November resolutions

1. Resolved: Adequate mechanisms presently exist to hold the tenure-track faculty accountable for their research and creative activities; reexamining our teaching load for the purposes of accountability is thus unnecessary and should not be done. These mechanisms include: (potential) strong leadership by the Chancellor's and Vice Chancellor's office indicating that research is a central part of what we do at a university, annual faculty evaluations, pre-tenure reviews, tenure and promotion decisions, and post-tenure reviews . We, as faculty, recognize that our 3-course teaching load implies a research responsibility, but do not think--given the mechanisms in place, that we should be threatened with an increased load--certainly not short of the faculty's having approved it.

2. Resolved: Research and creative activities are intellectually open-ended endeavors; Cultural Learning and Discovery and Sustainable Regional Vitality should not be identified as favored and especially rewarded pursuits. It belies the notion of a liberal arts university to skew its research priorities and rewards, narrowing and diminishing its legitimate academic mission and function.

3. Resolved: No program should be phased-out or terminated without a recommendation coming from the Academic Priorities Committee and supported by the faculty. Two and a half years ago, when the APC was formed, one of its two charges was the evaluation of programs. This included making recommendations about their possible enhancement or termination.


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