Faculty Marshal Selection Process
FACULTY MARSHALS Faculty Marshals are senior members of the faculty who are nominated by the academic deans based on their outstanding service to the institution, excellence in teaching, and respect by their faculty colleagues. They serve the institution as official ambassadors at university events including commencement and convocation. Faculty Marshals The duties and responsibilities of the Faculty Marshals include the following: 1. Providing planning and direction for convocation and commencement exercises a. Organizing the faculty for the processional and recessional portions of events b. Coordinating the efforts of the Student Marshals c. Assisting the flow of students at commencements and convocation d. Assisting audience arrival and departure e. Assisting disabled and special guests 2. Reviewing periodically the protocols for convocation and commencement 3. Representing Winthrop University at Presidential Inaugurations at colleges and universities as requested by the President. Chief Faculty Marshal The responsibilities of the Chief Faculty Marshal include: 1. Serving on the Commencement Committee and the Convocation Committee to plan these events 2. Providing information to faculty members about commencements and convocation 3. Assigning responsibilities to the Faculty Marshals 4. Leading the Platform Party during commencements and convocation Assistant Chief Faculty Marshal The responsibilities of the Assistant Chief Faculty Marshal include: 1. Serving in place of the Chief Faculty Marshal when necessary 2. Assigning responsibilities to the Student Marshals 3. Assisting the Chief Faculty Marshal with his/her responsibilities
QualificationsAnyone serving as a Faculty Marshal must meet these qualifications:1. Be a senior member of the faculty (Associate Professor or Professor) 2. Have tenure3. Be recognized as an excellent teacher4. Have a record of exceptional service at the university and college levels5. Be highly respected by colleagues and students6. Be willing to serve as required in this positionSelection Process and Term of Office1. There are 12 Faculty Marshals, including the Chief Faculty Marshal and the Assistant Chief Faculty Marshal.2. The Chief Faculty Marshal and the Assistant Chief Faculty Marshal are chosen by, and serve at the discretion of, the Vice President for Academic Affairs. These two positions do not have specified term limits. 3. The other 10 Faculty Marshals serve five-year terms, beginning with Convocation at the beginning of the fall semester and ending with the May Commencements.4. The 10 Faculty Marshal positions are allocated as follow: College of Arts and Sciences (3), College of Education (3), College of Business Administration (2), and College of Visual and Performing Arts (2).5. The five-year terms are staggered to provide continuity in the ranks of the Faculty Marshals.6. When an opening occurs in a college, the Provost will request from the appropriate dean one candidate for consideration. The dean will confirm with the nominee that he/she would be willing to serve if selected. With input from the current Faculty Marshals, the Provost will approve and award the appointment.7. When necessary for a given ceremony, the Chief Faculty Marshal may ask a former Faculty Marshal to serve for that occasion.Symbols, Rewards, Acknowledgments1. Faculty Marshals will receive an official letter of appointment from the President.2. Selection as a Faculty Marshal is recognized as a significant service activity to the university.3. Each Faculty Marshal will be presented a specially designed "Faculty Marshal" lapel pin.4. Faculty Marshals will be invited to the luncheon that follows the undergraduate commencement ceremonies.5. The names of the Faculty Marshals will be listed in the University catalog and in the commencement programs.