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Faculty Organization

I. Faculty Meetings 

II. Academic Organization 

III. Department Chairs and Associate Department Chairs 

A. Department Chairs 

B. Associate Department Chairs 

IV. Ad Hoc Committees 

V. Standing Committees 

A. Elected Committees 

1. Faculty Executive Committee 

2. Subcommittees of the Faculty Executive Committee 

3. Election Procedure for Subcommittees of the Faculty Executive Committee 

4. Executive Committees of the Divisions 

B. Appointed Committees 

1. Academic Events Committee 

2. Admission and Financial Aid Committee

3. Advancement Advisory Committee 

4. Assessment Committee

5. Athletics Board 

6. Budget Committee 

7. Campus Design Review Board 

8. Children’s Center Committee 

9. Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF) Committee

10. Committee on Instruction 

11. Compensation Committee 

12. Curriculum Committee 

13. Dean’s Advisory Committee

14. Faculty Representative to the Cutler Board

15. Faculty Representative to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees

16.  Faculty Research and Development Board

17.  Faculty Secretary

18.  First-Year Experience Committee

19.  General Education Oversight Committee

20.  Health Professions Advisory Committee

21.  Information Technology and Library Board

22.  Institutional Review Board

23.  International Studies Committee

24.  KRCC Liaison

25.  Minority Concerns Committee

26.  Press Committee

27.  Summer Session Committee

28.  Women’s Concerns Committee

29.  Writing Committee

C. Non- Appointed Committees

1. Honor Council Advisor 

I. FACULTY MEETINGS

The faculty normally meets once each Block during the academic year. The Dean of the College / Dean of the Faculty prepares a schedule of faculty meeting dates for the year. At an extra meeting at the end of Block 8, the faculty approves the graduation list and student honors at graduation. Additional meetings may be called as the President deems necessary.

Agenda items must be received by the Dean’s Office ten days before a regularly scheduled faculty meeting. The Dean’s Office distributes the agenda several days prior to the meeting. The Faculty Secretary keeps a record of the proceedings of regular faculty meetings (and other faculty meetings upon request) and circulates these minutes to all faculty members and administrators. The Dean’s Office maintains the permanent file of faculty minutes.

In addition to the faculty, as defined in PART TWO, I. (with the exception of part-time and short-term visitors), the following Colorado College administrators have the right to vote at regular faculty meetings: the President, the Dean of the College / Dean of the Faculty, the Vice President for Finance and Administration / Treasurer, the Vice President for Advancement, the Vice President for Student Life / Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, the College Chaplain, the Dean of Summer Programs, the Associate Dean of the College, the Associate Dean of the Faculty, the Library Director, the Director of the Colket Student Learning Center, the Registrar, the Vice President for Enrollment Management, the Vice President for Information Management, and the Director of Assessment and Program Review, and the Coordinator of Campus Activities. Other College administrators have the privilege of the floor at faculty meetings.

The Faculty Executive Committee may schedule special forums of the faculty during the academic year and decides whether to invite only teaching faculty or to include as well persons who attend regular faculty meetings. 

II. ACADEMIC ORGANIZATION

With the exceptions of General Studies and the interdisciplinary programs (Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Environmental Program, Feminist and Gender Studies, Film and New Media Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, Southwest Studies), the faculty has organized the academic program of the College into three divisions.

DIVISIONS OF THE COLLEGE AND THEIR DEPARTMENTS OF INSTRUCTION

Division of Humanities: Art; Classics; Theatre and Dance; English; French, Italian and Arabic; German, Russian, and East Asian Languages; Music; Philosophy; Religion; Spanish; and Studies in the Humanities

Division of Natural Sciences: Biology; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Geology; Mathematics and Computer Science; Physics; Psychology; Sport Science; and Studies in the Natural Sciences 

Division of Social Sciences: Anthropology; Economics and Business; Education; History; Political Science; Sociology; and Studies in the Social Sciences

III. DEPARTMENT CHAIRS AND ASSOCIATE DEPARTMENT CHAIRS

(For the sake of concision, the term chair or department chair refers to academic program directors as well as to chairs of academic departments.)

A. Department Chairs

Department chairs are appointed by the Dean after she or he considers the advice of a department and consults with the President. The term of appointment may vary according to a department’s circumstances, but normally appointments are for three years, with the possibility of renewal. The College grants department chairs an additional non-teaching Block because of their increased responsibilities. In years when those responsibilities are unusually extensive and demanding, a chair may negotiate with the Dean for additional compensation.

Department chairs oversee all departmental activities, but no chair is expected to fulfill all his or her duties without assistance. A chair should instead delegate various tasks widely and equitably among departmental colleagues. When other persons agree to undertake particular departmental tasks, they should consult regularly with the chair as the work proceeds.

