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20.6.3  Committee Charges and Membership

20.6.3.1 Academic Planning and Resources Committee

This committee will monitor and report on planning and financial matters for the Faculty and play a key participatory role in planning for the Institute at large. It will represent Faculty opinion on planning and financial matters to the larger Institute community and, insofar as possible, serve as an integral part of the Institute's planning and budgetary processes. To accomplish its charge, it is imperative that this committee work closely and cooperatively with the Administration, the Board of Trustees, the Deans, Department Directors, student representatives and other Faculty and Institute committees. The Academic Planning and Resources Committee must be given the information necessary to accomplish its tasks. All items coming before the Faculty regarding academic planning endeavors should be reviewed by this committee.

This committee will review and assist in the development of strategic plans for the Institute and assess necessary financial support required for their implementation. The committee will review all major academic initiatives and existing programs from these viewpoints. Its activities will include reviews of the needs for academic and research programs, staffing requirements, and existing and required resources.

This committee will be concerned with financial items related to the responsible functioning of the academic programs at Stevens and the financial plans and assumptions related to new programs. It will include reviews of salaries and benefits, library resources, laboratory support, academic structures, and development, start up, and maintenance costs.

The committee will be empowered to form subcommittees as required to accomplish its tasks. Each subcommittee will consist of two elected members and one appointed by the Faculty Council.

Membership: The committee will consist of six tenured members of the Faculty, at least one from each school, but no more than three from any given school. Four members will be elected, and the Faculty Council will appoint the other two. Terms will be for three years and staggered.

20.6.3.2 Academic Research Committee

Charge: This Committee will concern itself with all aspects of academic research, both funded and unfunded. For example, it may encourage and support faculty members wishing to undertake research that provides opportunities for professional development, as well as in areas of importance to the Institute. Research that is not currently subject to funding will not be discouraged.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty, and the Vice President for the Graduate School and Research. . Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without vote. Four members of the regular faculty will be chosen by the Chief Academic Officer from names proposed by the Faculty Council. The Committee will elect its chairperson from these four members.

20.6.3.3 Academic Appeals Committee

Charge: This Committee will hear appeals by students on any action taken by the offices of Dean of Student Life and/or Dean of Student Development and the Chief Academic Officer, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Undergraduate Promotions Committee and 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, subject to faculty rules, but continuity is to be encouraged. The committee will file its detailed actions with the Chief Academic Officer.

The Chief Academic Officer 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 regular faculty. Four members of the Committee will be elected by the faculty and two regular faculty will be appointed by the Chief Academic Officer. The committee will elect its chair.

20.6.3.4 Committee on Committees

Charge: This Committee will solicit and propose nominees from the regular faculty for the standing committees of the Faculty and conduct the elections, and shall from time to time review election procedures. In cases where the previous Committee Chair is unavailable to convene the first meeting of the newly elected committee this committee will be responsible for convening the meeting before the graduation Faculty meeting.

By the graduation faculty meeting, the Committee shall compile a list of members, including the chairperson of each committee and distribute the list to the Faculty. The Committee will verify that the voting members of each committee are regular faculty members.

This Committee will collect, compile, and distribute annual reports from each faculty committee before the last faculty meeting of each academic year. In its own annual report, the Committee on Committees will summarize the actions taken by other faculty committees during the year as well as their plans and recommendations for future studies and actions. (see Critical Dates Summary).

Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty. Four members will be elected by the Faculty. The Committee will elect its chairperson from its members.

20.6.3.5 Faculty Council

Charge: The Faculty Council may investigate and make recommendations regarding any matter of concern to the Faculty. It shall consult with the Faculty and advise the President and other Institute officials or administrative groups as it deems appropriate. It may appoint ad hoc committees to aid in its work.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty. Others may be invited by the Council to attend without vote. Four tenured regular faculty (excluding department directors and members of the administration) with the rank of professor will be elected by the Faculty. The Council will elect its chairperson from those members who are regular faculty.

20.6.3.6 Faculty Promotions and Tenure Committee

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.

Membership: The committee shall consist of five tenured members of the regular faculty of the rank of professor, with department heads directors and members of the administration excluded, serving two-year staggered terms. At least one member but not more than two members shall come from each school.

Either one or two members shall be elected each year by the Faculty. Either one or two members shall be appointed each year by the President from a list of names endorsed by the Faculty Council. The committee shall select its own chairperson each year.

20.6.3.7 Review Panel

Charge: The Panel shall carry out those functions set forth in the Policy on Promotion and Tenure.

Membership: The Review Panel shall consist of a member of the Faculty Promotions and Tenure Committee selected by the Committee, the Dean (as defined in the Policy), and a tenured faculty member of the rank of Professor (Department Directors excluded) selected by the other two members.

