College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Faculty Governance & Elections
Greetings CLAS Faculty:
Faculty Council welcomes you back to a new semester and hopes that 2015 will be a rewarding year for all of you.
Nominations for the CLAS Winter elections are now open
Today, Monday January 12th, we open the nomination process for all available seats on CLAS governance and service committees. The nomination period will run for the next two weeks, ending at 5pm on Monday, January 26th. The nomination ballot is available here: NOMINATION BALLOT
Please take the time to look through the available positions and find one that suits both your interests and your schedule (if known). We have a place for you. If you already see other nominees, do not be discouraged, enter your own name, too. Even if not elected, your name will be on the alternates list that we use for sabbatical replacements or when other issues arise. Serving as an alternate is often one of the best ways to become known and have even better success in the next election. All you need to nominate yourself is some basic information such as name, department, the committee you want to run for and ideally a short statement about why you would like to be elected. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to email me directly.
Why are elections earlier this year?
In the spirit of the new year, we have made a few changes in the timing of the Winter CLAS elections for all of the available committee positions. In years past, running the elections in the middle of the Winter term meant that the election was running during spring break or that unit heads were scheduling faculty for classes before the results of the elections were available. This later problem has inadvertently resulted in newly elected faculty being unable to serve due to conflicts with their classes. In an effort to minimize these issues where possible, the election cycle has been moved forward.
Why Should I Serve?
Service is a part of everyone's job and allows each of us to have a say in how the University operates and is governed. Moving beyond your department establishes connections across the campus and gives you a broader view of the problems that higher education faces. We want you to be part of the solution, we want you to "Let Your Voice Be Heard." To this end, Faculty Council has put together the 90 second video above that gives you a fun vignette of what it means to serve. Have a brief look at some of those who serve and why. Who knows, you might even see yourself.
We have a place for you, Let Your Voice Be Heard,
Chair, Faculty Council
Fall 2014 Special Election Results
The fall election has ended and the results have been verified. Please join me in congratulating all of the winners that are listed below. I would also like to extend a sincere thanks to all those who ran for one of the available seats. We hope to see your names (and those of anyone who wishes to step up and help with the process of shared governance) when the full scale Winter election rolls around at the start of next semester. My thanks also to the unit heads of all of the nominees (AAAS, ANT, ART, BIO, BMS, CMB, COM, HST, MLL, MUS, PSY, and SOC) for supporting their faculty to run for these positions.
These positions are effective immediately:
Newly Seated are:
Richard Yidana (SOC & AAAS) A three year term on the CLAS Personnel Committee
Francis A. Sylvester (BMS) A two year term on the University Curriculum Committee
Yosay Wangdi (HST) A one year term on University Assessment Committee
Josita Maouene (PSY) A one year term on the General Education Committee
Patrick Thorpe (BIO & CMB) A two year term on the General Education Committee
Congratulations to all,
Steve Matchett, Chair Faculty Council
2014-2015 CLAS and University Committee membership (updated 12/2214)
(Please note that additional changes to committees take place from time to time and these documents will be updated. For information, contact Faculty Council Chair Stephen Matchett).
Bylaws for CLAS Faculty Governance (revised 2011)
Committee Information (updated 7/15/14)
CLAS Committees--description, history of chairs, workload, usual meeting times
CLAS Governance Committee Reports 2014:
CLAS Governance Committee Reports 2013:
CLAS Governance Committee Reports 2012:
CLAS Governance Committee Reports 2011:
2008-09 Reports from the Standing University Committee Chairs are posted on the GVSU Faculty Governance Web site.
Faculty Development Committee statement of principle on teaching evaluations
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