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The purposes of the Faculty Association are:
- To provide a forum for the discussion of faculty concerns regarding contracts, salaries, fringe benefits, rank and tenure policies, leaves of absence and sabbatical leave policies, faculty work loads, and any other matters relating to faculty working conditions and morale.
- To provide regular occasions for the Faculty Affairs Committee to report to the faculty on its activities, goals, and current projects.
- To provide the opportunity for grassroots faculty opinion to be polled on any proposal or issue before the Faculty Affairs Committee. While it could be legitimately assumed that the results of such polls should have a significant influence on the elected representatives on the Faculty Affairs Committee, such poll results would not be deemed to be binding on those representatives.
Persons who hold at least a half-time academic appointment for the full academic year at Trinity Western University shall be members of the Association for the academic year (including faculty members on sabbatical or other leave). “Academic appointment” is understood to include instructors and professors; deans (excluding the Vice President (Academic) and the Dean of Undergraduate Studies); professional librarians; and the Registrar. A member may resign from the Association by so notifying the secretary in writing.
Officers of the Association [also referred to as the Faculty Association Executive or FAX] consist of the Chair, the Secretary, and the other three elected members of the Faculty Affairs Committee.* [Members of the Executive typically serve a two-year term.] The Faculty Association normally meets the first Tuesday of every month. It may meet more frequently at the request of the Chair. In addition, a special meeting may be requested by five or more members. A quorum shall consist of one-half of the faculty members employed full-time by the university.
The general faculty includes all teaching personnel, educational administrative staff and other individuals as designated by the President. The faculty may advise the President on matters relating to the general academic operation of the University.
Meetings of the entire faculty are normally held twice monthly. A faculty business meeting is held the second Tuesday of each month. The Vice President (Academic) presides over most faculty business meetings. A professional development meeting is held the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Dean of Undergraduate Studies chairs these meetings for the whole faculty. Once per semester, the Faculties meet separately for a professional development meeting under the leadership of the Faculty Deans.
Part-time instructors are encouraged to attend, but only faculty employed at least half-time, the Deans, the Vice President for Student Life, the Registrar, the Director of Libraries and the Librarians may vote. The Vice President for Student Life may grant observer status at these meetings to Student Life personnel.
Each academic department holds regular meetings to discuss matters relating to the department. The department chair is responsible to call meetings and to submit minutes of the meeting to the Dean of his/her Faculty and to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Faculty Deans may also call meetings to discuss matters relating to their whole Faculty.
Source: Faculty Handbook 2000
Faculty Association Chairs have included the following:
Richard Walters (1973-1975); Dave Twiest (1976); John Klassen (1979); Deane Downey (1980); Stan Barker (1982); Harold Harder? (1986-1987); John Klassen (1989-1990); Harro Van Brummelen (1990-1991); Bob Burkinshaw (1991-1993); Barbara Pell (1993-1994); Ken Pudlas (1994); Craig Montgomery (1997); Christine Cross (1998); Rick Sutcliffe (2002-2006); Craig Montgomery? (2004?); Phil Goertzen (2006- ); Ken Pudlas (2009-2010); Marvin McDonald (2010 -2011? ); Dennis Venema (2012 - )
FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
This committee is responsible to the President. It's purposes are as follows:
- Recommend policies concerning contracts, salaries, fringe benefits, rank and tenure, leaves of absence, sabbatical leave, faculty workloads and working conditions;
- Act as a grievance committee to which any individual faculty member or group of faculty may appeal;
- Be responsible for organizing social events;
- Act as the initial screening committee for all proposed promotions.
Source: Document filed in F 62 Box 3 File 11 [undated; ca. 1988]
*The members of the Faculty Association Executive also serve as the Faculty Affairs Committee, along with three members appointed by the President of the University. As of May 2005, these appointed members are the President, Academic Vice President, and the Academic Dean.
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Created November 14, 2013