Officers You Didn't Know You Had
Did you know that there are two officers of the faculty? They are the president and the chair of the Academic Senate. It’s from The Constitution of the Faculty of California State University, Chico. Bet you didn’t know we had one.
You might be wondering what our Faculty Constitution assigns as the rights, duties, and privileges of the faculty officers. So am I; can’t find it anywhere. However, there’s a bunch in there about what the faculty get to do.
This is from Article II: “Section l. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Faculty to formulate, recommend, review, and revise all academic, personnel, and professional policies, including fiscal policies related thereto broadly and liberally defined. Section 2. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Faculty to assure through well-established and well-defined channels of communication the maximum cooperation between the teaching and administrative members in order that policy and administrative implementation shall be consonant.”
Makes you feel kind of empowered, doesn’t it? Of course, as a matter of practice, these functions occur via the representative body known as the Academic Senate. Know who your senators are and let them know where you stand on the issues of the day and the semester. You might also want to ask your dean what these constitutional provisions mean for your college.
I’m writing these words the night of the recent special election, watching the results come in. It’s got me thinking about the process of self-governance.
We work in an institution that is unique in what it allows, even encourages, by way of self-governance. Learn what it means, and make full use of it. The members of the Academic Senate and I are here to try to make this university a better place, millimeter by millimeter, and we do so by representing you. What can we try to do for you today?
You can find a copy of the Faculty Constitution at http://www.csuchico.edu/fs/FacultyConstitutionMay04.html.
—Marc Siegall, chair, Academic Senate