New Faculty Survival Guide
For more than 140 years, California has been developing one of the largest and most comprehensive systems of public education in the world. CSU Stanislaus faculty members work not only for the campus, but also within a system and a state that historically have striven to make a higher education accessible to people of all ages, ethnic and language backgrounds, and income levels. The California State University system enrolls approximately 400,000 students taught by over 44,000 faculty members. More than 1.9 million people have graduated from the CSU campuses since 1961. Ten percent of California’s work force, including many prominent politicians, artists, and researchers, consists of CSU alumni.
As a CSU Stanislaus faculty member, you are part of a larger educational community that extends beyond the Central Valley to the whole of California; you can benefit from extensive collegial support and communication as well as shared resources and presentation on the CSU Statewide Academic Senate.
Like the other institutions in the CSU, CSU Stanislaus has been built on the principle of a strong faculty voice. On this campus, you have the opportunity to participate in the fundamentals decision making and planning that take place at every level - in your department and college as well as throughout the university and the CSU. Although teaching and research may be your primary focus day to day, remember that your colleagues, your students, and the university as a whole benefit from your interest and participation in the campus and statewide Academic Senate.
Public higher education in California is organized and governed in three segments: the community colleges, the California State University and the University of California. The community colleges offer instruction in standard collegiate courses for transfer to higher institutions, pre-employment vocational and technical training, and general or liberal art courses. The CSU draws from the top one-third of high school and college graduates and instructs undergraduate and graduate students through the master’s degree in liberal arts and sciences, in applied fields, and in professions, including teaching. In certain fields, the university also awards joint doctoral degrees. The University of California draws from the top 10 percent of high school graduates and instructs in liberal arts, sciences and the professions; has exclusive jurisdiction in law; provides graduate instruction in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and architecture; and is the state’s primary institution for doctoral programs and research.
California State University
The individual California State Colleges were brought together as a system by the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1972. In 1972, the system became the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University. Today, the California State University has 23 university campuses along with the California Maritime Academy and six off-campus centers.
Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the board of trustees, consisting of ex officio members, alumni, student and faculty representatives, and members appointed by the governor. The trustees appoint the chancellor, the chief executive officer of the system, and the presidents, the chief executive officers of the respective campuses.
The trustees, the chancellor, and the presidents develop a system-wide policy, with implementation on campuses taking place through broad-based faculty, staff, and student consultations. The Academic Senate of the California State University, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the board of trustees’ through the chancellor.
California State University, Stanislaus
California State University Stanislaus is a liberal arts university with applied and professional studies. The university has 4-1-4-semester calendar, featuring Winter Term, where students concentrate on a single course during January and early February. Beginning in the summer of 2001, the university also began offering a Summer Term open to students on a regular credit and fee basis.
Thanks to its size (7,000 students), Stanislaus offers a quiet atmosphere, small classes, and individual attention. Academic innovations, flexibility, and quality are the goals. Our campus is located in the friendly San Joaquin Valley community of Turlock, with a population of approximately 60,000. Turlock grew as an agricultural support town in the heart of one of the most productive farming areas in the world, extending from Bakersfield in the south to Redding in the north.
Stanislaus offers modern facilities on the beautiful 230-acre campus within convenient driving distance to the cultural activities of San Francisco and the recreational areas of the High Sierras. CSU StanislausStockton is an integral part of the university program, and people hired at Stanislaus may be assigned to teach some of their courses there or via interactive instructional television. Specific teaching assignments, including Winter Term and distance courses, are worked out through established department procedures and in consultation with department chairs.
Stanislaus State College opened its doors on Sept. 19, 1960, at the fairgrounds in Turlock, and moved to its permanent site in June 1965. In 1985, the Board of Trustees granted university status to Stanislaus, and the institution became known as California State University, Stanislaus. To facilitate services to residents of the San Joaquin County, the University opened the Stockton Center on the campus of Delta College in 1974. In the fall 1998, the Stockton campus moved to downtown Stockton.
“The faculty, staff, administrators, and students of the California State University Stanislaus are committed to creating a learning environment that encourages all members of the campus community to expand their intellectual, creative, and social horizons. We challenge one another to realize our potential, to appreciate and contribute to the enrichment of our diverse community, and to develop a passion for lifelong learning
“To facilitate this mission, we promote academic excellence in the teaching and scholarly activities of our faculty, encourage personalized student learning, foster interaction and partnerships with our surroundings communities, and provide opportunities for the intellectual, cultural, and artistic enrichment of the region.” 17/AS/96/Ad Hoc. Approved Dec. 3, 1996.
