Faculty Affairs Created by the University Faculty, September 12, 2018

The Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) is a faculty-only committee that serves as a forum for matters of interest to the faculty. It identifies concerns of the faculty and conveys these concerns to the faculty and to other appropriate parts of the university. Individual members of the faculty may propose topics for consideration by the committee and may also address the committee directly.

The FAC meets at least once per month during the academic year and may convene itself, call special assemblies of the faculty for consideration of university-related issues, communicate directly with the faculty as a whole, and place items on the agenda of faculty meetings. A portion of time shall be set aside during each FAC meeting for comments from any member of the faculty. The FAC may also help bring to the floor of any faculty meeting any faculty-initiated policy change proposal relevant to faculty interests.

In consultation with the faculty, the FAC will review its charge and composition at least every three years and bring any recommendations for changes to the faculty for a vote.

Committee Members

Nine Faculty Members - Three College Faculty, Two Williams School Faculty, Two Law Faculty, and Two At-Large Faculty, elected (beginning in February) annually for three-year terms:

Alison Bell, Chair, December 2018 - June 2020



Michelle (Mikki) Brock
(C)
Assoc. Prof. of British History
December 2018 - June 2020
On Leave, 2019 - 2020

Doug Rendleman (AL)
Prof. of Law
December 2018 - June 2020

Kishanthi Vinayagamoorthy (Kish Parella) (LS)
Assoc. Prof. of Law
December 2018 - June 2020
On Leave, 2019 - 2020

Arthur Goldsmith (WS)
Prof. of Economics
December 2018 - June 2021

Toni Locy (AL)
Prof. of Journalism
December 2018 - June 2021

Ricardo Wilson (C)
Asst. Prof. of English
December 2018 - June 2021
On Leave, 2019 - 2020

Alison Bell (C)
Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology
December 2018 - June 2022

John (J.D.) King (LS)
Clinical Prof. of Law
December 2018 - June 2022

Colin Reid (WS)
Asst. Prof. of Accounting
December 2018 - June 2022

Gene McCabe (WS)
Associate Professor of Physical Education
December 2019 - June 2020

Four alternates (College, Williams School, Law, and At-Large) determined from runners-up in the respective elections:

  • Jill Fraley (LS), Assoc. Prof. of Law, December 2018 - June 2022
  • Stuart Gray (WS), Asst. Prof. of Politics, December 2018 - June 2022
  • Andrea Lepage (C), Assoc. Prof. of Art, December 2018 - June 2022
  • Eugene McCabe (AL), Assoc. Prof. of Physical Education, December 2018 - June 2022

Committee Composition

Members of the FAC serve for three-year staggered terms. FAC members will elect a FAC chair annually; the FAC Chair may serve for no more than two consecutive years. Membership to the committee will be determined as follows:

  • Two members elected by and from the Law School Faculty
  • Two members elected by and from the Williams School Faculty
  • Three members elected by and from the College Faculty
  • Two members elected at-large by and from the entire University Faculty
  • Four alternates (one each from the College, Williams School, and Law School faculties and one at-large by and from the entire University Faculty)

The election of members of the FAC will be regulated by the Secretary of the Faculty to ensure that

  1. at no time will there be more than one member of any undergraduate department at any rank on the committee; and
  2. at no time will any one division (Law School, Williams School, or College) hold more than one at-large seat.

Election is to proceed according to the Faculty Handbook, with additional stipulations as follows:

  • Anyone with a faculty appointment is eligible to stand for election, except the President and direct reports to the President; the Provost and the Associate or Assistant Provosts; and the Academic Deans and their Associate or Assistant Deans. The Secretary will publish a list of those eligible for each election.
  • Members and alternates of the Advisory Committee, the Faculty Administrators Evaluation Committee, and the Faculty Review Committee are eligible to stand for election to FAC but may not serve concurrently on the FAC.
  • A lapse of one year is required between elected terms on the FAC.
  • Rank and department must be listed on the election eligibility roster and on all ballot iterations.
  • Current membership of the FAC (along with each member's rank, department, and term) must be listed explicitly (not by electronic link) at the top of all ballot iterations.
  • Election of at-large members will take place at least two weeks after the election of divisional members.
  • The Secretary shall seek nominations and/or self-nominations to the FAC at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the Divisional elections. Those interested in standing for election in their division will provide the Secretary with a digital photo of themselves and are also encouraged to provide a paragraph (no more than 250 words) stating why they are interested in serving on the FAC. The Secretary shall notify all divisional faculty of a link to the website with the full slate of divisional candidates and their statements and digital photos at least three working days prior to the beginning of the election.
  • Candidates not elected on their Divisional ballots have the option of standing on the at-large ballot, and may revise their statements of interest prior to this election. The Secretary shall seek nominations and/or self-nominations to the FAC at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the at-large election. Those interested in standing for the at-large election will provide the Secretary with a digital photo of themselves and are also encouraged to provide a paragraph (no more than 250 words) stating why they are interested in serving on the FAC. The Secretary shall notify all faculty of a link to the website with the full slate of candidates and their statements and digital photos at least three working days prior to the beginning of the at-large election.
  • Staggered three-year terms will be maintained on a cycle of electing three members every year. The process for the initial election of members to the FAC should commence no later than 30 days after this motion is approved by the faculty. After the first FAC election, the nine elected members will choose by lot three members to serve in one‐year appointments, three members to serve in two-year appointments, and three members to serve in three‐year appointments. After that, FAC elections will take place beginning in February, 2020, and every February thereafter for three new members. No further lot allocation process shall be needed after the first FAC election.
  • After the three Divisional elections, plus the At‐Large election, are complete, the first runner-up in each of the elections shall be designated as an alternate. Alternates shall serve for three-year terms, and the Secretary shall ensure that each division maintains an alternate at all times. An alternate will serve if a member is on leave, or cannot complete a term for some other reason. In the event that an alternate who is needed to serve is in the same department as an FAC member, the Secretary of the Faculty will hold a special election of eligible faculty in the respective division to fill that position. In the event that an alternate for the At-Large position who is needed to serve is in the same division as the other seated At-Large member, the Secretary of the Faculty will hold a special election of eligible University Faculty to fill that position.
  • Rank and department must be listed on the election eligibility roster and on all ballot iterations.
  • Current membership of the FAC (along with each member’s rank, department, and term) must be listed explicitly (not by electronic link) at the top of all ballot iterations.
  • A lapse of one year is required between elected terms on the FAC.
  • Members and alternates of the Advisory Committee, the Faculty Administrators Evaluation Committee, and the Faculty Review Committee are eligible to stand for election to FAC but may not serve concurrently on the FAC.