CLAS Faculty Council (CFC)

CLAS Curriculum Committee (CCC)

CLAS Personnel Committee (CPC)

CLAS Faculty Development Committee (FDC)

 

University Academic Senate (UAS)

Executive Comm. of the Senate (ECS)         

Academic Policies & Standards Committee (APSC)

Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC)

Campus Life Committee (CLC)

Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC)

Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FFPAC)

Faculty Grievance Panel (FGP)         

Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC)

Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC)

Faculty Teaching & Learning Center Advisory Comm. (FTLCAC) 

General Education Committee (GEC)

Graduate Council (GC)

Honors Curriculum and Development Committee (HCDC)

International Education Committee (IEC)

Outstanding Service Award Committee (OSAC)

Research and Development Committee (RDC)

University Assessment Committee (UAC)

Undergraduate Research Council (URC)

University Conduct Pool Committee (Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution) (UCPC)

University Curriculum Committee (UCC)

University Library Advisory Committee (ULAC)

Writing Skills Committee (WSC)

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CLAS Faculty Council (CFC)

Meeting information: Wednesday 2-4 p.m.; 1-3 times per month on weeks Unit Heads do not meet; Allendale

Description: The CLAS Faculty Council (CFC) will serve as the executive committee of faculty governance within CLAS.  Its responsibilities include conducting elections within the college, reviewing the functioning of all standing CLAS committees, forming committees as necessary, revising CLAS Faculty Governance Bylaws as necessary, and facilitating and supervising referenda and assemblies as called under these Bylaws.  The CFC will serve as liaison between the faculty and the Dean.

Term Length: 3 years

 

CLAS Curriculum Committee (CCC)

Meeting information:  Friday 3-5 p.m.; weekly; Allendale

Description: The CLAS Curriculum Committee (CCC) will review and recommend to the Dean on all curricular matters, including, but not limited to, proposals for new courses or programs, course and program changes, program requirements, and general education courses.  It will review proposals for potential overlap with, or effect on, other disciplines, units, or colleges.  The CCC can inform the Dean’s office of requests to assist with communication and coordination among affected disciplines, units, and colleges.

Term Length: 3 years

 

CLAS Personnel Committee (CPC)

Meeting information:  Friday 3-5 p.m.; alternate weeks (Winter term is busier); Allendale

Description: The CLAS Personnel Committee (CPC) will review and recommend to the Dean on all contract renewals, promotion and tenure decisions, dismissal for adequate cause, personnel policies and issues, and other requirements of the Board of Trustees Policies: Section 4.2.10.

Term Length: 3 years

 

CLAS Faculty Development Committee (FDC)

Meeting information: Thursday 4-5:30 p.m.; two times per month; Allendale

Description: The CLAS Faculty Development Committee (FDC) will advise 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 committee will also advise 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. 

Term Length: 3 years

 

University Academic Senate (UAS)

Meeting information:  Friday 3-5 p.m.; one per month; Fall - Allendale & Winter - Pew

Description: 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 the President. Senate membership consists of faculty members elected from and by the faculty of each College and the University Libraries, and students selected by the Student Senate, including the President of the Student Senate. The Provost and designees and the Deans (of any rank) are members ex officio, non-voting.

Term Length:  3 years

 

Executive Comm. of the Senate (ECS)         

Meeting information:  Friday 3-5 p.m.; three per month; Fall - Allendale & Winter - Pew

Description: The Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) serves as the clearinghouse for matters to be presented to the UAS. Such matters are discussed by ECS before its recommendations are made to the Senate. ECS membership consists of faculty senators from academic colleges and the library, the Student Senate President or designee, and the Provost and designees, ex officio, non-voting.

