Faculty Development Team: Operational Policies and Procedures


A.  Reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (AV)
B.  When formal recommendations are made to the AV, the AV will inform the team of his/her decision or reaction to the proposal within 60 days.  If the AVP decides to take a course of action different from that recommended by the team, the AV will make him/herself available to explain to the team the reason for the contrary action.


A.    Two administrative representatives 
B.    One representative from the School of Dentistry
C.    One representative from the School of Law
D.    One librarian from the Libraries that report to the Dean of University Libraries
E.    Four representatives from the McNichols faculty
F.    One representative from the McNichols Faculty Assembly


A. Chairperson – elected annually for a term of one year

1.    Calls meetings for the Team
2.    Presides over meetings for the Team
3.    Provides notification of a meeting at least ten days prior to the meeting
4.    Generates meeting agendas for e-mail distribution at least one week before the scheduled meeting
5.    Provides to the team issues identified by the AV
6.    Provides recommendations and other actions according to timelines established by the AV
7.    Reports to AV when appropriate

B. Secretary – elected annually for a term of one year

1.    Takes extended minutes of Team meetings
2.    Abbreviates meeting minutes to one page for the University archives within one week of meeting
3.    Posts minutes and other documents online within one week of meeting (shared governance website)
4.    Reports Team activities to Campus Connections (UDM’s online newsletter) as appropriate
5.    Maintain roster of Team membership


A.  Meetings are held on second Thursdays of the month, August to May, 1:30 PM, place TBA (rotate campuses)
B.  A quorum of six people must be present for a meeting or vote to take place
C.  Meetings will operate under the principles of consensus unless a vote is needed
D.  Meetings will not last for more than one hour unless agreed to by a majority prior to the meeting date


A.  Establish, in consultation with the AVP, goals for the academic year
B.  Ongoing University Faculty Development

1.  Coordinate a broad range of interdisciplinary discussions among faculty at all UDM schools/colleges
2.  Establish a process for sharing best practices among all UDM schools/colleges
3.  Make recommendations to administrators regarding faculty development
4.  Keep the UDM community informed of team activities through minutes, websites and Campus Connections

C.  Ongoing UDM Faculty Excellence Awards

1.  The Faculty Excellence Award Committee will continue to operate as tradition has dictated, although under the auspices of the Faculty Development Team

D.  At the end of each academic year, the Team will evaluate its progress towards achievement of established goals in an annual report to the AV

Revised and Approved
Shared Governance Task Force
May 2006