Faculty Governance

Faculty Committees

Membership 2015-2016

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 Policy Committee

Charge: This Committee creates a forum for the faculty to work in collaboration with academic administration to develop a comprehensive set of academic policies and procedures.  This charge outlines the goals of the committee and its membership.

Goals: The enduring concern of the Academic Policy Committee is ensuring the quality of the learning experience and the integrity of the Fort Lewis College degree, and advancing an institutional perspective and practice in all areas of academic affairs.

The initial goals for the committee will be to:

  • Establish a common format for the articulation of policies and procedures
  • Develop an effective communication system for engagement with draft policies and procedures by faculty, academic administration, students, and staff in other divisions.
  • Develop a systematic approval process reflecting the shared governance of academic policy and procedure.
  • Develop an effective notification system for the communication of finalized policies and procedures to the same groups.
  • Draft and bring forward for discussion and approval policies and procedures required to meet the requirements of the Higher Learning Commission, state statute and policy, and federal statute and policy.

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.

Membership: The Committee shall consist of the following eight members appointed by the SEC:

Member of Academic Standards Committee (Veronica Furst - Convener) (17)
Member of Curriculum Committee (Kathryn Jetter) (17)
Member of Assessment Committee
Member of Faculty Handbook Committee (Chuck Riggs) (16)
Member of Liberal Arts Core Council (Cathy Simbeck) (16)
1 faculty member each from the School of Arts & Sciences (Devin Leahy) (17), School of Business Administration, and Department of Teacher Education (Kay Phelps) (16) not currently serving on any of the committees listed above.
Ex officio- 1 student member selected by the Associated Students of Fort Lewis College
Ex officio -- Provost
Ex officio -- Member of Deans Council selected by the Provost
Ex Officio -- Registrar
By invitation -- Higher Learning Commission Criteria Team Leaders
By invitation -- Director of eLearning
By invitation -- Director of Assessment

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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:
Justin McBrayer (16) (Co-Chair since 2013) Convenor
Dawn Mulhern (17) (Co-Chair since 2013)
Kenny Miller (17)
Veronica Furst (16)
Carrie Meyer (17)
Delilah Orr (16)
Paul Clay (17)
Ryan Smith (16)
Crystal Fankhauser (ex officio – Student Success)
Susan Foster (ex officio - Registrar's Office)
Ken Pepion (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:
Heidi Steltzer (17) (Convener)
Rebecca Austin (16)
Erich McAlister (17)
Shawn Meek (16)
Michael Martin (17)
Mike Kusar (17)
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, 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.  The members are elected by the faculty in the respective disciplines.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:

Lorraine Taylor (SOBA) (17) Convernor
Lorien Chambers Schuldt (Teach Ed./Library) (16)
(Arts and Humanities)
Cynthia Dott (Sciences) (16)
David Kozak (Social Sciences) (16)

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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.

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 (15) (Chair since 13)
Keri Brandt (17)
Faron Scott (16)
Kathleen Hilimire (17)
Stephanie Owings (17)
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, one from an interdisciplinary program, and ex officio members from relevant administrative offices as needed.  Chair is elected by the committee members.

Current Members:
Kris Greer, Teacher Education (16) (Convener)
Ava Santos, Arts & Humanities (17)
Paul Clay, School of Business (16)
John Condie, Sciences (LAC) (17)
Gerald Crawford, Sciences (16)
Jennifer Gehrman (16)
Michael Valdez, School of Business (16)
Kathryn Jetter, Arts and Humanities (16)
Laura Scull, Sciences (16)
Martha Talman (ex officio - Library)
Theresa Rodriguez (ex officio – Registrar’s Office)
Olivia Burkhart (ex officio – Registrar’s Office)

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Faculty Handbook Committee

Charge: The Handbook Committee reports to the Faculty Senate.  The Fort Lewis College Faculty Handbook represents the bill of rights for faculty on this campus because we have no collective bargaining agreement.  Our rights, responsibilities, and obligations flow from this document.  Any legal issues related to faculty teaching, faculty responsibilities, grievance procedures, tenure and promotion, etc. are determined based upon definitions and concepts found in the Handbook.  For that reason, any changes to the Handbook, however small, must be by a full faculty vote.  Any committee, administrator, or faculty member can bring questions, requests, or concerns to the Handbook 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:
Betty Dorr (17) (Convener)
Megan Paciaronin (17)
Kris Greer (15)
Andrew Gulliford (16)
Susan Moss (17)
Chuck Riggs (16)

