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  • 2016-12-02 Shared Governance and Faculty Leadership Grants ANNOUNCEMENTShared Governance and Faculty Leadership Grants2016-2017TO:           All Faculty FROM:     Doug Williams, President of the Faculty Senate DATE:      December 2, 2016   The Executive Committee of the Faculty ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2016, 9:01 AM by Eric Armbrecht
  • October 29, 2016 - Faculty Manual Amendments and Request for Nominations A Message from the President of the Faculty SenateOctober 29, 2016 FACULTY MANUAL AMENDMENTSandREQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS  Dear Colleagues: I am writing on behalf of the Faculty Senate ...
    Posted Oct 29, 2016, 1:30 PM by Eric Armbrecht
  • October 11, 2016 - Faculty Senate's New Budget Committee To All Senators:I am pleased to announce that the following faculty members have agreed to serve on the new Senate Budget Committee:Dr. James Fisher (Cook School of Business ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:14 PM by Eric Armbrecht
  • September 21, 2016 - Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees Standing Committees - 2016-2017           A Message from the President of the Faculty SenateFaculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees Standing Committees - 2016-2017To All Faculty, Deans and Vice Presidents:Dear Colleagues:This ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:14 PM by Eric Armbrecht
  • September 20, 2016 - Remarks of Faculty Senate President Doug Williams at Faculty Senate Annual Kickoff           Remarks of Faculty Senate President Doug WilliamsFaculty Senate Annual Kickoff September 20, 2016 As I begin the second year of my term as president of the Senate, I would ...
    Posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:43 PM by Eric Armbrecht
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2016-12-02 Shared Governance and Faculty Leadership Grants

posted Dec 2, 2016, 9:01 AM by Eric Armbrecht

ANNOUNCEMENT

Shared Governance and Faculty Leadership Grants

2016-2017



TO:           All Faculty

 

FROM:     Doug Williams, President of the Faculty Senate

 

DATE:      December 2, 2016 

 

 

The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate is pleased to announce a grant program to promote shared governance and faculty leadership.  This is the second year for this program.  

 

The objectives of this program are to support faculty participation in activities that contribute to:


> Effective shared governance at Saint Louis University by contributing to capacity-building within the Senate or unit-level faculty assemblies

> Development of faculty leaders in service of shared governance


The program will award up to four (4) grants of up to $1,800 each.   The award may cover all reasonable costs for travel (e.g., airfare, hotel), conference registration fees, books, educational materials, food/beverage, meeting costs, software, professional services, or student labor to assist with proposed activities. 

 

All faculty are eligible to apply.  Preference is given to Faculty Senate Senators and leaders of the faculty assemblies at colleges and schools.

 

Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2016.  They will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 

Attached is a document that describes the application process.  Questions and comments about the program will be addressed at the upcoming Faculty Senate meeting or via email.


Thank you for your dedication to the well-being of Saint Louis University.


Sincerely, 


Doug Williams



sent via facultysenate@slu.edu



October 29, 2016 - Faculty Manual Amendments and Request for Nominations

posted Oct 29, 2016, 1:29 PM by Eric Armbrecht   [ updated Oct 29, 2016, 1:30 PM ]


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A Message from the President of the Faculty Senate

October 29, 2016

 

FACULTY MANUAL AMENDMENTS

and

REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS

 

 

Dear Colleagues:

 

I am writing on behalf of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee for two reasons.  The first is to inform you of proposed amendments to The Faculty Manual and to ask for your comments on one of the proposed amendments.   In addition, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is requesting nominations for faculty members to fill two open positions on the Joint Faculty Senate – Provost Committee on the Faculty Manual

 

AMENDMENT TO THE FACULTY MANUAL

As most of you are aware, The Faculty Manual specifies the terms of all full-time faculty members’ contractual relationship with Saint Louis University.   To become effective, amendments to The Faculty Manual must be approved by the Faculty Senate, the Provost, and the President of the University and they must be adopted by the Board of Trustees. 

 

At the August 30, 2016 general meeting of the Faculty Senate, and at the request of the Senate’s Executive Committee, Dr. Miriam Joseph presented to the Senate a set of proposed amendments to The Faculty Manual.   Dr. Joseph is the chair of the Joint Faculty Senate – Provost Committee on the Faculty Manual (CFM) and a former Faculty Senate President.  One of the proposed amendments (amendment #9) generated an informative and lively discussion so work began to create a new version of amendment #9 has now been proposed by the CFM and was introduced to the Senate at the last general meeting, held on October 25, 2016.    This amendment has been endorsed by the Senate’s Executive Committee and we recommend that the Senate approve it.   The Senate is, however, seeking your views on amendment #9 and will consider them to determine whether to make any changes in the proposal.  


WHY AN AMENDMENT? 

The reason for proposed amendment # 9 relates to developments in the Department of Education (DOE)’s implementation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.  In April 2011, the DOE issued a “Dear Colleague” letter that stated, in relevant part, “In order for a school’s grievance procedures to be consistent with Title IX standards, the school must use a preponderance of the evidence standard (i.e., it is more likely than not that sexual harassment or violence occurred.)”   DOE issued similar guidance on April 29, 2014 in its publication, Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence.   As many of you may know, DOE has been aggressively pursuing Title IX enforcement action over the last five years in response to widespread concerns about sexual misconduct on college campuses.   In numerous enforcement actions, DOE has cited universities for failing to employ the “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof.   The consequences to universities of being cited for a violation of Title IX can be severe.

