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Faculty Development Team

Team Membership

Team reports to the Provost/VPAA and through that office to other bodies as appropriate. The membership of the nine-member team:  one representative of the Corktown campus; one representative of the Riverfront campus; one faculty member selected by the MFA from among its members; four elected representatives of the McNichols campus faculty one of whom is to be an adjunct faculty, and two administrative representatives.

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    Members

    Faculty representatives from McNichols Campus 

    Barbara Ciotta, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2018)

    Celeste Flores, English, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2018)

    Arthur Ko, Nursing, McAuley School of Nursing, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2018)

    Rachel DeWitt, Physician Assistant, College of Health Professions (term expires 3/2018)

    MFA representative from its members

    Melinda Pacha, Performing Arts, College of Liberal Arts & Education (term expires 3/2018)

    Corktown Campus representative

    Carolynn Zeitz, Chair, Pedodontics, School of Dentistry (term expires 3/2019)

    Riverfront Campus representative

    Howard Abrams, Law, School of Law (term expires 3/2019)

    Administrative representatives

    Catherine Caldwell, Director, Office of Sponsored Research Activities (term expires 3/2019)

    Russell Davidson III, Associate Dean for Instructional Technology, Libraries & Instructional Technology (term expires 3/2019)
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    2017-2018 Charges

    • Coordinate a broad range of interdisciplinary discussions among faculty across the schools/colleges, the orientation and mentoring of new faculty, and the junior/senior mentoring program;
    • Create a systematic approach to development plans for the various faculty needs, including adjunct faculty;
    • Identify online resources of best practices for both face-to-face and online teaching;
    • Appoint a graduate faculty member to serve as liaison to Distinguished Professor selection committee
    • Appoint a team member to serve as liaison to the Scholarly Achievement planning committee;
    • Appoint a team member to serve as liaison to adjunct faculty;
    • Make recommendations to the appropriate administrators regarding, and where appropriate, implementing steps that can be taken to further faculty professional development;
    • Review the faculty and librarian annual report forms and making recommendations of any changes to the Provost/VPAA;
    • Develop and maintain tutorials on basic operational responsibilities (e.g., how to order books, getting a parking permit, an ID card, Detroit Mercy email) for adjunct faculty;
    • Contact each of the colleges/schools to help determine an adjunct liaison representative that would assist in providing information about specific college/school resources or documents that could be linked to an electronically based handbook.
    • Update the handbook on a regular basis;
    • Revise the Adjunct Instructor Handbook with sensitivity to the fact that the manual should address the different approaches used by the Corktown campus and Riverfront campus (e.g., ordering equipment, ordering books, getting a parking pass).
    • Review the Team’s Policies and Procedures bringing them into alignment with the 2017 approved governance modification structure, including incorporating the appropriate Communication Structure and Rights and Responsibilities as outlined in the approved structure modification final proposal.  Submit by January 15, 2018 the proposed revision to the Shared Governance Task Force for confirmation that the revision conforms to the approved structure.

    Note: Numbers indicate the corresponding 2012-2017 University Strategic Plan action steps Click here to view.

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    Faculty Development Team Operational Policies and Procedures

    I. Reporting Line   

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

    II. Membership

    A. Two administrative representatives.
    B. One representative from the School of Dentistry.
    C. One representative from the School of Law.
    D. Four representatives from the McNichols faculty.
    E. One representative from the McNichols Faculty Assembly.

    III. Organization

    A. Initial Meeting

    1. The McNichols Faculty Assembly representative has responsibility for scheduling the first meeting of the academic year.  
    2. This meeting should be scheduled no later than two weeks after the start of the Fall term.
    3. During the first meeting, the chair/co-chair and secretary are elected and duties are described.
    4. Charges are reviewed and members determine, which charges to address for the term.

    B. Chairperson(s) – 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 calendar 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 P/VPAA.
    6. Provides recommendations and other actions according to timelines established by the P/VPAA.
    7. Reports to P/VPAA when appropriate.

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

    1. Takes extended minutes of Team meetings
    2. Email minutes and other documents within one week of approval to sharedgovernance@udmercy.edu
    3. Responsible for informing the shared governance website administrator of elected officers and any changes in team membership.

    IV. Meetings

    A. Meetings are held one time per month at an agreed upon date and time during the initial meeting.  Location to be established by members (rotating campuses is suggested)
    B. A quorum of five 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 requested
    D. Meetings will not last for more than one hour unless agreed to by a majority prior to the meeting date

    V. DUTIES

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

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

    C.  At the end of each academic year, the Team will evaluate its progress towards achievement of established goals in an annual report to the P/VPAA


    Revised and Approved
    Shared Governance Task Force
    May 2006, March 25, 2015

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    Faculty Development Team Archive

