Faculty Senate Resolutions

Academic Year 2015-2016

ACTION ITEM 102615

At the request of student government organizations, the University is
considering a plan to release student evaluations of teaching. A number of
faculty have expressed various concerns. On September 28th, 2015, SACUA
unanimously approved the following resolution for consideration by the
University Senate:

WHEREAS our current student evaluation of teaching (SET)
instrument is not designed to assist students in choosing classes, and

WHEREAS there is no consensus on the general validity of student
evaluations of teaching, and

WHEREAS some research suggests that an instructor’s race, gender,
ethnicity, national origin, or sexual orientation may negatively affect
his or her SET ratings, and

WHEREAS publicity of prior course evaluations can affect student
responses on current evaluations, undermining the independence of
response that is key to having a valid survey, and

WHEREAS prior evaluations do not reliably correspond to later
iterations of a course, and

WHEREAS a policy that affects faculty across the University should be
endorsed only after broad consultation with the faculty,

THEREFORE the University Senate at UM resolves to request that
a. the SET instrument be redesigned in accordance with the
best available research;

b. that a policy for publicly releasing data obtained by this
instrument be formulated in consultation with student government
representatives, faculty government representatives, and UM
experts in teaching and learning assessment and in statistical
analysis;

c. that the data obtained with the current instrument not be
released under the University’s imprimatur.

This action was approved by a majority vote

Academic Year 2010-2011

ACTION ITEM 032111 :1

Are you in favor of permitting more time for discussion, debate and the considerĀ­ ation of alternative plans before the University administration formally requests the Regents to amend Regents Bylaw (RB) 5.09 to extend the maximum tenure probationary period from eight years to ten?

[Tally: 55 affirmative, 66 negative, 3 abstentions]


 

ACTION ITEM 032111 :2

Are you in favor of amending Standard Practice Guides (SPG) 201.13 and 201.92, which allow only a one-year stop of the tenure clock, to permit a possible two-year stop and to expand the specified, permissible reasons for stopping the tenure clock?

[Tally: 85 affirmative, 35 negative, 2 abstentions]


 

ACTION ITEM 032111 :3

Are you in favor of allowing a school or college to adopt a check-box option that allows a faculty member to automatically stop their tenure clock for one year at a time, up to two times, at their discretion and without need of approval?

[Tally: 33 affirmative, 86 negative, 1 abstention]

Professor Larsen moved that Senate Assembly action item No. 012411:1 be added as action item 4. Resolved, that the January 23, 2006 Action of the Senate Assembly (No.012306-1 attached) expressing significant reservations about any changes to the existing Regents Bylaws governing tenure is hereby reĀ­ affirmed. The motion was seconded and approved.

Professor Carethers moved that action item 1 be modified and become Action Item 5, to read:

Are you in favor of requesting the Regents to amend Regents Bylaw 5.09 to extend the maximum tenure probationary period from eight years to ten? The motion was seconded. The motion was defeated 27-60 with 5 abstentions.


 

ACTION ITEM 032111:4

Resolved, that the January 24, 2011 Action of the Senate Assembly (No. 012411-1) affirming the January 23, 2006 Action of the Senate Assembly (No. 012306-1) expressing significant reservations about any changes to the existing Regents Bylaws governing tenure is hereby re-affirmed.

[Tally: 70 affirmative, 42 negative, 8 abstentions]