Richmond Home

Arts & Sciences Committees

Below are the School of Arts & Sciences' committee assignments for the 2015-16 academic year. All Arts & Sciences faculty may suggest agenda items for any of the School's committees. The Faculty Senate maintains a list of all university committees.

Curriculum Committee
Charge

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for reviewing and proposing changes in the general education requirements for undergraduates in Arts and Sciences. The members are also members of the University General Education Committee.

Membership Selection

Chair of this committee is chair of University General Education Committee. Nominating Committee recommends membership.

Membership

Ovidiu Lipan (one-year replacement for Jeffrey Riehl)
Dean Simpson (19)
Mavis Brown (20)
David Brandenberger, chair (20)
Karen Kochel (21)
Paul Kvam (21)
Miles Johnson (21)
Doug Winiarski (21)

Faculty Research Committee
Charge

The purpose of the A&S Faculty Research Committee is to provide financial support for the research and creative activities of full-time, tenure-stream faculty. Although the Committee aims to support the research and creative efforts of all eligible faculty, it gives the highest funding priority to the following individuals: a) New tenure-track faculty; b) Faculty whose research or creative work is of the highest quality and thus is most likely to lead to peer-reviewed publication or professional presentation; c) Faculty without a recent history of funding from the Committee; d) Faculty whose research or creative work cannot be funded by other sources.

Membership Selection

Nominating Committee recommends membership.

Membership

Elizabeth Kissling (19)
Jeffrey Hass (20)
Jeremy Drummond (20)
Jessica Chan (20)
Doug Szajda (20)
Andy McGraw (21)
Emma Goldman (21)
Yucel Yanikdag (21)

Dan Palazzolo, ex officio
Robert Plymale, ex officio

Grievance Committee
Charge

The Grievance Committee receives and reviews petitions from faculty who are not recommended for reappointment, tenure or promotion and believe that the decision involved a violation of the required process. Faculty may submit grievances on matters other than dismissal, reappointment, tenure, or promotion as well.

Membership Selection

Faculty directly elects members. The Grievance Committee is composed of two tenured faculty members from each of the following divisions elected by their respective faculties: Arts & Sciences, Robins School of Business, and Law; and one tenured faculty member elected by the Leadership School.

Membership

A&S Representative: Stephen Long (20)

Nominating Committee
Charge

The Committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing annually the Arts and Science committee structure;
  • Recommending changes in committee charges and structure to the Arts & Sciences faculty;
  • Recommending to the faculty terms of office for the various committees;
  • Making changes in size and/or representation where warranted;
  • Gauging interest, expertise, and willingness to serve for the Arts & Sciences Faculty;
  • Selecting a slate of members for the Arts & Sciences Committees;
  • Seeing that committee membership is broadly representative;
  • Selecting members for any ad hoc faculty committees or task forces the Arts and Sciences faculty deem necessary. (This shall be done in consultation with the Arts and Sciences members of the University Faculty Council);
  • Consulting with the Provost and President on proposed slates prior to submitting them to the Arts & Sciences faculty;
  • Submitting the entire slate for committee members to the Arts & Sciences faculty for ratification;
  • Reconsidering and returning to the faculty for action slates not ratified.
Membership Selection

Faculty directly elects members. Membership of the Arts and Sciences Nominating Committee shall be: a) One representative from each of the quadripartite divisions, elected by direct ballot of the faculty in each division from the faculty within that division; and b) Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. Except for the dean, membership for a three-year term; election possible for no more than two consecutive terms. Terms shall be staggered so that no more than two members are elected in any one year. The Nominating Committee shall select a faculty representative to be chair. The chair shall serve for one year, with reelection possible. The chair will represent the Arts & Sciences on the University Committee on Committees.

Membership

Sydney Watts, Div III (20), CHAIR
Aleksandra Sznajder-Lee, Div I (20)
Michael Kerckhove, Div II (19)
Elizabeth Outka, Div IV (21)

Tenure and Promotion Committee
Charge

The Tenure and Promotion Committee, including the dean, evaluates the credentials of each candidate through the examination of the candidate's portfolio, the department report, student letters, and external review letters. After thorough deliberations, the Tenure and Promotion Committee decides by confidential majority vote to recommend that the candidate be granted or denied tenure and/or promotion. The dean is part of these discussions but does not vote. For each candidate, one faculty member from the Tenure and Promotion Committee is selected to draft a committee report that reflects their deliberations and provides a fair and balanced assessment of the candidate's strengths and weaknesses. The report should express the range of perspectives among committee members, the presence and nature of any dissenting views, and the strength of any consensus, but it should not resemble a transcript of the committee's confidential discussions. This report is reviewed, revised as necessary, approved in final form, and signed by all members of the Tenure and Promotion Committee, including the dean, before being added to the candidate’s portfolio. See the faculty handbook for details on A&S tenure and promotion process.

