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Article 5.A Membership of the Council

5.A.1 Council Membership The voting members of the Academic Council consist of faculty representatives of colleges or schools, the Chair, Past-Chair, a representative of the Emeriti Faculty, and two student representatives. The Council also has ex-officio, non­voting members.

5.A.2 Responsibilities of Faculty Council Representatives Faculty representatives on the Council represent the interests of the University at large as well as the views of their specific college or school. It is the responsibility of Council members to ensure communications with the faculty of their college or school, the Council and the University community. Representatives should come from a variety of academic ranks when possible.

5.A.2.1 College and School Representation Revised April 16, 2014
The number of faculty representatives allocated to a college or school shall be based on the number of full-time and part-time Faculty who devote at least fifty percent of a full workload to teaching, scholarly and artistic activity and University service in the fall semester of the current academic year.

Faculty who have administrative responsibilities of fifty percent or more may not be counted. Permanent positions which are unfilled may be counted. The library and School of International Studies faculty shall be treated as the faculty of a college or school.

The number of faculty representatives allocated is determined by the following formula:

  • One representative for a faculty totaling ten or fewer
  • Two representatives for a faculty of more than ten and up to thirty
  • One additional representative for each fifteen faculty above the first thirty

Faculty serving as Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-Chair of the Council should be replaced during their term of office and should not be counted among the representatives of a college or school. The allocation of Faculty representatives is determined annually by the Chair-Elect.

5.A.2.2 Eligibility Only Voting Faculty are eligible for election as Faculty representatives. Council Representatives who cease to be Voting Faculty may no longer hold a Faculty position on the Council and shall be replaced. The Chair-Elect of the Council shall be responsible for determining eligibility for election to the Council

5.A.2.3 Election Procedures Faculty representatives of the Council shall be elected by the Voting Faculty within each college or school from a slate of candidates chosen by the college or school. Faculty representatives should be chosen from a variety of academic ranks. Election shall require a majority of the votes cast. In elections, it is desirable for the faculty of the college or school to propose at least twice as many candidates as are required to fill the available vacancies.

A new representative shall be elected by the college or school faculty for the unexpired term of an incumbent representative who resigns or loses eligibility.

An eligible Faculty member may choose to serve as a Faculty representative while on Faculty leave. If the Faculty representative chooses not to serve while on leave, the college or school faculty may elect a replacement representative for the period of the leave.

All elections to fill partial terms of office shall follow the election procedures described above.

If the number of incumbent representatives exceeds the number of representatives allocated to a college or school, the choice of the continuing representatives is left to the college or school.

5.A.2.4 Terms of Office Faculty representatives of the Council shall be elected for three-year terms. The Chair-Elect shall stagger the terms of office so that approximately one-third of the Faculty representation of the Council is elected each year. Shorter terms may be required to facilitate the staggering of terms.

5.A.2.5 Emeriti Representation The Emeriti Faculty shall have one representative selected by the Emeriti Society who serves a two-year term.

5.A.3 Student Representation  There shall be two student representatives who serve one-year terms. One student shall be selected by the Associated Students of the University of the Pacific (ASUOP) and one student shall be selected by the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

5.A.4 Ex-Officio Representation  The following are ex-officio non-voting members of the Council: the Provost, Chairs of the Faculty of individual colleges or schools, Chairs of Faculty Committees and the Director of Athletics.