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Faculty Engagement/Selection/Participation (ESP) Policy

To fulfill responsibilities of shared governance, the university establishes collaborative bodies known as boards, councils, committees, or task forces that are charged with performing specific duties requiring student, faculty and administration involvement.

Two types of collaborative bodies typify faculty engagement in shared governance at Eastern Washington University: Faculty Organization (FO) Committees and Institutional Committees.

Faculty Organization Committees

Faculty Organization Committees (and councils) are those advisory bodies administered by the Faculty Organization and refer to "governance committees...that carry out the work of the faculty as a whole" (Redbook, AAUP Policies and Documents, 9th edition). These committees and councils are usually composed chiefly of faculty members, but they may also have student and administrative representation. The Executive Committee of the Faculty Organization shall serve as a nominating committee for such committees and councils.  Senate members may make floor nominations and shall be notified of the elections in sufficient time to secure nominees who have agreed to run.  Faculty members are selected by (but not necessarily from) the Academic Senate.  Where appropriate, the Senate shall attempt to expand the number of faculty involved in academic governance.  Faculty Governance Committees (and councils) report to the Academic Senate by way of the Rules Committee.

Institutional Committees

Institutional committees refer to "standing and ad hoc committees...that typically are formed and convened by the administration as a means of communication among university constituents and to carry out administrative initiatives and tasks.  Institutional committees generally have a mixed membership that may include faculty members, administrators, staff members, and others." (Redbook, AAUP 9th ed.).  Institutional committees usually report to the administration; faculty on these committees may also be required to report to the Academic Senate according to the relevance of the committee's charge to the work of the Faculty Organization.

Faculty representatives to Institutional Committees are identified through one of two processes: one, administration and FO executives jointly select faculty representatives following a nomination phase administered by the Academic Senate; or, two, administrators request faculty participation through the Academic Senate and thereby initiate a recruitment phase followed by the generation of a list of faculty nominees approved by FO executives and submitted to the administration for final selection from the list.

Academic Senate approved April 18, 2005

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