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Department Committees

The standing Department committees are the Academic Grievance Committee, the External Relations Committee, the Graduate Faculty Committee, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. The membership of standing committees will be determined by the Department Chairperson after FAC consultation unless specified by Department, College or University policies and procedures. The Department Chairperson should submit a list of proposed committee and service assignments for the following academic year for FAC consultation at one of the last two FAC meetings in the Spring semester. Also, the FAC should select the CAC representative and the Graduate Studies Committee should select its chairperson, GSM Council representative and alternate, and MBA and PhD Subcommittee representatives for the following academic year by the end of Spring semester. The goal is to provide information needed during the Summer in determining faculty workloads for the following academic year. Necessary revisions in committee and service assignments after the academic year begins will be made by the Department Chairperson after consultation with the FAC (and the Graduate Studies Committee for assignments that it selects). All committee reports are submitted to the Department chairperson who will consult with the FAC except when specified otherwise by University policy or the CBA.

  1. The Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC)

    The FAC is the primary advisory and recommendatory body to the Department Chairperson on academic matters which are central to the Department’s mission.  According to the tenure-track Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article VI, Section 3B), such matters include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Issues concerning reappointment, tenure, promotion and dismissal;
    • Appointment of new faculty, including issues of rank and salary parameters;
    • Review of full-time non-tenure track faculty;
    • Allocation or re-allocation of faculty positions and academic staff positions including new and vacant positions;
    • Program development, restructuring, and/or discontinuance;
    • Evaluations relating to faculty salary increases and other salary adjustments, when and if applicable;
    • Departmental planning and budget priorities, including review of requests for new finding and allocation of discretionary resources;
    • Faculty professional improvement, research and other leaves;
    • Procedures for the establishment, review and appropriate revision of the academic unit handbook;
    • Issues relating to the advising and retention of students;
    • Insuring that instructional standards are followed; and
    • Insuring that class and other duties of Faculty members are met.

    Currently, the FAC consists of all tenured and tenure-track faculty members of the Department.

    The tenure-track Collective Bargaining Agreement (TT-CBA) provides that the faculty of the Department insure that Regional Campus (RC) faculty are appropriately represented on key Department and College committees, including but not limited to the FAC, the CAC, the RTP Committee, Search Committees, Review Committees, and committees considering curriculum, department or college policy, instructional standards, and program development (Article VI, Section 6A of the TT-CBA).

    The TT-CBA also provides that the tenured and tenure-track faculty of the Department shall decide whether and to what extent full-time non-tenure (NTT) track faculty shall be represented on the FAC (Article VI, Section 3A of the TT-CBA).  The TT-CBA encourages departments with five or more full-time non-tenure track faculty to elect at least one representative of the full-time, NTT faculty to the FAC.  If the Department elects to include NTT faculty as members of the FAC, these members shall not participate in deliberations and vote on personnel matters regarding tenure track faculty.

    The FAC is chaired by the Department Chairperson who is responsible for preparing the minutes. The approved minutes of these meetings are to be distributed to Department faculty and the Dean of the College of Business Administration (CBA)/Graduate School of Management (GSM). The FAC will meet at least once each month in September, October, November, February, March, and April. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed or as specified in the CBA. Agenda items may be submitted by faculty prior to any meeting or introduced during a meeting.  A simple majority of the FAC constitutes a quorum. The FAC will select one of its members each year to serve as the Department representative to the College Advisory Committee (CAC). The FAC may meet in the absence of the Department chairperson as specified in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  2. The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC)

    The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) consists of at least four faculty members. The Ph.D. Coordinator and the MS in Accounting Coordinator are automatically members of the GSC. At least one member of the GSC will be a faculty member having a graduate faculty status of associate member as determined by the Graduate School of Management. A majority of the members will have graduate faculty status of full member as determined by the Graduate School of Management. The GSC will elect its committee chair from among the members with the graduate faculty status of full member as determined by the Graduate School of Management. The committee chair will send minutes of all meetings to all Department faculty members with graduate faculty status. The GSC will select one of its members to be recommended to serve on the Graduate School of Management (GSM) Council and another of its members to be recommended to serve as an alternate to the GSM Council. The GSC will also recommend faculty to serve on the MBA Subcommittee and Ph.D. Subcommittees of the Graduate Council. The Department Chairperson is also a GSM Council member by College policy. The GSC will serve in various roles concerning graduate programs of the Department of Accounting including Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination Committee, Ph.D. Review Committee, Ph.D. Admission Committee, M.S. in Accounting Committee, and M.S. in Accounting Admission Committee, unless such committees are separately constituted as special committees for that academic year. A non-voting M.S. in Accounting student member will be appointed to meet with the Graduate Studies Committee when it is serving as the M.S. in Accounting Committee.

  3. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UGCC)

    The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) will consist of at least three faculty members. The UCC will elect its committee chair. The UCC will make a recommendation to the Department FAC on all matters affecting the undergraduate accounting curriculum. The UCC vote will be reported in all requests for curriculum change. The committee chair will send minutes of all meetings to all members of the Department faculty, including ex-officio members. The FAC will elect one of the UCC members to serve as the Department representative on the College of Business Administration Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

  4. Student Academic Complaint Committee

    The Academic Grievance Committee consists of three faculty members who will carry out responsibilities required under University policy concerning academic grievances by students. The committee chair will be designated by the Department chairperson.

  5. External Relations Committee

    The External Relations Committee consists of three faculty members, one of whom will be the Department chairperson, who will carry out duties related to external relations including interaction with the Accounting Advisory Council, offerings of continuing education courses, and relations with alumni and professional accounting organizations. The committee chair will be designated by the Department chairperson.

  6. Graduate Faculty Committee

    The Graduate Faculty Committee consists of all faculty members having a graduate faculty status of full member as determined by the Graduate School of Management. The Graduate Faculty Committee makes recommendations concerning the graduate faculty status of faculty members. The Department Chairperson reports the results of the Graduate Faculty Committee recommendation and vote as part of the Chairperson's required recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School of Management.

  7. Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (RPT) Committee

    The policies and procedures which govern the Department’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.

  8. Other Ad Hoc Committees

    Special and ad hoc committees, and their membership, will be established and members appointed as needed by the Department Chairperson subject to FAC consultation. Special and ad hoc committees will be established as necessary for purposes such as faculty recruiting. Committees also can be requested by any tenured or tenure-track faculty member by placing the request on the agenda for a Department FAC meeting or making a motion from the floor of such a meeting. A simple majority vote is required to recommend establishment of a committee requested by a faculty member.