 

Title IX complaints against students and faculty at Saint Louis University are currently subject to the procedures specified in the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Harassment Policy.  When a formal complaint is filed under either policy, one of the University’s Equity Officers conducts an investigation and submits a report and recommendation to a hearing officer or supervisor.    Under both policies, and for a number of years, the preponderance of the evidence standard has been employed to determine whether a student or a faculty member has engaged in prohibited conduct. 

 

But The Faculty Manual currently employs a different standard of proof in proceedings in which the University President seeks to terminate a faculty member’s employment with the University.   The exclusive grounds for terminating a faculty member are set out in The Faculty Manual.  Those grounds include a “serious violation of clearly-established written policies and procedures of the University.”  That includes our policies implementing the protections of Title IX, such as the harassment and sexual misconduct policies mentioned earlier.   

 

Termination proceedings are conducted before an ad hoc Judicial Committee composed entirely of faculty.  As The Faculty Manual states, when the sanction of termination is being considered, this composition of an ad hoc Judicial Committee ensures that an accused faculty member is “judged by peers.”  Under the current provisions of The Faculty Manual, in a termination proceeding, “[t]he University’s burden of proof will be met if the evidence presented produces a firm belief or conviction in the minds of a majority of the Committee’s members as to the truth of the allegations that justify the termination.”  

 

We have been advised that The Faculty Manual’s current “firm belief or conviction” standard does not conform to DOE’s standards, specifically the “preponderance of the evidence” standard.  The proposed amendment #9 would correct that compliance problem.   A redlined version of the current provision showing the proposed amendment can be reviewed in a report prepared by Dr. Miriam Joseph.  The report can be accessed on the Faculty Senate’s website page for the Faculty Manual:  https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/facultysenate/faculty-manual.

 

As explained in that report, proposed amendment #9 replaces the current “firm belief or conviction” standard with the “preponderance of the evidence” standard.   Many faculty voiced concern that this change would weaken the protections faculty have under the current standard.  To address some of these concerns while complying with DOE’s standards, amendment #9 for the first time would confer discretion on an ad hoc Judicial Committee to recommend a sanction short of termination.   Thus, under the proposal, the University must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that a faculty member has engaged in the kind of misconduct that serves as the basis for termination.  But even if the University does so, the ad hoc Judicial Committee may nonetheless reject the sanction of termination as too severe, and recommend a lesser sanction.   We think this approach provides robust protection for faculty while ensuring that the University is in compliance with the DOE’s standards. 


FEEDBACK

You may submit comments on proposed amendment #9 by Tuesday, November 11 by accessing a online Qualtrix feedback form.   The Senate will vote on the amendment at a general meeting scheduled for November 22, 2016.  As you can appreciate from my summary, proposed amendment #9 addresses a complex issue.  Thank you for considering it and providing your views.  

 

PROCESS FOR MAKING AMENDMENTS

The process for amending The Faculty Manual is described on the Faculty Senate’s new website, https://sites.google.com/a/slu.edu/facultysenate/faculty-manualI encourage you to visit the site.  

 

SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR Joint Faculty Senate – Provost Committee on the Faculty Manual

The second reason for this message is to solicit nominations for faculty members to fill two open positions on the Joint Faculty Senate – Provost Committee on the Faculty Manual.  The Committee meets regularly, generally on a monthly basis, to consider proposals to amend The Faculty Manual and to draft language on such proposals.  If you would like to nominate a colleague or self-nominate, please send your nomination to facultysenate@slu.edu.  This committee's work is of vital importance to all faculty.

 

If you have any questions, please contact your senator or me directly at the contact information below or at facultysenate@slu.edu.

 

Highest regards,

 

Doug Williams

President, Faculty Senate

314-977-2786

williaj2@slu.edu

 

 

 


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October 11, 2016 - Faculty Senate's New Budget Committee

posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:14 PM by Eric Armbrecht

To All Senators:

I am pleased to announce that the following faculty members have agreed to serve on the new Senate Budget Committee:

Dr. James Fisher (Cook School of Business), Chair
Dr. Stacey Harris (College of Arts and Sciences)
Dr. Donna Halloran (School of Medicine)
Dr. Bidisha Chakrabarty (Cook School of Medicine)

The committee's charge is to facilitate greater faculty understanding of the university's budget and the budgeting process through regular reporting to the Senate. The committee will meet regularly with Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Heimburger to obtain information about the budget and the budgetary impacts of the university's Magis Operational Excellence Program as it is implemented.

I greatly appreciate the commitment these faculty members have made to improving our understanding of the university budget. I also want to thank the many people who were nominated for this committee but who were not selected by the Senate's Executive Committee. We are regularly faced with nominating faculty members for positions on Senate and university committees. We will be calling on many of these nominees as we try to match the interests and expertise of faculty members with the committee vacancies that arise.


