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. Standing Subcommittees of this Standing Committee should include:

  1. the University Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Subcommittee (URTP)
  2. the Academic Freedom Subcommittee (AFS);
  3. the Professional Development Subcommittee (PDS); and
  4. the Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs (FSSP).
FSAC Membership 2016 - 2017
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair Steven Winter Kin 2016 2017 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Andy Collinsworth Music 2016 2019 elected School
Member Business & Econ Armand Gilinsky Bus 2016 2019 elected School
Member Education Viki Montera Edu 2016 2019 elected School
Member Science & Technology Steven Winter Kin 2015 2018 elected School
Member Social Sciences Matthew Paolucci Psych 2016 2017 elected School
Member Library   Lib 2016 2019 elected Library
Member SSP Vacant       elected SSPs
Member Designee of URTP         appointed

URTP

Ex-Officio Faculty Affairs Deborah Roberts   Office
Ex-Officio Associated Students   AS     appointed AS
Non-voting member CFA Rep Elaine Newman appointed CFA

 

FSAC Subcommittee Memberships

University Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Subcommittee (URTP)

See SSU Policy for more information about this subcommittee

URTP Membership 2016-2017
Position Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair Mary Gomes Psych 2016 2017 elected committee
Member Mary Gomes Psych 2015 2018 elected campuswide
Member Kim Hester-Williams Eng 2016 2019 elected campuswide
Member Ben Ford Math 2014 2017 elected campuswide
Member Armand Gilinsky Bus 2016 2019 elected campuswide
Member Lynn Cominsky Physics & Astro 2015 2018 elected campuswide

 

Academic Freedom Subcommitee (AFS)

Charge

  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 documents related to academic freedom, and make any recommendations for change to FSAC; and
  3. Develop an SSU policy on academic freedom and forward this policy to FSAC for appropriate action.
AFS Membership 2016-2017
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair   Ajay Gehlawat   2016 2017 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Ajay Gehlawat Hutchins 2015 2018 elected School
Member Business & Econ Zachary Wong Bus 2014 2017 elected School
Member Education Charles Elster Edu 2014 2017 elected School
Member Science & Technology Kurt Sollanek Kin 2016 2019 elected School
Member Social Sciences Julie Shulman Counseling 2016 2019 elected School
Member Library Vacant Lib 2014 2015 elected Library
Member Associated Students     2016 2017 appointed AS
Member SSP Vacant       elected SSPs
FSAC Liaison     Edu     appiointed FSAC

 

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 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, 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 Membership 2016-2017
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair   Monica Lares Psych 2016 2017 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Emily Acosta Lewis Coms 2015 2018 elected School
Member Business & Econ Kirsten Ely Bus 2014 2017 elected School
Member Education Sandy Ayala Edu 2015 2018 elected School
Member Science & Technology Monica Lares Chem 2015 2018 elected School
Member Social Sciences Missy Garvin Psych 2016 2019 elected School
Member Library Laura Krier Lib 2015 2018 elected Library
Member SSP         elected SSPs
Ex-Officio Member Writing Center Scott Miller Writing Center     Office  
Ex-Officio Member Center for Community Engagement Merith Weisman CCE     Office  
Ex-Officio Member Academic Affairs Deborah Roberts       Office  
FSAC Liaison   TBD       appiointed FSAC

 

Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs

Charge

The primary role of the Sponsored Programs subcommittee is to develop and implement policies relating to faculty participation in sponsored research and other extramurally funded curricular projects. It is the final review body for all campus grant programs requiring faculty evaluation. As such, it serves as a liaison between the 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 and by interpreting grant guidelines. The subcommittee also sets up review procedures for campus-wide grant review processes (e.g., the Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Program [RSCAP] mini-grants and summer fellowships);
  2. 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;
  3. Respond to requests for assistance and review of grant activities from individual faculty, departments or Schools;
  4. Develop policy statements regarding sponsored program activities to be forwarded to the FSAC for consideration; and
  5. Hold closed sessions solely for the purpose of deliberations regarding the relative merits of faculty proposals under consideration by the university for external nominations (e.g., NEH summer stipend proposals) or for internal funding opportunities (e.g., RSCAP awards).

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

FSSP Membership 2016-2017
Position School/Area Incumbent Dept Elect Date End of Term method by
Chair   Matthew Clark Geography 2016 2017 elected committee
Member Arts & Humanities Greta Vollmer Eng 2014 2017 elected School
Member Business & Econ Astha Sen Bus 2016 2019 elected School
Member Education Edward Lyon Edu 2016 2019 elected School
Member Science & Technology Sean Place Bio 2015 2018 elected School
Member Social Sciences Matthew Clark Geography 2015 2018 elected School
Member Library Vacant Lib 2015   elected Library
FSAC Liaison           appiointed FSAC
Ex-officio Member Academic Affairs Deborah Roberts       Office  

Ex-officio Member

Research & Sponsored Programs Matt Benny       Office