Faculty Participation

Faculty Participation

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These sections of the Faculty Handbook describe faculty representation and participation in various committees.
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FACULTY PARTICIPATION

1.2.2.1 UAB Faculty Participation in Shared Governance in a Community of Learners
1.2.2.1.1 Faculty Representation and Participation on University Committees
1.2.2.1.2 Faculty Representation and Participation on Academic Unit or Departmental Committees
1.2.2.1.3 Faculty Participation in Evaluation of University and Academic Administrators
1.2.2.1.3.1 Faculty Senate Evaluation of University and Academic Administrators
1.2.2.1.3.2 Faculty Participation in Administrator Evaluations Conducted at the Academic Unit or Departmental Level

1.2.2.1 UAB Faculty Participation in Shared Governance in a Community of Learners

As reflected in the preamble of the UAB Faculty Senate Constitution, the principle of shared governance is essential for ensuring a culture of trust, collaboration, and mutual accountability. Faculty participation in governance promotes a diversity of ideas, collaboration, shared responsibility, collegiality, and institutional excellence.

Faculty shall have representation on committees/groups at the University and academic unit level that support the practice of shared governance. Refer to the Faculty Senate website at http://www.uab.edu/facultysenate then Resources for the Faculty Senate preamble, constitution and bylaws. Refer to UAB’s Policies and Procedures Library for a compilation of UAB policies, procedures and guidelines at http://www.uab.edu/policies.

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1.2.2.1.1 Faculty Representation and Participation on University Committees

Certain University standing committees address issues related to the primary purpose and priorities of the University; these committees have a broad impact and are better informed by faculty representation. Standing University committees for which the Faculty Senate should recommend representatives may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Athletic Advisory Committee
  • Campus Planning Committee
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Diversity Advisory Council
  • Faculty Development Enrichment Committee
  • Fringe Benefits Committee
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee
  • Naming Committee Radioisotope and Radiation Safety Committee
  • University Safety Committee
  • Undergraduate Programs Council
All University standing committees shall have written copies of their function and structure available for faculty. University ad-hoc committees that affect university faculty shall have faculty representation selected by the Faculty Senate.

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1.2.2.1.2 Faculty Representation and Participation on Academic Unit or Departmental Committees

Faculty participation on standing and ad hoc committees at the academic unit or departmental levels is critical to the mission and goals of the academic units and the University in teaching, research and scholarship. Forms of faculty governance will vary among units. Academic standing committees shall have written copies of their function and structure available for faculty. On ad hoc committees at the unit level, an appointing authority will communicate in writing to the committee chair and participating faculty members the purpose of the committee as well as an expected timeline for completion of the charge. Ad hoc groups or committees are meant to be time limited and dissolved upon completion of their charge.

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1.2.2.1.3 Faculty Participation in Evaluation of University and Academic Administrators

1.2.2.1.3.1 Faculty Senate Evaluation of University and Academic Administrators

The Faculty Senate Executive Committee of the UAB Faculty Senate shares responsibility with the President and Provost for periodic evaluations of academic administrators (chairs, deans, and library directors) and university administrators (the Provost and the President) by their constituents. The Senate evaluations shall be utilized by the immediate supervisor as a component of comprehensive reviews to assess performance of responsibilities. The administrator evaluated or his/her immediate supervisor will provide written or verbal feedback on the report to the evaluating constituents, or representative groups of their constituents, within 120 days of distribution of results.

Full- and part-time regular faculty members of the University have the right to participate in these Senate administrator evaluations.

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1.2.2.1.3.2 Faculty Participation in Administrator Evaluations Conducted at the Academic Unit or Departmental Level

All faculty members with a primary academic full-time or part-time appointment may also evaluate deans, associate or assistant deans, department chairs, or program directors/coordinators at an academic or departmental level independent of Faculty Senate evaluations (e.g., requirement of accreditation standards, achievement of strategic plans) if said administrators are not included in the Faculty Senate evaluations. These independent evaluations will be developed by faculty and administrators of the academic unit or department.

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