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Arts & Sciences Faculty Committees

A&S faculty committees are created, altered, or dissolved by action of the A&S faculty and are used as a means to undertake the faculty responsibilities outlined the A&S Shared Governance Bylaws (found in Appendix II of the Faculty Handbook). They are chaired by an A&S faculty member, have only A&S faculty as voting members, include faculty from across all divisions of A&S, and report to the A&S faculty through the Steering Committee.

IMPORTANT NOTES

Below are all A&S faculty committees, their charges, membership, current members, and a link to their respective Box site, which contains their committee guidelines and other relevant documents.

The Box site for all A&S faculty committees can be found here.

The Box site for current and previous A&S faculty committee memberships can be found here.

Information on A&S administrative committees, which are overseen by the Dean, can be found on this webpage.

Information on university committees, which include representation from more than one school, can be found within the University Senate webpage or within this Box site.

Steering Committee
Charge

The A&S Steering Committee facilitates faculty governance in A&S. The committee works closely with the Dean to help set the agenda for and run A&S faculty meetings and to coordinate responses to issues raised by the A&S faculty. It oversees all A&S faculty committees and is the body responsible for evaluating A&S faculty governance and making recommendations for improvement to the A&S faculty when needed. The committee works with the Nominating Committee, as needed, to assign divisional placement to faculty, and librarians and other staff with faculty status in A&S, and to evaluate and make recommendations to the A&S faculty regarding the granting of faculty status in A&S to individual staff members. It also works with the Dean’s office to update, archive, and post minutes of A&S faculty meetings, guidelines and reports from A&S faculty committees, and any documents, policies, and procedures that concern the A&S faculty. When needed, the committee helps to facilitate communication between the A&S faculty and the University Faculty Senate or University administrators.

Membership

Five elected faculty members (the A&S Chair, one divisional representative from each tripartite division, and one Director at-large representative elected from and by the Directors in A&S), plus the previous years’ A&S Chair, ex-officio, non-voting, one full-time A&S staff member, ex-officio, non-voting, and the Dean and/or his or her designee, ex-officio, non-voting.

Current Members

Jan French (A&S Chair; 2022)
Dixon Abreu (Director at-large; 2022)
Kasongo Kapanga (I; 2022)
Claudio López-Guerra (II; 2023)
Ted Bunn (Vice-Chair, III; 2024)
Michelle Hamm, Former A&S Chair, ex-officio, non-voting
Robin Mundle, A&S staff member, ex-officio, non-voting
Dan Palazzolo, Interim A&S Dean, ex-officio, non-voting

Box Site

The public BOX site for the Steering Committee can be found here.

Academic Policies and Planning Committee
Charge

The APPC considers matters related to academic planning and policy in A&S. The committee makes recommendations to the Dean regarding the funding of continuing faculty and staff lines and provides a timely summary of its recommendations to the A&S faculty. It evaluates A&S academic policies and, when needed, makes recommendations for improvement to the A&S faculty. The committee also hears and makes recommendations to the registrar regarding academic petitions from A&S students and works with the registrar to publish, at least once each year, a list of additions and deletions of A&S courses.

Membership

Seven elected faculty members (one divisional representative from each tripartite division, one department chair divisional representative from each tripartite division elected by all A&S faculty in the respective division, and one interdisciplinary program coordinator at-large representative, elected by the full A&S faculty), plus one full-time A&S staff member, ex-officio, non-voting, the Dean and/or his or her designee, ex-officio, non-voting, and two student members (one each selected by the Richmond College Student Government and the Westhampton College Student Government, majoring in an A&S discipline or program, ideally from different divisions), ex-officio, non-voting. Department chairs and interdisciplinary program coordinators elected (or runners-up) to the committee may serve even if their term as department chair or program coordinator has ended.

