The administration submitted the proposal shown in the table below at the February 17 negotiating session. Reports about the status of this article will be found below the article itself.
See our CBA Negotiations page for a roster of the AAUP-WSU negotiating team, brief reports about each Monday's negotiation session, and an article-by-article summary table with links to detailed information about each individual article that either the administration or AAUP-WSU proposes to include in the CBA.
Faculty Involvement in Governance
(Changes shown to TET CBA)
10.1 It is recognized that faculty are uniquely qualified to participate in the governance of the University, particularly with respect to academic matters. It is also recognized that faculty members can provide valuable contributions to all levels of the University administration. Bargaining Unit Faculty participation in governance consists of giving advice, making recommendations, and contributing to the establishment of bylaws as set forth in Section 10.4. During the term of this Agreement, Bargaining Unit Faculty participation in the governance of the University shall be no less than that provided for in this Article.
10.3 Departmental and College Governance.
10.3.1 The University and the AAUP-WSU recognize the necessity of Bargaining Unit Faculty participating in departmental and college matters and acknowledge the important collegial relationships that exist between Bargaining Unit Faculty, the Department Chair, and the Dean.
10.3.2 When a Department Chair takes action (or elects not to act) following a recommendation from the majority of Bargaining Unit Faculty in her or his department, the Chair shall inform them of such action and communicate the reasons for the decision either in writing or in a meeting with the Bargaining Unit Faculty. When a Dean takes action (or elects not to act) following a recommendation from the majority of Bargaining Unit Faculty in her or his College, the Dean shall inform them of such action and communicate the reasons for the decision either in writing or in a meeting with the Bargaining Unit Faculty. The parties recognize that deans and chairs will not communicate reasons for their actions (or decisions not to act) that are based on confidential information.
10.4.3 Departments or colleges that have difficulty with interpreting their bylaws may seek assistance from the Faculty Governance Committee.
10.4.4.1 The bylaws for each department will state procedures by which Bargaining Unit Faculty give advice and make recommendations regarding --
10.4.4.2 Department bylaws will also state criteria
and procedures for
10.4.4.3 The bylaws for each college will state procedures by which Bargaining Unit Faculty give advice and make recommendations regarding --
10.4.4.4 Bylaws for the College of Nursing and Health and for the Lake Campus will state procedures and criteria required for both department and college bylaws in Sections 10.4.4.1 through 10.4.4.3.
10.4.4.5 Departmental and college bylaws will provide for calling meetings and setting agendas, voting at meetings, naming committees, and such other procedures as may be needed for faculty participation in governance. It is understood that chairs and deans may form other faculty committees, as long as they do not conflict with or usurp the functions of committees named in the bylaws.
10.4.4.6 Questions about whether
10.4.5 Recognizing that the University has sole authority to appoint, evaluate, retain and remove chairs and deans, department and college bylaws will state procedures by which Bargaining Unit Faculty give advice regarding the naming of chairs and deans.
10.4.6 Except as expressly limited by the terms of this Agreement or by approved bylaws, nothing in this Article or in the bylaws of any department or college shall limit management rights, as enumerated in Ohio Revised Code 4117.08 and in Article 6 of this Agreement.
10.4.7 Only Bargaining Unit Faculty may participate in making faculty recommendations pertaining to reappointment, dismissal, tenure, promotion, and evaluation of Bargaining Unit Faculty as provided for in Sections 10.4.4.1 through 10.4.4.4. However, non-Bargaining Unit faculty in the School of Medicine shall be permitted to participate in making recommendations pertaining to reappointment, dismissal, tenure, promotion, and evaluation of Bargaining Unit Faculty in matrix departments in a manner not inconsistent with department and college bylaws.
10.4.7.1 Except as may be provided elsewhere in this agreement only Bargaining Unit Faculty may participate in selecting or electing the Bargaining Unit Faculty who will serve on Promotion and Tenure Committees.
10.4.8 To facilitate development and any subsequent revision of department and college bylaws, the parties will maintain a joint Faculty Governance Committee composed of three (3) persons selected by and representing the AAUP-WSU and three (3) persons selected by and representing the University.
10.4.8.1 The University and the AAUP-WSU shall each designate one of the Committee members as a co-chair.
10.4.8.2 The presence of both co-chairs and at least one other member from the AAUP-WSU and one other member from the University shall constitute a quorum for all meetings. A quorum is necessary to approve any bylaws or any subsequent revisions to bylaws.
10.4.8.3 Any approval of new or amended college or department bylaws requires four (4) affirmative votes.
10.5 Bargaining Unit Faculty Participation in the Review of Chairs and Deans. 10.5.1 Informal Reviews of Chairs and Deans. Annually, Deans will solicit feedback from Bargaining Unit Faculty about the performance of their department chair, and the Provost will solicit feedback from Bargaining Unit Faculty about the performance of their dean. Chairs and deans will not be given the informal feedback pertaining to themselves until after the Bargaining Unit Faculty Members in their unit have received their annual evaluations pursuant to Section 11.2.
10.5.2. Formal Reviews of Chairs and Deans. At least every five years, the University will conduct formal reviews of chairs and deans. Bargaining Unit Faculty will be included on all review committees All Bargaining Unit Faculty in the administrator’s unit will be asked to respond to questions posed in the review. A final report that summarizes findings of the review will be made available to all Bargaining Unit Faculty in the administrator’s unit.
Our negotiating team withdres the changes we proposed on May 23 (having Bargaining Unit Faculty select the Bargaining Unit Faculty who serve on review committees for Chairs and Deans). The parties thus TA'd (came to tentative agreement upon) this article. You may view a clean version here.
The parties agreed that they are close to tentative agreement on this article, excepting only 10.5.2, in which our team proposed that Bargaining Unit Faculty select the Bargaining Unit Faculty who are to serve on review committees for Chairs and Deans. In particular, they decided to leave 10.4.7 as is, thus permitting NTE faculty to participate in searches for TET faculty.
The administration stated that in section 10.2, it had simply made a nomenclature correction. It described changes it proposed in sections 10.3.2, 10.4.1, and subsequent sections. Our team suggested that 10.4.4.1 be amended so as to include (or refer to) the limitations in 10.4.7. Our team stated that in section 10.5.2, we may want to address in the CBA how persons are chosen to participate in the review of chairs and deans.
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