Faculty Senate

At the heart of the collegial governance system at the College of Charleston, the Faculty Senate is the primary legislative body of College faculty. The Senate makes recommendations on any matter under its purview to the president of the College. The senate is concerned with all matters relating to academic programs, the curriculum, admissions and continuation standards, the grading system, degree and certificate requirements, and the utilization of the intellectual resources of the College. The Faculty Senate is supported by a wide range of 24 standing senate and College committees. To view the current rosters and archived materials, please visit our Senate SharePoint Site. Detailed and formal descriptions of the Faculty Senate as a whole and its individual senate and College committees may be found in the Faculty/Administration Manual (referred to commonly as the FAM), Articles IV and V in the Faculty Organization and By-Laws section.

Faculty Senate SharePoint Site

2024-2025 Meeting Dates


All meetings of the Faculty Senate are held on Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium (Beatty Center 115). Submit agenda items to Roxann Stalvey, Faculty Secretary.

Date Agenda Items Due by:
September 3 August 20
October 8 September 24
November 12 October 29
December 5th November 19
January 14 December 31
February 4 January 21
March 11th February 25
April 1 March 18
April 8th (If necessary) April 1

Current Year Agendas


A full archive of Faculty Senate meeting agendas and minutes can be found in the Faculty Senate Archive Page
  • September, 2023

    Agenda

    1. Call to Order

    2. Approval of the April 4, 2023 minutes

    3. Announcements and Information

    4. Reports

    1. President Andrew Hsu
    2. Speaker of the Faculty William Veal
    3. Generative AI (Zach Hartje and Margaret Hagood)
    4. QEP (Kate Owens, QEP Development Committee)

    5. New Business

    1. Election of Speaker Pro Tempore
    2. Honor Code Policy (Ricard Viñas de Puig, Academic Standards)
    3. Election of Ad Hoc Committee to Curb Gun Violence (Laura Penny, N&E)

    6. Constituents’ General Concerns

    7. Adjournment

  • October, 2023

    Agenda

    1. Call to Order

    2. Approval of the September 5, 2023 minutes

    3. Announcements and Information

    4. Reports

    1. Speaker of the Faculty William Veal
    2. Provost Suzanne Austin
    3. REI and REACH Act Recommendations (Thomas Spade, Academic Planning)
    4. By-Laws Related to Faculty Hearing Committee (Jessica Streit on behalf of Faculty Hearing Committee)
    5. Using The Hub (Bert Schewel, Faculty Secretariat)

    5. New Business

    1. Approval of December Graduates (Mark Del Mastro, Associate Provost)
    2. General Education Committee (Will McCorkle, Co-Chair)
    3. Committee on Graduate Education (Shawn Morrison, Chair)
      • Science and Math Education, M.Ed. Program termination: effective Fall 2024

    6. Constituents’ General Concerns

    7. Adjournment

  • November, 2023

    Agenda

    1. Call to Order

    2. Approval of the October 3 minutes

    3. Announcements and Information

    4. Reports

    1. Speaker of the Faculty William Veal
    2. President Andrew Hsu
    3. Campus Framework Plan (John Morris, Vice President Facilities Management)

    5. New Business

    1. By-Laws and F/AM Committee (Josette Pelzer, Chair)
      • Creation of a new Senate standing committee for REI and adding REACH to General Education Committee duties
      • Update to the by-laws regarding Tenure and Promotion and dean’s response
    2. Final Exam Policy (Academic Standards, Ricard Vinas De Puig)
    3. Faculty Curriculum Committee (Beatriz Maldonado, Chair)
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    4. General Education Committee (Will McCorkle, Co-Chair)
    5. Committee on Graduate Education (Shawn Morrison, Chair)
      • Science and Math Education, M.Ed. Program termination: effective Fall 2024

    6. Constituents’ General Concerns

    7. Adjournment

  • December, 2023

    Agenda

    1. Call to Order

    2. Approval of the November 7 minutes

    3. Announcements and Information

    4. Reports

    1. Speaker of the Faculty William Veal
    2. Provost Suzanne Austin
    3. College Website (Mark Staples, CIO)
    4. Certificates in Advanced Manufacturing and Global Leadership (Academic Planning, Thomas Spade)

