- All faculty senate committees are advisory to the faculty senate.
- Graduate Studies, Honors, and International Education and Services are advisory to the directors of those units
- Three faculty senate subcommittees function as curriculum committees: Graduate Committee oversees graduate courses; Honors Committee oversees honors courses; and Curriculum Committee oversees all other courses.
- Terms of service for all representatives (unless noted otherwise) are two years. Academic units are responsible for monitoring their own terms of service.
- Ex-officio committee members are non-voting members.
ACADEMIC INFRASTRUCTURE ( home) ( members)
FACULTY SENATE COMMITTEES
Meets: 3rd Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Location: ED 113
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS ( home) ( members)
The role of the Academic Infrastructure Committee is:
Provide a campus-wide faculty voice for development of academic infrastructure, with general duties including policy review, planning, implementation, and problem solving. Academic infrastructure is here defined to include:
- Academic space (faculty offices. Lecture rooms. Labs, studios, activity rooms),
- Academic information (traditional media, digital media),
- Academic hardware (computer-based, non-computer based - lab equipment, instrumentation, curriculum tools, studio equipment), and (4) academic software (multimedia tools, specialty software).
Meets: 3rd Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Location: ED 240
Academic Advising (Ex-officio), Registrar's Office (Ex-officio)
COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
CURRICULUM ( home) ( members)
The Academic Requirement Committee shall:
- Assist the Registrar with the review of petitions regarding academic requirements;
- Consider various policies concerning academic requirements for admission, continuance in college and graduation;
- Alert the Faculty Senate of issues concerning students and academic standards which the committee believes are of significance to faculty.
Meets: 3rd Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Location: HL 205
Academic Catalog Consultant (Ex-officio), Registrar's Office (Ex-officio)
EXECUTIVE ( members)
The Curriculum Committee shall:
- Review of curricular matters, including proposals for new courses, programs, and degrees, and modifications or elimination of existing courses, programs, and degrees;
- Manage information and processes for proposing courses for LACC, Q, and D designations, and review proposals according to the appropriate established criteria;
- Examine the curricular implications of policies and procedures;
- Monitor university procedures for establishment and change of curriculum in order to promote efficiency and effectiveness;
- Report recommendations and findings to the Faculty Senate.
Meets:1st & 3rd Fridays, 2 p.m. HL 210
GRADUATE STUDIES ( home) ( members)
From Article II of the Faculty Senate by-laws:
Section 1. Membership. The membership of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate consists of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, the immediate Past President, and two elected at-large senators.
- Election of at-large members is in the same manner and at the same time as the election of officers of the Senate.
- The term of office of all Executive Committee members shall be one year.
- In the event that the immediate Past President cannot serve, any willing Past President shall be eligible to fill that spot.
- Three committee members constitute a quorum.
- Executive Committee members must come from both the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The elected President, Vice President, and Secretary hold office for a term of one year.
Section 2. Duties. The duties of the Executive Committee consist of:
- General supervision of the affairs of the Faculty Senate.
- Serving as an advisory body to the University President, when requested or when the nature of a situation calls for urgent consideration of a faculty viewpoint.
- Determine the agenda of regular and/or special meetings of the Faculty Senate.
- Review petitions presented in accordance with provisions of the Charter and validations of said petitions
- Report all Executive Committee decisions and actions to the Faculty Senate.
- When necessary, make recommendations to the Senate regarding committee structure, committee charges and formation of new committees.
- Perform such other duties as are specified in these Bylaws or as may be assigned to it by the Senate. Nothing stated herein, or actions taken by the Executive Committee, shall conflict with the recommendations or advisement of the Faculty Senate.
Meets: 3rd Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Location: HL 107
BE or CS
Graduate Students (2)
*Selected by Dean & Division Chairs
DEP (Ex-officio), Graduate Studies Office (Ex-officio), Graduate Office Assistant (Ex-officio)
HONORS ( home)( members)
The Graduate Programs Committee includes membership representing each graduate program on campus and serves as an extension of the Faculty Senate on matters concerning graduate curriculum and university admission standards. It makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate concerning a) graduate courses; b) graduate program changes; and c) university graduate policies. In addition, the Graduate Programs Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Director of Graduate Programs. It reviews and decides upon graduate student petitions and advocates for graduate programs at WOU.
Term of Service on this committee is three years, except for ex-officio members.
Meets: 3rd Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Location: ASP 212
HPE or SPED
BS, BE, CS or LIB (optional 0-2)
SO Honors, JR Honors, SR Honors
Honors Program Director (Ex-officio), Honors Program Assistant (Ex-officio)
The Faculty Senate Honors Committee serves in a review and advisory capacity with regard to the college's academic Honors Program and its director. The committee will assist and advise the Honors Director with the evaluation of thesis proposals, the selection of Honors courses, and additional evaluation, Honors, and assessment requests. The Honors Committee is the curriculum committee for the Honors Program and makes its recommendations directly to the Senate Executive Committee.
