Committees and Sub-Committees

This page provides a summary of the role of each Faculty Senate Committee or Subcommittee and identifies the chair of that Committee or Subcommittee. For more information, please consult the Faculty Governance charters document.

Academic Affairs Committee (AAC)

Chair: Travis English (CLAS, Visual Arts)

Purpose:

The jurisdiction of the Academic Affairs Committee coincides with the area of responsibilities of the Provost. The Committee will review and recommend policies for the Academic Affairs division of the University. Specifically, its functions include:

  1. Responsibility for reviewing, and acting upon curriculum proposals on an institution-wide level. This includes undergraduate curriculum proposals and those graduate proposals with impact on undergraduate curriculum, including courses dual listed at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Committee will:
    • Consider all proposals for the additions or deletion of degree programs and changes in requirements for degrees, majors, and areas of focus or concentration.
    • Consider all proposals for changes in general education program courses, requirements, and objectives.
    • Receive written reports from the Deans of the academic components of the University on program review and minor or routine changes in courses offering, titles, numbers, prerequisites, etc.
  2. Responsibility for reviewing and acting upon recommendations concerning academic standards and grading.
  3. Responsible for reviewing and acting upon recommendations concerning procedures and standards for GEP evaluation.
  4. Such other responsibilities as may be delegated to it by the Provost, or the Faculty Senate.

For more information on the submission of curricular proposals, consult the Curriculum Proposal Canvas site (login required).

Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the second Wednesday of the month

 

Academic Standards Subcommittee

Chair: Doris Santamaria-Makang (Associate Provost)

Purpose:

The Academic Standards Subcommittee is a subgroup of the Academic Affairs Committee. Its responsibilities include:

  1. Reviewing and recommending policies on academic honors, awards, grading, and standards.
  2. Implementing regulations involving academic probation and dismissal.
  3. Establishing procedures for the reinstatement of former students.
  4. Considering all requests for exceptions to the established academic standards.

The Academic Standards Subcommittee will also carry out such other duties as may be assigned to it by the Provost, the Associate Provost, the Academic Affairs Committee, or the Faculty Senate.

Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the third Monday of the month

 

University Undergraduate Curriculum Requirement Subcommittee

Chair: Melody Kentrus (COE, Kinesiology & Recreation)

Purpose:

The University Undergraduate Curriculum Requirements Subcommittee is a subgroup of the Academic Affairs Committee. Its responsibilities include:

  1. Review and recommend proposals for modification of the General Education Program(GEP), including reviewing new course proposals for inclusion in the GEP, conducting periodic reviews of syllabi of GEP courses to assure adherence to program objectives and criteria, and identifying faculty development needs and opportunities within the GEP.
  2. Review, recommend, and implement:
    1. Benchmarks for basic skills proficiencies and upper-level skills.
    2. Criteria for writing-intensive and speaking-intensive courses within both the General Education Program and the majors.
    3. Criteria for courses proposed to fulfill identity and difference requirements.
    4. Criteria from department/program capstone experiences.
  3. Reviewing and recommending changes in the University-wide baccalaureate degree curricular requirements.
  4. Initiates assignments and/or completes duties assigned by the Provost, Academic Affairs Committee, or Faculty.
Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the third Monday of the month

 

Faculty Concerns Committee (FCC)

Chair: Justin Dunmyre (CLAS, Mathematics)

Purpose:

The Faculty Concerns Committee will review and recommend policies and procedures on matters relating to:

  1. Salary and economic benefits.
  2. Sabbaticals, professional leaves, and leaves of absence.
  3. Professional growth and development.
  4. Evaluation, merit, and comprehensive review.
  5. Academic freedom.
  6. Faculty ethics and conduct.
  7. Academic standards for admissions and retention of students.
  8. Faculty Handbook.
  9. Other matter pertaining.
  10. Faculty personnel decisions, including appointment, reappointment, promotion, tenure, permanent status, suspension, dismissal for cause, retrenchment.
  11. Faculty morale.

