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20.6.2  Committees of the Faculty

Committee Membership:

Rules governing membership on each faculty committee are set forth below. With respect to schools with departments, no more than one member from any department may serve on a particular faculty committee (recognizing that the Faculty Senate is not a faculty committee). In the event of special circumstances, this limitation may be waived by the Faculty Senate upon request of the Committee on Committees.

Committee Reports and Planning:

Each faculty committee will submit to the Committee on Committees an annual report, including a written plan of action for the next year for distribution to the Faculty prior to the last Faculty meeting in May. Each committee will also present a verbal summary report to the Faculty at the last faculty meeting of the academic year. Other written or verbal reports may be submitted by the committee or presented to the Faculty as each committee sees fit. In addition, each committee chair or a designee will present the committee's plans for the academic year at a meeting called by the Faculty Senate early in the fall semester.

Standing Committees of the Faculty:

Standing Committees shall exist at all times, meet regularly and be staffed as provided below.  Non-Standing Committees shall be committees of the faculty which shall exist at all times, meet only as necessary.

Academic Planning and Resources (APAR) Committee

Charge: This committee provides advice to the Institute and represents the Faculty on all issues related to the financial, human and physical resources of the Institute. APAR may form subcommittees as required to accomplish its tasks.

Financial and Human Resources: APAR will play a key consultative and participatory role in the planning and budgetary processes of the Institute, and monitor and report on planning and financial matters to the faculty. The Committee will be consulted at an early stage in these processes so that it can provide faculty input before final decisions are made.

Physical Resources: APAR will monitor and report on the condition and allocation of physical space such as classrooms and laboratories. The Committee will also oversee the activities of its Library Sub-Committee.

Library: APAR shall work with the Librarian, and with faculty and students to ensure that the library is capable of meeting the present and future educational and scholarly requirements of students and faculty.

Membership: The committee will consist of tenured Faculty members, and non-tenure stream faculty at the rank of Professor. Four tenured faculty and one non-tenure stream faculty will be elected. The Faculty Senate will appoint two additional members, one of whom must be tenured. There will be at least one faculty member from each college and school, but no more than three from any given college and school. Committee members shall serve three year staggered terms. Faculty elected to the Finance, Investment, and Institute Facilities Committees of the Board of Trustees will be invited to attend committee meetings without voting rights. The committee will elect its own chairperson.

Academic Appeals Committee

Charge: This Committee will hear appeals by students on any action taken by the offices of the Dean of Graduate Academics, the Dean of Undergraduate Academics, the Honor Board, or any

other undergraduate or graduate juridical group relating to academic matters with the exception of the Academic Appeals Committee. It will not deal with non-academic matters.

It may affirm or reverse an academic action, modify a decision, or return the matter to the body having original jurisdiction with an explanation of its reasons for doing so. The Committee shall be responsible for its own standards and procedures which must be consistent with this Faculty Handbook and other governing documents of the Institute.. The committee will file detailed reports of its actions with the Provost.

The Provost has the authority to affirm, reverse or modify an action of the Committee and shall inform the Committee of all actions resulting from appeals of its actions.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of tenure and non-tenure stream faculty. Four tenure stream faculty members and one non-tenure stream faculty member at a rank equivalent to Assistant Professor or above, in each case with at least three years of service at Stevens, will be elected by the faculty. Two tenure stream faculty will be appointed by the Provost. Terms will be for two years. The committee will elect its own chairperson.

Academic Operations and Affairs Committee

Charge: This Committee will work with the Administration on policies concerning student academic affairs and implementation of these policies. Such policies shall include, but are not limited to, those relating to student satisfaction, student success, retention, and academic advising at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Committee will consult with the Administration, and propose to the faculty, standards of scholarship, education, grading, tests, examinations, attendance, admissions, and the award of advanced standing and transfer credit. The Committee shall also participate with the Honor System insofar as it affects academic standards. Lastly, the Committee shall serve as a liaison between the Faculty and students through the appropriate undergraduate and graduate student organizations, and make recommendations for the improvement of student community life at Stevens to any appropriate body.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of tenure and non-tenure stream faculty. Four tenure stream faculty, and one non-tenure stream faculty member at a rank equivalent to Assistant Professor or above with at least three years of service at Stevens will be elected by the Faculty. In addition, the Provost and the Faculty Senate will each appoint one additional member from the tenure stream, or non-tenure stream with at least three years of service at Stevens. Terms will be for two years. Additional members of the Committee will include the Vice Provost of Academics or his or her designee, the Dean of Student Life, and the Dean of Graduate Student Affairs (or their equivalent positions). Two undergraduate and two graduate students will also be members of the Committee but will vote only on matters related to student affairs. The students will be appointed or elected in a manner determined by the students. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without voting. Faculty elected to the Student Enrollment and Success and the Alumni Affairs Committees of the Board of Trustees may be invited to attend without voting. The Committee will elect its own chairperson from those members who are tenure stream faculty, but are not Academic Administrators.

Committee on Committees

Charge: This Committee will solicit and propose nominees from the faculty for the standing committees of the Faculty and for faculty participants on the Board of Trustees and on those Board committees which have faculty participation. The Committee shall from time to time review election procedures.

At the request of the Faculty Senate, the Committee on Committees will identify and recruit members of the Faculty to serve on various faculty and institutional committees.

By the last faculty meeting of each academic year, the Committee shall compile a list of members, including the chairperson of each faculty committee and distribute the list to the Faculty. The Committee will also collect, compile, and distribute annual reports from each faculty committee.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of tenure stream and non-tenure stream faculty. Four tenure stream faculty members and one non-tenure stream faculty member at a rank equivalent to Assistant Professor or above, in each case with at least three years of service at Stevens, will be elected by the Faculty for a two-year term. The committee will elect its own chairperson.

