Faculty

Definition of Faculty

Faculty, for purposes of these Bylaws, are those individuals who have the right to vote at faculty meetings. The faculty consists of the President, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the Robinson College of Business, and all full‑time faculty holding appointments in the Robinson College of Business at the rank of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Instructor or Lecturer.

Functions and Powers of the Faculty

The general functions and powers of the faculty are detailed in the Statutes of the University and the Bylaws and Policies of the Regents of the University System of Georgia. In all matters, the functions and powers of the faculty of the Robinson College of Business are subject to the Statutes of the University and the Bylaws and Policies of the Regents of the University system of Georgia.

Faculty Participation in College Governance

Decisions which must be made at the College level fall in a spectrum from those decisions which explicitly require legislative approval by the faculty to operational decisions which are typically of little or no interest to the faculty. Consistent with the principles of collegiality and shared governance, these Bylaws provide broad opportunities for the faculty to participate in College governance throughout this spectrum of decision types, while maintaining clarity with respect to the identity of the decision maker who is ultimately responsible.

The following sections provide for explicit determination of decisions requiring legislative approval by the faculty and describe other types of decisions in which the faculty are or may choose to be involved in various ways.

  1. Motions and Resolutions Requiring Legislative Approval by the Faculty

    • Changes in curriculum and academic standards. All matters pertaining to changes in curriculum and standards of academic performance shall be voted on by the faculty through motions presented by the Graduate and Undergraduate Program Councils. Changes in curriculum include the establishment or elimination of degrees and majors, modifications to degree requirements, and the creation, deletion, or modification of courses. Changes in academic standards include the establishment, elimination, or modification of standards for admission, retention, readmission, and graduation of students in the College’s various academic programs.
    • Award of degrees. Under policies of the Board of Regents, the faculty shall recommend to the President of the institution the candidates for the award of degrees. These recommendations are made through a vote of the faculty; the vote may be conducted electronically.
    • Amendments to the Bylaws. Amendments to these Bylaws shall be approved by vote of the faculty. (See Governance Procedures »)
  2. Election of Members of Standing Committees of the College

    As specified in later sections of these Bylaws, the faculty elect (at the department level, college level, or both) some or all members of the standing committees and councils of the College except the Executive Committee and Planning Committee.

  3. Recommendations Made by Standing Committees and Councils

    As specified in later sections of these Bylaws and in the RCB Policies and Procedures Manual, the standing committees and councils of the College have responsibility for making recommendations to the faculty or to the Dean with respect to various decisions and issues. For decisions that require legislative approval by the faculty, the RCB faculty as a group is the ultimate decision maker. For all other decisions, the Dean is the ultimate decision maker. However, if the Dean decides not to follow the recommendation of the committee or council, the Dean will inform the committee or council and provide an explanation of the decision made.

  4. Recommendations Made by the Faculty at Large

    The faculty may wish to discuss administrative decisions and issues of general concern at the College level and make recommendations to the Dean on these matters, regardless of recommendations that may have been made by standing committees or councils of the College. A procedure is specified later in these Bylaws for placing such items on the agenda of RCB faculty meetings. The faculty can make a formal recommendation to the Dean through a vote of the faculty. In such cases, the Dean remains the ultimately responsible decision maker. However, if the Dean decides not to follow the recommendation of the faculty, the Dean will inform the faculty and provide an explanation of the decision made.