2018-19 Committees of the University

Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate 2017-2018

Steering Committee
Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee
Academic Affairs Committee
Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession
Rules, Governance and Elections Committee
Resources, Space and Budgets Committee


Steering Committee (Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article 3.1)

Composition - The Steering Committee shall be chaired by the president and shall consist of the following: the chairs of the senate standing committees; the president and vice president; additional members as appointed by the president of the Faculty Senate with the advice and consent of the senate to assure that each degree-granting college and the University Libraries are appropriately represented.

Duties - The Steering Committee shall advise the president between meetings of the senate. The committee shall prepare the agenda for distribution to senate members prior to meetings of the senate. In addition, the committee shall perform other duties as are assigned to it.

Meets monthly on Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m., Altgeld Hall 125.
2018-19 meeting dates are: Aug 29, Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 14, Jan 16, Feb 13, Mar 20, Apr 17.

MEMBERSHIP
2018-2019
BUS
EDU
EET
HHS
LAS
LAS
LAW
VPA
ULIB

Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee

Faculty Senate Bylaws 3.2 Composition - The membership of the committee shall be appointed by the president of the Faculty Senate and approved by the Faculty Senate. One faculty senator will be appointed to the committee to represent each of the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. A faculty senator representing University Libraries and a faculty senator representing the College of Law may be appointed upon their expression of interest in service on the committee. Other faculty senators may be appointed to the committee to a maximum of twelve (12) members.

Duties - The committee shall advise the senate on matters and issues concerning: representation of the faculty in the governance of the university; faculty participation in the development of university policies, procedures, and practices which advance the academic mission of the university and a learning environment throughout the university; collective and individual faculty prerogatives in university policies and procedures; standards and procedures of accountability concerning faculty ethics and responsibilities and adherence to those standards and responsibilities; the climate of academic freedom for the university community; and policies, procedures and practices of the university as they affect academic freedom; specific academic freedom issues which warrant Senate attention; and the administration and effectiveness of the faculty grievance process.

Meets upon the call of the chair.

MEMBERSHIP
2018-2019
BUS
EDU
EET
HHS
LAS
LAS
LAS
LAW
VPA
ULIB


Academic Affairs Committee (Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article 3.3)

Composition - The membership of the committee shall be appointed by the president of the Faculty Senate and approved by the Faculty Senate. One faculty senator will be appointed to the committee to represent each of the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. A faculty senator representing University Libraries and a faculty senator representing the College of Law may be appointed upon their expression of interest in service on the committee. Other faculty senators may be appointed to the committee to a maximum of twelve (12) members.

Duties - The committee shall advise the senate concerning: problems and issues with respect to the academic mission of the university; new and revised academic programs; problems and concerns regarding the academic program review process; and, university academic priorities.

The committee shall advise and be kept informed by the executive vice president and provost on all matters and issues relating to summer session.

Meets upon the call of the chair.

MEMBERSHIP
2018-2019
BUS
EDU
EET
HHS
LAS
LAS
LAS
LAS
LAW
VPA
VPA
ULIB


Committee on the Economic Status of the Profession (Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article 3.4)

Composition - The membership of the committee shall be appointed by the president of the Faculty Senate and approved by the Faculty Senate. One faculty senator will be appointed to the committee to represent each of the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts. A faculty senator representing University Libraries and a faculty senator representing the College of Law may be appointed upon their expression of interest in service on the committee. Other faculty senators may be appointed to the committee to a maximum of twelve (12) members.

Duties - The committee shall advise the Senate concerning: issues and proposals related to faculty compensation and benefits; studies of faculty compensation and benefits and recommendations with respect to faculty compensation and benefits coming from university officials and committees as well as governing and coordinating boards, the state government, and national government, and national and professional associations.

The committee, through its chair, shall represent the senate on the University Benefits Committee.

Meets upon the call of the chair.

MEMBERSHIP
2018-2019
BUS
EDU
EDU
EET
HHS
LAS
LAS
LAS
LAS
LAS
LAW
VPA
ULIB


FS-UC Rules, Governance and Elections Committee

NIU Bylaws, Article 2.2.1 Composition:
2.2.1  The FS-UC Rules, Governance and Elections Committee shall consist of the following members:

(A) Eight faculty members, four of whom shall be members of the University Council, and shall be appointed by the executive secretary of the Univeresity Council (with the advice and consent of the University Council). The remaining four shall be members of the Faculty Senate and shall be appointed by the president of the Faculty Senate (with the advice and consent of the Faculty Senate). No two faculty members shall be from the same department. Faculty members shall serve one-year terms and shall be eligible for reappointment.

(B) One student appointed by the Student Association. The student shall be a member of the University Council. The student member shall serve a one-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment.

(C) One Supportive Professional Staff member and one Operating Staff member who shall be members of the University Council. They shall serve one-year terms and shall be eligible for reappointment.

(D) One nonovoting member selected by and from the deans of the degree-granting colleges, who shall serve a one-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment.

The committee chair shall be appointed by the executive secretary with the advice and consent of the University Council.

Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article 3.5 Composition - The president of the Faculty Senate shall appoint, with the advice and consent of the senate, those members of the Faculty Senate who shall represent the senate on the Faculty Senate-University Council Committee on Rules, Governance and Elections. One member of the Faculty Senate representatives to that committee shall serve as liaison-spokesperson at meetings of the Faculty Senate and the Steering Committee of the Faculty Senate. Reports from the delegation shall be given, in the order of business, during the presentation of reports from standing committees. The Faculty Senate representatives are responsible for running all pertinent elections affecting the Faculty Senate.