Term Length:  3 years

 

Academic Policies & Standards Committee (APSC)

Meeting information:  Thursday 9-11 a.m.; at least one per month; Fall - Allendale & Winter - Pew

Description: To study, review, and make pertinent recommendations on academic policies and procedures including admission, retention and dismissal, repeat grades, withdrawal, academic calendar, and suspension of library privileges. The scope of study and review of the Academic Policies and Standards Committee is limited by the published purposes of other standing committees of the University Academic Senate.

Term Length:  2 years

 

Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC)

Meeting information:  Arranged by members; two per semester; Allendale

Description:  To support the academic mission of the University in its use of technologies and services impacting teaching, learning, research and scholarship, including: Provide a forum to share experiences in the use of technology and computing needs and support, Foster open communication to inform GV constituents about academic technology issues and initiatives, Provide input and feedback on policies, guidelines and standards regarding the use of technologies by faculty and students, Provide strategic planning input related to emerging technologies, resource and support needs, Make recommendations regarding funding priorities to the Provost and Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Services and Information Technology.

Term Length:  3 years

Number of committee open positions: none

 

 

Campus Life Committee (CLC)

Meeting information:  Monday 10-11:30 a.m.; Meets four times: 1st Mon of Oct/Dec/Feb/Apr; Allendale

Description: 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, Kirkhoff Center, Recreation Center, etc.).

Term Length:  3 years

 

Equity and Inclusion Committee (EIC)

Meeting information:  Tuesday 9-11 a.m.; alternate weeks; Fall – Allendale & Winter - Pew

Description: The role of the EIC is to promote and facilitate faculty involvement in support of a healthy and equitable campus climate. The committee accomplishes its role by engaging social justice and diversity issues on campus, including but not limited to: a) Advising UAS on policies and practices to recruit, support and retain a diverse faculty, staff and student body (e.g., reviewing the Affirmative Action Plan on an annual basis), b) Organizing and running events to promote awareness of the importance of social justice and campus diversity (e.g., the Teach-in), c) Identifying faculty for the various university awards related to diversity, d) Fostering faculty involvement in student recruitment and retention efforts (e.g., working with pipeline, bridge, student support, and curricular programs), e) Serving as a liaison with the Division of Inclusion and Equity and Student Senate Diversity Affairs Committee.

Term Length: 3 years

 

Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FFPAC)

Meeting information:  Friday 8-10 a.m.; at least one per month; Fall – Allendale & Winter - Pew

Description: The role of this Advisory Committee is to provide recommendations to Facilities Planning on planning, remodeling, and building academic facilities at Grand Valley, with the goal of providing an optimal teaching and learning environment. Specific responsibilities include: a) Serve as a liaison between the Grand Valley academic community and Facilities Planning.  In particular, inform and advise Facilities Planning on factors that affect teaching and learning; most importantly (but not limited to), classroom design, b)  Regularly review and identify problems with current teaching spaces, share this information with Facilities Services, and monitor the response, c)  Maintain a collaborative relationship with the building project committees in order to facilitate faculty input into decision-making, d)  Regularly review current GVSU design standards and make recommendations to Facilities Planning so that architectural and furniture standards that the university provides to new building design teams are in line with best practices as they relate to teaching (e.g. Universal Design Standards), new trends in education, and that they address as much as possible any concern voiced by faculty, e)  In partnership with FTLCAC, make recommendations for more effective use of existing classroom technologies and appropriate use of existing classroom spaces, f)  Make recommendations to the appropriate bodies to ensure that all academic buildings and interior spaces are highly accessible.

Term Length: 3 years

 

Faculty Grievance Panel (FGP)         

Meeting information:  Meetings held as needed

Description: To review and make recommendations about a grievance at the request of any aggrieved appointee (see Board of Trustees' Policies BOT 4.2.16 -4.2.17 for other details).

Term Length: 3 years

 

Faculty Personnel Policy Committee (FPPC)

Meeting information:  Wednesday 3-5 p.m.; alternate weeks; Fall— Allendale & Winter — Pew

Description: The FPPC has the responsibility to review faculty personnel policy matters that extend beyond the college, as specified by the ECS, and make appropriate recommendations to the ECS. FPPC will elect a new chairperson by the end of the winter semester.  The Chair of FPPC will attend the ECS meeting where the annual charges to the FPPC are finalized.

