Much of the Faculty Senate's work is completed in committees. Most committees have a voluntary membership. However, selection for membership on Budget Committee, University Personnel Committee (UPC), the General Education Committee, and the University Academic Program Elimination Review Committee (UAPERC) is made by election conducted by the Senate.
Below please find the eight standing Faculty Senate committees, their responsibilities, and the name and email contact information for each respective chair. If you are interested in serving on a committee or reactivating a committee, please contact the chair or the president of the Faculty Senate.
The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for all academic issues that come before the Senate or issues that are generated by the Senate.
Chair: Dr. Sarah M. Buck
The Board of Athletic Advisors develops and recommends athletic policies, monitors compliance to University and NCAA standards for student athletes and promotes the use of athletic facilities.
Chair: Dr. June Price
The Buildings & Grounds Committee is responsible for recommending policy concerning construction, maintenance, safety, and space utilization of University structures.
Chair: Dr. Yan Searcy
The Curriculum Coordinating Committee makes recommendations on proposals regarding addition or deletion of academic program majors, options or minors; reviews minutes of College Curriculum Committees, monitors new course proposals, reviews and approves policy or procedure changes recommended by the General Education Committee and forwards these to the Faculty Senate.
Chair: Dr. Sharon O'Donnell
The Executive Committee is composed of the Senate officers . Their job is to plan the work of the Senate and act for the Senate between regular meetings and report such actions to the Senate for ratification.
Chair: Dr. Yan Searcy
The Library Committee has the tasks of promoting the use of the Library and Learning Resources programs, serving as an advisor to the Dean of the Library and being a liaison between faculty and the Library.
Chair: Dr. Aref Hervani
The Social Committee fosters a sense of collegiality and community through sponsorship of social activities.
Chair: Dr. Das Janssen
The Technology Committee assesses faculty technology needs and forwards to Deans recommendations on integration and upgrade of technology.
Chair: Ms. Patrice Boyles
The following committees are university-wide. That is, they are composed of members from throughout the university and may or may not report directly to the Faculty Senate. Often, these committees are referred to as special committees. If you are interested in serving on any of the university wide committees, contact the committee chair or the president of the Faculty Senate.
The Bookstore Committee serves to provide recommendations to the University regarding bookstore policies.
Co-Chairs: Regina Smith
The Budget Committee recommends the setting of program priorities in the University budget, periodically reviews the budget and makes recommendations on significant transfers among internal budget items. Membership includes a total of 19. Six are to be elected by the Faculty Senate. each college is to have one representative along with a representtive from the Learning Resources Center and the Counseling center.
The Commencement Committee addresses issues regarding commencement exercises. This includes selecting dates, speakers, and venues.
Each area impacting commencement is included: security, registrar, colleges, and graduate programs.
The Council on Teacher Education recommends to administration curricular matters on teacher education forwards recommendation to the Faculty Senate for approval and circulates minutes of meetings to the committee members, Senate, appropriate administrators of University Archives. Membership is composed of five faculty from the College of Education and five faculty from the College of Arts and Science. The director of Field Placement, Deans of the Education and Arts and Sciences. The chair is to be the Dean of Education.
Chair: Dr. Dawn Liddicoatt
The Elections Committee is responsible for conducting elections of faculty members to the Budget Committee, University Personnel Committee (UPC), the General Education Committee, and the University Academic Program Elimination Review Committee (UAPERC).
Chair: Dr. Yan Searcy
The Facilities Committee is responsible for addressing issues regarding the use of University structures and facilities. The Facilities Committee also provides a steering committee for the coordinated use of campus facilities.
The Faculty Development Committee handles orientation of new faculty, arranges workshops and seminars for continuing education for existing faculty. This committee also provides retention and promotion portfolio workshops.
Chair: Dr. Robert Chierico
The Food Service Committe acts to advise the university on food service policy, issues, and service providers.
Chair: The committee will be convened in Fall 2011 and nominations are now being accepted for the chair position. Contact the Faculty Senate president for information.)
The Graduate Council acts as a type of curriculum committee and approves all graduate courses, reviews unusual student appeals, acts to promote scholarships for graduate students, sets admission standards and other policy pertaining to graduate students and approves new graduate programs. Membership includes one representative from each department offering graduate programs. Deans of colleges with graduate programs and the Coordinator of Course Scheduling are non-voting members.
Chair: Dr. Justin Akuijieze
The General Education Committee periodically reviews the University general education requirements and approves new courses or categories for University general education. Membership includes one representative from each department in the College of Arts and sciences, and one representative from all colleges not having courses used for general education
Chair: Dr. Devi Prasad V.Potluri
The NCA Accreditation Committee coordinates the process for NCA accreditation across academic and administrative affairs.
This Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for providing direction to the University and offer the framework and strategy for achieving goals for administrative service units, colleges and departments for the academic years 2005-2011.
The direction and strategy is formalized in a report that is compiled by the committee and covers all areas of University operation.
The Policy Monitoring Committee functions through the Board of Trustees policy. This committee submits to the President of the University concerns regarding implementation of Board Policy on campus. Membership includes two representatives from the Faculty Senate (the president and an elected representative); one representative respectively from the administration, civil service, and student government.
Chair: no chair - inactive
The Registration Committe addresses issues regarding student registration and includes representatives from each area impacting the registration process including security, parking financial aid, colleges, admissions, and enrollment services.
Coordinate all advising activity, train advisors, make recommendations to the administration regarding advising policies. Serve as advocates for the needs of students and advisors.
Chair: Dr. Paul Musial
The University Personnel Committee reviews and makes recommendations concerning all personnel actions for tenured and tenure track faculty, as defined in Section III of the Senate Constitution.
Chair: Elizabeth Wittbrodt
The UAPERC reviews and recommends to the Board of Trustees through the President the elimination of academic programs at the University. As this is an infrequent process the committee meets when required.
Chair: Philip Cronce