Faculty Governance

Faculty Committees

Membership 2013-2014

Standing faculty committees, through their representative nature and through the work in which they engage, embody essential components of healthy shared governance at Fort Lewis College. Not every faculty member with service responsibilities will be called upon to serve on a standing faculty committee in any given year. Those faculty members with service responsibilities who are not currently serving on standing faculty or College committees must seek to serve the College in other capacities such as advising a student club; advising student government; serving on department, school or division committees and task forces; serving on College advisory boards; serving on College Committees; etc. Since each tenured or tenure track faculty member is awarded three credits of reassigned time designated for College service in his/her contract, these individuals should also expect to serve on ad hoc committees, task forces and study groups constituted by the Faculty Senate on an as needed basis. Unless stated otherwise, the membership of a standing faculty committee is comprised of faculty members interested in undertaking work charged to that committee. The Faculty Senate may provide special charges to standing faculty committees as necessary and may suggest to the College Administration special charges for College committees.

Faculty Standing Committees


Academic Standards Committee

Charge: This Committee advises the Provost through the Faculty Senate, to which it reports. Its charge is to maintain and improve the academic standards of the College. The Committee shall encourage and recognize outstanding scholastic achievement of students; review, initiate and recommend Academic Standards policies; determine what academic action (probation level 1, probation level 2, suspension, or dismissal), if any, is appropriate at the end of each term; monitor the progress of probationary students; hear and judge the cases of academic dishonesty brought before it by any member of the academic community; hear and judge the cases of students wishing to appeal academic suspensions or dismissals; and receive and consider proposals about academic standards from any member of the academic community.

The committee will submit a report by March 1 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, and recommendations, if any, for special charges or changes to the charge. The report will typically be a computerized file; however, the Senate may request an in-person report.

Membership:
8 or more faculty members, drawn from departments that offer first year level courses
Counseling Office staff – ex officio
Records Office staff – ex officio
Program for Academic Achievement staff – ex officio
Enrollment Management staff – by invitation

Members:
Dawn Mulhern (Co-Chair)
Justin McBrayer (Co-Chair)
James Collier
Beverly Chew
Carrie Meyer
Delilah Orr
Veronica Furst
Kaori Takano
Susan Foster (ex officio - Registrar's Office)
Katie Nester (ex officio - Admissions)
Jenn Wagnon (ex officio - PAA)
Ken Pepion

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Advising Committee

Charge: The Advising Committee is charged with serving as a forum for student, faculty, and administrative concerns with advising; identifying areas for improvement in the academic advising system; and developing plans to make the identified improvements. The Committee reports to the Faculty Senate and, therefore, serves as the primary body acting in shared governance to facilitate discussion of current and proposed advising practices and priorities College wide.

The committee will submit a report by March 1 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, and recommendations, if any, for special charges or changes to the charge. The report will typically be a computerized file; however, the Senate may request an in-person report. 

Members:
Lloyd Chittenden (Chair)
Kim Hannula
Jim Cross
Ginny Davis
Anne McCarthy
Anthony Holmquist
Kaori Takano
Phil Shuler
Carrie Meyer
Beverly Chew
Andy Burns, Director of Admission & Advising – ex officio

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Assessment Committee

Charge: The Assessment Committee is charged with the development and implementation of a systematic assessment program at FLC. The Committee, which advises the Office of Assessment through the Faculty Senate, to which it reports, is responsible for the assessment of college-wide learning goals adopted by the faculty. It oversees the collection of data relating to each learning goal; interprets the results of the data; communicates results to appropriate policy-making committees and administrators; proposes changes in curriculum and pedagogy based on the results; and reviews the effectiveness of such changes. In addition, the Committee annually reviews assessment reports from each department, provides support to department liaisons for assessment and works towards the articulation of the connection between the college-wide learning goals and departmental learning goals. It works closely with the General Education Council to ensure that assessment procedures are built into the program.

The committee will submit a report by March 1 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, and recommendations, if any, for special charges or changes to the charge. The report will typically be a computerized file; however, the Senate may request an in-person report.

Members:
Suzie Null - Chair
Rebecca Austin
Erich McAlister
Peter McCormick
Perry Solheim
Janice Templeton
Lisa Snyder - ex officio

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Awards Committee

Charge: The Awards Committee is responsible for choosing the New Faculty Teaching Award , the Alice Admire Teaching Award, and the Roger Peters Distinguished Professor Award recipients. The Committee notifies colleagues regarding when and how to apply for these awards and writes articles identifying and honoring award recipients. These articles may be included in the Faculty Senate newsletter and are communicated to External Affairs. Members of the Awards Committee serve a two year term, with three staggered appointments to ensure continuity on the committee. Elections for open seats are at the end of each Winter term.

The committee will submit a report by March 1 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, and recommendations, if any, for special charges or changes to the charge. The report will typically be a computerized file; however, the Senate may request an in-person report.

