Teachers at Niagara County Community College want the president of their Faculty Senate to be appointed as a member of the college's governing board of trustees.
The Faculty Senate passed a motion Tuesday at its first meeting of the 2011-12 academic year asking for the appointment.
"The faculty's role in shared governance is critical in the board's considerations of college policies, practices and initiatives," said professor Timothy Veiders, current president of the Faculty Senate. "The faculty is the heart of the college. We who work with students are most familiar with the challenges facing them and facing us as an academic institution."
Without a faculty representative on the board, he said, "Teaching and learning issues do not always reach the trustees."
Veiders added that far too often, the trustees never hear those concerns.
The NCCC trustees are scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. today, but it is uncertain whether the Faculty Senate resolution will be on the agenda.