Textbook Committee

On January 27, 2020, the University Bookstore Advisory Committee was changed to the Textbook Committee, including the duties with Resolution 2019-2020-13 Faculty Senate Bylaw Change - Bookstore Advisory Committee. The Textbook Committee recommends procedures to the dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies to meet textbook adoption deadlines and reporting requirements and promotes a culture that values textbook affordability.

About Senate Joint Committees and Councils

In the spirit of shared governance, joint committees and councils are proposed on the Senate floor and recommended to the president of the university by a majority vote of the Senate. Joint committees and councils are administered by the designated committee administrator. At any time, the president or Senate may evaluate the effectiveness of joint committees in conjunction with the Steering Committee. It is the responsibility of the joint committees and councils to report any policy change recommendations to the Faculty Senate Steering Committee for consideration.

Rules and policies of the Senate govern the operation of its committees. Senate committees may adopt temporary rules and policies necessary to the operation of committees. These temporary rules must be consonant with the constitution and the bylaws and are reported to the Office of the Faculty Senate as they are adopted. Such changes are subject to subsequent approval by the Senate.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To review and recommend to the dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies procedures to meet textbook adoption deadlines and reporting requirements.
  2. To promote a culture that values textbook affordability.
  3. To respect the faculty member’s expertise in choosing appropriate curriculum materials while highlighting the cost-effectiveness for students.
  4. To develop scholarship selection criteria, review applications, and select scholarship recipients each year to receive free course textbooks and other awards for each semester from the university Bookstore.

Committee References

Joint Committee and Council Procedures
Parliamentary Procedure

Membership

The committee shall consist of one faculty member from each academic unit (selected by the Committee on Committees), one associate or senior instructional designer from the Center for Distributed Learning, one student (nominated by the president of the Student Government Association), one representative from the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, one representative from the University Libraries, the bookstore manager, and the dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies (or designee). The dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies (or designee) shall identify ex officio members. The chair and vice chair shall be elected annually from its faculty membership. Terms of service shall be two years, staggered, with the exception of the student member, who shall serve for one year.

If a committee member is absent or unable to serve for eight weeks or longer, contact the Faculty Senate Office for an interim or permanent replacement to be appointed for the remaining term. If a committee member is appointed a member by virtue of the position held which will not change over multiple committee terms, those members may be listed as continuing members. When the continuing member ceases to hold the position that entitles him/her to such membership, membership on the committee ends. A committee member designated as an ex officio member is a contributing member who takes part in all discussions and serves asa resource person but is non-voting.

For expectations of committee members, see Joint Committee and Council Procedures.


2020-2021 Textbook Committee

TBD, Chair


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Note: A committee member who misses more than half of the regularly scheduled meetings in an academic year for which an alternate has not been assigned by the Senate Office is presumed to have resigned from the committee. It is the responsibility of the committee member to ensure attendance is recorded whether in person or on the phone.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are scheduled by the chair of the committee. No action can be taken at committee meetings unless a majority of the voting membership is present.

Meeting Materials

The committee submits a brief annual report of the committees' activities by the end of the second week of August each year. Below are the annual reports for the committee. Resolution 2019-2020-13 Faculty Senate Bylaw Change - Bookstore Advisory Committee approved January 27, 2020 changed the name and duties of the committee. Meeting materials are kept together for historical purposes.

Committee Minutes Annual Report
Textbook Committee 12-12-19 2019-2020
University Bookstore Advisory 1-4-19 2018-2019
12-12-17 2017-2018
none 2016-2017
none 2015-2016
none 2014-2015
none 2011-2012

FACULTY SENATE

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Thursday, November 12, 2020
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