Current Members

Abigail Cheever (I; 2024)
Tracy Roof (II; 2023)
Carrie Wu (one-year sabbatical replacement for Jack Singal; III; 2022) Chair
Walter Schoen (one-year sabbatical replacement for Tanja Softić; Dept. Chair I;  2023)
Miguel Diaz-Barriga (one-year sabbatical replacement for David Salisbury; Dept. Chair II: 2022)
Chris Stevenson (Dept. Chair III; 2024)
Kristine Nolin (Program Coordinator at-large; 2022)
Kirstin Berben, A&S staff member, ex-officio, non-voting
Dan Palazzolo, Interim A&S Dean, ex-officio, non-voting
Katarina Acosta, Westhampton College, ex-officio, non-voting
Reide Petty, Richmond College, ex-officio, non-voting

Box Site

The public BOX site for the APPC can be found here.

Awards Review Committee
Charge

The ARC gathers nominations for faculty awards not considered by other committees as stipulated in this document and either i) recommends winners for A&S faculty awards to the Dean or ii) forwards nominees from A&S for University faculty awards to the appropriate body.

Membership

Membership: Three appointed faculty members who have all previously won an A&S or University Faculty Award (one representative from each tripartite division), plus the A&S Dean, ex-officio, non-voting, and/or one or more A&S Associate Deans as decided by the A&S Dean, ex-officio, non-voting.

Current Members

Lidia Radi (I; 2024)
Doug Winiarski (II; 2023)
Bill Ross (III; 2022) Chair
Dan Palazzolo, Interim A&S Dean, ex-officio, non-voting

Box Site

The public BOX site for the ARC can be found here.

Distinguished Educator and Distinguished Scholar Awards

The A&S Awards Review Committee is accepting nominations for DE and DS awards according to the following guidelines:  

— Full nominations are due to Bill Ross (ARC Chair — wross@richmond.edu) by January 15

— A full nomination should include a letter from the nominator, a supporting letter from nominee’s department chair, along with the nominee’s CV. 

Budget, Priorities, and Resources Committee
Charge

The BPRC is broadly responsible for the A&S faculty’s consultative role regarding the A&S budget and A&S resource priorities. The committee meets with the Dean each year to discuss and, when needed, make recommendations regarding A&S continuing budget lines, the budgeting process, and one-time resource requests not evaluated by other A&S faculty committees. When needed, it also discusses with or makes recommendations to the Dean regarding the allocation of resources, long-range financial planning, and fund-raising priorities in A&S. When relevant, it provides a timely summary of its recommendations to the A&S faculty.

Membership

Seven elected faculty members (the three divisional representatives elected to the University Planning and Priorities committee, one additional divisional representative from each tripartite division, and one at-large representative), plus one full-time A&S staff member, ex-officio, non-voting, the A&S Director of Financial Planning and Budget, ex-officio, non-voting, and the Dean and/or his or her designee, ex-officio, non-voting.

Current Members

Sharon Feldman (I; 2024)
Margaret Dorsey (II; 2023) Chair
Joanna Wares (III; 2022)
Johann Stegmeir (P&P I; 2023)
Sojourna Cunningham (P&P II; 2022)
Omar Quintero-Carmona (P&P III; 2024)
Kelly Lambert (P&P at-large; 2023)
Russ Collins, A&S Staff Member, ex-officio, non-voting
Surabhi Vittal, A&S Director of Financial Planning and Budget, ex-officio, non-voting
Manuella Meyer, A&S Associate Dean, ex-officio, non-voting

Box Site

The public BOX site for the BPRC can be found here.

Faculty Affairs Committee
Charge

The FAC considers matters related to A&S faculty development. The committee consults with the Dean regarding the A&S policies, procedures, and programs that govern or support the workload and professional growth of A&S faculty members from the time of hiring throughout their professional careers. When needed, it works with the A&S Senators to recommend to the A&S faculty revisions to the Faculty Handbook (excluding Appendices I and II) and interacts with units outside of A&S that provide or could provide support or opportunities for enhancing the teaching and/or scholarly and creative work of A&S faculty.

Membership

Seven elected faculty members (two divisional representatives from each tripartite division, one at-large Director representative elected by the full-A&S faculty), plus the Dean and/or his or her designee, ex-officio, non-voting.

