Senate Committees:  New Members needed 2007/08

Committee :  Academic Computing
Charge:  The committee shall review on an annual basis the status and needs of academic computing and shall recommend action and policies, or policy changes, with regard to academic computing.
Specific Needs:  3 faculty members 

 

Committee :  Academic Program Review
Charge:  The committee shall periodically review each academic program of the University in terms of its quality, productivity, and centrality of the University's role and purposes and, on the basis of this shall develop appropriate recommendations for review and implementation by the President.
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members, One each from Agriculture, Nursing, COSAM, and Liberal Arts 

 

Committee :  Academic Standards
Charge:  The committee shall study policies governing scholastic standards for all students regarding admission to the University, continuation in residence, and graduation, and make recommendations to the Senate.  In addition, the committee shall recommend approval or disapproval of all college, school, and department requests to establish additional standards for admission in individual programs or curricula.
Specific Needs: 3 faculty members 

 

Committee:  Administrator Evaluation
Charge:  The committee shall oversee and/or conduct a periodic evaluation of University administrators involved in the University’s teaching, research, and extension programs and provide a report of aggregate data to the Senate.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members

 

Committee:  Calendar and Schedules
Charge:  The committee shall submit a proposed University Calendar for approval by the Senate.  It shall recommend policies concerning scheduling to promote effective use of the University's facilities
Specific Needs:  1 faculty member

 

Committee: Core Curriculum Oversight
Charge: The committee shall have the responsibility of recommending educational goals for the Core Curriculum and monitoring the effectiveness of the Core in fostering student achievement of those goals.  Toward this end, the committee shall oversee the assessment of student learning in the Core, including the evaluation of courses, and may recommend to the University Senate changes in the Core Curriculum, including the admission or deletion of courses and other changes to the Core.
Specific Needs: 3 faculty members; one each from Mathematics, Philosophy, Social Sciences 

 

Committee: Curriculum
Charge:  The committee shall recommend approval or disapproval of requests for undergraduate and graduate curriculum changes.  Graduate curriculum matters, including requests involving 6000-level courses, shall come to the Curriculum Committee following approval by the Graduate Council. In addition, the committee shall review overall curriculum patterns and course content of the instructional program other than the University Core Curriculum and shall recommend to the Senate curriculum changes needed by the University.
Specific Needs: 4 faculty; one each from Agriculture, Liberal Arts, Human Sciences, Nursing 

 

Committee:  Faculty Handbook Review
Charge:  The committee shall receive and solicit suggestions for changes and updating of the Faculty Handbook and recommend to the University Senate such changes as it deems appropriate.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 

 

Committee:  Faculty Salaries
Charge:  The committee shall examine the salaries of all University Faculty within the institution and in comparison to those at other universities and shall make recommendations to the University Budget Advisory Committee as to the most effective means of remedying existing salary inequities and ensuring the maintenance of equity in the salary structure.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 

 

Committee:  Faculty Welfare
Charge:  The committee shall look into and make recommendations concerning faculty benefits and welfare programs of the University.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 

 

Committee :  Graduate Council
Charge:  The council shall review requests for curriculum changes in courses that may be taken for graduate credit, review and recommend approval of all proposals for new graduate programs and modifications to existing programs, review existing programs, recommend regulations and policies for the Graduate School, and assist the dean of the Graduate School in carrying out those regulations and policies.
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members; one each from Engineering, Business, Pharmacy, and Liberal Arts

 

Committee:  Lectures
Charge: The committee is a companion to the student-run University Program Council and shall augment the instructional programs of the University by supporting speakers of distinctive scholarship and accomplishment who would be of interest to students, faculty, and staff.
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member

 

Committee:  Library
Charge: The committee shall recommend policies governing the distribution of funds for acquiring library materials, policies for the selection and location of such materials, and library services to be offered.
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members; one each from Human Sciences, Pharmacy, Architecture, and Liberal Arts 

 

