Fort Lewis College Committees

Advisory Committee on Accessibility of Information Technology and Digital Content

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:

  1. developing, maintaining and updating the Standards for the Accessibility of Information Technology and Digital Content,
  2. developing a plan for implementation of these standards,
  3. identifying and distributing best practices and resource information regarding accessible information technology and digital content,
  4. reviewing and making recommendations to the Vice Presidents to grant exceptions to the policy,
  5. determining the content and frequency of trainings and assessing the quality and effectiveness of these trainings, and
  6. reviewing and updating the policy.

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.

View the Digital Accessibility website.

Advisory Committee on Facilities

Description of Activities: In consultation with the Provost and Vice Presidents, the committee will develop, implement and communicate policies and procedures as necessary to achieve the purposes of Policy 5-5, the Facilities Use Policy. In consultation with the affected parties, the Advisory Committee on Facilities will review all i) uses of new facilities, (ii) changes in uses of existing facilities, (iii) changes to existing facilities, including structural and equipment changes, and common areas, including displays. The committee will make recommendations as requested. The Provost makes all decisions on the use of college facilities. Members are appointed in consultation with the Provost. It has one representative from each of the following departments: Conference Services, Information Technology, Physical Plant Services, Records, and Facilities Scheduling.

Members:

  • Steve Elias, SOBA - Chair
  • Olivia Burkhart, Registrar's Office
  • Brian Foster, Information Technology
  • Amber Grenhart, Student Union & Event Services
  • Jeff Miller, Physical Plant
  • Greg Weiss, Student Housing & Conference Services

Affordable Educational Resources Committee

Description of activities: This Committee is charged with investigating methods of and making recommendations to the Provost for implementing a sustainable Educational Resources Affordability program at FLC. This program seeks to decrease the textbook cost burden for students through the use of open educational resources (OER), online resources that fall under fair use consideration, and library resources. The task force will focus on three components of a sustainability framework: Infrastructure, Resources, and Culture. The goals for each of these areas are*: 1) Infrastructure – In accordance with existing state and campus policies, building the campus guidelines, processes, and capabilities necessary to support affordable educational resources 2) Resources – Identifying the dollars or faculty/staff time required to support the work, as well as opportunities to conserve resources through efficiency improvements, and 3) Culture – Using affordable educational resources to support broad institutional visions and goals, including measuring and communicating successes.

*From the RPK Group OER Field Guide for Sustainability Planning

Members:

  • Chair: Tyler Dunn, Open Education Librarian
  • Elvira England, Instructional Multimedia Developer, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Matt Armstrong, Program & Transfer Coordinator, Skyhawk Station
  • Natasha Tidwell, Associate Professor of Psychology and Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Erich McAlister, Professor of Mathematics

More about Affordable Educational Resources at FLC

Campus Sustainability Committee

Description of Activities: The Campus Sustainability Committee plays a key role in raising campus awareness and keeping sustainability issues at the forefront of campus culture. Sustainability is the collaborative action of meeting the needs of current and future generations of humans and ecosystems through conservation, regenerative use of resources, action for social justice, and attention to a vibrant economy. At Fort Lewis College, we are committed to an integrated model of sustainability that includes academics and research, student leadership and campus culture, the physical campus and its structures, planning and administration, and service to our community and planet. Recent achievements from the Campus Sustainability Committee include significant reductions in the College’s greenhouse gas emissions and major headway towards our goal of zero waste through improved composting and recycling programs.


This committee is advisory to the FLC Sustainability Coordinator and is charged with the following:

  • Develop annual objectives for environmental sustainability work at the College
  • Assist the FLC Sustainability Coordinator in strategically dividing roles and responsibilities to achieve these objectives
  • Track progress of the College’s sustainability commitments
  • Serve as the campus forum for communication on sustainability
  • Raise funds for campus sustainability work

Members:

  • Kathy Hilimire, Environment & Sustainability, Sustainability Coordinator—Chair
  • Tanner Besse, Student
  • Christie Chatterley, Physics & Engineering
  • Chad Colby, Art & Design
  • Tommy Frederico, Physical Plant
  • Marcel Gaztambide, Environmental Center
  • Carl Gregg, Physical Plant
  • Kiki Hooton, Event and Conference Services
  • Rob Lee, Physical Plant
  • Sadie Magnifico, Environmental Center
  • Kaity Mattos, Environment & Sustainability
  • Jeff Miller, Physical Plant
  • Haley Perez, Student
  • Gina Rios, Campus Dining Services
  • Michael Rendon, Sociology and Political Science

