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WHAT IS THE GENERAL FACULTY COMMITTEE?


The General Faculty Committee (GFC) was a standing committee of the University Senate composed of elected representatives of the various schools of the University as well as at-large members. The GFC, as a representative of the senate, acted as an advisory group on issues of significance to the University and provided liaison between the faculty and University administration.

There were several critical standing committees including: Benefits Committee, Budget and Policy Committee, Educational Affairs Committee, Faculty Governance Committee, Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committe, Research Committee, Committee on Cause, and Committee on Committees. (for complete listing see Subcommittees)

The General Faculty Committee (GFC) represented the entire faculty. Members were elected by the various schools, with the number of representatives determined by the size of the school:


Weinberg College elects 6
Medical School Elects 5
McCormick School of Engineering 2
School of Education and Social Policy elects 1
Kellogg School of Management elects 1
Law School elects 1
Music School elects 1
Medill School of Journalism elects 1
School of Communication elects 1

There were also 3 at large members who were elected by the entire faculty. Members were elected for staggered 3 year terms. Membership totaled 22 faculty members.

The Chair and Vice Chair, the latter also being the Chair Elect, were elected by the GFC membership. The Chair served for 1 year.

The GFC met once a month. Issues were brought up by members, often on behalf of faculty in their constiuency. The University Administration often asked for GFC advice on issues before it. Much of the work was done by subcommittees and issues were often referred to the appropriate subcommittee which then reported back to the full GFC. Subcommittees could contain non GFC faculty as well as GFC members.

The GFC often invited guests to meet with it at its monthly meetings. The GFC Executive Committee, which consisted of the subcommittee chairs plus the GFC chair and Vice Chair, met quarterly with the President and the Provost. Subcommittees met with the appropriate administration counterparts. There was a yearly half-day meeting between the GFC and the University Board of Trustees.

Historical Point of reference documents:

GFC Charter from 1959
Faculty Senate Minutes from January 30, 1975

Historical Point of reference documents:

GFC Charter from 1959
Faculty Senate Minutes from January 30, 1975


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RECENT ACTIVITIES:

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

Ombudspersons are now open for business!
 
Three, distinguished emeritus faculty were appointed to serve as ombudspersons.  This program was an initiative of your General Faculty Committee (GFC), and with the help of President Schapiro, Provost Linzer, and the Office of General Counsel, it is now underway.  Particular credit for moving the program along from conception to implementation is due to Professors Laurie Zoloth and John Elson.
 
For more information go to: OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

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GOVERNANCE RESTRUCTURING INITIATIVE:

UPDATE: January 28, 2010, the Northwestern University Faculty Senate voted 70 to 5 in favor of a resolution to adopt the proposed, new Faculty-Administration Shared Governance documents

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY SHARED GOVERNANCE INITIATIVE
Adopted document: 01-28-2010

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERISTY SHARED GOVERNANCE
PRINTABLE VERSION (pdf)

History, Summary and Comparison (pdf)
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GUIDELINES FOR OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM (PDF)
Adopted October 2009
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GFC Proposal for Faculty Governance Reforms

sample university faculty governance structures

AAUP Salary findings

Copyright Policy

2007-2008 Annual Report 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

AAUP Main

AAUP: Standards of Shared Governance (printable version)

 

       
 

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