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491.2 Procedures

Faculty are encouraged to resolve disputes with the college or with colleagues through reasoned discussion with their department chair, the chief academic officer, the director of human resources, or other colleagues deemed relevant to or helpful in resolving the dispute.

Mediation. Before or at any time during an investigation, the CAO and other parties may jointly choose mediation. If all parties agree, mediation can be provided by the college’s human resources office. If any party objects to using an in-house mediator, human resources will provide an external mediator at the college’s expense. At any point, any party may unilaterally end mediation.

Investigations. A faculty member who is unable to resolve a grievance through reasoned discussion or mediation or who believes that reasoned discussion is not an alternative given the nature of the grievance may initiate the formal grievance procedure by petitioning the CAO for an investigation. If the grievance is against the CAO, the president or the president’s designee shall serve the function of the CAO for the duration of the investigation.

Whenever possible, the Faculty Review Committee shall serve as the Grievance Committee; however, if the grievance derives from a decision rendered by FRC, the Grievance Committee shall be comprised as follows: one faculty member chosen by the grievant, another chosen by the CAO, and a third member chosen jointly by the other two Grievance Committee members. If the two members cannot agree upon a third member in a timely fashion, the CAO or the director of human resources can negotiate with the grievant to appoint the third person.

Within 15 days of the Grievance Committee’s appointment, the grievant will submit a statement that details his or her case. Within 15 days of receiving the grievant’s statement, the Grievance Committee will determine whether an investigation is warranted or unwarranted and report that finding to the grievant.

If an investigation is warranted, the affected parties will present committee members with all relevant information. The Grievance Committee may solicit the testimony of witnesses and/or request additional documentary evidence to ensure that the investigation is fair and that all relevant facts are presented. The Grievance Committee will report its findings and recommendations to the grievant and the CAO within 60 days following its determination that an investigation is warranted. The Grievance Committee may (1) determine that a settlement is not possible or is inappropriate or (2) recommend actions to the CAO to redress the grievance.

Within 15 days of receiving the Hearing Committee’s report, the CAO shall (1) accept the Hearing Committee’s recommendations, (2) state in writing to the Hearing Committee and to the parties involved in the grievance the reasons for rejecting the recommendations, or (3) indicate in writing why a decision is delayed and when a resolution is expected.

Should the CAO reject the recommendation of the Grievance Committee, the Grievance Committee will reconsider its recommendation, taking into account the CAO’s objections. If necessary, it may receive new evidence or convoke a supplemental hearing. The Grievance Committee should report its final recommendation to the CAO within 15 days of receiving the CAO’s objections. Only after studying the Grievance Committee’s reconsidered recommendation may the CAO make a decision that overrules the Grievance Committee’s final recommendation. The CAO’s decision shall be released within 15 days of receipt of the Grievance Committee’s final recommendation.

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491.3 Grievance Timeline

491.3 Grievance Timeline

 

Grievant pursues reasoned discussion with CAO and other relevant parties.
Grievant and CAO discuss whether mediation is an option.
Grievant petitions CAO for an investigation.
15 days Appointment of Grievance Committee completed; grievant provides a statement detailing complaints.
15 days Grievance Committee rules on whether an investigation is warranted. If so…
60 days … the investigation is conducted; Grievance Committee reports its findings.
  If CAO objects to the Grievance Committee findings, the process continues:
15 days CAO responds in writing to Grievance Committee’s recommendation.
15 days Grievance Committee reports its final recommendation.
15 days CAO reports final decision to grievant and other relevant parties.
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FAC 101. History and Background

Chartered in 1887 by leaders of the Church of the Brethren, McPherson College has a 116-year history of providing excellent liberal arts and career-oriented education shaped by the essential values of its founding denomination. The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination founded in Germany in 1708. It accepts the New Testament as the rule of faith and emphasizes the inherent value of all persons, the communal discernment of truth, the necessity of putting faith into action, and the biblical calls to simplicity, nonviolence, nonconformity and transformation through education. Brethren strive to “continue the work of Jesus – peacefully, simply, together.”

McPherson College’s programs integrate career guidance and practical experiences into a traditional liberal arts curriculum that upholds the highest standards of academic excellence. Our goal is to help students discern a vocational call consistent with their gifts and interests and to prepare them for a life of meaningful work.

Community is central to McPherson College. We affirm diversity within the community, emphasizing unity and acceptance rather than judgment and rejection. Because we believe that the pursuit of truth is a collective endeavor, and that the point of scholarly learning is to advance the common good, McPherson College aspires to be a healthy community of learning where whole persons nurture and balance their physical, intellectual, and spiritual components; develop and live in respectful, reciprocal relationships with others; and are committed to responsible service to the world.

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FAC 103. The Mission of McPherson College

Mission Statement. McPherson College’s mission is to develop whole persons through scholarship, participation, and service.

To accomplish our mission, McPherson College embraces the ideals of scholarship, participation, and service.

Scholarship. All absolute truth is God’s Truth, and humankind must labor diligently in the pursuit of truth we can know; thus, McPherson College upholds the highest standards of academic excellence. Faculty strive to teach students to think critically and independently, to communicate clearly and effectively, to integrate knowledge across the disciplines, and to assess the value conflicts in issues. This is done without coercion, letting the evidence lead the search, and with respect for the consciences and value differences of others.

Participation. Students apply knowledge, practice skills, and deepen and broaden their understanding of themselves and others through active participation in diverse learning experiences. A smaller community requires greater participation from its members. For these reasons, McPherson College is committed to being a small college and to encouraging student participation in a variety of activities.

Service. God’s love is personified in the life of Jesus, who came to serve the world. Through works of peacemaking and compassion, humanity responds to God’s love and becomes an instrument of God’s servanthood in the world. Therefore, McPherson College emphasizes service to others, encouraging all members of its community to give selflessly of themselves to others.

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FAC 120. Accreditations

McPherson College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602; web address: www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org). Historically, the college became one of Kansas’ first accredited colleges in 1921; however, North Central withdrew its accreditation seven years later, primarily due to the college’s financial problems. McPherson College regained accredited status in 1940 and has retained continuous affiliation with North Central since. McPherson College’s last comprehensive accreditation visit was in 1995. The next visit is scheduled for the academic year 2004-2005.


The college is also accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education (120 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66612-1182) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023). Action by the State Board of Education in March 2003 continues accredited status through December 31, 2007. Students may seek endorsement in elementary education, music education, art education, Spanish, English speakers of other languages, health, physical education, mathematics, general science, biology, chemistry, English, speech communication, psychology, social studies (American history, U.S. government, world history), and industrial technology education.

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FAC 201. Overview Statement on Administrative Organization

The success of any formalized institution is due in part to the adoption of well defined organizational concepts. At McPherson College, organizational structure is designed to enable the college to fulfill most efficiently its current purposes and to contribute to the operation of the total educational enterprise.

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FAC 210. Board Organization

The Board of Trustees has the power to transact all business as may be necessary for the purposes of the corporation and to select the President of the College who, as the chief administrative officer, is responsible for the overall success of the college in meeting its goals and objectives.

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FAC 220. Administrative Organization

President of the College. In accordance with the requirements of the charter and by-laws of the Board of Trustees, the President has authority from and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for the operation and development of the college as a whole and for each of its parts. The President is the chief executive officer and the principal educational officer of the college. He/she is responsible for hiring all employees, for planning, developing and administering all institutional activities and for maintaining and promoting a broad view of the objectives and the mission of the college. Working directly for and closely with the President to accomplish these ends is the Provost. In the absence of the President, the Provost may make decisions on his behalf. Also reporting directly to the President are the Dean of Students, the Dean of Enrollment Management, the Executive Director of College Operations, and the Executive Director of College Advancement.

Provost and Dean of the Faculty. The Provost is the College’s chief operating officer. This person directs the college’s comprehensive instructional program, including all curricular functions. He/she coordinates and is responsible for the work of the division chairpersons, department heads, all teaching faculty, the Dean of Academic Resources, and the Associate Dean of Academic Records. The Provost assists the President and the proper committees in the recruitment, selection, promotion, or dismissal of faculty members; has immediate supervision and oversight of all the educational programs of the college; and serves as a leader in the molding of academic policy and programs. In the absence of the President, the Provost may make decisions on his behalf.

Dean of Students. This person provides administrative and creative leadership in the area of student life, striving for personal and academic growth of students. The Dean of Students oversees service learning activities and supervises the Athletic Director, the Associate Dean of Students, the Coordinator of Career and Personal Counseling, and the Campus Minister. The Dean of Students also has the responsibility for the student judicial system and coordinates the student orientation program.

Dean of Enrollment Management. The Dean of Enrollment Management provides comprehensive supervision of the recruitment and retention program of the college and directly supervises the Director of Financial Aid and other staff persons as designated within the area of Enrollment Services. This person serves on committees as directed by the President so as to assure that policy decisions of the college take into account the impact of such decisions on enrollment. Additionally the duties include a special focus on all aspects of quality of service to students. The Dean of Enrollment Management seeks to assure that each area of the college is encouraged and enabled with appropriate resources to support the mission of the college in the finest possible manner.

Executive Director of College Advancement. The Executive Director of College Advancement has the primary and supervisory responsibility for the college’s comprehensive fund raising, public relations, and constituent relations programs. Persons reporting to the Executive Director of College Advancement include the Director of Alumni and Community Relations, the Director of Annual Giving, the Director of Planned Giving, and the Director of College Communications.

Executive Director of College Operations and Chief Financial Officer. The Executive Director of College Operations directs, plans, coordinates and oversees the college’s financial functions, investments, physical facilities, and computer resources. The Executive Director also develops the college-wide budget, recommending policies and procedures related to finance and the physical plant, and manages the auxiliary services, information systems, the construction of new facilities, and serves as the college’s director for human resources. Persons reporting to the Executive Director include the Business Manager, the Plant Operations Manager, and the Director of Computer Services.

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FAC 250. Associated Colleges of Central Kansas

The Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK) is a consortium of the following six institutions:

  • Bethany College (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Lindsborg
  • Bethel College (General Conference Mennonite) North Newton
  • Kansas Wesleyan (United Methodist) Salina
  • McPherson College (Church of the Brethren) McPherson
  • Sterling College (Presbyterian Church, USA) Sterling
  • Tabor College (Mennonite Brethren) Hillsboro

The ACCK, founded in 1966, is one of the oldest academic consortia in America; it operates through an office located in McPherson. An executive director who oversees the operation of the ACCK is responsible to a board of trustees composed of the presidents of the six cooperating institutions.

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FAC 270. Other External Institutional Associations and Memberships

See Accreditation section in the McPherson College Catalog for a current list of institutional memberships.

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FAC 301. Faculty Authority in the Context of McPherson College

The final authority in the college rests in the Board of Trustees, as set forth in Article II, Section 1, of the Bylaws of the McPherson College Board of Trustees. Decision making for college operations is delegated to the President of the College, and authority for the academic program is delegated by the President to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and to the faculty. Faculty Meeting is the highest decision-making authority for the faculty; however, the faculty delegates authority to committees, divisions, departments, and individual faculty members of the college. Different authority is given to each level of governance, and while all levels are subject to oversight, each level has the authority to make and implement some decisions. Thus, each level of governance has both independent decision-making authority and decision-making authority that is dependent on approval of other parts of the governance. The faculty as a whole has decision-making authority in the academic program, but not complete authority. Decisions such as the content of this handbook depend on the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the President of the College, and some areas of handbook content require the approval of the Board of Trustees. Other decisions, such as appointment of faculty members to faculty committees, the approval of new courses, or the approval of individualized interdisciplinary programs are made independently, based on the faculty’s delegated authority. This distinction is fundamental for understanding faculty governance because it is important to differentiate between faculty decisions that may be immediately enacted under the authority of the faculty and those that may only be enacted pending the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President, or the Board of Trustees.

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FAC 302. Areas of Faculty Authority and Responsibilities

At McPherson College, faculty authority resides in the general faculty. At times this authority may be delegated to some legitimate faculty body such as a faculty committee or task force to expedite the work of the faculty. Yet the final authority still resides with the general faculty, which has the authority to confirm or overturn actions by its designated delegates. The faculty is given both independent decision-making authority and conditional authority, the authority to recommend and execute pending confirmation by higher authority. The authority of the general faculty to govern and recommend consists of the following areas:

 

FAC 302.1      Authority of Faculty to Govern

  1. Control academic affairs, including general academic policies and academic regulations;
  2. Regulate academic matters affecting more than one department or division;
  3. Determine requirements for degrees in all programs;
  4. Approve general education requirements for all degree programs;
  5. Approve general admission requirements;
  6. Approve curricula and program changes;
  7. Approve interdisciplinary programs involving more than one department or division;
  8. Establish residence requirements for degrees;
  9. Establish basic language requirements for admission of foreign students;
  10. Enact and enforce academic regulations for students in matters of attendance, examinations, grading, scholastic standing, honors, etc.;
  11. Call meetings of faculty members when needed;
  12. Determine voting rights;
  13. Determine what constitutes a quorum;
  14. Elect faculty officers;
  15. Approve college or university calendar.

 

FAC 302.2      Authority of Faculty to Recommend

  1. Candidates for degrees in all programs;
  2. Regulations governing student discipline, conduct, dismissal, probation, etc.;
  3. Policies governing appointments, ranks and promotions;
  4. Faculty compensation policies and structure for salary plan;
  5. Administrative action on policies affecting faculty members as a whole;
  6. Tenure regulations and modifications;
  7. Faculty appointments to college-wide committees;
  8. Organization of faculty and bylaws for its operation;
  9. Teaching loads.

 

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FAC 310. Organization of the Faculty

The McPherson College faculty is organized according to the Constitution of the Faculty of McPherson College (see Appendix 2). The faculty constitution provides a governance structure intended to enable the faculty to care for its principal responsibilities: (1) curriculum and educational policies, (2) the library and classroom instructional resources, and (3) matters relating to faculty personnel, including evaluation and promotion.

Faculty gather as a whole in Faculty Meeting to hear reports from standing committees and ad hoc task forces and to make decisions and recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs on matters related to faculty responsibilities. Four governance committees (Educational Policies Committee, Instructional Resources Committee, Faculty Review Committee, and Faculty Policies Committee) are commissioned to process issues and make recommendations on behalf of Faculty Meeting. A fifth governance committee, Faculty Executive Committee, serves to oversee and evaluate all aspects of faculty governance. As the five governance committees are chosen by and act on behalf of the faculty meeting, their decisions carry the authority of the whole faculty.

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FAC 311. Faculty Meeting

As a rule, Faculty Meeting occurs twice each month. Voting and non-voting membership criteria as well as specific information on faculty meeting are found in the faculty constitution (see Appendix 2).

Faculty Executive Committee plans and organizes agendas for regular Faculty Meetings. Agendas for upcoming meetings as well as minutes from the immediately preceding meeting are distributed to all faculty members at least 48 hours before the upcoming meeting. As a rule, agendas include reports from standing committees and a time for announcements from individual members. Although faculty may always make a motion from the floor to add items to a Faculty Meeting agenda, members are urged to direct requests for Faculty Meeting agenda time to Faculty Executive Committee for consideration.

In addition to regular meetings, a special Faculty Meeting may be called by the President of the College, by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, or by Faculty Executive Committee. Individual members may submit requests for special meetings to the Faculty Executive Committee for consideration.

Unless otherwise stipulated by Faculty Meeting action or by the faculty constitution, a simple majority of voting members constitutes a quorum, and a simple majority of members present is required for passage of business items. Business of the faculty shall be conducted according to the latest revised edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.

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FAC 312. Expectations for Faculty Committee Membership

All full-time faculty are expected to serve on faculty and/or campus-wide committees as part of their terms for employment at McPherson College. In some cases, individual faculty can control which committees they serve on by accepting or declining the nomination of their division or the faculty at-large. Faculty Executive Committee may appoint or recommend to the Vice President for Academic Affairs appointment to ad hoc committees or to campus-wide committees. Faculty Executive Committee is responsible for seeing that committee workloads are equitably distributed among all faculty. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, faculty are expected to accept appointments to committees issued by FEC or by the President.

Faculty are expected to take their committee responsibilities seriously. They should work with their chair to arrange a meeting time that is convenient for the majority of committee members. They should attend all meetings regularly and prepare adequately enough to contribute to committee processes. When absence is necessary, they should notify the chair ahead of time. Committee members should voluntarily assume a fair share of committee workload and, in general, accept responsibilities delegated by the chair. In general, there are three types of committees: Faculty Governance Committees, Faculty Committees, and Campus Committees.

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FAC 320. Committees Requiring Faculty Participation

FAC 320.1 Faculty Governance Committees

The five Faculty Governance Committees are created by Faculty Meeting to provide a governance structure for oversight and implementation of policies, programs, and curriculum.

  1. The Faculty Executive Committee (FEC)
  2. The Faculty Review Committee (FRC)
  3. Faculty Policies Committee (FPC)
  4. Educational Policies Committee (EPC)
  5. Instructional Resources Committee (IRC)

Elections for these committees take place in the spring. The bylaws for these governance committees are found in the appendices, and additional information is provided under Section 321.

FAC 320.2 Faculty Committees

Faculty Committees and appointees implement academic programming.

  1. The Academic Assessment Committee provides resources and expertise on assessment methods as well as oversight of assessment procedures and reports generated by the college.
  2. The Concert and Lecture Committee arranges lectures at the college.
  3. The Teaching Effectiveness Task Force prepares faculty development programming.
  4. The Teacher Education Board is the unit for the Teacher Education Program at McPherson College. The board’s responsibility is to foster and sustain a quality professional education program by maintaining curricular accountability and by ensuring admission of quality teacher education students to the program.
  5. The Stine Committee awards research support funds to support senior projects in the Natural Science Department.
  6. The Freshman and Sophomore Seminar Advisory Board develops and implements the seminar program.
  7. The Degree Completion Advisory Board oversees the R3 degree completion program.
  8. One faculty member is appointed by FEC to be the program liaison and serve as coordinator of the process for selecting senior students to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
  9. One faculty member is appointed by FEC to serve as program liaison for Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA).
  10. Two faculty members are elected in Faculty Meeting to serve as observers to the trustees, one for the fall, the other for the spring.
  11. The Advising Task Force provides guidelines and develops best practices for advising of students at the college.
  12. The Faculty Salaries Committee is assembled by FPC on a need-only basis in order to gather information and prepare reports or recommendations as directed by FPC.
  13. The Institutional Review Board is an ad hoc committee that reviews research studies conducted on campus and ensures that the well-being of research participants, researchers, and the institution is appropriately safeguarded.
  14. One faculty member is appointed by FEC to serve as program liaison for the Chicago Center for Urban Life.

 

FAC 320.3 Other Campus Committees and Faculty Assignments

Numerous other committees and programs require faculty participation. Appointment criteria for these committees vary widely from committee to committee. Committees and programs in which faculty participate include the following:

  1. The Strategic Planning Committee provides for long-range planning.
  2. The Intercollegiate Athletic Committee (IAC) reviews and approves McPherson College athletic policies, regulations, and scheduling.
  3. The College Auto Restoration Council reviews and advises the auto restoration program.
  4. The Campus Hearing Board reports to the Dean of Students and adjudicates cases of student violation of community codes.
  5. The Diversity Task Force oversees and promotes programming aimed at developing college diversity and creating diverse opportunities for students.
  6. The Enrollment Committee works with admissions staff to establish enrollment guidelines for the college.
  7. The Personnel Committee reports to the President and evaluates and recommends employee benefits and hears employee grievances.
  8. The Retention Task Force develops methods for improving student retention.
  9. The Safety Committee establishes best practices in campus safety.
  10. Additional ad hoc committees and/or task forces may be organized by the administration or standing committees for short-term special assignments. These committees exist only until the special task is accomplished. A final report to the responsible committee represents the termination of an ad hoc committee or task force.
  11. Other committees, such as the Homecoming Committee or the Church Relations Committee, may request faculty participation as needed.

 

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FAC 321. Faculty Governance Committees and the Faculty Governance Process

Faculty governance is the process of integrating the organizational units of the faculty for decision making and execution of faculty responsibilities as outlined in section 301.2. The organizational units involved in the governance process are Faculty Meeting, committees, divisions, and departments.

The central tools of faculty governance are the Faculty Governance Committees. Faculty Governance Committees are decision-making bodies that govern issue areas. The bylaws of each committee (found in the handbook appendices) specify the Purpose of each committee and a Committee Charge: Responsibilities & Accountabilities, which outlines the responsibilities of each committee. Furthermore, committee bylaws specify Reporting Relationships, the processes available for executing committee decisions. These bylaw specifics are fundamental for the efficient execution of the responsibilities of the faculty because many types of decisions may be made directly by committees based on the authority delegated to them by the faculty. Other types of decisions are subject to a review process, such as being sent to Faculty Meeting or to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for approval. In order for committees to function efficiently, it is essential that the members of committees clearly understand the bylaws of their committees. As committee membership changes on a yearly basis, it is recommended that each committee review its bylaws at the beginning of the academic year to ensure that members understand the purpose, jurisdiction, and reporting relationships of their committees. Detailed descriptions of the Faculty Governance Committees may be found in the committee bylaws appendices of the Faculty Handbook. A brief overview of the Faculty Governance Committees, including descriptions of purposes and responsibilities follows:

FAC 321.1 Faculty Executive Committee (FEC)

Faculty Executive Committee is the point of leadership for faculty governance. FEC sets agendas for the faculty, both in a narrow sense of setting schedule for faculty meeting and in the broader sense of establishing goals for the faculty governance system and monitoring the work of the committees to ensure that those goals are met. It is the responsibility of FEC to be informed on the progress of deliberation and decision making within faculty committees and to ensure that faculty deliberation translates into faculty action in a timely manner. The membership of FEC makes it especially well suited for this task. As FEC is composed of the division chairs, the faculty chair, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, FEC is well positioned to coordinate decision making within the academic program.

purpose
To serve as a coordinating group for Faculty Meeting and faculty committees and functions; to monitor the flow of work among various levels of faculty organization and to evaluate the effectiveness of faculty governance.

responsibilities
Plan fall faculty retreat. Plan faculty meetings. Serve as nominating committee for faculty committee positions. Delegate members to serve as liaisons to EPC, IRC, EPC, and other campus committees. Monitor workflow within the faculty committee structure, suggesting alternatives for revision of structure or process. Oversee ad hoc faculty committees and task forces. Review and refer items from committees to Faculty Meeting, from committee to committee (faculty or joint), or to administrative offices from faculty governance entities. Process appeals from committee to Faculty Meeting.

FAC 321.2 Educational Policy Committee (EPC)

purpose
To provide oversight of the academic program, curriculum, and academic policies.

responsibilities
Approve new courses and changes to courses. Approve individualized interdisciplinary programs, the academic calendar, and the course schedule. Recommend additions, alterations, or deletions of programs of study and academic departments. Interpret academic policy, recommending new policy as appropriate. Recommend changes in academic requirements—e.g., general education curriculum or graduation requirements.

FAC 321.3  Instructional Resource Committee (IRC)

purpose
To provide oversight of instructional resource needs and use, including library, classrooms and other facilities. To oversee efficient use of resources and acquisitions.

responsibilities
Review academic computer usage and the plan for maintenance and update of academic computing systems. Review other technology-related needs for the academic program. Serve as liaison between library personnel and faculty. Advise on library acquisitions and priorities, library services, and long-range planning. Assess classrooms and educational facilities. Recommend institutional priorities for funds available for instructional resources.

FAC 321.4 Faculty Policies Committee (FPC)

purpose
To provide oversight of policy concerning faculty personnel, faculty hiring, sabbaticals, faculty evaluation and promotion, faculty compensation, and other such matters as the President may request.

responsibilities
Review the Faculty Handbook, faculty hiring process, and faculty evaluation policies. Review tenure, promotion, and sabbatical policy. Review compensation policies and the structure of the salary plan.

FAC 321.5  Faculty Review Committee (FRC)

purpose
To provide oversight of the performance of individual faculty members.

responsibilities
Oversee faculty evaluation process. Evaluate faculty effectiveness and make recommendations regarding continuation of contracts, promotion and tenure, and the granting of sabbaticals for individual faculty members. Recommend the awarding of emeriti status and honorary degrees.

