Appendix B

4/23/19

SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

Revisions to Bylaws; Article I – Officers, Sections 2 & 6

(Legislative)

Implementation: Upon Approval by the Senate

Rationale:

The University Faculty Senate is among the most complex faculty organizations in the United States, representing approximately 6,500 faculty members across the commonwealth. Despite enrollments doubling, the expansion of administration, significant change to the composition of the University’s faculty, and advances in information technology, there have been few changes to the structure of the Senate executive since the introduction of the office of Immediate Past Chair in 1974.

The Committee on Committees and Rules concluded that the office of the Chair could better perform its responsibilities if given the option of naming a data advisor to oversee special projects wherein data plays a significant role. For example, such an advisor could be assigned to a standing committee, special committee, or task force, and attend as a non-voting member. While the role of the advisor would remain flexible in order to avoid overprescribing duties to the role, such an advisor would help coordinate the initial formulation of research questions, the acquisition of data, analysis, and the presentation of data that standing committees request from the Office of Planning and Assessment in consultation with the Senate Office, thus facilitating the Senate’s capacity to produce evidence-based policy and decisions.

Recommendation:

That Article I, Section 1 of the Bylaws be and is hereby amended as follows:

Please note that the following contains bold text for additions and strikeouts indicating deleted text. Deleted text is notated with [Delete] [End Delete]. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].

Article I – Officers

Section 2

(a) The Chair shall be the presiding officer of the Senate and shall[Add] subject to approval by the Committee on Committees and Rules, [ End Add] appoint a [Delete] faculty [End Delete] member [Add] of the Senate [End Add] as Parliamentarian [Add] and may, subject to approval by the Committee on Committees and Rules, appoint a member of the Senate as Data Advisor [End Add] who shall not vote unless otherwise entitled.

Section 6

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The Data Advisor to the Chair shall coordinate the acquisition, analysis, and presentation of data that standing or special committees request from the Office of Planning and Assessment, in consultation with the Senate Office, and thereby serve as a liaison between the Chair, the Senate Office, and the Office of Planning and Assessment.  

[End Add]

Section [Delete] 6 [End Delete] [Add] [End Add]

Any officer of the Senate may be removed for neglect of duty or for misconduct in office in accordance with procedures for removal in the Standing Rules, Article I, Section 11 (b).


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Article I – Officers

Section 2

(a) The Chair shall be the presiding officer of the Senate and shall, subject to approval by the Committee on Committees and Rules, appoint a member of the Senate as Parliamentarian and may, subject to approval by the Committee on Committees and Rules, appoint a member of the Senate as Data Advisor who shall not vote unless otherwise entitled.

Section 6

The Data Advisor to the Chair shall coordinate the acquisition, analysis, and presentation of data that standing or special committees request from the Office of Planning and Assessment, in consultation with the Senate Office, and thereby serve as a liaison between the Chair, the Senate Office, and the Office of Planning and Assessment.

Section 7

Any officer of the Senate may be removed for neglect of duty or for misconduct in office in accordance with procedures for removal in the Standing Rules, Article I, Section 11 (b).


SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES

  • Jonathan Abel
  • Michael Bérubé
  • Renee Borromeo
  • Victor Brunsden, Vice-Chair
  • Ann Clements
  • Dennis Jett
  • Beth King
  • Binh Le
  • Richard Robinett
  • Nicholas Rowland
  • Keith Shapiro, Chair
  • Ann Taylor
  • Rodney Troester
  • Matthew Woessner