By Jennifer Lentz, Ph.D. and Peter Winsauer, Ph.D.
In preparation for this year’s Faculty Assembly elections, and to encourage you to consider becoming a Delegate, we thought we would tell you a little about the Faculty Assembly. The School of Medicine (SOM) Faculty Assembly (FA) is composed of 34 Delegates that are elected by the full-time clinical and basic science faculty within the SOM. The Delegates serve the SOM faculty by representing them as a collective voice to both the Administration of the SOM and the entire LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). To accomplish this purpose, the Assembly has regularly scheduled meetings and works closely with the Dean of the SOM. Assembly meetings are open to all faculty of the SOM and approved minutes are posted on the FA website.
This year, the Faculty Assembly has been working on a number of initiatives, including disseminating the outcomes from the Faculty Forward survey, preparing for the upcoming LCME reaccreditation, updating the faculty on the changes to the medical school curriculum, and charity fundraising. We have also been engaged in discussions with the LSUHSC Chancellor, the Dean of the SOM, the Faculty Senate, and others regarding salary compression, capital outlay projects on campus, diversity, housekeeping issues, and fitness center hours. To learn more about our activities and a current roster of Delegates, please visit our website at www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/faculty_assembly.
This year we will be electing 10 (6 Clinical and 4 Basic Science) Delegates to serve a 3-year term beginning on July 1. All full-time faculty members of any rank (Professor to Instructor) and in either a tenure or non-tenure track are eligible. Faculty who are currently holding an administrative position such as Dean, Associate Dean, Department Head, or Center Director are not eligible.
As of this year, becoming a FA Delegate is a 2-step process that starts with a self-nomination, or you asking someone you feel would be a good Delegate to self nominate. After the call for nominations has been completed, all eligible faculty will be placed on a ballot for election by electronic vote. All faculty will then vote to fill the 10 available positions. The 10 nominees receiving the most votes will become Delegates. Given that there are relatively few positions available each year, you may want to inform your colleagues about your interest in serving so that they can vote for you, especially if you are from a small department!
The Faculty Assembly will request nominations in April, and the election will be held in May. If you think you might be interested in serving as a Delegate, any current Delegate would be happy to answer your questions, or join us at the next monthly meeting held the first Thursday of every month.