Membership and Duties of Faculty Advisory Committees

2.8  MEMBERSHIP AND DUTIES OF FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEES       

2.8.1  Bachelor of Liberal Studies Committee   

The committee consists of five appointed faculty members and a non-voting ex officio member, the Director of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) Degree Program. In addition, one student, appointed by the Director of the BLS Degree Program, serves as a non-voting member. Appointed faculty members serve three-year staggered terms, beginning with the fall semester following their appointment.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Evaluate BLS admissions policies as needed;

.2 Review and advise the Office of Admissions regarding recruitment and marketing strategies for the BLS program;

.3 Review and approve BLS special majors;

.4 Evaluate portfolio credit policies as needed;

.5 Review BLS degree requirements, including general education credits;

.6 Review BLS program assessments and make recommendations as needed;

.7 Review and approve requests for exceptions to BLS policies; and

.8 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.2  Budget Advisory Committee    

The committee consists of seven voting faculty members: one representative from each college and four appointed from the faculty at-large by the Faculty Organization Committee. In addition, there shall be one non-voting representative from the Department of Athletics, Health & Physical Education if there is not a regular voting member already serving on the committee, one non-voting representative from the Staff Advisory Council, and one non-voting representative from the Student Government Association; these individuals shall be selected by their respective groups.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Work in an advisory fashion with the Provost and Chief Academic Officer (CAO), the Vice President for Administration and Finance (CFO), the Vice President for Advancement and University Relations, and the Chief Executive Officer and President of the UMW Foundation on short- and long-term University budget priorities, broadly conceived, including planning, the operating budget and capital improvements, fundraising, and development. The recommendations for priorities will be communicated to the President via the CFO or the CAO;

.2 Indicate the committee’s priorities for the present budgeting year through an annual review process and summarize their priorities on future budgets to the CFO, CAO, and the UFC in a report due no later than mid-November;

.3 Communicate the committee’s recommendations to the UFC in a report no later than mid-March and the results of the President’s decisions to the UFC in a report as soon as possible;

.4 In times of financial exigency, the Budget Advisory Committee assists the President, Provost, and Vice Presidents in developing principles and setting priorities for budget reductions; and

.5 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.3  Distance and Blended Learning Committee    The committee consists of five faculty members appointed as described in section 2.7.2. The committee also includes the following nonvoting ex officio members or their designees: the Chief Information Officer, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the University Librarian, the Director of Teaching and Learning Technology, and the Director of the Teaching Center.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Maintain the quality and integrity of the curriculum for courses and programs offered in a majority online format;

.2 Establish procedures and criteria for approval, deletion, and alteration of courses and programs offered in a majority online format;

.3 Review and approve or reject proposals from the various departments for courses to be offered in a majority online format;

.4 Review and evaluate majority online courses on a scheduled and on-going basis to ensure that courses continue to represent the tradition of quality education at UMW, making suggestions for course revisions or removal from the curriculum as appropriate;

.5 Make information available regarding the procedures and deadlines for proposing courses to the appropriate standing committee; and

.6 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.4  First Year Seminar Committee   The committee consists of five faculty members appointed as described in section 2.7.2. The committee also includes, as a nonvoting ex officio member, a representative from the Office of the Provost (named by the Provost).

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Study and recommend to the University Faculty Council procedures and criteria for approval, deletion, and alteration of course offerings meeting the first year seminar requirement;

.2 Review and approve or reject proposals from the various departments for courses to be designated as first year seminars;

.3 Review at its discretion the frequency of offering and general relevance of courses so designated and make recommendations for changes as appropriate;

.4 Make information available regarding the procedures and deadlines for proposing courses to the general education committee; and

.6 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.5  Honors Program Committee    The committee consists of five faculty members appointed as described in section 2.7.2 and the Director of the Honors Program. The committee chair is the faculty director of the Honors Program or one of the appointed faculty members of the committee.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Study and recommend to the University Faculty Council procedures and criteria for approval, deletion, and alteration of course offerings meeting the Honors Program requirement;

.2 Work with Honors Program staff to review and update the Honors Program curriculum and to identify areas of need in curricular offerings; review at its discretion the frequency of offering and general relevance of Honors Program courses and make recommendations for changes as appropriate;

.3 Work with colleges and departments to encourage development of HN-designated courses in those areas;

.4 Make information available regarding the procedure and deadlines for proposing courses to the Honors Program Committee;

.5 Review and approve or reject proposals from the various departments for courses to be designated as Honors courses;

.6 Review and approve or reject student applications and appeals, including appeals for exceptions to the Honors Program curriculum; Honors transfer coursework proposals; and Honors Senior Capstone projects;

.7 Review and approve or reject applications for Track B admissions to the Honors Program (students who have completed less than two UMW semesters with at least a 3.2 GPA);

.8 Review and endorse student candidates for Honors-specific recognitions at the regional and national level;

.9 As needed, stand in for Honors Program staff at Admissions events, UFC meetings, or other university events; and

.10 Perform other duties consistent with it charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.6  James Farmer Multicultural Center Advisory Committee   The committee consists of five faculty members appointed as described in section 2.7.2. The committee also includes, as a nonvoting ex officio member, the Director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center. In addition, two students appointed by the President serve as nonvoting members.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Work in an advisory fashion with the Director and staff of the Multicultural Center on planning and setting priorities;

.2 Work in an advisory fashion with the Director and staff of the Multicultural Center to enhance opportunities for multicultural learning through student programming;

