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College Park Faculty Assembly records

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Abstract

Title:
College Park Faculty Assembly records
Author/Creator:
College Park Faculty Assembly
Collection number:
72-256
Size:
.50 linear feet
Inclusive dates:
1971-1983
Collection Area:
University of Maryland
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

The College Park Faculty Assembly was established in 1970. Its dual purpose was to provide faculty at the University of Maryland a voice in the administration and to impress upon them the importance of assuming their responsibilities within the university community. This collection of minutes, correspondence, committee files, and news clippings constitutes the operating records of the Faculty Assembly.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

College Park Faculty Assembly records, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

On June 2, 1970, the University Senate directed the formation of a College Park Faculty Assembly. An Interim Steering Committee, composed of twenty College Park faculty members, held its first meeting on July 6, 1970.

As outlined in the Plan of Organization, the object of the University of Maryland College Park Faculty Assembly was to provide a means for the faculty to exercise their rights and assume their corporate responsibilites. The functions of the Assembly were to: 1) act as the voice of the faculty in the University and the community; 2) advise the Chancellor of the College Park Campus, the President of the University, the Board of Regents, the student body and the Campus Senate in matters pertaining to teaching, research and service; 3) act as the referendum body of the faculty; 4) serve as the faculty's advocate in regard to faculty welfare; and 5) formulate policies and procedures relevant to its own governance.

Membership of the Assembly was composed of all full-time appointees who held the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or lecturer, and who were administratively responsible to the Office of the Chancellor of the College Park Campus of the University of Maryland. The Faculty Assembly was to meet regularly, twice during the academic year, once in October and once in May. The primary purpose of these meetings was for the faculty to receive a report on the actions and activities of the College Park Campus Senate.

The forerunner of the College Park Faculty Assembly was the University Faculty Assembly, which was approved as part of the faculty organization plan by the Board of Regents on September 23, 1955. The University Faculty Assembly functioned until the reorganization of the University of Maryland system and the creation of the new body, the College Park Faculty Assembly, in 1970.

Once the College Park Faculty Assembly was created it proved difficult to obtain a quorum in order to hold a meeting of the entire faculty. Consequently, a new branch of the College Park Faculty Assembly, called the Faculty Council, was created in approximately 1973. The Faculty Council was to be a representative body that could provide a forum for discussion for any issues of concern to the faculty, and a means for communicating their views on those concerns to the administration, regents and state government. The Faculty Council was not part of the governing structure of the university and has no official responsibilities or authority.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The records of the College Park Faculty Assembly consist of minutes, correspondence, committee files, and newspaper clippings.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The records of the College Park Faculty Assembly were initially transferred to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in 1972, with additional materials transferred in 1986 by the College Park Campus Senate.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Patricia A. McCracken, June 1989.

Processing note:

Five series were identified in the records of the College Park Faculty Assembly. The records were arranged based upon the original order in which they were received. All materials were refoldered into acid-free folders and boxed into acid-free containers. Lastly, the guide was written.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Dan Schwartz, May 2006. Edited by Malissa Ruffner, December 2008.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Minutes, 1972 (1 linear inch)

Series I consists of minutes, including meeting notices and agendas, of the College Park Faculty Assembly. Arrangement is chronological by meeting date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Minutes, 1972 series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Correspondence, 1972-1976 (1 linear inch)

Series II contains correspondence, arranged chronologically.
DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1972-1976 series 2box 1folder 2

Series 3: Committees, 1971-1972 (2 linear inches)

Discussion papers and newspaper clippings of committees comprise Series III. Arrangement is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Professional Ethics, Responsibilities, and Academic Freedom -- Discussion Papers, 1971-1972 series 3box 1folder 3
Professional Ethics, Responsibilities, and Academic Freedom -- Newspaper Clippings, 1972 series 3box 1folder 4

Series 4: Plan of Organization, 1970 (2 linear inches)

Series IV is comprised of the introduction to the College Park Faculty Assembly Plan of Organization and newspaper clippings regarding the organization plan. Arrangement alphabetical by subject and chronological within each folder.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Introduction, 1970 series 4box 1folder 5
Newspaper Clippings, 1972 series 4box 1folder 6

Series 5: Faculty Council, 1973-1983 (6 linear inches)

Series V consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, and committee reports specific to the Faculty Council, an unofficial guiding body of the Faculty Council. Arrangement is alphabetical by subject and chronological within each folder.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Committees -- Collective Bargaining -- Report, 1975 series 5box 1folder 7
Committees -- Salary -- Report, 1974-1975 series 5box 1folder 8
Correspondence, 1975-1981 series 5box 1folder 9
Executive Committee -- Report, 1978 series 5box 1folder 10
Minutes, 1973 series 5box 1folder 11
Report, 1983 series 5box 1folder 12

Related Material

In addition to the Records of the College Park Faculty Assembly, the following related faculty material may be found in the Archives and Manuscripts Department collections: the Records of the University Faculty Assembly, and the Records of the Graduate Faculty.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

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