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.
Description of Activities: In consultation with the Provost, Vice Presidents, and the Accessibility Resource Center the committee will ensure that information technology and digital content created or distributed is accessible to individuals with disabilities. According to the Accessibility of Information Technology and Digital Content policy, the committee will make available training and resources for faculty and staff. The training and resources will include how to make technology/digital content accessible, how to check for accessibility, and how to request assistance. The Information Technology and Digital Accessibility Review Committee shall be responsible for:
The Information Technology and Digital Accessibility Review Committee members include faculty, staff, students and administrators. The Vice Presidents and the Faculty Senate Executive Board, Associated Students of Fort Lewis College, or their designees, shall appoint committee members.
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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.
Report: The committee will submit a one-page electronic report by March 31 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, and recommendations, if any, for alterations to the charge. Additionally, the committee will submit a more lengthy report by June 1 summarizing relevant statistics on academic standings, etc.
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Membership: Eight faculty members appointed by SEC as well as ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.
Charge: The Assessment Committee will work with the Office of Assessment to offer assessment aid to faculty, staff, and students and to serve as peer consultants to Programs/Departments, providing support and guidance regarding assessment. Committee members will also review comprehensive and annual assessment plans and work to request any significant missing information and/or clarifications, provide feedback, and validate final plans with the intention of aligning assessment efforts to program learning outcomes, the strategic plans of the college, and Higher Learning Commission (HLC) assumed practices.
Report: The committee will submit a one-page electronic report by May 31 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, brief evaluations of members, and recommendations, if any, for alterations to the charge.
Membership: Any number of faculty members appointed by SEC as well as ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.
Charge: The Curriculum Committee assists and supports the faculty in developing and overseeing the curriculum at Fort Lewis College. It initiates, receives, reviews, and recommends actions on proposed curricula and curricular changes, including creating, eliminating, or altering 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.
Report: The committee will submit a one-page electronic report by March 31 summarizing accomplishments, major issues discussed, brief evaluations of members, and recommendations, if any, for alterations to the charge.
Membership: The committee will have eight faculty members appointed by SEC: one from the LAC Council, one from the sciences, one from the social sciences, one from arts & humanities, one from teacher education, one from the library, one from the school of business administration, one from an interdisciplinary program, and ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.
Description of Activities: The primary objective of the Teaching Innovation, Pedagogy, & Assessment Committee is to fund proposals that focus on teaching innovation, pedagogy and/or assessment. The TIPA Committee develops guidelines for faculty grant proposals, reviews proposals, and votes as a Committee to award funding for worthy activities. Strong TIPA proposals are new projects that result in sustainable, long-term professional development of a faculty member with respect to teaching innovation, pedagogy, and/or assessment. This fund is not intended to be the source of continuous or on-going funding for any project or activity. Activities should relate to responsibilities in one’s teaching load (assigned courses and other responsibilities that count toward your credits of teaching load). This committee does not consider proposals that focus on faculty members’ scholarly or service responsibilities (see TS/R). Funding priorities are recommended to the Provost.
Description of Activities: The primary objective of the TS/R committee is to fund research and scholarship, with publication and/or public presentation the expected outcome. The TIPA Committee develops guidelines for faculty grant proposals, reviews proposals, and votes as a Committee to award funding for worthy activities. Historically, the TS/R committee has typically funded requests that facilitate primarily scholarly activities, research, or travel to academic conferences where the faculty member is presenting their work, though grants may be awarded for faculty attending conferences without making a presentation if the proposal has a strong rationale for why attendance at the conference supports the future presentation or publication of their research. This committee also considers proposals that support initial research that may lead to external funding in the future. This committee does not consider proposals that focus on faculty members’ instructional responsibilities (see TIPA). Funding priorities are recommended to the Provost.
Charge: The Faculty Handbook and Policy Committee reports to the Faculty Senate. This committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Faculty Senate regarding both Handbook and faculty policy additions, deletions, revisions, and interpretations. Handbook and policy issues that concern faculty responsibilities and expectations, personnel review (including promotion, tenure, and post-tenure), salary and related processes, course load and size, teaching evaluations, grievance procedures, and college organization are the purview of this committee. The committee is also responsible for recommending which issues are addressed in the Handbook and which by policy. Handbook changes require a full faculty vote. Policies must be consistent with the Handbook but may supplement these after Senate approval. Any committee, administrator, or faculty member can bring questions, requests, or concerns to the Handbook and Policy Committee via the Senate Executive 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 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 any accomplishments 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: Any number of faculty members appointed by SEC, with at least one member from each department that offers graduate programs and an ex officio member from the Academic Standards Committee and relevant administrative offices as needed.
Charge: The Honors Council 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.
Membership: Any number of faculty members appointed by SEC and ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.
Description of Activities: The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established by the College to implement the Code of Federal Regulations established by the Office of Health and Human Services which provides guidance to ensure that human subjects are protected according to federal (Health and Human Services) guidelines. The IRB works with principal investigators from college departments that do human subject research to ensure that they understand, and are in compliance with regulations regarding protections. The IRB reviews applications for human subject research needed to meet federal requirements regarding the use of human subjects in research. The IRB is also responsible for maintaining IRB application records and documentation on all project applications. The IRB notifies applicants of the disposition of their research proposals in a timely manner.
