Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Senate Reapportionment
Gary Copeland, Chair
The Ad Hoc Committee on Faculty Senate Reapportionment
proposes a reapportionment of Faculty Senate seats as indicated in Table
1. The Faculty Senate, of course, has 50
members. The Faculty Handbook allocates
one member, each, to the
The first decisions we made deal with how to count faculty. Specifically, we had to decide how to count term appointments and how to count part-time faculty. In the first case, we include term appointments at the Assistant Professor level and above in our faculty count. For part-time faculty, we count them (at the Assistant level and above, term or tenured/tenure-track) according to their FTE. Using the FTE is consistent with the way we count split appointments. The “Total” column in Table 1 provides the total number of faculty in each unit when applying our decision rules.
The four non-degree units (
Rounding led to complications when trying to use a direct approach because it produced 51 seats rather than 50. Instead the Committee used the “Webster Method” of allocating seats. It basically gives each unit its whole number of seats and then allocates the remaining seats to the largest remaining fraction until all seats are allocated. While there are other methods, this approach seems to produce the least bias. To see a discussion on this point, go to: http://www.brookings.org/comm/policybriefs/pb88.htm.
Following these decision rules leads the Committee to recommend the allocations in the “Final Rec” column of Table 1 for the three years beginning with academic year 2004-2005.