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Task Force on Shared Governance

The work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance (see below for more details) culminated in a motion to form a task force to explore shared governance further. The committee’s final report called for the A&S faculty to elect a task force to explore the following tasks:

  • (a) Create a unified governance document for the A&S faculty, such as bylaws. 
  • (b) Clarify the duties of the Dean and the relationship of the Dean of A&S, the Associate Deans of A&S and the A&S Faculty concerning matters of governance. 
  • (c) Clarify the relationship of A&S governance structures with those of the University Faculty Senate. 
  • d) Review the current A&S Committee (and Academic Council) (i) organization, (ii) areas of responsibility, and (iii) reporting protocols for inefficiencies and omissions and recommend an updated committee/governance structure. 
  • (e) Review whether the current practices for the selection of A&S committee members (egs., tripartite/quadripartite elections, elected vs nominated, election of partite members by entire faculty, etc.) are sufficient for (i) the equitable distribution of committee assignments and (ii) insuring a diverse representation of faculty interests and viewpoints, and recommend an updated set of committee selection processes. 
  • (f) Develop protocols and templates for uniform recording, presenting, and accessing of A&S governance documents and actions. 
  • (g) Work with the A&S Dean’s Office to (i) restore, as much as possible, and make accessible, past governance documents and actions, such as A&S faculty meeting minutes and agendas, and (ii) develop a method of archiving (in an easily accessible manner) these documents and actions and any future documents or actions that may be subsequently approved. 
  • (h) Work with the A&S Dean’s Office to ensure proper training of A&S faculty in the governance procedures recommended in tasks (a) – (f), which might include training in Robert’s Rules of Order, training for Committee chairs, orientation training for new faculty, and workshops for existing faculty. 

A&S faculty elected the following members to serve on the Task Force on Shared Governance:

  • Jennifer Erkulwater, Chair, Divison I
  • Lewis Barnett, Division II
  • Tim Barney, Division III
  • Michelle Hamm, Division II
  • Lynda Kachurek, Division III
  • Jenny Pribble, Division I
  • Dean Simpson, Division IV
  • Julietta Singh, Division IV

Shared Governance Task Force Recommendations

The Taskforce is reporting out its work for the academic year 2017-2018.  Our recommendations represent the progress that the Taskforce has made thus far on fulfilling items (a)-(e) of its charge.  The Taskforce has also produced a condensed version of its recommendations, which covers those items that faculty indicated were of most interest to them, including a common time for meetings, elections and appointments to committees, and a reform of A&S faculty committees.

Task Force Recommendations

Condensed Version of the Recommendations

Please bear in mind that the Taskforce views these recommendations as a way to engage with the faculty over what shared governance should look like in the School of Arts & Sciences.  Governance will work only with the faculty are willing to do the work of governance.  Therefore, tell us what you like, what you hate, what we are missing.  The Taskforce welcomes all feedback, thoughts, and opinions.  If there are major concerns, we would much prefer to hear them now before beginning the task of converting the recommendations into governing language.

You may share your feedback, thoughts, and opinions in several ways.  You may submit a comment through this website.  You may email one of the Taskforce members (emails below) or speak with one of us.  We will also be hold an open forum on Tuesday, April 17, at 3 p.m. in Brown-Alley Room.  

Our plan is to take feedback from the faculty and draft the bylaws over the summer, share them with the University administration, and bring the draft to the faculty for discussion and additional revision in fall 2018.  

Thank you for your engagement with our work at this very busy time of the semester.

Jennifer Erkulwater (
Lewis Barnett (
Tim Barney (
Michelle Hamm (
Lynda Kachurek (
Jenny Pribble (
Dean Simpson (
Julietta Singh (

Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance

The Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance was appointed by the A&S nominating committee in early 2016, based on the Proposal for an Exploratory Ad-Hoc Committee on Shared Governance within the School of Arts & Sciences and approved by the faculty in November 2015.  The committee began its information gathering and deliberations in May 2016 and the following documents reflect our work through November 2016. We share all in a spirit of transparency and access, welcoming your insights, ideas, and suggestions. We aspire to collectively and equitably plan effective and just governance for our future.

Committee Members:
Dixon Abreu, Director of Portuguese
Elizabeth Baughan, Associate Professor of Classics and Archaeology
Geoff Goddu, Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Department of Philosophy
John Gupton, Floyd D. and Elisabeth S. Gottwald Professor of Chemistry
Lucretia McCulley, Head, Scholarly Communications and Access Services, Boatwright Library
Mari Lee Mifsud, Professor of Rhetoric and Program Coordinator, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Proposal for an exploratory ad-hoc committee on shared governance within the School of Arts & Science (Approved by A&S Faculty, November 2015)

Liberal arts governance models

University Faculty Senate Charter

December 8, 2016 report/presentation to the A&S Faculty

February 7, 2017 report/presentation to Academic Council

February 23, 2017 Report of the Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance within the School of Arts and Sciences

February 23, 2017 presentation to faculty

Final Report of the Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance

Electronic Vote

Electronic Vote Statement

Tasks for Governance Committee

Option A – A&S Shared Governance Taskforce

Option B – A&S Interim Faculty Governance Committee (Moderate)

Option C – A&S Interim Faculty Governance Committee (Robust)

Meeting Notes

May 10, 2016
August 29, 2016
September 12, 2016
September 26, 2016
October 17, 2016
October 24, 2016
October 31, 2016
November 21, 2016
January 13, 2017
January 20, 2017
January 27, 2017
February 3, 2017
February 7, 2017