Regards,


Doug

--

Douglas R. Williams
Professor of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law
100 N. Tucker
St. Louis, MO 63101-1930


President
Saint Louis University Faculty Senate

September 21, 2016 - Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees Standing Committees - 2016-2017

posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:14 PM by Eric Armbrecht

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A Message from the President of the Faculty Senate

Faculty Representatives to the Board of Trustees Standing Committees - 2016-2017



To All Faculty, Deans and Vice Presidents:


Dear Colleagues:


This coming week the Board of Trustees will gather for its quarterly general meeting. In addition, the Board’s 12 standing committees meet a day or so prior to the general meeting.  Some Trustees serve on 2 or 3 standing committees, which are supported by university administrators with responsibilities related to that topic area.  The Faculty Senate Executive Committee nominates a faculty member to serve on 8 of the standing committees; two faculty representatives are nominated to serve on the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee. The President of the Faculty Senate also serves on the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee in an ex officio capacity.  Faculty members, as employees of the university, are ineligible for membership on 3 of the Board’s standing committees: Audit, Legal and Legislative Affairs, and Governance. 


Our faculty representatives provide an important bridge between the faculty and the university’s governing body.  Each faculty representative to a Board of Trustees standing committee is asked to serve the broad interests of all faculty, while bringing her/his own professional experience and expertise to advocate for the university’s mission and our pursuit of academic excellence.  Our faculty representatives have a broad range of experience and expertise, and the schools, colleges, and centers from which they are chosen varies over time.  They serve two-year terms. 


We currently have a very distinguished and dedicated group of faculty representatives and I want to thank them for their service to the faculty and the university as a whole.  I ask you to support them and to bring to their attention any concerns you may have that are related to their representation.   For the sake of easier identification, I have provided each of our representative’s home department and their year of term completion. 


Faculty Representatives to Board of Trustees Standing Committees - 2016-2017


Academic Affairs              

                    Charles Parker – A&S, History [17]

                    Sara Scholtes – Doisy, Physical Therapy [17]

                    Doug Williams – President of Faculty Senate, ex-officio committee role [17]


Clinical / SLUCare           Paul Hauptman – Medicine, Cardiology [17]

Development                      Kathleen Llewellyn – A&S, French and International Studies [18]

Finance                                James Fisher – Cook, Marketing [18]

Human Resources             Constance Wagner – Law [18]

Investment                          Naresh Bansal – Cook, Finance [18]

Marketing                            Karla Scott – A&S, Communications [17]

Mission and Ministry       Erin Bakanas – Medicine, General Internal Medicine [18]

Student Development       Mark Pousson – Education [18]


The Faculty Senate Executive Committee is grateful for the service of 5 faculty members who completed their service as Board of Trustee committee representatives last academic year:  Patrick McCarthy – Libraries (Development), Molly Wilson – Law (Human Resources), Robert Cole – Education (Student Development), Jason Turner – PHSJ, Health Management & Policy and SLUCOR (Finance) and Fred Rottneck – Medicine, Family and Community Medicine (Mission and Ministry).  Each of these representatives has served the interests of the faculty well; they are deserving of our appreciation. 


We received a great response from faculty from all over the university to our call for volunteers to serve on a Board of Trustees Standing Committee.  Thank you to all who applied.   Shared governance is made possible by faculty members who generously give their time and expertise to serve on university-wide committees.  They consistently and powerfully give voice to the concerns of faculty and are visible and compelling reminders that the student-professor relationship and the research in which we engage are at the heart of our educational institution and are the engines that drive our Jesuit, Catholic mission.


  

With highest regards,

 

Douglas R. Williams

President

Saint Louis University Faculty Senate

 

Professor of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law

100 N. Tucker 
St. Louis, MO  63101-1930


(314) 977-2786
williaj2@slu.edu

 

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September 20, 2016 - Remarks of Faculty Senate President Doug Williams at Faculty Senate Annual Kickoff

posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:13 PM by Eric Armbrecht   [ updated Oct 14, 2016, 3:43 PM ]


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Remarks of Faculty Senate President Doug Williams

Faculty Senate Annual Kickoff

 September 20, 2016

 

As I begin the second year of my term as president of the Senate, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts about the work of the Senate over the past year and some of our ambitions for the coming year.


First, a very general observation.  The last year has been an important one for the Senate.  Through a number of initiatives, the Senate has established itself as a contributor to, and in some cases an agent of, needed change at Saint Louis University.  That accomplishment is due to the dedicated and hard work of the countless faculty members who serve on the Senate, and on Senate, university, and Board of Trustee committees and task forces.  


But it is also in no small part attributable to how the Senate and its work is viewed by our President, our Provost, other administrators, the Board of Trustees, and the faculty as a whole.  It is with great satisfaction that I can report that the Senate’s relations with each of these key constituencies are strong.  Our work is respected and is frequently sought out by the university’s leadership.  Faculty interest and willingness to participate in the Senate’s work is increasing and we are seeing new faces and voices applying for leadership positions.  In short, we have, with modesty, become an effective participant in the governance of the university. 


I especially thank President Pestello and Provost Brickhouse for the respect and confidence they have extended to me and, more importantly, to the Senate, as well as to other faculty organizations.  Their commitment to a strong faculty role in shared governance is visible, consistent, and sincere.  The norms and inclusive, transparent practices they have put in place are demonstrable evidence of the respect they have for, and importance they attach to, us as faculty and the work we do on a daily basis. 

 

Last Year in Review

Last year, we accomplished a great deal.  I’d like to share with you some of the highlights and to recognize the faculty members who contributed to them. 

