university. 

Faculty Retreat
We've heard quite a bit of praise for the Retreat this year. We have put together a synopsis of the three main discussions - the definition of student success, closing the loop on Program Reviews and General Education - which will include the next steps for these topics. 

Those are posted on the Senate website here.

Here are some of the comments we have received:

The retreat was absolutely fabulous.

It's the one day each semester when we get a chance to talk with faculty from other departments in any depth about teaching.

I think retreat was great since I could understand other colleague's mindset to a much better extent.

Being all together in one space was also great. Plenty of time to talk to colleagues.

It was a very good use of my time.
Emeritus Dinner
The Annual Emeritus Faculty Recognition Dinner will be held on February 25th at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa. 
What's Happened in Faculty Governance
During the Fall Semester, the Senate was visited by Assembly Member Bill Dodd who affirmed his support for higher education and the CSU faculty. 

The Senate had a preliminary discussion about the proposed changes to the RTP policy in the Fall. The formal first reading of the policy revision was held on February 4th. Interested? Talk to your Senators!

The proposal for a new version of APC created substantial discussion at the Senate in late Fall. A revised proposal was brought forward at the first Senate meeting and was approved. The new name for the committee is Academic Planning, Assessment and Resources Committee (APARC). This new committee is part of the Senate re-organization effort. 

Spring 2016 Election 

Nominations are now open for the following positions in faculty governance:
  • Chair of the Faculty
  • Vice Chair of the Faculty
  • Secretary of the Senate
  • Statewide Senator
  • Lecturer Senator - only lecturers teaching 7.5 units or more
  • At-Large to APARC - new standing committee
  • Two positions on URTP - Full Profs only
We need a nomination for Lecturer Senator! We have at least one for all other positions.

You may self nominate. Send your nominations to leibinge@sonoma.edu and holmstrl@sonoma.edu by March 7th.

This is YOUR faculty governance. Participate, rather than spectate.

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Resolutions
Curriculum

Curricular Items approved in Fall 

  • Revision to Biology Zoology concentration
  • Revision to Political Science minor
  • Revision to Arts Management Career minor and renamed to Museum and Gallery Methods Career minor
  • Revisions to Music concentrations
  • Revision to the Business Minor
  • Revision to the Early Childhood Studies Major
CALLS FOR SERVICE
S&F Task Force on the Improvement of Faculty Governance

The task force continues to work for on-going improvement of governance and will focus on the committee charges and communication this year. Progress of the task force will be posted here. If you would like to join this task force, please let us know. 


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