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Revised (10/11; 03/10; 03/04; 11/01; 3/00; 3/99; 7/94; 5/86; 7/77; 7/76)
The department consists of all tenured and non-tenured instructors, assistant professors, associate professors and professors, and all academic staff. Eligibility requirements for each of the ranks and for tenure are in accordance with the University Handbook (F/AS/LA)
The Director of First-Year Composition is a 25% administrative appointment; the Director is appointed by and reports to the department chair and consults and works with the department in carrying out his or her responsibilities. The duties of the position are as follows:
Professional Development/Staffing within English and Philosophy Department
Curricular: Within First-Year English Program
Professional Development/Advocacy Outside of Department
1. Advocate for the interests of current and potential minors.
2. Interview students who wish to discover the requirements of the various minors.
3. Manage all paper work necessary to enroll a student in a minor.
4. Make up a file for each student.
5. Maintain and utilize a current listserv for minors.
6. Consult with students regarding course selection.
7. Authorize changes in students’ programs, as necessary.
8. Alert students to hand in transcripts in their senior year.
9. Perform final checkout of students; complete all paper work and send to Registrar.
10. Suggest changes in the requirements of the minor.
11. Keep public relations items up-to-date.
12. Speak to classes about minors programs.
13. Attend meetings of the Advanced Writing and Literature Committees and the Committee on Curriculum Development and Improvement when issues related to minors are discussed.
14. Encourage minors interested in a writing-related career to become active in various professional development groups and activities promoted by the Program in Technical Communication, e.g., membership in the Society for Technical Communication, attendance at guest lectures and workshops, etc.
The fixed-term Academic Staff members of the Department of English and Philosophy Staff Committee should participate fully in all activities of the Staff Committee including performance evaluations and hiring; however, they should neither participate in nor be present during discussion or voting on the promotion, tenure, and retention of individual faculty members.
The committee also has the obligation to keep well informed on debates and decisions on matters of staff welfare by such groups as TAUWP, AAUP, AFT, and the Faculty Senate.
- The Committee on Advanced Writing establishes guidelines for review, revision, and initiation of advanced writing courses, and advises the Department Chair in such matters. (revised 12/11)
- The Committee on Literature, which has three fundamental purposes: 1) to develop strategies for increasing enrollment in literature and creative writing courses; 2) to inform UW-Stout administrators, faculty, and students of the values of literary studies; 3) to establish guidelines for revising, expanding and improving literature and creative writing courses and the literature program in general.
- The Graduate Education Committee, which makes recommendations to the Department concerning the development and improvement of graduate courses.
C.Membership in all committees except the Staff Committee is open. Temporary committee chairs, appointed by the Department chair at the first regular meeting, will call committee meetings as soon as practicable after the first Department meeting. At the first committee meetings members will elect a chair. First year probationary faculty are expected to serve on no more than one committee and are not expected to chair a committee. Committee meetings are open to all members of the Department and notices of committee are sent to all. The Chair of the Department is an ex officio member of each standing committee. The Chair may appoint department members to a committee as needed.
- A first ballot listing all department members who are tenured or who have taught in the department three or more years and want to be on the ballot, will be prepared by the department chair and distributed to each member of the department. Each department member may vote for no more than four in the fall of years ending in odd numbers, so that the Staff Committee will always have seven members and each member will serve a two year term. (Revised March 2010)
The number of academic staff to serve on the committee shall not exceed two in any given year (Passed May, 1982). To be declared elected, a candidate must have a simple majority of votes cast (Passed April 1988).
- If more than the specified number of candidates receive a simple majority, those having the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected. In case of ties involving more than the specified number of candidates, the department chair shall prepare a ballot listing the individuals and informing voters of the number of vacancies still existing on the committee.
- If fewer than the required number receive a majority on the first ballot, the department chair will prepare a run-off ballot listing at least one more name than positions to be filled. The candidates on the run-off ballot shall be those who drew the greatest number of votes less than a majority on the first ballot. On the run-off ballot, to be declared elected, a candidate must have a simple majority.
- An ad hoc committee may be appointed by the chair of the Department upon request of any member.
- In accordance with University policy, the Department of English and Philosophy Promotion Committee, consisting of five faculty members, will be elected each year by the faculty of the department to recommend on promotion applications as needed.Faculty must have completed three years in the department to serve on the committee. (Revised September 2010).