One of the most important responsibilities of a department chair is to promote the morale of her or his department through consultative and supportive leadership. The chair’s specific duties fall into four categories.

Governance. The chair manages all the resources of the department: its personnel, academic program, space allocation, and equipment. The chair represents the department in the budget- planning process, at chairs’ meetings and faculty meetings, and in other meetings called to conduct College business. The chair oversees periodic self-studies and external reviews of the department and prepares assessment reports that are required by certification boards or accrediting agencies.

Personnel. The chair submits directly to the Dean all departmental recommendations regarding reappointment, sabbatical leaves, and leaves of absence. The chair sends to the Divisional Executive Committee recommendations regarding third-year reviews, tenure, and promotion for the members of his or her department. The chair oversees the process of recruiting and hiring new faculty members as well as the hiring and orientation of Block visitors.

A chair has no more important responsibility than advising and counseling junior members of the department. Conversations about a wide range of subjects—from teaching philosophy, criteria for tenure, and faculty expectations of students to such mundane matters as choosing course texts, constructing syllabi, and giving exams—can help allay anxiety and enable new faculty to become familiar with the culture of Colorado College. With a view to third-year and tenure reviews, a chair also facilitates colleagues’ visits to class sessions of the department’s junior members.

At least once each academic year, a chair discusses with all members of the department their record of teaching, scholarship, and College service. (For the College’s expectations in these three areas, see PART TWO, VII.A.) These discussions make possible a broader perspective from which faculty can assess their various contributions to the College community. The ultimate goal of these conversations is to improve teaching and learning at Colorado College. To this end, the chair will, for example, call attention to a faculty member’s strengths, help him or her to recognize any deficiencies, and discuss possible ways to improve teaching strategies or to pursue scholarly projects. One important resource for the chair’s evaluation of a faculty member’s teaching effectiveness is student course evaluations; and one of the chair’s duties is ensuring that all department members require their students to complete and submit course questionnaires in every course in accordance with departmental guidelines.

The chair conducts annual salary reviews for non-tenured members of the department and bi- annual reviews for tenured faculty and forwards her or his salary recommendations to the Divisional Executive Committee.

The chair supervises all non-teaching employees of the department—office personnel, laboratory technicians, paraprofessionals, and student assistants. This supervisory role includes the responsibility of preparing performance evaluations and making salary recommendations.

Curriculum. Chairs make the final decisions about teaching assignments for members of their department. They prepare the department’s annual schedule of courses for the Registrar and submit proposals for new courses or course changes to the appropriate Divisional Executive Committee.

Chairs are responsible for enabling members of the department to provide adequate academic advice to their advisees. They make sure that departmental requirements and up-to-date information about graduate programs and career opportunities are accessible to majors, and they organize activities such as departmental social functions and departmental seminars featuring visiting speakers. A chair, after consulting with student and supervising faculty member, must sign all proposals for independent study undertaken in the department.

Chairs can contribute to the wider academic goals of the College by helping to develop cooperative teaching opportunities and by encouraging department members to participate in inter-disciplinary programs, General Education courses, and the College’s First Year Experience initiative.

Budget. The chair prepares the department’s annual budget request; provides budget information, when requested, to authorized College offices or committees; and monitors departmental spending.

B. Associate Department Chairs

After consultation with members of the department, a chair may request the Dean to authorize an associate chair to assume some of the department’s administrative duties. The kinds of circumstances that could support such a request might include the large number of departmental faculty, high course enrollments, numerous majors, high demand for student advising, an extensive slate of upcoming personnel reviews, an impending external review, unusual expectations for departmental involvement in community service, and a two-in-one departmental structure (Art History and Art Studio, for example).

When the Dean authorizes the appointment of an associate chair, the chair must specify, in writing, the duration of the appointment and the associate chair’s duties, which, in some cases, may warrant application to the Dean for an additional Block without teaching. These duties do not, however, diminish the chair’s overall responsibility for the affairs of the department.

IV. AD HOC COMMITTEES

The President, the Dean, or the Faculty Executive Committee may establish ad hoc committees to study issues that do not fall within the purview of standing committees. Depending on the task with which a committee is charged, either the FEC itself or the President or Dean, after consultation with the FEC, appoints members of ad hoc committees. When an ad hoc committee is to address matters of particular interest to the faculty, the FEC helps formulate the committee’s charge and then monitors the committee’s progress, requires interim reports (at least one each semester), and ensures that the committee’s final report is made available to the whole faculty.

V. STANDING COMMITTEES

A. Elected Committees

Only full-time tenure-track members of the faculty are eligible to serve on elected committees.

1. Faculty Executive Committee

The Faculty Executive Committee is composed of ten elected faculty members, which make up its three constituent subcommittees (Budget and Planning, Governance, and Personnel), plus (ex officio, non-voting) the President and the Dean.