 

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FAC 330. Divisions

Currently, McPherson College faculty are organized into three academic divisions, each composed of a cluster of academic departments as follows:

Division of Humanities
Art
Modern Languages
Performing Arts
Philosophy and Religion

Division of Science and Technology
Mathematics
Natural Science
Technology

Division of Social Sciences
Business
Curriculum and Instruction
History and Politics
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Behavioral Science

As a rule, divisions meet twice each month. Divisions assume the initial responsibility for reviewing and approving curriculum changes proposed by departments. Division meetings also serve as the principal vehicle through which faculty learn about curriculum and program changes adopted by Educational Policies Committee and/or Faculty Meeting and through which faculty review and evaluate such changes.

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FAC 340. Division Chairs: Appointment and Responsibilities

Divisional chairs are elected by their respective divisions. Chairs are responsible to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Their specific duties and responsibilities include

  1. Perform necessary duties commonly afforded to the role of a chair, i.e., preparing agenda, calling and chairing meetings, and ensuring that records of all meetings are kept;
  2. Represent the division on Faculty Executive Committee;
  3. Serve as liaisons on the respective policy committees, determined by the Faculty Executive Committee in its organizational meeting;
  4. Receive recommendations concerning curriculum changes from department chairs and, after assuring approval from appropriate sub-committees, present those recommendations receiving divisional approval to Educational Policies Committee;
  5. Serve as member of search committees for departments in the division;
  6. Serve as member of program review committee for programs within division (This can be optional when all parties agree);
  7. Provide written documentation of evaluation for division faculty members;
  8. Review academic program budget requests, prioritize and make budget recommendations to the Strategic Planning Committee, and advocate on behalf of the budget requirements of the instructional program;
  9. Monitor catalog copy within the division;
  10. Assume the major responsibility for establishing and maintaining a good esprit de corps within the division.

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FAC 350. Department Chairs: Appointment and Responsibilities

Department chairs are appointed by the administration and are responsible to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Administrative duties for the academic operation of departments are the responsibility of departmental chairpersons. Special duties and responsibilities include

  1. Perform necessary duties commonly afforded to the role of a chair, i.e., preparing agenda, calling and chairing meetings, and ensuring that records of all meetings are kept;
  2. Arrange the schedule of course offerings and departmental teaching assignments for each term in consultation with departmental faculty members. If adjunct assistance is required, advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs of departmental needs in a timely manner and offer suggestions of qualified lecturers to fill these needs;
  3. With the input of departmental faculty, prepare an annual budget for the department and supervise departmental expenditures within the current budget;
  4. Consult with the Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding departmental faculty concerns and personnel needs;
  5. Seek to stimulate high standards of achievement within the department and to effect consensus about the purposes of the department, the division, and the college;
  6. Acquaint colleagues, particularly new faculty members, with details associated with library acquisition policies, audio-visual equipment, student work study availability, department budget, acquisition of supplies, etc.;
  7. Supervise the preparation of catalog material for the department;
  8. Prepare documents required of all departments in collaboration with other department faculty. These may include, but are not limited to, annual reports to the President, competencies growth plan, major assessment plan, etc.;
  9. Oversee the implementation of the departmental assessment plan;
  10. Carry major responsibility in advisement of students, especially of those majoring in the department;
  11. Assume the major responsibility for establishing and maintaining a good esprit de corps within the department;
  12. Perform other supervisory departmental duties not specifically reserved for the division chair or the administration;
  13. Oversee department coordination with the admissions department staff to promote recruiting of new students.

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FAC 401. Criteria Considered in Recruiting and Hiring Faculty

McPherson College seeks to employ faculty who are compatible with the mission and values of the college, maintaining its identity as a college related to the Church of the Brethren. We seek a diverse faculty, appropriately credentialed, that meets institutional criteria.

Criteria and priorities for a successful hire vary from position to position. Criteria to be considered in the employment of new faculty include in random order (1) the person’s compatibility with the college’s statement of mission; (2) the candidate’s academic credentials; (3) prior experience in education and/or related employment in other professional activities; (4) professional certifications; and (5) demonstrated excellence in teaching.  McPherson College complies with Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines on hiring.  Given a pool of equally qualified candidates, the hiring committee may consider whether a candidate’s diversity will add to the college’s published strategic plan goals.

McPherson College also seeks to identify potential candidates for faculty positions which may become vacant in the near future because of impending retirements, resignations, or other institutional needs. The President and the CAO seek to identify and encourage such persons. If faculty have suggestions for potential McPherson College faculty, they should share those names with the President or the CAO.

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FAC 402. Institutional Need

No hire is made at McPherson College without a demonstrated institutional need or a strategic plan that establishes a set of indicators that must be achieved within a specified time frame to justify the position. In addition, college administrators examine the cost of instruction (COI) and monitor the institutional need for existing faculty positions annually. Furthermore, as explained in section 443.2.1, department chairs are required to address the matter of institutional need in the letters they submit as part of comprehensive evaluations.

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FAC 402.1 Components of Institutional Need

The following are suggested criteria to be used in assessing the institutional need for new or ongoing faculty positions. These criteria are intended for use as guidelines.

I.  Core issues of mission

  • Is the position supportive of the college’s mission?
  • Is the position consistent with the heritage and/or values of the Church of the Brethren?
  • Does the position support development of the ideal McPherson College graduate?
  • Does the position support community and alumni relations?
  • Does the position support participation in on-campus curricular and co-curricular activities.

II. Cost and system efficiency

  • Is the position necessary for a quality program?
  • Is the program financially viable?
    – Number of majors
    – Number of graduates
    – Number of general education students served
    – Alumni donations
    – Co-curricular participation
  • Does the position make efficient use of campus facilities?
  • Are there other quantitative data demonstrating institutional need such as load hours taught and credit hours generated?
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FAC 402.2 Implementation of Institutional Need Criteria

Institutional need criteria will be diligently addressed by the department when requesting the addition of a new position or a new hire for an existing position. This will ensure that every new hire is justifiably needed.

During a faculty member’s comprehensive tenure evaluation (see FAC 443.2.1), the department chair (or division chair, if the faculty member being evaluated is the department chair, or the most senior faculty member of the division if the person is both department and division chair) and the Chief Academic Officer will submit to the Faculty Review Committee evidence relating to institutional need for the position. This justification will be based on information addressing the two categories of criteria: Core Issues of Mission and Cost/System Efficiency.

Issues of institutional need for positions occupied by tenured faculty members not seeking promotion will be addressed through the program review process.

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FAC 403. Selection and Employment of New Faculty

As chief administrative officer of the college, the President is authorized to make the final decision on all personnel issues, including the selection and employment of new faculty.

When a faculty vacancy occurs, the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) makes a recommendation to the President as to whether the vacant faculty position should be filled. No faculty position is automatically filled; rather, that position must be justified regarding its continued appropriateness within a liberal arts framework, the continued needs of the college, and the institution’s statement of mission.

To ensure the college’s success in attaining a deep pool of candidates and making the strongest hire possible, this process should be followed:

  1. After the department chair submits an assessment of the institutional need for a new position or a replacement for an existing position, and the administration approves, the President authorizes the CAO to proceed with the search process.
  2. The CAO and the chair of the involved department prepare a position description.
  3. The approved position description is publicized as widely as resources allow.
  4. The CAO calls a search committee called together. The committee selects its chair and establishes a timeline for its work. The search committee generally involves the following constituencies:
  • A representative from the department in which the vacancy occurs—the department chair whenever possible. Departments with three or more members may appoint an additional department member as part of the committee
  • The division chair of the pertinent department or his/her designee
  • An at-large faculty representative from outside the department with the vacancy
  • The CAO or his/her designee
  • Upper-division student representative from department in which the vacancy occurs
  1. The committee may conduct preliminary telephone or video interviews.
  2. In consultation with the CAO, the search committee recommends the candidate(s) to be invited to campus for formal interviews.
  3. An on-campus experience—including a teaching demonstration, an in-depth interview with the search committee, and meetings with the department members and students—is arranged.
  4. The search committee recommends a candidate to the CAO, who carries the recommendation to the President.
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FAC 404. Required Faculty Credentials

McPherson College is committed to offering students effective teaching, measurable learning, and academic programs of demonstrated quality. Delivering excellent academic programs requires qualified faculty, that is, faculty with the “ability to understand and convey the essentials of a specific discipline in a collegiate environment…, to engage professionally with colleagues regarding the learning objectives for program graduates …, [and to] possess and demonstrate the full scope of knowledge, skills and dispositions appropriate to the credential awarded” (The Higher Learning Commission, “Determining Qualified Faculty through HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation and Assumed Practices” [March 2016], p. 2). Such qualifications are primarily met by academic credentials but, under certain circumstances, equivalent credentials, such as tested experience in the field of instruction or professional certifications or licenses, can also qualify faculty to fulfill the responsibilities identified by HLC.

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FAC 404.1 Minimum Faculty Qualifications

As a rule, undergraduate instructors should possess an earned doctorate or master’s degree relevant to the subject they are teaching. An instructor who holds a master’s degree or higher in a discipline or sub-field other than that in which he or she is teaching may be qualified with a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the discipline or sub-field in which he or she teaches.  In some cases, instructors may be hired on the basis of qualifications other than academic credentials (as described in Section 404.2) or with a binding commitment that the instructor will complete the required degree or graduate hours within an agreed-upon time frame (see FAC 405). In the latter case, the instructor shall serve under the mentorship of a qualified instructor until appropriate credentials are earned. Instructors who have not earned the appropriate academic credentials and who fail to make satisfactory progress toward earning those credentials as described in FAC 405 place themselves at risk of termination.

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FAC 404.2 Using Tested Experience and Equivalent Credentials for Determining Faculty Qualifications

In some cases, tested experience or other credentials may be determined equivalent to the degree that would otherwise be required for a teaching assignment. In other cases—especially for those concentrating on applied arts, technical skills, or career preparation—tested experience in the field may be needed as much as or more than formal education. Tested experience is considered to include a breadth and depth of experience outside of the classroom in real-world situations relevant to the discipline in which the faculty member will be teaching. This section establishes guidelines for determining that a faculty member is qualified based on tested experience and/or equivalent credentials.

404.2.1  Equivalent Credentials for Undergraduate Instructors

Most undergraduate instructors who do not hold an earned doctorate or master’s degree in the discipline or subfield in which they teach, or who hold a graduate degree in a different discipline but have not completed at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield in which they teach, must hold a bachelor’s degree, preferably in the discipline or subfield in which they teach, and at least one of the following:

  • Significant tested experience relevant to department-defined course outcomes. The acceptable minimum number of years of experience will vary based upon the level or quality of that experience and will be assessed as part of the procedure for evaluating tested experience described in 404.3.
  • More than 50 percent of the credit hours toward a master’s degree in the discipline or subfield and adequate tested experience relevant to department-defined course outcomes
  • Professional credentials—e.g., licensure or certification in a relevant area—and adequate tested experience relevant to department-defined course outcomes
  • A documented record of recognized achievement, research, or scholarship in the discipline or subfield in which they teach.

In the case of undergraduate instructors teaching skills-based or occupational courses (for example, automotive restoration, photography, or web development and design), significant tested experience alone, without an undergraduate degree, may be determined to be an equivalent credential.

404.2.2 Equivalent Credentials for Graduate Instructors

Graduate instructors who do not hold a terminal degree in the discipline or subfield in which they teach must hold a master’s degree in the discipline or subfield in which they teach, and at least one of the following:

  • Significant tested experience relevant to department-defined course outcomes, as determined as part of the procedure for evaluating tested experience described in 404.3
  • A documented record of recognized research, scholarship or professional achievement in the discipline or subfield in which they teach
  • Additional professional credentials—e.g., licensure or certification in a relevant area.
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FAC 404.3 Procedure for Evaluating Faculty Qualifications

The potential instructor shall provide to the Chief Academic Officer a résumé or curriculum vitae and any other documentation relevant to the tested experience guidelines above.

In the case of undergraduate instructors, the CAO will submit the instructor’s materials to the relevant department chair or qualified member of the discipline in which the instructor will teach, who will complete the Faculty Hiring Qualifications form (Appendix 14 in this handbook) and return it to the CAO.

In the case of graduate instructors, the CAO will submit the materials to the director of the graduate program or a qualified member of the discipline in which the instructor will teach, who will complete and return the hiring qualifications form. The candidate’s qualifications will be independently evaluated and a recommendation will be made as to whether the instructor meets minimum qualifications, either by academic or by equivalent credentials.

If the CAO agrees with the reviewers’ evaluations of the materials, the hire can be finalized. A record of the decision to hire shall be kept on file in the Academic Affairs office.

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FAC 404.4 Annual Compliance Review

Each September the CAO shall report to Faculty Review Committee all new faculty appointments based upon tested experience or any factor other than academic credentials. FRC may, upon request, review the materials submitted for tested experience appointments. The CAO is accountable for addressing any areas of concern raised by FRC.

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FAC 405. Faculty Continued Education Program

McPherson College expects all faculty will possess the minimum academic credentials, the adequate tested experience, or a satisfactory combination of the two as determined in section 404.3 above. Occasionally, however, current faculty or applicants for faculty positions may lack the desired academic credentials or the significant tested experience deemed to qualify them fully for their teaching assignments. In such cases, to remain employed or to be considered for employment, these individuals must complete and sign a Faculty Continued Education Plan (see Appendix 15). An acceptable continued education plan will require the faculty member to complete a minimum of six graduate credit hours per year toward the required degree or the required 18 graduate hours in the field. The plan for continued study will be developed in consultation with the CAO and the department chair. Barring extenuating circumstances, the faculty member must make the planned progress on the continued education plan to remain employed. Deviations from the plan must be authorized by the CAO.

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FAC 420. Appointments, Terms, and Conditions

There are five types of faculty appointments: (1) tenure-track appointments (Section 422), (2) appointments with tenure (Section 423), (3) visiting professor on special contract (Section 424), (4) guest professor (Section 425) and (5) adjunct faculty (Section 426).

The contractual instrument for the faculty member is the letter of employment. The terms of employment of a faculty member indicated in any correspondence of the President, Chief Academic Office (CAO), or other representative of the institution must be clearly and completely stated in the letter of employment. The CAO is responsible for ensuring that faculty members are informed of college procedures. Oral agreements must be put into writing to be binding. McPherson College recognizes that the letter of employment is binding for the faculty member and the institution.

The letter of employment will stipulate any exceptions to standard tenure and promotion procedures as described in this Faculty Handbook. The letter of employment will clearly delineate conditions for employment and faculty responsibilities. It will specify any unusual responsibilities and requirements for the particular faculty member. The faculty member will receive the appropriate rank as defined by Section 450 Academic Ranks. Any credit for previous experience must be established in the initial letter of employment or statement of compensation.

If both parties agree that the terms of the letter of employment need modification, then these terms can be renegotiated for subsequent letters of employment.

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FAC 421. Appointments, Terms, and Conditions

The contractual instrument for the faculty member is the letter of employment. The terms of employment of a faculty member indicated in any correspondence of the President, Chief Academic Office (CAO), or other representative of the institution must be clearly and completely stated in the letter of employment. The CAO is responsible for ensuring that faculty members are informed of college procedures. Oral agreements must be put into writing to be binding. McPherson College recognizes that the letter of employment is binding with the faculty member and the institution.

The letter of employment will stipulate any exceptions to standard tenure and promotion procedures as described in this Faculty Handbook. The letter of employment will clearly delineate conditions for employment and faculty responsibilities. It specifies any unusual responsibilities and requirements for the particular faculty member. The faculty member will receive the appropriate rank as defined by Section 450 Academic Ranks. Any credit for previous experience must be stated explicitly in writing by the President.

If both parties agree that the terms of the letter of employment need modification, then these terms can be renegotiated for subsequent letters of employment.

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FAC 422. Tenure-Track Appointments

A tenure-track appointment is an appointment for a limited duration during which review will be conducted for a tenured appointment. The normal duration of a tenure-track appointment is a maximum of seven years. If a “satisfactory progress toward tenure” letter of employment is issued during the fifth year, the faculty tenure review process will begin in the sixth year of employment (see FAC 460).

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FAC 423. Appointments with Tenure

Once tenure is granted, appointments are on a continuing basis. Such an appointment is terminable by the institution only a) after not less than 12 months’ notice to the faculty member, if the termination is on account of financial exigency or discontinuation of the discipline area, or b) for adequate cause. See FAC 460 for an overview of tenure, and see FAC 482 for information on dismissal by institution.

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FAC 424. Visiting Professor with Special Contract

This is a fixed-term, conditional appointment. This hire is intended to provide for the possibility of program development and/or later conversion to a tenure-track hire.

 

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FAC 425. Guest Professor

A limited-term appointment such as a sabbatical replacement or a guest lecturer. The blend of responsibilities, such as teaching and/or administrative duties, will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the administration and department chair. This contract has a fixed end date, with the assumption that the contract will not be renewed.

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FAC 426. Part-time and Adjunct Faculty

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FAC 426.1 Part-time Faculty

A part-time faculty appointment is an appointment with academic rank of half-time or less. These appointments are limited-term (typically one year) and are available for indefinite renewal. Review of part-time faculty follows the procedures for summative reviews outlined in FAC 442.1.

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FAC 426.2 Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty appointments are part-time temporary faculty appointments for one or more courses. These appointments are on a course-by-course basis. Responsibilities are limited to classroom instruction and teaching. Adjunct faculty are expected to be available outside the classroom for student appointments. Review of adjunct faculty follows the procedures outlined in FAC 444.

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FAC 427. Administrative Personnel with Academic Rank

The classification of administrative faculty shall be used for those individuals whose primary responsibilities are administrative. Individuals who earn faculty rank and then become administrative faculty retain faculty rank and/or tenure and may advance in academic rank. Administrative faculty may be assigned an academic rank in the letter of appointment.

Administrative personnel who hold academic rank are subject to this handbook in their capacity as faculty members. Discipline of administrative faculty who hold academic rank shall take place in accordance with the provisions of this handbook concerning faculty discipline. Administrative faculty shall have the same grievance rights as other faculty.

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FAC 431. Obligations of Faculty Member to Institution

Faculty are responsible for preparing required reports in a timely manner; regularly attending department, division, and faculty meetings; and serving on committees as elected or assigned. Failure to attend to these responsibilities will be considered as a part of the faculty evaluation process.

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FAC 440. Faculty Evaluation Purpose and Philosophy

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FAC 440.1 Purpose

Regular faculty evaluation aims to advance the college’s mission by developing faculty who model scholarship, participation, and service and who continually strive for excellence in the teaching/learning process. Participation in evaluation offers faculty the opportunity to identify and assess their growth as teachers and their contributions to the advancement of the mission of the college. The intent is to offer a guide for professional goal setting and to provide constructive and balanced information to help faculty members fulfill their academic responsibilities. Evaluations also allow the college to determine whether faculty are effectively fulfilling their responsibilities. Evaluations are central to decisions regarding contract renewal, promotion, and tenure.

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FAC 440.2 Philosophy

McPherson College’s evaluation procedures are grounded in the following philosophical positions:

  • The primary goal for McPherson College faculty is excellence in all matters of teaching and learning. The college’s evaluation procedures focus on helping and encouraging faculty members to develop their teaching effectiveness in order to continually improve student learning.
  • McPherson College’s mission is to develop whole persons. Faculty should strive to exemplify the wholeness the college hopes to produce in students; therefore, the evaluation process considers faculty members’ scholarship, participation, and service.
  • Faculty contribute to the college and their communities in various ways; therefore, individual faculty members may prioritize how the criteria of scholarship, participation and service are to be considered in the evaluation process. Faculty Review Committee recognizes that faculty evaluation must be sensitive to the range and impact of teaching contexts.
  • Faculty undergoing review should not be overburdened by the evaluation process. The evaluation procedures described in this handbook have been designed to allow faculty undergoing reviews to maintain their focus on their classroom performance. An effort has been made to ensure the quantity and extent of required evaluation materials is reasonable and to distribute the production of evaluation materials throughout the academic year and across the careers of faculty members.
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FAC 441. Evaluation and the Elements of Professional Practice

To guide Faculty Review Committee in making fair and equitable judgments in the evaluation process and to assist faculty in completing self-evaluations, McPherson College faculty have adopted the Basic Elements of Professional Practice, organized into the domains Teaching, Scholarship, Participation, and Service. In summative reviews (see FAC 443, especially Section 443.1.2), the elements in Domain I: Teaching constitute the principal criteria for contract decisions. In addition, in comprehensive evaluations (see FAC 443, especially Section 443.2.2), faculty address Domains II-IV in their self-evaluations; however, faculty rank those domains according to the influence they wish each domain to carry in their evaluation.

Faculty Review Committee recognizes that the teaching/learning process is complex; not every basic element of professional practice is relevant to every teacher, and the list may well omit elements of practice that are critical in the performance of some teachers. Both the rubric and the checklist included in Appendix 12: The Basic Elements of Professional Practice are intended as guides. FRC does not systematically use either the rubric or the checklist in the faculty evaluation process; neither is there an expectation that a faculty member will systematically address the listed elements in their Professional Development Plans or comprehensive evaluation materials. Faculty are encouraged to be familiar with the Elements of Professional Practice and to use them as guides in assessing their strengths and weaknesses as a McPherson College faculty member.

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FAC 442. Annual Evaluation Activities For All Faculty

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FAC 442.1 Student Course Evaluations

Regardless of an instructor’s rank or type of appointment (see FAC 422-426), students evaluate instructors of every regularly scheduled course using a nationally normed, standardized survey instrument adopted by the college. The results of these surveys are available to the faculty member and department chairs for formative purposes and to the Faculty Review Committee for summative purposes.

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FAC 442.2 The Professional Development Plan

All faculty members teaching half time or more (excluding guest professors; see FAC 425) must submit an annual Professional Development Plan (PDP) to their department chair and the chief academic officer. The PDP provides faculty members an opportunity to reflect on their performance in the past year as measured by the criteria of teaching, scholarship, participation, and service. In addition, the PDP provides faculty members a place to record their goals for the coming year. Candor and realism are important qualities of the Professional Development Plan.

442.2.1 Content of the Professional Development Plan

The Professional Development Plan (PDP) comprises two parts: (I) Projects and Goals and (II) Mission Objectives.

I. Projects and Goals

This section of the PDP lists the faculty member’s goals for the previous year and briefly reports on success in achieving those goals. It should explain the circumstances that prevented the completion of projects or attainment of goals.

This section should also enumerate the projects and goals for the coming year and explain how the completion of these projects or the accomplishment of these goals will contribute to the larger goals of the department and/or the college.

Finally, this section may specify ways the college can assist with the completion of the faculty member’s projects and goals.

II.  Mission Objectives

The college’s mission is “to develop whole persons through scholarship, participation, and service.” The faculty member’s most important function is to teach effectively in order to maximize student learning. This section of the PDP reflects briefly upon the faculty member’s involvement and growth in the areas of teaching and learning, scholarship, participation, and service. Faculty seeking guidance for this section of PDP should refer to 442.2.2 for suggested content and examples.

When complete, the PDP should be approximately 750 words. A template for the Professional Development Plan is available on the college Intranet site.

442.2.2 Annual Professional Development Plan Procedures

First-year faculty members submit their PDPs to their department chairs and the Academic Affairs office by January 15; returning faculty, by October 1. After receiving the PDP, department chairs meet with faculty members individually to discuss the PDPs. (Chairs may meet with the CAO for review of their own PDPs.) Following the meeting, the chair writes an evaluative response and shares it with the faculty member, who signs to acknowledge receipt of the response. Faculty members who take issue with the chair’s evaluations may append a statement of his or her disagreement to be filed with the chair’s response. In the case of returning faculty, the chair’s evaluation with the faculty member’s comments will be forwarded to the CAO by November 1. In the case of first-year faculty, the response and any comments shall be submitted by February 1.

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FAC 443. Evaluation of Tenure-track and Tenured Faculty

There are two levels of review for tenured and tenure-track faculty at McPherson College: (1) Summative reviews occur in the first, second, and fifth years of employment. Faculty Review Committee may require a fourth-year summative review when there are ongoing conditions to be met. (2) Comprehensive evaluations occur in the third year of employment, in the years of application for tenure and/or promotion, and every fifth year following the granting of tenure.

Summative reviews require little additional work on the part of the faculty member beyond the annual evaluation activities required of all faculty, as explained in FAC 441. Comprehensive evaluations require the faculty member to submit updated vitas and an additional self-evaluation of 5-10 pages (see Section 443.2).