Membership (elected):
2 faculty members from AHSS
2 faculty members from NBS
1 faculty member from SOBA
1 faculty member from Teacher Education or the Libraries

Members:
Gene Taylor, Teacher Education (2013)
Ken Hunt, SOBA (2014)
Chad Colby, AHSS (2014)
Don May, NBS (2014)
Jonathan Latta, AHSS (2014)
Kathy Fine-Dare, NBS (2014)

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Committee on the Status of Faculty Women

Charge: The Committee on the Status of Women Faculty makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate on issues pertinent to the status of women faculty. The Committee will advise the senate and facilitate the implementation of policies, programs, and services that address issues of concern to women faculty.

Members:
Julie Korb, Chair
Sarah Roberts-Cady
Marcy Jung
John Baranski
Stephanie Owings
Michael Fry
Erin Lehmer
Carol Smith (ex officio)

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Curriculum Committee

Charge: The Curriculum Committee is perhaps the most important of the standing faculty committees. The Committee assists and supports the faculty in development and oversight of the curriculum at Fort Lewis College. It initiates, receives, reviews and recommends actions on proposed curricula and curricular changes including the creation, elimination or alteration of programs and specific courses. The Committee proactively communicates to the faculty and the College Administration regarding its policies, procedures and deadlines. It facilitates fair and transparent curriculum processes and practices that embody the faculty’s roles and responsibilities for developing and overseeing College curricula in service to the College mission.

The committee will submit a report by March 1 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, and recommendations, if any, for special charges or changes to the charge. The report will typically be a computerized file; however, the Senate may request an in-person report.

Note: This committee meets weekly.

Membership:
Chair
1 faculty member from Library
1 faculty member from Teacher Education
1 faculty member chosen as a liaison from the General Education Council
4-6 faculty members proportionally from the other schools
1 Registrar’s Office staff member – ex officio
Total: 9-12 members

2013-14 Members:

John Baranski (Chair)
Gerald Crawford
Pam Arbeeny
Carl Lienert
Jennifer Gehrman
Paul Booth
Suzanne Wilhelm
Michael Valdez
Kris Greer
Katherine Jetter
Theresa Rodrigues (Registrar’s Office)  – ex officio
Olivia Burkhart (Registrar's Office) - ex officio

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Faculty Handbook Committee

Charge: The Faculty Handbook committee is responsible for the review and recommending revision of the Fort Lewis College Faculty Handbook. The committee will inform the Faculty Senate when changes to the Faculty Constitution, Personnel Policies, or Academic Policies, Informational and Advisory Statements or the Faculty Senate Policy for proposing amendments to parts II-V are warranted.

Special charge 2012-2013 Academic year: Review Personnel policies (with an emphasis on, but not limited to definitions of faculty appointments, promotion and tenure policy, and the grievance policy) and the Faculty Senate membership and election criteria (with an emphasis on representation and temporary appointments).

Betty Dorr (Convener)
Andrew Gulliford
Susan Moss
Minna Sellers
Kris Greer
Dugald Owen

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Faculty Policy Committee

Charge and process: The FPC will lead discussion and help to provide faculty input on issues and policies that concern faculty.  A few recent examples include: faculty salary, faculty course load, course size, Merit II procedures and policies, college organization, student evaluations, faculty expectations and review processes.

The agenda for the FPC will be set in collaboration with the SEC and in consultation with the administration.  Ideally, the agenda will be determined at the beginning of the Fall term with the understanding that the FPC should consider, in a substantial way, only a few issues in any given year.  Members of the FPC, the SEC, in consultation with the Dean’s council (primarily academic Deans and Provost) will meet to set the agenda for the year.  Issues that arise during the course of the academic year will also be considered.  One member of the FPC will attend SEC meetings.

The FPC should consist of ten representatives appointed by the SEC from each main constituency of the faculty.   The committee members will have regular meetings (frequency determined by need) where the issues will be discussed.  Some of these meetings will require consultation with the Provost, while others will not.  This will be determined by the committee on a case-by-case basis.

The FPC is charged with researching the issue, writing a report and/or draft resolution on the issue, seeking faculty input (which may range from soliciting e-mail or electronic survey feedback to small forums to faculty wide open meetings as the FPC deems appropriate), and finally submitting a final report/resolution to the Faculty Senate.  The FPC may convene/request sub-committees to aid their work if needed.

Intent: It is the intent that the faculty and the administration on this committee will work openly and transparently together.  In Provost Morris’ language this is an attempt at improved joint governance as opposed to parallel governance.

Carl Lienert (Convener)
Minna Sellers
Chad Colby
Deborah Walker
Colin Glennon
Lauren Delle
Chiara Canella
Leslie Goldstein
Susan Kraus
Ryan Haaland

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Faculty Senate Executive Committee

Charge: The Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate shall function as part of the Senate. It shall function in a leadership and advisory capacity but shall not legislate. All members of the Executive Committee are voting members of the Faculty Senate with the exception of the President of the Faculty Senate. The Executive Committee may be convened whenever necessary by its Chair or whenever requested by two or more of its members.

Members:
Chuck Riggs, President
Justin McBrayer, Vice President
Amy Wendland, Faculty Member of the Board of Trustees
Jay Dougan, Corresponding Secretary
Heidi Stelzer, Recording Secretary
Kris Greer, Committee on Committees

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Foreign Language Committee

Charge: The Faculty Senate of Fort Lewis College charges the Foreign Language Committee to work with individual departments to determine the feasibility of incorporating more language instruction into the curricular requirements of programs across campus. The committee will determine whether foreign language instruction can strengthen current programs and will also determine the impediments to including language instruction as program requirements. The Faculty Senate expects that the following specific information will be collected and brought to the senate as part of their report in March of 2013.

  • Which departments would add language instruction to their majors?
  • Which particular languages are of interest to individual departments?
  • What level of achievement would departments expect?
  • What other opportunities are currently available for language instruction, including study abroad, software and online language instruction?
  • For those departments for which language instruction is not desirable, what are the specific reasons?

Catalina Aguilar (Convener)
Mark Seis
Nancy Cardona

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General Education Council

Charge: The General Education Council is charged by the Faculty Senate to provide faculty governance of the General Education Program. The GEC reports directly to the Faculty Senate.

The GEC is comprised of two subcommittees, the Lower-Division Subcommittee and the Education for Global Citizenship subcommittee. The GEC also provides oversight of the Campus Reading Board and Campus Writing Board. The General Education Policy Work Group works on policy issues and problems identified by the Lower-Division and EGC subcommittees and the ESGE dean.

The Chair of the GEC and the chairs and members of the Lower-Division and EGC subcommittees are charged to:

  • Develop expertise on General Education Programs and issues at a state and national level;
  • Be advocates of an exceptional, high quality General Education Program, recognizing that the General Education curriculum represents a third of the required courses of our graduates;
  • Advise and collaborate with academic administration, primarily through the ESGE Dean, on issues relevant to ensuring delivery of a quality General Education Program;
  • Engage, communicate with, work collaboratively with, and serve as a resource for individual faculty teaching in the General Education Program, department chairs, deans, and directors of academic service offices to ensure delivery of a quality General Education Program;
  • Establish and review learning outcomes for the General Education Program;
  • Establish and oversee goals and processes for assessment of learning in the General Education Program;
  • Review curriculum proposals related to the General Education Program and forward approved proposals to the Curriculum Committee;
  • Oversee the activities of the Campus Reading Board and Campus Writing Board;
  • Review policy and process changes proposed by the General Education Policy Work Group.

The GEC Chair will report in writing and in person to the Faculty Senate on activities and important issues twice each year. Reports should address the work of the Lower-Division Subcommittee, the Education for Global Citizenship Subcommittee, the Campus Reading Board, Campus Writing Board, and General Education Policy Work Group to date.

Special Charge to the General Education Council
September 19 to November 7, 2012.

The General Education Council is tasked with bringing all gtPathways courses into compliance with state guidelines with regard to learning outcomes. This includes ensuring that all gtPathways course syllabi reflect original gtPathways approval, include content criteria and competencies, and that these are being adhered to so that they can be effectively assessed. The GE Council will consult with the assessment committee to ensure that this latter goal is achieved. Compliance with state guidelines is to be completed by the end of October so that the Gen Ed. Council can report on the results at the November 7 Faculty Senate meeting. To ensure inclusion in the 2013-14 catalog, all changes need to be completely finalized and approved before December 1, 2012.

Membership:
Chair, elected – Erin Lehmer

1 member representing faculty in CO1-2-3 requirement – Erik Jeurgensmeyer
1 member representing faculty in MA1 requirement – Laura Scull
1 member representing faculty in Freshman Math— Sandy Gilpin
1 member representing faculty in AH1-2-3-4 requirement – Shawn Fullmer
1 member representing faculty in Hi1 requirement – Ellen Paul
1 member representing faculty in SS1-2-3 requirement –Majel Boxer
1 member representing faculty in SC1-2 requirement – Dawn Mulhern
1 member representing faculty in Physical Well-Being requirement – Cathy Simbeck
2 members representing faculty in AHSS - Erik Juergensmeyer and Gordon Cheeswright
1 member representing faculty in SOBA - Kirby McMaster
2 members representing faculty in NBS - Gary Gianinny & Erin Lehmer
Director of Assessment, ex officio – Open
Registrar’s Office, ex officio – Sherry Barnes
Ex Officio - Jennifer Gay

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General Education Policy Workgroup

The Work Group addresses “technical” issues and problems identified by advising, the Registrar, academic administration, and the Lower-Division and EGC subcommittees related to the ongoing implementation of the General Education Program. The Work Group reports its recommendations to the Lower-Division or EGC subcommittees, as appropriate. Those committees review impacts of new policies and procedures on curriculum, advising, departmental and/or school governance practices and authority prior to implementation.