Faculty representation on university-wide committees and task forces is extensive and it is an important aspect of the Senate’s work.  I want to thank my colleagues on last year’s Faculty Senate Executive Committee who took on the responsibility of seeking out candidates for these positions, vetted them within the committee, and earnestly tried to achieve appropriate matches between faculty members and the positions to which they were nominated.   The members of last year’s executive committee include Dr. Jane Turner, Dr. Chris Sebelski, Dr. Doug Rush, Dr. Lauren Schwarz, Dr. Ruth Evans, and Dr. Eric Armbrecht.  


We have extensive representation of faculty on the committees of the Board of Trustees.  They serve as an important bridge between the faculty and the Trustees.  For the upcoming year, the following individuals will be representing us on the named Board committees:


Academic Affairs  - Charles Parker (College of Arts and Sciences), Sara Scholtes  (Doisy College of Health Sciences), Doug Williams (President of Faculty Senate)


Clinical / SLUCare  - Paul Hauptman  (School of Medicine)


Development  - Kathleen Llewellyn  (College of Arts and Sciences)


Finance - James Fisher (Cook School of Business)


Human Resources - Constance Wagner  (School of Law)


Investment - Naresh Bansal (Cook School of Business)


Marketing - Karla Scott (College of Arts and Sciences)


Mission and Ministry  - Erin Bakanas (School of Medicine)


Student Development - Mark Pousson  (School of Education)

 



Most of the work of the Senate is done its committees and task forces.  Last year we were pretty busy. 


Our Compensation and Fringe Benefits Committee has worked tirelessly in advocating for a compensation philosophy and for addressing our decades-long deficiencies in faculty compensation relative to our benchmark institutions.  Some progress has been made by the targeted raises that were handed out last year and by President Pestello’s commitment to devote to faculty compensation a significant portion of any savings realized through the Magis Operational Excellence Program.  For these small steps, we are appreciative. The capable leader of the CFBC, Dr. Chris Sebelski, deserves our appreciation and thanks for the commitment she has made and continues to make to our overall compensation objectives. 


For the first time in memory, we now have a university faculty workload policy.  The Senate’s Committee for a University Faculty Workload Policy performed impressively, working effectively and efficiently to get this done on time and under budget, so to speak.  The co-chairs of this committee, Dr. Ellen Carnaghan and Dr. Chris Werner, are to be commended for their able leadership. 


The extent to which gender equity among faculty members has been practiced as an institutional norm at SLU has until recently, never been studied in a systematic way.  That changed when my predecessor, Dr. Jane Turner, established the Faculty Senate’s Gender Equity Task Force.  As the work of that Task Force nears completion, I want to acknowledge its extraordinary contributions, its professionalism, and its perseverance under sometimes difficult circumstances.  That is in no small part due to its leadership, one of whom I know pretty well: Professor Connie Wagner and Dr. Angela Sharkey.


In 2014, the Senate established the Advisory Board in Support of Faculty Scholarship.  The work of this committee over the past two years has been widely recognized throughout the university as excellent.  That is in no small part due to the able and diligent leadership of the committee’s first chair.  Dr. Debbie Zand deserves our praise for her leadership and diligence.


A real highlight for me personally was the work accomplished by the Senate’s Task Force on Becoming a SLU Baccalaureate.  The task force undertook a comprehensive and inspiring examination of our Jesuit pedagogical traditions and distilled from it a vision statement that expresses what we as a faculty believe we should provide to every graduate of Saint Louis University:  “an educational experience that helps actualize in each student a well-developed mind, a generous heart, and a reflective soul.”  This was a large-scale undertaking by the Task Force and its leadership.  It lies at the heart of what we as faculty aspire to in our daily work.  It was accomplished by the outstanding leadership of the co-chairs, Dr. Greg Beabout and Dr. Jack Kennell. 


Finally, I want to thank Vice President Mickey Luna and Patrick Maloney for establishing SLU’s new CURA program last year.  Although not formally a Senate project, the CURA program was borne from the efforts of two notable past presidents of the Senate, Dr. Jane Turner and Dr. Mark Kneupfer.  The Senate strongly supports the principles of the program and we pledge our best efforts to actualize the norms of civility and Catholic charity that the program embraces.  We must display those norms in our relations with each other and with the hard-working staff that does so much to support our work. 

 

The Coming Year

As we begin the next year, I want to first introduce the two newest members of the Senate Executive Committee:  Dr. Karen Petroski from the School of Law and Dr. Michael Mancini from the School for Public Health and Social Justice.  I am personally very grateful to Karen and Michael for the service and contributions they are already making to the work of the Senate. 


To a significant extent, the work of the Senate over the coming year will be framed by the Magis Operational Excellence Program.  We will be working closely with Provost Brickhouse to ensure meaningful faculty participation and adherence to the Faculty Manual in addressing the academic areas President Pestello has identified as warranting closer attention and possible action.  These areas include a review of the academic program portfolio, faculty impact, course enrollment levels, and student credit hour requirements.  Much of the work to be done in these areas may fall within the responsibility of the individual academic units, their Deans, and their faculty.  Some will undoubtedly fall upon the Senate.


On a university-wide level, there are two Senate actions that relate in part to the Magis Operational Excellence Program but were established well before that program began.  First, we have created a workload policy review committee that is charged with reviewing the workload policies of the academic units and making recommendations to Provost Brickhouse on whether those policies conform to the recently adopted university policy.  This process should address a number of questions related to the Operational Excellence Program area of faculty impact.   I want to thank the committee members for undertaking this significant and largely thankless work, and to specially recognize Dr. Theresa Schwartz for her leadership in this effort. 


