For the first time in a long time, Council positions are not being acclaimed! Many faculty members have stepped up as candidates – think about stepping up to vote.
At the U of S, the academic culture has always drawn a line between academic decisions (definition of standards for promotion and tenure, for example) and process decisions (structures of search committees, for example). The USFA has seen its primary role as the body that defines process, assures fairness, and negotiates terms and conditions of employment. However, one of the three pillars of our philosophy is collegial self-governance- indeed, this is part of the legacy of Peter Dooley.
Active participation in Council puts academic decision making power in the hands of faculty. The 2013-14 Council will have the last say on the report of Transform Us. This may be one of the most important elections in Council’s history.