Term Length:  3 years

 

Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC)

Meeting information:  Friday 12-1:30 p.m.; alternate weeks; Fall —Allendale (Zumberge), Winter —Pew (Building C)

Description: The FSBC has three primary responsibilities: a) To study pertinent data and make recommendations to the Senate through the ECS on the allocation of funds within the Grand Valley budget as a whole as well as within the budgets of the administrative divisions, b)  To study pertinent data and make recommendations to the Senate through the ECS on the items of the budget, compensation or faculty job security, c)   To study pertinent data and make recommendations on proposals for the establishment of additional units/programs at Grand Valley. These recommendations will be made to the Senate through the ECS at the Prospectus stage and through UCC at the New Program Proposal stage.

Term Length: 3 years

 

Faculty Teaching & Learning Center Advisory Comm. (FTLCAC)    

Meeting information:  Monday 1-3 p.m.; at least one per month; Allendale & Pew

Description: The role of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice on policy, direction and performance of the Pew FTLC, including: a) Serve as a liaison between the Grand Valley faculty and the Pew FTLC Staff disseminating information to faculty/units/colleges from the Pew FTLC and also providing feedback to the Pew FTLC about its programs, policies, and services, b) Provide information about faculty development needs and advocate for professional development activities related to teaching and learning, c) Initiate and/or respond to discussions of teaching and learning issues, referring them to appropriate resources if necessary, d) Every member of the FTLCAC (except for the committee chair) will serve on one of two sub-committees – either to review competitive grants or to review teaching award nominations, e) In the case of a vacancy, serve on a search committee for Pew FTLC Administrative Staff.

Term Length: 3 years

 

General Education Committee (GEC)

Meeting information:  Monday 3-4:30 p.m.; Members should be prepared for weekly meetings. Virtual, or, Fall - Allendale & Winter - Pew

Description: a) to provide guidance and support to the university community regarding the aims, philosophy, achievements and problems of the General Education Program, b) to review and act upon courses proposed for the General Education Program, c) to make minor revisions to the General Education Program (for example, changing the name of a category or adding, revising, or removing a student learning outcome in the category), d) to propose to UAS major changes to the General Education Program, e) to ensure that the General Education skill and knowledge outcomes of each General Education course are assessed every three years: (to review and provide formative and/or summative feedback on General Education Course Assessment Reports, to report annually on student performance of the General Education knowledge and skills outcomes to faculty governance and to submit a comprehensive report on student performance of the General Education knowledge and skills outcomes,  share these results with faculty governance and the broader university community every three years, and to propose changes to the General Education Program or make changes to the assessment process informed by the assessment data), f) to remove a course from the General Education Program (see FH 2.04.A.6) if: (changes have been made to course prerequisites that were not approved by the General Education Committee or the course was not appropriately and effectively assessed by the unit in a timely manner as described in the Recertification Policy posted on the General Education website).

Term Length: 3 years

 

Graduate Council (GC)

Meeting information: Friday 9-11 a.m.; Monthly in Fall; Weekly in Winter; Fall: Allendale & Winter: Pew