Committee: Non-Tenure Track Instructors (Non-Tenure Track Faculty)
Charge: The committee will consider the special concerns of non-tenure track instructors (faculty) and may propose policies relating to the status, function, and rights of non-tenure track instructors (faculty) within the University.  Each fall the committee chair will inform all non-tenure track instructors (faculty) of the committee's existence and purpose.
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member, 1 department head 

 

Committee:  Research Grant-in-Aid
Charge: The committee shall establish policy for the Grant-in-Aid programs and review and recommend proposals
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members; one each from Pharmacy, Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, and Liberal Arts. 
Special Need: one faculty member from Nursing to fill a vacant position with a term ending in 2008

 

Committee:  Retention
Charge: The committee shall be responsible for continuous monitoring of the retention of undergraduate students and for recommending retention initiatives and working with the appropriate deans and student affairs to establish them.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members

 

Committee:  Steering
Charge: The committee shall act for the Senate on those matters requiring attention between meetings of that body and shall assist the chair of the Senate in setting the agenda for Senate meetings.  In addition, it shall be concerned with the academic affairs of the University, with particular attention given to the need for developing and recommending policies under which these affairs are conducted.  It shall work closely with other Senate committees to aid them in their assignments and shall receive an annual written report from each committee chair describing the committee's activities for the past year.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members

 

Committee: Teaching Effectiveness
Charge: The committee shall review what is currently in place in the University with respect to appropriate and reasonable teaching assignments. The committee shall establish policy for the Teaching Grant-in-Aid program and review and recommend proposals for funding. It shall also evaluate existing resources for teaching, provide systematic approaches to faculty evaluation, offer formal faculty development programs, and recognize excellence in teaching.
Specific Needs: 5 faculty members; one each from Nursing, Engineering, Vet. Medicine, Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, and Human Sciences 


University Committees:  New Members Needed 2007/08

 

Committee: Academic Honesty (Provost)
Charge:  The committee shall administer the provisions of the Student Academic Honesty Code contained in the Constitution of the Student Government Association, published each year in the Tiger Cub. 
Specific Needs: 5 regular members 

 

Committee:  Admissions Appeals (Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies)
Charge: The committee shall recommend admission and readmission procedures for undergraduate students and shall act upon all appeals for admission and readmission. Appeals of committee decisions shall be made to the Provost. 
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 

 

Committee:  Advisory Committee for Drug-free Campus and Workplace (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The committee shall promote the development of the University's drug prevention program; establish procedures to ensure the annual distribution to each student and employee of descriptions of the legal and medical risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse and of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or re-entry programs available to employees and students; and evaluate the University's drug prevention program biennially to determine its effectiveness. 
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member 

 

Committee:  Alumni Professorships (Provost)
Charge: The committee shall review nominations for Alumni Professorships, and shall make recommendations to the President about appointments to these positions, based on the nominees’ contributions to the University’s mission. 
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members; must be current or former Alumni Professors

 

Committee:  Campus Health and Wellness (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge:  This committee shall 1) serve in an advisory capacity to the Auburn University Medical Clinic and 2) work with Auburn University Medical Clinic and the Lifetime Wellness and Fitness Program in Recreational Services to provide comprehensive and specific health and wellness programs to the broader campus population. 
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 


  
Committee:  Concessions Board (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The committee shall review proposals for the use of monies from the Concessions Fund.
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member

 

Committee: Design Review (Senior Advisor to the President)
Charge:  The Committee shall review project designs and make recommendations regarding acceptable compliance with institutional plans, design guidelines, The Image and Character of Auburn University and the Auburn University Comprehensive Campus Master Plan.  Review shall emphasize quality of open space and landscape; architectural form and exterior appearance; primary interior spaces; and the contribution of the project to immediate surroundings and the larger campus and community context.  Design review may involve projects of capital improvement, renovation, adaptation, infrastructure and occasionally maintenance.  The Committee reserves the right to review or waive review of any project that impacts the appearance and development of the campus.
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members; 3 of whom must be either a registered Architect, Landscape Architect, Engineer or Builder; 1 of whom will be a faculty member from any other discipline.

