The Catholic University of America
Faculty Handbook Part II
Appointments and Promotions
Procedures for Appointment and Promotion

Section II-C-2: Committees on Appointments and Promotions


Committees on Appointments and Promotions

.059 Each School shall have a standing Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) consisting of five members, one or more alternates, and the Dean, who acts as Chair of the Committee without vote. Only Tenured Senior Faculty are eligible to serve on the School CAP. Members of the CAP are nominated by the Dean and must be approved by the Senior Faculty of the School. Members serve for terms of three years, and are ineligible for appointment to consecutive terms. The proscription of appointment to consecutive terms does not apply to service as an alternate member.

.060 In order to avoid undue overlap between the review by the CAP and that by the qualified Faculty as a whole, no more than half of the eligible members of the Faculty may serve on the CAP of the School at one time.[2] If the number of eligible members is fewer than nine but more than six, the CAP of the School shall consist of four members. If the number of eligible members is six or fewer, the CAP of the School shall not be constituted and the eligible members of the Faculty shall act as a committee of the whole.

.061 In departmentalized Schools, CAP members from the same Department as the candidate under review shall withdraw from the case and shall be replaced by alternates.

.062 The Academic Senate shall have a standing CAP, consisting of six members, one or more alternates, and the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, who acts as its Chair and is a voting member of the Committee. The members and alternates are elected by the Academic Senate from among Tenured Ordinary Professors of the several Schools. Members serve terms of three years, and are ineligible for consecutive appointment. The proscription of appointment to consecutive terms does not apply to service as an alternate member. In electing CAP members, the Senate should seek a balanced representation of School faculties and disciplines.

.063 Academic Senate CAP members shall be replaced by alternates if a candidate is from the same School (if not departmentalized) or from the same Department (if the School is departmentalized). If the candidate's appointment is to the same academic unit as that of the Vice Provost, the Vice Provost shall continue to act as the Chair of the Senate CAP but without vote.

.064 If a School or Senate CAP member withdraws from a case for any reason, an alternate may replace that member only if the alternate is fully prepared to participate in the deliberations.

.065 If the Dean of the School is the Faculty member under review, the CAP of the School shall elect one of its members to serve as Chair for the purpose of this review. The member so selected shall have the right to vote.

.066 Deliberations may not be concluded nor a vote taken by any reviewing body unless a quorum of those entitled to vote is present. For this purpose, the following number of members constitutes a quorum: (a) for CAP's of Schools, four; (b) for the CAP of the Academic Senate, five; (c) for Faculties and the Academic Senate, one half of qualified members plus one; d) in departmentalized Schools with more than 100 Faculty members, on third of qualified members plus one.


[2] In case the number of qualified faculty is odd, for the purpose of this calculation the number of eligible members shall be increased by one.