Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 18, 2011

Senate Assembly, University Senate meetings postponed until March 21

Meetings of the University Senate and the Senate Assembly that had been scheduled for Monday have been postponed until March 21.

"We have an issue involving tenure clock flexibility that needs to be addressed before holding the special Senate meeting," faculty governance leaders wrote in an e-mail message sent to Senate members today.

The meeting had been scheduled to discuss a possible change to Regents Bylaw 5.09, increasing the maximum allowable faculty tenure probationary period from eight to 10 years.

"In the spirit of cooperation on this issue, we are fully exploring multiple approaches," states the message signed by Senate Chair Ed Rothman, Vice Chair Gina Poe and Interim Secretary Robert Fraser.

"Further, more time for greater vetting of the various options will provide faculty and the administration with a better understanding of the issues. More specific information will be sent to you soon and it is our intent to provide all available documentation of every option."

The March Senate meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. following a brief Senate Assembly session set for 3:15 p.m. Both meetings are in Forum Hall of Palmer Commons.

The Senate includes all professorial faculty (assistant, associate and full tenured or tenure-track professors), all librarians, primary research faculty with full-time appointments, executive officers and deans.