Description: The GC is responsible for matters related to graduate education at Grand Valley, to include (but not limited to): a) To review and recommend actions upon new proposed graduate programs and/or revisions to current graduate programs (New graduate program proposals, certificates and proposals for change to programs or certificates will be reviewed.  As program matters are reviewed by the GC, the proposers may be invited to participate in the discussion and review process.  Recommendations from the GC related to program matters will be transmitted via the online curriculum system.), b) To review and recommend actions upon and, as needed, initiate policies and standards related to graduate education that ensure quality, consistency, equity, and fairness, while not impinging upon the disciplinary expertise and responsibility of the program faculty. This shall include matters related to admission, program progress, and completion for post-baccalaureate students in non-degree, certificate, and degree program statuses (Recommendations regarding policy changes or new policies or standards for graduate education will be referred to the ECS for final action and To identify and monitor quality indicators of graduate education),  c) To review and recommend actions upon requests for exceptions to university minimum standards or policies, d) To review and recommend actions related to existing graduate programs at the time of assessment and/or program review and/or accreditation (Existing graduate programs shall be reviewed by GC on a revolving and regular schedule, aligned with the UAC program review and external accreditation review (if applicable).  The review will employ quality indicators developed by GC that are outside of the normal UAC purview, but incorporate appropriate program materials submitted to UAC and FSBC.), e) To advise on allocation of university financial support for graduate students, f) To call meetings of all faculty to discuss emerging issues in and strategic planning for graduate education at Grand Valley.

Term Length:  3 years

 

Honors Curriculum and Development Committee (HCDC)

Meeting information:  Wednesday 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; twice a month; Allendale

Description: HCDC Membership: Chair of the Honors Faculty; two full-time Honors faculty (staggered 3-year terms); up to two faculty with joint appointments in Honors; five faculty reps from CLAS (staggered 3-year terms); one faculty rep each from BCOIS, CECI, CHP, KCON, PCEC, SCOB, and University Libraries (staggered 3-year terms); three Honors students; Director of the Honors College (ex officio); Chair: Chair of the Honors Faculty

Term Length:  3 years

 

International Education Committee (IEC)

Meeting information:  Monday 2-4 p.m.; at least one per month; Allendale & Pew

Description: To review, authorize, evaluate, and recommend modifications to all international programs administered by the Office of International Affairs; to recommend priorities, new initiatives, policies, and procedures for the Office of International Affairs programs, including campus curricular and co-curricular activities; to advocate for international students, study abroad, faculty research and exchange, and community integration, within the university and West Michigan; and to ensure integrity and academic excellence in all international initiatives undertaken abroad by GVSU.

Term Length:  3 years

 

Outstanding Service Award Committee (OSAC)

Meeting information:  Business conducted electronically

Description: To review nominees, select the awardees, and forward the names to the Provost by December 15 for awards to be made at the next Faculty Awards Convocation.  The Outstanding Service awardees serve on the committee for the academic year following their awards.  The students and faculty members on the committee shall be representative of all segments of the campus community, including academic discipline, academic level, instructional level, race and sex.

Term Length:  3 years

 

Research and Development Committee (RDC)

Meeting information:  Friday 3-5 p.m. (later when proposals are being reviewed); monthly (more as determined by workload); Allendale & Pew

Description: To receive, review, develop, and recommend policies pertaining to research conduct & development and to advise the Executive Director of the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence on the activities of the Center.  The committee’s domain includes research conduct policies, except those for whom responsibility is explicitly assigned to the Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) and/or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) by federal regulations and/or formal commitments (e.g., the university’s Federal Wide Assurance). The committee is expected to consult with other faculty and staff members who have relevant expertise in research practices and ethics. Research policy recommendations should be forwarded to ECS/UAS, which may ask other committees such as UCC, FPPC, and FSBC to review proposals whose content overlaps with or has effects on matters that are within the domains of those committees. The committee serves as the advisory board of the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, making recommendations on policies, procedures, and operations of the Center, including recommendations on awarding of Grand Valley funds for research and teaching improvement projects, directly to the Executive Director.