Center of Southwest Studies Campus Advisory Committee

Description of Activities: The Center of Southwest Studies (CSWS) Campus Advisory Committee consists of faculty and staff from a range of fields. The committee is responsible for supporting CSWS staff, students, and volunteers in all museum, archives, and library activities in alignment with the Center’s mission, with particular emphasis on academic engagement and building campus partnerships. Committee duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. making recommendations related to the Center’s programs and services;
  2. serving as a liaison between the Center and the rest of the College community, expanding the Center’s outreach and presence on campus;
  3. advising CSWS staff on matters pertaining to the Center’s strategic plan;
  4. providing input on the implementation of CSWS policies and procedures;
  5. supporting CSWS staff with additional advice and expertise as required.

Committee Members

  • Andrea Berghoff, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education
  • Majel Boxer, Chair & Associate Professor, Native American & Indigenous Studies
  • Paul Kuenker, Assistant Professor, History
  • Rosalinda Linares, Information Literacy and Collection Management Librarian, Reed Library
  • Cory Pillen, Director, Center of Southwest Studies
  • Elizabeth Quinn MacMillan, Curator, Center of Southwest Studies
  • Cristian Sepulveda, Assistant Professor, Marketing
  • Heather Shotton, Vice President for Diversity Affairs
  • Andreas Tischhauser, Senior Director of Development, CFR

College Taskforce Structure

This “College Taskforce” structure will answer the need for a short-term committee structure that can address a focused topic within a set timeframe. Taskforces will typically work on a clearly defined topic to provide a clearly defined outcome, such as a recommendation, solution, assessment, set of guidelines, or plan. Rather than create a new standing Faculty or College Committee, or add additional work to an existing Faculty or College Committee, the Taskforce structure allows a short-term working group to be formed quickly, provide valuable service, and disband when the project is completed.

A Taskforce will be defined by the project it undertakes. The parameters of a Taskforce are purposefully flexible, allowing it to meet the needs of the project:

  • Timeline: a Taskforce can be created at any time during the year; it typically will complete its work within a semester or academic year.
  • Size: a Taskforce size can be defined by the project’s needs, but will typically have four or more members, including a Chair
  • Composition: a Taskforce will typically have appointed members, asked to serve on the Taskforce based on experience or expertise. As needed, Taskforces can also put out a call for members
  • Charge: the Taskforce will have a clearly defined charge, making sure that the parameters of work, the outcomes, and any deadlines are clear

Committee on FLC History

Fort Lewis College has a distinct commitment to provide educational opportunities and pathways for Native American students, and to support each student’s determination and the choices they want to make for their education and career. Recognition of our history and steps towards reconciliation of the past are part of FLC’s commitment to student success.

Charge: The Committee is working with Faculty, Staff, Students, Tribal Leaders, and Community Members to develop recommendations for changes to the public displays of FLC history, particularly with regards to the Boarding School.

The Committee is working with a Core Advisory Group and seeks input on the following:

  • Articulations of FLC History and the Tuition Waiver
  • Understanding the Boarding School History
  • Ideas for Public Displays and Ways to Increase Inclusivity for All Students

Learn more about the Committee on FLC History

Committee on High Impact Learning (CHIL)

High Impact Practices (HIPs) are central to our strategic plan, and this committee is charged with defining, developing, and sustaining a unique FLC approach to HIPs. The committee works to inventory, interconnect, and improve existing opportunities for High Impact Learning, such as our field schools or undergraduate research program. It also works with departments to create new approaches to High Impact Learning, bringing innovation to the College’s curricular and co-curricular experiences. The committee’s charge is to work collaboratively across campus to strengthen a signature FLC approach to High Impact Learning.

Due to the need to create a comprehensive approach to High Impact Learning (while keeping the committee to a manageable structure), CHIL will take a unique shape. The Committee will bring together two Sub-Committees that meet together regularly, but that can also work independently; the first is comprised of the directors and representatives of offices engaged In High Impact Learning (listed below) and the second is comprised of faculty representatives.

