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monumentFaculty Committees

The Faculty Assembly oversees a number of faculty governance committees that drive and maintain academic policy; recommend faculty tenure and promotions to the president; and review academic programs on a continual basis.

Faculty can find further information on the Faculty Assembly Blackboard site.

Faculty Committee information can be found on the following MySAU Portal pages:

    • Academic Support – Reviews policies affecting students and faculty developed by Admissions, Bookstore, Career Center, Financial Aid, General Accounting, Information Technology, Library, Registrar, Student Account Services, and Student Success Center to ensure consistency with the university's mission.

    • Board of Studies – Monitors student toward satisfactorily achieving degree requirements. The committee administers academic sanctions, cases of re-admittance to the University, and serves as an appeal board for students seeking exceptions to academic policies and requirements.

    • Educational Policies –The EPC formulates, interprets and coordinates curricular policy. Final recommendations and proposals to the committee are made through the dean of the appropriate College. EPC information is on Blackboard.

    • Faculty Development – Primarily concerned with increasing teaching effectiveness by working with individual faculty and the faculty as a whole.

    • Faculty Finance – Reviews issues of budgeting, finance, and expenditures as they relate to academic programs and faculty interests, including but not limited to: faculty salary, fringe benefits, compensation issues, university budgets and expenditures, program start ups and closures, and tuition.

    • Faculty Handbook – A standing committee that carries out continuing study of the Faculty Handbook and is the channel for amending or revising the Handbook. The Faculty Handbook spells out faculty rights and responsibilities, and faculty contracts are construed and interpreted in light of the provisions of the Faculty Handbook. The committee meets based upon requests or needed updates.

    • General Education – Monitors, evaluates and promotes all matters pertaining to general education, including but not limited to the mission, goals and student learning outcomes of general education; assessment of student learning outcomes; and use of evidence to support and improve student learning outcomes.

    • Graduate Council – Discusses matters of concern to graduate education and collaborates with PTS and EPC when creating graduate faculty standards and educational policies that govern graduate education. The council develops, reviews, and recommends policies and procedures; advocates for prioritizing graduate education resources; and serves as a venue/forum to identify and monitor quality indicators of graduate education.

    • Grievance – Serves as a duly established forum for the purpose of hearing faculty grievances and providing – through orderly procedure – means for the resolution of such grievances. For more information on faculty grievance procedures, please see section 2.2.4.2 of the Faculty Handbook.

    • Institutional Review Board (members only) – Established in compliance with Federal regulations to review and approve all research involving human subjects performed at its facilities and by its agents.

    • Promotion, Tenure, and Standards – Deals with promotions, non-reappointments, reappointments, granting of tenure and all policy matters relating to professional standards and ethics.

    • Teaching Center Advisory Board – Serves in an advisory capacity to the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, who strives to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Members work with the director to ensure that the mission and goals of the center are accomplished.

  • University Life – Reviews student and faculty policies developed by offices under Student Affairs, and reviews and evaluates annual reports of these offices.