NIU Bylaws, Article 2.2.2  Duties:
(A) Advise the University Council or Faculty Senate on any question referred to it by the University Council or Faculty Senate involving the interpretation of the university Constitution or Bylaws, and/or Faculty Senate Bylaws, and including questions relating to the definition or application of academic freedom standards.

(B) Administer and supervise elections to the University Council and Faculty Senate. Faculty Senate reprsentatives on the committee will administer the Faculty Senate elections; University Council representatives on the committee will administer the University Council elections.

(C) Make final rulings on the eligibility of candidates from colleges and the Univeresity Libraries and all other election matters not specifically covered by these procedures.

(D) Review, prior to the elections in those years which are multiples of three, the ratio of the faculty in each college who are on regular contract, excluding the faculty member from the University Libraries, to the total number of faculty in all colleges who are on regular contract and recommend to the University Council any needed adjustment in the number of elected faculty seats on the University Council allocated to each college.

(E) When a university committee or council requires staggered terms for its elected faculty members, determine in advance of the election which seats in each college shall be filled for one-, two-, or three-year terms. Such a determination must be made before the initial election of faculty to such a committee or council, and before the first election after each successive reapportionment of seats on the committee or council. Staggered terms shall be assigned so that, as nearly as possible, there will be an equal number of members of the council or committee elected each year and an equal number of members elected from each faculty constituency each year.

(F) Administer and supervise all referenda that require the vote of the entire faculty of the university.

(G) Monitor legislation that affects higher education and report the status of such legislation to the University Council so that appropriate actions may be taken.

Meets upon the call of the chair.

MEMBERSHIP
2018-2019
UC Faculty-BUS
UC Faculty-HHS
UC Faculty-LAS
UC Faculty-LAW
FS Faculty-EDU
FS Faculty-LAS
FS Faculty-LAS
FS Faculty-VPA
Student
SPS
OS
Dean (nonvoting)


FS-UC Resources, Space and Budget
(Bylaws, Article 2.6 and Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article 3.6)

Faculty Senate-University Council Committee on Resources, Space, and Budgets (Bylaws, Article 2.6)

The Faculty Senate-University Council Committee on Resources, Space, and Budgets shall consist of members of the University Council and the Faculty Senate as follows: Twelve faculty members, six of whom shall be members of the University Council and shall be appointed by the executive secretary of the University Council (with the advice and consent of the University Council). The remaining six shall be members of the Faculty Senate and shall be appointed by the president of the Faculty Senate (with the advice and consent of the Faculty Senate).  Faculty membership shall include at least one representative from each academic college and the University Libraries. Faculty members shall serve one-year terms and are eligible for reappointment. No two faculty members shall be from the same department.

One student shall be appointed by the Student Association. The student shall be a member of the University Council. The student member shall serve a one-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment.

One supportive professional staff member and one operating staff member shall be appointed. They shall be members of the University Council and shall serve one-year terms and shall be eligible for reappointment.

One nonvoting member shall be selected by and from the deans of the degree-granting colleges to serve a one-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment.

The Chief Financial Officer who shall be ex officio, nonvoting.

The senior administrator responsible for facilities who shall be ex officio, nonvoting.

The chair of the committee shall be a member of the University Council, selected by the Executive Secretary of the University Council with the advice and consent of the University Council and shall serve a one-year term and shall be eligible for reappointment

Duties - To participate with the president and executive vice president and provost in the development of long-range planning regarding the allocation and reallocation of resources in both the operating and capital budgets and in the assignment and reassignment of space;

To advise the president and the executive vice president and provost regarding goals and priorities for the utilization of resources, space, and budgets, and to provide periodic evaluations of progress in achieving the goals and priorities;

To make other reports and recommendations to the Faculty Senate and the University Council regarding resource allocations and utilization as the committee feels appropriate or as may be requested by the Faculty Senate or University Council.

In addition to holding regular meetings to seek input on resource needs and priorities, the committee shall meet with the president and the executive vice president and provost, together and/or separately, at least two times a semester to offer advice on budget and space issues.  The committee shall report its recommendations and evaluations to the Faculty Senate and the University Council.

To advise the president and provost on critical, time sensitive budget issues affecting the university. In order to address these issues, the committee is authorized by the University Council to function outside of the academic year calendar, without a quorum, providing there are at least five voting members, the majority of which must be faculty. Alternates for this committee operating outside the academic year will be selected by the Executive Secretary of the University Council.

To advise the president and provost on resource allocation matters and revenue generation opportunities that arise.

The RSB Committee meets monthly during the academic year on Fridays at 10 a.m. in Altgeld Hall 125. 2018-19 dates are: 

MEMBERSHIP
2018-2019
UC Faculty EDU
UC Faculty-LAS
UC Faculty-LAS
UC Faculty-VPA
UC Faculty-ULIB
UC Faculty-LAW
FS Faculty-ULIB
FS Faculty-EET
FS Faculty-BUS
FS Faculty-LAS
FS Faculty-HHS
FS Faculty-LAS
Student
Supportive Professional Staff
Operating Staff
Dean (nonvoting)-EET
Chief Financial Officer (ex officio, nonvoting)
Senior administrator responsible for facilities
(ex officio, nonvoting)
Senior administrator responsible for finances
(nonvoting)

 

Other Committees

The Faculty Senate may establish whatever standing committees and special committees which it considers appropriate. The creation of additional standing committees shall be accomplished through amendments to the Faculty Senate Bylaws. Special committees may be established by action of the senate and do not require bylaw amendments.