Second, the Senate has announced the formation of a Joint Provost -- Faculty Senate Committee for a Core Curriculum and Shared Undergraduate Experience.  The work of this committee is a key feature of the kind of institutional transformation that the Magis Operational Excellence Program was designed to foster and which is needed to ensure academic excellence and a sustainable, contemporarily relevant SLU.  Its work will be difficult and very likely contentious.  I urge all faculty members to take a small step out of their disciplinary silos and to contribute to, support, and respect the work of this important committee.  It is vital to our students, our work as a teaching faculty, and the university.   We are all grateful to Dr. Greg Beabout, who has agreed to chair this committee. 


Aside from these Operational Excellence-related actions, I am also pleased to announce that the Senate will be spearheading an effort to take a fresh look at faculty development, support, and promotion, particularly among the significant number of faculty who have achieved the rank of associate professor.  The new Joint Provost – Faculty Senate Committee for the Support and Promotion of Mid-Career Faculty will be partnering with Harvard’s COACHE project to identify ways to support this faculty cohort.  The committee will be chaired by Dr. Toby Benis from the College of Arts and Sciences.  Toby has already displayed exceptional leadership on this important matter.


The Senate will also be establishing a new budget committee that will be charged with consulting with the university’s financial team to learn about the university’s budgeting processes and to share that knowledge with the Senate.  Through this effort, we hope to bring greater transparency and faculty understanding to budget matters.


Our small grants program to support faculty leadership and shared governance will continue this year.  More details on this program will be announced shortly. 


The regular work of the Senate’s standing committee will also continue.  I would like to introduce to you the leaders of these committees:

        Academic Affairs – Dr. Ruth Evans (College of Arts and Sciences) and Dr. Tony DeCesare (School of Education) will serve as co-chairs.

        Governance – Dr. Lauren Schwarz will serve as interim chair until the committee selects a new chair or co-chairs.

        Advisory Board in Support of Faculty Scholarship  -- Dr. Lorri Glover and Dr. Jeff Teckman serve as co-chairs.

        Joint Faculty Senate/Provost Committee on the Faculty Manual – Dr. Miriam Joseph serves as chair.

        Professional Relations Committee – Fr. Ted Vitali and Dr. Sabrina Tyuse serve as co-chairs.  Dr. Kelly Everard is substituting for Sabrina, who is enjoying a richly deserved sabbatical during this fall semester. 


As you can see, our plans for the Senate for the coming year are ambitious.  And these plans fit into a broader plan of transformational change at SLU.   Through the Magis program, we have learned of the challenges that we face as a private, Jesuit university in the heartland of America.  Those challenges are very real and they will require us, as faculty, to embrace a process of change that will position us to be a leader in Jesuit education through the 21st century and further. 


Change is difficult, but it is also exciting.  It provides opportunities for personal and institutional growth and supports intentional action that serves our students, our colleagues, our university, and our larger community.  As President of the Senate, I look forward to working with all of you as we find new and better ways to pursue our mission -- the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity.  I wish all of you a rewarding and productive academic year. 

September 12, 2016 - Seeking Nominations for University Committees

posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:11 PM by Eric Armbrecht

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A Message from the President of the Faculty Senate

Seeking Nominations for University Committees



To All Faculty:

 

The Faculty Senate seeks nominations for appointments to 3 university-wide committees, two of which are new. 

 

NEW: Faculty Senate - Provost Joint Task Force on the University Core Curriculum and Shared Undergraduate Experience.  As President Pestello noted in his town hall address today, a Faculty Senate - Provost Joint Task Force on the University Core Curriculum and Shared Undergraduate Experience is being formed.  This group will lead efforts to develop learning objectives and options for a university-wide core curriculum. We seek faculty representation from humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and professional schools with undergraduate programs.  Greg Beabout (Professor of Philosophy, A&S) is chairing this joint task force.  The charge of the committee has not yet been formally given, but the work of the committee will build on that of the Task Force on Becoming a SLU Baccalaureate.  Through engagement with the faculty and wider SLU community, the committee will first identify student learning outcomes that are consistent with and support the Task Force on Becoming a SLU Baccalaureate's Vision Statement, which was approved by the Faculty Senate during the last academic year.  The committee then will turn to a university-wide discussion and decision on key features of a university-wide curriculum and shared undergraduate experience, including delivery, personnel, integration, and structure.

 

NEW: University Budget Advisory Committee of the Faculty Senate.  This group of faculty members, reporting to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, will meet with the CFO and Provost to review/discuss budget issues and be responsible for educating the Senate about the decision-making process, assumptions, trends, etc related to the university budget. 

 

University Academic Review Board (UARB). This board reviews cases of academic misconduct and other violations of the Academic Integrity Policy.  It holds the responsibility of reviewing appeal materials and making a recommendation to the Provost.  There are two open seats (1 for a one-year term, 1 for a two-year term).  The two other senate-appointed seats are held by faculty from A&S and CPHSJ.

 

NOMINATIONS

Nominees should submit a brief statement of interest and a summary of qualifications.  Two seats are available for the UARB, but the number of faculty representatives for the other two committee will depend on applications received.  

