The traditional two meetings were held at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. At neither meeting was the full committee in attendance. Committee assignments were equally distributed on a voluntary basis. The first choices were given those members in attendance and the assignments that were left were equally distributed to those members not in attendance. Several vacancies on committees came up during the semester, which were filled by the Chair of the Committee on Committees. The committee was fairly efficient. Response time varied from two weeks to ten weeks, or not at all. The Chair remained constantly involved with the task of filling vacancies.

Problem: There is a lack of a large faculty pool willing to serve on university committees, which is surprising with the number of voting faculty present on campus. This was a problem for both of the years I served on this committee and understand that it has been a chronic problem for many years. There is a small core of faculty that fills committee positions, therefore a need to increase the pool.

Solution: Involve individual departments in creating a pool of faculty eligible to serve on university committees. Committee service is required as part of the fulfillment of the university mission. The individual departments could set up a rotating system so that all eligible faculty serve on university committees on a regular basis, rather than a few all of the time. As a group, the department could complete the Survey of Faculty Interest in Serving on Committees that is circulated annually by the Faculty Senate Office in order to document the rotation of service, and provide committee options for the faculty.

Committee members included:

Anita Vogely, SEHD, Chairperson

Libby Tucker, English

Gary Truce, PERA

Richard McLain, English

Eileen Way, PACCS Program

Terry Grabo, DSON

Frank Cardullo, Watson School

Bernie, Mulligan, Library