.3 Work in an advisory fashion with the Director and staff of the Multicultural Center on leadership development opportunities for all students, including historically underrepresented students;

.4 Facilitate communication and coordination between faculty and the Multicultural Center toward enhancing the intersection of coursework, student programming, and community involvement;

.5 Communicate Multicultural Center programming and policy decisions to faculty via the UFC, and faculty concerns and ideas back to the Director of the Multicultural Center. Faculty concerns and ideas will be communicated to the Vice President for Student Affairs via the Director of the Multicultural Center; and

.6 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.7  Journalism Advisory Committee    The committee consists of four appointed faculty members and two non-voting ex officio members. At least three of the faculty members are to be tenured professors, preferably full professors, to be appointed as described in section 2.7.2 of the Faculty Handbook. A seventh committee member who is a member of the community with journalism experience may also be appointed. This external member will be nominated by the Journalism Advisory Committee and approved by the UFOC. The non-voting ex officio members will be the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Faculty Advisor to the Blue and Gray Press. Appointed faculty members serve three-year staggered terms, beginning with the fall semester following their appointment.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Advise the Faculty Advisor on editorial policies for the Blue and Gray Press including print, digital platforms, and related social media accounts;

.2 Advise administration on policies regarding student journalism including, but not limited to, the appointment and support of the Faculty Advisor for the Blue and Gray Press;

.3 Convene, at the request of the Faculty Advisor for the Blue and Gray Press, to consider issues of concern to the Faculty Advisor, including any issues raised by individual members of the UMW community in response to student publications;

.4 Consider expanding its purview in response to requests from faculty advisors to new student journalism groups; and

.5 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.8  Speaking Intensive Committee   The committee consists of five faculty members appointed as described in section 2.7.2 and the Director of the Speaking Intensive Program. The committee also includes, as a nonvoting ex officio member, the Director of the Speaking Center. The committee chair is the faculty director of the Speaking Intensive Program or one of the appointed faculty members of the committee.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Study and recommend to the University Faculty Council procedures and criteria for approval, deletion, and alteration of course offerings in the speaking intensive Across-the-Curriculum requirement;

.2 Review and approve or reject proposals from the various departments for courses to be designated speaking intensive;

.3 Review at its discretion the frequency of offering and general relevance of courses so designated and make recommendations for changes as appropriate;

.4 Make information available regarding the procedures and deadlines for proposing courses to the general education committee; and

.5 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.9  Student Affairs and Campus Life Advisory Committee    The committee consists of five faculty members appointed as described in section 2.7.2. The committee also includes, as a nonvoting ex officio member, the Vice President for Student Affairs (or his or her designee) and two nonvoting student members appointed by the President to represent the Fredericksburg and Stafford Campuses, respectively.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Work in an advisory fashion with the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Life on non-academic student priorities, including but not limited to, helping identify timely issues that may put our students in high-risk situations, promoting a positive community ethos across all UMW campuses, publicizing and supporting student-service opportunities, and otherwise helping develop those aspects of campus life, including new buildings, that could enhance students’ educational experiences;

.2 Communicate student-affairs and campus-life decisions to the faculty via the University Faculty Council and the governing bodies of the colleges, and faculty concerns and ideas back to the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Life; and

.3 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.10  University Teaching Center Advisory Committee  The committee consists of five faculty members, with a preference for at least one member from each college, appointed as described in section 2.7.2. The committee also includes the Director of the Teaching Center as a nonvoting ex officio member. The committee also includes the following nonvoting ex officio members or their designees: the University Librarian and the Director of Digital Learning Support.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Support the creation and enhancement of a culture of teaching excellence at the University of Mary Washington;

.2 Serve as a resource for the director in planning and implementing programs of the Teaching Center;

.3 Recommend to the Teaching Center director which Teaching Center grant and faculty fellowship applications should be awarded funding;

.4 Promote and participate in the programs of the Teaching Center;

.5 Participate in a Teaching and Learning Roundtable, convened by the Director of the Teaching Center, which will meet at least twice each semester to collaborate and to develop shared programming and will consist of the following individuals or their designees: University Librarian; Director of Digital Learning Support; Director of the Digital Knowledge Center; Director of the Writing Center; Director of the Speaking Center; Director of the Center for Community Engagement; Director of the First Year Experience; Director of the Office of Disability Resources; Director of the James Farmer Multicultural Center; Director of the SafeZone program; Associate Provost for Institutional Analysis and Effectiveness; Director of Academic Services; Director of the Honors Program; Director of Academic Integrity Programs; Director of the Talley Center for Counselling Services; and Director of the Center for Teaching and the Teaching Center Advisory Committee.

.6 Facilitate communication between the faculty and staff and the Teaching Center; and

.7 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.

2.8.11   Writing Intensive Committee    The committee consists of five faculty members appointed as described in section 2.7.2. The committee also includes the Director of the Writing Center as a nonvoting ex officio member.

The committee’s duties are to:

.1 Study and recommend to the University Faculty Council procedures and criteria for approval, deletion, and alteration of course offerings in the writing intensive Across-the-Curriculum requirement;

.2 Review and approve or reject proposals from the various departments for courses to be designated writing intensive;

.3 Review at its discretion the frequency of offering and general relevance of courses so designated and make recommendations for changes as appropriate;

.4 Make information available regarding the procedures and deadlines for proposing courses to the general education committee; and

.5 Perform other duties consistent with its charge as assigned by the University Faculty Council.