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Faculty Affairs Committee

A.   Membership

  1. The Faculty Affairs Committee shall consist of one representative from each academic division, the UMM representative to the Senate Committee on Faculty Affairs (SCFA), one at-large, non-tenure-track faculty member, who is eligible for assembly membership (defined as teaching at least one-third of a full faculty load), one academic staff member, and a student representative.
  2. The Faculty Affairs Committee elects its own chair.
  3. The terms of office for faculty (including academic staff) are for two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms. The term of office for the student member is for one year. Elections are held in the spring in accordance with the by-laws.  

The Faculty Affairs Committee members are selected during spring semester by each of their constituencies (each academic division, the non-tenure track teaching at least one-third of a full-time load, MASA and MCSA) to serve for their respective terms. The Executive Committee forwards the names to the Campus Assembly for its approval. The constituencies determine their own selection procedures. Two year terms on the committee shall be staggered among the members. Interim vacancies are filled by special nomination of the appropriate constituency.

B.   Powers

The Faculty Affairs Committee develops, reviews and recommends policies and procedures that influence the professional and personal welfare of the faculty (including academic staff) and recommends improvements in the design and implementation of personnel policies, including such matters as tenure and promotion, workload, salary and benefits, and hiring and retirement alternatives. It also monitors any legislation and other policies affecting faculty (including academic staff) welfare and procedures.

The power and responsibility of the committee must be exercised in accordance with University of Minnesota all-university policies, as well as other existing constitutional provisions, including the overall limit on the authority of the Campus Assembly as described in Article III, Section 7, and by Article I, Section 3, which assigns the chancellor, as chief executive officer of the campus, the responsibility for the expenditure of funds, as well as the final authority to make budgetary recommendations to the president of the University.