Employee Advisory Council
Got a concern? The Employee Advisory Council (EAC) will address any issues—from potholes to vacation—brought to them by employees across campus. The EAC meets monthly and holds campus wide meetings twice a year.
The EAC was created in 2004 to serve as a representative organization for all JU staff and administrative employees. Among the statements in the EAC’s mission statement is that the EAC shall “serve as a vehicle for staff participation in campus governance,” and “act in an advisory capacity to the University administration and governance structure on issues of concern to staff and administrative employees.”
The composition of the Council is based on the total number of staff and administrative employees in different divisions around campus. Each division is allotted roughly one representative on the Council for each 20 employees. Staff and administrative members are counted separately for representation purposes. Currently, the Council is made up of 15 members—eight administrative representatives and seven staff representatives.
Council members are nominated and elected each year. Employees must have one year of continuous service with JU to be eligible for nomination. Some of the representatives serve the EAC for a two-year term in accordance with the bylaws, and to provide continuity within the group.
Past actions of the Council include extending bereavement time under certain circumstances, allowing employees to take courses without a long probation time, and increasing vacation.
It is time for JU staff and administrative employees to submit nominations for new representatives to the EAC. Included below is an article from the EAC Bylaws. It explains why JU has this council and what we can hope to accomplish. Should you be asked to serve and choose to accept this mission, you will become more actively involved in issues that affect us all. You can become an instrument of change.
What is the Employee Advisory Council?
Purposes and Mission
The EAC is the representative organization for staff and administrative employees of Jacksonville University, and serves as a forum through which members of the staff and administration can express, discuss, and exchange ideas relevant to University employees.
The EAC shall:
- Act in an advisory capacity to the University administration and governance structure on issues of concern to staff and administrative employees.
- Gather input and make recommendations on policy issues.
- Request official interpretation and clarification on issues.
- Serve as a vehicle for staff participation in campus governance.
- Work to improve general communication on campus.
The Employee Advisory Council shall work to promote a campus environment that:
- Recognizes employees are valuable assets and need to be treated ethically, morally, and respectfully.
- Collaborates with all members of the organization, so that input of its staff will be understood before a final decision is made.
- Encourages campus participation.
- Encourages personal development.
- Acknowledges each other’s diversity and the contributions we all make.
- Will work with enthusiasm and pride, so that JU stands strong.
- Conduct business in the best interests of the University.
- Understand the importance of the group goal, while constantly in the midst of individual tasks.
- Is characterized by straightforwardness, honesty and reliability.
The Council is not vested with binding authority, but serves to provide input and recommendations to the University regarding staff interests and concerns as they bear upon the life and operation of this University.