The Committees of the Faculty meet regularly throughout the academic year. Through their members suggestions about College business or policy may be made. The major committees (Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, Budget-Audit, Benefits, Committee for Faculty Appointments, and Grievance) and their subcommittees are listed below with their areas of responsibility and the names and terms of their members. Numbers in parentheses indicate the last year in office of full-term members; numbers in square brackets indicate one-year surrogates.
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Responsible for general educational policy, new academic programs and departments, curriculum and course approval, non-classroom educational resources (e.g., audiovisual materials, computer programs, library), remedial and study skills programs, academic calendar, nominations of committee members where needed, and emergency action on behalf of the faculty. Also serves as the Executive Committee of the faculty between faculty meetings. May establish subcommittees and ad hoc committees, for purposes definite, to report to it.
Admissions and Financial Aid Committee
A subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee, responsible for supervision and implementation of the admissions and financial-aid policy established by the faculty.
(The Chair shall invite such other members of the Administration as shall be appropriate to attend meetings when needed.)
A subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee, responsible for coordinating departmental and program assessments, recommending approaches to assessment to departments and programs, working with visiting assessment teams, and making recommendations on future assessment strategies to the Dean of the Faculty.
Health Sciences Committee
A subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee, responsible for advice and counsel for premedical and predental students; liaison with schools of dentistry, medicine, and osteopathic medicine; preparation of recommendations for applicants to such schools.
A subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee, responsible for recruitment of honors scholars; coordination of departmental honors for juniors and seniors; administration of a program of book seminars, lectures, and cultural events; administration of Introductory Honors Program; administration of the Honors Scholarship program.
Human Research Review Committee
A subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee, responsible for reviewing those research activities on human subjects that are described in the statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Department of Health and Human Services federal regulations.
International Studies Committee
A subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee, responsible for generating and evaluating programs entailing foreign study, promotion of participation in such study, and screening applicants for foreign study.
FACULTY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Oversight of policies affecting the faculty, including the Faculty Handbook, and advice to the Dean of the Faculty on faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure.
Membership (elected from tenured faculty):
Committee on Professional Development
Oversight of faculty research and development, including review of funded summer research and sabbaticals, development of general policy on support of faculty research, and planning and implementation of faculty development programs, and advice to the Dean of the Faculty on the funding of faculty research, sabbaticals, and development.
Gender Issues Committee
A subcommittee of the Faculty Affairs Committee, responsible for review and recommendation on concerns related to gender in the areas of college policy, curriculum, faculty evaluation, and cultural activities.
STUDENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Responsible for review, explication, and recommendation of policies and regulations pertaining to student life, including athletics and recreation, community service, disciplinary procedures, religious life, housing, food services, counseling and career services, vehicular traffic, and other non-academic aspects of campus life.
A subcommittee of the Student Affairs Committee, responsible for implementation of athletic policies established by the faculty, oversight and review of varsity and intramural athletic programs, liaison between the Director of Athletics and the faculty.
Lectures and Programs Committee
A subcommittee of the Student Affairs Committee, responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing co-curricular intellectual, cultural, and aesthetic activities.
Responsible for annual review and evaluation of priorities reflected in the budget, and the general fiscal condition of the College-the findings to be reported to the faculty, students, and trustees.
Annual review of the benefits provided in employment contracts at the College. The committee members will serve as the faculty representatives to the College Benefits Committee.
COMMITTEE FOR FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
Responsible for advising and making recommendations to the Dean of the Faculty on replacements at the time of retirements, resignations, and other departures; the addition of new continuing positions to established departments or programs; and the addition of a continuing position in an academic discipline, department, or program not presently represented in the curriculum.
6 tenured faculty members, two from each division, three each from the Faculty Affairs and Academic Affairs Committees, appointed by the Dean of the Faculty. (In assembling the Committee, the Dean will normally select the chairs of the two committees. Members of those committees who are untenured and/or who belong to departments making arguments for a position will be ineligible to serve. In those instances in which either the Faculty Affairs Committee or Academic Affairs Committee has an insufficient number of members eligible to serve on the Committee, the respective committee will recommend a faculty member who is from the same division as the ineligible member and who has served on the Committee within the past three years.)
Responsible for hearing grievances, including appeals of tenure, promotion, and hiring decisions.
Membership (elected from tenured faculty):
Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees: Deal (14)
Faculty Representative to the NCAA: Mossler (17)
Faculty Representative to the President's Council: Widdows (12)
Clerk of the Faculty: P. Wilson (12)