Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty meeting records
Scope and Contents of the Collection
This collection is a valuable source of biographical material as the minutes include resolutions on the death of individual faculty members written by faculty peers. There is also biographical material included in Killian Award and Edgerton Award announcements.
Minutes may also contain reports produced by committees and task forces as their results are reported and discussed at faculty meetings. Additional issues relating to academics, student life, and faculty are handled by standing committees of the faculty. Committees have changed over the years in response to the needs of the Institute. Examples of 19th century standing committees are the Committee on the Catalogue, Committee on Periodicals, Committee on the Elective Course, and Committee on the School of Mechanical Arts.
Beginning with September 2012, the minutes and meeting material are digital files, most being common Microsoft office formats (Word or Powerpoint) documents or PDFs.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Faculty (Organization)
In general, MIT Faculty meetings minutes restricted for 20 years except to the MIT community
Intellectual Property Rights
The MIT faculty, as defined in Section 1.10 of Rules and Regulation of the Faculty, currently meets on the third Wednesday of each month during the academic year except in January.
The Call to the Meeting, which includes the agenda and enclosures, is sent to each faculty member and is posted on the web prior to the meeting.
Rules of the Faculty was first published in October 1879. This document outlines the structure of the faculty, meetings, committees, course work, grading system, and more. The title was changed to Rules and Regulations of the Faculty in 1937. The latest revision is available to members of the MIT community on the faculty web site: http://web.mit.edu/faculty/governance/rules/
A current list of committees is available online at http://web.mit.edu/committees/faculty/.
Officers of the faculty are the chair, the associate chair, the secretary and, ex officio, the president of the Institute. The president of the Institute is, ex officio, president of the faculty.
The faculty gives out two awards each year: the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award and the James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award.
The Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award Selection Committee chooses one individual from among the junior (non-tenured) members of the MIT faculty. The award was established in the fall of 1982 as a permanent tribute to Institute Professor Emeritus Harold E. Edgerton for his great and enduring support for younger faculty members over the years. The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional distinction in teaching and research or scholarship.
The James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award Selection Committee chooses one member of the MIT faculty to be the Killian Award Lecturer for the following academic year. The purpose of the award is to recognize extraordinary professional accomplishments by MIT faculty members and to communicate these accomplishments to members of the MIT community. The award was established in the spring of 1971 as a permanent tribute to James R. Killian, Jr., president of the Institute from 1948 to 1959 and chair of the MIT Corporation from 1959 to 1971.
1.603 Gigabytes (2458 digital files)
55.3 box(es) (63 files)
27.3 Cubic Feet (27 volumes, 48 manuscript boxes, 13 deep boxes, 13 cassette boxes, 40MB)
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- Guide to the Minutes of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Faculty
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- 2020 December 1: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, added information on the 2014-2015 minutes and files processing work
- 2021 February 11: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, added information on the 2015-037 accession, which is the 2013-2014 minutes and files
- 2021 March 05: Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, added information on the 2020-013 and 2017-033 accessions (1993-2017 minutes from Libraries website and 2016-2016 minutes and files)
- 2021 March 15 : Digital archivist, Joe Carrano, added information on the 2014-006 extent (2012-2013 minutes) to collection level
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