Term Length:  3 years

 

Undergraduate Research Council (URC)

Meeting information:  Friday 2-4 p.m.; monthly (weekly in Winter); Allendale & Pew

Description: In keeping with the values and strategic plan of GVSU that students should acquire new knowledge and explore its application through research, artistic expression, and scholarly activity, and that active scholarship may include collaboration of faculty and staff with students, the role of the URC is to provide advice and recommendations on university-wide policies and programs that apply to undergraduate research and creative practice. The committee will: a) Recommend goals and priorities for undergraduate research and creative practice at GVSU, b) Recommend policies and programs to promote undergraduate research and creative practice at GVSU, c) Advise on faculty development needs, student needs, and other resources to enhance undergraduate research and creative practice at GVSU, d) Promote undergraduate research and scholarly activities within the GVSU community, e)  Promote the undergraduate research and scholarly activities at GVSU to the broader community, f) Establish policies and processes for application review for the Student Summer Scholars Program, g) Evaluate S3 proposals and recommend proposals to be funded, h) Assess the progress and viability of the URC, i) Review annually the resource needs for the URC and Office of Undergraduate Research.

Term Length: 3 years

 

University Assessment Committee (UAC)

Meeting information: Monday 3-5 p.m.; alternate weeks; Fall - Allendale & Winter - Pew

Description: The UAC is responsible for: a) Providing leadership and support to university constituents as they design and implement the five to six year self-study report and every two year student learning outcome assessment plan/report with strategic plan updates based on best practices, b)  Reviewing and providing feedback on assessment plans, reports, and self-studies submitted by all academic programs and most service units, c)  Providing instructions for reporting formats and schedules, d)  Providing feedback to Administration in support of ongoing accreditation standards as set forth by the Higher Learning Commission, e) Conducting user training on the online system for reporting Assessment reviews/plans and Self-Study updates/reports, f)  Maintaining and updating the UAC website, Blackboard site, submission links as needed, and Assessment Report and Self-study (ARSS) automated timeline and notification system (4 month and 2 month notifications).

Term Length: 3 years

 

University Conduct Pool Committee (Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution) (UCPC)

Meeting information: Subcommittees assigned to cases as needed

Description: See Article III of the Student Code.

Term Length: 3 years

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University Curriculum Committee (UCC)

Meeting information:  Wednesday 2-4 p.m.; weekly; Allendale & Pew

Description: The UCC is responsible for a wide range of curriculum matters at Grand Valley; its responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: a) to review and make recommendations on all degree requirements and on all new program proposals, b) to review and make recommendations on all proposals involving academic credit, including continuing education, c)  to review the courses recommended by the colleges to fulfill the General Education requirements, d) to review the Honors courses and seminars which will take the place of General Education requirements in the Honors Program, e) to review the proposals of the colleges for programs to be offered off-campus and to recommend to ECS/UAS on matters of purpose and function of off-campus and summer programs, f)  to oversee the online curriculum development process, g) to meet with the chair of College Curriculum Committee to communicate best practices and university policies regarding curricular issues.

Term Length: 2 years

 

University Library Advisory Committee (ULAC)

Meeting information:  Arranged by members; twice per semester

Description: To advise the University libraries on possible areas of library development as perceived by the faculty; to react to issues brought to them from the University libraries; to serve as a communication channel; to recommend to the Academic Senate in a timely manner on major policy issues and matters of general concern as identified by the Committee.

Term Length: 3 years

 

Writing Skills Committee (WSC)

Meeting information:  Arranged by members; one per month

Description: The University Writing Skills Committee exists to develop and assess goals for Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program through the Supplemental Writing Skills (SWS) program at GVSU.  To this end, the committee enables collaboration among institutions across campus that support writing, specifically the First-Year Writing Programs, the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors, the University Libraries, and Information Technology. The work of the committee will include writing/updating the Mission, Vision, and Values statement for the SWS program; developing policies as necessary for new SWS issues (e.g., online SWS course guidelines); writing SWS assessment plans and advising the WAC director on the implementation of those plans; assessing the SWS program; and reviewing and advising the self-study report.  The committee will also review and evaluate for approval SWS courses proposed by units; advise the director of WAC on new faculty development activities; and sponsor workshops in teaching writing for faculty members.

Term Length: 3 years

 



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