Membership: Law requires that all Institutional Review Boards have at least five members. Law also requires that each IRB must include both males and females, people from varying cultural backgrounds, people from varying professions, at least one member whose primary concerns are scientific, at least one member whose primary concerns are nonscientific, and at least one member who is not affiliated with the institution. The Fort Lewis College IRB has a self-imposed goal of having a representative from each of the departments that conduct human subject research. All members of the Board are required to take a two-hour online tutorial to help them understand the laws governing the Committee.
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Charge: The primary goals of the Liberal Arts Core Council are: 1) To build a narrative between faculty, staff, students, and trustees about what constitutes the liberal arts, particularly at Fort Lewis College. 2) To educate the public about what constitutes the liberal arts, particularly at Fort Lewis College. 3) To design and implement our Liberal Arts Core. 4) To serve in an advisory capacity, making recommendations regarding the Liberal Arts Core and curriculum to the Faculty Senate. 5) To collect baseline data and facilitate assessment of student learning in the Liberal Arts Core. 6) To evaluate and disseminate assessment data to inform curricular decisions within the Liberal Arts Core.
Membership: The committee will include one member from each academic department and ex officio members as needed.
Authority, Mission, and Purpose: The Media Center Advisory Board (MCAB) operates under the authority granted by the President of Fort Lewis College and is responsible for advising the Provost and the Dean of Student Engagement on matters related to the Ballantine Media Center and student publications.
The Ballantine Media Center states its mission as “a student-centered, college-community hub for collaborative storytelling that provides access to and space for students to engage with dynamic forms of media.” The MCAB facilitates and supports this mission through its various responsibilities and functions.
The MCAB facilitates communication and addresses issues regarding the Ballantine Media Center and Studio, its occupants and the community at large. The Board reviews and advises the Provost on allocating Ballantine Media Center space, including offices and studio. The Board manages scheduling of the Ballantine Media Center and Studio. The Board will work to resolve local issues at the Media Center and Studio, such as policies for the production lab usage and training.
The MCAB also oversees the appointment of editors-in-chief of The Independent and IMAGES, and it handles complaints and disputes concerning them, if they cannot be resolved internally. The MCAB Chair functions as de facto liaison to the Provost on Ballantine Media Center and Studio issues.
Description of Activities: The goals of the Teaching & Learning Committee are:
This committee will meet monthly during the academic year, unless otherwise determined by the members.
Description of Activities: The primary objective of the UGR Committee is to equitably provide funding for students to carry out research, design and creative activity projects across campus. The committee oversees the application process, and committee members provide scores and comments on multiple criteria for each proposal narrative and budget submitted. Supply Grant proposals are submitted twice per semester and are reviewed within 10 days of each submission date. In addition to evaluating grants, this committee provides guidance on other UGR activities, including Travel Grants, the Speaker Series, Fall and Spring Research Symposia, the Grad Plus Fair, and the FLC415_Communicating Your Research course.
Charge: The Women Faculty Committee makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate on issues pertinent to the status of faculty members who identify as women. The Committee will advise the senate and facilitate the implementation of policies, programs, and services that address issues of concern to faculty members who identify as women.
Charge: The Awards Committee is responsible for choosing the Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award, the Ginny Hutchins Teaching Award for New Faculty, the Kathy Wellborn Outstanding Teaching Award, the Roger Peters Distinguished Professor Award, and the Featured Scholar Award recipients. The Committee calls for nominations for these awards and notifies colleagues regarding when and how to apply for the awards.
Membership: The committee will have five members corresponding to the five academic disciplines as defined for the College Personnel Committee: one from the sciences, one from the social sciences, one from arts & humanities, one from teacher ed or the library, and one from the school of business administration. The members are elected by the faculty in the respective disciplines.
Charge: The College Personnel Committee’s charge is to review all probationary faculty, tenure, and promotion applications, sabbatical requests, sabbatical reports, and Post Tenure Reviews for Fort Lewis College faculty and make an independent recommendation regarding each faculty member it reviews. The committee's goal will be to ensure the process of probationary review, promotion, tenure, post-tenure review, and sabbatical recommendation and report is fair and equitable and adheres to the policy and procedure of the Fort Lewis College faculty handbook. A simple majority will lead to a vote for recommendation.
Membership: Members will consist of nine tenured faculty-at-large and will be elected by the voting faculty. Membership will include at least one representative from the Sciences, one from the Social Sciences, one from Arts and Humanities, one from the School of Education or Library faculty, and one from the School of Business Administration. The remaining four members will be elected from the tenured faculty at large.
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, except the President of the Faculty Senate. The Executive Committee may be convened whenever necessary by its Chair or whenever requested by two or more members.
Membership: The membership of the SEC is defined by the Faculty Handbook (Part 1, Article VI, §6) to include all and only the officers of the Faculty Senate. This consists of the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Committees Officer, and the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees. As the handbook dictates, the President and faculty representative to the Board of Trustees are elected by the faculty at large. The senate elects the remaining officers of the senate.
Charge: This Panel is led by a College Grievance Officer and is tasked with adjudicating formal grievances brought by faculty. The Faculty Handbook defines the adjudication process (Part II, Article A, §20).
Membership: The membership of the Grievance Panel is defined by the Faculty Handbook (Part II, Article A, §20, paragraph d) as an elected group of twelve regular faculty.
(Updated October 2023)