Foreign Faculty Senetor (Ad Hoc, Nominating Committee)
The Faculty Senator system at Kean University is essential in terms of institutional accreditation for several reasons: Shared Governance: Accreditation agencies often emphasize the importance of shared governance in higher education institutions. The Faculty Senator system provides a mechanism for faculty members to actively participate in decision-making processes, ensuring their perspectives are considered and their expertise is utilized. This helps demonstrate the commitment to shared governance, a vital component of institutional accreditation.
Faculty Engagement: Accreditation agencies typically evaluate the level of faculty engagement in institutional decision-making. The Faculty Senator system allows faculty members to voice their opinions, contribute to policy discussions, and provide input on matters that directly impact the academic environment. This level of faculty engagement demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence and faculty involvement, which is valued in accreditation evaluations.
Representation and Transparency: The Faculty Senator system ensures that faculty members have representation and a platform to address their concerns, suggestions, and feedback. This promotes transparency, fairness, and inclusivity in decision-making processes. Accreditation agencies often look for evidence of inclusive and representative governance structures that foster a collaborative and open institutional environment.
Academic Freedom and Autonomy: Accreditation agencies emphasize the importance of academic freedom and autonomy for faculty members. The Faculty Senator system helps safeguard these principles by providing faculty members with a voice and influence in shaping academic policies, curriculum development, and institutional practices. This demonstrates the commitment to academic freedom and autonomy, factors that are highly valued in the accreditation process.
Continuous Improvement: Accreditation agencies expect institutions to demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement. The Faculty Senator system allows faculty members to contribute to ongoing discussions on academic quality, student success, and institutional effectiveness. This collaborative approach to decision-making supports the institution's commitment to continuous improvement and aligns with accreditation standards.
Overall, the Faculty Senator system at Kean University contributes to meeting accreditation expectations by promoting shared governance, faculty engagement, representation, transparency, academic freedom, autonomy, and continuous improvement. By ensuring faculty involvement in decision-making processes, the system helps uphold the institution's commitment to academic excellence and demonstrates alignment with accreditation standards and requirements.
Establishing the "Foreign Faculty Senator System" in Wenzhou-Kean University
We, the undersigned faculty members and supporters of diversity and inclusivity at Wenzhou-Kean University write this petition with great enthusiasm and urgency to request the establishment of a "Foreign Faculty Senate System". We believe that such a system is essential for protecting and promoting the academic success of our esteemed foreign faculty members.
The Foreign Faculty Senator System aims to provide a dedicated representation and support system for our diverse international faculty community. It recognizes the unique challenges faced by foreign faculty members, including cultural adjustment, language barriers, and unfamiliarity with local academic practices. By establishing this system, we strive to create an inclusive environment that values the contributions and perspectives of our international faculty members.
Through the Foreign Faculty Senate System, we envision the following benefits:
Representation: The system will ensure that the voices, concerns, and needs of foreign faculty members are heard, considered, and represented in relevant decision-making processes within the college.
Advocacy and Support: The system will provide a platform for addressing issues specific to foreign faculty, such as visa and immigration matters, cross-cultural integration, and professional development opportunities.
Mentorship and Networking: The system will facilitate mentorship programs and networking events to foster professional growth, collaboration, and knowledge sharing among foreign faculty members.
Cultural Exchange and Diversity: The system will promote intercultural dialogue and appreciation, enriching the academic community and enhancing global perspectives within the college.
We firmly believe that establishing a "Foreign Faculty Senator System" will create an environment conducive to the success and well-being of our international faculty members, further enhancing the reputation and standing of Wenzhou-Kean University as an innovative, diverse, and inclusive institution.
We kindly request your support and consideration of this petition. By embracing the establishment of the Foreign Faculty Senator System, Wenzhou-Kean University will take a significant step towards fostering a supportive environment for our valued foreign faculty members.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to positive action and the continued growth of our college community.
Goals of Foreign Faculty Senator System
• The Foreign Faculty Senator system at the University comprises elected representatives from the faculty body.
• Their primary role is to advocate for faculty interests and concerns within the university governance structure.
• Foreign Faculty Senators have the right to participate in decision-making processes related to academic policies, curriculum development, and institutional matters.
• They serve as a bridge between faculty members and the university administration, voicing faculty opinions, suggestions, and feedback.
• Foreign Faculty Senators are responsible for representing their respective academic departments or colleges during meetings and discussions.
• They contribute to the formulation of university policies and procedures by providing input and making recommendations.
• Foreign Faculty Senators have the authority to propose changes, raise issues, and offer suggestions for improving the academic environment.
• They collaborate with other stakeholders, such as administrators, staff, and student representatives, to promote effective communication and shared governance.
• Foreign Faculty Senators play a vital role in fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment within the university.
• Their responsibilities include attending Faculty Senate meetings, actively engaging in discussions, serving on committees, and communicating with their constituents.
• Overall, Foreign Faculty Senators are integral to ensuring faculty perspectives are considered in university decision-making processes.
Ground Rules for Foreign Faculty Senator Community (Online & Offline Communication)
This is a Group of the Foreign Faculty Senate (FFS)at Kean University Wenzhou campus's College of Business to improve the service quality for foreign faculty members.
Basically, WKU FFS aims to “improve the well-being of Foreign Faculty Members' in WKU.
FFS is to legitimate participation in the college's operation for Foreign Faculty Members well-being aligning with HQ campus' Employee Well-Being Initiative 2022.
FFS will be building collegiate and mutually supporting academic evironment that is well aligned with Kean CBPM Mission, Vision, Value, Ethical standards, and Strategic Objectives.
We would strongly advocate the American College Education and its Academic degree through serving Kean HQ’s goals.
To maintain a respectful and confidential SNS community for college teachers, we establish the following ground rules:
- Respect and Confidentiality: Treat all discussions and information shared within the community with utmost respect and confidentiality.
- Professionalism: Maintain a professional tone and demeanor in all interactions, avoiding personal attacks or offensive language.
- Constructive feedback: Provide feedback and engage in discussions in a constructive manner, promoting growth and learning among community members.
- Active Listening: Listen attentively to others' perspectives and opinions, promoting open and respectful dialogue.
- Non-Disclosure: Do not disclose any confidential or sensitive information about students, colleagues, or the institution.
- Privacy: Respect the privacy of other community members and refrain from sharing personal information without explicit permission.
- Diversity and Inclusivity: Embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms, fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.
- Collaboration: Encourage collaboration and the sharing of resources and ideas, promoting a collective learning experience.
- Professional Boundaries: Maintain professional boundaries and avoid engaging in any activities that may compromise the integrity of the community or the profession.
- Adherence to Policies: Comply with the community's rules and guidelines, as well as any relevant institutional policies or codes of conduct (e.g. No Hazing; No Cyber-bullying).
By adhering to these ground rules, we can create a supportive and respectful SNS community that encourages meaningful and professional interactions among college teachers.
In the event that any member of this community fails to adhere to the proposed ground rules, appropriate measures may be taken to address the situation and ensure the smooth functioning of the community. These measures could include engaging in discussions, providing guidance, or offering reminders to maintain a respectful and supportive environment.
2023. 07. 06: Added Ground Rules for FFS Community
2023. 05. 15: Added the openpayrolls of Kean USA for refencere
2023. 05. 15. Initially archived (inspired by Dr. Toby Michelene's Memorial Event)
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