 

If you would like to be considered for one of these university-wide committees, please provide the requested information to facultysenate@slu.edu by Friday, September 30.

 

QUESTIONS

You may submit any questions you have to the same email address -- facultysenate@slu.edu.  Of course, you can always contact me at my personal email address or office phone as well.

 

We appreciate your attention to this email and taking a few minutes to think about who, including yourself, may be qualified and interested in serving on these critical committees.   Please reach out to colleagues who you believe would represent the faculty perspective well and encourage them to be part of shared governance.

 

 

With highest regards,

 

Douglas R. Williams

President

Saint Louis University Faculty Senate

 

Professor of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law

100 N. Tucker 
St. Louis, MO  63101-1930


(314) 977-2786
williaj2@slu.edu

 

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August 26, 2016 - Welcome Message from the President of the Faculty Senate

posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:10 PM by Eric Armbrecht

A Message from the President 

of the Faculty Senate

August 26, 2016

 

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

As President of the Faculty Senate, I want to extend a warm welcome to you as we begin the new academic year.    It is an honor and privilege to serve as the faculty's representative in matters of university-wide concern.  I and my Senate colleagues will work diligently to ensure that our processes of shared governance at Saint Louis University will continue to be robust and effective, 

 

As we greet new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the university, I am newly cognizant of the trust and confidence that these students and their parents have placed in us as faculty members of Saint Louis University.  It is an awesome responsibility and tremendous privilege to do what we do on a daily basis.  I am extraordinarily proud to be associated with colleagues that daily meet that responsibility in the classroom, in the laboratory, and out in the larger community -- a faculty that breathes renewing life into our mission to pursue truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity.   

We will face some significant challenges over the coming year.  As Provost Brickhouse’s recent welcome letter indicated, it will be a year in which we intentionally engage in a process of transformational change that will lead to an even better SLU -- one with curricula that provide a distinctive educational experience for all our students, one that remains true to our Jesuit heritage, one that invests in and commits itself to the meaningful and impactful research and scholarship in which we as a faculty and a community engage.

 

The Senate will support and participate extensively in this collaborative process of transformational change, contributing to ensure that decisions are informed, consistent with our mission, and taken only after meaningful consultation with those most affected by them.  As faculty, we have an important, indeed vital, voice in this process.  It is my intention to promote the Senate and its committees and task forces as institutional pathways for our voice to be considered, formed, communicated, and heard. 

 

The work of the Senate on other matters will continue, including: 

·       Working in concert with the Provost and other key administrators as the Magis Operational Excellence Program is implemented, fostering a transparent and inclusive process in which initiatives aimed at academic issues proceed in accordance with SLU’s commitment to shared governance and in compliance with the Faculty Manual. 

·       The establishment of a Senate Budget Committee to serve as a liason between the administration and the Senate and to facilitate budget transparency as the Magis Operational Excellence Program is implemented. 

 

·       The Senate’s Compensation and Fringe Benefits Committee will continue to meet with key administrators and to seek ways to continue progress toward addressing our longstanding faculty compensation issues. 

·       Our Advisory Board in Support of Faculty Scholarship will work collaboratively with our new VP of Research, Dr. Ken Olliff to improve our internal processes supporting research, expand our research and scholarship productivity, and collaborate to identify priority areas for increased investment.

 

·       During the fall semester, a new Joint Provost-Senate Task Force will be formed to translate the Task Force on Becoming a SLU Baccalaureate’s inspiring Vision Statement into a set of learning outcomes and to develop a process through which a university-wide core curriculum can be articulated and delivered.    

 ·       The Faculty Workload Policy Review Committee will review and make recommendations to Provost Brickhouse on the workload policies you have worked so hard on in your respective departments, colleges, schools, and centers. 

 ·       A newly created Joint Provost-Senate Committee for the Support and Promotion of Mid-Career Faculty will begin to identify ways in which a very large cohort of our faculty can be better supported, and where appropriate, placed on meaningful pathways to promotion. 

 

I encourage you to meet and discuss any matters of concern with me, members of the Senate’s Executive Committee, and your respective Senators.  Information on the Senate and its membership can be accessed at http://www.slu.edu/organizations/fs/

 

I also want to personally invite you to attend our first general meeting of the Senate, which will convene at 3:30 pm on August 30 in the Wool Ballroom in Busch Student Center.  . 

 

To a productive and satisfying year and with highest regards,

 

Doug Williams

President, Faculty Senate
(314) 977-2786
williaj2@slu.edu

July 30, 2016 - Request for Nominations Board of Trustees Committees

posted Oct 14, 2016, 3:09 PM by Eric Armbrecht


Request for Nominations Board of Trustees Committees

TO: Senators and Faculty Assembly Leaders

FROM: Doug Williams, JD, Faculty Senate President


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The Faculty Senate Executive Committee requests nominations for faculty members to join the following committees of the Board of Trustees. These standing committees meet four times per year, generally a day or so before each trustee meeting. We seek colleagues who can offer the faculty's perspective on information and decisions handled by each committee. The Board's first meeting of this academic year is Saturday, September 24, which means standing committee meetings will take place on the Thursday and Friday prior.