Membership Selection

The Tenure and Promotion Committee is composed of seven Arts and Sciences faculty members who have been tenured at the University of Richmond for at least two years: two active members elected from each of the School of Arts and Sciences' tripartite divisions and one at-large member, or in cases of recusal, their reserved substitutes (see explanation below). Committee members will be elected to staggered, three-year terms by the Arts and Sciences faculty and in such a way that representatives from one division are not members of the same department.

The Tenure and Promotion Committee elects its chair from among its faculty members. Committee members must recuse themselves as necessary, for example, on cases involving members of their home departments and/or families. After a three-year term, committee members become emeriti committee members, available as reserve committee members for up to three additional years. The chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee will call in reserve committee members to replace active members of the Tenure and Promotion Committee who must recuse themselves from a specific case. The reserve members substitute by division.

Membership

Dorothy Holland, Div I (19), CHAIR
Andrea Simpson, Div II (19) 
Olivier Delers, Div I (20)
Joanna Drell, Div II (21)
Kathy Hoke, Div III (21)
Kristine Nolin, Div III (one-year replacement for Malcolm Hill)
Eric Yellin, At-Large (one-year replacement for Peter Smallwood)

Undergraduate Research Committee
Charge

The committee establishes and administers rules and regulations which govern the Undergraduate Research Program. Furthermore, the committee receives applications for Undergraduate Research projects and makes awards based upon the applications received.

Membership Selection

Nominating Committee recommends membership. The Committee is comprised of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, or, at the dean's discretion, the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, who chairs the committee, as well as three Arts and Sciences faculty members.

Membership
Julie Pollock (19)
Tracy Roof (19)
Alicia Diaz (19)
Eugene Wu (one-year replacement for Angie Hilliker)
Kelly Lambert (20)
Monika Siebert (21)
Miriam McCormick (21)
Angel Otero Blanco (21)

Ben Broening, ex officio
Faculty Senate
Charge

The Faculty Senate provides information and advice to the President and Provost regarding faculty interests and concerns as they bear upon the life and operation of the institution, to communicate to the faculty the results of its deliberations, and to carry out such further functions as may be assigned to it by the faculty, in keeping with the By-Laws of the University.

Membership Selection

Faculty directly elects members. The Faculty Senate consists of seventeen members to be nominated and elected by the five faculties from among their full-time colleagues who have continuing annually renewable appointments or who have been granted faculty status. There are ten members from Arts and Sciences, three from Business, two from Law, one from Leadership Studies, and one from Continuing Studies. Election procedures will be determined by the respective faculties. Faculty members who hold administrative positions in the offices of the President, Provost, or one of the deans of the schools are not eligible to serve as voting members of the Council.

In A&S, two members will be nominated and elected from each of the tripartite divisions of A&S and four members will be nominated and elected at-large. All members will be nominated and elected from all eligible voting members of the A&S faculty. The divisional representatives will be nominated and elected by all full‐time faculty in each of the three respective divisions and colleagues with faculty status including those with continual annual renewable appointments in each of the three respective divisions. At-large members will be nominated and elected by all full-time faculty who have continuing annual renewable appointments or who have been granted faculty status. Tripartite representation cannot come from the same department.

Membership

Julie Laskaris, Div I (21)
Tanja Softic, Div I (19)
Jenny Pribble, Div II (19)
Jennifer Erkulwater, Div II (20)
Kelling Donald, Div III (21)
Barry Lawson, Div III (20)
Jane Berry, at large (20)
Todd Lookingbill, at large (19)
Elena Calvillo, at large (21)

Notes

Appointment Terms

Numbers in parenthesis indicate the year an appointment term ends.

Tripartite Division

  • Division I - Arts/Languages and Literatures (Art & Art History, Classical Studies, English, Latin American, Latino, & Iberian Studies, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Music, Theatre & Dance)
  • Division II - Humanities and Social Sciences (Education, Geography, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Rhetoric & Communication Studies, Sociology & Anthropology)
  • Division III - Mathematics/Computer Science, Natural and Psychological Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Math & Computer Science, Physics, and Psychology)

Quadripartite Division

  • Division I - Social Sciences (Education, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology)
  • Division II - Math and Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Math & Computer Science, Physics
  • Division III - Humanities, Fine Arts (Art & Art History, History, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Rhetoric & Communication Studies, Theatre & Dance)
  • Division IV - Languages & Literatures (Classical Studies, English, Journalism, Latin American, Latino, & Iberian Studies, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures)