Faculty Membership & Senate Elections

Faculty Membership & Faculty Senate Election Information

 


 

University Faculty

Membership

The University Faculty shall be comprised of persons who hold the following academic ranks within the university:  university professor, professor, associate professor, assistant professor, senior lecturer, lecturer, instructor or clinical assistant professor and clinical instructor in the College of Nursing and Health.

A member of the University Faculty shall be considered fully-affiliated with Wright State University if:

  1. The person is under full-time contract with the university requiring a majority of the member’s professional efforts; and
  2. The contractual obligation to Wright State University has first call on the person’s time and effort; or
  3. The person is on a tenure track or is fully-affiliated as defined by their contract.

A member of the University Faculty who is not covered by Article II, Section 1.A shall be considered partially-affiliated with Wright State University if:

  1. The person’s rank includes an additional modifier such as:  voluntary, adjunct, research, visiting, acting, clinical (except as noted in Article II, Section 1), part-time, fellow; or
  2. The person’s professional activities cannot fulfill the criteria of Article II, Section 1.A., above; or
  3. The person is a member of the School of Medicine or the School of Professional Psychology holding either an institutional faculty or auxiliary faculty designation.

Both fully-affiliated and partially-affiliated members may attend and participate in faculty meetings; however, only fully-affiliated members may vote on issues before the faculty.

In consultation with the Human Resources Department, the Faculty Office shall prepare annually a list of fully-affiliated faculty.  Final authority for determining the nature of the affiliation lies with the University President.

Faculty Senators

Qualifications

Senators shall be fully-affiliated members of the University Faculty; elected from [the following] mutually exclusive constituencies:

  • Raj Soin College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Nursing and Health
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • Lake Campus
  • Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • School of Professional Psychology

Senators shall hold the rank of university professor, professor, associate professor, assistant professor, senior lecturer, lecturer, instructor, or clinical assistant professor and clinical instructor in the College of Nursing and Health, A Senator shall have been a fully-affiliated member of the University Faculty, as defined in Article II, Section 1 Membership, for a minimum of two academic years. Chairs, but not deans, assistant deans, or associate deans, are eligible for election to the Faculty Senate.

Executive Committee Eligibility Ruling (3/17/2014)
The committee reviewed the constitutional requirements for fully-affiliated status and Senate eligibility and then made the following rulings:

  • Human Resources full-time designation of 75%+FTE will be used to determine if a faculty member satisfies the full-time requirements of Faculty Constitution Article II Section I.
  • Human Resources reported college designation shall be used to determine constituency membership for the requirements of the Faculty Constitution:
  • In cases where constituency membership isn’t clear, the primary funding organization should be considered as the constituency.
  • The Executive Committee, on a case-by-case basis, will assign University College faculty to an appropriate constituency.

 

Terms of Office

 

Senators are elected for two-year terms with approximately one-half of the representatives in each constituency being elected each year.  Prior to each election, the constituencies will be advised by the Faculty Senate Secretary of the number of Senators each constituency is entitled to elect.

Faculty President & Vice President

Qualifications

The Faculty President & Vice President shall meet the qualifications required for Faculty Senators and;
Have tenure or otherwise have met any equivalent probationary requirements of their appointment; and
Have a minimum of seven years of continuous service on the University Faculty; and
Have served on the Faculty Senate or as a member of a standing Senate committee.

The Faculty Vice President shall not also simultaneously hold the office of Faculty President.

Duties

The Faculty President shall:

  1. Chair special meetings of the University Faculty;
  2. Chair all meetings of the Faculty Senate;
  3. Report to the Faculty Senate and also be the responsible correspondent to the university regarding all decisions made by the Executive Committee;
  4. Be the representative and spokesperson for the University Faculty, and the liaison and coordinator between the faculty and the administration, the committees, the students, and the general faculty;
  5. Attend the meetings of appropriate committees of the Board of Trustees as an ex-officio member, and shall serve (or appoint a designee) on any other committee or council as directed by the Faculty Senate;
  6. Convene all committee chairs at the beginning of the academic year to review responsibilities and procedures;
  7. Serve as an ex-officio member and meet regularly with the Council of Deans and the President’s Cabinet at the invitation of the President or Provost;
  8. Chair the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate;
  9. Be responsible for the Faculty Office;
  10. Preside as Grand Marshal of commencement exercises, Freshman Convocation and University Convocation;
  11. Serve as a member and attend meetings of the Ohio Faculty Council and report to the Executive Committee;
  12. Meet regularly with the President and the Provost;
  13. Give the Faculty President Report at the Board of Trustees public meetings.
  14. Chair the Faculty Budget Priority Committee.

The Faculty Vice President shall:

  1. Assume the duties of the Faculty President in his/her absence;
  2. Be a member of the Faculty Senate and the Senate Executive Committee;
  3. Co-chair the Undergraduate Academic Policies Committee;
  4. Serve as Marshal of the Graduate School during commencement exercises (in the event the Faculty Vice President is not available to serve, the Faculty President will designate a Senator holding Graduate Faculty status to serve as Marshal of the Graduate School during commencement exercises);
  5. Attend the meetings of appropriate committees of the Board of Trustees as an ex-officio member, and shall serve (or appoint a designee) on any other committee or council as directed by the Faculty Senate;
  6. Serve as an ex officio member of the Faculty Budget Priority Committee and Buildings and Grounds Committee of the Faculty Senate;
Term of Office

The Faculty President & Vice President are elected for a two year term and may serve no more than two such terms consecutively.