Faculty Governance

Faculty Committees

Membership 2017-2018

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. Members of faculty committees serve two-year terms with no limit on reappointment (Faculty Handbook, Part I, Article VI, §2).  Committee chairs are elected by the voting faculty of a committee and serve a one-year term which may be renewed up to four successive terms (Faculty Handbook, Part I, Article VI, §3).  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.  As dictated by the Faculty Handbook (Part I, Article VI, §2) ex-officio members serve in an advisory, informational, liaison, but non-voting capacity.

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.

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.

Membership:
Eight faculty members appointed by SEC as well as ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:
Ava Santos, (18)
Dawn Mulhern (19) (Co-Chair since 2013)
Ross McCauley (19)
Veronica Furst (18) (Co-Chair)
Dugald Owen (18)
Chad Colby (18)
Kaori Takano (19)
Devin Leahy (19)
Carol Smith (ex officio – Student Success)
Theresa Rodriguez (ex officio - Registrar's Office)
Katie Nester (ex officio – Administration)
Jenn Wagnon (ex officio - PAA)

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Assessment Committee

Charge: The Assessment Committee will work with the Office of Assessment to review 5-year assessment plans and to request any significant missing information and/or clarifications, provide feedback, and validate final plans.  Throughout the academic year, Assessment Committee members will also serve as peer liaisons to departments, as needed, to offer support and guidance regarding assessment issues.

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: Any number of faculty members appointed by SEC as well as ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:
Paul DeBell (19)
Cody Ferguson (19)
Jill Choate (18)
Erich McAlister (19) (Chair)
Kim Hannula (18)
Michael Martin (19)
Shere Byrd (18)
Lisa Snyder - ex officio
Anne McCarthy - 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, the Featured Scholar and the Roger Peters Distinguished Professor Award recipients. The Committee notifies colleagues regarding when and how to apply for these awards.

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 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.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:

Kristin Watson (School of Business Administration) (19) 
Di Ryter (Teacher Education) (18)
Lisa Campi-Walters (Arts and Humanities) (19)
Cynthia Dott, Chair (Sciences) (18)
Michael Dichio (Social Sciences) (18)
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Committee on the Status of Women Faculty

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.

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: Any number of faculty members appointed by SEC as well as ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:
Julie Korb (18) (Chair since 13)
Keri Brandt (19)
Faron Scott (18)
Kathleen Hilimire (19)
Mika Kusar (18)
Stephanie Owings (19)
Carolina Alonso (19)
Callie Cole (18)
Kerry Ginger (18)
Natasha Tidwell (19)
Carol Smith (ex officio)

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Curriculum Committee

Charge: The Curriculum 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.

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.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:
Kay Phelps, Teacher Education (18) 
Paul Clay, School of Business Administration (18)
Ellen Paul, Liberal Arts Core (18)
Brent Williams, Arts & Humanities (18)
Don May, Sciences (18) (Convener)
Melissa Knight Maloney, Sciences (19)
Scott White, Interdisciplinary (18)
Billy Nollet, At Large (18)
Ginger Williams (ex officio - Library)
Theresa Rodriguez (ex officio – Registrar’s Office)
Olivia Burkhart (ex officio – Registrar’s Office)

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Faculty Handbook and Policy Committee

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.

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: Any number of faculty members appointed by SEC as well as ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:
Jonathan Harvey (19)
Susan Moss (18)
Jerry Crawford (19)
Carl Lienert, Co-Chair (19)
Deborah Walker, Co-Chair (19)
Chiara Cannella (18)
John O'Neal (19)
Janice Templeton (18)
Andrew Gulliford (19)

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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.

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 includes the President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Committees Officer, and the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees.  As dictated by the handbook, the President and faculty representative to the Board of Trustees are elected by the faculty at large.  The remaining officers of the senate are elected by the senate.

Current Members:
David Blake (President, 17-18)
Betty Dorr (Vice President, 17-18)
Michael Fry (Corresponding Secretary, 17-18)
Paul Clay (Recording Secretary, 17-18)
Astrid Oliver (Committee on Committees, 17-18)
Michael Valdez (Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, first term: 16-18)

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Liberal Arts Core Council

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 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.