The FEC will consist of the following:

1. Three members of a Budget Subcommittee.

2. Three members of a Governance Subcommittee.

3. Four members of a Personnel Subcommittee, one from each division and one elected at large, all of whom are tenured. All serve three-year terms.

The subcommittees work independently, but each reports to the full Faculty Executive Committee, which exercises the power of final recommendation to the faculty or administration. The Faculty Executive Committee advises the Dean and the President on all College matters concerning the faculty. Through regular contact and conversation, it represents the faculty to the Board of Trustees. The chair of the Faculty Executive Committee reports on behalf of the FEC at meetings of the Board.

The Faculty Executive Committee normally meets twice each Block.

2. Subcommittees of the Faculty Executive Committee

Each of the three subcommittees of the Faculty Executive Committee is composed of full- time members of the faculty and (ex officio, non-voting) the President and the Dean. Three faculty members of each subcommittee, one from each academic division of the College, and a fourth member of the Personnel Subcommittee, are elected by the faculty as a whole for staggered three-year terms (unless a member is elected to take the place of someone on leave from the College, in which case the replacement shall serve only as long as the regular member is on leave). At least two members of the Governance and Budget subcommittees, and all four members of the Personnel Subcommittee, must be tenured. The faculty members of each subcommittee elect its chair.

a. Budget and Planning Subcommittee

The Budget and Planning Subcommittee serves as the faculty representatives to the Budget Committee and makes recommendations to the FEC regarding College priorities and long-range planning, and advises the President and the Dean on these matters. 

The Committee on Compensation and its Faculty Salary Subcommittee submit reports to the Budget and Planning Subcommittee for review and comment prior to presenting them to the faculty. The Budget and Planning Subcommittee may request other faculty committees that make recommendations having long-term budgetary impact to consult with it before they bring their proposals to the Budget Committee or the full faculty for approval.

b. Governance Subcommittee

The Governance Subcommittee is responsible for overseeing FEC elections each spring and for assigning faculty members to standing appointive faculty committees. The Subcommittee either appoints faculty members of ad hoc committees or consults with the Dean or the President if she or he makes these appointments. Following FEC and Divisional Executive Committee elections in the spring, the Subcommittee presents a list of committee appointees to the faculty. In the spring, after consultation with committee chairs and review of their interim and final reports, the Subcommittee may issue written charges to particular committees for their work the following academic year. The Subcommittee oversees the work of all faculty committees but gives particular attention to those charged with bringing significant proposals to the faculty.

After consultation with representatives of faculty, administrators, and students, the Subcommittee may recommend proposed changes in the faculty committee structure to the FEC. Any such changes must be approved by the faculty.

c. Personnel Subcommittee

The Personnel Subcommittee works with divisional committees, forming three Personnel Councils, on third-year, tenure, and promotion reviews. It works with the full FEC on termination of tenured appointments, and allocation among departments of tenure-track positions.

3. Election Procedure for Subcommittees of the Faculty Executive Committee

The Governance Subcommittee each spring requests from the Dean a list of faculty who are eligible to stand for election to the FEC, excluding department or program chairs and those going on sabbatical. The Subcommittee then prepares a ballot that explains how candidates meet requirements of tenure and academic division, and lists the continuing members of each subcommittee. Faculty may request removal of their name from the ballot for unusual personal or professional circumstances. The Subcommittee sends the FEC ballot to all faculty members, who vote to fill subcommittee positions according to division and rank for the following academic year. Faculty members return their ballots to a designated member of the Governance Subcommittee. The first round constitutes the nomination of the top four candidates for each position, and the second round is conducted by Borda Count method, in which voters rank the candidates, 1 through 4.

4. Executive Committees of the Divisions

The Divisional Executive Committee works with the four members of the Personnel Subcommittee of the Faculty Executive Committee to assess third-year reviews, reappointments, tenure, and promotions of faculty members of the division. These groups of seven individuals are called Personnel Councils. Recommendations on personnel files from the Councils are then forwarded to the Dean of the College.

B. Appointed Committees

Faculty committee members are appointed by the Governance Subcommittee for staggered three- year terms. Whenever possible, the Governance Subcommittee honors faculty requests for relief from committee service every fourth year. Members of College committees who are not faculty or students are appointed by the President, on the advice of the President's Cabinet and Staff Council. Student members are appointed by the Colorado College Student Government Association. The Governance Subcommittee appoints all committee chairs except when a person serves as chair by virtue of his or her office.