    Organizational Structure and Tasks

    • Review the Implementation Grid of the University Strategic Plan to identify potential collaborative opportunities for the Faculty Development Team and recommend how the team could be involved. (1.1.3; 1.3.1; 1.3.2; 2.4.3 etc.).
    • Provide input concerning topics and speakers for the provost/VPAA's "Second Wednesday" series.
    • Seek input from faculty about programs and resources needed to support faculty development.
    • Work with various colleges/schools as a liaison/resource for faculty development activities.  Encourage and, when possible, facilitate a broad range of interdisciplinary discussions among faculty at all the schools.
    • Review and assess the revised New Faculty Orientation program that was implemented in fall of 2013.  Provide suggestions and/or recommendations for change and enhancement.
    • Determine Team's organizational structure (officers/leadership e.g., chairperson, secretary, and/or other positions).
    • Draft operational policies and procedures (e.g., frequency of meetings, who calls meetings), notification time for meetings (e.g., ten days), time period for distribution of agenda (e.g., five days), timeline for preparation and approval of meeting minutes.
    • Team replaces the existing Faculty Development Committee and the Faculty Excellence Committee.
    • Establish procedures for keeping records of approved resolutions, advice, membership records and other actions.
    • Draft general assessment process and goals for first year (to be updated annually).
    • Include clear time limits for action on various issues as per paragraph 4 under "Further Details" of Shared Governance Task Force proposal approved by the university community.
    • Deliberate and act on priority issues identified by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
    • Provide Shared Governance Task Force with draft operational policies and procedures by December 1.
    • Responsible for development and designation of faculty awards.
    • Make recommendations to the appropriate administrators regarding, and where appropriate, implementing steps that can be taken to further faculty professional development.
    • Encourage and when possible, facilitate a broad range of interdisciplinary discussions among faculty at all the schools.
    • Identify activities that are implemented specifically to support and assist junior faculty in developing themselves as effective scholars (excellent teachers and researchers) and disseminate this information regularly, broadly, and through various means.
    • Identify areas of faculty concern and recommend campus safety topics for resource development; work with Public Safety to develop Campus Safety Instructional Tools to address these concerns. 
    • Identify and recommend speakers (internal and external) for Second Wednesday session topics identified in last year’s survey.
    • Talk with key stakeholders within the University community and create a proposal for a formal junior/senior faculty mentorship program at Detroit Mercy that addresses early career faculty and mid-career faculty.
    • For University wide faculty development sponsored, co-sponsored events, assist in monitoring the event, introducing speakers, creating evaluation instruments.
    • Identify areas of faculty concern and recommend campus safety topics for resource development; work with Public Safety to develop Campus Safety Instructional Tools to address these concerns.
    • Create a proposal for a formal junior/senior faculty mentorship program at Detroit Mercy that addresses early career faculty and mid-career faculty.
    • For University-wide Faculty Development Team sponsored/co-sponsored events, continue to assist in monitoring the event, introducing speakers, creating evaluation instruments.
    • Develop a Table of Contents for a proposed online eFaculty Handbook.
    • Establish procedures for keeping records of approved resolutions, determinations, advice, membership records and other actions.
    • Keep the University community informed of team activities by providing summary minutes of meetings and reports. The secretary of the team is responsible for sending these documents to sharedgovernance(at)udmercy.edu for posting on the shared governance website.
    • Verify whether team's operational policy and procedures are consistent with practice.  Submit your revised document to the Shared Governance Task Force through the chairperson by December 1. If there are no changes to be made notify the SGTF chairperson by the same date.

     

Adjunct Committee

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    Adjunct Committee Membership

    Five-member Committee: four adjunct faculty elected by the McNichols adjunct faculty and one adjunct faculty member of the MFA selected by the MFA. Adjunct faculty must have taught at least four academic terms over the past five years to be eligible to be elected to this Committee.

    Members

    5 faculty representatives

    2014-2015 Charge

    • Review suggestions the Shared Governance Task Force made regarding the Adjunct Faculty Handbook and the Adjunct Policy and Procedures and revise documents accordingly.
    • Provide a response to the MFA Executive Committee questions in order for the Executive Committee to respond to the Shared Governance Task Force concerns.
    • Keep the University community informed of committee activities through providing summary minutes of meetings and reports. The secretary of the committee is responsible for sending these documents to sharedgovernance@udmercy.edu.
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    Adjunct Committee Organizational Structure and Tasks

    • Develop a table of contents that would summarize important links and resources for an "electronic" adjunct handbook. In addition, identify gaps or missing material that could/should be created for the handbook to assist adjuncts.
    • Meet with the Provost/VPAA and key University personnel to discuss adjunct status and needs.
    • Provide ongoing reports to and consultation with the MFA.
    • Determine Committee's organizational structure (officers/leadership, e.g., chairperson, secretary, and/or other positions).
    • Draft operational policies and procedures (e.g., frequency of meetings, who calls meetings), notification time of meetings (e.g., ten days), time period for distribution of agenda (e.g., five days), timeline for preparation and approval of meeting minutes.
    • Establish procedures for keeping records of approved resolutions, determinations, advice, membership records and other actions.
    • Draft general assessment process and goals for first year (to be updated annually).
    • Include clear time limits for action on various issues as per paragraph 4 under "Further Details" of Shared Governance Task Force proposal as approved by the university community. See also language under section on MFA indicating "During the pilot period, stringent timelines will be established both for committee and MFA processes and actions."
    • Deliberate and act on pending issues identified by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
    • Provide the Shared Governance Task Force with draft operational policies and procedures by December 1.
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