Approved by Faculty on 1/13/2012
The purpose of this governance document is to provide a system of government for the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (COSET, the College) of Texas Southern University (TSU). Its goal is to define the responsibility for governance of COSET.
The College faculty has the responsibility for formulating, adopting, and supervising the academic policies and procedures of the College. These include selection, retention, promotion, and tenure of faculty; admission standards; curriculum planning and development; examination and grading policies; scholastic standards; and all other matters normally considered academic. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College and is responsible for the execution of policy.
The Dean of the College must be a person eligible to be a tenured full professor of the faculty. His educational qualifications must be in one of the programs offered by the College.
The faculty of the College of Science and Technology shall consist of the Dean, Associate Deans, and Directors who hold academic rank, Assistant Deans, Department Chairs, Professors, Associate Professors, Assistant Professors, Visiting Professors, and Instructors who hold full-time appointments in the College. Any tenured faculty member on sabbatical during an academic year may participate in the governance of the College, but not by proxy.
College faculty meetings shall be called by and at a time and a place designated by the Dean of the College. Faculty meetings shall be held at least twice per academic year, and at other times when deemed appropriate. The Dean shall prepare and distribute, an agenda listing topics for discussion, including items submitted by committees, at least three days prior to a faculty meeting. No item may be voted upon unless it is on the agenda or unless approved for voting by two-thirds (2/3) of the College faculty present. Whenever possible, the College faculty shall not vote on any topic which is within the jurisdiction of any of its committees without first obtaining an analysis or recommendation from the committee. Whenever needed, the Dean shall refer matters discussed at faculty meetings to the appropriate standing committee, or appoint an Ad-Hoc committee.
No proxy voting is permitted. At the request of any five members of the College faculty, a secret ballot shall be held on any vote. Voting shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order. Faculty personnel matters shall be voted on by secret ballot.
The Dean shall preside at all meetings of the College faculty. The Dean shall appoint a secretary for all faculty meetings. The secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of minutes and the distribution of a copy of the minutes to each College faculty member at a reasonable time in advance of the next faculty meeting. The proceedings shall be conducted by Robert’s Rules of Order.
This document may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the College faculty present and voting at an open faculty meeting, provided at least two weeks notice is given to the faculty that such an amendment will be considered at the faculty meeting.
Except for those procedures outlined herein, the deliberations and procedures for all meetings of the faculty shall conform to Robert Rules of Order. The Dean shall retain the final prerogative in regard to resolving all “points of order” and parliamentary
The Committee shall review new proposals and requests for changes in the academic programs of the College as approved by the departmental committees and make recommendations to the University Curriculum Council, and the faculty on the establishment or modifications of curricula. It shall review and evaluate total curriculum at regular intervals and report its conclusions to the faculty.
The Committee shall develop and implement program assessment plans for the College.
The Committee shall develop the College Tenure and Promotion guidelines. The Committee shall review all applications submitted from faculty in the College for rank, tenure and promotion, and make recommendation to the Dean. The committee shall also review post-tenure review documents and make appropriate recommendation to the Dean.
The Committee shall develop and revise the College By-Laws
The Committee shall devise recruitment plans, and develop and implement effective strategies for retention
The Committee shall develop and implement guidelines, policies, procedures, and strategies, which will enhance research programs and scholarly activities of the faculty in the College. The committee shall plan and lead various research and scholarly activities in the College. The Committee shall also oversee the faculty developmental programs for the College.
The Committee shall develop college-specific faculty evaluation forms based on the University faculty evaluation forms. The Committee shall also make recommendations on procedures in the evaluation of teaching performance
The Committee shall oversee the College website and assist in any instructional computing issues of the faculty. It shall update the website as necessary, and assist faculty in putting course materials on the web.
The Committee shall develop and implement mentoring strategies for the junior tenure-track faculty.
The Committee shall evaluate, select and recommend names from faculty who have made significant contributions to the college in terms of teaching, research, and services, from alumni who have made substantial contributions to the college and/or demonstrated great achievements in his/her professional field, from industrial partners whose contributions have made difference in the College, from staffs who have performed exemplarily, and from students for the awards or scholarships
The Committee shall develop college Newsletters on a quarterly basis.
The Committee shall be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Annual Open House – Alumni and Partnership Luncheon.
The Committee shall convene hearings to evaluate complaints referred to the Committee by faculty and students and ensure that faculty and student complaints are documented and processed in a timely manner.
The Committee shall convene hearings to evaluate complaints referred to the Committee by staff and ensure that staff complaints are documented and processed in a timely manner.
The Committee shall plan all activities for homecoming, including coordinating the parade, king and queen contest, tailgating party, and scheduling alumni activities
The Committee shall review students’ appeals on academic suspension.
The Committee shall develop college strategic plan and development plan.
The Dean’s Student Advisory Council establishes an effective communication channel between the office of the Dean and students in the College. It shall hold meetings periodically to listen to concerns, issues, and suggestions directly from student representatives.
The college student ambassadors will represent the college in various events and activities.