Standing Committees

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GSA is seeking distinguished graduate students to represent their academic programs in a number of GVSU committees. We are looking for graduate students who are interested in getting involved on campus, want to amplify the voice of the graduate community, connect with campus leaders, and add a dynamic accomplishment to their resume.

If you are interested in serving on one of the committees listed below, please email GSA Vice President Colette Cascarilla at gsa_vp@gvsu.edu and provide your name, phone number and e-mail address.


Graduate Council (2 Voting Representatives)

Chair - Mark Luttenton

Graduate Student Representative for Policy Sub Committee - OPEN

Graduate Student Representative for Curriculum Sub Committee - OPEN

The Graduate Council is a faculty-led governance standing committee of the University Academic Senate.  It was established in the 2004-05 academic year to promote excellence in graduate education by creating policies and reviewing curriculum that ensure consistency, equity, and fairness across all graduate programs.

The Graduate Council is a representative body of all faculty engaged in graduation education. Its voting membership is made up of two faculty representatives from each academic college and the University Libraries and two student representatives from the graduate student body.

The Graduate Council strives to ensure transparency in its decision-making; thus, meetings are open to the GVSU community for anyone to attend.  Additionally, all agendas and approved meeting minutes are made public.

Further information on the Graduate Council meeting schedules are available on the Grad Council website.


University Academic Senate (1 Representative)

Chair - Karen Gipson

Graduate Student Representative - Lauren Presutti

The University Academic Senate (UAS) is the highest faculty governance body. It has the authority to deal with any academic issue or faculty concern. It makes recommendations to the Provost and/or President regarding such matters as curriculum, the academic organization of the university, faculty personnel policy, the budget, and other issues considered relevant to academic affairs.

Composition: Number of reps – CLAS-25, PCEC-3, SCB-4, CHP-3, CCPS-4, KCON-2, COE-3, BCOIS-2, Libraries-2, Student Senate-5, Administratioin-18 ex-officio. Faculty serve a 3 year term; elected meetings held on Fridays 3pm to 5pm [Fall Allendale; Winter Grand Rapids]. 

The 2015-16 UAS meeting schedule is available here.

Lauren


Academic Policies and Standards Committee (1 Representative)

Chair - Barbara Harvey

Graduate Student Representative - OPEN

The responsibilities of the Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) include studying, reviewing, and making pertinent recommendations on academic policies and procedures.  Its duties include composing policies relevant to admission, retention and dismissal, repeat grades, withdrawal, the academic calendar, and library privileges.

Composition: The APSC consists of four faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one from each of the remaining colleges, one from the University Libraries, 1 student selected by and from the Student Senate, 1 faculty member elected by and from the University Academic Senate, and the Provost or designee (ex officio, non-voting). Term is two years, staggered. 

Meets 2nd Thursday of the month from 9am-11am.


Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (1 Representative)

Chair - Kyle Felker

Graduate Student Representative - OPEN

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (FTLCAC) was set up in January 1997 to provide advice on the policies, direction, and performance of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center. It serves as liaison between the campus community and the Center's director, establishes grant funding priorities, and reviews applications for teaching renewal and development grants. Among other responsibilities, the committee annually evaluates the effectiveness of the director and the center's activities.  

Composition: The FTLCAC is composed of four members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one from each of the remaining colleges, and one from the library.  One student selected by the Student Senate.  The Director and Assistant Director of the Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, ex officio, non-voting. Term:  Faculty members serve for three years.

Meets one Monday a month 1pm to 3pm.


Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (1 Representative)

Chair Fall 2015 - Elizabeth Arnold

Chair Winter 2016 - Patrick Roth

Graduate Student Representative - OPEN

The Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FFPAC), established in January 2004, was created to coordinate, facilitate, and provide faculty input during the design and building process of new buildings.

Composition: One faculty rep from each of these colleges/units: CCPS, COE, PCEC, CHP, KCON, BCOIS, Library, Provost’s office, Facilities Planning, FTLC, Student Senate. CLAS-7, SCB-2.

Meets 1st Friday of the month from 8am -10am.


University Assessment Committee (1 Representative)

Chair - Sue Harrington

Graduate Student Representative - OPEN

Provides leadership and support to university constituents as they design and implement the six year self-study report and three year student learning outcome assessment plans/reports based on best practices. Reviews and provides feedback on assessment plans, reports, and self-studies submitted by all academic programs and most service units. Provides instructions for reporting formats and schedules. Provides feedback to Administration in support of ongoing accreditation standards as set forth by the Higher Learning Commission. Conducts initial and refresher user training in Weave Online. Maintains and updating the UAC website, Blackboard site, and automated timeline and notification system.

Composition: Faculty membership of the UAC consists of seven faculty members from CLAS, two from Seidman College of Business, one from each of the remaining colleges, one from the university libraries.  Academic unit representatives serve three-year staggered terms beginning at the end of the winter semester. Service unit membership of the UAC consists of five representatives with at least one representative from each of three areas:  Advising, Student Services, and Academic Services/Information Technology.  Representatives will be appointed by the Provost.   Service unit representatives serve three-year staggered terms beginning fall semester. One undergraduate and one graduate student representative selected by the Student Senate for a term of one year. Provost or designee serves as ex-officio.

Meets alternate Mondays 3pm-5pm (off weeks are for sub groups to meet).


Campus Life Committee (1 Representative)

Graduate Student Representative - Jose Rivas

Purpose of the Campus Life Committee: An advisory body to the Vice Provost/Dean of Students regarding strategic planning of: co-curricular learning opportunities (i.e., educational, social, recreational, etc) to actively engage students in the life of the university; support services that assist students to be successful in their academic and personal lives; and management of various environments at the university (e.g. living centers, apartments, dining areas, Kirkhof Center, Recreation Center, etc).

Jose


Online Education Council (1 Representative)

Chair - Robert Adams

Graduate Student Representative - OPEN

The Online Education Council (OEC), a faculty governance committee, is charged with overseeing the development and delivery of all online and hybrid courses and programs (aka "distance delivered" courses).  The committee approves all distance delivered courses, often through an abbreviated curriculum process (See Procedures and Policies below).  In partnership with the Provost Office, the committee ensures that all faculty teaching a distance delivered course has experience and/or training in online pedagogy.  Training is provided through the Pew Faulty Teaching and Learning Center in affiliation with the instructional designers in the office of Information Technology.  A full list of the OEC's responsibilities can be found in the Faculty Handbook at (2.01.4.j).


Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (1 Representative)

Chair - Robert Hollister

Graduate Student Representative - OPEN

Established in April 1983, the Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC) studies pertinent data and makes recommendations on the allocation of funds within the university budget as a whole as well as within the budgets of the various administrative divisions. It also makes recommendations regarding other budgetary items, compensation, and faculty security, including health benefits.

Composition: The FSBC is composed of seven faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, two from the Seidman College of Business, one from each of the remaining colleges, and one from the University Libraries.  One student representative selected by the Student Senate.  The Provost (or designee) ex officio, non-voting.

Meets alternate Fridays Noon – 1:30pm.

 
 

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