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Value of Service

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Last week, we sent out a call for nominations to serve on the College’s governance committees. I am writing to encourage all faculty to review these opportunities and consider serving.

Governance committee involvement is critical to ensuring broad input as the College reviews and implements policies, procedures, and curricular developments. It is also an opportunity to learn more about various administrative procedures, as well as to learn about the work that takes place at the individual and department levels across the College.

Please review the following opportunities and take a moment to consider serving, or to nominate a colleague.

The nomination form can be accessed on the College Dean’s Office website at http://collegedean.ku.edu/governance/overview. Nominations are due by March 1, 2020.

–John


College Academic Council (CAC)

CAC meets once a month for an hour on the second Tuesday of the month, September to May.

CAC is responsible for considering all curricular and degree changes proposed by CUSA and CGS. CAC is also charged by the Dean to address key issues affecting the College.

Open seats (3-year terms)

  • Humanities (2 seats)
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2 seats)
  • School of the Arts (1 seat)

College Committee on Appointments, Promotion & Tenure (CCAPT)

CCAPT meets once in late September for 1 hour; Sat., November 14, 2020 from 8:00 AM-3:00 PM; mid-December for 3 hours; and late February for 2 hours.

CCAPT makes recommendations to the Dean and to the University Committee on Promotion & Tenure (UCPT) about mandatory tenure reviews and/or promotions for advancement and progress toward tenure reviews. CCAPT also serves as the review committee for appealing a faculty evaluation if a resolution is not obtained at the unit level.

Open seats (3-year terms)

  • Humanities (1 seat)
  • School of the Arts (1 seat)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (1 seat)

*NOTE: Only tenured faculty are eligible for election to the CCAPT. Faculty members who are being evaluated for P&T, or whose spouses or partners are being evaluated for P&T, are ineligible to serve during that year.


Committee on Evaluation of Chairs & Directors (CECD)

CECD meets about 5 times in the fall semester, with each meeting lasting 1 to 2 hours.

CECD advises the dean regarding the performance of unit leaders who are seeking reappointment or final feedback after concluding their service.

Open seats (terms vary due to vacancies)

  • Humanities (1 seat – three-year term)
  • International & Interdisciplinary Studies (1 seat – two-year term)
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1 seat – three-year term)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (2 seats – two-year terms)

Committee on Graduate Studies (CGS)

CGS meets twice per month on the second and fourth Thursday of the month, late August to May, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Subcommittees meet twice per month on the first and third Thursdays, also from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

CGS reviews and recommends for approval all graduate curricular changes, makes recommendations regarding graduate academic policy and best practice, and determines the allocation of select categories of graduate funding.

Open seats (three-year terms)

  • Humanities (2 seats)
  • International & Interdisciplinary Studies (1 seat)
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1 seat)

Committee on Sabbatical Leaves (CSL)

CSL meets once in September for one hour, and once in late October for three hours.

CSL makes recommendations to the University Committee on Sabbatical Leave (UCSL) regarding applications for sabbatical leave.

Open seats (three-year terms)

  • Humanities (1 seat)
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1 seat)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (1 seat)

*NOTE: No faculty member who will be submitting an application for Sabbatical Leave may serve on the CSL during the semester of application.


Committee on Undergraduate Studies & Advising (CUSA)

CUSA meets twice per month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from late August-May, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Subcommittees meet on the first and third Tuesdays.

CUSA reviews and recommends approval to the College Academic Council (CAC) regarding all undergraduate curricular degree and program changes within the College. CUSA also reviews and makes recommendations on undergraduate educational policies.

Open seats (three-year terms)

  • Humanities (1 seat)
  • Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1 seat)
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (2 seats)

Additionally, there are university-wide committees seeking College representatives:

University Core Curriculum Committee (UCCC)

UCCC meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. during the academic year.

UCCC develops and monitors the KU Core curriculum, certifies (and recertifies) courses, reviews student petitions, and monitors learning outcomes. Voting members of the committee shall be tenured or tenure-track faculty. Members shall serve staggered three-year terms and may be reappointed.

Open seats (3-year terms)

  • International & Interdisciplinary Studies (1 seat)
  • School of the Arts (1 seat)

Executive Council of Graduate Faculty (ECGF)

ECGF meets once monthly on Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. during the academic year.

ECGF reviews and approves new graduate degree and certificate program proposals, reviews and updates Graduate Studies policy, and advises the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Open seats (3-year terms)

  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (1 seat)