The College has four elected faculty governance committees. During the first year of the College, a task force designed the current system and elections were held to constitute the CLAS Curriculum Committee, the CLAS Faculty Council, the CLAS Faculty Development Committee and the CLAS Personnel Committee.
The CLAS Curriculum Committee (CCC) reviews and recommends to the Dean on all curricular matters, including proposals for new courses or programs, course and program changes, program requirements, and general education courses. CCC reviews proposals for potential overlap with, or effect on, other disciplines, units, or colleges. This assists the College with communication and coordination among affected disciplines, units, and colleges.
The numbers of curriculum proposals considered by year are:
2004-2005 = 132
2005-2006 = 118
2006-2007 = 87
2007-2008 = 89
2008-2009 = 168
2009-2010 = 206
2010-2011 = in progress
2011-2012 = 79 by the date of the 2012 Sabbatical Showcase
2012-2013 = 130
Sherril Soman was chair 2005-2006. Mary Schutten served as chair for 2006-2007 and 2008-2009 with Karen Gipson serving as interim chair in Winter 2007. Paul Murphy was chair in Winter 2009. Bruce Ostrow was chair in 2009-2010. Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin was chair 2010-2012. Judi Corr (Winter 2013). Regina Smith (2013-2015). The current chair is Beth Gibbs.
The Curriculum Committee meets on Friday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
The CLAS Faculty Council (CFC) serves as the executive committee of faculty governance within CLAS and represents the general interests of the CLAS faculty collectively. Its responsibilities include conducting elections within the College, reviewing the functioning of all standing CLAS committees, forming committees as necessary, and facilitating and supervising referenda and assemblies. The CFC serves as liaison between the faculty and the Dean, advising the Dean on policies and issues within CLAS, such as budget, the feasibility and desirability of new programs, and staff support for CLAS committees.
CFC has provided advice to the Dean and other CLAS administrators about issues of importance to CLAS faculty, such as the textbook authoring policy, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, whether the Dean should be present at personnel meetings, fall break, the Standards & Criteria for Personnel Evaluation, etc.
The Faculty Council meets on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:50 p.m.
The first meeting of this committee took place in August 2005. Ed Aboufadel was chair for 2005-2007. Jodee Hunt served as chair in 2007-2009. Grace Coolidge served from 2009-2011. Colleen Lewis was chair 2011-2013. George Lundskow was chair 2013-2014. Stephen Matchett is the current chair.
Faculty Development Committee
The CLAS Faculty Development Committee (FDC) advises the Dean on faculty development in teaching, scholarship, and service. This includes the mentoring of new faculty consistent with the goals of liberal learning. The FDC reviews and recommends to the CLAS Personnel Committee on sabbatical leave requests, and to the Dean on university-wide awards. The committee also advises the Dean on assisting faculty and student research collaboration, and will support faculty in the grant proposal process as a liaison between CLAS and internal and external audiences.
The FDC came into existence in 2005. The numbers of sabbatical proposals considered by year are:
The Faculty Development Committee meets on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Matthew Boelkins served as chair 2005-2008. Darren Walhof chaired FDC for 08-09. Steve Matchett was chair 2009-2011. David Stark was chair 2011-2013). Heather Van Wormer (2013-2015). The current chair is Caitlin Horrocks.
The CLAS Personnel Committee (CPC) reviews and recommends to the Dean on all contract renewals, promotion and tenure decisions, dismissal for adequate cause, as well as on personnel policies and issues.
The CPC came into existence in 2005. The numbers of personnel cases reviewed by year are:
The Personnel Committee meets on Fridays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. They can extend into early evening during February and March when the workload is heaviest.
Sheldon Kopperl served as chair for 2005-2006. Charles Norris was chair for 2006-2008. Figen Mekik was the chair from 2008-2010. George McBane was chair from 2010-2012. Melissa Morison was chair 2012-2013. Don Anderson (2013-2015). The current chair is Mark Williams.