The final authority over matters of employment is the President, who is empowered to override Faculty Review Committee recommendations when, in his or her judgment, such an action seems in the best interest of the institution. In cases in which the President intends to transmit to the Board of Trustees a recommendation that reverses or substantively alters the recommendation of Faculty Review Committee, the President shall communicate to Faculty Review Committee in writing the basis for the change in the recommendation.

The faculty evaluation procedure is set forth in more detail below. A table summarizing the stages of the college’s evaluation procedures, including deadlines for submission of materials and/or notifications, can be found in Section 448.

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FAC 443.1 Summative Reviews

The purposes of summative reviews are to ensure that the faculty member’s performance is satisfactory and to help the new faculty member develop professionally. Following review of all evaluation materials, Faculty Review Committee composes a Faculty Evaluation Report, which is delivered to the faculty member by the CAO. The report cites strengths and weaknesses and offers recommendations for professional growth.

Summative reviews occur in the first, second, and fifth years of employment. A fourth-year summative review may also be required if the third-year comprehensive evaluation specifies areas needing improvement prior to the fifth-year review. A summative review that raises serious concerns about the faculty member’s performance can trigger a comprehensive evaluation that could result in nonrenewal as described in the remainder of this handbook section.

443.1.1 Summative Review Materials

The only materials required from faculty undergoing a summative review are the annual Professional Development Plan and the course syllabi submitted prior to the beginning of each semester.

Faculty Review Committee is provided with the materials below for each summative review.

  1. A classroom observation report provided by the Chief Academic Officer or designee. The observation visit will be scheduled for a class and date mutually acceptable to the faculty member and the observer. The classroom observation is guided by a rubric based on Domain I of McPherson College’s “Elements of Professional Practice Checklist” (see Appendix 12).
  2. Student course evaluations for all courses, administered in the final weeks of each semester. Summary reports of student evaluations are available online to both FRC and the faculty member.
  3. Two course syllabi selected by the faculty member. Because faculty members submit their course syllabi to Academic Affairs prior to the first day of class, all that is required is that the faculty member notify the Academic Affairs office of the two syllabi to be provided to FRC.
  4. The faculty member’s Professional Development Plan (PDP), as described in Section 441. For first-year faculty, the PDP should be submitted to the department chair and the CAO by January 15. All returning faculty submit PDPs no later than October 1.
  5. The department chair’s summary evaluation and response to the faculty member’s PDP, as described in 441.2.2.

443.1.2 Summative Review Criteria

Unless there are other issues requiring attention, Faculty Review Committee keeps its focus in the summative review on the faculty member’s classroom performance, relying primarily on the criteria listed in Domain I of the Elements of Professional Practice for McPherson College Faculty. (See Appendix 12 for details.)

443.1.3 Summative Review Procedures

First-year review. The PDP is submitted to the CAO and department chair by January 15. The chair writes an evaluative response, meets with the faculty member to discuss the response, and submits it with any comments from the faculty member to the CAO by February 1. Faculty Review Committee completes summative reviews of first-year faculty and forwards its recommendations to the President by March 1. By March 15, the CAO will have delivered FRC’s Faculty Evaluation Report to first-year faculty members. The report shall indicate one of two possible decisions: (1) notice of a one-year letter of employment for the following academic year or (2) notice of nonrenewal.

Second-year review. The annual PDP and the chair’s response are submitted as explained in FAC 442. Faculty Review Committee will forward its recommendations on second-year (and fourth-year faculty, if necessary) to the President by January 15. By February 15, the CAO will deliver FRC’s evaluation report to the faculty member. The report shall indicate one of two possible decisions: (1) notice of a one-year letter of employment or (2) notice of nonrenewal.

If a faculty member is required to undergo a fourth-year summative review, FRC may also request an additional comprehensive evaluation prior to the application for tenure or promotion.

Fifth-year review. The annual PDP and the chair’s response are submitted as explained in FAC 442. By March 1 of the fifth year, the faculty member shall receive one of two possible decisions: (1) a notice of a one-year “satisfactory progress toward tenure” letter of employment (while not constituting a promise of tenure and not indicating that a tenure decision has been made, such a letter does indicate that the faculty member is progressing satisfactorily toward a likely eventual grant of tenure, assuming equally satisfactory future progress); or (2) notice of non-renewal and a one-year terminal letter of employment.

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FAC 443.2 Comprehensive Evaluations

Comprehensive evaluations take place in the third year of employment and in the years in which a faculty member applies for tenure and/or promotion. Following the granting of tenure, a comprehensive evaluation takes place in the third year, in the year when the faculty member applies for promotion, and otherwise at five-year intervals. In addition, Faculty Review Committee can require additional comprehensive evaluations if a faculty member’s regular summative review or comprehensive evaluation has raised serious concerns about the faculty member’s performance.

The purpose of the comprehensive evaluation in the third year of employment and the years of application for tenure or promotion is to ensure that the faculty member meets McPherson College’s standards for teaching, scholarship, participation, and service at a level that merits advancement to the next stage of employment. The purpose of the post-tenure comprehensive evaluation is to encourage experienced faculty to reflect upon their current standing as a teacher and model of the college’s mission and to create a plan for continued growth in their teaching, scholarship, participation, and service.

443.2.1 Comprehensive Evaluation Materials

Academic Affairs provides Faculty Review Committee with the same materials provided for summative reviews. However, some additional material is required of faculty members undergoing comprehensive evaluation.

The following materials are provided by Academic Affairs and the CAO:

  1. A classroom observation report provided by the Chief Academic Officer or designee. The observation visit will be scheduled for a class and date mutually acceptable to the faculty member and the observer. The classroom observation is guided by a rubric based on McPherson College’s “Elements of Professional Practice Checklist” (see Appendix 12).
  2. Student course evaluations for all courses, administered in the final weeks of each semester. Summary reports of student evaluations are available online to both FRC and the faculty member.
  3. An evaluative letter from the department chair that addresses the faculty member’s knowledge of content and pedagogy, course design and preparation, and any other information related to the faculty member’s classroom performance, collegial relationships, and responsibilities to the department. This evaluation is solicited by the CAO. In the tenure year, this evaluation shall also address institutional need for the position (see FAC 402).

The following comprehensive evaluation materials (CEM) are due by October 15:

  1. Professional Development Plans (PDPs) from the past three years.
  2. A self-evaluation of 5-10 pages that discusses the faculty member’s growth in the areas of teaching, scholarship, participation and service. More information on suggested content for the self-evaluation and evaluation criteria is provided below in Section 443.2.2 Comprehensive Evaluation Criteria.
  3. Two to four representative course syllabi. When possible, the faculty member should select syllabi from a range of courses, for example, syllabi from general education or lower-level courses and syllabi from upper-division courses for majors.
  4. A detailed, current curriculum vitae. The CV should include (along with the usual information about professional life) courses taught, committee work, college and community service, and professional development activities.
  5. At the faculty member’s request, the comprehensive evaluation may also include an interview with Faculty Review Committee. The CAO facilitates the interview and provides for a written record of the interview.

443.2.2 Comprehensive Evaluation Criteria

Comprehensive evaluations prioritize the faculty member’s classroom performance, but the comprehensive evaluation also gives attention to the faculty member’s scholarship, participation, and service. These criteria are listed in Domains II–IV in the Elements of Professional Practice for McPherson College Faculty (Appendix 12). In the self-evaluation, the faculty may rank these final three criteria, so that Faculty Review Committee may give more or less weight to those criteria, depending upon their rank.

In addition to the Elements of Professional Practice, the following list of suggested content may guide faculty members in the development of their CEM self-evaluation. (And so may Part II of their PDPs. See Section 441.2.1 above.)

Teaching and Learning. Effective teaching is the faculty member’s most important function at McPherson College. In reflecting upon this primary criterion, the faculty member might discuss:

  • Trends observed in student evaluations
  • New methods or changes in teaching style that have improved (or failed to improve) student engagement or learning
  • Data or observations regarding student learning
  • Formal professional development, such as attendance at a conference or workshop aimed at developing teaching skills or reading or viewing work on the art and science of teaching
  • Informal professional development, such as peer observations or time spent with a mentor

Scholarship. McPherson College takes a broad view of scholarship consistent with Ernest Boyer’s four categories of scholarship: the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching.[1] In addition to scholarly publications and presentations, examples of scholarship might include:

  • Familiarity with recent developments in the field
  • Active participation in an online platform or listserv for peers in the field
  • Involvement in professional organizations
  • Completed coursework toward another degree
  • Completion of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) or other online courses
  • Maintaining a blog on issues related to the field
  • Incorporation of new techniques or ideas into the faculty member’s work at the college
  • Development of new or substantially revised courses or curricula
  • Development of innovative teaching materials/strategies
  • Support or development of community activities connected to the academic discipline
  • Media contributions (newspaper, magazine, etc.)

Participation. Community and the individual’s responsibility to others are core values at McPherson College. Participation in the college community might include:

  • Constructive participation in faculty, division, and department meetings; committees, task forces, and work groups; program reviews; strategic planning; etc.
  • Representation of the college to off-campus groups
  • Contributions to responsible academic advising
  • Sponsoring clubs or co-curricular events
  • Cooperation with admissions events such as Visit Days, Presidential Scholars, and Enrollment Days and making oneself available to meet with prospective students
  • Participation in or attendance at college functions and events such as lectures, athletic contests, and music and theater productions
  • Collegiality and effective collaboration and cooperation with colleagues.

Service. As an institution affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, McPherson College values service as an ethical and theological imperative that makes visible the love of God. Therefore, McPherson College emphasizes service to others, encouraging all members of its community to give selflessly of themselves to others. Examples of service may include

  • Leading college service work-teams or volunteering for service trips or projects
  • Organizing or participating in efforts to help the hungry, homeless, and otherwise marginalized
  • Volunteering for service of any type, such as delivering Meals on Wheels or canvasing for United Way
  • Volunteering service to the college in leadership positions, such as department/division/faculty/committee chair
  • Volunteering to prepare reports not required by the faculty member’s duties
  • Filling leadership roles in or participating in church, civic organizations, or local or state government
  • Involvement in informal or formal efforts at community betterment

443.2.3 Comprehensive Evaluation Procedures

Third-year comprehensive evaluations. Comprehensive evaluation materials must be submitted by October 15. Faculty Review Committee will complete its evaluation of third-year faculty members and forward its recommendations to the President by January 15. By February 15, third-year faculty members shall receive FRC’s Faculty Evaluation Report, including one of three possible decisions:

  1. A notice of “satisfactory progress toward tenure” and a one-year letter of employment. While not constituting a promise of tenure and not indicating that a tenure decision has been made, such a letter does indicate that the faculty member is progressing satisfactorily toward a likely eventual grant of tenure, assuming equally satisfactory future progress and continuing institutional need for the position;
  2. A one-year letter of employment, with conditions stated for further growth to maintain employment; or
  3. A notice of nonrenewal and a one-year terminal letter of employment.

Comprehensive evaluations for tenure and promotion. Letters of application for tenure and/or promotion must be submitted to the CAO by October 1 of the review year. CEMs are due by October 15; department chair evaluations, by November 1. FRC will complete its evaluations of candidates for tenure and/or promotion and forward its recommendation to the President by December 15. By March 1, candidates shall receive notification of one of three possible recommendations by the President to the Board of Trustees:

  1. Recommendation for tenure;
  2. A one-year continuing letter of employment under special circumstances, with continuation after this letter of employment subject to review by Faculty Review Committee; or
  3. Notice of nonrenewal and a one-year terminal letter of employment.

Following the spring meeting of the Board of Trustees, candidates shall receive final notice about the tenure and/or promotion decision.

Post-tenure comprehensive evaluations. CEMs are due by October 15. FRC completes post-tenure evaluations by March 1. By March 15, the CAO will communicate one of two possible responses:

  1. A statement that the faculty member is continuing to provide excellent service to the college; or
  2. A statement of concerns needing attention or suggestions for further growth.

[1] Scholarship Reconsidered: The Priorities of the Professoriate. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 1990. 15-25.

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FAC 444. Evaluation of Visiting Professors with Special Contract

Visiting Professors with Special Contract are fixed-term hires intended to provide for the possibility of program development and/or later conversion to tenure-track (see FAC 424). In general, these appointments follow the evaluation procedures for tenure-track positions as described in FAC 443. A visiting professor with special contract will have additional evaluation criteria spelled out in the initial letter of employment regarding expected program growth or the conditions to be met in order for the appointment to be converted to tenure track.

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FAC 445. Review of Guest Professors

FAC 445. Review of Guest Professors

Guest professors are hired for limited terms with fixed end dates (see FAC 425). Guest professors undergo the summative review process described in Section 443.1.

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FAC 446. Review of Adjuncts

The CAO and the department chairs are responsible for evaluating the performance of adjunct faculty. (See Section 426 for definition of adjunct faculty.) The supervising department chair will inform adjuncts of evaluation procedures, and the CAO’s office will collect evaluative materials from adjuncts and forward them to department chairs. Data to be collected from adjuncts include vita (which should be on file in the CAO’s Office), syllabi, and student evaluations from each course taught. After reviewing these materials at the end of the semester, the chair should complete the Limited-Term Appointment Evaluation Report form (see Appendix) and forward it to the adjunct faculty and the CAO.

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FAC 448. Summary of Faculty Review Dates

 

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 5 Tenure Promotion Post-tenure
Oct 1 PDP PDP PDP App letter
PDP
App letter
PDP
PDP
Oct 15  CEM CEM CEM CEM
Nov 1 Chair
response
Chair
response
Chair
response
Chair
evaluation
Chair
evaluation
Chair
response
Dec 15 Rec to
President
Rec to
President
Jan 15 PDP due Rec to
President
Rec to
President
Feb 1 Chair response
Feb 15 Rec to
faculty
Rec to
faculty
Rec to
President
CAO
interview
Mar 1 Rec to
President
Rec to
faculty
Rec to
faculty
Rec to
faculty
Spring Bd Approval/
denial
Approval/
denial
Mar 15 Rec to
faculty
FRC
response

 

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FAC 450. Academic Ranks

McPherson College recognizes five ranks:

  1. Instructor: Master’s degree required, or completion within five years, or acceptable equivalent credentials or tested experience as determined under FAC 404.
  2. Assistant Professor: Master’s degree or terminal degree, as determined under FAC 451, or acceptable equivalent credentials or tested experience as determined under FAC 404.
  3. Associate Professor: Terminal degree, as determined under FAC 451, or acceptable equivalent credentials or tested experience as determined under FAC 404; evidence of professional growth; plus a minimum of six years teaching experience at McPherson College at the rank of assistant professor.
  4. Professor: Terminal degree, as determined under FAC 451, or acceptable equivalent credentials or tested experience as determined under FAC 404; evidence of professional growth; outstanding contributions to fulfillment of the college’s mission; plus 12 years teaching experience in higher education, with at least six years at McPherson College at the rank of associate professor.
  5. Emeritus: Retired from McPherson College; taught a minimum of 15 years at McPherson College; contributed outstanding service to McPherson College; review by the Faculty Review Committee within three years following retirement.

In addition to the five rank categories listed above, McPherson College uses the classification of Adjunct to denote persons who are hired on a course-by-course, semester-by-semester basis (see FAC 426.2).

Exceptions to the above will be clearly established in the letter of employment.

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FAC 451. Definition of Terminal Degree

The terminal degree at McPherson College is the earned academic doctorate.

Certain positions may have an approved exception to the requirement of an earned doctorate. The list of approved exceptions is on file in the office of the CAO.

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FAC 452. Procedure for Approving Exceptions to the Terminal Degree

Faculty Policies Committee may recommend to the President that an exception be made to the requirement of the earned doctorate for certain positions. Such an exception would be based on input of the department and its division. This procedure may be initiated by the department, division, FPC, or the CAO, in consultation with the President.

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FAC 460. Tenure

A faculty tenure system exists at McPherson College. Tenure provides academic freedom and security to make the academic profession attractive to able, dedicated, ethical and creative scholars and teachers. Tenure ensures that employment of a faculty member will not be terminated except in the case of discontinuation of the discipline area, financial exigency suffered by McPherson College, dissolution of the college as a legal entity, or dismissal for cause as defined by FAC 490 in this Faculty Handbook.

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FAC 460.1 Obtaining Tenure

Unless otherwise specified in the initial letter of employment, faculty members must undergo the rigorous sequence of evaluations explained in FAC 443 to successfully attain tenure. Faculty members hired on a tenure track must submit a letter indicating their intent to undergo tenure review by October 1 of the tenure review year (usually the sixth year of employment). The faculty member must submit by October 15 of the tenure review year the Comprehensive Evaluation Materials described in FAC 443.2.  The procedure for applying for tenure is described in 442.2.3.

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FAC 460.2 Discontinuation of a Tenured Position

Before terminating an appointment because of financial exigency or discontinuation of the discipline area, the institution, with faculty participation, will make every effort to place the faculty member concerned in another suitable position with the institution.

A “suitable position,” as used in the preceding sentence, shall be one for which the faculty member possesses demonstrated qualifications that clearly make him or her suitable to receive tenure in such new position immediately. If the faculty member accepts such a “suitable position,” the faculty member shall, in such new position, retain his or her existing tenure. Whether an available position is a “suitable position” (with tenure retention) shall be decided by the President, in consultation with the Faculty Review Committee, and shall be stated in writing when the position is offered to the faculty member.

A tenured faculty member whose employment is terminated by reason of the elimination of the discipline area or financial exigency and for whom a suitable position is not available, shall for a period of one year following the termination of the faculty member’s position (but not extending past the time the faculty member obtains new full-time employment at any institution of higher learning) be advised of all open faculty positions at McPherson College. During this time, if he or she chooses to apply for any such position, the terminated faculty member shall have preference over any other applicant for such position who, in the judgment of the President in consultation with the Faculty Review Committee, does not possess superior qualifications. If the faculty member is hired for such position, the CAO shall assign his or her academic rank in the new position. The provisions of this section shall also apply to administrative personnel with academic rank, as defined by FAC 424.

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FAC 465. Promotion

Unless otherwise specified in the initial letter of employment, new full-time faculty members are brought in at the rank of assistant professor and are eligible to apply for promotion when the minimum time at the required rank has been served, as defined in FAC 450. The procedure for applying for promotion is described in FAC 443.2.3.

 

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FAC 470. Academic Freedom

McPherson College works to select faculty members who are not only competent teachers but are also in harmony with the mission of the college. Members of the faculty, by choosing to contribute to the achievement of the college mission, enjoy full freedom to pursue the truth and to teach the truth as they see it. The college has chosen to follow the 1940 Statement of Principles of Academic Freedom as amended in 1990 and endorsed by the Association of American Colleges, the American Association of University Professors, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association for Higher Education, the Council of Independent Colleges, and other organizations. The statement is as follows:

Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results, subject to the adequate performance of their academic duties; but research for pecuniary return should be based upon an understanding with the authorities of the institution.

Teachers are entitled to freedom in the classroom in discussing their subjects, but should be careful not to introduce into their teaching controversial matter which has no relation to the subject. Limitations of academic freedom because of religious or other aims of the institution should be clearly stated in writing at the time of the appointment.

College or university teachers are citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution. When they speak or write as citizens, they should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but their special position in the community imposes special obligations. As men and women of learning and educational officers, they should remember that the public may judge their profession and their institution by their utterances. Hence, they should at all times be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others, and should make every effort to indicate that they are not institutional spokespersons.

This section on academic freedom applies to all faculty members.

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FAC 481. Termination of Appointment at Initiative of Faculty Member

A faculty member who desires to terminate an existing appointment at the end of the academic year shall give notice in writing at the earliest opportunity, or within 30 days after the letter of appointment is delivered.  The faculty member may request a waiver of this requirement in cases of hardship or in a situation where she would otherwise be denied substantial professional advancement.

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FAC 482. Dismissal by Institution

Termination of a tenured faculty member, early dismissal of a Professor with Special Contract, or the non-renewal of a tenure-track appointment with less advance notice than that specified in Sections 440 and 460 shall be preceded by a statement of reasons and the opportunity to be heard by a hearing committee as specified in Section 491. If the faculty member’s professional competence is in question, the testimony will include that of qualified faculty members from this or other institutions of higher education.

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FAC 483. Non-reappointment of Non-tenured Faculty

If a non-tenured faculty member alleges that a decision not to reappoint him/her is a violation of academic freedom (as found in FAC 470), the Faculty Review Committee will consider the allegation. If the committee finds against the faculty member, he/she may appeal through the established grievance procedure described in Section 491. If the committee finds in favor of the faculty member, the President shall take the finding and rationale into account. However, the President is not bound by the finding and retains the right and responsibility to make the final decision.

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FAC 484. Conditions of Administrative Leave

A faculty member may be placed on administrative leave before a termination decision if immediate harm to the faculty member, students, or the institution may result from continuance. Salary will be paid during an appropriate period of notice.

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FAC 485. Terms of Replacement

If a tenure appointment is terminated because of a financial exigency, the released faculty member’s position will not be filled within a period of two years, unless the released faculty member has been offered reappointment and has declined.

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FAC 490 Faculty Disciplinary Proceedings

The procedures outlined below are adapted from current laws and the Statement on Procedural Standards in Faculty Dismissal Proceedings (prepared by a joint committee representing the Association of American Colleges and the American Association of University Professors and approved by the governing bodies of these institutions in 1989 and 1990, respectively).

Effective disciplinary proceedings look beyond procedure into setting and cause, and the college is best served by the cultivation of conditions in which discipline is rarely if ever needed. Just as the Board of Trustees is the legal and fiscal corporation of the college, the faculty is the academic entity. Thus college faculties are part of a complex and extensive structure requiring legal incorporation, with stewards and managers specifically appointed to discharge certain functions. A necessary precondition of a strong faculty is that it has first-hand concern with its own membership. This is properly reflected in appointments to, discipline of, and separations from the faculty body.

While disciplinary proceedings may be a rare occurrence at the college, it is important that the college establish disciplinary procedures. The college should establish and execute disciplinary proceedings so that both institutional integrity and individual rights may be preserved. The faculty must be willing to recommend the discipline or dismissal of a colleague when necessary. By the same token, presidents and governing boards must be willing to give full weight to a faculty judgment favorable to a colleague.

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FAC 490. Faculty Disciplinary Proceedings

FAC 490.1 Introductory Comments

FAC 490.2 Grounds for Faculty Discipline

FAC 490.3 Procedural Guidelines

FAC 490.4 Overview of Faculty Disciplinary Proceedings

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FAC 490.1 Grounds for Faculty Discipline

Faculty discipline may include any discipline that President determines to be appropriate in the particular case. Discipline may include dismissal but, without limitation, may include lesser measures such as oral or written reprimand, suspension without pay, mandatory counseling, or supervision or mentoring by faculty or administrative personnel.

Grounds for discipline include any substandard performance or misconduct by the faculty member that justifies corrective action by the college. Grounds for discipline include but are not limited to:

  • conduct involving dishonesty or moral turpitude that directly impacts the performance of a job;
  • conduct seriously injurious to the interests of the college (but not including speech or conduct protected by academic freedom, see FAC 470);
  • acts carried out with the intent and purpose of causing injury to the college;
  • violation of college rules or policies, including, without limitation, prohibited harassment of any kind, such as sexual harassment;
  • intentional misrepresentation of professional education, qualifications, accomplishments, degrees, or honors;
  • violation of standards of scholarship, including, without limitation, plagiarism, theft, or fraud;
  • professional incompetence.

Grounds for dismissal are any grounds for discipline that justify the conclusion that the faculty member’s continued service at the college undermines the pursuit of the mission of the college.

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FAC 490.2 Procedural Guidelines

The following procedure and timeline are designed to be timely and fair. While this process and timeline should generally be adhered to, deviations from the process and timeline that do not affect the fundamental fairness of the proceedings will not affect the validity of such proceedings. Since allegations that may call for faculty discipline create a cloud over both the institution and the affected faculty member, all parties should strive to complete such proceedings as expeditiously as possible, without sacrifice of the fundamental goal of fairness.

When problems in the performance or behavior of a faculty member arise, the chief academic officer, or CAO, is responsible for gathering information and for working with human resources, the president, or others as the CAO sees fit to determine one of two disciplinary paths: discipline not involving dismissal or discipline involving the possibility of dismissal.

490.2.1 Faculty Discipline Not Involving Dismissal: Seeking a Resolution

When the CAO chooses to pursue disciplinary actions not involving dismissal, the CAO is responsible for proposing the discipline. The CAO will discuss the matter with the faculty member in a personal conference in an attempt to reach a resolution. The faculty member may either accept the proposed discipline or reject the proposed discipline and appeal in writing to the Faculty Review Committee (FRC).