The Governance Subcommittee oversees the work of all appointed faculty committees unless, in particular cases, this Handbook indicates otherwise. Each committee pursues its work according to the general and continuing charge included in this Handbook’s description of committee responsibilities and, in some years, an additional and more specific charge given by the Governance Subcommittee. Within the boundaries of these charges, committees should exercise their own initiative in identifying and addressing relevant needs and concerns of the Colorado College community.

1. Academic Events Committee

The Academic Events Committee invites nominations from the College community for honorary degrees and alumni honorary degrees and forwards a list of candidates to the President's Cabinet that submits recommendations to the Board of Trustees for approval.

In consultation with the Dean’s Office and individual faculty members, the Committee plans and implements the Colorado College Fall Conference.  The Committee accepts proposals for or solicits speakers to schedule for Faculty Luncheons.  Working jointly with representatives from the Blue Key Honor Society, the Committee accepts proposals and selects the events fort the First Mondays Event Series.

After soliciting recommendations for speakers from appropriate academic divisions and departments, the Committee makes arrangements for the Demarest Lloyd Lectures in the Humanities and the William Jovanovich Lectures in Public Affairs.

The Academic Events Committee consists of three faculty members, no two from the same academic division of the College, and three exempt staff, one from the Alumni and Parent Relations Office and one from the President's Office.

2. Admission and Financial Aid Advisory Committee

In the context of the aims of Colorado College and the role of higher education in our society, the Admission and Financial Aid Advisory Committee discusses issues related to College admission and financial aid policies, formulates policy guidelines, and forwards recommendations to the Faculty Executive Committee and the administration. To provide a basis for its recommendations, the Committee reviews the procedures followed in admission and financial aid decisions, the constraints and resources affecting these decisions, and statistics about offers made and accepted and the characteristics of the entering class.

The Admission and Financial Aid Advisory Committee consists of three faculty members, no two from the same academic division of the College, one of whom chairs the committee, and two staff members.  A longer term than three years is desirable on this committee.  The Vice President for Enrollment Management serves ex officio.

3. Advancement Advisory Committee

The Advancement Advisory Committee works to improve communication and understanding between the Colorado College faculty and the Advancement Office. The faculty members on the Committee seek to become informed about the organization and functions of the Advancement Office, and they advise the Advancement Office regarding faculty participation in alumni and fund-raising activities. When questions about the role or policies of the Advancement Office arise, the Committee serves as a liaison between Advancement and the faculty.

The Advancement Advisory Committee consists of three faculty members, no two from the same academic division of the College; the Vice President for Advancement; and the Assistant Vice President for Development.

4. Assessment Committee

The Committee is responsible for developing and managing an assessment plan for the College. The Committee guides and supports department, program, and college-wide assessment practices and provides feedback designed to ensure the efficacy of these practices. The Committee keeps current on reaccreditation requirements of the Higher Learning Commission, regularly reviews assessment outcomes and drafts requisite reports.\

The Assessment Committee is composed of three faculty members, no two from the same academic division of the College, the Associate Dean of the Faculty (ex officio), a Librarian from Tutt Library (ex officio) and the Director of Assessment and Program Review (ex officio). 

5. Athletics Board

The Athletics Board is responsible for overseeing the College’s athletic and recreational programs. The Board assesses the effectiveness of current athletics policies and programs at all levels (intercollegiate athletics, club sports, and intramural sports), identifies shifting needs and interests regarding athletics, and recommends changes that would strengthen the College’s athletics program. It also advises the President regarding the athletics budget, athletics schedules, conference memberships, athletic fields and facilities, and the composition and structure of athletics personnel within the department. The Board’s broadest responsibility is to serve as a liaison among the different constituencies of the College community—students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae—in all matters related to athletics. 

The Athletics Board consists of four faculty members, including the NCAA faculty representative—a full-time tenured member of the faculty who is appointed by the President and is expected to serve for at least five years; two exempt staff who are department heads or report directly to the President; two students; an alumnus or alumna of the College, appointed by the National Alumni Council; two non-exempt staff representatives; and one member of the Board of Trustees. The Athletic Director and either the Associate Athletic Director or the senior Assistant Athletic Director serve ex officio and without vote.  This committee reports to the President, and the annual report of the committee is available to the general college community.

6. Budget Committee

With the goal of sustaining the College’s fiscal integrity and the quality of its academic program, the Budget Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the President, for approval by the Board of Trustees, that will ensure a balanced and sustainable College budget over the next three years. To this end the Committee reviews budget planning assumptions and current budget forecasts; articulates specific budget objectives; projects revenue (especially endowment payout and tuition) and expenses (particularly the financial aid and compensation pools) for the following one, two, and three years; assesses management practices across campus and identifies areas for cost-cutting and savings; formulates proposals needed to achieve a balanced budget; and establishes a time-line for key policy decisions that affect the budget. The Committee regularly informs the College community about the process and results of its work.