CHIL Directors Sub-Committee:

  • Pete McCormick - Chair
  • Shere Byrd (Biology)
  • Rosalinda Linares (Reed Library)
  • Tom Miaskiewicz (Marketing)
  • Ishani Banerji (Marketing)
  • Vera Furst (Mathematics)

CHIL Faculty Sub-Committee:

  • Pete McCormick - Chair

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Description of Activities: The Faculty/Staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee works with the Provost to ensure that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plays a central role in campus activities, with a special focus on Academic Affairs initiatives. The DEI Committee will support campus-wide DEI structures, including the new Diversity Leadership Council. The charge to this Committee will be to work with the Provost on topics of substance that will improve campus DEI, especially in curricular and co-curricular areas. The expectation is that the Committee will undertake specific DEI projects each year, design solution-based and action-oriented plans, and define and enact project implementation. The committee also serves as a resource for faculty and staff who have questions or concerns with regards to DEI at FLC.

The Council will consist of 5-6 faculty and 4-5 exempt staff.

Members:

  • Carolina Alonso, Sociology
  • Nancy Cardona, English
  • Lorien Chambers Schuldt, Teacher Education
  • Kain Eggler, Residence Director
  • Jeff Jantz, Advancement
  • Joslyn Lee, Chemistry
  • Elizabeth Quinn, Center of Southwest Studies
  • Faculty Member TBD
  • Staff Member TBD
  • Jesse Peters, Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, ex officio

Faculty Development Grants Committee: Traditional Scholarship/Research (TS/R)

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.

Members:

  • Ruth Alminas, Political Science - Chair
  • Carolina Alonso, Sociology
  • Ishani Banerji, SOBA
  • Marnie Clay, Health Sciences
  • Felicia Meyer, Performing Arts
  • Michael Grubb, Chemistry
  • Candace Nadon, English
  • Lorraine Taylor, SOBA - ex officio

Faculty Development Grants Committee Teaching Innovation, Pedagogy, & Assessment (TIPA)

Description of Activities: The primary objective of the TIPA 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.

Members:

  • Lorraine Taylor, SOBA—Chair
  • David Cahoon, Art and Design
  • Shawn Fullmer, English
  • Kal Miah, Physics and Engineering
  • Rick Mull, SOBA-Finance
  • Natasha Tidwell, Psychology
  • David Vasquez Hurtado, Sociology
  • Ruth Alminas, Political Science—ex officio

Faculty Support and Advancement Committee

Description of Activities: The Faculty Support Committee is charged with fostering faculty success by providing faculty with opportunities for professional support, growth, and achievement. The committee oversees the development of comprehensive programming that encourages faculty fulfillment and advancement in teaching, scholarship, and service at all career stages. The committee also collaborates with our faculty governance structure, standing faculty committees, and Faculty Development Grants Committees in order to encourage new ideas and address any concerns relating to faculty development.

As a newly formed committee, its first charge is to focus on creating an innovative, effective, and sustainable faculty mentorship program. The committee is also charged with developing a faculty mediation program, working with HR to develop a new program that aims to resolve faculty concerns and conflicts. Additional projects are defined by the committee, and can include creating guides to successful tenure and promotion, providing workshops for specific career stages and tasks, and generating programming that encourages faculty engagement in career planning.

Members:

  • Kris Greer, Teacher Education, Chair
  • Deb Powers, Adventure Education
  • Candace Nadon, English
  • Melissa Knight-Maloney, Health Sciences
  • Beth Dorman, Teacher Education

Health & Safety Group

 

Institutional Review Board

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.

Members

  • Alex Borgella (psychology) - Co-chair
  • Jennifer Lowell (public health) - Co-chair
  • Elizabeth Cartier (business)
  • Paul DeBell (political science)
  • Beth Dorman (teacher education)
  • Cristián Sepúlveda (business)
  • Majel Boxer (NAIS
  • David Blake (biology)
  • Janice Templeton (psychology)

Public members

  • Kip Boyd (MD, Hospital Administrator)

Non-science members

  • Nancy Cardona (English)

Go to the IRB website

Media Center Advisory Board

 

Provost's Advisory Council

The Provost’s Advisory Council envisions possible new directions for Academic Affairs, working to align AA programs, projects, and initiatives with the Fort Lewis College Strategic Plan. It focuses on AA’s administrative, systems, and policy and procedure structures, attempting to create a high functioning framework in which academic innovation can take place. The Council is charged with assessing AA’s activities and organization, exploring best practices, and recommending improvements or new projects.

