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Voting Policy

Voting Policy


In general, the department has an open policy and welcomes opinions and comments from all individuals affiliated with the department. Any attendee to the faculty meeting is encouraged to express their opinion on the topics that are included on the agenda. This memo clarifies the voting policy of the department’s personnel (tenure-track or tenured1, research faculty2, and teaching faculty3) on the various issues discussed at the faculty meeting. Throughout this document, joint faculty appointments that have 50% or more time dedicated to the department have the same voting rights as the full-time tenure-track faculty members with the exception that they must be present at the meeting to vote (i.e., no absentee or proxy votes). Joint appointments (tenure-track or tenured, research faculty, and teaching faculty) with less than a 50% appointment have voting rights only in their primary department, except for matters related to the PhD program where they retain full voting rights within the Epstein Department. The voting rights on the various topics are outlined next.

Tenure-track or tenured faculty hire4
First, an advisory vote is held where all tenure-track or tenured faculty members submit their vote regardless of rank. Then, a second vote is held where only faculty members holding equal rank or above of the recommended hire submit their vote.

Research faculty hire4
First, an advisory vote is held where all tenure-track, tenured, and research faculty members submit their vote regardless of rank. Then, a second vote is held where only tenure-track, tenured, and research faculty members holding equal rank or above of the recommended hire submit their vote.

Teaching faculty hire4
First, an advisory vote is held where all tenure-track, tenured, and teaching faculty members submit their vote regardless of rank. Then, a second vote is held where only tenure-track, tenured, and teaching faculty members holding equal rank or above of the recommended hire submit their vote.

PhD Admissions and Outcome of the Screening Examination
All tenure-track or tenured faculty and research faculty submit their vote.

PhD Screening Examiner
Any course instructor including adjunct and part-time lectures can be assigned to examine a screening course. However, there must be at least two tenure-track or tenured faculty or teaching faculty members present in each screening course. Each screening examiner submits their own evaluation.

BS and Masters Degree Curriculum Proposals
All tenure-track or tenured faculty and teaching faculty submit their vote.

PhD Curriculum Proposals
All tenure-track or tenured faculty submit their vote.

 

1Tenure-track or Tenured Faculty: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor
2Research Faculty:  Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, Research Professor
3Teaching Faculty:  Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor of Practice, Professor of Practice,
4Secret Ballot