Institute Committee on Promotion and Tenure

Charge: This Committee will evaluate the qualifications and recommend faculty for promotion beyond the rank of Assistant Professor and for the award of tenure. This Committee is bound by the Promotion and Tenure Policy of the Institute, Section 3.6 of the Faculty Handbook.

Membership: The Committee shall consist of six tenured faculty members of the rank of Professor, with Academic Administrators ineligible for membership, serving two-year staggered terms. This Committee will include three members elected by the Stevens Faculty with vote and three appointed by the Provost in consultation with the Faculty Senate. At least two of the Institute’s four schools and college must be represented on the Committee. In addition, in the interest of respecting the diversity of academic disciplines within Stevens, every effort will be made to exceed this requirement. No Committee member may serve two consecutive, full two-year terms in the Committee. The Committee shall select its own chairperson. Members of the Committee may serve as members of the Nominating Committee of their academic unit but are ineligible to serve on their School or College’s Promotion and Tenure Committee.

Institute Curriculum Committee

Charge: The Institute Curriculum Committee will serve as the faculty liaison with the Administration on any issues that affect the delivery, or assessment of the Curriculum, including efforts to enhance the pedagogy of teaching at Stevens. In particular, the Provost will bring to the Institute Curriculum Committee for discussion and advice all significant matters coming to his/her attention that apply across the different Schools and impact the Institute’s overall Curricula. The Committee may be called upon by the Administration or the Faculty Senate to participate in proactive strategic-level planning with regards to the Stevens Curriculum. The Committee may, when appropriate, also work with the Administration to oversee extra-curricular elements that directly impact student learning, such as experiential learning and career development. The Committee will work with the Administration to address issues affecting the different schools and both undergraduate and graduate studies. In addition, the Institute Curriculum Committee will oversee the efforts of the Undergraduate Studies and Graduate Curriculum Committees, as described below.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of seven faculty members. Three tenured faculty members will be elected by the Faculty for a two year term. The remaining four faculty members (who may be tenure or non-tenure stream) will be appointed for two year terms by the Faculty Senate from the membership of the Undergraduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Curriculum Committee, respectively, in a manner which balances representation with respect to undergraduate and graduate focus and ensures that there will be at least one faculty member from each school. The Provost (or his/her designee) will be invited to attend without voting rights. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without voting rights. The Committee will elect its own chairperson from among those members who are tenure stream faculty but who are not Academic Administrators.

Graduate Curriculum Committee

Charge: This Committee will be concerned with maintaining the strength of graduate education at Stevens. The Committee will review academic standards, graduate curriculum, and the academic status of graduate students. The Committee will approve specific courses and programs, work with the administration to formulate relevant policies.

Membership: One faculty member will be appointed by the director of each unit that offers a graduate degree or program, and will serve for a period of time determined by the director. These appointees comprise the voting membership of the Committee and may consist of tenure and non-tenure stream faculty. The non-voting membership will consist of the Dean of Graduate Academics, the Registrar, and two graduate students appointed or elected in a manner determined by the students. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without voting rights. The Committee will elect its own chairperson from those members who are tenure stream faculty, but who are not Academic Administrators.

Undergraduate Studies Committee

Charge: In recognition of the fact that that, at the undergraduate level, many curricular decisions are the responsibility of the individual school Curriculum committees, the primary function of this Committee is to systematically foster communication and cooperation among the different academic units of the Institute. All significant curricular changes originating at the school curriculum committee level must be brought before the Undergraduate Studies Committee before implementation. The Undergraduate Studies Committee will then review these changes and provide written feedback to the school curricular committee, the Institute Curriculum Committee, and the Provost. The school committee will reply to this feedback in writing prior to implementation. The goal of this process is to encourage refinement of academic proposals prior to their implementation while facilitating communication of such changes to the entire Faculty. Members of the Undergraduate Studies Committee will brief their respective School curriculum committees on its proceedings.

Membership: The Dean of each School will appoint two (2) members of their respective School (Undergraduate) Curriculum committees to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, at least one of whom must be a tenure-stream faculty. A ninth member will be appointed by the Faculty Senate from the tenure-stream faculty. These nine members comprise the voting membership of the Committee. The non-voting membership will consist of the Provost (or his/her designee) and two undergraduate students appointed or elected in a manner determined by the students. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without voting rights. The Committee will elect its own chairperson from the tenure stream faculty on the Committee, but who are not Academic Administrators.

Research and Entrepreneurship Committee

Charge: The Research and Entrepreneurship Committee is an advisory body to the administration and faculty on all matters pertaining to research and entrepreneurial activities of the Institute. The Research and Entrepreneurship Committee will monitor policies that impact faculty research such as grant support, research overhead distribution, laboratory infrastructure, and information technology support. Members of the committee will participate in decisions related to the selection of competing Stevens grant proposals when the number of such proposals is limited by the funding agency. In addition, the Research and Entrepreneurship Committee will select three members of the Stevens faculty to serve on the Institute Intellectual Property Committee.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of tenured and non-tenure stream faculty. The Vice Provost for Research and the Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (or equivalent positions) will serve as ex-officio members without voting rights. Others may be invited by the committee to attend without voting rights. Four members of the tenure stream faculty and one non-tenure stream faculty member at a rank equivalent to Assistant Professor or above with at least three years of service at Stevens will be elected for a two-year term. Faculty elected to the Research and Technology Commercialization Board of Trustees Committee will be invited to attend committee meetings without voting rights. The Committee will elect its own chairperson from the five elected members.