Program Committees

All Program committees are advisory and recommendatory to the Chair.  The membership, structure, and function of some of the Program's committees are governed by University, Administrative and Operational Policies and the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Chair may establish other program standing and ad hoc committees in consultation with the FAC.  The Chair will welcome requests from faculty members for positions on the Program’s various committees.  The Chair, when making appointments to Program committees, will be mindful of the diversity of disciplines within the Program and will consider the expertise and interests necessary for the effective functioning of specific committees.

  1. The Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC)

    The FAC is structured and operates as described in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The FAC is elected directly by the full-time Faculty of the Program as defined in subhead III A Definition of the Faculty above.

    FAC terms are for one (1) year.  Elections are conducted in the Spring Semester and the FAC members assume office at the beginning of the Fall Semester.  The FAC shall consist of at least three (3) tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

    The FAC is convened and chaired at least once per term by the Chair who, in consultation with the FAC, sets the agenda for its meetings.  FAC members may request that items be added to the agenda.  Additional meetings of the FAC may be called by the Chair, as needed, or upon a request by at least one-half of the members of the FAC.  The FAC elects one (1) member to act as the Program representative to the College Advisory Committee (hereinafter “CAC”).

  2. The Curriculum Committee (CC)

    The CC assists the Curriculum Chair in supervising and coordinating the Program’s curriculum.  The CC makes recommendations on any and all matters which affect the curriculum of the Program including but not limited to faculty proposals for new courses, changes in course content, major requirements, and other curricular matters.  The CC reviews and decides student appeals regarding course substitution.  The CC shall elect one (1) member with full graduate faculty status to serve on the College Curriculum Committee.

  3. The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)

    The GSC assists the Graduate Coordinator, who serves as the GSC chair, with the oversight and development of the Program’s graduate students, and conducts periodic reviews of the Program’s graduate activities as a whole. The GSC is responsible for evaluating applications for admission, evaluating and recommending candidates for graduate appointments, and monitoring the progress and academic performance of graduate students in the Program.

  4. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    The FAC, with the addition of at least one student appointed by the FAC, functions as the Student Academic Complaint Committee. The Chair of the SACC is elected by the SACC at the beginning of each academic year. The policies and procedures of this committee are governed by University Policy 3342-4-02.3. The policy provides for only one SACC in each program.

    In the event that a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the FAC will select a replacement from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty.  If the Chair of the SACC is the subject of or may otherwise be involved with a student complaint, the Chair will appoint a member of the Student Academic Complaint Committee to chair the committee and the FAC will appoint an additional member to the committee from the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty.

  5. Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee

    The policies and procedures which govern the Program’s Ad Hoc Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Committee are included in University Policy.  Procedural and operational guidelines for this committee are provided annually by the Office of the Provost.  This committee reviews materials relevant to the professional performance of faculty who are candidates for reappointment, tenure, or promotion in rank, and to make recommendations to the Chair on each of these personnel decisions.  The recommendations of this committee and the Chair, together with the materials assembled for the committees, are forwarded to the Dean of the College.

  6. Other Program Committees

    The Chair may establish, charge, and appoint the membership of additional program standing or ad hoc committees as required by the Program.  In establishing program committees, naming members and designating a committee chair, the Chair shall consult with the FAC.  The Chair will welcome requests and preferences from the faculty before establishing and making appointments to program committees.