 

Committee: Design Review Committee (President) NEW COMMITTEE
Charge: The Design Review Committee ensures compliance with institutional plans and guidelines.  The Committee shall review project designs and make recommendationsregarding acceptable compliance with institutional plans, design guidelines,  The Image and Character of AuburnUniversityand the AuburnUniversity Comprehensive Campus master Plan.  Review shall emphasize quality of open space and landscape; architectural form and exterior appearance; primary interior spaces; and the contribution of the project to immediate surroundings and the larger campus and community context.  Design review may involve projects of capital improvement, renovation, adaptation, infrastructure and occasionally maintenance.  The Committee reserves the right to review or waive review of any project that impacts the appearance and development of the campus.  (9 members)
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members: 3 of whom are either a Registered Architect/Engineer/Planner/Builder; 1 at-large Faculty member

 

Committee:  Distinguished University Professor (Provost)
Charge: The committee shall review University Professorship nominations annually and make recommendations to the President about appointments to the position.
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members; must hold a chaired professorship

 

Committee: Faculty Dismissal Hearing (President)
Charge: The committee shall hear appeals of dismissal and make recommendations to the President following the procedure outlined in Chapter 3 of the Faculty Handbook. 
Specific Needs: Names of faculty members are submitted to Rules from those elected in units without current representation. Faculty members must be tenured and should hold the rank of professor; faculty members cannot also be members of the Faculty Dismissal Inquiry Committee.  Three new members will be appointed this year.

 

Committee: Faculty Dismissal Inquiry (President)  
Charge: The committee shall review charges brought against a faculty member that might lead to dismissal, consider the strength and validity of such charges and suggest any appropriate modifications, and recommend to the President whether or not to initiate formal proceedings. Election process:  Each college and school will elect two faculty: one to serve on the Faculty Dismissal Hearing Committee and one for the Faculty Dismissal Inquiry Committee. The libraries will collectively elect two faculty, one for each committee.   The Senate Rules Committee will nominate nine members for the Dismissal Hearing Committee and six for the Dismissal Inquiry Committee. The Dismissal Hearing Committee will have members from different colleges/schools/libraries. The remainder of the colleges/schools/libraries will be represented on the Dismissal Inquiry Committee which has six faculty members
Specific Needs:  Names of faculty members are submitted to Rules from those elected in units without current representation. Faculty members must be tenured and should hold the rank of professor; faculty members cannot also be members of the Faculty Dismissal Inquiry Committee.  Two new members will be appointed this year.

 

Committee: Foy Union Board (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The committee shall make recommendations to the President of Auburn University for all programs, services, space allocations, and long-range planning related to Foy Union. 
Specific Needs:  There are no vacancies to fill on this committee this year.

 

Committee: Fraternities and Sororities (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The committee shall recommend and implement policies involving fraternities and sororities, initiate appropriate action in response to violations of these policies, and serve as a judicial review body when actions of the Panhellenic Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, or Interfraternity Council are appealed.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members

 

 Committee: Graduation (Provost)
Charge: The committee shall be responsible for overseeing the organization of each semester's graduation exercises, and membership shall rotate among the colleges and schools.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members

 

Committee: Institutional Animal Care and Use (Vice President for Research)
Charge: The committee is mandated by government regulations and fulfills certain functions that allow Auburn University to be certified to receive government funds. This committee meets 12 months per year. 
Specific Needs: 3 faculty members from animal-using disciplines

 

Committee: Institutional Biosafety (Executive Vice President)
Charge: The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is charged to formulate policy and procedures related to the use of biohazardous agents, including human, animal, and plant pathogens, other infectious agents, toxins, and rDNA. As mandated by the National Institutes of Health, experiments involving human gene therapy, formation of transgenic animals or plants, and the generation and/or use of rDNA must be reviewed and approved by the IBC. Auburn University also requires IBC review and approval for use of Risk Group 2 or higher biohazardous agents. This committee meets 12 months per year. 
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member.