The Council’s 2021 charge is:

  1. the Council will determine how to assess the new division-based organization of Academic Affairs and the Provost’s Office, and offer suggestions for how best to improve the structuring of positions and functions, aligning those structures with the Strategic Plan.
  2. the Council will offer recommendations for how to improve AA functions. The Council will select AA structures for analysis and/or improvement (these could range from registrar processes, to advising structures, to departmental budgeting, to faculty recognition and support, etc.), investigate innovative models for academic organization, draw inspiration from best practices and unique designs at other institutions. The Council will determine what AA structures and procedures can build on FLC’s strengths and what structures best fit FLC’s emphasis on student success, equity and inclusion, and integrated services.
  3. the Council will continue to provide insight into how we can provide new forms of faculty support and new leadership faculty opportunities in light of this reorganization.
  4. the Council will identity how to streamline work and eliminate redundancy of work within all AA units to improve effectiveness, workloads, and communication.
  5. the Council will analyze institutional barriers to efficiency, communication, student support, and support of faculty, staff, and Chairs.

Ultimately, the Council’s goal is to provide clear recommendations for strengthening all aspects of AA, ensuring the centrality of academic innovation to the success of Fort Lewis College.

Members:

  • David Blake, Biology
  • Tapati Dutta, Health Sciences
  • Maggie Shields, Health Sciences
  • Gary Gianniny, Geosciences

Staff Council

The Staff Council was started in January of 2019. The members represent staff from five areas: President, Academic Affairs, Advancement, Finance & Administration, and Student Affairs.

What we do

  • This Staff Council is responsible for advocating on behalf of staff members on areas of shared concern or interest as well as provide for exchange and dissemination amongst staff members at the College. 
  • The Council can facilitate communication between staff, students, faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees. Already, we have created a staff e-mail listserv, and this year the council plans to solicit more feedback and active engagement from College staff members.  
  • Stay tuned for e-mails and an anonymous suggestion link coming soon from your Staff Council.

Visit the Staff Council website.

Teaching & Learning Committee

Description of Activities: The goals of the Teaching & Learning Committee are: 

  1. to collaborate with the Center for Teaching & Learning to design and implement professional development opportunities and support services based on research-based teaching practices;
  2. to prioritize opportunities to increase student success by offering guidance around course and program delivery, assessment, quality, and policies.

This committee will meet monthly during the academic year, unless otherwise determined by the members.

Members

  • Jennifer Rider, Center for Teaching & Learning - Co-chair
  • Brian Burke, Psychology - Co-chair
  • Sarah Roberts-Cady, Philosophy
  • Keisha Carlson, Biology
  • Ellen Paul, History
  • Kenny Miller, Chemistry
  • Ayla Moore, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Mark Beattie, Health & Human Performance
  • Rennee Beeton, Chemistry

Tuition Appeals Committee

Description of Activities: The Committee meets as needed to hear student appeals of tuition classification.

Members:

  • Michele Peterson, Chair (Budget Office)
  • Melanie McLean (Accounting Office)
  • Theresa Rodriguez (Registrar’s Office)

Undergraduate Research Committee

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.

Members: 

  • Wesley Dunnagan (Music) 
  • David Gonzales (Geosciences) 
  • Susumu Iwasaki (Health & Human Performance) 
  • Jeff Jessing (Physics & Engineering) 
  • Jeff McFarlane (Chemistry & Biochemistry) 
  • Cory McCullough (English) 
  • Ross McCauley (Biology) 
  • Melissa Sclafani (Art & Design) 
  • Ben Waddell (Sociology) 
  • Christine Smith (Undergraduate Research Support Coordinator)

Work-Life Wellness Committee

Description of Activities: The mission of the Wellness Committee is to inspire, motivate, and validate the well-being and morale of the whole self within the Fort Lewis College community. The committee serves as an advocate and advisory group for work-life policies and programs, including those which support a healthy balance between work and family.

Members:

  • Doug Ewing, Co-Chair (Recreational Services)
  • Melissa Stordeur, Co-chair (Human Resources)
  • Elizabeth Calagias (Center for Innovation)
  • Joshua Coon (Athletics)
  • Regina Curry (Athletics)
  • Peyton Deal (TRIO Talent Search)
  • Brandon DenHartog (Recreational Services)
  • Staci Ewing (Budget Office)
  • Ally Gee (Academic Affairs)
  • Gyana Bandy Gomar (El Centro)
  • Amber Grenhart (Student Union)
  • Barb Hembree (Health Center)
  • Katherine Jetter (Music)

Go to the Work-Life Wellness website.