The Office of the President oversees four areas at CSU Stanislaus: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Business and Finance, and Development and University Relations. Each area is headed by a vice-president. The provost-vice president for Academic Affairs is identified as the second-ranking administrator at the university. These administrative officers are assisted by a variety of administrative and support staff.
The CSU board of trustees and Statewide Academic Senate jointly prepared a “collegiality statement” that affirms, “Collegiality consists of a shared decision-making process and a set of values which regard the members of the various university constituencies as essential for the success of the academic enterprise. It incorporates mutual respect for the similarities and for differences - in the background, expertise, judgments and assigned responsibilities; and involves mutual trust based on experience”
Note: The full “CSU Stanislaus Statement on Collegiality” can be found in the Faculty Handbook, Appendix H.
Collegial governance allows the academic community to work together to find the best answers to issues facing the university. Collegial governance, sometimes called shared governance, assigns, primary responsibility to the faculty for the educational functions of the institution in accordance with basic policy as determined by the board of trustees. This includes admission and degree requirements, the curriculum and methods of teaching, academic and professional standards, and the conduct of creative and scholarly activities. Collegiality rests on the network of interlinked procedures jointly devised, the aim of which is to assure the opportunity for timely advice pertinent to decisions about curricular and academic personnel matters.
Central collegiality and shared decision making is respect for differing opinions and points of view, welcoming diversity and actively sponsoring its opinions. The collegium must be a public bastion of respect for individuals, whether they are members of the faculty, students, staff, alumni, administrators, or members of the board of trustees.
The constitution of the general faculty establishes strong faculty representation on issues related to curriculum, instruction, planning, research, and other key areas, and ensures effective communication between faculty and administration in policy matters. The document also provides that an academic senate be elected as the representative body of the faculty and that regular meetings should be held to identify and represent faculty viewpoints in the determination of policy. The constitution also describes overall committee responsibilities and procedures for electing standing committees.
Academic Senate and Executive Committee
The Academic Senate, the official representative body of the general faculty, has delegated authority to act for the general faculty to formulate, recommend, review, and revise all academic, personnel, and professional policies pertaining to the General Faculty, including fiscal policies related thereto, broadly and liberally defined. To assure through well-established and well-defined channels of communication the maximum cooperation between the teaching and administrative members in order that policy and administrative implementation shall be consonant. To present through proper channels to the Trustees of The California State University and/or the Academic Senate of the California State University any appropriate recommendation regarding to, but not limited to, those policy matter enumerated in the Article V., Section 5.0 (a). The senate is composed of one elected representative from each academic department, counseling, and the library. In addition, there are two students, elected by the Associated Students, one member representing the CSU Stanislaus Emeritus and Retired Professor’s Association, one member representing the Lecturers and one member representing the Staff. The Provost, the V.P. of Student Affairs, the chairs of the Faculty Budget Advisory Committee (FBAC), the Graduate Council (GC), and the University Educational Policies Committee (UEPC) are members of the senate. The speaker, the speaker-elect, clerk, and the two statewide academic senators are also members of the senate.
The Senate Executive Committee (SEC) is a nine-member committee that includes the speaker, speaker-elect, clerk, and the chairs of the UEPC, FBAC, GC, and FAC. The two statewide academic senators are ex-officio members. The committee advises the speaker on matters of procedure, sets the agenda for Academic Senate meetings, coordinates the work of the Academic Senate, committees of the Academic Senate and General Faculty, and acts as a consulting and advisory board to the provost-academic vice president and president of the university.
For information concerning the Academic Senate, the Senate Executive Committee, or the faculty committees, contact the office of the Executive Assistant to the Speaker at Ext. 3400.
General Faculty and Academic Senate Standing Committees
General Faculty Committees:
Retention, Promotion and Tenure Committee (RPTC)
The committee reviews files and recommends on all candidates for retention, promotion and tenure, and submits their confidential recommendations to the candidate and appropriate administrative officers.
See also Section IX Professional Development, subtopic Performance Review Procedures.
Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC)
The FAC expedites the resolution of professional concerns of members of the general faculty and addresses questions regarding faculty morale, and submits for the general faculty’s approval policy recommendations in the best interest of general morale at CSU Stanislaus. The FAC develops and recommends to the Academic Senate faculty personnel policies (e.g. promotion, tenure, retirement, leaves of absence, sabbatical leaves, research grants, awards, publications, selection and retention of instructional staff) and interprets the constitution and standing rules.
