Appendix XIV

Search and Review Committees

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Guidelines for the selection of search and review committees

Each year the Committee on Committees is asked by the Chancellor's Office for slates of members of the Academic Senate to serve on a variety of search committees and review committees. It is the purpose of this statement to provide, for the benefit of the Administration and future Committee on Committees, guidelines for the generation of such slates.

  1. It is highly desirable that the Committee on Committees have a perspective on the number and type of search and review committees that it is known will be required during the academic year. To this end, in the Winter quarter of each year the Executive Vice Chancellor should provide the Committee on Committees with a list of all slates that are known to be required for the academic year that begins on the following July 1. This list should include the proposed size of all committees as well as any unusual special requirements as to their membership, insofar as can be foreseen.
  2. Following transmittal of this summary, and as occasion otherwise warrants throughout the academic year, the Administration should direct to the Committee on Committees a separate written request for each slate, allowing if possible at least one month for the selection process. The request should include as much detail as possible as to the desired make-up of the committee, particularly as far as academic specialties and University experience are concerned. The request should also include a brief statement of special or unusual issues, if any, that will be faced by the search or review committee. It is appropriate and helpful to include in the request the names of Academic Senate members deemed by the Administration to be particularly suitable for a specific slate, recognizing, of course, that there can be no guarantee that these individuals will actually be nominated by the Committee on Committees.
  3. Upon receipt of a specific request, the Committee on Committees will as promptly as possible compose a slate. The number of individuals comprising the slate will generally be twice as large as the size of the proposed committee and have a general composition in line with the suggestions of the Administration.
  4. The Administration will then proceed with the appointment of the search or review committee. It may occasionally be necessary in this connection to request additional nominees from the Committee on Committees. Such requests should include an explanation as to why such additional nominees are necessary.
  5. When a search or review committee is finally formed, the Committee on Committees shall be informed promptly of the composition of that committee so that its members will not be nominated for other committees. The Committee on Committees should also be informed as to those members of the original slate who indicated that they were unavailable for committee assignments.

March 17, 1986