Esteemed and Most Valued Colleagues,
At a recent University Senate meeting, Dr. Ponder announced the dissolution of the existing University Senate as we know it. His preference is that we would have a Faculty Senate led by elected faculty representatives.
The CoC was charged with responsibility for making recommendations to the existing body for a new structure and corresponding bylaws. Drs. Mose Hooks and Edward Khiwa asked to join the committee responsible for this new task.
Upon careful reflection on the meeting and the charge to our committee, I believe that we need to meet and develop a strategy for completing this new charge. We should search for best practices including higher ed orgs like AAUP and a select group of colleges/universities. We should simultaneously examine the concept of shared-governance and the implications for Langston University.
After providing faculty shared-governance information for our faculty colleagues, we might hold small group meetings or focus groups to determine how various models might be used to inform decisions about the LU model. We would concurrently empower faculty to operationalize leadership roles within the new structure.
We also need to strategically expand the committee to assure broad and diverse representation, both of demographics and campus location.
Thanks in advance.
Carolyn T. Kornegay, RN, PhD
Dean and Professor
School of Nursing & Health Professions
212 Allied Health Center
Langston, OK 73050