    5. New Business

    1. Faculty Curriculum Committee (Beatriz Maldonado, Chair)
    2. General Education Committee (Carmen Grace, Secretary)
    3. Committee on Graduate Education (Shawn Morrison, Chair)
      1. History, MA: Program change: remove joint program residency requirement of at least 11 credit hours at CofC and the Citadel; Program is decoupling from the Citadel; CofC plans to maintain the program
    4. School of Engineering and Computing (Simon Lewis)

    6. Constituents’ General Concerns

    7. Adjournment

  • January, 2024

    Agenda

    1. Call to Order

    2. Approval of the December 5 minutes

    3. Announcements and Information

    4. Reports

    1. Speaker of the Faculty William Veal
    2. President Andrew Hsu
    3. New school housing Computing, Engineering, and Mathematics (Provost Suzanne Austin and Interim SSME Dean Seth Pritchard) *added item after the agenda was presented


    New Business

    1. Faculty Curriculum Committee (Beatriz Maldonado, Chair)
    2. Committee on Graduate Education (Shawn Morrison, Chair)
      1. Child Life, MS - CHLI 606 - Family Systems: course title change

    Constituents’ General Concerns

    Adjournment

  • February 2024

    Agenda

    Call to Order

    Approval of the January 16 minutes

    Announcements and Information

    Reports

    1. Speaker of the Faculty William Veal
    2. Provost Suzanne Austin
    3. REI (Simon Lewis)
    4. School of Health Sciences (Wes Dudgeon, Dean)
    5. QEP Themes (QEP Selection Team)
    6. Senate Survey Results (Committee on By-Laws and the F/AM, Josette Pelzer, Chair)

    New Business

    1. Faculty Curriculum Committee (Beatriz Maldonado, Chair)
    2. General Education Committee (Carmen Grace, Secretary)
    3. Committee on Graduate Education (Shawn Morrison, Chair)
    4. Minimum Transfer GPA Proposal (Academic Standards, Ricard Vinas De Puig, Chair)

    Constituents’ General Concerns

    Adjournment

  • March, 2024

    Agenda

    Call to Order

    Approval of the February 6 minutes

    Announcements and Information

    Reports

    a. Speaker of the Faculty William Veal
    b. Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (Budget Committee, Bob Pitts, Chair; and Academic Planning, Thomas Spade, Chair)
    c. School of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics (Academic Planning, Thomas Spade, Chair)

    New Business

    a. Faculty Curriculum Committee (Beatriz Maldonado, Chair)
    b. General Education Committee (Will McCorkle, Chair)
    c. Committee on Graduate Education (Shawn Morrison, Chair)
    d. Senate Committee Slates (Nomination & Elections)
    e. Major Declaration Proposal (Academic Standards, Ricard Viñas-de-Puig, Chair)

    Constituents’ General Concerns

    Adjournment

Senate Leadership


Below are the current senate officers and committee chairs

Committees


There are 24 permanent committees under the Faculty Senate: 3 are Standing Senate Committees and 21 are Standing College Committees. In addition to permanent committees are ad hoc Faculty Senate and College committees, which are created by the Faculty Senate. These committees vary in how long they are constituted. To see these ad hoc committees, please scroll down, or go to the ad hoc Committee webpage. Select a committee below to view their most recent annual report. An archive of committee chairs, rosters, and annual reports is available on the SharePoint Site

Senate & Committee Orientation Materials


New senators can reference the material below
  • Orientation for Senators

    Welcome, and congratulations on being elected to serve as a Faculty Senator. What you do as a Senator is important. The Faculty Senate is the primary legislative body of the College of Charleston faculty. The Faculty Senate is concerned with all matters relating to academic programs, the curriculum, admission and continuation standards, the grading system, degree and certificate requirements, and the utilization of intellectual resources of the College. The Senate may also make recommendations to the President concerning educational and athletic programs, academic organization, the College budget, and the general welfare of the College community, among other matters. In short, the Faculty Senate sets academic policies for the College and advises the President on a wide range of issues.

    Fifty-three Senators and several officers serve in the Senate. The Speaker of the Faculty presides at meetings and facilitates the work of the Senate. The Speaker will keep meetings of the Senate moving -- making certain that everyone has an opportunity to contribute and that everyone understands what is being discussed and voted on. The Faculty Secretary distributes the agenda and takes the minutes during the meetings. The Parliamentarian assists with procedures.

    As a Senator, you will have the opportunity to:

    • Ask questions of all individuals who report to the Senate.
    • Discuss the merits or drawbacks of motions before the Senate.
    • Propose amendments to improve motions under debate.
    • Introduce matters for the Senate to consider (see below).
    • Vote on all measures that are put before the Senate for a vote.

