The following is a listing and descriptions of the Kimmel School's standing committees. It is maintained by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The description for each committee includes: name of the committee, a statement of duties, description of membership and officers, who is responsible for establishment (and abolishment), any special comments needed regarding the committee and dates of establishment or revision of the committee description. A listing of current academic year membership of each Committee is maintained by the Office of the Dean.
The Kimmel School seeks a committee structure that assures that the work of the School is done effectively and that the time members spend in committee work is time well spent. Unless otherwise indicated, members of standing committees in the Kimmel School are appointed by the Dean or a designee of the Dean annually (the academic year begns with the start of the Fall Semester). Committees are expected to report to the Dean and the faculty of the Kimmel School. Each Committee is expected to report annually at one of the regular meetings of the Kimmel School Faculty. A brief written report to attach to the minutes of the meeting will be expected.
Committees can be added to this list by submission of information regarding the Committee to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The Kimmel School By-Laws state that "Additional standing committees may be constituted by the Dean upon the advice of the Department Heads and/or the General Faculty of the School." The Dean, the Faculty of the College, or a standing Committee may each establish or abolish additional committees and subcommittees. The individual or group that establishes a committee or subcommittee has the primary responsibility to abolish it when it is no longer needed. Ordinarily such committees and subcommittees should be established with a specific charge and for a limited period of existence.
The Kimmel School has the following Standing Committees:
School Elections Committee
School Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment Committee
Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee
Dean's Student Advisory Committee
School Curriculum Committee
Additional standing committees may be constituted by the Dean upon the advice of the Department Heads and/or the General Faculty of the School. Ad hoc committees may be appointed by the Dean.
All committee chairs are expected to seek the consultation of faculty members, administrators, or others who have expertise in the area of their committee's responsibilities and to seek input from all interested faculty. Committee chairs are empowered to form subcommittees, either ad hoc or standing. Subcommittee members may be appointed by the committee chair and, when appropriate, may include persons not on the committee.
Committee members shall be elected at the regularly scheduled annual elections held by the School. Committee members will take office on the date of the first School Faculty Meeting preceding the fall term. All committee meetings shall be scheduled and announced in such a way that maximum attendance will be encouraged.
1 - School Elections Committee
The Committee shall be composed of three full-time faculty members, elected from the School at large, with the provision that each department has representation. The Chairperson will be the person serving in the final year of his/her term. Initially, one person will be elected to a one year term, one person to a two year term and one person to a three year term. Thereafter, all members will serve staggered three year terms and be eligible for reelection.
The School Elections Committee shall conduct all elections for School representatives to all University and School committees. It shall devise appropriate and uniform election procedures and shall maintain a record of all elections for the previous five years. In addition to the duties specified in the Faculty Constitution with regard to some elections, the Committee shall promulgate its own rules of procedure. The Committee shall insure that all nominations for elections conducted under its supervision are open. Questions of eligibility for nominations shall be resolved by the Committee. The person who receives the highest number of votes without being elected shall be the alternate for each position decided by the election. The alternate shall be named by the Committee to fill, until the next general election, any vacancy which may occur. Should the naming of the alternate violate a rule of representation, ore if a suitable replacement cannot be found following these procedures, the Dean will appoint a replacement to fill the vacancy until the next annual election.
2 - School Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment Committee
The Kimmel School shall operate as a College regarding all policies and procedures in the Faculty Handbook.
The School Tenure, Promotion, and Reappointment Committee shall be composed of the Dean as the nonvoting Chair and six full-time faculty members, half elected by the School faculty to a staggered three-year term and half appointed by the Dean, following Faculty Handbook guidelines. If a non-tenured faculty member serves on the committee, the term of that person shall be one year.
The Committee shall meet at the call of the Dean and 2/3 of the membership will be required for a quorum. The Committee will make recommendations to the Dean on all candidates for tenure, promotion, and 4th year reappointment. In addition, the committee will review all candidates receiving negative recommendations from either the department committee and/or the department head. The Dean may consult with the committee in making recommendations for other reappointments.
3- Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee
The Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee shall be composed of the Dean of the School, who shall serve as Chair, and two members elected by each department. Term of Membership shall be for two years. Initially, two members shall be elected for two year terms and two members elected for one year terms as specified on the ballot for each department.
The Dean's Faculty Advisory Committee shall serve as a communication, planning, and policy recommending body for administrative matters relating to the School. Its essential purpose is to assist the Dean in the administration of the School. It is expected that Committee members will represent their constituent faculty in bringing matters of information and concern to the Committee. It is also expected that Council members will communicate deliberations of the Committee to their constituents.
The Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee, or its appointed subcommittee, shall act as the School Safety Committee. The Committee shall meet at least once each term, at the call of the Dean, or upon the request of at least three of its members addressed to the Dean. A schedule of meeting dates will be published at the beginning of each semester.
4 - Dean's Student Advisory Committee
The Committee shall be composed of the Dean, who shall serve as Chair, at least two undergraduate students selected from each department to include at least one representative of each degree program, and two graduate students. Members will be appointed by the Dean in consultation with Department Heads. All terms shall be for one year, with members eligible for successive terms.
The duty of the Student Advisory Committee shall be to advise the Dean on matters of mutual interest. The Committee shall meet at least once each term and at the call of its Chair or at the request of more than one-fourth of its members.
5 - Kimmel School Curriculum Committee
(Established by Amendment Approved September 9, 2009)
The Committee shall be composed of the Associate Dean or Dean’s designee, who shall serve as non-voting chair and two full time members elected by each department within the College. (Department Heads/School Directors are eligible to serve.)
All terms shall be for two years and members will be elected to staggered terms such that two terms end each year. There is no limitation on succession or number of terms. The dean may appoint additional members for unspecified terms as needed.
The Curriculum Committee shall be responsible for review and approval of all undergraduate and graduate curriculum changes in the College. Meetings shall be called by the Associate Dean or Dean’s Designee. Committee members will have a minimum of one week to review AA-5 requests prior to a called meeting.
6 - Kimmel School Safety Committee
(Established by Amendment Approved November 5, 2009)
The Committee shall be composed of the Dean or Dean’s designee, who shall serve as chair and two full time members from each department plus one from the Rapid Center appointed by the Dean in consultation with the Dean’s Faculty Advisory Committee. (Department Heads/School Directors are eligible to serve.) The University Safety and Risk Management Officer or his designee shall serve on this committee as an ex-officio member.
All terms shall be for two years and members will be appointed to staggered terms such that three terms end each year. There is no limitation on succession or number of terms. The dean may appoint additional members for unspecified terms as needed. VI. 7.3. The functions of the committee are to: conduct regularly scheduled meetings to discuss accident prevention, accident reviews, safety promotion, items of note from individual departmental safety meetings, and other pertinent subjects; develop/update written safety policies and procedures to meet current organizational and regulatory requirements; identify safety issues across the School and offer recommendations for improvement; provide feedback to staff regarding the status of programs and workplace recommendations; and heighten safety awareness across the school.
Meetings shall be called by the Dean or Dean’s Designee.