Specific Restrictions: Faculty shall be selected on the basis of experience and expertise in infectious disease research, experience and expertise in recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology, and the capability to assess the safety of biological research and to identify any potential risk to public health or the environment. At all times one faculty member will be an animal pathogen containment expert. 

 

 Committee:  Institutional Review Board for Use of Human Subjects in Research (Vice President for Research)
Charge: The IRB shall review all research activities involving human subjects for compliance with federal guidelines and ethical research principles. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), and disapprove research proposals and to suspend or terminate research that is not conducted in accordance with the IRB’s requirements or that has been associated with unexpected serious harm to subjects.
Specific Needs: 3 faculty members 

 

Committee: Insurance and Benefits (Executive Vice President)
Charge: The committee shall communicate information about insurance and other employee benefit programs to faculty and administration and consider and recommend improvements in insurance coverage. 
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member 

 

Committee: Intercollegiate Athletics (President)
Charge: The Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics shall 1) recommend to the President the policies for the operation of the intercollegiate athletics program at Auburn, 2) monitor for the President all aspects of the program for compliance with University policies and with NCAA and SEC legislation, and 3) assist the President and the Director of Athletics on any aspect of the intercollegiate athletics program for which advice or assistance is requested. 
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members 

 

Committee: International Students (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The committee shall consider issues and concerns that directly relate to international students on the Auburn University campus. 
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members

 

Committee: Master Plan (Senior Advisor to the President)
Charge: The Committee reviews development of all land holdings of Auburn University and makes recommendations regarding facilities planning, transportation planning, land planning, infrastructure, and site development activities.  The Committee oversees the continuing administration, maintenance, implementation, change and update of all Auburn University master plans and supporting documents, including design guidelines, The Image and Character of Auburn University and the Auburn University Comprehensive Campus Master Plan.
Specific Needs: 4 faculty members; 3 of whom will be registered Architects, Engineers, Planners, or Builders; 1 of whom will be a faculty member from another discipline area.

 

Committee: Master Plan Committee (President) —NEW COMMITTEE
Charge: The Master Plan Committee formulates/adopts institutional plans and guidelines and keeps them current.  The Committee reviews development of all land holding of auburn University and makes recommendations regarding facilities, planning, transportation planning, land planning, infrastructure and site development activities.  The Committee oversees the continuing administration, maintenance, implementation, change and update of all Auburn University master plans and supporting documents, including design guidelines, The Image and Character of Auburn University and the Auburn University Comprehensive Campus Master Plan (10 members)
Specific Needs: 4 Faculty Members: 3 of whom are either a Registered Architect/Engineer/Planner/Builder; 1 at-large Faculty member

 

Committee: Multicultural Diversity Commission (President)
Charge:  The Commission on Multicultural Diversity will provide a permanent and very visible forum for deliberating and developing policies and initiatives on matters of diversity, tolerance, and inclusiveness. 
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 

 

Committee: Patent and Invention Disclosure (Vice President for Research)
Charge: The committee is charged with providing advice and recommendations as needed by the Office of Technology Transfer and the Vice President for Research on issues such as the technical merit and commercial potential of technology disclosures.
Specific Needs: 6 faculty members.

Specific Restrictions: Representing key areas of University research such as Engineering, Pharmacy, Sciences and Mathematics, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, as well as representation from faculty with expertise in areas such as Marketing and Economics.

 

 Committee: Persons with Disabilities (President)
Charge: The Committee for Persons with Disabilities shall promote a positive University policy in regard to program accessibility for people with disabilities, educate the campus community as to the needs of disabled individuals, and promote the removal of architectural barriers on campus. 
Specific Needs: 3 faculty members 

 

Committee: Promotion and Tenure (President)
Charge: The committee shall review departmental and school or college recommendations on candidates for promotion and tenure and make recommendations to the President.
Specific Needs: 4 regular members.