(1) Development (fundraising, philanthropy, alumni engagement)

(2) Finance (budgeting, capital expenditures)

(3) Investment (endowment)

(4) Human Resources (employment policies, benefits)

(5) Mission and Ministry (Jesuit, Catholic identity, social justice, community service)

(6) Student Development (extracurricular programs, student support services, athletics)


Thank you

We appreciate your attention to this email and taking a few minutes to think about who may be qualified and interested in serving on these committees.

We look forward to reply to this request. Please provide nominations by Wednesday, August 10, or sooner if you are able to do so. You may contact me or members of the executive committee at facultysenate@slu.edu or our personal email addresses.

The Executive Committee members are: Douglas Williams (President), Douglas Rush (President-elect), Karen Petroski, Lauren Schwarz, Ruth Evans, Michael Mancini and Eric Armbrecht (Secretary).


With highest regards,

Doug Williams

Faculty Senate President
(314) 977-2786
williaj2@slu.edu




May 16, 2016: A Message from the President of the Faculty Senate

posted Oct 8, 2016, 4:59 AM by Eric Armbrecht   [ updated Oct 8, 2016, 5:00 AM ]

A Message from the President of the Faculty Senate
TO: ALL FACULTY 

Dear Colleagues,

I want to extend greetings and hearty congratulations to you for completing another academic year. It has been an interesting and productive year for the Faculty Senate and shared governance at Saint Louis University is flourishing. I would like to take a moment and provide to you an overview of the Senate’s activities over the past year.

We greeted a new provost, Dr. Nancy Brickhouse, to Saint Louis University on July 1, 2015. I am pleased to report that the Senate’s relationship to Provost Brickhouse has been a very collaborative one. Working with Dr. Brickhouse, the Senate established the Task Force on Becoming a SLU Baccalaureate, chaired by Dr. Greg Beabout and Dr. Jack Kennell. The task force engaged the SLU community in inspiring conversations about what should be considered the distinctive features of a Catholic, Jesuit undergraduate education at SLU. A Vision Statement developed by the Task Force was unanimously approved by the Senate’s Academic Affairs Committee and the Senate as a whole. The complete Vision Statement can be viewed on the Senate’s website, at http://www.slu.edu/organizations/fs/committees/taskforce_SLUbaccalaureate/vision-statement_5-2-16.pdf. I want to thank Greg and Jack, as well as all the members of the Task Force, for their leadership on this important project.

The heart of the vision developed by the task force and the SLU community is a commitment “to provide an educational experience that helps actualize in each student a well-developed mind, a generous heart, and a reflective soul.” Over the coming months, we will begin further conversations on how that vision can be captured and shared throughout our undergraduate programs and delivered in concrete ways to our students. We are hopeful that those conversations coalesce in a commitment across the university to an innovative common set of curricular offerings that will contribute to a shared experience among our undergraduates and to our Jesuit mission.

Our collaborations with Provost Brickhouse also bore fruit in the Senate’s unanimous support for a university faculty workload policy. Under the leadership of Dr. Ellen Carnaghan and Dr. Chris Werner, faculty representatives from SLU’s colleges, schools, and academic units worked together effectively and efficiently to produce the policy. The policy is now posted on the Provost’s website . Embracing the Jesuit commitment to subsidiarity, the policy creates a broad framework for the various academic units to use in developing their own particularized workload policies that are responsive to their various and sometimes unique teaching, research, health care, and service missions. We are hopeful that the policy will lead to individual faculty workloads that set clear expectations for performance and distribute the overall workload in a fair and equitable manner. The Senate will continue to play a role as the policies are developed by the individual academic units, reviewing those policies and providing recommendations to Dr. Brickhouse on whether they should be approved or revised. The Senate’s University Workload Policy Review Committee, chaired by Dr. Theresa Schwartz, will provide a forum for sharing approaches to allocating workload among faculty and comparing the work of the various colleges, schools, and other academic units. As we begin to better understand what our colleagues across the university are doing and how they do it, the Senate hopes to support a culture of innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration.

In the fall of 2015, the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) identified 23 priority objectives from those contained in Magis – SLU’s strategic plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in September 2015. Through a survey and special session, the Faculty Senate identified six high-priority objectives, most of which represent combinations of, or refinements to, the 23 priorities identified by the PAC. Those priorities are:

· COMPENSATION. Compensate faculty with competitive salaries and benefit packages that enable recruitment and retention of high-quality, productive scholars.

· RESEARCH. Expand research strengths, with focus on translational research for societal impact, through (1) recruitment of well-established scholars in humanities, bioscience, STEM, and other disciplines, (2) more structured opportunities for faculty-student research collaboration and (3) scholarships that support student involvement in hands-on research activities.

· TEACHING & LEARNING. Implement an exemplary educational model, rooted in the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person, which cultivates ethical, spiritual and intercultural understanding so graduates can be engaged world citizens.

· COLLABORATION. Develop significant entrepreneurial collaborations between colleges, schools, centers and departments that make available innovative, scalable, multidisciplinary courses and academic programs in areas of societal need for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

· CULTURE. Strengthen an inclusive community built on respect for the dignity of each person that attracts and retains diverse students and faculty.

· MEDICINE & HEALTH. Create centers of excellence, in coordination with SSM Health, that improve the community’s access to high-quality, person-centered medical care and expand faculty involvement with the community to reduce health disparities.