The Faculty Concerns Committee will, though its subcommittees, carry out procedures for reviewing and making recommendations to the Provost on individual faculty member’s requests for:

  1. Promotion.
  2. Tenure or permanent status.
  3. Sabbatical leave or professional leave.

The Faculty Concern Committee will, thought its subcommittees, carry out procedure for coordinating, reviewing and recommending policies and procedure relating to professional growth and development of the University faculty.

Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the second Wednesday of the month

 

Faculty Promotion and Tenure/Permanent Status Subcommittee

Chair: Michael Murtagh (CLAS, Psychology)

Purpose:

The Faculty Promotion and Tenure/Permanent Status Subcommittee reports to the Faculty Concerns Committee. Within the limits of guidelines set forth by the Board of Regents of The University System of Maryland, it will:

  • Review and recommend policies, standards, and procedures regarding faculty appointment, reappointment, tenure/permanent, dismissal, and promotion at Frostburg State University.
  • Provide an independent recommendation to the Provost on all tenure/permanent status and promotion applications at Frostburg State University.
  • The Faculty Promotion and Tenure/Permanent Status Subcommittee will also carry out such other duties as may be assigned to it by the Faculty Concerns Committee, or the Faculty Senate.
Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the third Monday of the month

 

Faculty Development and Sabbatical/Professional Research Leave Subcommittee

Chair: William Anderson (COB, Economics) 

Purpose:

The Faculty Development and Sabbatical/ Professional Research Leave Subcommittee reports to the Faculty Concerns Committee. Within the limits of guidelines set forth by the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland, it will:

  1. Develop and sponsor appropriate programs and methods designed to promote excellence in teaching.
  2. Explore ways and propose specific means to encourage faculty research and other professional development activities ancillary to the teaching function.
  3. Encourage and propose ways to foster development of creative linkage and interaction among faculty, and between faculty and other constituencies of the University.
  4. Review and recommend policies, standards, and procedures governing the awarding of faculty development grants at Frostburg State University.
  5. In accordance with the approved policies, standards and procedures, select the recipients of faculty development funds entrusted to the Subcommittee, effect the distribution of those funds, and monitor their application.
  6. Review and recommend policies, standards, and procedures governing the award of sabbatical/professional leave at Frostburg State University.
  7. Provide an independent recommendation to the Provost on all sabbatical/professional leave applications at Frostburg State University.

The Faculty Development and Sabbatical/Professional Research Leave Subcommittee will also carry out such other duties as may be assigned to it by the faculty Concerns Committee or Faculty Senate.

Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the third Monday of the month

 

Faculty Handbook Subcommittee

Chair: Holly Currie (CLAS, Chemistry)

Purpose:

The Faculty Handbook Subcommittee reports to the Faculty Concerns Committee. Within the limits of guidelines set forth by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, it will:

  1. Review policies, standards, and procedures within the Frostburg State University Faculty Handbook and Non Tenure –Track Faculty publications for inconsistencies and necessary editorial changes.
  2. Provide recommendations on Handbook matters to the Faculty Concerns Committee.
  3. Work within the Provost‘s Office to ensure timely publication of the Handbook and Non-Tenure–Track faculty Publications.
  4. Maintain, with the assistance of the Secretary of the Faculty Senate and the Provost’s Office, a record of changes to the Handbook and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty publications.

The Faculty Handbook Subcommittee will also carry out such other duties as may be assigned by the faculty Concerns Committee or Faculty Senate.

Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the third Monday of the month

 

Graduate Council (GC)

Chair: Natalia Buta (COE, Kinesiology & Recreation)

Purpose:

As a University Committee, the Graduate Council is responsible for initiating, reviewing, and making recommendations on graduate education.

The Graduate Council responsibilities shall include:

  1. recommending the establishment, deletion, and change of all major and minor programs for graduate education;
  2. recommending the establishment, deletion, and change of all courses at the 500 level or greater;
  3. recommending the establishment, deletion, and change of academic policies and procedures that affect graduate education;
  4. recommending the establishment, deletion, and change of administrative policies and procedures that affect graduate education;
  5. carrying out other appropriate responsibilities as may be referred to it by Departments/Library, or Administrative Staff; and
  6. consulting on any proposed institutional matters, including budgetary, that affect graduate education.