Current Members

Caroline Weist (I; 2024)
Mariela Mendez (I; 2022) 
Tim Barney (II; 2023) Chair
Geoff Goddu (II; 2022)
Emma Goldman (III; 2023)
Cindy Bukach (III; 2024)
Elizabeth Schlatter (Director at-large; 2022) 
Kathrin Bower, A&S Associate Dean, ex-officio, non-voting

Box Site

The public BOX site for the FAC can be found here.

Faculty Research Committee
Charge

The FRC considers matters related to A&S faculty scholarship. The committee makes recommendations to the Dean regarding the funding of research and creative activities of A&S faculty members, and consults with the Dean, as needed, regarding events and materials that highlight or support such activities.

Membership

Seven appointed faculty members (two divisional representatives from each tripartite division and one at-large representative), plus the A&S Grants & Research Specialist, ex-officio, non-voting, and the A&S Dean and/or his or her designee, ex-officio, non-voting.

Current Members

Peter Lurie (I; 2023)
Agnieszka Szymanska (I; 2024)
Dan Chen (II; 2023)
Jennifer Nourse (II; 2024)
Karin Boxer (II; 2022)
Jory Brinkerhoff (III; 2022) Chair
Bill Ross (III; 2024)
Taylor Arnold (one-year sabbatical replacement for Matt Lowder; at-large; 2022)
Robert Plymale, A&S Grants and Research Specialist, ex-officio, non-voting
Kelling Donald, A&S Associate Dean, ex-officio, non-voting

Box Site
The public BOX site for the FRC can be found here.
Nominating Committee
Charge

The Nominating Committee oversees A&S faculty representation on committees, including the appointing, nominating, and electing of A&S faculty members to committees. The committee works with the Steering Committee, the Dean, department chairs, and individual faculty members to ensure that committee memberships are as broadly representative and equitably distributed as possible. The committee also works with the Dean’s office and others to post current lists regarding membership in the A&S faculty, those with voting rights for A&S Senators, and A&S representation on School and University committees.

Membership

Four elected faculty members (one divisional representative from each tripartite division, and one at-large representative), plus the Dean and/or his or her designee, ex-officio, non-voting.

Current Members

Jeff Riehl (I; 2024)
Jane Geaney (II; 2023) Chair S22
Matt Trawick (III; 2022) Chair F21
Kevin Cherry (at-large; 2024)
Dan Palazzolo, Interim A&S Dean, ex-officio, non-voting

Box Site

The public BOX site for the Nominating Committee can be found here.

Tenure and Promotion Committee
Charge

The T&P committee carries out the duties assigned to it by the A&S tenure and promotion section of Appendix I of the Faculty Handbook, and in doing so, shall remain knowledgeable and current on that section of the Handbook, as well as its committee guidelines. It is the body responsible for evaluating procedures and policies regarding tenure and promotion in A&S and, when needed, recommending improvements to the A&S faculty. At least once each spring, in collaboration with the Dean, the committee will lead a discussion about the Tenure and Promotion Guidelines and the committee’s processes with forthcoming tenure and promotion candidates, their chairs (or persons overseeing their candidacy), as well as any other A&S faculty members who may be interested.

Membership

As stipulated in Appendix I of the Faculty Handbook, seven elected faculty members who have been tenured at the University of Richmond for at least two years (two divisional representatives from each tripartite division, one at-large representative) or in cases of recusal, their reserved substitutes (see explanation below). The Tenure and Promotion Committee includes the Dean as a full participating but non-voting member.

After a three-year term, committee members become emeriti committee members for up to three additional years, available as reserve committee members, and listed as such within the committee membership. The Chair of the Tenure and Promotion Committee will call in reserve committee members to replace active Tenure and Promotion Committee members who must recuse themselves from a specific case. The reserve members substitute by division.