Meets: 3rd Tuesday, 3:50 p.m. Location: HSS 230
Director of Study Abroad & International Education (Ex-officio), Director of International Admissions & Advising (Ex-officio), International Student Academic Support (Ex-officio)
LEAP (ad-hoc) ( home and members)
The purpose of the International Education and Services Committee is to promote international learning, teaching, and service experiences. The committee provides faculty oversight for international education, services, and programs, and advises the Director of International Students and Scholars Affairs and the Director of Study Abroad and International Exchanges.
The ad-hoc LEAP Committee shall:
Examine LEAP outcomes, how they make sense for WOU and whether we want to include all of them. Also consider which would be most appropriate for Gen Ed and which for degree programs in context of replacing existing institutional outcomes.
WRITING-INTENSIVE REQUIREMENTS ( home) ( members)
Meets: 3rd Tuesday, 3:50 p.m. Location: Writing Center
Writing Center Director or English Department Writing Coordinator
The Writing Intensive Committee shall:
- Receive applications for WI designation from divisional curriculum committees, review and approve (or recommend changes in) applications, and forward them on to the Dean's office for temporary WI designation or to the Senate Curriculum Committee, if the application is also a new course;
- Maintain and revise the application forms, as needed;
- Consider changes to the WI requirements;
- Set guidelines to help division/department chairs determine whether transfer course in their discipline(s) would meet WI requirements;
- Maintain a resource bank for WI course design, based on voluntary submissions from faculty;
- Oversee and disseminate information about faculty development opportunities for writing-intensive and writing-across-the-curriculum methods.
FACULTY DEVELOPMENT ( home) ( members)
Meets: 3rd Tuesday*, 3:50 p.m. Location: HL 301A
Provost (Ex-officio), Provost’s office (Ex-officio), Executive Director of WOU Foundation (Ex-officio)
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD ( home)
The Faculty Development Committee was established as part of the collective bargaining agreement between WOUFT and Western Oregon University. The purpose of the committee is to provide a peer review process for the allocation of funds for scholarly and creative faculty activities.
*October, November, February, April and May only
Off-campus representative (2) (Ex-officio)
PASTEGA AWARDS ( home)
Term of Service on this committee is three years, except for ex-officio members.
LAS faculty (2)
COE faculty (2)
Provost’s office coordinator (Ex-officio)
PROGRAM FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCES, EXECUTIVE ( home)
Each year’s winners of the Pastega Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Research become de facto co‐chairs of the following year’s committee. If both winners come from the same college, then no additional faculty from that college serve on the next year’s committee. (Neither college shall have more than two representatives.) The committee solicits applications/nominations either in winter term and makes its decisions early in spring term, allowing for the Pastega celebration events to occur in May. The committee is convened by the coordinator from the Provost’s office.
Term of Service on this committee is one year, except for Provost’s office/coordinator
Honors Program Director
Managing Editor, Pure Insights
LAS Dean (Ex-officio)
STUDENT GRIEVANCE AND CONCERNS ( student affairs)
Term of Service on this committee is three years, except for ex-officio members. Members can choose to serve an additional three-year term but must be approved by a majority of executive committee members. In the program’s by-‐laws, the education and at large positions are defined as “up to two”; the LAS positions are defined as “up to four.”
Vice President, Student Affairs
The Student Grievance and Concern Committee shall:
WHO'S WHO / DEWEY SMITH
- Review current formal and informal academic and non-academic grievance procedures;
- Consider and act upon grievance petitions;
- Educate the college community about the grievance process;
- Investigate and alert the Faculty Senate and the campus community of issues concerning students which the Committee believes are of significance to faculty.
Professional Staff, Athletics
Professional Staff, Student Leadership & Activities
Students (2): Who’s Who only
Vice President of Student Affairs (Ex-officio)
Who’s Who Among Students Awards:
To select junior, senior, and graduate students for nomination to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities” based on their participation and leadership in academic and extra-curricular activities, their citizenship and service to WOU and/or for their community, and their promise of future contribution to society.
Dewey & Smith Awards:
To select the Outstanding Graduating Man in honor of Delmer R. Dewey, Dean of Men at Oregon College of Education in the early 1950’s, and to select the Outstanding Graduating Woman in honor of Julia McCulloch Smith, an 1895 graduate of Oregon Normal School. The Julia McCulloch Smith award was created in 1939 and the women to whom this award was given needed to possess great proficiency in scholarship, great success in student activities, high development of character and intellectual attainment, strong powers of inspiration and leadership, and the noble qualities of womanhood. The Delmer Dewey award began in 1954 to honor an outstanding graduating senior man.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award:
To select a graduate student who has had superior achievements in scholarship and academics during graduate studies, and who demonstrates positive character, leadership and initiative during coursework and upon entry into his/her profession. The Outstanding Graduate Student Award began in 2008.