When the faculty member appeals the proposed discipline, FRC, working in consultation with the DHR, shall attempt to effect a mutually agreeable resolution. The faculty member, the CAO, or FRC can request that this process include a meeting with FRC.

FRC may choose to uphold the decision of the CAO, offer a different disciplinary action, or find that disciplinary action is unwarranted . If FRC elects to modify or reject the recommendation of the CAO, FRC’s proposed change must receive the approval of the president. If FRC upholds the CAO’s proposed discipline, the faculty member may appeal FRC’s decision in writing to the president of the college. The President may reject, uphold, or modify the decision of FRC, and the President’s decision is final.

490.2.2. Faculty Discipline Involving Possible Dismissal: Seeking a Resolution.

When the CAO elects to pursue disciplinary actions that include the possibility of dismissal, the CAO, acting in consultation with the DHR, will discuss the matter with the faculty member in a personal conference. The matter may be concluded by mutual consent, e.g., a severance agreement.

If the faculty member and the CAO do not agree upon a solution, the CAO will forward the question of faculty dismissal to the Faculty Review Committee. FRC, working in consultation with the DHR, shall inquire into the situation and try to reach a solution. Faculty Review Committee shall consider the case based on the available information. At the request of either FRC or the affected faculty member, this process may include a meeting of FRC with the individual faculty member.

FRC shall chose choose one of the three findings below, submitting its recommendation in writing to the president. The recommendation shall specifically state the grounds for, and the reasoning behind, its finding. The recommendation shall be delivered within twenty (20) working days from the date the faculty member declined the CAO’s proposed resolution.

The findings available to FRC include

1) that disciplinary action is not needed;

2) that the issue does not merit dismissal but that the faculty member should be disciplined by means designated by FRC; or

3) that there are grounds for formal dismissal proceedings.

The faculty member or the CAO may appeal FRC’s decision in writing to the president of the college. The president may reject, uphold, or modify the decision of FRC. In the case of Finding 3), the college and the affected faculty member may agree either to pursue mediation (490.2.3) or to commence formal dismissal proceedings (490.2.4).

490.2.3. Third-Party Mediation

If the college finds and FRC confirms that grounds for dismissal proceedings exist, the college (through the President or CAO) and the affected faculty member may jointly choose mediation. If mediation is to be used, it must be chosen within five (5) working days of the college’s decision. The college and the affected faculty member shall jointly choose a mediator at the college’s expense. At any point, either party may unilaterally end mediation.

If no mutually agreed-upon resolution has been reached following the above procedures, formal dismissal proceedings will commence.

490.2.4. Commencement of Formal Dismissal Proceedings

Within five (5) working days after it is determined that formal dismissal proceedings are to take place, the President and Faculty Review Committee shall formulate a joint statement (the “Statement”) of the grounds for dismissal; however, if the President and Faculty Review Committee disagree, the President (or the President’s designee) shall formulate such Statement.

Formal dismissal proceedings shall commence with a written communication from the President to the affected faculty member, containing a copy of the written Statement, described above. At the same time, the affected faculty member shall be informed in writing that he or she has five (5) days after receipt of the Statement to request a formal hearing concerning the proposed grounds for dismissal. The faculty member shall be provided with this handbook and reminded of the process outlined therein.

At least five (5) working days before the scheduled hearing, the affected faculty member shall inform the President and the Hearing Committee in writing of his or her position with respect to a formal hearing. If it is the faculty member’s desire to proceed with a hearing, a time and date that allows the faculty member sufficient time to prepare his or her defense shall be set. Reasonable requests for rescheduling should be granted, subject to the need for the proceedings to take place in a timely fashion.

490.2.5. Hearing Procedures

(a) Hearing Committee Composition

The formal hearing shall be conducted by a Hearing Committee of three (3) full-time faculty members. This Hearing Committee will be responsible for making a final recommendation to the President. One member of the Hearing Committee shall be chosen by the affected faculty member; another shall be chosen by the President. The third member of the Hearing Committee shall be jointly chosen by the other two Hearing Committee members. If the two members cannot agree upon a third member in a timely fashion, the CAO or the President can ask Faculty Review Committee to appoint the third person. The faculty recommends that the choice of members of the hearing committee be on the basis of their objectivity and competence, and the regard in which they are held in the academic community. If a member refuses to serve, resigns, or becomes unable to serve, he or she shall be replaced by the party or parties appointing him or her. The Hearing Committee will elect its own chair. The affected faculty member and the President shall make their selections for the Hearing Committee not later than ten (10) working days after the delivery of the Statement of Grounds for Discipline to the affected faculty member.

(b) Hearing Committee Proceedings

Faculty disciplinary hearings are not open to the public. However, the Hearing Committee may invite whoever is required to ensure that the hearing is fair and that all relevant facts are presented. If any material facts are in dispute, the testimony of witnesses and other evidence related to the Statement of Grounds for Discipline should be received. The legal rules of evidence will not be applicable, but the Hearing Committee should conduct its proceedings to ensure that evidence is reliable and received in an orderly way. The statements of witnesses may be received under oath or affirmation. Unsworn statements may be received if the Hearing Committee deems this appropriate.

The Hearing Committee shall determine the order of proof and shall, within reason, assist each party in obtaining the attendance of witnesses or securing evidence. The Hearing Committee may question witnesses, but shall also permit the parties and/or their counsel or other representatives to question witnesses.

The President will have the option of attending the formal hearing and may designate appropriate representatives or legal counsel to assist in the proceedings. The affected faculty member shall have the same rights. The faculty member will have the opportunity to hear and question all witnesses; however, the Hearing Committee will have the right to receive into evidence written statements made outside the hearing and to give them what weight it deems appropriate. The identities of all persons providing statements, and the contents of such statements, shall be disclosed to the affected faculty member, who will have a reasonable time to respond to them, such as by the presentation of responsive evidence. All of the evidence should be recorded by a court reporter.

(c) Consideration by Hearing Committee

After all the evidence has been presented, the parties shall have the opportunity to present oral arguments and, if the Hearing Committee chooses to receive them, written briefs. The Committee may choose to make its recommendation without waiting for a transcript of the hearing if it believes that a just decision may be reached without a transcript, or it may choose to await the preparation of a transcript. The Hearing Committee shall address each of the grounds of discipline presented in the Statement, and shall state the reasons for its recommendation. The Hearing Committee shall prepare its recommendation through private deliberations on the basis of the evidence and arguments presented or received in the hearing. The President and the faculty member shall be notified of the recommendation in writing. If a transcript of the hearing is prepared, a copy of such transcript shall be made available for examination and use by the President and the affected faculty member (or their designees).

(d) Consideration by the President of Hearing Committee’s Recommendation

The President shall consider the recommendation made by the Hearing Committee. In so doing, the President shall consider the evidence and arguments, whether oral or written, presented to the Hearing Committee. The President may also consider other evidence, but only after the affected faculty member has been apprised in detail of such evidence and given reasonable opportunity to respond to it.

The recommendation of the Hearing Committee shall be sustained, or the President shall, in writing, specify his or her objections to the recommendation. In the latter case, the Hearing Committee shall reconsider its recommendation, taking account of the President’s objections, and shall, if necessary, receive new evidence, convoking if necessary a supplemental formal hearing. The Hearing Committee should frame its decision and communicate it to the President in the same manner as before. Only after studying the Hearing Committee’s reconsidered recommendation shall the President make a final decision that overrules the Hearing Committee’s recommendation.

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FAC 490.3 Administrative Leave of the Affected Faculty Member

At any point during the disciplinary proceedings, the President shall have the right to place the affected faculty member on administrative leave when the allegations are serious enough to warrant such leave. Administrative leave shall be with pay unless the faculty member causes, in the judgment of FRC, unreasonable and inordinate delay in the proceedings. If the suspension is to become unpaid, the faculty member shall be given at least thirty (30) days’ advance notice.

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FAC 490.4. Confidentiality

Faculty disciplinary proceedings may involve allegations that, if publicly disclosed, could harm both the accused faculty member and the college. Further, persons making public or private statements about such matters could be sued for defamation, invasion of privacy, or other wrongdoing. Hence, all persons involved in faculty disciplinary proceedings shall refrain from discussing such matters with any person who does not have a legitimate and sufficient need to know about them.

As much as possible, the college intends to minimize publicity related to faculty disciplinary proceedings that might harm the reputation or the future employment prospects of the accused faculty member. However, the college reserves the right to respond truthfully to employment inquiries concerning the accused faculty member, and to respond to public statements by the accused faculty member or other persons.

The college is not required to make public statements or announcements concerning faculty disciplinary proceedings; however, any public announcements concerning the outcome of faculty disciplinary proceedings will be made through the office of the Chief Academic Officer or the President. No persons other than the CAO and the President are authorized to make public statements on behalf of McPherson College concerning any faculty disciplinary proceedings.

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FAC 490.5 Conflicts

Section 490.3 will govern in the event of conflicts with any other portions of this handbook or with any rules or bylaws of any committee. Without limitation, the provisions of Section IX of the bylaws of the Faculty Review Committee do not apply in faculty disciplinary proceedings.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 491. Faculty Grievance Procedures

491.1 Purpose: The objective of this policy is to provide an expeditious and fair method for resolving faculty grievances. The procedure intends to define clearly the matters that are at issue, to assure the faculty member that his/her complaint or problem has been presented to and considered by appropriate college officials, and to assure the college community that decisions involving faculty members are made professionally and ethically.

Without limitation, grievances covered by this policy include promotion, assignment of duties, academic freedom, or working conditions. Note that all allegations of unlawful discrimination or harassment are to be processed according to “ADM 180 Discrimination and Harassment” or “ADM 185 Sexual Harassment” (Appendices 17 and 18 in this Faculty Handbook) rather than through the faculty grievance procedure described here.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 510. Sabbatical

McPherson College provides leaves with pay at periodic intervals to members of its faculty. Sabbaticals afford opportunities for scholarship, travel, writing, or other approved endeavors that will contribute to student recruitment, student retention, or growth as a member of the faculty or member of the administrative staff of the college.

The provisions of the McPherson College sabbatical leave program are as follows:

  1. Sabbaticals must be approved by the Faculty Review Committee, the President of the College, and the Board of Trustees. Approval of sabbaticals is not automatic; it involves considerations such as the faculty member’s past contributions to the college, the proposed leave’s potential usefulness to the applicant, and the practical problems of handling the absent applicant’s workload.
  2. A faculty member may apply for sabbatical leave at the beginning of the sixth year of employment or six years following completion of the previous sabbatical leave.
  3. Sabbatical applicants must complete and submit a request form to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) by September 15 of the year prior to the requested leave.  Sabbatical leave forms may be obtained from the VPAA’s office.
  4. Applicants may apply for a sabbatical leave of either one semester or one full contract year.
    a. One-semester sabbaticals are paid at full salary.  Fringe benefit programs continue during the
    one-semester sabbatical on the same basis as if the faculty member were at work full time on
    campus.
    b. Full-year sabbaticals are paid at half salary.  Because the college must, by law, base its
    contributions to Social Security and the 403(b) retirement plan on actual salary paid, those
    contributions will be reduced by half during the sabbatical year.  In the case of the
    retirement benefit, the college will make up for the lost 403(b) contribution in cash
    compensation disbursed evenly over 12 pay periods.  The faculty member is free to
    self-contribute this amount toward retirement, or not.
  5. Sabbatical recipients shall sign a statement recognizing that the compensation paid during the sabbatical leave is on a “provisional loan basis.”  One-half of the amount will be canceled after the first full contract year served following his or her return.  The full amount will be canceled after the second contract year served.
  6. Within eight weeks following return from sabbatical leave, sabbatical recipients shall submit a written summary of their sabbatical leave experience to the CAO and schedule a time to present their experience to the campus community.
  7. Sabbatical leaves are granted for the purpose of professional advancement, not financial gain.  If employment during the sabbatical creates new income greater than the college salary plus additional incurred expenses, the faculty member should consider the alternative of a leave of absence.
  8. Exceptions to the particulars set forth above must be approved by the VPAA.
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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 515. Leaves of Absence Without Pay

McPherson College grants leaves of absence to members of the faculty for purposes of study and research that promise to increase the member’s professional effectiveness, value, and usefulness in subsequent service to the college.

  1. Applications for leaves of absence shall be made in writing to the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) in consultation with the appropriate department chair.  Application shall be made not later than six months before the beginning of the term in which the leave is desired.
  2. Leaves of absence are approved by the President, upon recommendation of the VPAA.
  3. Faculty members on leave of absence may continue on the college’s health insurance, group life insurance, disability insurance, and retirement plans, provided they pay the cost of these benefits. Since Social Security and institutional retirement contributions are based on percentages of salary, these benefits do not accrue when persons are not on salary. If part-salaries are involved, these latter benefits will be handled on a percentage basis relative to the part-salaries.
  4. Exceptions to the particulars set forth above must be approved by the VPAA.
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FAC 520. Policy Relating to Leave

Each faculty member is expected to perform all functions of his or her position including conducting classes, attending meetings and being available to students. In the event a faculty member is unable to be present, the Provost is to be notified.

  1. Absences of one week or less, for illness or any other reason, are to be discussed with the Provost, and the Provost is to have discretion regarding appropriate arrangements for coverage of classes. In cases of abuse of the leave policy, the Provost (in consultation with the President) may adjust a faculty member’s pay.
  2. Absences of more than one week but less than 90 days due to personal illness will be fully compensated as a short-term disability payment, up to the time when the faculty member becomes eligible for long-term disability.
  3. The college may request additional information at any time to determine eligibility for short-term leave.
  4. When a previous employee is able to seek employment following long-term disability, the college will explore possible employment opportunities.
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FAC 530. Professional Development

Professional development includes the following objectives:

  1. To enhance the quality of teaching, service, research and/or creative endeavors within one’s discipline in a supportive environment that recognizes a variety of teaching styles;
  2. To enable and encourage faculty to master new discipline content and related pedagogy;
  3. To encourage faculty to explore and practice new teaching methods that focus on student learning;
  4. To create both formal and informal opportunities that allow for the interdisciplinary exchange of teaching and learning experiences in a non-threatening environment for the purpose of encouraging an enthusiastic learning environment;
  5. To respond to the demands of public accountability by providing the resources, methodology, and accountability required for student learning; and
  6. To provide faculty with ongoing education in the application of instructional technology.

FAC 530.1 Formal Professional Development Events

FAC 530.2 Informal Professional Development Events

FAC 530.3 Self-Initiated Development Events

FAC 530.4 Faculty Mentoring

FAC 530.5 Annual Teaching Awards

FAC 530.6 Coordination of Professional Development Events

FAC 530.7 K-12 Requirement

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FAC 530.1 Formal Professional Development Events

Two half- to full-day workshops per year.

Attendance expected of all faculty.

Selected topics chosen to increase one’s effectiveness as a McPherson College faculty member.

Presenters would be external or internal persons with expertise for the selected topic.

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FAC 530.2 Informal Professional Development Events

Approximately 10 informal hour-long gatherings per year typically consisting of a short presentation followed by discussion.

Led by local or internal persons with expertise in the selected topic.

Most events will be scheduled during the breakfast or lunch hour. Meals will be provided by the college.

The schedule each year will consist of diverse educational topics selected by a Teaching Effectiveness Task Force.

A schedule of events will be distributed each August by the Coordinator of Professional Development Events.

Faculty members are expected to attend 5 per year.

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FAC 530.3 Self-Initiated Development Events

A minimum of $400 will be available for each faculty member for development activities each year. Each August the Provost and Dean of Faculty will provide a firm dollar amount for the upcoming academic year. Any unused money may be carried over for future use to an accumulation of $1,000 for each faculty member. Monies may be spent for but are not limited to the following:

  1. Regionally and/or nationally recognized events in his/her discipline
  2. Events designed to engage faculty with effective teaching techniques and methods
  3. Continuing education efforts
  4. Professional memberships and journal subscriptions up to $200 per year.
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FAC 530.4 Faculty Mentoring

Create informal opportunities for the one-on-one exchange of teaching and learning experiences in a non-threatening environment.

These processes are part of formative development; therefore, submission of reports is not required.

A mentee may, if s/he so desires, solicit a letter of reference from his/her mentor.

New faculty may be assigned a mentor for up to three years.

New Faculty Mentoring
The faculty mentor will make sure that the new faculty person is physically accommodated in his or her situation. In addition, the mentor will be available to assist with the construction and submission of syllabi, class schedules, office schedule, etc., plus any other items of physical orientation to campus.

The mentor should assist with social orientation, making sure that the mentee is made aware of the faculty meeting schedule, where to be, who to know, introductions at faculty meeting, making formal and other informal introductions as appropriate, establishing networks, and in general making sure the new person feels “at home” in terms of social relationships on campus who are the people new faculty need to know, and where are the offices and persons who will help facilitate “enculturation” into the McPherson College setting.

The mentor may visit three classes taught by the mentee, helping this person to become attuned to the McPherson College atmosphere and students. These visits are for the benefit of the new faculty person and will not be a part of the faculty evaluation process.

The mentor will orient and advise the new faculty member regarding the faculty evaluation process. He or she will be available for consultation with the mentee through the evaluation cycle.

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FAC 530.5 Annual Teaching Awards

Each year an award of $200 will be given to both a tenured and a non-tenured faculty member to recognize excellence in teaching and service to students.

By the end of the second full week of classes, the dean will issue a memo to all faculty and students inviting nominations. There is no set criteria for the nomination letter. Faculty and students should feel free to include a variety of supporting information in their nomination letter.

The committee, consisting of award recipients from the previous year plus three students selected by SGA, will meet at least ten days before honors convocation to select the two recipients.

The committee selects the two recipients based on the nomination letters and any other information made available to them.

Faculty can receive the award once every five years.

Recipients will be recognized at fall honors convocation.

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FAC 530.6 Coordination of Professional Development Events

Coordinator of Professional Development: A faculty member with one three-hour course release time for the academic year to direct, promote, and facilitate formal and informal professional development events.

A short term Teaching Effectiveness Task Force (consisting of one representative from each division) will meet each spring to determine topics. The Task Force may participate in recommending presenters for the following academic year.

Professional development monies will be allocated to fund the formal professional development events and underwrite the cost of food for the informal professional development events.

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FAC 530.7 K-12 Requirement

Each academic year full time faculty members who teach in a discipline which certifies prospective teachers will document at least eight hours of contact with K 12 school teaching personnel through the following types of activities:

  1. Through attendance at professional conferences and workshops where K 12 faculty are participants
  2. Through class visits and/or observation of student teachers
  3. Through adjudication at music, debate, history, or athletic events
  4. Through participation in on or off campus events such as math, computer science, or music contests
  5. Through attendance at ESSDACK in service workshops (reimbursement beyond the professional allowance for attendance under 530.3 of one ESSDACK workshop each academic year is available if prior approval is obtained and if funding is available)
  6. Other contacts, if pre-approved by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Faculty members should document their K 12 contacts by completing the college’s professional development form.

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FAC 550. Salary Schedule

Salaries for nine month and 10 month contracts are divided into 12 equal monthly payments, with one twelfth payment being paid each month. Paychecks for faculty will be deposited in a bank of the employee’s choice, on the last working day of each month, unless employee requests other arrangements. Salary statements are distributed through the campus mail on the day the deposit is made. A schedule showing salaried staff paydays for the current year is available from the Business Office.

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FAC 555. Faculty Loan Fund

Faculty Review Committee administers the Faculty Loan Fund, made available through donors’ gifts. Current policies relating to loans (subject to review and change by the committee) are as follows:

  1. The application should be in writing to the committee; a statement of purpose may be required if funds are not adequate to cover all applications.
  2. Not more than $400 will be loaned to any one faculty family.
  3. There is no interest for the first six months. After six months, interest shall be four percent per annum (on funds actually owed, one third of one percent per month).
  4. Initially, no loans will be made for a period longer than 12 months. Any borrower may make application for extension of loan at the above scheduled rate.
  5. Any new application within a three month period following settlement of a prior loan will be considered an extension, except in cases of evident emergency.
  6. A time of repayment or prospective repayment plan should be submitted with each loan application. (An installment payment plan following the initial interest free, six month period is encouraged but is optional).
  7. If the Loan Committee approves the loan, further handling of the loan will be through the Business Office.
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FAC 560. Retirement

McPherson College contributes to the Teachers Insurance Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA/CREF) and/or Lincoln National retirement programs for eligible employees. Eligibility begins after completing one year of at least half-time service, or immediately if the employee has previously participated in a college-sponsored retirement program. McPherson College contributes an amount equivalent to 10 percent of contracted salary with benefits payable to the employee at retirement or termination of employment. Supplemental retirement annuity programs are also available. Details on all such programs are available in the Business Office.

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FAC 565. Optional Phased Retirement Plan

Any full-time tenured member of the Faculty (with seven years or more of service) may apply to participate in the Phased Retirement Plan. There is no mandatory retirement age. Participation in phased retirement is optional. Phased retirement is a reduced workload/reduced salary contract made available if mutually agreed upon by the faculty member and the administration. Application to participate in the plan should be made with the Chief Academic Officer by October 15 of the college year preceding entry into the plan. Such arrangements will be incorporated into an agreement, which is subject to the approval of the President. The faculty member’s department should be informed of the arrangements at the earliest possible date.

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FAC 601. Teaching

McPherson College wants all faculty to teach through scholarship, through service, and through participation–not only through classroom and course activities. However, all teachers are employed with the expectation that they are effective in the classroom. In regular faculty evaluations, classroom teaching is an important component: for example, faculty being evaluated are asked to administer course evaluation forms in two of their courses. The quality of teaching is assessed by means of (1) these student evaluations, (2) a classroom visit by an administrator, and (3) a faculty member’s self-evaluation (see Section 440).

Teachers are expected to maintain current knowledge of developments in their academic fields. Each teacher is encouraged, in consultation with the department head, to select her/his own textbooks and to work out her/his own syllabi. Text selection should be kept current, though yearly changes of texts are not necessary. All textbooks should be ordered through the bookstore well in advance of the time they are needed.

At the beginning of each semester, faculty must place on file in the Provost’s Office a current syllabus for each course taught. A suggested model for syllabi has been adopted by the faculty; this model shows information that must appear on all syllabi.

Faculty and departmental self-assessment for the purpose of improving instruction is an important component of the college-wide assessment program. The college recommends that faculty use Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT’s) to determine the effectiveness of teaching practices. The book Classroom Assessment Techniques (Angelo & Cross, 1993) provides an explanation of many such techniques, and is available in the college library and in many academic departments.

A new faculty member who wants assistance with teaching or preparation of materials is encouraged to speak to the department chair or to the faculty mentor assigned to her/him by the administration.

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FAC 603. Classroom Conduct

All faculty members at McPherson College have the responsibility to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning in their classrooms and labs. Therefore, when, in the judgment of the instructor, a student’s behavior undermines the learning atmosphere, the instructor may remove that student from the classroom for the remainder of the class period.

Students who repeatedly undermine the learning environment, or whose disruptive behavior includes violence, threats, or harassment, may be subject to permanent ejection from a course. Unless the instructor specifies otherwise, ejected students fail the course.

To request permanent removal of a disruptive student from a course, an instructor must document in writing the dates and behaviors justifying the request. The request should be submitted to the CAO, copied to the affected student, and placed in the student’s permanent records. Students have the right to appeal an instructor’s request for permanent removal from a course to the CAO.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 604. Academic Integrity Policy

As a community of scholars, we expect academic integrity from both students and professors. Faculty who violate standards of academic integrity are subject to discipline as provided in section 490 of the Faculty Handbook. This policy outlines the repercussions for students who behave in academically dishonest ways.

Definitions

Academic dishonesty is any act of cheating, fabrication, or plagiarism.

  • Cheating is using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids. Examples: copying homework, copying someone else’s test, using an unauthorized “cheat sheet,” etc.
  • Fabrication is falsification or invention of any information or citation. Examples: making up a source, giving an incorrect citation, deliberately misquoting a source, etc.
  • Plagiarism is representing the work of another (words, pictures, ideas, etc.) as one’s own in the final submission of an academic assignment, not, as a rule, in drafts or preliminary versions.

(The examples above are not exhaustive; infractions may include actions not listed.)

