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FGCU Faculty Senate

FGCU Faculty Senate

Standing Teams and Councils


General Principle

(The following information is from the Faculty Senate ByLaws, Article4 Standing Teams - Section 4.01)

a. Membership in standing teams allows representation from all academic units.

b. All faculty standing teams initiate proposals and actions concerning their areas of responsibility and institutional effectiveness whenever they feel that such proposals and actions are needed and appropriate. No standing team may assume responsibilities beyond those designated in the Faculty Governance Document without prior approval from the Faculty Senate.

c. The faculty of the academic units elects members to all standing teams except the Leadership Team.  It is the option of any academic unit to forgo participation on any faculty team.

d. Representatives to standing teams are elected at the same time as Senate members.

e. Teams may establish task forces and ad hoc teams, which will be chaired by a member of the standing team. Establishment of any sub-teams with duties expected to require more than one semester to complete requires approval of the Senate.

f. The VPAA or a designee thereof has the opportunity to serve in an ex officio capacity to each faculty standing team.

g. In order to assure direct, effective communication among the Senate and the standing teams, each faculty team shall have a liaison, who is a member of the Senate. Liaisons may be elected team members, provided they are also in the Senate; the Senate officers shall select the liaisons for each team, subject to approval by majority vote of the Senate. Liaisons are non-voting members of their respective teams if they are not elected members.

h. Each standing team elects a facilitator to lead the work of the team by calling team meetings, developing agendas, and assisting the team’s work in other appropriate areas. Facilitators are expected to attend Senate meetings where items originating from their teams are on the agenda; or, if that is not possible, to arrange for some other team member to attend as a representative of the team. The facilitator must hold at least one face-to-face meeting with a quorum of the team each semester.   The facilitator serves as a member of the Leadership Team.  No faculty member may concurrently serve as the facilitator of more than one standing team.

i. The terms of service for standing team members shall be three (3) years, with elections for seats to be held according to the schedule published and approved by the IAT and Senate Executive Team.

j. If the need arises for replacement of a standing team member, the team facilitator of that team is responsible for contacting the faculty leadership of the respective unit for possible replacement of that team member until the end of the original term.

Adopted May 3, 1998; Last updated August 2012