Membership:
Coordinator of General Education – Robert Bunting
Registrar – Kathy Kendall
Assistant Registrar – Susan Foster
Director of Academic Advising and Student Success Center – Andy Burns
Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Student Success Center – Katie Nester
Gen Ed Council Chair – Open
Teacher Education - Jennifer Trujillo

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Graduate/Post Graduate Academic Policy Committee

This Committee advises the Provost through the Faculty Senate, to which it reports. Its charge is to maintain and improve the academic standards for the College for post-baccalaureate and graduate students. The Committee shall encourage and recognize outstanding scholastic achievement of students; review, initiate and recommend Academic Standards policies; evaluate alignment of those policies with federal student aid policies; determine what academic action (probation level 1, probation level 2, suspension, or dismissal), if any, is appropriate at the end of each tern; monitor the progress of probationary students; hear and judge the cases of academic dishonesty brought before it by any member of the academic community; hear and judge the cases of students wishing to appeal academic suspensions or dismissals; and receive and consider proposals about academic standards from any member of the academic community. The Committee will submit a report by March 1 summarizing accomplishments, if any, for special charges or changes to the charge. The report will typically be a computerized file; however, the Senate may request an in-person report.

Membership:
Chair - Mary Ann Erickson
At Large - Jay Dougan
Department of Teacher Education - Richard Fulton
Ex Officio - Registrar
Ex Officio - Co-Chairs of Academic Standards Committee: Dawn Mulhern & Justin McBrayer
Ex Officio - Provost designee by invitation: Carol Smith

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Grievance Council

Charge: The Grievance Council is an elected group of twelve regular faculty from which a committee of three is selected to hear each faculty grievance. The College Grievance Officer, a member of the academic faculty, is appointed annually by the President and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the grievance process. For more information regarding the Grievance Council as well as the process by which it operates, see the Faculty Handbook, Section 20.

Campus Grievance Officer:
Betty Dorr

Council Members:
Bill Dodds
Catalina Aguilar
Cathy Simbeck
Larry Hartsfield
Les Sommerville
Delilah Orr
Ellen Paul
Rebecca Clausen
Susan Kraus
Don May
Yohannes Woldemariam
Janine Fitzgerald

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Honors Council

Charge: The Honors Council advises the Honors Program Coordinator, the four deans and the Provost through the Faculty Senate, to which it reports. Its charge is to develop, approve and provide oversight of initiatives to enrich the experience of high-ability, high-achieving students at Fort Lewis College. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, the John F. Reed Honors Program.

The committee will submit a report by March 1 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, and recommendations, if any, for special charges or changes to the charge. The report will typically be a computerized file; however, the Senate may request an in-person report.

Members:

Kathleen Hartney (Convener)
Jonathan Latta 
Tino Sonora
Astrid Oliver
Bridget Irish
Kathy Fine-Dare
Eric McAllister
Michele Malich
Shere Byrd
Joe Ortega
Ava Santos
Jennifer Rider

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Writing Board (Inactive)

This Committee develops campus-wide initiatives related to writing in general education courses and in the academic disciplines. Additionally, the Committee organizes and oversees the Campus Writing Competition. Recommendations of the Committee are heard by the General Education Council for endorsement and/or action. When appropriate, these recommendations and actions are brought before the Faculty Senate for endorsement and/or action.

The Committee composes and submits to the General Education Council written reports summarizing its activities. These reports should be submitted at least once per academic year and should be timed so as to best facilitate their inclusion into a regular General Education Council report to the Faculty Senate.

The Chair of the board must be in a tenure-track position, and have experience in teaching writing courses. Board members will serve three-year terms, renewable once if selected again by the General Education Council for a second three-year term. These terms will be staggered to ensure continuity. The Chair of the Writing Board will serve a three-year renewable term and must be recommended by the General Education Council, and approved by the Dean of General and Exploratory Studies and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Membership:

Chair:  
3 faculty from AHSS: Kate Prichard, Faron Scott, Amy Sellin
3 faculty from SOBA: Mika Kusar, Paul Herz, Simon Walls
3 faculty from NBS: Scott White, Kelly Jenks, (1 open)
1 faculty from Teacher Education and/or Freshman Math: Beth Dorman
1 member from the Library: Marie Elise Wheatwind
Writing Program Director: Erik Juergensmeyer
Director of Assessment (ex officio): TBA
1 student representative (ex officio): Devon Pollack

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Updated 11/11/2013 jcd

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