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Applications Open for Paid Academic Senate Policy Liaison Position


Position Announcement— University of Utah – Academic Senate Policy Liaison

Tenure-line and Career-line faculty members (of any rank) are invited to apply to be the Academic Senate Policy Liaison beginning with academic year 2021-22. This will be a newly reconfigured position combining the status as an appointed officer of the Senate, and an annual fixed stipend currently set at $7,500, with a presumptive commitment for an initial term of three-years, and renewable for subsequent terms. Applicants should have substantial interest in policy creation, interpretation, and implementation across the University of Utah. Familiarity with the Academic Senate is preferred, but applicants need not be current or former Senate members. The selected candidate will serve as the liaison between the Academic Senate and the Institutional Policy Committee (IPC), representing the Senate and the University Faculty in the activities of the IPC [overseeing and coordinating the system of University Regulations (Policies, Rules, Procedures, and Guidelines– https://regulations.utah.edu/info/policyList.php)]. The Liaison will be expected to attend regular monthly meetings of the IPC, Academic Senate, Senate Executive Committee, and Senate Officers, and participate in other meetings as needed. The Liaison will serve as part of the newly configured University Policy Team (joining with representatives of the Office for Faculty, and the Office of General Counsel), to represent the Senate and faculty perspectives as policies are developed or revised, and will interface with faculty members as needed on issues related to University policy.  The Policy Liaison will not have the duties and authority of a Policy Owner/ Policy Officer for any specific policies, and generally will not have primary responsibility for drafting new policies or shepherding policies through revision and approval processes, but will provide a faculty perspective to advise the individuals and committees performing such tasks. The Liaison will review all proposed policies before the proposals reach the Senate Executive Committee, and then assist the Committee in processing such proposals.

Review of applications will begin July 15 with the goal of selecting a candidate in July 2021. The final selection of the Senate Policy Liaison is subject to the process for appointment as an officer of the Senate as governed by University Policy 6-002—the Academic Senate (appointment by Senate President, ratification by Executive Committee and Senate).

To apply, submit to Senate Secretary Jane Laird (jane.laird@utah.edu) a brief CV and statement of interest highlighting your skills working with teams, interests and experience with shared governance structures (e.g., Senate, Senate Committees, Graduate or Undergraduate Council, College Council, University Committees), and experience with policy development, revision, and interpretation.