COMMITTEES OF THE FACULTY


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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one from each division, elected by each division, for 3-year staggered terms: Lewis (12), McDermott (13), Vitale (14)
  • 1 faculty member elected at large and 1 faculty member appointed by the President for 2-year staggered terms: DeJong (12), Hargadon (13)
  • 1 student elected annually in the Spring by faculty members of the Committee (save for Executive Committee business): TBA
  • Dean of the Faculty, ex officio: Herdegen
  • Chair, elected annually from within the ranks of the faculty on the committee: TBA

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one elected at large each year, for 3-year staggered terms: Davis (12), Wolyniak (13), Emmons (14)
  • 1 faculty member appointed annually by the President, after the election of the above: Sipe (12)
  • Dean of Students, ex officio: Klein
  • Chair (Dean of Admissions, ex officio): Garland

(The Chair shall invite such other members of the Administration as shall be appropriate to attend meetings when needed.)

Assessment Committee

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one from each division, elected by the division, for 3-year staggered terms: Thurman (12), Dillon (13), K. Weese (14)
  • 1 faculty member appointed by the Dean of the Faculty for a 3-year term: Coombs (12)
  • Dean of the Faculty, ex officio: Herdegen
  • Chair, 1 additional faculty member appointed by the Dean of the Faculty for a 3-year term: Schwartz (14)

 
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.

Membership:

  • 4 faculty members, at least two of whom should represent the natural sciences, appointed by the President for 4-year staggered terms: Carroll (12), Thurman (13), Hargadon (14), Devlin (15)
  • Chair, appointed annually by the Dean of the Faculty: TBA

Honors Council

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one from each division, appointed by the Dean of the Faculty for 3-year staggered terms: Cheyne (12), Varholy (13), Frusetta (14)
  • 2 students drawn from the ranks of honors scholars (one either a junior or senior and one either a freshman or sophomore), appointed by the Dean of the Faculty on the recommendation of the Director of the Honors Program: TBA
  • Dean of the Faculty, ex officio: Herdegen
  • Director, appointed by the Dean of the Faculty from the ranks of the faculty: Vitale
  • Associate Director, appointed by the Dean of the Faculty from the ranks of the faculty: Pelland

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members (tenured or non-tenured), one from each division, appointed for 3-year staggered terms by the Dean of the Faculty: McDermott (12), Janowski (13), Vitale (14)
  • 1 student appointed annually by the Dean of Students: S. J. Neifert
  • 1 member of the administrative staff appointed for a 3-year term by the President: Ferguson (12,a)
  • 1 member of the community, not otherwise associated with the College nor a member of the immediate family of a person associated with the College, appointed for a 3-year term by the Dean of the Faculty: Eddleman (13,a)
  • Alternates appointed as necessary by the Dean of the Faculty
  • Dean of the Faculty, ex officio: Herdegen
  • Chair, elected annually from within the ranks of the faculty on the committee: TBA

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one from each division, elected by the division, for 3-year staggered terms: Siegel (12), Wages (13), Eastby (14)
  • 1 faculty member elected at large annually: Kagan (12)
  • 1 faculty member appointed annually by the Dean of the Faculty: Salvage (12)
  • Director of Global Education and Study Abroad, ex officio: Cooper
  • Chair, elected from within the committee: TBA

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):

  • 3 faculty members, one elected from each division, by each division, for 3-year staggered terms: Shear (12), Thornton (13), TBA (14)
  • 3 faculty members, one from each division, elected by the faculty as a whole, for 3-year staggered terms: Blackman (12), Hardy (13), Valente (14)
  • Dean of the Faculty, ex officio, without vote: Herdegen
  • Chair, elected from among, and by, elected committee members: TBA

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one elected from each division, by each division, for 3-year staggered terms: Townsend [12], Siegel (13), Hargadon (14)
  • 3 faculty members (from tenured faculty), one from each division, elected by the faculty for 3-year staggered terms: Thurman (12), Hunter (13), Deis (14)
  • Dean of the Faculty, ex officio: Herdegen
  • Chair, elected annually from within the committee: TBA

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one elected from each division, by each division, for 3-year staggered terms: Deal (12), Bloom (13), Greenspan (14)
  • 1 faculty member elected at large for a 2-year term: Zhao (12)
  • 1 faculty member appointed by the Dean of the Faculty for a 2-year term: Frusetta (12)
  • 2 students appointed by the President of the College annually in the spring: B.M. Keasler, A.B. Widmer
  • College Chaplain, ex officio: David Keck
  • Chair, elected annually from within the ranks of the faculty on the committee: TBA

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one elected at large each year, for 3-year staggered terms: Lehman (12), Nowlin (13), Hulsizer (14)
  • President of the Student Government: J. A. Sharp
  • 2 students appointed by the President of the College annually in the spring: W.H. Jones, J.B. McKenzie
  • Dean of Students, ex officio: Klein
  • Chair, elected annually from within the ranks of the faculty on the committee: TBA

Athletic Committee

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.

Membership:

  • 4 faculty members, one elected at large each year, for 4-year staggered terms: Vogel (12), Schooling [13],  Goodman (14), Anderson (15)
  • 1 student elected annually in the spring by faculty members of the Committee: T.J. Lane
  • Director of Athletics, ex officio: Epperson
  • Dean of Students, ex officio: Klein
  • Faculty representative to the NCAA, ex officio: Mossler (17)
  • Chair, elected annually from within the ranks of the faculty on the committee: TBA

Lectures and Programs Committee

A subcommittee of the Student Affairs Committee, responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing co-curricular intellectual, cultural, and aesthetic activities.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, serving 3-year staggered terms, one appointed by the President, two elected by the faculty: Dunn (12), TBA [13], Rand (14)
  • 4 students chosen annually in the spring by the President of the Student Government: D.M. Beman, W.D. Dittmar, C.H. Hecht, W.O. Kitchin
  • Dean of Students, ex officio: Klein
  • Chair, elected annually from within the ranks of the faculty on the committee: Dunn

BUDGET-AUDIT COMMITTEE

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.

Membership:

  • 4 faculty members elected for 4-year staggered terms, one from each division: Hight (12), Pelland (13), Lehman (14); and one from the faculty at large: Gibson (15)
  • Dean of the Faculty, ex officio: Herdegen
  • Chair, elected from within the committee: TBA

BENEFITS COMMITTEE

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.

Membership:

  • 3 faculty members, one elected each year by the faculty as a whole for 3-year staggered terms: Deal (12), Arieti (13), Hemler (14)
  • 1 faculty member appointed annually by the President after the election of the above: Salinas (12)

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.

Membership:

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.)

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE

Responsible for hearing grievances, including appeals of tenure, promotion, and hiring decisions.

Membership (elected from tenured faculty):

  • 5 faculty members elected at large for 3-year staggered terms; administrative officers are not eligible to serve: Hall (12), Bagby (13), Varholy (13), Carney (14), Wilson (14)
  • 2 alternates elected at large annually: Anderson (12), Townsend (12)
  • Chair, elected from within the committee: TBA 

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)