Procedures for Unintentional Violations of Academic Integrity

Instructors use their discretion in determining whether infractions of academic integrity are intentional or unintentional. When instructors determine an act of academic dishonesty is unintentional, they may use their professional judgment in determining the best way to remediate the student.

Procedures for Intentional Violations of Academic Integrity

When instructors determine that an act of academic dishonesty is intentional, they shall

  1. Complete and submit an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report form, including documentation of the incident, to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. (The form is available on the college Intranet site or in the Academic Affairs office.)
  2. Impose the sanction for academic dishonesty provided in their course syllabus, pending notification from the VPAA that their incident report is the first one filed against that student.

Students reported to the VPAA for the first time for an act of plagiarism shall submit documentation of their successful completion of a recommended plagiarism prevention program.

If a student has had one or more incident reports previously submitted to the VPAA, the following consequences shall ensue:

  • Second reported offense: The student shall fail the course. At the request of the reporting faculty member, the student, the faculty member, and the VPAA can meet to determine the appropriateness of an F in the course for the behavior reported.
  • Third reported offense: The student shall be suspended for the remainder of the term plus one additional full semester and fail the course in which the incident occurred. If the incident is reported prior to the last day to withdraw without a grade, the student will be withdrawn from all other courses in which he or she is enrolled. If the incident is reported after that date, the student shall receive final course grades calculated by adding zeroes for all remaining course assignments to grades received up to that point in the course. Suspended students must reapply for admission and are not guaranteed re-admittance.
  • Fourth reported offense: Dismissal with no right to appeal.

The VPAA will notify the student, the student’s advisor, and the director of academic development each time an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report is submitted. With the exception noted above for a student’s fourth infraction, students have the right to appeal any charge of academic dishonesty to the VPAA.

Other Kinds of Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty can also include dissimulation and aiding and abetting.

  • Dissimulation is the act of disguising or altering one’s actions so as to deceive another about the real nature of one’s actions concerning an academic exercise, including (but not limited to) fabricating excuses for missing classes, postponing tests, handing in late papers, turning in a paper for one class that was originally written for another class (when original work is requested), taking inappropriate credit for group work, etc.
  • Aiding and abetting is knowingly facilitating any act defined in this policy, including (but not limited to) students helping other students plagiarize and/or cheat by unauthorized sharing of lab work or coursework, not reporting others’ cheating incidents, etc.

Faculty retain the right to deal with instances of dissimulation and aiding and abetting as they deem appropriate, including reporting such incidents to the VPAA.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 605. Teaching Load

New Version (approved by Faculty on 4/05/12)

The maximum and expected teaching load for-full time faculty shall be an average of 24 hours of teaching per academic year. This may be shifted across years in consultation with the Chief Academic Officer (CAO)—for example, 28 hours in one year and 20 hours in a subsequent year—in order to provide flexibility in scheduling. The maximum number of preparations in a two-year period should not exceed 12. In addition to full-time load courses, faculty may request permission to teach a maximum of one course by appointment or independent study course each semester.

Type of Course

Faculty Teaching Load Count

Faculty Contact Hours

1 lecture credit hour 1 load hour 15 faculty contact hours per credit
1 lab credit hour 1 load hour 30 faculty contact hours per credit
1 private lesson credit .33 load hour 15 faculty contact 30- minute periods per credit
Theater practica supervision Variable by contract Variable
1 team-taught credit hour By arrangement with CAO 15 contact hours
1 online credit hour 1 load hour 15 contact hours
Internship supervision None None
Supervision of a full-time student-teaching field experience .66  Load hours Minimum 4 field observations
Course by appointment or individually scheduled TBA None 15 faculty contact hours per credit hour
Independent study None 5 faculty contact hours per credit hour

In addition to teaching duties, a faculty member is expected to serve on committees, perform curricular administrative tasks such as assessment, and to perform other campus and departmental duties.  When other responsibilities are great, teaching load may be decreased or additional stipends allocated.  These modifications shall be made on a contractual basis in coordination with the Chief Academic Officer (CAO).

Exception to the above guidelines may be approved by the CAO on a case-by-case basis.

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FAC 607. Class Rosters, Records, and Attendance

Faculty are required to submit all course grades in accordance with the academic calendar.  Faculty members should keep class attendance records in order to comply with federal mandates that the college document the last date of attendance if a student withdraws. Faculty members are required to report attendance data through the college’s on-line reporting system.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 608. Scheduling of Classes and Course Changes

The Associate Dean of Academic Records prepares the class schedule for each academic year several weeks in advance of the pre-enrollment period, with the advice and consent of the Educational Policies Committee and/or their representatives. Faculty members are invited to bring curriculum and schedule problems to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty or to the Associate Dean of Academic Records at any time.

Changes in course titles, numbers, credits, content, and new course proposals must be approved by the department, the Teacher Education Committee (if a course is part of a teacher education or general education program), the division, the General Education Review Committee (if the course is a general education course), and the Educational Policies Committee.

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FAC 611. Guidelines for Travel (excluding sponsored trips and deputations)

Study-travel can be an important ingredient in a student’s academic experience. Its effectiveness is, however, diminished by lack of planning and/or by duplication of effort in another department. The following policy statement has been approved and should be followed as a faculty member develops plans.

These guidelines are applicable to learning experiences which will generally include: travel for course credit, deputations, field trips, alumni tours, travel planned by interest groups and/or clubs, summer term travel, and continuing education travel.

Persons planning any off-campus travel, including field trips for a class, must send notification of the event (including a list of participants) to the Provost and the Dean of the Faculty.

Sponsoring faculty are required to make sure that all necessary documents (including, without limitation, permission and disclaimer documents) have all necessary signatures (including any required student signatures) before any travel begins.

FAC 611.1 Permission Procedures

Travel for Academic Credit. If a domestic or international learning experience is offered for academic credit, the travel course must be approved through the normal faculty approval processes. A travel experience class may be approved on a one-time basis by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Before any regular domestic or international travel-learning course is advertised to students, approval must be obtained through the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.

Travel for Non-academic Credit. In the case of a non-credit tour or trip, permission must be received from the Provost and Dean of the Faculty prior to advertising the travel opportunity.

Proposal. Faculty planning travel for academic credit or non-credit, should prepare a proposal that describes the nature and purpose of the travel experience, the tentative itinerary, potential size of the group, estimated costs, and college involvement and responsibility. This document must be submitted to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty prior to advertising the travel opportunity.

Class Field Trips. Field trips provide students enriching learning opportunities. If at all possible, faculty are encouraged to check the college calendar and register their field trip, to schedule field experiences in their syllabus, and to communicate the event to faculty peers at least one week prior to departure. Students are responsible for making appropriate arrangements with their other professors, recognizing that the field experience may or may not be an excused absence by that instructor. Faculty will notify the Provost and Dean of the Faculty of the field trip and provide a list of participants, sponsors, and itinerary. When scheduling field opportunities, faculty are encouraged to be sensitive to the academic calendar and not take students out of classes more than is prudent for the students’ academic success.

FAC 611.2 Financial Arrangements

The faculty tour coordinator shall develop a realistic budget for the travel opportunity and seek to ascertain that reasonable funding will be in place to support the endeavor.

Before advertising the total cost of the tour or trip, the estimated costs should be submitted to the Business Manager for approval.

The tour director’s and sponsor expenses should be covered by a portion of the participant’s fees.

Ordinarily the fees will be collected by the Business Office, which shall also pay the expenses incurred. However, if a travel agency is involved, it may collect the participant’s fees.

It is the responsibility of the tour director or sponsor to arrange for a travel agency, if applicable, or to arrange for transportation and lodging. The business officer, however, shall do the legal contracting for those services.

Proof of health insurance shall be provided by each tour participant.

FAC 611.3 Student/Staff Safety

Appropriate precautions shall be used when traveling. Should a potentially dangerous situation arise in a location where a study-travel experience is planned, the trip coordinator, in consultation with the Provost and Dean of the Faculty may cancel the trip or change the destination. Should a situation arise during a study-travel experience that could be potentially dangerous, the trip coordinator, in consultation with the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, may curtail the travel plans. The trip coordinator is expected to monitor the State Department web site for travel warnings or restrictions.

Notwithstanding the above, the trip coordinator, and any other college personnel having charge of students on study-travel, always have the power and responsibility to take emergency action that reasonably appears necessary to ensure the safety of students, even if prior consultation with the Provost and Dean of the Faculty is not practical.

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FAC 612. Eligibility of Students to Represent College in Co-Curricular or Deputation Roles

A student must be properly enrolled in courses totaling at least twelve semester hours and must have made passing grades in at least twelve hours in the previous term in order to represent the McPherson College in any extra curricular activity or in deputation activities. (Normally, students should not represent the college if they were on the probation list at the end of the previous term.)

The college defines a sponsored trip or deputation as any individual or group officially representing McPherson College away from the campus. All College sponsored trips and deputations must be cleared with the College Advancement Office. All persons performing in music ensembles shall be approved by the Music Department and other persons taking part in a deputation program shall be approved by the department which they represent. The total deputation program shall be planned ahead, covering the entire year as much as possible, so as to avoid problems arising from an end of semester pile up of programs.

Eligibility rules of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) are followed for all students participating in athletic events.

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FAC 614. Special Courses (Appointment, Independent Study, Career Connections Internship and Field Experience, Readings and Research)

Students may enroll for various kinds of individualized instruction, including courses by appointment, independent study, Career Connections internships and field experiences, and readings and research, following submission of a formal application to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty. Forms are available in the Student Enrollment Services Office. The “Special Courses” section in the McPherson College Catalog describes each of the above types of individualized instruction. Questions about proper use of these special courses should be directed to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.

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FAC 618. Convocations

Convocations at McPherson College are opportunities for the entire campus community to gather to celebrate achievements of community members and to share information of importance and interest to everyone. Attendance at convocation is a responsibility every student and employee owes to the collective body; much of the campus, including the dining hall and the library, demonstrates a commitment to community by closing for convocations. The value of convocation is directly connected to the common gathering of all community members at one time, in one space. For these reasons, among others, convocation attendance is expected of all community members.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 621. Student Overload

See “Course Load,” McPherson College Catalog.

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FAC 625. Graduation Requirements

It is the duty of the department involved to see that all grades and records of special work required for graduation be in the hands of the Associate Dean of Academic Records prior to graduation. This includes special tests and any other requirements not included in the regular 124 hours required for graduation. Convocation credit does not apply toward the 124-hour requirement. (See “Credit and Grade Point-Requirements” and “Major Requirements” in McPherson College Catalog.)

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FAC 650. Testing and Assessment Program

Faculty in all areas are required to prepare and conduct a program of assessment in the major field of study, the goal of which is to make programs better serve the needs of students. Each faculty member should be familiar with the assessment program in her/his area and should participate in implementing that program. Once a year, departmental faculty are required to prepare and submit to the Assessment Coordinator an assessment report, detailing the results of the assessment processes conducted in the past year and changes made in programs as a result of assessment.

All faculty should also be familiar with the Institutional Assessment Plan and be prepared to perform any duties assigned to them in the process of carrying out or reviewing and revising the plan.

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FAC 651. Freshman Testing Program

The American College Testing program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is required of all entering freshmen. Scores from these instruments are used for academic advising. On a “need-to-know” basis, faculty should contact the Associate Dean of Academic Records to secure needed information from these tests, including educational and vocational plans, special educational needs and interests, advanced placement in high school, and high school extracurricular activities and college extracurricular plans.

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FAC 655. Final Examinations

Faculty are expected to involve students in a major educational experience in all regular credit courses at the end of each term at the time indicated in the schedule of final examinations approved by the Educational Policies Committee. A two-hour period is scheduled for each final examination, which should include a genuine evaluation device.

Faculty desiring to hold exams at times other than those on the approved exam schedule may do so only with permission of the Chief Academic Officer.

Students who have three or more final exams scheduled on the same day may speak to the CAO about working with the involved faculty to arrange a different time for one or more of the finals. Students should not ask faculty to take exams at another time for any reason other than extraordinary, unavoidable circumstances, nor should faculty agree to do so without approval of the CAO.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 656. Grades and Grading Scale

Faculty are expected to make grading policies clear and explicit on course syllabi.  At midterm and at the end of each term, faculty are required to turn in all student grades by the specified due date.

See “Satisfactory Academic Progress: Scholarship, Probation and Suspension Rules” and “Scale of Grading” in the McPherson College Catalog.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 657. Guidelines Concerning Disputed Grades

Introduction. The McPherson College Catalog traditionally contains a statement that “all grades are determined by the instructor in charge of the specific course.” The guidelines that follow do not abrogate this basic principle of faculty responsibility. They do provide for an avenue by which students who feel that they have been unjustly evaluated may request review of the evaluation. In keeping with the spirit of the catalog statement, all such review of evaluations should remain solely in the hands of faculty; no student or student group should be involved in review procedure at any stage of its progress. The guidelines for review of disputed grades are as follows:

Step 1. No review procedure may begin until a student concerned about his/her evaluation has discussed this evaluation personally with the instructor who recorded the grade under review. (Note: this step may be waived in cases of permanent absence of the instructor or as otherwise deemed advisable by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.)

Step 2. When a student, after consultation with the instructor described in Step 1 above, feels a continuing grievance, the Provost and Dean of the Faculty may, if he or she deems this appropriate under the circumstances, confer with student and instructor separately and informally, thus attempting to obtain resolution of the dispute at issue.

Step 3. If resolution is not achieved in Step 2, above, the student, but only with the written permission of the Provost and Dean of Faculty, may appeal to a committee of review established as follows: One member of the faculty of McPherson College selected by the student; one member of the faculty of McPherson College, other than himself, selected by the instructor involved; one member of a faculty, preferably in an academic discipline close to that in which the review is undertaken, appointed either by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty or by the President of the College. The member of the committee thus appointed by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty or President may be from another institution than McPherson College. The appointed committee should examine any written or oral evidence submitted by the principals involved in the review. Following such examination, in closed session, the committee should determine the legitimacy of the student’s grievance; in the event that the grievance is found to be valid, the committee should recommend to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty an alternative grade for record. Decisions of this committee are final and subject to no institutional appeal. The Step 3 procedure described above shall occur only if the Provost and Dean of Faculty deems such procedure appropriate in the particular case, and gives to the aggrieved student written permission to pursue such procedure.

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FAC 658. Students on Academic Probation

Students may be placed on probation at McPherson College for academic reasons. Student academic probation is governed by the Satisfactory Academic Progress: Scholarship, Probation and Suspension Rules in the McPherson College Catalog. The Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty will provide faculty advisers with information concerning the academic status of students. Faculty advisers are expected to work with all such students in order to help them overcome their difficulties.

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FAC 660. Academic Advising Program

The welfare of each student should be a primary concern of each faculty member. Faculty members should be available for advising with students. Faculty members should take the initiative in advising whenever they see the need for it, or they should report the need to the colleague who is in the position to do the most good. Any undesirable practices pertaining to the physical, intellectual, social, or moral life of a student should be reported to the Dean of Students. Problems found through advising should also be reported to the Dean of Students. An “early alert” system is in place, by which all personnel are encouraged to communicate any perceived student problems to the Deans’ Office.

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FAC 665. Advising Students for Teacher Education

Faculty should advise students desiring to become teachers to contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction as early in their college careers as possible. However, faculty advisors should be very familiar with requirements and procedures described in the Advisor/Advisee Handbook for Teacher Preparation Programs.

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FAC 670. Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Each year faculty who have been teaching at McPherson College for more than one year are invited to elect the students to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. A faculty representative conducts the election by ballot. The recommendation of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges is to confine the election to students who fulfill the basic requirements of a 3.0 grade point average and 80 hours completed. The following qualities should be determining factors in the choices made: scholarship ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship and service to the college, and potential for future achievement. Faculty may vote for as many persons as they believe to be deserving of this recognition. Those students receiving votes from 50 percent or more of the voting faculty will be elected.

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FAC 701. Obligations of Faculty Member to Institution

Faculty are responsible for preparing required reports to the Kansas Department of Education by the due dates announced for such reports.

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Trustee approval: yes

FAC 710. Scheduled Meetings

Faculty meetings are normally scheduled during the first and third weeks of the month at a designated time . Programs for faculty meetings are arranged by the Faculty Executive Committee, which consists of the faculty chairperson, the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, and the divisional chairpersons.

Meetings of academic divisions are normally scheduled during the second and fourth weeks of the month at the same designated time as faculty meeting . Fifth Fridays, when they occur, will be allocated by Faculty Executive Committee according to needs of the faculty and division.

Departments meet on a regular or on an as-needed basis. The department chairperson arranges meetings at a time in common for all faculty in the respective departments.

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FAC 720. Classrooms

Teachers should see that the classrooms in which they teach remain tidy. Teachers should erase blackboards after class sessions and close laboratory and office windows when they leave for the day. All first floor office and laboratory windows, except fire-escape windows, should be locked in the evening.

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FAC 725. Supplies

Faculty offices will include furniture, a computer and printer. Faculty members should obtain all classroom and office supplies from the Campus Bookstore. If items are not available there, faculty members may initiate purchases by filling out a requisition form, available in the Business Office, and getting the department chair’s approval. Approved requisitions are taken to the Business Office where the Business Manager contacts the various supply sources and places the order, subject always to the specifications provided by the department. Faculty members may also purchase supplies off-campus with approval of their department chair and/or supervisor. Faculty members will be reimbursed for these purchases through a check requisition.

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FAC 730. Departmental Budgets

The Provost and Dean of the Faculty, usually in early December, will request the department chair to develop a departmental budget for the upcoming year. To help persons in this process, a budget request worksheet will be provided. Should requested budget increases exceed the consumer price index, persons should provide a rationale as to why the department cannot live within the budget planning guidelines. The institution’s strategic planning process requires persons to explain how increases in expenditures are necessary to meet departmental goals and objectives, as printed in the McPherson College Catalog and articulated in annual departmental assessment reports.

The budget requests are to be returned to the Provost’s Office in January. At that time, the Faculty Executive Committee will review budget requests and forward them with their recommendations to the Cabinet, where the final institutional budget will be developed.

All faculty should check with their department chair regarding departmental purchase practices and budget for faculty needs.

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FAC 740. Library

Mission Statement

Miller Library is committed to supporting faculty, staff, and students in their classroom activities, independent research, personal development, and cultural and societal studies and to helping all students achieve information literacy, in general and in their specific areas of study. In addition, supplemental service is made available to the McPherson community, alumni, and the Church of the Brethren constituencies.

In order to fulfill this commitment, the staff strives to:

  1. build and maintain a well-balanced collection of materials, both print and nonprint,
  2. provide access through bibliographic tools, instruction, and required equipment,
  3. provide reference assistance as needed,
  4. provide support for the utilization of nonprint media,
  5. expand in-house resources through cooperative arrangements such as interlibrary loan,
  6. promote use by providing an environment conducive to study, and,
  7. support the achievement of information literacy in all students.

Location of Materials

The MacPac catalog is available through the campus network and on the web.  Access it through the library’s home page at http://www.mcpherson.edu/library.

With the exception of the special collections, both print and nonprint (designated AV) materials are arranged on open shelves on upper level by Dewey Decimal Classification.  An exception – music LPs, CDs and cassette tapes – are located on the upper level, west alcove.  All oversize materials, which are classed with a Q designator, are shelved on the bottom shelf/shelves of the appropriate section in the general collection.  Special collection materials are designated by location symbols:

B  Brethren Collection (lower level, southeast)

C  Control Collection (main level, Public Services Desk)

J  Juvenile Collection (lower level, north)

R  Reference Collection (main level, north)

S  Center for Science &Religion (Melhorn Science Hall)

T  Automobile Technology (main level, south)

Periodical databases and online some reference materials are available on library workstations (main level) and through the campus network.  For a detailed listing of these resources, please consult the Online Resources page in the Miller Library Online Resources web site, http://www.mcpherson.edu/library

Older periodical abstracting and indexing resources in print format are located on the upper level, center alcove.

Current issues of periodicals received in hard copy are shelved alphabetically on main level, north; current microformat titles and all back holdings are located in the stacks area on lower level, south.  A list of current periodical subscriptions is available in print format in the periodicals area.  Also, most periodical holdings are listed by title in the MacPac.  In addition, many online resources provide access to full-text periodicals and other documents.  To identify those titles available online, check AtoZ, a list of all our online resources, available on the Online Resources page.

A map collection is located on the main level, northwest corner, in a vertical file cabinet.  All are arranged alphabetically by Library of Congress subject headings.

If you have difficulty locating materials, please inquire at the Public Services desk.

Circulation of Materials

All materials are circulated through the Public Services desk, with loan periods determined by type of material.  General collections books, nonprint materials and pamphlets are charged for the academic term, due on the last class day; periodical and reference materials (those which circulate) are due in one day.

Materials are charged out by persenting the materials and your library card or McPherson College identification card at the Public Services desk.

Reserve Materials

All materials to be placed “on reserve” must be accompanied by a completed and legible listing of the materials on the form provided.  Personal copies of faculty members may be placed on reserve but will have barcodes and security sensors affixed.  It is suggested that rather than placing multiple copies of photocopied materials on reserve, faculty members consider placing that material on their LMS class sites for students to access.  Reserve materials are normally on two-hour loan, almost always for use in the library only.  Forms are available at the Public Services desk, or by campus mail if you call.

We require notice of at least 24 hours in order to collect and process reserve materials.  Please do not tell a class that materials are on reserve before you tell us to place them on reserve.

When reserve materials become significantly overdue, the faculty member having placed them on reserve will be notified so that the appropriate adjustments in assignments, etc., can be made.

Orientation/Instruction Services

The library staff provides orientation and instruction in use of available resources and services to faculty and students in a classroom setting or individually, as requested.  Library staff members will conduct individual and class tours of our facility; it is necessary, however, to schedule class tours at least 24 hours in advance to assure that a staff member will be available for an extended period of time.  Information concerning the number of students, the areas of special interest and the amount of time allotted for the tour will assist our planning.  The librarian is also available to go to your classroom to demonstrate online searching techniques.  In addition, the librarian will “test” research assignments for you to make sure that the resources available in Miller Library will support the assignment.  We appreciate receiving copies of assignments requiring library research.

Equipment

Equipment that is purchased through the Library/Media Services budget is either located permanently in classroom buildings or may be borrowed at the Public Services desk of Miller Library.  Most classroom areas are provided with an overhead projector and a VCR/monitor on a cart; many have computers and projectors.  Some other equipment such as camcorders, portable public address systems, a Proxima projector, laptop computer, etc., is available for use by scheduling with the library staff.  This “for loan” equipment should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of need to assure availability.

Services

Faculty members are expected to locate and operate media equipment themselves; if instruction in use is needed, please contact the librarian.  In addition, no staff members are available to deliver and/or operate media equipment for specific classes/events.

All repair and replacement are responsibilities of the library staff, as is instruction in use; if there is a problem with this equipment, it should be reported to the library staff.  Equipment purchased personally or from departmental budgets, however, cannot be serviced by library staff persons.  If problems occur when using library equipment, let us know!  We will try to replace with extra equipment and arrange for repair.

Interlibrary Loan

Participation in the Online Computer Library Catalog (OCLC), an international bibliographic records and holdings database, and the Kansas Interlibrary Loan Circuit provides excellent interlibrary loan service to McPherson College students and staff.  Normally, desired items can be obtained from Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK) and South Central Kansas Library System (SCKLS) libraries in less than one week; for materials from other libraries, two to four weeks must be allowed.  To request such materials, request materials directly from the Kansas Library Catalog, OCLC’s World Cat, or complete a form available at the Public Services desk.  Please inquire there for further assistance.

Classrooms and Meeting Rooms

Miller 103 and 106 are scheduled by the Registrar’s office; Miller 105 is scheduled through the Facilities Management office.

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FAC Appendix 01. Board of Trustees BYLAWS

ARTICLE I

Election of Trustees

Section 1. Number. The Board of Trustees shall consist of not more than twenty-five (25) members and not less than twenty (20) members; provided, however, that the Board shall have the power to act even if the number of its members falls below twenty (20).

Section 2. Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall be comprised of the best qualified persons available with a majority of its membership persons who are members of the Church of the Brethren and/or McPherson College alumni.

Section 3. Nominations for Trustees. The Committee on Trustees of the Board of Trustees shall present such nominations as it may determine for consideration by the Board of Trustees at the first meeting of the calendar year, or, if vacancies exist, at any other duly called meeting of the Board of Trustees. The committee shall regularly invite suggestions for nominations from members of the Board of Trustees and it may seek other suggestions for nominations from outside the Board of Trustees.