The Budget Committee consists of the Dean of the College, who chairs the Committee; three members of the faculty, who are the elected representatives from the Budget and Planning Subcommittee of the Faculty Executive Committee; two staff members, one of whom is non-exempt; two students; the Vice President for Finance and Administration / Treasurer; the Vice President for Student Life / Dean of Students, and a senior exempt staff member appointed annually by the President.

7. Campus Design Review Board

The Campus Design Review Board is charged with reviewing proposals for new buildings and major renovation projects in order to ensure that they are consistent with the goals and values of Colorado College. The Board gives particular attention to the potential of a proposed facility to enhance the academic experience of the persons who will be using it; a facility’s compatibility with the Long Range Development Plan, including its location in relation to the topography of the campus and to driveways, parking lots and setbacks; and the size of a structure in relation to the campus design as a whole. The Board also considers the quality of design and site planning (the materials and colors proposed, landscaping, lighting, signage), compatibility with existing development in areas adjacent to the campus, and compliance with ADA requirements.

The Campus Design Review Board consists of three faculty members appointed by the Faculty Executive Committee in consultation with the President, no two from the same division of the College; a representative of the administration from Student Life, Advancement, Finance and Administration, or an academic office whose director reports to the Dean; a member of the non-exempt staff; the Director of Facilities Services (ex officio); and the chairs of any active planning committees for a proposed building or renovation. The College may appoint additional committee members, including outside consultants, as needed.

8. Children’s Center Advisory Committee

The Children’s Center Advisory Committee works to ensure the high quality of early childhood education for the Colorado College community. The Committee, as an advisory board, provides advice regarding the Center’s programs, helps develop goals, reviews policies and budgets, offers support to members of the Center’s staff, participates in periodic staff reviews, and assists in preparing for and responding to external and accreditation reviews.

The Children’s Center Committee consists of at least seven members, including, when possible, at least one person who is not a Children’s Center parent and a current Children’s Center parent from each of these groups: the faculty, the non-exempt staff, the exempt staff, and the student body. The Director of the Children’s Center and one other member of the Children’s Center staff are ex-officio, non-voting members.

9. Colorado Springs Undergraduate Research Forum (CSURF) Committee

The committee members of Colorado College serve as representatives of the College on the larger CSURF committee made up of faculty representatives from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) and Colorado College (CC).  CSURF gives undergraduate students from all three institutions the opportunity to present their research and creative work in a formal academic setting and receive feedback from scholars and peers across the disciplines.

In consultation with the Dean’s Office and individual faculty members, the Committee sets the date, plans and implements the spring CSURF event.  In consultation with the Dean’s office the CSURF committee sets the Colorado Colleges budget for the forum.  Every third year the event is held at Colorado College.

The Colorado College CSURF Committee consists of three faculty members, no two from the same academic division of the College.  With permission from the Dean and from Department chairs, administrative assistants will help with arranging the forum when it is hosted at Colorado College.

10. Committee on Instruction

The Committee on Instruction discusses curricular issues at the operational level, usually referring questions of curricular policy to the Curriculum Committee. The Committee’s primary function is to review general academic policy and administrative procedures. It also evaluates proposals for course changes, new courses, new majors and minors, new interdisciplinary programs, and recommendations from the General Education Oversight Committee regarding the Critical Perspectives designation for courses. When the Committee approves proposals, it submits them to the full faculty for its consideration. Any course that is to be added, dropped, or substantially modified requires review by the Committee on Instruction and approval by the faculty.

In judging the merits of a proposal under review, the Committee is guided by the recommendation of the appropriate Divisional Executive Committee (except in the case of General Studies courses), the overall aims of the College’s academic program, and the course’s effect on teaching resources and staffing. In the case of departmental courses, the Committee takes into account as well the department’s stated curricular objectives.

The Committee on Instruction reviews graduation lists prepared by the Registrar and forwards these lists and its recommendations regarding honors at graduation to the faculty.

The Committee on Instruction consists of the Dean of the College, who serves as chair; the designated representatives of the Divisional Executive Committees; a faculty representative of interdisciplinary programs / General Studies; three student members, one from each division, elected at a caucus of the majors in that division; and (nonvoting) the Associate Dean of the College, the Registrar, and a representative of the library staff. The Committee normally meets once a Block, on Wednesday of the second week.

11. Compensation Committee

The Compensation Committee is responsible for reviewing current and proposed allocation of the salary pool as well as all benefits, including retirement programs for faculty and staff.

During the fall, the three full-time faculty members of the Compensation Committee serve as the Faculty Salary Committee. After consulting with the Budget Committee, the Faculty Salary Committee submits its report to the faculty for approval. The six staff members of the Compensation Committee serve as the Staff Salary Committee. After consulting with Human Resources and Staff Council, the Staff Salary Committee may submit a report to the Compensation Committee.