Leaves and Awards Committee (LAC)
The LAC recommends policies and procedures to the Academic Senate concerning faculty leaves and awards, and makes specific recommendations to the provost-vice president for Academic Affairs regarding the granting of faculty leaves and awards.
Academic Senate Committees:
University Educational Policies Committee (UEPC)
The UEPC formulates, reviews, and recommends to the Academic Senate undergraduate curricular policy; reviews and evaluates proposals for new undergraduate programs and courses for study based on approved criteria and procedures; and oversees seven-year academic program reviews. UEPC also reviews plans for academic development in both on- and off-campus undergraduate programs, oversees and evaluates the General Education Program, and prepares the academic calendar. Many of these functions are carried out by standing subcommittees.
There are four standing subcommittees of UEPC: General Education, University Writing, Assessment of Student Learning, and Technology and Learning.
General Education Subcommittee:
Six members from the faculty; no more than one from each college. There shall be at least three tenured members on the subcommittee.
University Writing Subcommittee:
Seven members from the faculty; two faculty from the English Department, five additional faculty with no more than one from any college.
Assessment of Student Learning Subcommittee:
Seven voting members, four faculty with no more than one from any college, two additional faculty members currently serving as Assessment Coordinators of their academic programs and one student representative appointed by the President of Associated Students. The Coordinator for Assessment of Student Learning, the Director of the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Faculty Director of General Education shall be ex-officio, non-voting members.
Technology and Learning Subcommittee:
Seven voting members: a library representative, five additional faculty with no more than one from any college, and a student representative appointed by the President of Associated Students. At least three of the faculty members will be tenured. At least three of the faculty members will have experience in the instruction of distance-learning courses and the student will have completed a course with a distance-learning component. The Chief Information Officer shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member.
Terms of the subcommittee members shall be two years, terms to be staggered at the onset by lot. Subcommittee members may include non-members as well as members of UEPC. Each subcommittee elects it own chair each year. The charge of a subcommittee shall be to formulate, review, and recommend to UEPC any policy issue within its purview. Subcommittees under whose purview is the approval of courses for general education or writing proficiency credit have the authority to approve or disapprove those courses.
Committee on Committees (COC)
The COC appoints faculty members to all non-elective Academic Senate committees including Liberal Studies, Social Sciences, and other committees as stipulated by the Academic Senate. The committee consults with the University President or academic vice presidents prior to making these appointments. It oversees faculty committee structure, approves or disapproves the establishment of additional general faculty or Academic Senate committees and subcommittees; nominates candidates for offices of the general faculty and for elective committees of the General Faculty and Academic Senate, and conducts all university-wide elections.
Faculty Budget Advisory Committee (FBAC)
The FBAC functions as one of the university’s campus budget advisory committees, and advises the administration with respect to university budget policy, planning, and resource allocation, including the development and/or allocation of special funds. The committee also reviews and interprets budget requests and budget allocations to the general faculty, and conducts special studies regarding budget allocations when requested by the committee of the General Faculty or Academic Senate.
Faculty Development Committee (FDC)
The FDC helps faculty improve their competence as teachers and scholars, and promotes the professional development of faculty. The committee also promotes an atmosphere of shared scholarly activity, and advises the provost-vice president of the Academic Affairs on faculty development.
Graduate Council (GC)
The GC formulates, reviews, and recommends graduate curricular policy to the Academic Senate; reviews and evaluates proposals for graduate and post-baccalaureate credential programs; conducts five-year reviews of graduate and post-baccalaureate credential programs; reviews plans for academic development of new graduate and post-baccalaureate credential programs in both on-and-off-campus distance learning programs; and establishes criteria, standards, and procedures for all aspects of graduate course offerings.
Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Policy Committee (RSCAPC)
The RSCAPC recommends research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) policy development to the Academic Senate and coordinates the promotion and support of RSCA for undergraduate and graduate students. The committee also advocates funding recommendations for faculty RSCA, fellowships, publications, faculty symposia and travel, and provides advice to the administration on issues related to the system initiatives on RSCA.
