The Board of Trustees approved two academic program changes, along with various revisions to the Faculty Handbook, at its meeting last Friday.
The academic program changes are:
· Creation of a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. The Board acted on the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, which recommended that this new department become effective in fall 2011. The current Environmental Studies Institute will continue as a separate entity.
· Creation of a stand-alone major in Environmental Studies. The College of Arts and Sciences currently offers a stand-alone major in Environmental Sciences and a companion major in Environmental Studies. The Academic Affairs Committee recommended making Environmental Studies a stand-alone major, effective in fall 2011.
The changes to the Faculty Handbook include:
· Revisions of Section 22.214.171.124. These changes clarify the ways in which different categories of faculty can participate in searches for tenure-track and tenured faculty. They were recommended by the Faculty Affairs Committee and endorsed by the Faculty Senate on a vote of 90-31 before approval by the Board of Trustees.
· Revisions (passim) of Sections 3.7.4, 3.7.7, and 3.7.8. These changes update Handbook sections related to research compliance structures and procedures. They were recommended by the Faculty Affairs Committee and endorsed by the Faculty Senate on a vote of 108-10 before approval by the Board of Trustees.
· Revisions of Section 126.96.36.199. These changes clarify that Grievance Committees do not have jurisdiction over decisions involving denial of tenure, promotion, or reappointment of faculty. The clarifications are framed in terms of the different categories of faculty created by the new faculty appointment model approved last year. They were recommended by the Faculty Affairs Committee, endorsed by the Faculty Senate, and approved by the Board of Trustees.