Shared Governance: Faculty Welfare Committee

Updated July 2017


  1. Develop, revise, and recommend to the UF Senate policies regarding the rights and responsibilities of individual faculty members, and those of academic departments/programs;
  2. Develop, revise and recommend to the UF Senate policies for inclusion in the University Faculty Handbook for
    1. Personnel actions such as criteria for merit increases, reappointment, non reappointment, retirement, dismissal, layoffs, leaves of absence, sick leave, academic leave and sabbatical, and
    2. Teaching qualifications, and faculty teaching and workload which recognize the various responsibilities and activities of faculty at the undergraduate and graduate levels of the UF

    After approval by the UF Senate and the Board of Trustees, the committee shall publish and distribute the revised UF Handbook to the UF;

  3. Develop and revise as necessary the A-series and D-series forms for personnel actions.
  4. Monitor the implementation of the University Faculty Handbook and report any potential violations to the UF Senate for enforcement. The committee may exercise, at its discretion, the option of appointing an ad hoc committee consisting of one (1) current member and two (2) former members of the Faculty Welfare Committee.
    1. The departments of instruction shall send to the Faculty Welfare Committee all recommendations for appointment, merit increases, dismissal, promotion, tenure, academic leave and sabbatical leave;
    2. The Faculty Welfare Committee or the ad hoc committee must approve the recommendations of the instructional departments unless there is a clear conflict between the recommendations and the UF Handbook. The Faculty Welfare Committee shall then advise the department and respective dean of its action;
    3. If the dean rejects without satisfactory explanation the Faculty Welfare Committee's notification that a conflict exists, then the Faculty Welfare Committee shall place the matter upon the agenda of the next meeting of the UF Senate; and
    4. Matters of appointment, promotion, dismissal, academic leave, and sabbatical leave are subject to final action by the University Administration. The Board of Trustees will make final decisions on the granting of tenure.
  5. Review the Gallaudet University faculty salary and benefits schedule relative to appropriate local and national comparators on an annual basis to ensure its continued suitability for the Gallaudet University faculty;
    1. Review and discuss with the chief academic officer and/or president of Gallaudet University the budget plans relative to compensation for regular and contingent faculty for future years at least annually; and
    2. Serve as a liaison to the administration and the UF Senate on fiscal problems, priorities, and crises that concern faculty emerging from sources either internal or external to Gallaudet University


This Committee has the following authority:


The standing committee of seven (7) and a non-voting member assigned by the Provost and non-voting member from Human Resources with approval of UF Chair shall have the above duties and responsibilities


Christi Batamula Assistant Professor/GF/EDU 2015 - 2018
MJ Bienvenu Professor/UGF/ASL/DST 2016 - 2019
Matthew Bakke Professor/GF/HSLS 2017- 2020
Kota Takayama Instructor/UGF/SWK 2017- 2020
Roberto Sanchez Associate Professor/UGF/HPRS 2017- 2020
Samuel Weber Lecturer II/UGF/SWK 2017- 2020
Raylene Paludnevicine Professor/UGE/PSY 2017- 2020
Current member of S&B TBD 2017- 2020
Current member of S&B TBD 2017- 2020