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Faculty Governance in Arts and Sciences and Engineering
Faculty participation in university governance is essential to the success of any university. Tufts University recognizes that the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas of university life as the Arts and Sciences and Engineering curricula; subject matters of instruction; research projects; establishing criteria for faculty promotion and tenure; and those aspects of student life that relate to the education of students on campus. The faculty is not only a self-governing body, but also the body principally charged with day-to-day responsibility for carrying out the educational program of the associated schools. An overview of faculty governance is provided elsewhere in the Handbook.
Regular meetings of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and the associated schools are held during the academic year to conduct such business as the faculty and administrative officers deem necessary or desirable. As stated in Article II, Section 1 of the Bylaws of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, "All members of the Faculties of the Colleges and Schools comprising this faculty, as defined in Article I of these bylaws and in the bylaws of said colleges and schools, shall be voting members of this faculty." The following full-time faculty members of the several Arts and Sciences and Engineering faculties are voting members: professors, associate professors, assistant professors, instructors, lecturers, and professors of the practice. Faculty members with modified titles not expressly permitted above (e.g., "visiting," "adjunct," "emeritus" or "emerita," or "research") are ineligible to vote. Part-time faculty members are welcome to attend the meetings of the appropriate faculties without vote. The president appoints those holding certain full-time administrative positions to be voting members of the faculty. Other administrators, by custom, are invited to attend faculty meetings ex officio, without vote. The president of the university leads the meeting according to the agenda that is established in consultation with the school deans and the members of the AS&E Executive Committee.
Faculty members are expected to attend faculty meetings. Schedules and relevant information are made available to the faculty on the website of the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty.
Attendance by students at faculty meetings is permitted in accordance with the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering vote in May 1973 and reviewed in February 2008, inviting those student spokespersons to attend all meetings of the faculty, except during consideration of matters of a confidential nature as determined by faculty vote. Students may not vote or participate, with the exception of specified student spokespersons, to include two members designated by the Tufts Community Union Senate, two representatives of the student newspapers (one from The Observer and one from The Tufts Daily), two members designated by the Graduate Student Council, and any student who successfully petitions the Secretary of the Faculty. Should a student wish to address the faculty, he/she may do so by contacting the Secretary of the Faculty in advance of a faculty meeting. The Secretary of the Faculty will forward the student's request to the AS&E Executive Committee for consideration. If an agenda item is of interest to students, the faculty may be asked to determine the number of students permitted to attend a specific meeting.
Standing committees of the faculties are described in the several bylaws. The committees include both elected and appointed committees, the latter being appointed by the Committee on Committees. There are also ad hoc committees appointed each year by the president, provost, or the deans of the School of Arts and Sciences and/or the School of Engineering. Procedures for the nomination and election of faculty to the elected committees are outlined in the Bylaws of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.
A list of all A&S&E committees and their memberships is available here. The bylaws permit student membership on most faculty committees, provided that faculty members always constitute the majority of any such committee. Annual reports of the faculty committees are distributed to the faculty before the last meeting of the appropriate faculty each academic year.
The following are elected standing committees of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, listed in the order in which they appear in the Bylaws of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.
The following are appointed standing committees of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, listed in the order in which they appear in the Bylaws of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.
Each of the associated schools has its own standing committees.
A limited number of students and faculty as well as alumni may, upon invitation of the Board of Trustees, participate as nonvoting representatives on the Trustee Committee on Administration and Finance, the Trustee Committee on University Advancement, and the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee. The Executive Committee appoints individuals from its elected membership to serve as faculty representatives to trustee committees.
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