The committee shall ask for suggestions for  nominations from the Alumni Association of McPherson College and from the district conference of each of the following four duly constituted Church of the Brethren Districts: Northern Plains, Western Plains, Southern Plains and Missouri-Arkansas. The committee shall also seek suggestions from organizations within McPherson County, and any of the McPherson College Advisory Boards.

Section 4. Elections.Election of trustees shall occur at the first meeting of the Board of Trustees during the calendar year except when the Board deems it advisable to conduct an election at another regular or special board meeting.

Section 5. Term. Each trustee shall serve a term of five (5) years, or until his/her successor is elected unless he or she earlier dies, resigns, or is removed from the Board of Trustees. Trustee terms commence at the conclusion of the first meeting subsequent to their election. To the extent practicable, an equal number of terms shall commence each year. No trustee shall be eligible for more than two (2) successive five (5) years terms of office without having been off the Board of Trustees for a period of at least one (1) year.

Section 6. Vacancies. If a trustee position is vacated before the expiration of the term, it may be filled by the Board of Trustees. The successor trustee so elected shall hold office for the unexpired portion of such term.

 

ARTICLE II

Powers and Duties of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees shall:

Section 1. Establish policy for McPherson College.

Section 2. Select and hire a President of the College who shall hold office at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees.

Section 3. Elect trustees as provided in Article I of the bylaws.

Section 4. Have the option to declare vacant the seat of any trustee who shall be absent from three (3) consecutive meetings of the Board.

Section 5. Elect by ballot from their own number a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and a Secretary.

Section 6. Identify and create such committees as may be required.

Section 7. Incur indebtedness.

Section 8. Grant honorary degrees.

Section 9. Have the right to exercise all other powers belonging to it, whether by law or otherwise, except as otherwise set forth in these bylaws. Notwithstanding any contrary provisions in these bylaws, the Board of Trustees shall not have the power or authority to take any action which shall deprive McPherson College of its status as an exempt organization under the provisions of the United States Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3).

 

ARTICLE III

Meetings

Section 1. Regular Meetings. The Board shall meet regularly at least three (3) times during each academic year, July 1 through June 30.

Section 2. Special Meetings.

2.01. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Chair at such place as may be specified. Notice of special meetings shall be given at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting.

2.02. An emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees may be called at any time by two-thirds (2/3) consent of the trustees.

2.03. The Chair may and, upon written request of a majority of the trustees, shall call a special meeting of the trustees at any time, with at least fifteen (15) days notice.

2.04. Notice shall be given of such called meetings by any of the following methods of authorized notice: leave a written or printed notice at the residence or place of business of such Trustee; mail such notice; send by confirmed telefacsimile transmission or confirmed delivery by reputable private express service; call on the telephone or send by e-mail. Such service of notice shall be entered in the minutes and said minutes upon being read and approved at a subsequent meeting of the Board, shall be conclusive upon the question of service.

Section 3. Quorum. A simple quorum for the transaction of business at any regular or special meeting of the Board shall consist of a majority of the total number of trustees. In the absence of a quorum, a majority of those present shall have the power to adjourn the meeting to a future date. Notice of the date, time, and place to which the meeting is adjourned shall be promptly given by any of the methods set forth above, or by any combination.

Section 4. Telephone Conference Meetings. The trustees of the Board, or any committee designated by the Board, may participate in a meeting of the Board or committee by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment by means of which all participating in the meeting can hear and converse with each other, and participation in such meeting shall constitute attendance at such meeting.

Section 5. Meetings by Letter or Electronic Correspondence. Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Board or any committee of the Board may be taken without a meeting if all members of the Board or committee consent thereto in writing, telefacsimile transmission, without limitation, or by e-mail with such “correspondence” to be filed with the minutes of Board or committee.

 

ARTICLE IV

Dissolution

In the event of dissolution of McPherson College, assets remaining after payment of all debts of the College shall be transferred by the Board of Trustees to a nonprofit organization whose purposes are substantially the same as those of the College and which, at the time of transfer, is exempt from federal income taxation under Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3) or the corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws. Any such assets not so transferred by the Board of Trustees shall be disposed of by the District or Circuit Court of the County in which the registered office of the College is located, exclusively for such tax-exempt purposes or to such tax-exempt organization as the Court shall determine. No member, trustee or officer of the College, or any private individual, shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the assets of the College on its dissolution.

 

ARTICLE V

Officers

Section 1. Officers. The officers of the Board of Trustees shall consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. The officers shall be nominated by the Committee on Trustees and elected by the Board for a term of three (3) years and shall not be eligible for re-election after having served two (2) successive terms. Nominations shall not include any trustees with less than two (2) years of service on the Board and nominations for the Board Chair shall not include any trustees with less than two (2) years of service on the Executive Committee. The officers of the Board shall be elected at the first meeting of the Board of Trustees during a calendar year. Such elected officers will assume the duties of their respective offices at the conclusion of the first subsequent meeting of the Board following their election. The Board may deem it advisable to conduct an election at another regular or special board meeting. When a special election is held, the Board may seat the elected officer(s) at the conclusion of that meeting.

Section 2. The Chair of the Board of Trustees. It shall be the duty of the Chair of the Board of Trustees to preside at all meetings of the Board. He/she shall sign all contracts and other instruments of writing which have been first approved by the Board of Trustees or Executive Committee.

Section 3. Vice Chair. The Vice Chair shall act in the place of the Chair when the Chair is unable to perform the duties of his/her office or is absent from the meeting. If both the Chair and Vice Chair are absent or unable to perform their duties, a member of the Executive Committee shall assume the responsibilities of the Chair. The Vice Chair shall serve as Chair of the Committee on Trustees.

Section 4. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep the Corporate Seal and shall affix the same to all documents requiring a seal. He/she shall keep the proper records and shall discharge such other duties as pertain to his/her office or are prescribed by the Board of Trustees. The Secretary shall serve all notices required by law or the bylaws of the College.

Section 5. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall ensure that all Trustees shall receive quarterly financial statements from the college administration. The Treasurer shall ensure that annual or special audits are provided all trustees in a timely manner for review and discussion as appropriate. He/she shall work closely with college personnel responsible for financial matters, the Board-approved auditor, and the appropriate Board committee(s).

 

ARTICLE VI

Committees

Section 1. The Board shall have the standing committees described below. Except as may be set forth otherwise in these bylaws, no person who is not a trustee of the College shall be a member of any standing committee.

Section 2. Executive Committee

2.01 The principal standing committee shall be the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers of the Board and the chairs of all standing committees, with the President as an ex officio member. The Executive Committee shall exercise the powers of the Board between board meetings. This committee shall meet regularly or at the request of the Chair of the Board.

2.02 The Executive Committee shall commission regular evaluations of the President and shall be responsible for contract negotiations with the President.

2.03 Ad hoc committees for special purposes may be formed by the Executive Committee, subject to the approval of the Board, as needed. Special committees shall be appointed by the Chair of the Board as needed.

2.04 Notices of meetings and minutes of the Executive Committee meetings shall be sent to all members of the Board within fifteen (15) days of each meeting.

Section 3. Other Standing Committees. Chairs of each of the committees, other than the Committee on Trustees (chaired by the Vice Chair of the Board), shall be appointed by the Officers of the Board for a term of one (1) year, subject to reappointment for a total of six (6) consecutive years.

3.01 Financial Affairs Committee. The Financial Affairs Committee shall consist of not less than five (5) Board members, including the Treasurer of the Board, as well as the Chief Financial Officer of the college and the Vice President for Advancement who will serve as ex officio members. This committee shall review all of the financial affairs of the college, including the annual budget, investment policies and procedures and financial planning for the college. In addition, the committee shall review fundraising and advancement functions. This committee shall make annual recommendations regarding the selection of an auditor. In addition, the committee shall review fundraising and advancement functions. This committee shall bring necessary policy recommendations to the Board. Minutes of this committee shall be sent to the entire Board.

3.02 Academic Affairs Committee.  The Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee shall consist of not less than five (5) Board members and the Provost who shall serve as ex officio members. This committee shall review all matters pertaining to the academic affairs and Policies of the College, recommendations for the promotion and tenure of faculty members, academic programs, faculty welfare, honorary degrees, and any related matters. This committee shall bring necessary policy recommendations to the Board. Minutes of this committee shall be sent to the entire Board.

3.03 Enrollment and Student Life Committee. The Enrollment and Student Life Committee shall consist of not less than five (5) board members. The Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Students shall serve as ex officio members. This committee shall review all matters related to student life and well being, marketing of the college, college promotions, communications, student retention and recruitment and financial aid. This committee shall make necessary policy recommendations to the Board. Minutes of this committee shall be sent to the entire board.

3.04 Committee on Trustees. The Committee on Trustees shall consist of not less than five (5) Board members and shall include at least one member from each of three standing committees: Financial Affairs, Academic Affairs & Student Life, and Admissions & Advancement, plus the Vice Chair of the Board, who will serve as Chair of the Committee. The President of the College shall serve as an ex-officio member. This committee shall be responsible for the recruitment of new board members, evaluation of board performance, evaluation of the organization and membership of the Board, nominations for membership to the Board, nominations for officers of the Board, and shall make policy recommendations on these matters to the Board. Minutes of this committee shall be sent only to members of the committee and the President, but the minutes shall be available in the President’s Office to any member of the Board.

3.05 Strategic Planning Committee. The Strategic Planning Committee shall consist of not less than five (5) Board members and shall include at least one member from each of three standing committees: Financial Affairs, Academic Affairs & Student Life, and Admissions & Advancement. The President of the College shall serve as an ex-officio member. This committee shall review all materials necessary to develop and support a strategic plan, including internal operational and financial results as well as data describing the external environment in which the College operates. This committee shall make recommendations relative to the necessary and appropriate actions of the Board related to the College’s strategic plan. Minutes of this committee shall be sent to the entire board.

 

ARTICLE VII

President

The President, as the chief administrative officer of the College, is responsible for the overall success of the College in meeting its goals and objectives. He/She shall operate the College within the charter and bylaws and carry out the policies of the Board of Trustees. He/She shall report at each meeting of the Board on the condition and prospect of the College, submit a proposed budget for the ensuing college year, and make such recommendations and suggestions to the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee as he/she deems advisable. He/She shall sign all legal documents for and on behalf of the College, as may be directed by the Board or the Executive Committee. The President of the College shall be an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees and all Board Standing Committees.

 

ARTICLE VIII

Bylaws, Amendments, and Revision

These bylaws may be changed or amended at any meeting of the Board of Trustees by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of all trustees, provided notice of the substance of the proposed amendment is sent to all the trustees at least thirty (30) days before the meeting, At the meeting, the Board may accept or reject any amendment as proposed, or adopt a modified or substitute version of any proposed amendment. The Board shall not amend any section of the bylaws other than those sections designated for proposed amendment in the notice.

 

ARTICLE IX

The Seal

The Corporation shall have a common Seal, consisting of a circle having on its circumference the words, “McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas.”

 

ARTICLE X

Indemnification

Each trustee and officer of the College shall be indemnified against all expenses actually and necessarily incurred by such trustee or officer in connection with the defense of any action, suit or proceeding to which he or she has been made a party by reason of being or having been such trustee or officer. The College shall cover such expenses except in relation to matters where the trustee or officer shall be adjudicated in such action, suit or proceeding to be liable for gross negligence or willful misconduct in the performance of duty. The College shall maintain appropriate trustee and officer liability insurance coverage for this purpose.

 

ARTICLE XI

Conflict of Interest

A trustee shall be considered to have a conflict of interest if

(a) such trustee has existing or potential financial or other interests which impair or might reasonably appear to impair such member’s independent, unbiased judgment in the discharge of his or her responsibilities to the College, or

(b) such trustee is aware that a member of his or her family, or any organization in which such trustee (or member of his or her family) is an officer, director, employee, member, partner, trustee, or controlling stockholder, has such existing or potential financial or other interests. For the purposes of this provision, a family member is defined as a spouse, parents, siblings, children and any other relative if the latter resides in the same household as the trustee.

All trustees shall disclose to the Board any possible conflict of interest at the earliest practical time. Furthermore the trustee shall absent him or herself from discussions of, and abstain from voting on, such matters under consideration by the Board of Trustees or its committees. The minutes of such meeting shall reflect that a disclosure was made and that the trustee having a conflict or possible conflict abstained from voting.

Any trustee who is uncertain whether a conflict of interest may exist in any matter may request the Board or committee to resolve the question in his or her absence by majority vote.

Each trustee shall complete and sign a disclosure form provided annually by the Secretary of the Board of Trustees.

 

The foregoing bylaws were amended by the Board of Trustees of McPherson College on July 15, 2006.

The foregoing bylaws were amended by the Board of Trustees of McPherson College on November 8, 2008.

The foregoing bylaws were amended by the Board of Trustees of McPherson College on November 6, 2009.

The foregoing bylaws were amended by the Board of Trustees of McPherson College on August 9, 2013.

UPDATED: January 1st, 2009|Appendices|

FAC Appendix 02. Faculty Constitution

Constitution  of the Faculty of McPherson College

(As amended 13 March 2013)

Preamble : McPherson College faculty desire a shared governance structure informed by the college’s mission statement and the traditions of the Church of the Brethren. In particular, faculty want a governance structure that embodies:

1. simplicity – by clearly delineating channels of authority, responsibility, and representation;
2. community – by ensuring a free flow of information and respect for diversity of opinion, and
3. stewardship of faculty resources to promote teaching and scholarship – by distributing administrative tasks evenly and appropriately, in so far as possible, while considering individual interests and abilities.

To establish such a structure, Faculty Meeting does hereby ordain and establish this constitution for the faculty of McPherson College.

 

Article I: Membership

Section 1 : Voting members shall include all faculty members teaching at least one-half time holding the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor and full-time college personnel holding academic rank.

Section 2 : Non-voting members shall include the President of the College and all other administrative personnel, campus minister, visiting instructors, and emeriti faculty. All non-voting members of the faculty may attend Faculty Meeting and discuss matters of interest to them.

Section 3 : Either voting or non-voting membership may be extended to any individual by majority vote of Faculty Meeting.

 

Article II: Meetings

Section 1 : Generally, Faculty Meeting will be held twice per month during the regular school year.

Section 2 : Meetings and other business of the faculty shall be conducted according to the latest revised edition of Robert – s Rules of Order.

Section 3 : Meetings may be called by the President, Chief Academic Officer, or by the Faculty Executive Committee. Individual members may submit requests for special meetings to the Faculty Executive Committee for consideration.

Section 4 : The Faculty Executive Committee assumes responsibility for Faculty Meeting agendas. Agendas posing items of business must be distributed to faculty at least 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to the scheduled meeting. Informational meetings may be called on shorter notice and without distribution of an agenda.

Section 5 : A simple majority of voting members constitutes a quorum.

Section 6 : A simple majority of members present is required for passage of business items unless a higher percentage is stipulated by action of Faculty Meeting.

Section 7 : Any member may move that the specific faculty meeting move to a Closed Instructional Faculty session for discussion on any topic. With the approval of one third of the votes cast, the discussion will only be open to faculty holding academic rank and teaching half-time or more. During closed session, any member may move that the session be opened. With approval of two-thirds of votes cast, the session will be opened to both Instructional Faculty and Administrative Faculty.

 

Article III: Officers

Section 1 : Faculty Meeting officers are the Chair, the Secretary, and the Divisional Chairs.

Section 2 : The Faculty Chair presides at all regular and special Faculty Meetings and at all meetings of the Faculty Executive Committee. The Faculty Chair is elected for a one-year term. Re-election is not barred.

Section 3 : Divisional Chairs preside at their respective divisional meetings and serve on the Faculty Executive Committee. Chairs are elected by the voting faculty members of their respective divisions. Minimum qualifications for serving as Division Chair shall be tenured faculty at the Associate Professor or Professor level. Terms of service are three years, the divisions holding elections different years in order to preserve a rotation. Re-election is not barred. New division chairs shall be elected each spring at least one month prior to the date for full faculty elections.

Section 4 : Faculty Secretary keeps minutes of Faculty Meeting proceedings and distributes such minutes to all faculty members not later than 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to the next meeting. Faculty Secretary is elected for a one-year term. Re-election is not barred.

 

Article IV: Committees

Section 1: Faculty Executive Committee shall consist of the Faculty Chair, Divisional Chairs, and the Chief Academic Officer.

Section 2 : Faculty Meeting shall provide standing committees to care for the principal responsibilities of the faculty – the curriculum and educational policies, the library and classroom instructional resources, and matters related to faculty personnel, including evaluation and promotion.

Section 3 : Faculty Executive Committee coordinates nominations and elections to standing committees and appointments to ad hoc committees or task forces. It oversees and evaluates all aspects of faculty governance.

Section 4 : A set of Bylaws shall detail the purposes, procedures, and charges of each standing committee.

 

Article V: Amendments

Section 1 : This Constitution may be amended by Faculty Meeting provided the amendment has been submitted to Faculty Executive Committee in writing and that it has been distributed at the previous Faculty Meeting.

Section 2 : A two-thirds vote of all voting members present is necessary to adopt an amendment.

UPDATED: January 1st, 2009|Appendices|

FAC Appendix 03. Bylaws for FEC

Bylaws for Faculty Executive Committee

  • Name
    Faculty Executive Committee
  • Purpose
    To serve as a coordinating group for Faculty Meeting and faculty committees and functions; to monitor the flow of work among various levels of faculty organization, and to evaluate the effectiveness of faculty governance.
  • Composition of Committee Membership, Criteria for Selection
    Division chairs, chair of the faculty, Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
  • Terms and Process for Selection of Membership
    All members serve by virtue of office, as determined by Faculty Constitution. Committee reconstituted annually for terms May 1 to April 30. Lame duck members may be expected to serve in May for the sake of continuity and orientation of new members.
  • Committee Officers or Leadership
    Chaired by chair of faculty. In absence of the faculty chair, the senior division chair chairs meetings. Minutes and records provided for by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty.
  • Meeting Procedure
    Meetings will be held at the call of the chair as required for the timely handling of agendas. A quorum shall consist of no fewer than four of the five members. Decisions shall be by majority vote of those present. Minutes will be kept on all meetings and archived by the Provost and Dean of Faculty. Minutes of non-personnel matters shall be available to all faculty not later than 48 hours (excluding weekdays and holidays) prior to the next meeting of the committee. Minutes are to be made available either in hard copy in the office of the Provost and Dean of Faculty and / or on the Faculty Records Server.
  • Committee Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities
    1. Committee begins not later than May of prior academic year to plan fall faculty retreat.
    2. Plan and organize regular faculty meetings throughout the year and arrange for distribution of agendas and minutes.
    3. Serve as nominating committee for faculty committee positions for academic year following the year of its term of office; insure that committee loads are equitably distributed.
    4. By the beginning of the academic year for which the Committee will serve, determine which Division chair will serve as liaison to Educational Policies Committee, Faculty Policies Committee, and Instructional Resources Committee. Liaison will read minutes of committee and report major action items and upcoming issues relevant to faculty to FEC.
    5. Monitor workflow within the faculty committee structure, suggesting alternatives for revision of structure or process.
    6. Serve as clearinghouse for establishment of ad hoc faculty committees and task forces.
    7. As needed and appropriate, review and refer items from committees to full Faculty Meeting, from committee to committee (faculty or joint), or to administrative offices from faculty governance entities.
    8. Serve as recipient and processor of appeals from any committee to full Faculty Meeting; evaluate merits of request, allowing and planning the process for referral of any reasonable request to the Faculty Meeting.
    9. The Committee will determine which Division Chair will serve as liaison to each non-policy, college committee (including ad hoc committees) that has faculty members. Liaison will read minutes of committee and report major action items and issues relevant to faculty to FEC.
  • Reporting Relationships:
    This committee functions on behalf of Faculty Meeting and reports directly to it. As this committee serves primarily as a coordinating committee for the faculty governance process, no subcommittees report directly to it. Under special circumstances this committee may appoint ad hoc committees or task forces to carry out specific projects.
  • Appeal Process
    Any faculty member wishing to question policy or procedural recommendations or urge a broader hearing on such issues should make that wish known to the committee before its final action to the extent that the faculty member was aware in advance of the pending action. The FEC should weigh any such requests in its decision whether to initially craft the action as a recommendation to Faculty Meeting or not. Appeal to Faculty Meeting may be initialized by any academic department or, alternatively, by any group of not fewer than six faculty members that takes exception to any action of the committee which was not referred to Faculty Meeting. The department or group may lodge a request in writing to this Faculty Executive Committee that such issue or action be submitted to Faculty Meeting. Any such request shall not be reasonably refused.
  • Bylaw Amendment Process
    These bylaws may be changed through the following process:

    1. Job titles included in these bylaws may be updated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs on his or her own authority.
    2. Changes to these bylaws may be brought to the Faculty Executive Committee for a first reading and then acted upon at any subsequent meeting, provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.  Once approved by the Faculty Executive Committee, changes shall be forwarded to Faculty Meeting for final approval.
    3. Changes to these bylaws may also be initiated by Faculty Meeting. Bylaw changes may be brought to the Faculty Meeting for a first reading and then acted upon at any subsequent meeting, provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.

 

Approved by Faculty 18 April 1997
Updated by Faculty Meeting 7 December 2001
Amended by EPC 04 October 2004
Amendments approved by Faculty Meeting 21 October 2010

UPDATED: January 1st, 2009|Appendices|

FAC Appendix 04. Bylaws for FRC

Bylaws for Faculty Review Committee

  1. Name
    Faculty Review Committee
  2. Purpose
    To advise and make recommendations to the President of the College on review and evaluation of faculty members for continued employment, promotion, tenure, and sabbatical leave. The committee also considers candidates for honorary degrees and faculty emerti status.
  3. Composition of Committee Membership, Criteria for Selection
    Provost and Dean of Faculty (without vote); three elected faculty members as division representatives, all with vote; one additional faculty member elected as a faculty at-large representative, with vote. Faculty committee members must be tenured and have the rank of associate professor or full professor. Gender representation among the voting members of the committee is required.
  4. Terms and Process for Selection of Membership
    Provost and Dean of Faculty, by virtue of office. Division representatives serve rotating three-year terms. The faculty at-large representative serves a four-year term. Division representatives are elected by full faculty from at least two nominees recommended by the appropriate division. The faculty at-large representative is elected by full faculty. Because requirements for membership to FRC are the most restrictive, election to FRC supersedes elected membership on any conflicting committee (FPC, EPC, IRC). In the event division elections result in a loss of gender representation, the faculty at-large position will be replaced through faculty elections for the remainder of the outgoing member’s term.
    A committee member(s) scheduled for promotion must be replaced by a new committee member for the year of promotion consideration. The election process to determine the replacement member will be the same as previously stated.
    A committee member scheduled for five-year post-tenure review will recuse her/himself from the discussion and documentation of the review. No replacement of that member is needed.
  5. Committee Officers or Leadership
    Provost and Dean of Faculty serves as chair and also arranges for minute taking and archiving.
  6. Meeting Procedure
    Meetings will be held as coordinated by the chair (dean), as required for the expeditious handling of required agendas. A quorum shall consist of the dean or his/her representative, plus three of the four elected faculty, provided all four faculty members are consulted in advance. Three affirmative votes are necessary for passage of a vote.Minutes will be kept on all meetings and archived by the dean. Minutes will be of two kinds and maintained in separate format: confidential and open. Minutes of discussions or actions on employment status of any faculty member will be strictly confidential, as will be minutes related to nomination of persons for honorary degrees. Minutes of any other nature will be regarded as open unless the committee expressly votes to the contrary on the grounds of personnel confidentiality. The open minutes for any given meeting shall be distributed to members of the faculty no later than one week following their final approval. Minutes are to be made available in hard copy in the office of the dean and distributed to the faculty electronically.
  7. Committee Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities
    1. Oversee the evaluation process according to policy-prescribed schedules and guidelines; make recommendations to the President regarding evaluation of faculty effectiveness and continuation of contracts.
    2. Make recommendations to the President for the granting of sabbatical leaves to individual faculty members based on approved policy and guidelines.
    3. Make recommendations to the President on promotion and tenure for individual faculty members based on approved policy and guidelines.
    4. Make recommendations to the President for the awarding of emeriti status.
    5. Consider candidates for honorary degrees and recommend such candidates to Faculty Meeting.
    6. At any time other than regular evaluation times, make recommendations to the President whenever concern arises about faculty effectiveness or discipline that has potential implications for, or impact on, the faculty member’s employment status.
  8. Reporting Relationships:
    Matters on which this Committee makes recommendations to Faculty Meeting:
    Candidates for honorary degrees
    Matters on which the Committee makes recommendations to the President:
    Performance evaluation of individual faculty members; promotion, tenure, sabbatical leave, and emeriti status decisions for individual faculty members.
    Committees or groups which make reports and/or recommendations to this Committee:
    Grievance Committee to the extent of its involvement in faculty personnel issues.
  9. Appeal Process
    Appeals of specific employment related decisions:
    If any faculty member takes exception to a recommendation of this Committee regarding that faculty member’s employment status, or wishes to question the basis for recommendations, s/he may lodge a request in writing to that effect by delivering that request to the Provost and Dean of Faculty. The Committee will then schedule a mutually suitable time for dialog with the faculty member within 21 days of the request. At his/her own election, the faculty member may bring one other faculty member or staff to the meeting. Following such meeting the Committee may reconsider its recommendation, gather new information, or reiterate its former position.
  10. Bylaw Amendment Process
    These bylaws may be changed through the following process:
    A.  Job titles included in these bylaws may be updated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs on his or her own authority.
    B.  Changes to these bylaws may be brought to the Faculty Review Committee for a first reading and then acted upon at any subsequent meeting, provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.  Once approved by the Faculty Review Committee, changes shall be forwarded to Faculty Meeting for final approval.
    C.  Changes to these bylaws may also be initiated by Faculty Meeting. Bylaw changes may be brought to the Faculty Meeting for a first reading and then acted upon at any subsequent meeting, provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.

