Intra-University Relations Committee Priority Form

Senate Committee Priority Form
2017-2018

COMMITTEE NAME: Intra-University Relations
CHAIR: Rosemarie Petrilla
VICE CHAIR: Timothy Palmer

A. HIGH PRIORITY

A1) Jointly with the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs, review and revise the draft 2016-2017 report on “Provision of Multi-year Contracts for Fixed-term Faculty.” Be certain to make exceptions for research or clinical faculty as appropriate. [FA will take the lead on this report.]

A2) Draft an informational report on perceptions of shared governance practices at both University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses. Conduct a survey of all full-time faculty that permits the committee to explore both the perception of shared governance at individual colleges, and the practices related to shared governance including the conduct of local senates, freedom of speech in faculty meetings, the conduct of faculty searches, and the promotion and tenure process. Distribute a similar survey to university administrators, comparing their perceptions of shared governance to those of the faculty. Examine potential differences in how faculty and administrators view shared governance, both in their units, and at Penn State generally.

A3) Jointly with FA, write an informational report exploring the reasons why a relatively low proportion of faculty from the Commonwealth Campuses are promoted to the rank of Full Professor. If the committee concludes that expectations for promotion are not properly aligned with faculty at comparable institutions, draft an A/C report recommending how the expectations for promotion to full rank can be more equitably defined and communicated to the faculty. [IRC will take the lead on this report.]

A4) Conduct a mid-year progress report on the status of the fixed-term promotions committee. Have they established their committees? Have they met? Are they actively reviewing candidates? Provide an update to the Senate if needed.

B. OTHER

B1) Review the annual merit raises as they relate to equity across the Commonwealth Campuses. If warranted, draft an informational report explaining why different campuses reported merit increases smaller than the 2% approved by the Board of Trustees. Determine if campuses were permitted to earmark the funds for anything other than merit increases.

B2) Consider drafting an advisory/consultative report, jointly with Outreach, requesting that World Campus prepare a formal presentation to faculty (particularly at campuses with declining enrollments) explaining how programs can take advantage of the opportunity afforded by teaching online. Targeted presentations might include: different online course options including World Campus, local online courses, and consortium courses, and an explanation of the different revenue models for online courses. [This will be primarily an Outreach report]

C. MANDATED AND TRADITIONAL REPORTS 
None

LIAISON WITH OTHER SENATE, ADMINISTRATIVE, SPECIAL OR JOINT COMMITTEES
None

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