Institute to Revise Definition of ‘Faculty’

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During last Tuesday’s faculty governance meeting, Jeanne Balsam, chair of the Statutes Committee, announced that two town halls would be held in November to discuss a revised definition of “faculty.”  

Balsam is chair of the Subcommittee on Faculty Definition, which has been charged with developing a plan for revising the definition of this job title. In addition to her role with Faculty Governance, Balsam is also a principal research associate at Georgia Tech Research Institute.

“Basically, general faculty status will no longer be available — each job title will be designated academic faculty, research faculty, or staff,” Balsam said. “These town halls are an opportunity to explain and discuss the subcommittee recommendations with the campus community.”

The town halls will be held on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. and on Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in Room 102, Clough Commons.

In other meeting news:

  • The deadline to contribute to the 2014 Charitable Campaign is Dec. 15. The Institute’s goal is to get at least 1,500 members of the campus community to give $330,000. Faculty and staff can choose to contribute to more than 1,000 organizations. This year, those who contribute to the campaign will be entered into drawings for a one-night stay and breakfast for two at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center and a facial from Bliss Spa at the W Atlanta-Downtown. Donations can be made via TechWorks, and more information can be found at
  • Changes were made to the sexual harassment policy for students so that it reflects the standard legal definition of sexual harassment. The Student Code of Conduct was also updated to reflect the revised policy.

For the full agenda from this meeting and future meeting dates, click here.



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