20.6.3.8 Graduate Curriculums Committee

Charge: This Committee will be concerned with maintaining the strength of graduate education at Stevens. The Committee will review academic standards, graduate curriculum, financial aid and the academic status of graduate students. The Committee will approve specific courses and programs, formulate policy and the details of its implementation subject to existing faculty rules, and recommend policies governing the awarding of financial aid to graduate students. The Committee will assist the Dean of the Graduate School in the award of financial aid. Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty. The non-voting membership will consist of The Dean of the Graduate School, the Registrar, and graduate students. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without vote. One regular faculty member will be appointed by the Department Director from each department that offers a graduate degree, and two Graduate students will be appointed or elected in a manner determined by the students. Each faculty member will serve for a period of time determined by the Department Director. The Committee will elect its chair. (from those members who are regular faculty but not a member of the administration.)

 

20.6.3.9 Graduate Student Affairs Committee

Charge: This Committee will have jurisdiction over the activities and constitutions of all graduate student organizations. It will make recommendations for the improvement of graduate community life to any appropriate body.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty, the Dean of Graduate School, the Dean of Student Life, and graduate students. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without vote. Three regular faculty will be elected by the Faculty and four graduate students will be appointed or elected in a manner determined by the students. One faculty member will be appointed by the Committee to attend the Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee. The Dean of the Graduate School will be the chair person.

20.6.3.10 Library Committee

Charge: This Committee shall work with the Librarian and the Academic Planning and Resources Committee to ensure that the library is capable of meeting the present and future educational and scholarly requirements of students and faculty.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of the Librarian, three elected faculty members, two members appointed by the President and four students (two graduate and two undergraduate students). Of the three elected faculty, one faculty member shall come from each of the three schools

The two graduate students are appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with GRAB. The two undergraduate students are appointed by the Dean of Students in consultation with the Student Council. The Committee will elect its chair from those members who are regular faculty.

20.6.3.11 Undergraduate Academic Standards Committee

Charge: This Committee will investigate, 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 in the undergraduate school. The Committee shall concern itself with the Honor System insofar as it affects academic standards.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty. The non-voting membership will consist of undergraduate students. Others may be invited by the committee to attend without vote. Three regular faculty will be elected by the Faculty, one regular faculty will be appointed by the Chief Academic Officer, and one undergraduate student appointed or elected in a manner determined by the students. The Committee will elect its chair person from those members who are regular faculty.

20.6.3.12 Undergraduate Curriculums

Charge: This committee is responsible for the quality and revision as needed of the undergraduate curriculums. It will bring all proposals for revision of core courses of each curriculum to the Faculty as needed; approve elective courses within each curriculum; and establish rules for guiding the operation of each curriculum, subject to rules established by the faculty. The Chief Academic Officer will bring to the Committee for discussion and advice all matters affecting undergraduate curriculums coming to his/her attention, even when the decision-making responsibility does not rest with the Committee. The Committee, or subcommittees or special committees established by it or through its recommendation or through curriculum committees of the individual Schools shall conduct periodic reviews of each undergraduate curriculum. All proposed revisions of the curriculums will be brought to the Committee for its consideration and recommendations before being brought to the Faculty for approval. When a proposed curriculum revision requires substantial resources, advice shall be sought from the Academic Planning and Resources Committee.

The Committee has oversight responsibility for all curriculums. It will report to the faculty annually on the condition of the various curriculums.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty and undergraduate students. The non-voting membership may consist of not more than one member appointed by the Chief Academic Officer as well as not more than one member appointed by each Dean of a School. The Registrar will be a non-voting member. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without vote. Each Department Director will appoint one regular faculty member, and two undergraduate students will be appointed or elected in a manner determined by the students. Each faculty member will serve for a period of time determined by his/her Department Director. The Committee will elect its chair from those members who are regular faculty but not members of the administration.

20.6.3.13 Undergraduate Promotions Committee

Charge: This Committee will determine the academic status of each undergraduate student at the end of each regular or special grading period. The Committee will be responsible for its own standards and procedures, subject to whatever rules and regulations are established by the Faculty, but continuity is to be encouraged.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty. The non-voting membership will consist of a member of the administration appointed by the Chief Academic Officer. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without vote. Six regular faculty will be elected by the Faculty. The Committee will elect its chair from those members who are regular faculty but not a member of the administration.

20.6.3.14 Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee

Charge: This Committee will have jurisdiction over the activities and constitutions of all undergraduate organizations, including fraternities. It shall make recommendations for the improvement of undergraduate community life at Stevens to any appropriate body. The Committee shall invite the Director of Financial Aid to meetings, as appropriate, and shall advise the Director on financial aid. The Committee shall establish general guidelines for the maintenance of discipline on the campus. Its function is advisory and the Dean of Student Life and/or the Dean of Student Development enforces discipline.

Membership: The voting membership will consist of regular faculty, the Dean of Student Life and/or the Dean of Student Development and undergraduate students. Others may be invited by the Committee to attend without vote. Three regular faculty will be elected by the Faculty and four undergraduate students appointed or elected in a manner determined by the students. One faculty member will be appointed by the Committee to attend meetings of the Graduate Student Affairs Committee. The Dean of Student Life and/or the Dean of Student Development will be the co-chair(s).