Nominations

The Academic Senate seeks nominations from constituents for a variety of positions throughout the fall and spring semesters. Position descriptions and nomination dates are provided below, subject to change. Nominations typically remain open for at least two weeks and are announced three business days in advance.

Please check your Pratt email for official nomination announcements, or subscribe to the Senate newsletter. All nominations must be made in writing to nominations@prattsenate.org before nominations close.

Senate positions

PositionNominationsElectionsEligibilityTerm length
Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) Committee—reviews nominations for the annual Distinguished Teacher Award and recommends candidates to the Senate. The chair is elected first and helps to recruit nominations for members.Sept 1–15, 2017 (for chair)

Sept 25 – Oct 6, 2017 (for committee members)
Sept 19, 2017 Senate Meeting (chair)

Oct 17, 2017 Senate Meeting (members)
  • Any constituent can nominate or self-nominate (if eligible)
  • Faculty are eligible to serve as chair
  • All constituents are eligible to serve as committee members
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year
Faculty Development Fund (FDF) Committee—reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to the Provost for Faculty Development Fund awards. The chair is elected first and helps to recruit nominations for members.Sept 1–15, 2017 (for chair)

Sept 25 – Oct 6, 2017 (for committee members)
Sept 19, 2017 Senate Meeting (chair)

Oct 17, 2017 Senate Meeting (members)
  • Any constituent can nominate or self-nominate (if eligible)
  • Faculty are eligible to serve as chair
  • All constituents are eligible to serve as committee members
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year
Academic Policy Committee (APC)—reviews policies procedures and makes recommendations to the Senate. The committee members are elected directly by constituents. The committee elects a chair from among its members, who is confirmed by the Senate.Feb 12–26, 2018Mar 5–23, 2018
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Constituents vote on confirmed nominees
One year
Institute Curriculum Committee—reviews new and revised programs and required courses, makes recommendations to the Provost, and reports them at Senate meetings. The committee elects a chair from among its faculty members, who is confirmed by the Senate.Feb 12–26, 2018Mar 5–23, 2018
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Constituents vote on confirmed nominees
One year
Steering Committee—coordinates Senate activities and makes interim decisions. In addition to officers and committee chairs, the Steering Committee contains one or more delegates elected annually by the Senate.Apr 9–20, 2018Apr 24, 2018 Senate Meeting
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year
Senators & alternatesFall 2018Spring 2019See Bylaw IV
  • Constituents can nominate themselves or others within various categories
  • Constituents elect from among confirmed nominees within various categories
Three years

Institute positions

The Academic Senate elects faculty and chair members of Institute committees. Recent positions have included:

Nominations for these positions are solicited from relevant constituent groups as need arises. Calls for nominations are announced to constituents via Pratt email three business days in advance and remain open for a period of at least two weeks.

Search committees

The Academic Senate nominates faculty and chair members of search committees for deans, vice-presidents, the provost, and the president, in addition to assisting with the formulation of the structure and procedures of those search committees and interviewing finalists for those positions. Nominations for these positions are solicited from relevant constituent groups as searches arise. Calls for nominations are announced to constituents via Pratt email three business days in advance and typically remain open for a period of at least two weeks.

Search CommitteeNominationsElectionsMore informationSemester
Chief Diversity Officer (2 faculty, 1 chair)Aug 21 – Sept 1, 2017Sept 5, 2017 Steering Committee meetinghttp://prattsenate.org/cdo-searchFall 2017 (anticipated)
Dean of Information
  • 3 full-time faculty from the School of Information
  • 1 part-time faculty from the School of Information
  • 1 chairs category member, ideally from from an affiliated program (e.g., dual degrees)
Sept 26 – Oct 6, 2017Oct 17 Senate meetingTBALate Fall 2017 – Early Spring 2018

Board positions & honorary degrees

PositionNominations to SenateElections in SenateEligibility and ProceduresTerm length
Honorary Degree CandidatesSept 25 – Oct 6, 2017Oct 17, 2017 Senate Meeting
  • Any constituent can nominate.
NA
Faculty Trustees (2)Winter 2019Spring 2019
  • Faculty and chairs are eligible to serve.
  • The Senate nominates a slate of candidates along with other groups at the Institute.
  • The Committee on Trusteeship reviews candidates and makes a final recommendation to the Board.
Two years
Board Non-Standing Committees
(2 voting members, 2 observers)
  • Academic Affairs
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Development
  • Student Affairs
Winter 2019Spring 2019
  • Faculty and chairs are eligible to serve.
  • The Senate nominates a slate of candidates along with other groups at the Institute.
  • The Committee on Trusteeship reviews candidates and makes a final recommendation to the Board.
Two years

The Senate solicits nominations for Board positions from constituents near the beginning of spring semester. Nominations remain open for a period of at least two weeks. All nominations are confirmed in writing, and candidates are asked to submit a statement and resume for consideration. The Senate elects a slate of nominees which, along with nominees from other groups at the Institute, are considered by the Board Committee on Trusteeship, which makes final recommendations to the Board of Trustees.