Nominations

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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.

Co-nominations of two individuals for any officer or committee chair position are allowed under distributed leadership rules.

Nominations of individuals from groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines and/or at Pratt are highly encouraged.

Please check your Pratt email for official nomination announcements, or subscribe to the Senate newsletter. All nominations must be submitted through our nominations form by the deadline indicated. See specific award and committee pages for nomination forms and deadlines. 

Senate positions

PositionNominationsElectionsEligibilityTerm length
Academic Service Award (ASA) Committee reviews nominations for the award, and recommend to the Senate a candidate for the next award.
Sept 1 - Sept 15, 2023 (for committee members)

Apr 2–16, 2024 (for 24–25 chair)
Online ballots

Apr 23, 2024 (for 24-25 chair)
  • 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.Sep 1-Sep 15, 2023 (for committee members)

Apr 2–16, 2024 (for 24–25 chair)
Sept 19, 2023 Senate Meeting

Apr 23, 2024 Senate meeting (for 24-25 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.Sep 1-Sep 15, 2023 (for committee members)

Apr 2–16, 2024 (for 24–25 chair)
Sept 19, 2023 Senate Meeting

Apr 23, 2024 Senate meeting (for 24-25 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
Research Recognition Award Committee—reviews nominations for the annual Research Recognition Award and recommends candidates to the Senate. The chair is elected first and helps to recruit nominations for members.Sep 1-Sep 15, 2023 (for committee members)

Apr 2–16, 2024 (for 24–25 chair)
Sept 19, 2023 Senate Meeting

Apr 23, 2024 Senate meeting (for 24-25 chair)
  • 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
Institute Assessment Committee— reviews program assessment plans and annual reportsSep 26–Oct 10, 2023Oct 17, 2023 Senate Meeting
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Committee— convenes to gather, discuss, and present constituents concerns regarding AISep 26–Oct 10, 2023Oct 17, 2023 Senate Meeting
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year
Student Success Committee (Ad hoc)— identifies and reviews institute-wide programming, policies and procedures that play an important role in student successSep 26–Oct 10, 2023Oct 17, 2023 Senate Meeting
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year
Senate Research Committee (Ad hoc)— which gathers, discusses, and presents constituents concerns regarding research at Pratt. The special committee will focus on issues of policy, support, and the place of research at Pratt.Dec 7-15, 2023December 18, 2023 Online
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Senators elect from among 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 2–16, 2024Apr 23, 2024 Senate Meeting
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Senators elect from among confirmed nominees
One year
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
TBD 2025Apr 2025 Senate MeetingSee Bylaw IV
  • Constituents can nominate themselves or others within various categories
  • Constituents elect from among confirmed nominees within various categories
Three years
Senate Officers
  • President
  • Finance Officer
  • Information Officer
  • Outreach Officer
  • Parliamentarian
TBD 2025Apr 2025 Senate MeetingSee Bylaw IV
  • President: Any constituents may nominate any faculty member, or self-nominate if they are faculty
  • Other officers: Any incoming senator may nominate or self-nominate another incoming senator
  • Parliamentarian: Any constituent may nominate any constituent
  • Senators-elect (the incoming senate) elect from among confirmed nominees
Three years
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 13-Mar 1, 2024Mar 4–Mar 22, 2024
  • 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 13-Mar 1, 2024Mar 4–Mar 22, 2024
  • Any constituent can nominate themselves or any other constituent
  • Constituents vote on confirmed nominees
One year

Institute positions

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

  • Campus Safety Advisory Committee
  • Middle States Accreditation Subcommittees (Fall 2021 – Spring 2024)
    • Standard I – Mission and Goals: The institution’s mission defines its purpose within the context of higher education, the students it serves, and what it intends to accomplish. The institution’s stated goals are clearly linked to its mission and specify how the institution fulfills its mission.
    • Standard II – Ethics and Integrity: Ethics and integrity are central, indispensable, and defining hallmarks of effective higher education institutions. in all activities, whether internal or external, an institution must be faithful to its mission, honor its contracts and commitments, adhere to its policies, and represent itself truthfully.
    • Standard III – Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience: An institution provides students with learning experiences that are characterized by rigor and coherence at all program, certificate, and degree levels, regardless of instructional modality. All learning experiences, regardless of modality, program pace/schedule, level, and setting are consistent with higher education expectations.
    • Standard IV – Support of the Student Experience: Across all educational experiences, settings, levels, and instructional modalities, the institution recruits and admits students whose interests, abilities, experiences, and goals are congruent with its mission and educational offerings. The institution commits to student retention, persistence, completion, and success through a coherent and effective support system sustained by qualified professionals, which enhances the quality of the learning environment, contributes to the educational experience, and fosters student success.
    • Standard V – Educational Effectiveness Assessment: Assessment of student learning and achievement demonstrates that the institution’s students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their program of study, degree level, the institution’s mission, and appropriate expectations for institutions of higher education.
    • Standard VI – Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement: The institution’s planning processes, resources, and structures are aligned with each other and are sufficient to fulfill its mission and goals, to continuously assess and improve its programs and services, and to respond effectively to opportunities and challenges.
    • Standard VII – Governance, Leadership, and Administration – The institution is governed and administered in a manner that allows it to realize its stated mission and goals in a way that effectively benefits the institution, its students, and the other constituencies it serves. Even when supported by or affiliated with governmental, corporate, religious, educational system, or other unaccredited organizations, the institution has education as its primary purpose, and it operates as an academic institution with appropriate autonomy.
  • Subcommittees of Middle States Accreditation Process
  • IT Steering Committee
  • Strategic Planning

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 faculty, 2 chairs)
Sep 1 – Sept 15, 2018Sept 19, 2023 Senate meetingFall 2023 – Spring 2024

Board positions & honorary degrees

Nominations for Board positions are solicited near the beginning of spring semester with all Senate constituents; nominations for honorary degrees are solicited in the fall. 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.

PositionNominations to SenateElections in SenateEligibility and ProceduresTerm length
Honorary Degree CandidatesOct 25, 2023 - Jan 30, 2024Feb 13, 2024
  • Any constituent can nominate.
NA
Faculty Trustees (2)Jan/Feb, 2025Feb 2025
  • 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
Committees of the Corporation
(2 voting members, 2 observers)
  • Academic Affairs
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Development
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Student Affairs
Jan 22 - Feb 9, 2024Feb 13, 2024
  • 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