Teaching, Research and Clinical Faculty Advancement Committee
Mission and Structure
The purpose of the Teaching, Research and Clinical Faculty Advancement Committee (TRACFAC) is to identify, address, and advance the needs and interests of TRAC faculty members at Boise State and to ensure inclusiveness, equity, and respect so that all non-tenure track faculty experience equitable conditions for teaching, faculty hiring, development, evaluation, and inclusive practices in shared governance across colleges, departments, programs, and divisions.
Guiding Principles: The committee will recognize the balance between the university’s needs for flexible hiring with the needs of special appointment and contingent status faculty, namely the issues reported by the American Association of University Professors 2014 updated report: https://www.aaup.org/report/contingent-appointments-and-academic-profession
The TRACFAC is sponsored by the Provost’s Office. During the first year (2021-2022), it was chaired by the Assistant Provost of Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs (AP-ALFA) (ex officio). For the 2022-2023 academic year, a co-chair was elected among the committee members, Dr. Shelly Volsche, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology.
The mission and purpose of the TRACFAC is to:
- advise the Provost’s Office and other campus stakeholders (e.g. Human Resources, Faculty Senate, Center for Teaching and Learning) on the development and implementation of activities, policies, and procedures that enhance the experience and inclusion of non-tenure-track faculty and recognize the ways in which TRAC faculty support Boise State University in its pursuit of its mission;
- advocate for TRAC faculty interests in processes related to University educational and operating procedures and policies (as they relate to non-tenure track faculty).
The committee will meet at least once a month, but likely more, during the academic year on the first and third Tuesdays of the month when the Faculty Senate does not meet (3:30-4:30 PM).
At the end of the academic year, in collaboration with the Assistant Provost for Academic Leadership and Faculty Affairs (AP-ALFA), the committee will draft a summary of its work and the recommendations that come out of that year’s discussions. This summary will be submitted to the Provost and other relevant University stakeholders (e.g., Human Resources, Faculty Senate, Center for Teaching and Learning, etc.) for review, and also will be used by the Teaching & Research Faculty Representatives and the Clinical Faculty Representatives to the Faculty Senate as a guide for items to advocate for on behalf of TRAC faculty.
The committee may also work on projects related to their recommendations.
Teaching, Research, and Clinical Faculty Advancement Committee Members2022-2023
|College of Arts and Sciences||Jean Schneider||Lecturer|
|College of Business and Economics||Nicole Cundiff||Clinical Faculty|
|College of Education||Matt Wigglesworth||Clinical Faculty|
|College of Engineering/At-Large Member||Shelly Volsche||Clinical Faculty/Co-Chair|
|College of Health Sciences||Jennifer Obenshain||Clinical Faculty|
|School of Public Service||Dan Dexheimer||Lecturer|
|College of Innovation & Design/At-Large Member||April Howell||Clinical Faculty|
|University Foundations||Carissa Wolf||Lecturer|
|At-large member||Chris Saunders||Clinical Faculty|
|Teaching and Research Faculty Representatives to Faculty Senate||Judy Wayne|
|Clinical Faculty Representatives to the Faculty Senate||Amy Ulappa|
|Representative from Research Faculty, Research Staff, and Post Doc Working Group||Vanessa Fry||Research Faculty|