Current Members

Aurora Hermida-Ruiz (I; 2023)
Bertram Ashe (I; 2022)
Jennifer Bowie (II; 2024)
Nicole Maurantonio (II; 2022)
Wade Downey (III; 2024) Co-Chair
Angie Hilliker (III; 2022) Co-Chair
Jane Berry (at-large; 2023)

Box Site

The public BOX site for the T&P Committee can be found here.

Undergraduate Research Committee
Charge

The URC considers matters related to undergraduate scholarship in A&S. It makes recommendations to the Dean regarding the funding of undergraduate research and creative activities mentored by faculty in A&S, and consults with the Dean, as needed, regarding events and materials that highlight or support such activities. The committee also makes awards to faculty mentors and undergraduate students regarding undergraduate scholarship.

Membership

Seven appointed faculty members (two divisional representatives from each tripartite division and one at-large representative), plus the A&S Grants and Research Specialist, ex-officio, non-voting, and the Dean and/or his or her designee, ex-officio, non-voting.

Current Members

Gengson Gao (I; 2023)
Linda Fairtile (I; 2024)
David Brandenberger (II; 2023) Chair
Kevin Cherry (II; 2022)
Kristjen Lundberg (III; 2023)
Art Charlesworth (III; 2022)
Dan Pierce (at-large; 2023)
Robert Plymale, A&S Grants and Research Specialist, ex-officio, non-voting
Kelling Donald, A&S Associate Dean, ex-officio, non-voting

Box Site

The public BOX site for the URC can be found here.

Ad Hoc Directors' Taskforce
Directors' Taskforce (adopted by A&S Faculty on May 10, 2021)

The Steering Committee moves that the School of Arts and Sciences faculty form a Directors’ Taskforce, with work commencing in August 2021, and culminating in a report and recommendations submitted to the faculty by December 2022.

Rationale

On November 22, 2019 the faculty of Arts and Sciences voted to create an Ad Hoc Committee on Directors. This committee worked from January 2020 to March 2021, and submitted its report to the faculty on March 22, 2021. The committee arrived at a series of recommendations, with the understanding that further work was needed in order to find ways to implement them, thus the need to create a taskforce to forward their work.

Charge

The Directors’ Taskforce is charged to investigate ways to implement the following recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Directors:

  1. Create at least two to three new titles that better reflect the position;
  2. Establish a process for promotion in rank of directors;
  3. Create a Directors’ Committee to review cases for promotion of directors;
  4. Initiate a study to identify metrics that measure the workload of directors to allow fair comparison and consistency across the variety of job descriptions across Arts and Sciences;
  5. Acknowledging the importance of such positions, the School of Arts and Science should establish guidelines as to when a department or program might best justify a director line as opposed to a tenure-stream or staff position.
  6. Review administrative and human resources policies to ensure inclusion and recognition of directors.
Membership

The taskforce will consist of seven faculty members: i) four faculty Directors, including one at-large and one from each division, and ii) three tenure-stream faculty members who have had supervisory experience of faculty Directors, including one from each division. The committee members shall be appointed by the Nominating Committee. No two voting members of the committee shall be from the same department. Ex-officio taskforce members will be the Dean of A&S (or designee), a member of the Steering Committee, and a member of the Faculty Affairs Committee. 

Current Members

Julie Baker (LLC) (Director I)
Allison Brenning (Education) (Director II)
Ryan Coppage (Chemistry) (Director III)
Joanne Kong (Music) (Director at-large)
TBD Div. 1 (Chair I)
Paul Achter (Rhetoric) (Chair II)
Krista Stenger (Biology) (Chair III)
Dixon Abreu, Steering Committee representative, ex-officio, non-voting
Elizabeth Schlatter, FAC representative, ex-officio, non-voting
Kathrin Bower, Dean’s office representative, ex-officio, non-voting

Dissolved A&S Faculty Committees
Box Site

The Box site that includes documentation for dissolved A&S Faculty Committees (listed below) can be found here

  • Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Governance (2015-2017)
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Promotion and Reviews (2015-2016)
  • A&S Shared Governance Taskforce (2017-2020)
  • Ad Hoc Directors Committee (2020-2021)

 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
Health Studies
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
Psychology