The Compensation Committee consists of three full-time faculty members, one from each of the professorial ranks; one retired faculty member; one faculty member with Phased Retirement status; three exempt staff; and three non-exempt staff. The Director of Human Resources is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Committee. This committee reports to the Budget Committee.

12. Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for reviewing the academic program of the College, assessing its effectiveness, and recommending program and policy changes for improvement. On its own initiative or at the request of other faculty committees, the Committee investigates educational innovations and best practices; discusses and, when it thinks appropriate, recommends long-range academic policies; and reviews the College’s General Education requirements. 

The Curriculum Committee consists of three faculty members, no two from the same academic division, three students, the Dean, the Associate Dean of the Faculty (ex-officio), and the Director of Assessment and Program Review (ex-officio).

13. Dean’s Advisory Committee

The Dean’s Advisory Committee reviews student and faculty requests for waivers or interpretations of the College’s academic rules and regulations; reviews Venture Grant proposals and awards Venture Grant funds; reviews students’ academic records at the end of each semester in order to determine academic suspensions and warnings; reviews applications for leaves of absence for off-campus study when a program is not sanctioned by the College; and approves proposals for Independently Designed majors (IDM) and independent minors.

The Dean’s Advisory Committee consists of two faculty members not from the same academic division or professorial rank, the Associate Dean of the College, the Director of the Learning Commons, a representative of the Registrar’s Office, and two students. The Associate Dean chairs the Committee. The Committee reports to the Dean of the College.

14. Faculty Representative to the Cutler Board

The Faculty Representative on Cutler Board helps the board manage student publications. Cutler is a non-profit institution formally independent of Colorado College. The responsibilities of the faculty member, carried out in conjunction with student representatives, include attending two meetings per month; interviewing and selecting editors for the Catalyst, Leviathan, and Cipher; preparing budgets and securing funding; arbitrating staff disputes; and ensuring up-to-date technology. The Faculty Advisor also serves as a liaison between Cutler Board and the faculty and administration. 

15. Faculty Representative to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees 

The Faculty Representative on the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees is a non-voting member, though a full participant in the board’s deliberations. Responsibilities include familiarizing oneself with the materials prepared by investment advisors for the board’s examination; attendance at meetings (usually four sessions per year); supplying the board, when requested, with information regarding the climate of opinion toward the endowment on the campus; and being available to explain aspects of the board’s policy to students and faculty.

16. Faculty Research and Development Board

The Faculty Research and Development Board advises the Dean and the President regarding College support for faculty research and development. In particular, the Board sets policy regarding divisional distribution of research and development funds, makes annual budget recommendations to the Dean that are related to research and development, and advises the Dean on the awarding of sabbatical leaves, Benezet Summer Stipends, the Mrachek Fellowship, Faculty Development Blocks, and other competitive all-College research grants.

The Faculty Research and Development Board consists of the three designated representatives of the Divisional Executive Committees; the Dean of the College; and the Director of Faculty Research Support. The Board elects its chair from among the three faculty members.

17. Faculty Secretary

The Secretary of the Faculty is a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who attends all the regular meetings of the faculty in order to record official actions of the body along with reports and statements delivered by Deans, the President, committee chairs, etc.  The Secretary coordinates with staff of the Dean's Office to assure that the meeting minutes are distributed in advance of succeeding meetings, and that final approved versions of the minutes constitute, in combination with the official Agenda, an accurate record of the proceedings.  Other duties include assisting as necessary with voting procedures.  It is helpful for the Secretary to be broadly acquainted with faculty colleagues.

18. First-Year Experience Committee

The First-Year Experience Committee works with the Office of the Dean to oversee all aspects of the First-Year Experience. The Committee’s responsibilities include making plans for FYE courses, recruiting FYE faculty, developing pedagogical support programs, recruiting and training student mentors, and assessing the effectiveness of FYE courses and the overall program.

The Committee works closely with the Colket Student Learning Center and the Writing Center to ensure that needs of incoming students are understood and met. In collaboration with the Office of Student Life, the Committee proposes readings and speakers for the New Student Orientation and supports efforts to assist students in their transition to college.

The First-Year Experience Committee consists of four faculty members, one of whom serves as chair; two students; the Associate Dean of the Faculty; the Directors of FYE Mentoring, the Colket Student Learning Center, the Crown Faculty Center, and the Writing Center; and a representative from the Office of Student Life. The Director of Assessment and Program Review serves periodically as an advisor and consultant to the Committee. Other staff members may be invited to serve on the Committee in years during which their expertise is needed.