    Meetings of the Senate are governed by parliamentary procedures set out in Robert’s Rules of Order. Don’t let the rules intimidate you -- they are there to help facilitate participation. Keep in mind a few simple rules that will allow you to participate effectively:

    • Raise your hand when you wish to speak.
    • When recognized by the Speaker, identify yourself by name and Senate affiliation (department or school) as you begin speaking.
    • Speak in a loud voice so that everyone in the room can hear. When you speak in the Senate you are addressing the entire Senate, not just one individual.
    • Comments made during a debate should be germane to the specific issue that is on the floor. If an amendment has been proposed, discussion should be limited to the amendment and should not address the main motion.
    • Limit yourself to speaking twice on any single issue. The Speaker may enforce this rule if many people wish to speak.
    • Be prepared to vote on each issue. The Speaker will ask for a voice vote on most issues, with an “aye” to show support and a “no” from those who oppose the measure.

    Meetings of the Senate are regularly held once a month during the academic year. The Senate meets on Tuesdays at 5:00 P.M. (specific dates will be announced). The new by-laws change allows for Zoom meetings when conditions so dictate. The Senate agenda will be distributed to you one week prior to each meeting. Be sure to review the agenda carefully. The new practice for approving curricular proposals will continue. Curricular items are now found online in OAKS and can be reviewed and commented on within OAKS and prior to the Curriculum committee’s vote. When the proposals come to the Senate floor, the proposals will be voted on as a complete set for the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supplemental materials, including the full proposals for curricular items, will be posted online.

    As a Senator, you have the opportunity to place items on the Senate agenda as well as respond to items placed on the agenda by others. To propose a motion for consideration, you should prepare a written document and submit the motion to the Faculty Secretary. Any item that requires a vote must be included on the Senate agenda. The Senate agenda deadline is usually twelve days before the Senate meeting (specific dates are available on the Senate website). If you have any questions about preparing a proposal to bring to the Senate, the Speaker of the Faculty is available to assist you. Other matters that are not on the agenda may be brought up and discussed at the end of a Senate meeting. Time is always made available at the end of each meeting to address other items under the heading “Constituents’ Concerns.” This is your opportunity to introduce new matters for discussion, but any item introduced at this time may not be voted on during the meeting.

    Finally, remember that what you do as a Senator is important. As an elected representative of your department or school, you have a responsibility to act on matters of importance to faculty, students, and staff at the College of Charleston. The Faculty Senate is only effective if Senators play an active role in governance.

    More information about the Faculty Senate and committees can be found in the By-laws of the Faculty that are included in the Faculty/Administration Manual. A copy is posted online (accessible on the MyCharleston Faculty tab and on the Academic Affairs website).

    Copies of Robert’s Rules of Order are available for your use in the office of the Faculty Secretariat (Randolph Hall, Suite 108).

    A template for motions brought to the Senate can be found on the Faculty Senate website.

  • How to Make a Motion

    TITLE: PROVIDE A BRIEF TITLE SUMMARIZING THE MOTION THAT IS BEING MADE.
    Example: Motion to Change the Deadline for Student Course Withdrawals.

    When appropriate, include in the title specific references to college policies or faculty bylaws that are being changed.

    Example: Motion of the Curriculum Committee to change the committee’s bylaws.

    Change to Bylaws Article V, Section 3, B, 8

    INTRODUCTION: BRIEFLY SUMMARIZE THE INTENDED OUTCOME OF THE MOTION.
    Example: The change in bylaws would give the Curriculum Committee a formal role in reviewing proposals to terminate academic programs.

    Example: This motion would establish the 14th day of the semester as the last day that students may withdraw from courses.

    MOTION: INCLUDE HERE THE ACTUAL TEXT OF THE MOTION THAT IS BEING PROPOSED.
    Be sure to word the motion carefully as the Senate will consider the specific wording that is presented in this section. For clarification, you might wish to include copies of existing policies along with the proposed changes. Indicate changes by crossing out text that is to be deleted and underlining text that is to be added.

    Example:

    Current Policy: Non-voting ex-officio members are the Provost and the Dean of the Libraries.

    Proposed Change: Non-voting ex-officio members are the Provost (or the Provost’s designee), the Chief Information Officer (or the CIO’s designee), and the Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology, and the Dean of Libraries.

    RATIONALE: OFFER A BRIEF SUMMARY OF ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION.

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