College of Science Faculty Council

College of Science Faculty Council

In Fall 2021, Dean Garzione appointed an ad-hoc committee to develop recommendations for the establishment of a new Faculty Council in the College of Science. The members of this committee were:

  • Cynthia Anhalt – Associate Research Scientist, Mathematics
  • Jennifer Casteix – Associate Clinical Professor, SLHS
  • Hamish Christie – Associate Professor of Practice, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Indraneel Ghosh – Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Serena Kim – Associate Research Professor, Steward Observatory
  • Mark Marley – Professor, Department Head & Director, Planetary Sciences/LPL
  • Jeff Stone – Professor, Psychology
  • Doug Ulmer (Chair) – Professor & Department Head, Mathematics

The recommendations have been reviewed by the Department Head and Directors Council, the COS Senior Leadership Team, and by Dean Garzione.  Based on the committee’s recommendations and subsequent discussions, the COS Faculty Council will be established as follows.

Faculty Council Charge

  • To advise the dean and serve as a conduit for communication between the administration and the faculty of the College of Science.

Membership

  • The Council will consist of up to 21 faculty members distributed as detailed below.
     
  • Fourteen departmental representatives, one from each of the 14 academic units of the college. These representatives may be faculty of any rank on any track (tenure track, continuing status, or career track). The representative should not be the department head.
     
  • Up to five career track representatives, one from each of the College’s major fields of study (Life Sciences, Earth Sciences; Physics and Space Sciences; Mathematics and Computational Sciences; and Neural, Cognitive, and Behavioral Sciences).
     
  • Up to two continuing status or continuing status eligible faculty members, one from Steward Observatory and one from one of the other units with continuing status faculty (currently Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Neuroscience/Cognitive Science).

Elections

  • Departmental representatives will be elected by each department’s faculty following the department’s usual voting procedures. Faculty on any track (Career track, Tenure track, Continuing track) with a 0.5 FTE or greater, regardless of length of service, are eligible to vote for a departmental representative.
     
  • The career track representative in a given area of study will be elected by a vote of the career track faculty in that area (0.5 FTE or greater, regardless of length of service). Candidates will self-nominate (with encouragement from department heads and other members of the College as needed) and will submit statements of interest which will be made available to the voters. College of Science staff will organize the election.
     
  • Up to two continuing track representatives will be elected by the continuing track faculty in the College of Science. Candidates from Steward Observatory and other units with continuing track faculty (currently Mathematics, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Neuroscience/Cognitive Science) will self-nominate (with encouragement from department heads and other members of the College as needed) and will submit statements of interest which will be made available to the voters. College of Science staff will organize the election. If there are no available continuing status faculty in Math, MCB, or Neuroscience / Cognitive Science, the continuing track representation on the committee will consist of only the one member from Steward Observatory.

Terms

  • Once the Faculty Council reaches a steady state after a few years, each representative will serve a two-year term, with approximately half of the committee rotating off each year.
     
  • In the first year of the Council, however, all seats will be filled by election, and the College administration will randomly select approximately one half of the members to serve three-year terms. The other members will serve two-year terms.
     
  • Representatives are limited to two continuous terms and may be re-elected after at least one year off.

Chair and Vice Chair

  • The council will select one of its members to serve as chair and another to serve as vice chair.

Revisions

  • The assembly of the Faculty Council, especially for the number of representatives in the various categories, was developed in view of the current distribution of faculty in the College. The composition of the Faculty Council may be revisited if and when the composition of the College’s faculty changes significantly.