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School Committees

All School committees are advisory and recommendatory to the Director. The membership, structure, and function of some of the School's committees are governed by University, Administrative and Operational Policies and the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The Director may establish ad hoc committees in consultation with the FAC. The Director will welcome requests from faculty members for positions on the School’s various committees. The Director, when making appointments to School committees, will be mindful of the diversity of disciplines within the School and on the Regional Campuses, 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 (CBA). The FAC is elected directly by the full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty (hereinafter the “Faculty”) of the School.

FAC terms are for two (2) years. 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 Faculty and/or full-time non-tenure track faculty members (hereinafter the “NTT faculty”). Each program area will elect two (2) representatives to serve on the FAC; these representatives will serve rotating terms. There can be only one (1) NTT faculty member serving as a representative from a program area at any one time. It is recommended that each program area have at least one (1) tenured Faculty member serve on FAC each term.

The FAC of the School will insure that Regional Campus faculty are appropriately represented on key School and College committees, including but not limited to the FAC, the College Advisory Committee (CAC), the Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion Committee (RTP Committee), Search Committees, Review Committees, and committees considering curriculum, School or College policy, instructional standards, and program development.

The FAC is convened and chaired at least once per term by the Director 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 Director, as needed, or upon a request by at least one-half of the members of the FAC.

The FAC elects three (3) of its members, preferably tenured Faculty members, to act as the School representatives to the College Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC representatives will serve two year rotating, staggered terms.

2.    The Curriculum Committee

The School Curriculum Committee includes the following faculty members:

a.    One (1) faculty member is elected from each program area for a two (2) year, rotating term. One of these members will be elected by the other members to serve as the chair of the School Curriculum Committee.

b.    One (1) undergraduate and (1) graduate student representative appointed by the School Curriculum Committee.

c.    The Chair of the School Curriculum Committee and one (1) additional member of the School Curriculum Committee will serve as the School’s representatives to the College Curriculum Committee.

The Curriculum Committee assists the Director in overseeing and coordinating the School’s academic programs. The Curriculum Committee makes recommendations on any and all matters which affect the academic programs of the School including but not limited to faculty proposals for new courses, changes in course content, major requirements, and other curricular matters. Curricular changes may be proposed by any faculty member for consideration by the program area and the School Curriculum Committee (SCC). If the proposal is approved by the program area, then it is sent to the SCC for consideration. The proposal must be submitted to the SCC at least five (5) working days prior to a vote by the SCC. If the recommendation from the program area or SCC is not unanimous, a minority report may be submitted with the recommendation. If recommended by a majority, the proposal is forwarded to the Director whose recommendation is sent to the College for consideration.

3.    Student Academic Complaint Committee

The Student Academic Complaint Committee is composed of four (4) full time faculty members appointed by the Director at the time of the complaint; these four (4) faculty members will not be from the program area involved in the complaint. One (1) member of the committee is appointed by the Director to serve as the Chair of the Student Academic Complaint Committee; the Chair will convene the meeting(s). The policies and procedures of this committee are governed by University Policy 3342-4-02.3, including but not limited to the addition of at least one (1) student representative to the committee. An undergraduate student will be added to the committee for complaints from undergraduate courses and a graduate student will be added to the committee for complaints from graduate courses.

4.    Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) Committee

The policies and procedures which govern the School’s Ad Hoc 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 Director on each of these personnel decisions. The recommendations of this committee and the Director, together with the materials assembled for the committees, are forwarded to the Dean of the College.

5.    Search Committees – Recruiting Faculty

The School supports the goals of equal opportunity and diversity in recruiting and in making appointments to the faculty.  Search Committees are appointed by the Director after consultation with the faculty members in the specific program area or discipline conducting the search. Search committees include a student member selected by the faculty members serving on the search committee, one faculty member from outside the discipline, and one faculty member or student representing diversity.

Following the search, the search committee recommends to the Director that at least two (2) and generally not more than three (3) candidates be invited to campus for an interview. Each candidate who is invited to campus for an interview will present a seminar before the School. After receiving all input from the interview process, the committee will confirm or deny the acceptability of candidates and provide a critique of positive and challenging aspects of those individuals found acceptable. It then makes its recommendation(s) to the School Director who formulates his/her own recommendation and forwards both search committee and Director recommendation to the Dean for final action.

6.    Other Ad Hoc Committees

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