This archived article was written by: The Eagle
Faculty at the College of Eastern Utah met with Utah State University Provost Ray Coward and Dean of the Graduate School Bryon Burnham in the first discussion to bring the two faculties together by July 2010.
In the meeting that was also broadcast to the San Juan Center, Coward emphasized that the update is a “work in progress” and this meeting was a summary of what people have worked on thus far.
Bringing the faculty up to date, Coward said a memorandum of understanding (MOE) was created on Aug. 6 in Salt Lake City creating six categories the two higher education institutions would discuss. They included business, finance and auxiliaries; student services and programs; faculty and academic programs; information and technology; advancement and community engagement; and libraries.
Subcommittees from these six categories would take their recommendations and ideas to the executive committee that consists of interim CEU President Mike King, USU President Stan Albrecht and Utah System of Higher Education Commissioner William Sederburg.
In the faculty and academic programs, interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Greg Benson and San Juan Vice President Guy Denton are working with USU on CEU faculty rank and tenure, evaluation, academic organization, curriculum and accreditation.
According to Coward, all new faculty who begin employment after July 1, 2010, will be employed consistent with the principles and procedures in the USU Policy Manual.
He said tenured CEU faculty will retain tenure as they join USU faculty. They can choose the rank of “instructor” or transfer to USU faculty ranks.
Describing the faculty role statements, Coward said it broadly describes the multiple responsibilities of a faculty member, outlines performance expectations and establishes general parameters and principles for faculty employment.
In further describing faculty role statements, Coward cited USU’s policy section 405.6.1, “A primary function of the role statement is to provide a means by which ‘the faculty member can gauge his or her expenditure of time and energy relative to the various roles the faculty member is asked to perform in the University.'”
Role statements include “percentages” for each area of professional service including teaching; research, scholarship and creative abilities; and service.
On July 1, 2010, all curricular matters will be controlled by USU Faculty Senate and USU Policy Manual. All degrees will be USU degrees with consistent degree requirements and joint class scheduling.