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Faculty Policy Committee

Charge: The Faculty Policy Committee will lead discussion and help to provide faculty input on issues and policies that concern faculty, for example, faculty salary, faculty course load, course size, Merit II procedures and policies, college organization, student evaluations, faculty expectations and review processes.  The committee is charged with researching the issue at hand, 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. It is the intent that the faculty and the administration on this committee will work openly and transparently together—this is an attempt at improved joint governance as opposed to parallel governance.

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:
Ryan Haaland (17) (Convener)
Chiara Canella (16)
Chad Colby (17)
Leslie Goldstein (17)
Don May (17)
Deborah Walker (16)

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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:
Dugald Owen (President, first term: 14-15)
Laurie Williams (Vice President, first term: 15-16)
David Blake (Corresponding Secretary, first term: 14-15)
Ellen Paul (Recording Secretary, first term: 14-15)
Astrid Oliver (Committee on Committees, first term: 15-16)
Justin McBrayer (Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, first term: 14-16)

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Liberal Arts Core Council

Charge for the 2014-2016 Academic Years: The primary goals of the Liberal Arts Core Council are 1) to develop an assessment plan and align a sample of the existing LAC courses to the new LAC learning outcomes; 2) to collect baseline data for assessment of student learning in the LAC program; 3) to work with departments to select and seek CCHE approval for a subset of “transitional” LAC courses that will be offered during the transition into a revised LAC curriculum; and 4) to solicit input from students, faculty, and administrators to develop candidate models for a revised LAC curriculum.

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 - Bob Stremba (17)
Anthropology - Dawn Mulhern (16)
Art & Design - Susan Moss (16)
Athletic Training - 
Biology - Erin Lehmer (16) (Convener)
Chemistry - Rob Milofsky (16)
English - Shawn Fullmer (16)
Environmental Studies - Kathleen Hililimire (16)
Exercise Science - Cathy Simbeck (16)
Freshman Math - Sandy Gilpin (16)
Gender & Women’s Studies - Kathy Fine-Dare (16) 
Geosciences - Gary Gianinny (16)
History - Ellen Paul (16)
Liberal Studies - Gordon Cheesewright (16)
Mathematics - Laura Scull (17)
Modern Languages - Amy Sellin (16)
Music - Marc Reed (17)
NAIS - Majel Boxer (16)
Philosophy - Sarah Roberts-Cady (16)
Physics/Engineering - William Nollet (17)
Political Science -  Yohannes Woldermariam (17)
Psychology - Ava Santos (17)
Public Health - none (has elected to be represented by biology)
School of Business - 
Sociology - Rebecca Clausen (16)
Teacher Education - Susie Null (16)
Theatre - Ginny Davis (16)
Writing Program - Eric Juergensmeyer (16)
Library - Martha Talman (ex officio)
General Education Coordinator- Paul McGurr (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:
Richard Fulton, Convener (17)
Michael Fry (17)
Natasha Tidwell (17)
Jay Dougan (16)
Kathy Kendall (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:
Catalina Aguilar (16)
Larry Hartsfield (16)
Don May (16)
Delilah Orr (16)
Les Sommerville (16)

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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:
Cathleen Hartney (17) (Convener)
Kathy Fine-Dare (16)
Steven Fenster (17)
Kathleen Hilimire (16)
Erik Juergensmeyer (16)
Michele Malach (16)
Eric McAllister (17)
William Collins (17)
Joseph Ortega (16)
Ava Santos (16)
Tino Sonora (16)

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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. 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 - Sarah Roberts-Cady
Social Sciences - Peter McCormick
Sciences - Jim Cross
Teacher Education and Library - Astrid Oliver
SOBA - Tino Sonora
At Large - 

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Updated 8/28/2015 by Corresponding Secretary

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