The Graduate Council may initiate any action that affects graduate education

Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the second Monday of the month

 

Intuitional Priorities and Resources Committee (IPR)

Chair: Michael Flinn (CLAS, Computer Science & Information Technologies)

Purpose:

The purpose of the IPR Committee is to provide for the faculty input into institution wide planning and budgeting. The committee will report to the Faculty Senate.

  1. Through its representative on the President’s Advisory Council on Institutional Effectiveness and other forums, IPR contributes to institutional discussions on the mission of the University, the University Strategic Plan, and marketing and branding programs.
  2. Annually review budget and planning information prepared by the Vice President for Administration and Finance and other administrators. In addition, review the previous year’s actual spending, and discuss any major modification to that year’s budgets.
  3. Review the proposed budget and of the University for compliance with the mission statement and the Strategic Plan’s goals, and priorities, and offer recommendations as appropriate.
  4. Communicate the position of the faculty in budget related matters to the President.
  5. Communicate to the faculty the information acquired from the administration.
  6. Review initial academic program and other policy proposals with significant resource needs. Proposal review will consider 1) compatibility with the institution's mission, goals, and action priorities, 2) the need for the program and expected enrollment, 3) the basis of the enrollment and/or revenue forecasts, and 4) if the program is in the financial best interest of the University given the resource needs of the program.
  7. Three years following the approval of the new academic programs, IPR will review the enrollment, revenues, and costs of the new academic program, and provide recommendations to the Provost if needed.
  8. Review, in conjunction with the Academic Department Chairs Council (at least once every five years) department chairs’ compensation, including stipends and reassigned time, to determine if change is warranted.
  9. Perform such other responsibilities as may be delegated by the Faculty Senate.
  10. The Committee Chair sits on the President’s Advisory Council for Institutional Effectiveness, and if unable to attend, sends a representative in his/her place.
  11. Through the Faculty Workload and Compensation Subcommittee, review and make recommendations regarding the Faculty Scheduled Workload Compensation Policy and other faculty workload and compensation issues
Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the second Monday of the month

Faculty Workload and Compensation Subcommittee

Chair: Lilly Ye (COB, Marketing & Finance)

Purpose:

The Faculty Workload and Compensation Subcommittee reports to the Institutional Priorities and Resources Committee. Its responsibilities include:

  1. Reviewing the Faculty Scheduled Workload Compensation Policy for fairness and equity;
  2. Working with the Department Chairs, Deans, and the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research to develop and review a common workload reporting mechanism for use across all departments in all colleges;
  3. Reviewing and making recommendations regarding the workload credit that should be assigned for a range of teaching activities that currently are not given the same credit as a standard lecture course: including but not limited to labs, studios, internships, practicums, field placements, and independent studies;
  4. Reviewing and making recommendations regarding the workload credit that should be assigned for those instructional activities listed in the Guidelines section of the Faculty Scheduled Workload Compensation Policy: including but not limited to academic advising, distance education, off-site instructional travel, curriculum development, non-credit generating instruction, and thesis/dissertation committee membership;
  5. Monitoring changes in workload policy throughout USM and, when changes occur, reviewing appropriateness for FSU and making any appropriate recommendations;
  6. Reviewing workload, reassigned time, and compensation for department chairs, graduate program coordinators, minor coordinators, program coordinators, preparatory program coordinators, and directors;
  7. Advising the Provost on matters relating to faculty workload and compensation, for example reporting of instructional and faculty workload to USM and reviewing of reassigned time;
  8. Receiving complaints from faculty who believe their workload has been incorrectly calculated and provide feedback to the college Dean and the Provost for appropriate actions; and
  9. Other such duties as may be delegated to the Subcommittee by the Faculty Senate or the Institutional Priorities and Resources Committee
Typical meeting time: 4:00 PM on the fourth Monday of the month