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College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Council
The CAS Faculty Council is the principal body representing college faculty. Faculty are the core of any viable academic institution. We seek to articulate and defend the faculty's views on academic programs, the nature and aims of the institution, and on all institutional policies affecting our faculty. The council also oversees all standing college committees (Promotion and Tenure, Academic Programs, and Annual Review) and makes recommendations for faculty membership on ad hoc committees. The nine members of the council are elected to two-year terms.
Faculty Council Meeting Schedule
Standing Committees of the Faculty Council
The Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee recommends appointments to the standing committees of the Council. Appointments to ad hoc committees and for midterm replacement of members of the standing committees are made by the Chair of the College Council in consultation with the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee also assists the Dean’s office in nominating and recruiting faculty for various campus roles, usually service on governance committees and/or ad hoc administrative task forces. The Nominating Committee supervises elections of College members to the Faculty Council.
The Tenure and Promotion Committee
The Tenure and Promotion Faculty Advisory Committee reviews all applications for tenure and/or promotion in the college. The committee reviews each candidate’s application, along with the reports prepared by the department tenure and promotion committees and the department chairs. The committee rates each area of the application (teaching, research, service) and the members vote for or against tenure and promotion.
The Academic Programs Committee
The Academic Programs Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding all course proposals originating in the College related to undergraduate and graduate programs; program proposals related to undergraduate and graduate curricula; and existing courses and programs as needed. The Committee provides consultation and advice to the Council and the Dean regarding changes in University-wide curricula and programs that may have significant impacts on the College. The Committee makes decisions regarding College undergraduate and graduate student awards. The Committee is also empowered to establish and oversee the work of an ad hoc committee to hear and investigate student grievances in accordance with university policies.