At the top of that list is faculty compensation and benefits. The completion of the first phase of the Mercer compensation study, which was commissioned by the University, showed that for many academic units, faculty salaries lagged behind those of benchmark institutions. The Senate’s Compensation and Fringe Benefits Committee, under the leadership of Dr. Chris Sebelski, worked closely with key administrators to develop a compensation philosophy and action plan that will inform the efforts of the University, and of the respective Deans and Directors, to address the deficiencies. The compensation philosophy is supported by Provost Brickhouse, and President Pestello announced at our last Senate meeting that the Board of Trustees is committed to addressing shortfalls on faculty salaries as our budget situation improves. The President also recently announced that the Board has approved a $1.5 million pool to address salary issues for the university’s top-performing faculty, and will commit to faculty compensation improvements at least 20 percent of the net savings realized through the Magis Operational Excellence Program that was initiated this past year.

A related matter concerns whether the University’s internal compensation practices are equitable – that is, whether faculty members are being compensated fairly in comparison with their peers within the University. Phase Two of the Mercer Study, which was recently completed, will shed some critical light on this question of internal equity. Also contributing to this effort is the Senate’s Gender Equity Task Force, which is also looking at compensation equity, but also more broadly at hiring practices, rank and tenure, and other matters that may be impacted by a faculty member’s gender. The Gender Equity Task Force, chaired by Professor Constance Wagner and Dr. Angela Sharkey, has made significant progress and will continue its work through the coming months. A report from the task force on SLU’s gender demographics is available on the Senate’s website, athttp://www.slu.edu/organizations/fs/committees/taskforce_gender-equity/descriptive-profile_CADD_4-18-16.pdf.

The five remaining Senate strategic plan priorities reflect the Senate’s judgment about which are most important to the faculty and will require active faculty participation and leadership for successful implementation. In the coming year, the Senate will be exploring ways in which it can contribute to, or guide faculty participation and leadership in, the implementation of these objectives.

The Faculty Senate has also been active in faculty and leadership development. We recently established a new ad hoc Committee for the Support and Promotion of Mid-Career Faculty. The charge of this committee, chaired by Dr. Toby Benis, is to develop an understanding of why a significant number of SLU’s faculty members -- tenured and non-tenured -- seem to be stuck at the rank of associate professor. The committee will also make recommendations to the Senate and the Provost about how this faculty cohort can be supported and provided a pathway for promotion. We are hopeful that this effort significantly improves the working lives of this faculty cohort, recognizes the significant contributions these faculty members make to the university, and guides their productivity in ways to improve the chances for promotion.

For the first time, the Senate developed a small grants program to support faculty leadership development -- the Shared Governance and Faculty Leadership Grants Program. We announced its initial results, supporting opportunities for Dr. Stacey Harris from the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Wei Li from the School of Medicine, and Drs, Anne Dewey, Melanie Mitchell, and Laura Tedesco from SLU Madrid.

The Senate also supports the new Cura program, brought about through the efforts of many individuals, including past presidents of the Senate Jane Turner and Mark Knuepfer. We are hopeful that it helps to weed out and address inappropriate and degrading behavior by a few members of our community. We strongly support a community informed by our Jesuit values and one that respects the unique and valuable contributions that each member of the faculty and staff make to our ability institutionally to carry out our mission.

The Senate is keenly aware of the University’s budget shortfalls and it continues to be concerned about how these financial issues will be addressed. The comprehensive review of the university’s operations currently underway through the Magis Operational Excellence Program will hopefully provide a transformative pathway for the university to achieve a sustainable future that both strengthens us as a community and our ability to achieve our Jesuit mission. We know that President Pestello will have to make some difficult decisions as the program moves past the initial diagnostic phase. The Senate will continue to keep abreast of the program and try to address any concerns the faculty may have about the program. This will be a challenge for the Senate, the faculty and for the SLU community as a whole. I am nonetheless confident that, under the leadership of President Pestello and Provost Brickhouse, SLU’s Jesuit-inspired mission and its related commitment to academic excellence will be maintained and enhanced.

We welcome two new members to the Senate’s Executive Committee, Dr. Karen Petroski from the School of Law, and Dr. Michael Mancini from the College for Public Health and Social Justice. Former at-large member Doug Rush from the School of Education will assume the position of President-elect. We wish to extend our warmest thanks and sincere appreciation to exiting members Dr. Jane Turner and Dr. Chris Sebelski for the extraordinary service they have contributed to the Senate and the university as a whole.

In closing, I want to reiterate what I said in my mid-year message to the faculty. Over the past year, we have witnessed a new level of transparency, inclusion, and commitment to shared governance on the part of the University administration and the Board of Trustees. To participate effectively in shared governance, the Senate and the faculty as a whole must be actively engaged, sufficiently informed, and deliberative in their actions. We are fortunate to have so many fine faculty members who are willing to devote their time and talents to participate in the governance of the University. As I did in December, I encourage you to reach out to any member of the Faculty Senate or Faculty Senate Executive Committee if you are interested in contributing or would like to know about the opportunities service in the Senate or on its committees provide. We also welcome all of your concerns or questions. Send us an email at facultysenate@slu.edu.

I, and the members of the Senate, are appreciative of the opportunity we have to represent the faculty and its interests. Thank you for your confidence and thanks for a great academic year. And thank you for your dedication to the well-being of Saint Louis University.

Regards,

Doug Williams
Professor of Law
President, Faculty Senate
(314) 977-2786
williaj2@slu.edu




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