Faculty Council's Proposals for Governance Reform at Rice University

 

Proposal officially adopted by Faculty vote on February 28, 2005

 

 

Proposal Regarding the Promotion and Tenure Committee

 

1. The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall be separated from Faculty Council (or a Faculty Senate, if such is adopted) in order to relieve the burden placed on the committee members who have to review promotion files.

 

2. The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall remain a University-wide committee, at least until further investigation. Suggestions for replacing it with committees at the level of the school raise numerous questions about the power of the Dean and uniformity of the process.

 

3. The Promotion and Tenure Committee will consist of up to 8 members, chosen as follows: The School of Natural Sciences, the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Management will each elect one representative to P&T. Any full professor may be nominated for the position on the basis of a petition with at least ten signatures. The School of Music and the School of Architecture will together vote to elect one representative to P&T. Any full professor may be nominated for the position on the basis of a petition with at least ten signatures. The Provost may appoint up to two additional full professors to a one-year term on the P&T Committee.

 

4. Elected Members will be elected to a single three-year term, and may not be reelected to a consecutive term. Appointed members are limited to three consecutive years of service.

 

5. In the event that a position is unfilled or an Elected Member is unable or unwilling to serve, the Speaker of the Senate, in consultation with the Provost and the Dean or Deans of the relevant School or Schools, will appoint a one-year replacement.

Approved on February 2, 2005 first vote

Approved on February 28, 2005 - second vote