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: For 2014-2016, the committee will include one member from each academic department as well as ex officio members as needed.  The chair is elected by the committee.

Current Members:
Adventure Education - Deborah Powers (19)
Anthropology - Dawn Mulhern (18)
Art & Design - Cory Pillen (18)
Biology - Caroline Kulesza (18)
Chemistry - Aimee Morris (19)
English - Candace Nadon, replacing Shawn Fullmer (18) for Fall 2017
Environmental Studies - Peter McCormick (18) (ex officio)
Exercise Science - Missy Thompson (19)
Freshman Math - None
Gender & Women’s Studies - None
Geosciences - Gary Gianinny (18)
History - Ellen Paul (18)
Mathematics - Laura Scull (19)
Modern Languages - Amy Sellin (18) (Chair)
Music - Katherine Jetter (19)
NAIS - Kay Holmes (18)
Philosophy - Sarah Roberts-Cady (18)
Physics/Engineering - Christie Chatterley (19)
Political Science -  Ruth Alminas (18)
Psychology - Natasha Tidwell (19)
Public Health - Kevin Griffith (19)
School of Business Administration - Simon Walls (18)
Sociology - Anthony Nocella (19)
Teacher Education - Lorien Chambers Schuldt (18)
Theatre - Ginny Davis (18)
Writing Program - Eric Juergensmeyer (18) 
Library - Martha Talman (ex officio)
General Education Coordinator- Peter McCormick (ex officio)
Registrar’s Office- Theresa Rodriguez (ex officio)

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Graduate/Post Baccalaureate Academic Standards 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 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.

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: Any number of faculty members appointed by SEC with at least one member from each department that offers graduate programs as well as an ex officio member from the Academic Standards Committee and from relevant administrative offices as needed.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:
Kris Greer, Convener (19) (ex officio)
Michael Fry (19)
Jay Dougan (18)
Joseph Ortega (19)
Theresa Rodriguez (ex officio, Academic Standards Committee)
Carol Smith (ex officio, Enrollment Management)

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Grievance Council

Charge: This Panel is led by a College Grievance Officer and is tasked with the adjudication of formal grievances brought by faculty.  The adjudication process is defined in the Faculty Handbook (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 from which a committee of three is selected to hear each faculty grievance. The College Grievance Officer (CGO) will be elected by the committee.

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.

Current Members:
Andrew Gulliford (18)
Anthony Nocella (18)
Ellen Paul (18)
Janine Fitzgerald (18)
Les Sommerville (18) (Convener)
Mark Walters (18)
Justin McBrayer (19)
Erin Lehmer (19)
Ginny Davis (19)
Paul Clay (19)
Megan Paciaroni (19)
Lorraine Taylor (19)

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Honors Council

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.

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: Any number of faculty members appointed by SEC as well as ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:
Kathy Fine-Dare (18)
Steven Fenster (19) (Convener)
Michele Malach (18)
Jen Gehrman (19)
Lisa Walters (18)
William Collins (19)
Ryan Schwarz (19)
Megan Paciaroni (18)

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College Personnel Committee

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 goal of the committee 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 faculty handbook of Fort Lewis College. 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 (Biology, Chemistry, Exercise Science, Geosciences, Physics and Engineering, Mathematics), one representative from the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology), one representative from Arts and Humanities (Art and Design, English, History, Modern Language, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, and the Writing Program), one representative from the Teacher Education department or Library faculty, and one representative from the School of Business Administration. The remaining four members will be elected from the tenured faculty at large. Members of the committee will serve staggered two-year terms. The first year the committee is convened, four members will only serve one year. Those members who have served four consecutive years will be ineligible to serve again for one, two-year term. The Convener will be appointed from the committee by the Senate Executive Committee. The Chairperson will be elected from the members of the College Personnel Committee.

Current Members:
Arts and Humanities - Faron Scott (18)
Social Sciences - Sue Kraus (19)
Sciences - Rob Milofsky (18)
Teacher Education and Library - Susie Null (19)
School of Business Administration - Eric Huggins (18)
At Large - Betty Dorr (18), Eric Juergensmeyer (18), Chad Colby (19), Susan Moss (19)

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Updated 9/27/2016 by DJB