Approved by Faculty Meeting 15 February 2007
Approved by Board of Trustees 02 March 2007
Amendments approved by Faculty Meeting 21 October 2010

UPDATED: January 1st, 2009|Appendices|

FAC Appendix 05. Bylaws for FPC

Bylaws for Faculty Policies Committee

  1. Name
    Faculty Policies Committee
  2. Purpose
    To advise and make recommendations to the Faculty or to the Chief Academic Officer on matters of policy concerning faculty personnel, faculty hiring, sabbaticals, faculty evaluation and promotion, faculty compensation, and on other such matters as the CAO may request.
  3. Composition of Committee Membership, Criteria for Selection
    Chief Academic Officer, without vote. Three elected faculty members, all with vote. One division chair, ex officio, without vote, as liaison from Faculty Executive Committee (liaison will review minutes but will not be required to attend).
  4. Terms and Process for Selection of Membership
    Chief Academic Officer, by virtue of office. Division chair liaison, selected annually by Faculty Executive Committee. Elected faculty members serve three-year terms, one member elected each year by division. Re-election is not barred. Terms run for academic year, July 1 to June 30.
  5. Leadership
    Chief Academic Officer serves as chair and also arranges for minute-taking and archiving.
  6. Meeting Procedure
    Meetings will be held as coordinated by the chair. A quorum shall consist of the Chief Academic Officer or the CAO’s designeeplus two of the three elected faculty. Decisions shall be made by majority vote of the three voting members. Minutes will be kept on all meetings and archived by the CAO. The minutes for any given meeting shall be distributed to members of the faculty no later than one week following their final approval. Minutes are available from the CAO’s office upon request.
  7. Committee Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities
    1. Review Faculty Handbook on a regular schedule and keep it current.
    2. Recommend to the Faculty policies and procedures for the faculty hiring process and periodically review the implementation and effectiveness of same.
    3. Recommend to the Faculty policies to guide the practice of faculty evaluation.
    4. Recommend to the Faculty policies to guide the granting of sabbatical leave for faculty members.
    5. Recommend to the Faculty policies to guide the granting of tenure and promotion.
    6. Prepare an annual written report and presentation to Faculty Meeting on the status of faculty salaries and benefits.  This report should include distribution of the salary schedule and comparative information on McPherson College salaries and benefits relative to state and national norms.
    7. Recommend to Faculty and the President compensation policies and structure for a salary plan.
  8. Reporting Relationships
    Matters on which this Committee makes recommendations to the Faculty:

    • Policy guidelines on faculty promotion, tenure, and evaluation.
    • Other policies necessary to keep the Faculty Handbook current.

    Matters on which the Committee makes recommendations to the President:

    • Faculty salary plan structure or periodic modifications thereof.

    Committees or groups that make reports and/or recommendations to this Committee:

    • Ad hoc or standing committees this Faculty Policies Committee deems necessary to carry out its charge.
  9. Appeal Process
    • Appeals of policy recommendations :
      Appeal to Faculty Meeting may be initiated by any academic department or, alternatively, by any group of not fewer than six faculty members that takes exception to any action of this committee thatwas not referred to Faculty Meeting. The department or group may lodge a request in writing to the Faculty Executive Committee that such issue or action be submitted to Faculty Meeting. Any such request shall not be unreasonably refused by the Faculty Executive Committee.

Approved by Faculty 18 April 1997
Updated by Faculty Meeting 7 December 2001
Revised by FPC 15 January 2010
VII.G added by FPC 28 November 2012
Revised by FPC November 2015
Approved by Faculty Meeting 02 December 2015

UPDATED: December 2, 2015|Appendices|
Trustee approval: yes

FAC Appendix 06. Bylaws for EPC

Bylaws for Educational Policies Committee

  1. Name
    Educational Policies Committee
  2. Purpose
    To propose academic policy and to oversee curriculum and the quality of the academic program. To make recommendations accordingly to either the President or the Faculty Meeting as specified below.
  3. Composition of Committee Membership, Criteria for Selection
    Provost and Dean of Faculty by virtue of office (with vote)
    Three faculty members representing all academic divisions (with vote)
    One representative of the Teacher Education program (with vote)
    One student (with vote)
    One Division Chair ex officio as liaison from Faculty Executive Committee (without vote-not required to attend)
    Two ex officio members without vote: Associate Academic Dean (Registrar) and College Librarian.
  4. Terms and Process for Selection of Membership
    Provost and Dean of Faculty and all ex officios by virtue of office. Faculty representatives for three-year terms, one elected each year by division. Teacher Education representative elected annually by Teacher Education Committee. Student representative recommended annually by Student Government Association for approval by President. Division chair liaison as determined annually by the Faculty Executive Committee. Re-election is not barred for any position. Terms run for the academic year, July 1 to June 30.
  5. Committee Officers or Leadership
    The committee shall annually elect a chair from among its elected faculty membership. The Provost and Dean of Faculty shall act as executive secretary for the committee.
  6. Meeting Procedure
    Meetings will be held at the call of the chair, on such schedule as required for expeditious handling of required agendas. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the membership entitled to vote . Decisions shall be made by majority vote of those present. Minutes will be kept on all meetings and archived by the Provost and Dean of Faculty. Minutes will be open and available to all faculty no later than 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to the next meeting of the committee. Minutes are to be made available either in hard copy in the office of the Provost and Dean of Faculty or posted electronically for faculty.
  7. Committee Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities
    1. Approve new courses or substantive changes in courses.
    2. Approve additions, alterations or deletions to/of programs of study.
    3. Approve individualized interdisciplinary programs.
    4. Review and approve basic academic calendar and course schedule.
    5. Interpret existing academic policy, recommending new policy as appropriate.
    6. Recommend changes in academic requirement – e.g., general education curriculum or graduation requirements.
    7. Recommend addition or deletion of academic departments.
  8. Reporting Relationships
    With respect to accountabilities VII.A-E. above, the Committee may act as a final recommendation to the President unless specific appeal is taken to Faculty Meeting.

    With respect to accountabilities VII.F-G. above, the Committee shall take actions as recommendations to the Faculty Meeting, which in turn will recommend to the President.

    Committees or groups which report and/or recommend to this Committee: Teacher Education Board

    Other ad hoc Committees which may be created from time to time to expedite the work of EPC

    Other Faculty Advisory or Joint Committees falling within the scope of this committee’s responsibility

  9. Appeal Process
    Any academic department or group of six or more faculty members may appeal any action of EPC not submitted to Faculty Meeting. The department or group shall request in writing that Faculty Executive Committee take such issue or action to Faculty Meeting. [Faculty Executive Committee shall not refuse any reasonable request.]
  10. Bylaw Amendment Process
    These bylaws may be changed through the following process:

A.  Job titles included in these bylaws may be updated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs on his or her own authority.

B.  Changes to these bylaws may be brought to the Educational Policies Committee for a first reading and then acted upon at any subsequent meeting, provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.  Once approved by the Educational Policies Committee, changes shall be forwarded to Faculty Meeting for final approval.

C.  Changes to these bylaws may also be initiated by Faculty Meeting. Bylaw changes may be brought to the Faculty Meeting for a first reading and then acted upon at any subsequent meeting, provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.

 

Approved by Faculty 18 April 1997
Updated by Faculty Meeting 7 December 2001
Amended by EPC 04 October 2004
Amendments approved by Faculty Meeting 21 October 2010

UPDATED: January 1st, 2009|Appendices|

FAC Appendix 07. Bylaws for Teacher Education

Teacher Education Bylaws

I. Name of Board
Teacher Education Board

II. Purpose of Teacher Education Board (The Unit)
To foster and sustain quality professional education programs at McPherson College by coordinating the undergraduate council and the graduate council; in turn, to contribute to quality in the education profession at large.

III. Composition and Terms of Teacher Education Board and Criteria for Selection

  1. Voting members shall include:
    1. Department Chair, also serving as Unit Head; Chair of Teacher Education Board
    2. Director of the Masters of Education Program
    3. Chief Academic Officer
    4. Graduate Council Representative (non-student)
    5. Undergraduate Council Representative (non-student)
    6. Graduate Council Student Representative
    7. Undergraduate Council Student Representative
  2. Representatives 13 are expected to: Demonstrate an active interest in the procedures and curriculum of the Teacher Education Programs of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in procedures, curriculum, and instructional development associated with K-12 schools; have a pattern of responsible Board involvement.
  3. The Council  representatives 4 & 5 are expected to: Demonstrate to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction an interest in the procedures and curriculum of the Teacher Education Programs of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in procedures, curriculum, and instructional development associated with K-12 schools;
  4. The Student representatives 6 & 7 are expected to: Demonstrate to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction an interest in the procedures and curriculum of the Teacher Education Programs of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in the procedures, curriculum, and instructional development associated with K-12 schools; demonstrate to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction a reputation of perception and maturity that will ensure fairness and confidentiality in sensitive matters; be of good academic standing at McPherson College.
  5. Membership appointments on the Teacher Education Board are for one year.  The Teacher Education Board shall be reconstituted each year in August at the beginning of the academic year.

IV. Process for Selection of Membership

  1. Members identified in Section III above as A-1, 2, & 3 all serve by virtue of position.
  1. Members A-4, 5, 6, and 7 are appointed by the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils as appropriate.

V. Teacher Education Board Officers or Leadership

  1. The permanent Chair of the Teacher Education Board (akUnit Head) shall be the Chair of the Education Program and the Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  In the absence of the Chair at any meeting, an Acting Chair for the meeting shall be chosen from and by the members present.
  2. The administrative assistant for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction shall serve as the Secretary for the Teacher Education BoarThe Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings and distribute them to members of the Teacher Education Board not later than the beginning of the next meeting.

VI. Meeting Procedures

  1. An initial meeting shall be called by the Chair within the first two weeks of the fall semester.  A regular meeting schedule shall be established at that meeting.
  1. Meeting procedure shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order unless expressly altered by majority vote of the Teacher Education Board. A quorum must be present before voting decisions can be made. A quorum is defined as a simple majority of members. All deliberations dealing with individual students or with any matter of a personnel nature shall be conducted in executive session.
  1. In all decisional matters possible, consensus will be sought.  However, after discussion, vote shall be shown in the record for all decisions.
  1. All minutes of The Teacher Education Board, other than those of executive sessions, may be distributed to faculty members who serve as an advisor to a student in the Teacher Education Program upon their request.

VII. Teacher Education Board Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  1. To affirm the decisions made by the Education Undergraduate Council and the Education Graduate Council. Except for matters of accreditation and as a general rule, the Board is not a decision making body, but rather a clearinghouse for decisions made at the Undergraduate and Graduate Council meetings.
  1. To oversee accreditation and program approval procedures of the Teacher Education Program, both undergraduate and graduate, by state and national accrediting bodies.
  1. To serve as the second step of an appeal process by which students may seek review of any Department of Curriculum & Instruction decision, Education Undergraduate Council decision, and Education Graduate Council decision that affect the status or standing of the student.  (See addendum to these bylaws for the procedure for this appeal process.)

VIII. Reporting Relationships

  1. But for appeals which may arise under guidelines set out in section VII-C above, the Teacher Education Board shall be the source of final decision for matters set forth above in section VII-B.
  1. Upon approval by Teacher Education Board, matters specified in section VII-B shall be referred by the Teacher Education Board to next appropriate body in the approval sequence. In the normal course of events, this will be the Division appropriate to the course or curricular change.  Any time it is determined that there is a potential impact on compliance with Teacher Education Program accreditation standards by a course or curricular change, approval by the Teacher Education Board is a prerequisite to final consideration of the proposal by the Educational Policies Committee.

IX. Amendments; Caveats
These Bylaws may be changed or amended through the following process:

  1. The proposed amendment shall be brought to the Teacher Education Board for first reading, and may then be acted upon at any subsequent meeting provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.
  1. Once approved by the Teacher Education Board, amendments shall be forwarded to the Educational Policies Committee for final approval.
  1. Nothing in section VIII, or in this section, IX, shall be construed as impairing the prerogative of College Administration to exercise final approval of policies or decisions as may be set forth elsewhere in College policy.

Appendix 7.B. Education Undergraduate Council Bylaws

I. Name
Teacher Education Undergraduate Council

II. Purpose of Undergraduate Council
To foster and sustain a quality undergraduate professional education program at McPherson College by maintaining curricular accountability and by ensuring admission of quality to the program; in turn, to contribute to quality in the educational profession at large.

III. Composition and Terms of Undergraduate Council Membership and Criteria for Selection

  1. Voting members shall include:
    1. Department Chair, also serving as Unit Head.
    2. Faculty who teach half time or more in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction undergraduate courses.
    3. One representative from each Division of the College, including a representative of Social Science in addition to Department of Curriculum & Instruction faculty
    4. Two students representing the McPherson College student body.  One student will be seeking endorsement in elementary education.  One student will be seeking endorsement in secondary education or at the K-12 level.
    5. One representative from area public schools, representing K-12 constituents
    6. The College Registrar, as the officer who finalizes graduation clearance and who serves on Educational Policies Committee
  2. Ex-officio members may include all part-time faculty of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
  3. Faculty representatives 1 & 2 are expected to: Demonstrate an active interest in the procedures and curriculum of the Teacher Education Program of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in procedures, curriculum, and instructional development associated with K-12 schools; have a pattern of responsible Undergraduate Council involvement.
  4. Representative from each Division 3 are expected to: The representatives from each division will report to their respective divisions immediately after each Teacher Education Undergraduate Council meeting.  This report will include all business and discussion items, excluding items in executive session.  In turn, the representatives will report to Teacher Education Undergraduate Council any relevant discussion or decisions from division meetings.
  5. The Student representatives 4 are expected to: Demonstrate to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction an interest in the procedures and curriculum of the Teacher Education Program of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in procedures, curriculum, and instructional development associated with K-12 schools; demonstrate to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction a reputation of perception and maturity that will ensure fairness and confidentiality in sensitive matters; be of good academic standing at McPherson College.
  6. The Public School representative 5 is expected to: Demonstrate to the Department of Curriculum & Instruction an interest in the procedures and curriculum of the Teacher Education Program of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in the procedures, curriculum, and instructional development associated with K-12 schools; have past or present experience of working with the Teacher Education Program of McPherson College.
  7. Membership appointments on the Undergraduate Council are for one year.  The Undergraduate Council shall be reconstituted each year in August at the beginning of the academic year.

IV. Process for Selection of Membership

  1. Members identified in Section III above as A-1, 2 and 6 all serve by virtue of position.
  2. Members A-, 3, 4 and 5 are appointed by the President of the College upon recommendation of the Chief Academic Officer and the Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, who in turn shall have consulted with representatives of the respective constituencies as well as with fellow Department of Curriculum & Instruction faculty.

V. Undergraduate Council Officers or Leadership

  1. The permanent Chair of the Undergraduate Council shall be the Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and serve as the Unit Head. In the absence of the Chair at any meeting, an Acting Chair for the meeting shall be chosen from and by the members present.
  2. The Administrative Assistant for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction shall serve as the Secretary for the Undergraduate Council. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings and distribute them to members of the Undergraduate Council not later than the beginning of the next meeting.

VI. Meeting Procedures

  1. An initial meeting shall be called by the Chair within the first two weeks of the fall semester.  A regular meeting schedule shall be established at that meeting.
  2. Meeting procedure shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order unless expressly altered by majority vote of the Undergraduate Council.  A quorum must be present before voting decisions can be mad A quorum is defined as a simple majority of members. All deliberations dealing with individual students, or with any matter of a personnel nature, including admission to the program and/or student teaching, shall be conducted in executive session.
  3. In all decisional matters possible, consensus will be sought.  However, after discussion, vote shall be shown in the record for all decisions.
  4. All minutes of the Undergraduate Council other than those of executive sessions shall be available to each faculty member who serves as an advisor to a student in the Teacher Education Program upon request.

VII. Undergraduate Council Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  1. To consider any proposed policy for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction or the Teacher Education Undergraduate Program.  No Departmental or Program policy will be considered effective until approved by the Undergraduate Council. Policy changes may be proposed by the Department or by any Undergraduate Council member as a representative of his/her particular constituency.
  2. To consider for approval any change in a course or in curricular structure at McPherson College which holds potential to affect compliance with accreditation standards for any program in Teacher Education.  Proposals may come directly from departments or instructors, or they may be referred from Educational Policies Committee when screening by that committee raises question about the impact of a proposed change on Teacher Education.
  3. To approve all applications to the Education Undergraduate Program.  (See the “Admissions and Procedures in Teacher Education” section of the McPherson College Teacher Education Advisor/Advisee Handbook.)
  4. To screen all candidates for student teaching and to approve all qualified applicants prior to their placement in a K-12 school assignment.  (See the “Admissions and Procedures in Teacher Education” section of the McPherson College Teacher Education Advisor/Advisee Handbook.)
  5. To serve as the first step of an appeal process by which undergraduate students may seek review of any Department of Curriculum & Instruction decision or Education Undergraduate Council decision that affects the status or standing of the student.  (See addendum to these bylaws for the procedure for this appeal process.)

VIII. Reporting Relationships

  1. But for appeals which may arise under guidelines set out in section VII-D above, the Undergraduate Council shall be the source of final decision for matters set forth above in sections VII-A and VII-C.
  2. Upon approval by Undergraduate Council, matters specified in section VII-B shall be referred by the Undergraduate Council to next appropriate body in the approval sequenc  In the normal course of events, this will be the Division appropriate to the course or curricular change. Any time it is determined that there is a potential impact on compliance with Teacher Education Program accreditation standards by a course or curricular change, approval by the Teacher Education Undergraduate Council is a prerequisite to final consideration of the proposal by the Educational Policies Committee.

IX. Student Appeal Process

  1. Purpose of Procedure
    To provide a due process review and appeal mechanism for students who question any decision made with respect to their admission to, or satisfactory progress in, the Education Undergraduate Program at McPherson College.
  2. Issues Subject to Appeal
    1. Reasons (other than GPA or test scores) given for denial of admission to the Teacher Education Program at McPherson College.
    2. Reasons (other than GPA or test scores) given for refusal to authorize placement in student teaching.
    3. Suspension of the student teaching experience.
  3.     Steps in the Appeal Process
    1. Within ten school days after notice of the adverse decision, student must request, in writing submitted to the Chair, a hearing with the Undergraduate Council (or rehearing if the decision appealed was previously made by this Undergraduate Council).  The request shall contain the following information:
      1. Student Name
      2. Precise statement of major, and of minors if any
      3. Any other pertinent personal demographic data
      4. The specific issue on which rehearing is requested, the reason for the request, and as much extended rationale as deemed necessary by the appealing student.
      5. Included with the above rationale shall be evidence that the student has consulted with Department of Curriculum & Instruction faculty, major field advisor, and any other College official who has a role in the matter as an advisor or counselor to the student.  To the extent possible, this information should be in the form of original documentation or correspondence.  To the extent that is not available, the appealing student should provide summaries of relevant conversations.
    2. After the above information has been submitted, the Undergraduate Council shall meet with the student at a time mutually agreeable.  The student may make a presentation to the Undergraduate Council, or the Undergraduate Council may question the student or initiate conversation with the student, as may be agreed at the time the meeting is schedule. The Undergraduate Council may excuse the student to make its decision on the request for hearing/rehearing.  The Undergraduate Council may defer its decision to a subsequent meeting if it elects to search out further information. The decision will be distributed to the student in writing (traditional and/or electronic).
    3. If the decision is not acceptable to the student, s/he may appeal the decision to the Teacher Education Board. Such appeal shall be in writing and shall be made within five school days of receipt of notice of the decision of the Undergraduate Council.  The information stipulated in section A above shall be provided with the appeal.
    4. If the decision of the Teacher Education Board is not acceptable to the student, s/he may appeal the decision to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO).  Such appeal shall be in writing and shall be made within five school days of receipt of notice of the decision of the Undergraduate Council.  The information stipulated in section A above shall be provided with the appeal.  The CAO, at his/her option, may consult with the Educational Policies Committee in the course of reaching a decision.
    5. If the decision of the CAO is not acceptable to the student, s/he may appeal to the President of the College, to be submitted in writing within five school days of receipt of notice of the CAO’s decision.  Included with the appeal shall be the same documentary information as set forth in section C above.  The decision of the President will constitute final disposition of the appealed action.
    6. In the event a student either fails to appeal any decision within prescribed time limits, or comes to the end of the appeal process with a decision that limits his/her continued participation in the program, that student’s singular option for seeking continued status in the Program is to initiate a re-application.
  4. Steps in the Appeal Process for Inadequate C-BASE Scores
    1. Student must submit a formal written request to the Chair of the Education Undergraduate Program.  The request shall contain the following information:
      1. Student Name
      2. Precise statement of major, and of minors if any
      3. Any other pertinent personal demographic data
      4. Any specific rational for why she/he should be allowed to student teach without adequate test scores.
      5. Included with the above rationale shall be evidence that the student has consulted with Curriculum & Instruction Department faculty, major field advisor, and any other College official who has a role in the matter as an advisor or counselor to the student.  To the extent possible, this information should be in the form of original documentation or correspondence.
      6. Also included in the rationale, student must submit a plan for remediation in the area(s) of inadequacies.
      7. Minimum of three written letters from qualified professionals, supporting the student’s appeal.
    2. After the above information has been submitted, the Undergraduate Council shall meet with the student at a time mutually agreeable.  The student may make a presentation to the Undergraduate Council, or the Undergraduate Council may question the student or initiate conversation with the student, as may be agreed at the time the meeting is schedule. The Undergraduate Council may excuse the student to make its decision.  The Undergraduate Council may defer its decision to subsequent meeting if it elects to search out further information. The council’s decision will be distributed to the student in writing (traditional and/or electronic)
    3. If the decision is not acceptable to the student, s/he may appeal the decision to the Provost.  At that time the same procedures as outlined in sections C-E of the Appeal Process in Section IV may be followed.

X.  Amendments; Caveats
These Bylaws may be changed or amended through the following process:

  1. The proposed amendment shall be brought to the Education Undergraduate Council for first reading, and may then be acted upon at any subsequent meeting provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.
  2. Once approved by the Education Undergraduate Council, amendments shall be forwarded to the Educational Policies Committee for final approval.
  3. Nothing in section VIII, or in this section, IX, shall be construed as impairing the prerogative of College Administration to exercise final approval of policies or decisions as may be set forth elsewhere in College policy.

Appendix 7.C. Education Graduate Council Bylaws

I. Name
Education Graduate Council

II. Purpose of Graduate Council
To foster and sustain a quality education graduate program at McPherson College by maintaining curricular accountability and by ensuring admission of quality to the program; in turn, to contribute to quality in the educational profession at large.