19. General Education Oversight Committee

The General Education Oversight Committee reviews all courses proposed for CP (Critical Perspectives), or Q (Quantitative Reasoning) designation. Departments submit proposals for special designation to their Divisional Executive Committee, which forwards them to the GEOC; a Divisional Committee may advise modifications, but it may not veto a proposal. The GEOC passes on to the Committee on Instruction those courses which, in its judgment, meet the faculty’s criteria for special designation.

GEOC oversees the assessment program for the College's CP courses and every third year the Committee reviews all courses with CP designation and recommends to the faculty whether to renew or deny the CP designation for each of these courses. In view of current student needs, the Oversight Committee regularly reassesses the College’s General Education requirements and forwards any recommended changes to the Curriculum Committee. Each year the Committee is responsible for ensuring that enough courses are offered so that students can complete General Education requirements in their first two years. The Registrar’s Office may from time to time refer to the Committee questions regarding General Education designation for course credits transferred from other academic institutions.

The General Education Oversight Committee consists of one faculty member from each division of the College and one faculty member from an interdisciplinary program; a member of the Institutional Research staff; a member of the Registrar’s Office (ex officio, non-voting); and the Associate Dean of the Faculty (ex officio), who chairs the Committee.

20. Health Professions Advisory Committee

The Health Professions Advisory Committee oversees the academic programs related to the health professions and informs interested students about current developments in the field. As the emphases and requirements of graduate programs change, the Committee encourages academic departments to ensure adequate access to courses and other educational opportunities that will help students prepare for graduate work in the health professions. The Committee also participates in the hiring and periodic review of the non-faculty health professions staff.

The Committee solicits faculty evaluations of students who are applying for graduate school in one of the health professions and uses these evaluations to write a composite letter of recommendation for each graduating pre-health-professions student. The experience of the Committee over many years is a valuable resource in its endeavor to produce balanced appraisals which graduate school admissions committees can trust and which therefore directly benefit our student applicants.

The Committee awards all grants and academic honors made possible by the Figge-Bourquin endowments. These endowments support collaborative student-faculty research and educational enrichment opportunities for pre-health-professions students.

The Health Professions Advisory Committee consists of three faculty members, two from departments that teach courses required for pre-health-profession students (Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Sport Science). The Pre-Health Professions Manager and the Director of the Career Center are ex officio members. Faculty appointments are typically for three years and begin in June as most of the work of this committee is completed in the summer. The Governance Subcommittee appoints the Committee chair in consultation with the members of the HPAC.

21. Information Technology and Library Board

The Information Technology and Library Board makes policy recommendations to the President and the Dean and advises the Vice President for Information Management and the Director of Tutt Library on campus technology and library issues.

The Information Technology and Library Board consists of three faculty members, no two from the same divisions; the Associate Dean of the College; two staff representatives; and two students. The Vice President for Information Management and the Director of Tutt Library are non-voting members of the Board.

22. Institutional Review Board

The federal government mandates institutional review boards at colleges, universities, and other research institutions in order to ensure that all research involving human subjects at these institutions is carried out ethically and within legal limits. The Colorado College Institutional Review Board reviews and approves or rejects faculty and student research proposals, educates the campus about carrying out ethically sound research, provides research resources upon request, and otherwise works to keep Colorado College in compliance with federal regulations and to preserve the good reputation of the College among persons knowledgeable about human subject research.

By federal law an Institutional Review Board must have at least five members, and these persons may not all be of the same gender. The Colorado College IRB consists of two faculty members, at least one of them from an academic discipline that routinely conducts human subject research; one exempt or non-exempt staff member who is unfamiliar with human subject research; one person with human subject research expertise who is not associated with Colorado College; and the Director of Assessment and Program Review, who serves as permanent chair of the IRB. The faculty and staff members serve two-year terms. The outside member’s term of service is not fixed. The IRB chair solicits expert advice from persons outside the IRB as required by particular cases.

Potential IRB members, both staff and faculty, must be willing to complete a brief on-line training session on the ethics of human subject research (the Human Subject Assurance Training on the United States Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections Web site) by the second meeting of their first year on the IRB.

23. International Studies Committee

The International Studies Committee formulates and recommends to the faculty and administration policies and guidelines regarding various aspects of international studies programs that attract Colorado College students. The Committee reviews and evaluates the College’s own study abroad programs and those with which the College has affiliation agreements; approves students’ petitions to participate in programs that do not have official College endorsement; monitors all programs with a view to ensuring the health and safety of participating students; and assesses the academic effectiveness of students’ study abroad experience. The Committee also encourages the development of courses that would further internationalize the curriculum and facilitates site visits for faculty members who wish to explore new study abroad possibilities.

The International Studies Committee consists of three faculty members; the Director of the Office of International Programs, who chairs the Committee; the Coordinator of Off-Campus Study; the Dean of Summer Programs; and a member of the Student Life staff. Only the faculty members, the Associate Dean, and the Dean of Summer Programs (when a member of the faculty) may vote on matters pertaining to academic credit.

