To:   All Full Time UUP Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences
From:   Trevor Sears, President, A&S Senate
Subject: 2014 A&S Senate Committee Nominations

March 2014

Dear Colleagues:

Each spring the Arts & Sciences Senate holds general elections to fill vacancies, both on its standing committees, and for Senators At-Large. 

The Arts & Sciences Senate represents the interests of the academic departments affiliated with the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, the School of Journalism and the West Campus Library.  The Arts & Sciences Senate is responsible for providing specific advice and oversight in areas of curriculum, academic judiciary, faculty promotion and tenure, students, academic standing, and faculty rights and responsibilities.

The five standing committees of the Arts & Sciences Senate are the Curriculum Committee, Academic Judiciary Committee, Academic Standing and Appeals Committee, Promotion and Tenure Committee, and the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Policies.

At-Large Senators participate in the general meetings of the Arts & Sciences Senate, and also represent the interests and concerns of their constituencies at general University Senate meetings.  The Senate provides significant input into university decision-making through direct meetings with members of the administration and through representation on the University Senate.  For further information, see the Arts & Sciences Senate website,

Terms on the committees of the Arts & Sciences Senate are for three years, for no more than two consecutive terms, with exceptions for a non-tenured tenure track faculty members on the Promotion and Tenure and Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Policies Committees.  Positions are filled according to discipline, so that there is equal representation among the Humanities & Fine Arts (HFA), Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM) on each committee. There are currently openings on each of the Arts & Sciences Senate Committees for members in the following areas:

Academic Judiciary Committee: 
2 NSM 

Committee on Academic Standing and Appeals: 
Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Policies Committee: 
1 Non-Tenured Faculty (2-year term)
Promotion and Tenure Committee:
1 Non-Tenured Faculty (1-year term) 

There will be 16 vacant At-Large faculty Senator (6 HFA, 4 NSM and 6 SBS) seats. At-Large Senators are elected for three year terms.

Please consider placing your name on the ballot for one or more of these positions.  For example, you may serve as an At-Large faculty Senator and also be a committee member. Nominations of friends and colleagues are welcome.  However, please check with the person that you nominate to make sure that she/he will be willing to serve if elected.  Elections will take place in April using the Stony Brook Solar System website.
Please email Laurie Cullen, the secretary in the Senate Office at with your nominations prior to March 31st, 2014.


Trevor Sears
Arts & Sciences Senate