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Faculty Senate Elections

All elections will be held online using Blackboard. There are guidelines in the Faculty Handbook that describe the election process.


2.3.4. Article III. Method of Election

On or before March 1st of each year, the secretary of the Faculty Senate shall issue to each member of the faculty a description of membership criteria and a list of faculty members eligible for nomination. Each full time faculty member holding the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor may nominate not more than one person from each of the following categories: (a) assistant professors; (b) associate professors; and (c) full professors. Nominations must be returned to the secretary of the Faculty Senate within one working week for the nominations to be valid. The nominations will be counted by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. The four persons in each category receiving the highest number of nominations will be the nominees, with the following exceptions: if three or fewer persons are nominated, each with two or more nominations, then the names received shall be those on the ballot; and, as many names as necessary shall be included on the ballot in order not to omit the name of a person who has received as many nominations as another whose name is included. No person receiving fewer than two nominations shall be included on the ballot. The final ballot will be sent to the Secretary of the Faculty on or beforeMarch 17. Before the list of nominees is forwarded by the Executive Committee to the secretary of the faculty, confirmation of the individuals’ willingness to serve shall have been secured. The secretary of the faculty shall distribute or post the list of confirmed nominees to the full faculty by March 20th. Faculty must submit their vote to the secretary of the Faculty by April 5th. The votes will be counted by the Secretary of the Faculty and the President of the Faculty Senate. The candidate receiving the majority of all votes cast wins the election. Absent a majority, the two candidates in each category receiving the most votes will be reconsidered in a run-off election. The Secretary must announce the results of the election within one week of the election. Each year three At-large members shall be elected, one each from the following faculty-ranks: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor.

Nomination and Election of the Adjunct Faculty Senate Member

Before the end of the Spring Semester in odd years, a nominating committee consisting of the current Adjunct member, the Associate Provost for Undergraduate and Special Programs, and the president of the Faculty Senate
will meet to nominate up to 3 Adjunct Faculty for the position of Adjunct Faculty Senate member. Ballots will be distributed in the first week of the Fall semester to active adjunct faculty and must be returned to the Faculty Senate President by the end of the third week of the Fall Semester. The Adjunct member’s term begins immediately.

Section 2. Divisional Election

Each of the four voting divisions in the college of arts and sciences and the remaining four voting divisions, as described in Article II, shall conduct its own election under the chairmanship of the ranking elected member of the council from that voting division. There shall be two constraints placed upon these otherwise autonomous elections; within each voting division, the members elected must be from at least two different faculty-rank categories, and wherever three members represent a given voting division, it is desirable that they come from three different categories; and, these elections must be held after the completion of the University-at-large election and prior to the final full faculty meeting of the spring semester. (Webmaster editorial: This means between April 5 and Reading Day of the Spring semester)

Section 3. Non-Tenure Track Faculty Election

Before the end of the spring semester in odd years, a nominating committee consisting of the current Non-Tenure Track senate representative, The Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, and the President of the Faculty Senate will meet to nominate four non-tenure track faculty for the position of Non-Tenure Track Faculty Senate member. The list of nominees will be distributed in the first week of the Fall semester to active non-tenure track faculty and votes must be submitted to the Faculty Senate Secretary by the end of the third week of the fall semester. The votes will be counted by the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate. The Non-Tenure Track member’s term begins immediately. If the elected Non-Tenure Track member does not return in the fall, the next available candidate receiving the most votes from the list of nominees shall be elected to serve as Non-Tenure Track representative.

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