24. KRCC Liaison

The KRCC faculty liaison works to help link KRCC and the wider National Public Radio network with the College's faculty, administration and students.  In so doing the liaison also functions as an advocate for KRCC on campus, helping to extend the reach of the station, to clarify and explain its goals, and to integrate the station and its staff into campus life.  Finally, KRCC's liaison assists in assuring the long-term sustainability of the station by assisting in KRCC's fundraising activities; such fundraising includes, but is not necessarily limited to, coordinating individuals from across campus to pitch during KRCC's membership drives.

25. Minority Concerns Committee

The Minority Concerns Committee promotes cultural diversity at Colorado College by monitoring compliance with the College’s equal opportunity policy and by advising colleagues about the most effective means of implementing that policy in the hiring and retention of minority faculty and staff and in the admission and retention of minority students. The Committee provides members of the College community support and access to resources in cases of discrimination and participates in the hiring and periodic reviews of minority faculty and staff. The Committee appoints one representative to every departmental faculty search committee and to every exempt staff search committee. This representative participates fully in all search committee deliberations and votes in all search committee decisions.

The Minority Concerns Committee consists of three faculty members; three exempt staff, including the Director of Minority and International Students; two non-exempt staff; and two students.

26.       Press Committee

The Press Committee is responsible for oversight of the Press at Colorado College.  It advises the Director of Libraries on the hiring of the Printer and arranges programming of for-credit courses as well as workshops and volunteer activities offered by the Press; it offers direction on the Press’s artistic and publication program. Its membership includes faculty in Art, History, and English as well, potentially, as other interested departments, in addition to College administrators from gallery and development staffs; the College’s Printer is an ex officio participant.  The Press Committee heeds the counsel of an external Press Advisory Board of national experts on fine printing in shaping the Press’s course, but retains responsibility—in cooperation with the College’s Librarian, under whose administrative oversight the Press lies—for supervision of its Printer and the ongoing activities of the Press at Colorado College.  The facilitator of the Press Committee serves in lieu of other committee responsibilities, but its other members participate according to their and their respective departments’ interests without formal appointment.

27. Summer Session Committee

The Summer Session Committee reviews Summer Session policies, evaluates previous Summer Session curricula and recommends appropriate changes, and approves course proposals submitted in the fall for the following Summer Session.

The Committee also approves summer courses offered by the College’s Master of Arts in Teaching programs. In joint meetings with the Education Department, the Committee reviews policies of the Master of Arts in Teaching licensure program and sends proposed changes to the Committee on Instruction.

The Summer Session Committee consists of the Dean of Summer Programs, who chairs the Committee; the Assistant Dean of Summer Session; the chair of the Education Department; designated representatives of each of the three Divisional Executive Committees; a representative of the Admission Office; a representative of the Registrar’s Office; a representative of interdisciplinary studies; and one other exempt staff member selected by the Dean of Summer Programs.

28. Women’s Concerns Committee

The Women’s Concerns Committee advises the Dean on the selection of non-departmental faculty members to serve on academic departments’ search committees and advises the Human Resources Office and the hiring supervisor on the selection of persons to serve on exempt staff search committees. 

The Women’s Concerns Committee consists of three faculty members; the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator who serves ex-officio; three exempt staff; two non-exempt staff; and two students.

29. Writing Committee

The Writing Committee oversees the Colorado College Writing Program and advises the Director and professional staff of the Writing Center. In collaboration with the Writing Center, the Committee works with faculty members to develop writing intensive and writing in the discipline courses; advises faculty regarding the College’s Writing Proficiency requirement; sponsors faculty workshops designed to make faculty members better teachers of writing; and facilitates faculty evaluation of student writing, including assessment of the writing portfolios of first-year students.

The Writing Committee consists of three faculty members, one of whom is the faculty Director of the Writing Program who chairs the committee, no two from the same academic division of the College; one non-exempt staff member; and the Director and professional staff of the Writing Center. 

C. Non-Appointed Committees

1. Honor Council Advisor

The Honor Council Adviser serves as a resource and consultant for the Colorado College Honor Council. Fully respecting the Honor Council as an institution managed by and for students, she or he advises the Council in its efforts to educate the College community about standards of academic integrity and in its work of investigating and adjudicating allegations of Honor Code violation. The Advisor provides a consistent faculty presence in the Council’s several regular meetings per Block and in special meetings with College administrators. He or she assists in documenting the work of the Council and forwarding Council decisions to appropriate College authorities; arranges for the Council’s annual report to the faculty; and serves as a liaison with faculty members who inquire about Honor Code principles and their application in particular academic contexts.