University governance at Boston College does not include a faculty senate. Instead, in theory, the faculty works through various elected and appointive standing committees. The newest and most prominent of these is the Provost’s Advisory Council. The BCAAUP encourages all standing committees to publish up-to-date minutes of their deliberations. This practice insures widespread dissemination of faculty-related information as well as transparency across the university. At present, most committees post their minutes through the Office of the Provost. These are filed among “Reports and Documents”. One item of interest is the overlap among committees – this is especially true of the University Council on Teaching, the UCDC and the various EPCs. The first among these (UCT) appears to be superseding the EPCs and the UCDC, owing to Council’s inclusion of all schools and other entities (such as the Connor Family Learning Center). The origins of a very interesting and thoughtful white paper on AP Credit is a case in point.
Faculty Forum. One other faculty event is the so-called faculty forum. This is a public session meeting once each semester at which all faculty are encouraged to be present. Minutes of the discussions are not kept and the discussion is an informal Q&A. At recent meetings, BCAAUP members of the faculty continue to raise important issues in a public meeting with the provost. The next faculty forum has not yet been announced.
The various committees are listed below. The date following each committee is a link to the latest minutes published by that committee. If the committee has a web link, the committee name is also hotlinked. Where possible we have included the schedule of meetings for the current AY. Consult the faculty committees page on the university website for the official listing of and description of these committees).
Provost’s Advisory Council: Summaries of meetings on October 27 and September 22 of fall semester, 2011. Next meeting, Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 4 p.m.
Faculty Grievance Committee. Procedures newly adopted for grievances.
Academic Technology Advisory Board (appointed by the Provost): Year 2010-11
Faculty Technology Coordinators (appointed by chairs) – tenured and non-tenured full-time faculty):
Scheduled meetings: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5 p.m.
University Council on Teaching (appointed by the Provost on the advice of school deans): May 20, 2010 The reports are stored in the provost’s office documents repository, but a description of the council sits in the faculty handbook. The most recent product of this council, a lengthy memo on peer evaluation of teaching is circulating as both a March 2011 and April, 2011 draft document.
Educational Policy Committee(s) (by school). According to the Faculty Handbook an Educational Policy Committee is established for each school. Arts and Sciences now has a complete set of minutes going back to 2001. None of the other schools EPCs seem to post minutes, proceedings or papers. Membership of the EPCs can be gleaned from the Faculty Elections Information provided from the FMRC.