III. Composition and Terms of Graduate Council Membership and Criteria for Selection

  1. Voting members shall include:
    1. Director of the Masters of Education Program (Chair)
    2. Two Faculty Representatives who teach in the M. Ed. Program and are not on the Undergraduate Council.
    3. The College Registrar, as the officer who finalizes graduation clearance and who serves on Educational Policies Committee.
    4. Wisconsin M.Ed. Program Representative.
    5. Two students in the program.
    6. Two members at large.
  2. Faculty representatives 1 & 2 are expected to: Demonstrate an active interest in the procedures and curriculum and instructional development of the M. Ed. Program of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in theories, models, and possibilities associated with educational and societal transformation; have a pattern of responsible Graduate Council involvement.
  3. The Registrar 3 is expected to: Demonstrate an active interest in the procedures and curriculum of the M. Ed. Program of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in procedures, curriculum, and instructional development associated with educational and societal transformation; have a pattern of responsible Graduate Council involvement; provide insight to the institutional academic regulations and policies.
  4. The Wisconsin representative 4 is expected to: Demonstrate an active interest in the procedures and curriculum of M. Ed. Program of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in procedures, curriculum, and instructional development associated with education and societal transformation; have a pattern of responsible Graduate Council involvement; provide insight to the academic regulations and policies of Wisconsin.
  5. The Student representatives 5 are expected to: Demonstrate to the Education Graduate Faculty an interest in the procedures and curriculum of the M. Ed. Program of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in theories, models and possibilities associated with educational and societal transformation; demonstrate to the Graduate Education Faculty a reputation of perception and maturity that will ensure fairness and confidentiality in sensitive matters; be of good academic standing at McPherson College.
  6. The At Large representatives 6 are expected to: Demonstrate an active interest in the procedures and curriculum of the M. Ed. Program of McPherson College; demonstrate an active interest in theories, models and possibilities associated with educational and societal transformation; have past or present experience of working with the M. Ed. Program of McPherson College.
  7. Membership appointments on the Education Graduate Council are for one year.  The Education Graduate Council shall be reconstituted each year in August at the beginning of the academic year.

IV. Process for Selection of Membership

  1. Members identified in Section III above as A-1 and 3 serve by virtue of position.
  2. Members A-2, 4, 5, and 6 are appointed by the President of the College upon recommendation of the Chief Academic Officer and the Director of M. Ed. Program, who in turn shall have consulted with representatives of the respective constituencies as well as with fellow M. Ed. Program faculty.

V. Graduate Council Officers or Leadership

  1. The permanent Chair of the Graduate Council shall be the Director of the M. Ed. Program.  In the absence of the Chair at any meeting, an Acting Chair for the meeting shall be chosen from and by the members present.
  2. The Administrative Assistant for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction shall serve as the Secretary for the Graduate Council. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings and distribute them to members of the Graduate Council not later than the beginning of the next meeting.

VI. Meeting Procedures

  1. An initial meeting shall be called by the Chair within the first two weeks of the fall semester.  A regular meeting schedule shall be established at that meeting.
  2. Meeting procedure shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order unless expressly altered by majority vote of the Graduate Council.  A quorum must be present before voting decisions can be mad A quorum is defined as a simple majority of members. All deliberations dealing with individual students, or with any matter of a personnel nature, including admission to the program, shall be conducted in executive session.
  3. In all decisional matters possible, consensus will be sought.  However, after discussion, vote shall be shown in the record for all decisions.

VII. Graduate Council Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities

  1. To consider any proposed policy for the M. Ed. Program.  No Program policy will be considered effective until approved by the Graduate Council.  Proposed policies may be initiated by any Graduate Council member as a representative of his/her particular constituency.
  2. To consider for approval any change in a course or in curricular structure at McPherson College which holds potential to affect compliance with accreditation standards for the M. Ed. Program.  Proposals may come directly from instructors, or they may be referred from Educational Policies Committee when screening by that committee raises question about the impact of a proposed change on the M. Ed. Program.
  3. To approve all applications to the M. Ed. Program.  (See the “Policies and Procedures Manual”.)
  4. To review all candidates’ proposals prior to execution.
  5. To serve as the first step of an appeal process by which students may seek review of any Graduate Council decision that affects the status or standing of the student.

VIII.   Reporting Relationships

  1. But for appeals which may arise under guidelines set out in section VII-D above, the Graduate Council shall be the source of final decision for matters set forth above in sections VII-A and VII-C.
  2. Upon approval by Graduate Council, matters specified in section VII-B shall be referred by the Graduate Council to next appropriate body in the approval sequence.  In the normal course of events, this will be the Teacher Education Board and then the Division appropriate to the course or curricular change.  Any time it is determined that there is a potential impact on compliance with KSDE/NCATE accreditation standards by a course or curricular change, approval by the Education Graduate Council and the Teacher Education Board is a prerequisite to final consideration of the proposal by the Educational Policies Committee.

IX.   Student Appeal Process

  1. Purpose of Procedure To provide a due process review and appeal mechanism for students who question any decision made with respect to their admission to, or satisfactory progress in, the M. Ed. Program of McPherson College.
  2. Issues Subject to Appeal
    1. Reasons given for refusal to approve project proposal by thesis committee.
    2. Suspension from the program
    3. Suspension of the completion of project by thesis committee.
  3.    Steps in the Appeal Process
    1. Within ten school days after notice of the adverse decision, student must request, in writing submitted to the Director, a hearing with the Graduate Council.  The request shall contain the following information:
      1. Student Name
      2. Contact Information
      3. Any other pertinent personal demographic data
      4. The specific issue on which rehearing is requested, the reason for the request, and as much extended rationale as deemed necessary by the appealing student.
      5. Included with the above rationale shall be evidence that the student has consulted with faculty members, advisors, and other College officials who have a role in the matter.  To the extent possible, this information should be in the form of original documentation or correspondence.  If not available, the appealing student should provide summaries of relevant conversations.
    2. After the above information has been submitted, the Graduate Council shall meet with the student at a time mutually agreeable.  The student may make a presentation to the Graduate Council, or the Graduate Council may question the student or initiate conversation with the student, as may be agreed at the time the meeting is scheduled. The Graduate Council may excuse the student to make its decision on the request for hearing/rehearing.  The Graduate Council may defer its decision to a subsequent meeting if it elects to search out further information.
    3. If the decision is not acceptable to the student, s/he may appeal the decision to the Teacher Education Board. Such appeal shall be in writing and shall be made within five school days of receipt of notice of the decision of the Graduate Council and shall be submitted to the Unit Head. The information stipulated in section C-1 above shall be provided with the appeal.
    4. If the decision is not acceptable to the student, s/he may appeal the decision to the Chief Academic Officer (CAO).  Such appeal shall be in writing and shall be made within five school days of receipt of notice of the decision of the Graduate Council and shall be submitted to the CAO.  The information stipulated in section C-1 above shall be provided with the appeal.  The CAO, at his/her option, may consult with the Educational Policies Committee in the course of reaching a decision.
    5. If the decision of the CAO is not acceptable to the student, s/he may appeal to the President of the College, to be submitted in writing within five school days of receipt of notice of the CAO’s decision and shall be submitted to the President.  Included with the appeal shall be the same documentary information as set forth in section C-1 above.  The decision of the President will constitute final disposition of the appealed action.
    6. In the event a student either fails to appeal any decision within prescribed time limits, or comes to the end of the appeal process with a decision that limits his/her continued participation in the program, that student’s singular option for seeking continued status in the Program is to initiate a re-application.

X. Amendments; Caveats
These Bylaws may be changed or amended through the following process:

  1. The proposed amendment shall be brought to the Education Graduate Council for first reading, and may then be acted upon at any subsequent meeting provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.
  2. Once approved by the Education Graduate Council, amendments shall be forwarded to the Educational Policies Committee for final approval.
  3. Nothing in section VIII, or in this section, IX, shall be construed as impairing the prerogative of College Administration to exercise final approval of policies or decisions as may be set forth elsewhere in College policy.

 

Teacher Education Board Bylaws; Final Approval March 17, 1995; Revised June 2001
All three sets of bylaws approved by the then TEB (now Teacher Education Undergraduate Council) on May 5, 2012, effective June 4, 2012

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FAC Appendix 08. Bylaws for IRC

Bylaws for Instructional Resources Committee

  1. Name
    Instructional Resources Committee
  2. Purpose
    To review instructional resource needs, including library, classrooms and other instructional facilities, equipment, technology. To make recommendations to the President of the College regarding efficient allocation and management of such resources, acquisitions of and additions to same.
  3. Composition of Committee Membership, Criteria for Selection
    Academic Dean, Business Manager, College Librarian, Director of Instructional Technology and Online Summer School, Director of Computer Services/Systems Administrator, three faculty members (one from each division), Representative of Teacher Education program, one representative of non-faculty staff, one student, all with vote. One division chair, ex officio without vote, as liaison from Faculty Executive Committee.
  4. Terms and Process for Selection of Membership
    Faculty members elected by divisions for three-year rotating terms. Re-election not barred. Division chair liaison as determined annually by the Faculty Executive Committee. Teacher Education program representative selected annually by Teacher Education Committee. Staff member appointed annually by the President, students selected annually by Student Government Association for recommendation to the President. All other positions by virtue of office. Terms run for academic year, July 1 to June 30.
  5. Committee Officers or Leadership
    Chair and recorder elected annually from among committee membership. Meeting Procedure Meetings will be held at the call of the chair, on such schedule as required for expeditious handling of required agendas. A quorum shall consist of no fewer than six of the ten voting members. Decisions shall be made by majority vote of members present. Minutes will be open and shall be available to all faculty no later than 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) prior to the next meeting of the committee. Minutes are to be made available either in hard copy in the office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and/or by e-mail to the faculty mailing list.
  6. Committee Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities
    1. Review academic computer usage on campus and provide recommendations on long-term plan for maintenance and update of academic computing systems.
    2. Consider and make recommendations on other technology-related needs for sound academic program.
    3. Serve as liaison between library personnel and faculty.
    4. Advise on library acquisitions/priorities.
    5. Study use of library services and advise on long-range planning for same.
    6. Assess appropriateness and adequacy of classrooms and educational facilities.
    7. Recommend institutional priorities for funds available for instructional resources
  7. Reporting Relationships
    All actions by the committee will be regarded as recommendations directly to the President, except that selected matters may be taken to the Faculty Meeting for hearing or recommendations as deemed appropriate by the committee or as may be prompted by exercise of the appeal process below.

    This committee may establish ad hoc subcommittees or task forces from time to time as needed to expedite the work of the committee.

  8. Appeal Process
    Any faculty member wishing to question policy or resource recommendations or urge a broader hearing on such issues should first make that wish known to the Committee before its final action to the extent that the faculty member was aware in advance of the pending action. The IRC should weigh any such requests in its decision whether to initially craft the action as a recommendation to Faculty Meeting or not.

    Appeal to Faculty Meeting may be initiated by any academic department, or alternatively, by any group of not fewer than six faculty members, who takes exception to any action of this Committee which was not referred to Faculty Meeting. The department or group may lodge a request in writing to the Faculty Executive Committee that such issue or action be submitted to Faculty Meeting. Any such request shall not be unreasonably refused by the Executive Committee.

  9. Bylaw Amendment Process
    These bylaws may be changed through the following process:

A.  Job titles included in these bylaws may be updated by the Vice President for Academic Affairs on his or her own authority.

B.  Changes to these bylaws may be brought to the Instructional Resources Committee for a first reading and then acted upon at any subsequent meeting, provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.  Once approved by the Instructional Resources Committee, changes shall be forwarded to Faculty Meeting for final approval.

C.  Changes to these bylaws may also be initiated by Faculty Meeting. Bylaw changes may be brought to the Faculty Meeting for a first reading and then acted upon at any subsequent meeting, provided the action item is announced in advance as an agenda item for that meeting.

Approved by Faculty on October 24, 2012
Updated by Faculty Meeting 7 December 2001
Amended by EPC 04 October 2004
Amendments approved by Faculty Meeting 21 October 2010

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FAC Appendix 09. Bylaws for Intercollegiate Athletics Committee

  1. Name
    Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC)
  2. Purpose
    IAC is responsible for reviewing and approving additions and/or alterations to the McPherson College Intercollegiate Athletic Program.
  3. Composition of Committee Membership
    Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) (chair)
    Three faculty members representing all academic divisions
    Athletic Director
    Associate Academic Dean (Registrar)
    Two Student Representatives
    Representative from the Coaching Staff
    Director of Athletic Operations (ex-officio)
  4. Terms and Process for Selection of Membership
    The Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) will serve as chair of the committee. Faculty members will be appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee. Student Government Association will select one student member. The Athletic Director will appoint a coach and student-athlete. The student-athlete should represent gender balance between student membership.
  5. Committee Officers or Leadership
    The Director of Athletic Operations will serve as secretary.
  6. Meeting Procedure
    Meetings will be held as coordinated by the chair. A quorum shall consist of at least half of the committee membership. Decisions shall be made by a majority vote of the members. Minutes will be kept on all meetings and archived by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  7. Committee Charge—Responsibilities and Accountabilities
    1. Recommend policies and procedures to ensure the welfare of student-athletes.
    2. Approve additions or substantive changes to the athletic program.
    3. Review additions, alterations or deletions of athletic policies, regulations, and scheduling that falls outside the published guidelines.
    4. Interpret existing academic and athletic policies, recommending new policy as needed.
  8. Reporting Relationships:
    Committee reports to EPC
    Each representative will report to their respective groups
  9. Appeal Process
    Any student-athlete, team, or coach wishing to question policy or resource recommendations or urge a broader hearing on such issues should first make that wish known to the Committee. This must be a written statement submitted to the Faculty Athletic Representative. Upon receipt of the formalized appeal, the FAR will either meet with the appealing party(ies) and/or present the information to the IAC committee if necessary.

 

Revised, May 2011

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FAC Appendix 10. Bylaws for Academic Assessment Committee

Bylaws for Academic Assessment Committee

  1. Name
    Academic Assessment Committee
  2. Purpose
    To monitor the administration of various assessment tools.To maintain records and process data related to the various assessments.
    To make recommendations accordingly to either the President, Educational Policies Committee or the Strategic Plan Committee as specified below.
  3. Composition of Committee Membership, Criteria for Selection
    Provost and Dean of Faculty by virtue of office (with vote)
    Three faculty members representing all academic divisions (with vote)
    One student (with vote)
    Associate Academic Dean (Registrar), (with vote)
    Director of Assessment (votes as the representative of his/her division unless the division elects another representative),
    Assistant to the Director of Assessment (without vote)Terms and Process for Selection of Membership
    Provost and Dean of Faculty, Associate Academic Dean (Registrar), Director of Assessment, and Assistant to the Director of Assessment by virtue of office. Faculty representatives serve for three-year terms, elected by the division so that rotation is maintained. The division in which the Director of Assessment teaches may be represented by the Director of Assessment. Student representatives recommended annually by Student Government Association for approval by President. Re-election is not barred for any position. Terms run for the academic year, May 1 to April 30.
  4. Committee Officers or Leadership
    The Director of Assessment will serve as chair. The Assistant to the Director of Assessment will act as executive secretary for the committee.
  5. Meeting Procedure
    Meetings will be held at the call of the chair, on such schedule as required for expeditious handling of required agendas. A quorum shall consist of no fewer than four of the voting members. Decisions shall be made by majority vote of the committee. Minutes will be kept on all meetings and archived by the Provost and Dean of Faculty. Minutes will be open and available to all faculty no later than 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) after approval. Minutes are to be made available in hard copy in the office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, and they are available electronically.
  6. Committee Charge – Responsibilities & Accountabilities
    1. Monitor the use of WARRT
    2. Administer assessments on an annual basis. (e.g. CIRP, C-BASE, CSS, Alumni Surveys, Graduating Senior Survey, and General Education Surveys)
    3. Compile and analyze data gleaned from various assessment tools.
    4. Monitor preparation and review the annual academic assessment report
    5. Monitor preparation and review other reports when required (HLC, KSDE/NCATE)
    6. Make recommendations for improvement of academic programs
    7. Prepare reports as requested by the Strategic Planning Committee
    8. Prepare the annual General Education Report
  7. Reporting Relationships:
    With respect to accountabilities VI. D. and G. above, the Committee may act as a final recommendation to the Strategic Plan Committee and the President.With respect to accountabilities VI. E. above, the Committee shall take actions as recommendations to the appropriate committee (HLC, Teacher Education Board, etc.). With respect to accountabilities VI. F. and H. above, the Committee may act as a final recommendation to the Provost and Educational Policies Committee. With respect to accountabilities VI. C. and D. above, the Committee may act as a final recommendation to the FEC to be placed on the Faculty Meeting agenda.
  8. Appeal Process
    1. Any faculty member wishing to question policy or curricular recommendations or urge a broader hearing on such issues should first make that wish known to the committee before its final action to the extent that the faculty member was aware in advance of the pending action. The EPC should weigh any such requests in its decision whether to initially craft the action as a recommendation to Faculty Meeting or not.
    2. Appeal to Faculty Meeting may be initiated by any academic department, or alternatively, by any group of not fewer than six faculty members, who takes exception to any action of this committee which was not referred to Faculty Meeting. The department or group may lodge a request in writing to the Faculty Executive Committee that such issue or action be submitted to Faculty Meeting. Any such request shall not be unreasonably refused by the Executive Committee.


Edited September 29, 2004 Shane Kirchner

UPDATED: January 1st, 2009|Appendices|

FAC Appendix 11. Bylaws for IRB

Bylaws for Institutional Review Board

  1. Name
    Institutional Review Board
  2. Purpose
    To review research studies and ensure that the well-being of research participants, researchers, and the institution is appropriately safeguarded.
  3. Composition of Committee Membership, Criteria for Selection
    From 3 – 5 persons appointed by the college. Each review board must include at least one person trained in the methodology used by the research proposal under review.
  4. Terms and Process for Selection of Membership
    The Chair of IRB will be appointed each year by the Academic Dean. The Chair will have a 1 year term of office that may be repeated. Other members will be appointed on an ad hoc basis as proposal review is needed.
  5. Committee Officers or Leadership
    In addition to the Chair, a Secretary will be selected within the committee to maintain minutes.
  6. Meeting Procedure
    Meetings will be held as coordinated by the chair, as required for the handling of reviews. A quorum shall consist of a majority of those appointed to the committee, provided that at least one member trained in the use of the relevant methodology is present. Decisions shall be made by a majority vote of the members. Minutes will be kept on all meetings and archived by the Dean.
  7. Committee Charge – Responsibilities and Accountabilities
    Oversight of research involving human and animal subjects at McPherson College
  8. Reporting Relationships:
    The IRB reports to the Provost.
  9. Appeal Process
    Appeals to the decisions of IRB shall be made to the Provost.
UPDATED: January 1st, 2009|Appendices|

FAC Appendix 12. Faculty Evaluation Rubric

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FAC Appendix 13. Guidelines for IRB

McPherson College Institutional Review Board Guidelines for Research

Purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board is charged with the responsibility of reviewing research studies and ensuring that the well-being of both researchers and research participants is appropriately safeguarded.

Application Process
What study plans must be reviewed?
Not all research studies must go through the full review process. Review is not required for research using historical documents or pre-collected data. Some research can be approved by means of an expedited review process. Research dealing with sensitive topics, using innovative methodology, using human or animal subjects, or involving vulnerable subjects is required to go through the full review process.

What is the nature of the review?
There are two types of review.

  1. Full Review by all members of IRB. Full review is required for all research involving greater than minimal risk to subjects. In addition, full review is required for all research involving vulnerable or “captive” subjects. Examples of vulnerable populations would include children, the elderly, or psychiatric patients. Examples of captive subjects would include animals, prisoners, and students in a classroom setting. The following is required in the application process when a full review is warranted:
    1. Risks to subjects are fully explained, have been minimized as much as possible, and are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, if any, to subjects; and the proposal explains how the study adds to the body of knowledge.
    2. In the case of animals, the scientific purpose of the research is sufficient to justify the use of animals.
    3. Procedures are in place to assure the proper care and humane treatment of animals (if more humane alternative procedures are available, the Review Board should require that they be used).
    4. Informed consent of human subjects will be appropriately documented.
    5. Selection of subjects is justified and follows the good practice of the discipline.
    6. Informed consent will be sought from each potential human subject or that subject’s legal guardian. Informed consent will be documented. The documentation and data should be maintained by the department for a period of one year.
    7. The proposal has a provision for monitoring data collected to ensure safety of the subjects.
    8. Adequate provisions to protect the confidentiality or anonymity of subject’s identity are in place.
    9. Adequate provisions for maintaining the confidentiality of data are in place.
  2. Expedited review by the chair and one member of the committee. Expedited review is provided for research that involves no more than minimal risk to subjects or for review of minor changes in previously approved research projects. Expedited review can be requested when the risks are minimal, selection of subjects is in accordance with good practice as identified by the profession, informed consent of humans will be obtained and will be appropriately documented, and safeguards are in place to maintain the confidentiality or anonymity of subjects.

Who does the review?
Each Institutional Review Board will be composed of 3-5 persons appointed by the college. For each proposal, the board must include one person trained in the methodology to be used, and one member must be from outside the discipline. The faculty project advisor may not sit on the board.

Steps of the review process.

  1. The student researcher contacts the chair of the committee to pick up the research proposal application.
  2. The student researcher prepares the application and schedules an appointment with the review board. In general, the committee should receive the application one week prior to the meeting.
  3. The student researcher and the faculty project advisor meet with the board. The student researcher is asked to provide a brief overview of the project. Members of the board may ask questions of the researcher or the advisor.
  4. The IRB will respond in writing to the student researcher and the faculty project advisor within one week hours of the meeting.

Decisions of the Institutional Review Board.
The IRB can reach one of three conclusions in relation to a research project application. These decisions are:

  1. Full Approval.
    Members of the board approve the project as presented without stipulations.
  2. Conditional Approval.
    The proposal is approved with stipulations that is, members of IRB approve the project contingent upon the recommended changes. Should a problem or problems be identified, the board may award only conditional approval contingent upon specific ethical or methodological changes identified by the board. If changes are deemed important but not essential to the proposal, the researcher need submit only a corrected proposal to the chair of the committee, who may approve the revised proposal. Should the changes be deemed important and significant, the chair of the board may approve the revised proposal after consultation with the whole committee.
  3. Project Denial.
    Should the members of IRB determine that there are serious ethical or methodological problems with a proposal, it can refuse to approve the project. Should a project be denied, the researcher and the faculty advisor will be informed of the reasons for denial. Should the board conditionally approve a proposal or deny a proposal, the student researcher can request an additional meeting with the board for reconsideration.

 

MCPHERSON COLLEGE APPLICATION FOR PROJECT/PROPOSAL APPROVAL
Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Name of Student or Faculty Researcher(s): ______________________________________

Name of Faculty Project Advisor: ____________________________________________

Date of application _____________________________

Title of Project/Proposal: _________________________________________________

Funding Agency (if applicable):

Decision of the Institutional Review Board:

Date of decision: ___________________________

_____ Full Approval _____ Conditional Approval.
Reasons for conditional approval:

_____ Project Denied.
Reasons for denial:

Institutional Review Board Application Check List

_____ Completed and Signed Application Form
_____ Copy of Research Proposal
_____ Consent Form and Cover Letter (if applicable)
_____ Copy of Instruments/Questionnaires
_____ Copy of Protocol (if needed)
_____ Letter of Approval of Outside Agency (should data be collected external to the college)

Institutional Review Board Reviewer’s Evaluation Sheet

Project/Proposal Title:

Student Researcher:

Type of Review: _____ full review _____ expedited review

Consent Form: _____ approve without correction _____ approve with correction _____ not approved; needs to be re-written and re-submitted _____ not applicable

Methodology/: _____ approve without correction

Procedures _____ approve with correction _____ not approved; needs to be re-written and re-submitted

Instruments/ _____ approve without correction

Questionnaires _____ approve with correction _____ not approved; needs to be re-written and re-submitted _____ not applicable

Risks to Subjects: _____ no risk to subjects (Human or _____ minimal risks Animal) _____ risks more than minimal; appropriate safeguards in place _____ risks more than minimal; appropriate safeguards not in place

Other Problems with Proposal:

Recommendation:
_____ full approval
_____ conditional approval
_____ project denial

Reasons for Conditional Approval:

Reasons for Denial:

Meeting Date:

 

Reviewer’s Signature (Approved by EPC on 12/09/08)

UPDATED: January 1st, 2009|Appendices|