Faculty Governance Committee

This committee acts to facilitate faculty governance and to insure that governance documents and policies are in accordance with all campus and University of Arkansas Board of Trustee policies. It monitors the Faculty Handbook insuring that approved changes are promptly and accurately incorporated into the Handbook. The committee shall establish cycles of review for the Handbook and all faculty governance documents from academic departments and schools and colleges. In the event a governance document does not reflect current campus policy(ies), the committee shall inform the unit(s) involved and assist the unit in developing needed modifications as feasible. The committee shall develop for approval by the Faculty Senate and Chancellor a generic college and a generic department governance document to be available for use by a newly created academic unit. In the event such a new academic department or college is created, this committee shall assist the new unit(s) with the development of governance document(s). Until such new document(s) is/are created, the new unit shall operate within the framework of the generic governance document provided by the committee.

AY 15-16 Faculty Governance Committee
Name Elected By Term Ends Name Elected By Term Ends
Jeremy Ecke CoALS Otmar Varela CoB
Cindy Gilbert CoEHP Barb L’Eplattenier CoSSC
Kamran Iqbal EIT Jesse Burchfield Bowen School of Law
Carol Macheak Ottenheimer Library  Kevin Cates  Faculty Senate
Ex-officio or Selected Members
 Denise Legrand  Executive Committee  Pete Tschumi (co-chair)  Past President  Rosalie Cheatham (co-chair)  Past President

Work Flow of the Committee

When an academic unit has approved a governance document change, it should deliver that document to the Provost’s office for logging. Progress can be tracked according to the following table. From Article IV of the UALR Constitution, “The governance document shall be submitted for review first to the dean, then simultaneously to the Vice Chancellor and Provost and to the Faculty Governance Committee, and finally to the Chancellor for approval. The review of governance documents must occur during the regular nine-month academic year. Each review shall be accomplished within 30 calendar days and comments from the reviewers shall accompany the document as it is forwarded throughout the review and approval process. Upon the agreement of the dean, provost, and two representatives of the faculty governance committee, the review time may be extended to ninety days.”

The Provost’s Office maintains a check-list for departmental governance documents.

The Provost’s Office maintains a list of approved governance documents.

The Faculty Governance Committee has developed an implementation process for the Constitutional requirements to improve tracking through the system. 8-25-2014 [PDF].

Departments that do not have an approved governance document are required to operate under the Generic Departmental Governance document, until such a time as they gain approval.

Colleges that do not have an approved governance document are required to operate under the Generic College Governance document, until such a time as they gain approval.

Academic Unit Name Order in Queue Originator Date Submitted to Dean Dean Review Required by Dean Review Completed FGC Review Required by FGC Review Completed Provost Review Required by Provost Review Completed Chancellor Review Required by Chancellor Approve Date
Information Science  2 Liz Pierce 3/19/13 3/28/13  4/27/13  —  4/2/13
EIT (college)  0 Coskun Bayrak 8/21/12 12/10/12  1/9/13  —  4/10/13
College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences  1 Floyd Martin 8/28/2014  9/28/2014  9/28/2014
Criminal Justice  3 Jeff Walker TBD TBD
Marketing  not in queue
College of Business  not in queue
Econ and Finance  not in queue Mark Funk
 Accounting  2
 Business Information Systems  not in queue
Psychology in revision
Educational Leadership document location uncertain 10/20/11  11/20/11
Earth Sciences under evaluation Jeff Connelly