Faculty Governance Calendar Web Address
On the CSU Stanislaus Web page click on “Academics” then “Faculty Policies and Organizations.” At the top of the page, click on “Faculty Governance Meetings.” The Web site: http://www.csustan.edu/facultyhandbook/AcademicSenate/index.html
California Faculty Association (CFA)
The Higher Education Employer Employee Relations Act or HEERA, provides that wages, working hours, and terms and conditions of employment are to be negotiated between the CSU Board of Trustees and the bargaining union for the faculty (Unit 3 employees), the California Faculty Association. All faculty, full or part time, as well as coaches, counselors, and librarians are members of Unit 3.
See also Section IX Professional Development, subtopic California Faculty Association.
CSU Stanislaus Foundation
The foundation, which operates as an auxiliary of the University, supplements services and funding provided by the state with private support to provide students, faculty and our community with a margin of excellence. Established in 1960, the Foundation is governed by the Board of Trustees whose members include the region’s top business, civic, and community leaders. The Foundation’s topmost priority is to achieve University excellence through philanthropy and external support. The Foundation also supports the faculty and administration in the development of new and improved studies programs.
Development and University Relations
The Division of Development and University Relations is a major administrative division of the university headed by the vice president. The functions and services of this division include private gift fund raising in support of the academic program and institutional priorities, university marketing, public affairs, alumni relations, community relations, and the California State University Stanislaus Foundation. The division also maintains the university’s speaker’s bureau and media guide.
The university takes pride in bringing outstanding dignitaries, artists, educators, civic and government leaders to the campus and extended community as part of its arts and lecture series of events. As a public University, it is appropriate that we assume the responsibility to expand the educational horizons of the communities we serve. Under the leadership of the Department of University Relations, the University hosts the CSU Stanislaus Leadership Forum; Champions of the American Dream; Demergasso/Bava Lectures series; Alumni Wine, Cheese and Jazz Festival; and the Summer Arts Festival, among other events. Guests have included Colin Powell, James A. Baker III, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf (ret.), Van Cliburn, Bill Cosby, and Merle Haggard.
The office of Institutional Research gathers, interprets, and acts as a central repository for institutional data, providing decision support for a number of campus constituencies, including; the president, vice president, deans, department chairs, faculty and staff. Another important function of this office is to provide data that communicate the role, character, and impact of the university to students, alumni, and the public.
This office is an excellent resource for information about the university, and can assist individuals and academic departments in data gathering for academic program reviews, grant applications, or special projects. The office of Institutional Research supports university units in meeting assessment and accountability requirements. For more information about the services available to faculty call ext. 3281. You may also visit the IR website at http://www.csustan.edu/IR/.
University Institutional Review Board
The goal of the University Institutional Review Board (University IRB or UIRB) and all University-sanctioned Institutional Review Boards at CSU Stanislaus is to promote the ethical conduct of student, staff, and faculty research involving human subjects through safeguarding the rights and welfare of the research subjects therein. The UIRB reviews submissions throughout the year, including during the summer and between terms. However, reviews can take longer during the summer and between terms, so please plan accordingly. For more information please call ext. 3965 or send an email to IRBAdmin@csustan.edu. You may also visit the UIRB website at http://www.csustan.edu/UIRB/index.html where you will find the policies, procedures, and required forms.
Tips on Participating in Faculty Governance
- If you are interested in participating in faculty government, run for membership on committees or volunteer your services. Each spring the Academic Senate Office sends out a committee preference list where you can select the elected committees for which you would like to run, or the appointed committees for which you would like to be considered. The final slate for elected committees and recommendations for appointed committees rests with the Committee on Committees. Please contact the Senate Office at Ext. 3400 for more information.
- Read Academic Senate minutes and attend meetings to discover what is happening in faculty governance.
- Talk to faculty leaders to solicit their ideas and support.
- Remember, in addition to enhancing the campus culture, your service in faculty governance also enhances your RPT dossier.
- Do not hesitate to let other know your views or ideas. New concepts and positions are always welcome.
- Keep in mind that collegiality and civility are watchwords of the faculty governance process at CSU Stanislaus.
- Service on committees helps you meet faculty and staff from other parts of the university. Remember that collegiality extends beyond your department or college.
- As in any aspect of the democratic process, informed voting counts. Listen, read, and VOTE.
- Faculty are not the only participants in governance structure at CSU Stanislaus; staff and students also are involved. Be respectful of their place in process.
- University governance works best when administrators and faculty consult with each other.
- Keep a list of committees and their meeting times in an accessible place.