Specific Restrictions: Full professors. Priority normally given to unrepresented units: Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture

 

Committee: Radiological Safety (Executive Vice President)
Charge: The committee is delegated authority for radiological safety at the University. Committee responsibilities include establishment of policies and procedures, compliance with appropriate state and federal regulations, review of all applications and licenses for the use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation at Auburn University, and assurance that each person working with radioactive materials and radiation-producing devices is qualified by training and experience to safely perform such work.
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 

 

Committee: Recreational Services (Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies)
Charge: The committee shall evaluate the recreational needs of the University population and advise Intramural Sports and Recreational Services as to how best to meet these needs through campus recreational programs and recreational facilities. The committee shall also approve the budget for recreational services that is submitted to the Business and Finance Committee of the Student Senate. 
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members

 

Committee: Residency Appeals (Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies)
Charge: The committee reviews requests from students to be grandfathered under the previous residency policy. In addition, the committee serves as a review board for any student who wishes to appeal the residency requirements. 
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 

 

Committee: Student Academic Grievance (Provost)
Charge: The committee shall resolve academic grievances of students that result from actions of faculty or administrators. The Tiger Cub, Auburn University’s student handbook, provides the guidelines for this procedure. 
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member 

 

Committee: Student Communications Board (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The board shall provide overall supervision for the financial and editorial management of student publications and broadcasts funded by Student Activities Fees. 
Specific Needs: None needed this year.

 

Committee: Student Discipline (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The committee shall conduct hearings into alleged violations of the University Code of Student Discipline and make recommendations to the Vice President for Student Affairs regarding the handling of violations. The University Code of Student Discipline can be found in the Tiger Cub, Auburn University’s student handbook. 
Specific Needs: 3 faculty members 

 

Committee: Student Insurance (Executive Vice President)
Charge: The committee shall supervise the management practices of the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, in an effort to serve the best interests of the student body, and make recommendations to the administration concerning the Plan.
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member 

 

Committee: Student Social Life (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The committee shall promote the welfare of the Auburn University student body and greater Auburn community through a well-planned and coordinated program of entertainment and social activities.
Specific Needs: No vacancies to fill on this committee this year.

 

Committee: Traffic and Parking (Executive Vice President)
Charge: The committee shall accept suggestions, comments, and complaints relative to the parking of vehicles and the movement of vehicular/pedestrian traffic on campus. Its primary concerns shall be the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, vendors, and visitors and the orderly and efficient parking/movement of vehicles and persons. The committee shall be expected to make recommendations regarding parking lot zoning, zone enforcement procedures, costs and procedures for vehicle registration; procedures and regulations for parking and traffic movement during athletic events, pavement markings, signage, signalization, site lighting, handicapped parking/access, pedestrian malls, shuttle-bus systems, and bicycles/skateboards, etc. 
Specific Needs: 2 faculty members 

 

Committee: Traffic Appeals (Executive Vice President)
Charge: The boards shall arbitrate disputes arising from the Auburn Public Safety and Parking Services issuance of parking and traffic citations. The boards shall not arbitrate citations involving moving offenses (e.g., speeding, failure to display signals) which shall instead be referred to the City of Auburn court system.
Specific Needs:        2 faculty members for the Tuesday Board;
                                    1 faculty member for the Wednesday Board;
                                    1 faculty member for the Thursday Board

 

Committee: University Budget Advisory (President)
Charge: The University Budget Advisory Committee shall develop recommendations for the President of Auburn University regarding the preparation of the annual budget for the University. 
Specific Needs: No vacancies on this committee this year. 

 

Committee: University Safety (Executive Vice President)
Charge: The committee shall assist in establishing and maintaining a comprehensive safety program that shall help Auburn University achieve the goal of providing a safe and healthful environment for the faculty, staff, students, and visitors on the main campus, at AUM, and throughout the broad networks of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member 

 

Committee: University Scholarship (Vice President for Student Affairs)
Charge: The University Scholarship Committee shall make scholarship recommendations to the President. 
Specific Needs: 1 faculty member