Faculty Council and Standing Committees of Faculty Council

Faculty Council charter/charge

Purpose: The Faculty Council serves as the collective voice of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine faculty on matters of policy related to academic and administrative import to Geisinger Commonwealth. The Faculty Council exercises its role as that collective voice through resolutions taken at meetings of the Faculty Council and through its representatives, the chair and vice chair, who serve on the leadership council and meet with the administration, the dean and president. The primary function of the Faculty Council is to develop and review policy on matters of significant import regarding faculty and students. The Faculty Council is also charged with providing 50% of faculty representation on key school committees, recommending graduates to the board and recommending candidates for honorary degrees.

Leadership

John Arnott, PhD
Vice Chair of Faculty Council
Associate Professor of Cell Biology
jarnott@som.geisinger.edu

Anthony Gillott, MD, FACS
Director of Case-Based Learning
Assistant Chair of Surgery
agillott@som.geisinger.edu

William McLaughlin, PhD
Secretary of Faculty Council
Associate Professor of Computational Biology
wmclaughlin@som.geisinger.edu

Faculty Council meetings occur monthly and are usually the third Thursday of the month. Additional special meetings of the Faculty Council may be called at any time during the calendar year by the leadership of Faculty Council, or at the request of the president or dean.

Standing committees of Faculty Council

Bylaws Committee:

Representation:

  • The committee consists of seven members: two educators, two research scientists and two clinicians, the seventh member is the vice chair of Faculty Council.
  • Members of this committee will serve two-year terms.

Responsibilities:

  • The committee will review the bylaws at least once a year and recommend changes, additions or deletions to the Faculty Council body for approval.
  • The committee will ensure that the faculty council bylaws are in correlation with Geisinger Commonwealth/school bylaws and policies and if they are not in correlation the committee will recommend changes, additions or deletions to the faculty council body for approval.
  • The committee will ensure that the bylaws clearly represent the voice of the faculty council body.

Nominating Committee:

Representation:

  • The committee consists of seven members: two educators, two research scientists and two clinicians, the seventh member is the past president of Faculty Council.
  • Members of this committee will serve two-year terms.

Responsibilities:

  • The committee is responsible for securing candidates for the ballot and to present a qualified list of acceptable candidates for the Faculty Council to vote on.
  • The committee will begin soliciting candidates with a call for nominations at a Faculty Council meeting, nominations can also be made from the floor of the Faculty Council meeting and the committee cannot exclude anyone wishing to run from the ballot, unless that person would not meet the position requirements.
  • A ballot will be created, confirmed and circulated to the Faculty Council body for consideration. Each member of the body will return their completed ballot to the nominating committee chair, votes will be tallied and the elected candidates will be notified and then the faculty council body will be notified. In the event of a tie a runoff election will take place.