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
Senators & alternates
  • Department—faculty and teaching staff representing the department where they teach
  • At-Large—constituents representing their whole category:
    • Full-time faculty
    • Part-time faculty (visiting, adjunct, adjunct with CCE)
    • Chairs category (chairs, assistant chairs, academic coordinators)
    • Staff who teach or also hold faculty titles
Oct 22 – Dec 7, 2018March 4 – April 5, 2019See Bylaw IV
  • Constituents can nominate themselves or others within various categories
  • Constituents elect from among confirmed nominees within various categories
Three years
Research Recognition Award Committee—a new committee that will develop an award, presented annually to a faculty member who demonstrates cumulative and ongoing contributions to research (broadly defined).Sept 26–Oct 12, 2018 (for committee members)Oct 23, 2018 Senate Meeting
  • Any constituent can nominate or self-nominate (if eligible)
  • All constituents are eligible to serve as committee members
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year
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.April 9–20, 2018 (for chair)

Aug 27 – Sept 10, 2018 (for committee members)

Apr 1–12, 2019 (for 19-20 chair)
April 24, 2018 Senate Meeting (chair)

Sept 18, 2018 Senate Meeting (members)

Apr 23, 2019 Senate meeting (for 19-20 chair)
  • 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.April 9–20, 2018 (for chair)

Aug 27 – Sept 10, 2018 (for committee members)

Apr 1–12, 2019 (for 18-19 chair)
April 24, 2018 Senate Meeting (chair)

Sept 18, 2018 Senate Meeting (members)

Apr 23, 2019 Senate meeting (for 19-20 chair)
  • 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 4–15, 2019Mar 4–22, 2019
  • 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 4–15, 2019Mar 4–22, 2019
  • 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 1–12, 2019Apr 23, 2019 Senate Meeting
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year

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 CommitteeNominationsElectionsSemester
Vice-President for Institutional Advancement
(2 facutly, 2 chairs)
Aug 27 – Sept 10, 2018Sept 18, 2018 Senate meetingFall 2018 – Spring 2019
Dean of Architecture
  • 5 faculty from within the school (at least one from each department)
  • 1 chair from within the school
  • 1 chair from outside the school
Sept 12–28, 2018Oct 8–19, 2018 (ranking by constituents in schools)

Oct 23, 2018 (Senate ranking of chair from outside the school)
Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • 5 faculty from within the school (at least one from each department)
  • 1 chair from within the school
  • 1 chair from outside the school
Sept 12–28, 2018Oct 8–19, 2018 (ranking by constituents in schools)

Oct 23, 2018 (Senate ranking of chair from outside the school)
Fall 2018 – Spring 2019
Chief Diversity Officer
(2 faculty, 1 chair)
Aug 21 – Sept 1, 2017Sept 5, 2017 Steering Committee meetingFall 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 meetingLate Fall 2017 – Early Spring 2018

Board positions & honorary degrees

PositionNominations to SenateElections in SenateEligibility and ProceduresTerm length
Honorary Degree CandidatesSept 12–28, 2018Oct 23, 2018
  • Any constituent can nominate.
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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
Jan 28 - Feb 8, 2019Feb 12, 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.
One year

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. Selection criteria for each committee’s faculty members, which include descriptions of each committee’s responsibilities, are posted on mypratt.edu under administrative policies.