With all due respect to our current faculty council, I know the ballots have been distributed, and I know I need to cast my vote by Monday. However, I am concerned about the process because… IF I am one of the new 10 faculty members and I am being asked to cast a vote for a faculty representative AND I do not know any of these candidates (’cause they ain’t on my floor and I just started workin’ here 7 weeks ago), how do I vote? I am either making an educated guess about a candidate OR I’m thinking “eenie, meenie, minie, mo, if that’s the way it’s got to go.”
Ditto if I’m a recently tenured faculty member; three portfolios later and I may still not know a single candidate.
Ditto if I’m a full tenured faculty member; one, or two DEC reviews later and I may not know all the candidates.
Seriously, I do not fault our current faculty council members for following the norm when it comes to distributing ballots; but given that we have this blog, I invite all of the nominated candidates to share a few words over the weekend so that ALL faculty members can make an informed decision (if you have not done so already).
I’ll even throw out a question for all our nominees (kinda like the political debates on TV-just call me the moderator):
What thoughts ran through your head when you accepted the nomination to serve on our faculty council?
You can answer the question or use it as a starting point. You have the floor, candidates…