Committees and Individual Appointments
Committee Reports for 2013-2014 are posted on FC Moodle Site
Occidental College has a strong tradition of faculty governance. To carry out various responsibilities, the faculty is organized into committees under the general supervision of the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council (FC), Advisory Council (AC), and the Academic Planning Committee (APC) are the key committees along with the Sub-Committee on Finance (SCOF) which is a sub-committee of FC. Members of SCOF, along with the Faculty Council President (ex-officio) serve on the Budget Advisory Committee. With the exception of the Advisory Council, the Faculty Council and the elected members of the Academic Planning Committee, faculty membership on regular faculty committees is appointed by the Faculty Council in consultation with the Dean of the College. In addition Faculty Council annually established a panel of faculty members available for assignment to Faculty Hearing Boards, Sexual Misconduct Hearing Boards, and Judicial Hearing Boards. Ad Hoc Committees may be appointed by the President or Dean of the College (after consultation with the Faculty Council) or by the Faculty Council itself.
Nalsey Tinberg (President), Bevin Ashenmiller, Donna Maeda, John McCormack, Aram Nersissian, Lisa Sousa
Committees are listed with the names of chairs. For a complete list of faculty membership see the Faculty Committees Membership List above.
Subcommittee on Finance (SCOF)
Mike Hill (chair, Fall), Dan Fineman (chair, Spring)
SCOF is a sub-committee of the Faculty Council established by the Faculty Council. Members also serve on the Budget Advisory Committee. SCOF tracks and evaluates salaries, reports on compensation issues, and evaluates other financial issues of consequence to the faculty in particular and to the quality of the college’s academic mission in general. It provides this information to the faculty and the Faculty Council for its use in making recommendations to the administration and the Trustees.
Jorge Gonzalez (chair)
The Advisory Council meets regularly with the President, gives advice on matters relating to the status of individual faculty members, conducts regular and systematic reviews of faculty members, and makes recommendations regarding promotion, granting of tenure, reappointment, termination, and the approval of sabbatical leaves. The Dean reviews applications for sabbatical leaves and consults with the Advisory Council as needed. The Council consists of eleven members: eight tenured faculty members elected at large by the entire faculty for staggered three-year terms; two tenured faculty members appointed by the President for three-year terms after consultation with the elected members of AC, the Dean of the College, and the President of the Faculty Council. The Dean of the College serves as chair with voting privileges.
Academic Planning Committee (APC):
Amy Lyford (chair)
The APC considers the overall direction of the College’s academic program, including proposals generated by APC itself and proposals submitted to the committee. The APC makes recommendations to the Dean of the College regarding faculty hiring, faculty expansion, allocation of faculty resources, and long-range faculty and curricular planning following guidelines established by the Dean. The APC also receives and makes decisions about proposals for new courses, oversees general education (CORE) and curricular policy, and makes recommendations to the faculty regarding academic requirements, new department and programs, and substantial changes to existing departments and programs. APC consists of the Dean of the College, the Associate Dean of Curriculum, three elected faculty members (representatives of the divisions of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics), two faculty members appointed by the FC, the Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee, and the Faculty Council President. The Dean of the College appoints the Chair of the APC.
Academic Resources Committee
Saul Traiger (chair)
This newly constittued committee will examine resources necessary for faculty to provide quality instruction to their students in classrooms, offices, labs or any sites where learning occurs. This committee will recommend improvements to the physical spaces and equipment available to faculty, especially to ensure that technological equipment is up-to-date and functional, and that assistance will be provided when needed. This committee will interface and consult with the administration to maximize the use of these resources.
Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee
Linda Besemer (chair, Fall), Ron Buckmire (chair, Spring),
The Affirmative Action Committee oversees the college’s commitment to and compliance with stated policies of affirmative action in regard to its faculty hiring decisions. The committee reviews faculty job announcements and a committee member serves on each faculty search committee. As called upon, the committee advises on other matters pertaining to diversity such as in administrative level- hiring, and the Chair of the committee is an ex-officio member of APC. In 2013-2014 two members of the Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee will also serve on the college Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC works with the Dean of the College (VPAA), Associate Deans, and other Senior Staff to develop, and implement, college-wide policies and practices related to diversity and the college’s multicultural mission.
Community Based Learning and Research Committee
Felisa Guilllen (chair)
This committee focuses on enhancing curriculum-connected community engagement and community based research referring to recomendations from the 2013-2014 Community Engagement Working Group consultation process report. This committee works with the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) to provide guidance on faculty development and support needed for faculty to implement and sustain community based learning within their courses and research, often serving as peer mentors. This group examines and makes recommendations for policies related to community based learning to other college committees and constituencies. A member or two might also serve on the Working Group on Community Engagement.
Health Professions Advisory Committee
Renee Baran (chair)
The Health Professions Advisory Committee supports the success of our health professions students and OPHA (Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising). Specific responsbilities are to: assess ad advise on the curriculum for all pre-health professions, including medicine, dentistry, public health, physical therapy and veterinary medicine; continue to evaluate Occidental student MCAT preparation and OPHA assessment data; serve as an advising resource for faculty outside the sciences who have students interested in any of the health professions; participate in major health professions advising events; and act as a vehicle for effective communication between OPHA and faculty and administration.
International Programs Committee
Eric Frank (chair, Fall), Tsung Chi (chair, Spring)
The International Programs Committee provides academic oversight of off-campus domestic and international study programs including the selection of Richter fellows. Working in close cooperation with the International Programs Office, the committee participates in the determination of policy, the review of programs, and the selection of students for off-campus study.
National Fellowships and Awards
Gretchen North (chair)
This committee is an umbrella entity for a number of externally funded fellowship opportunities (Bienecke, Marshall, Rhodes, Fulbright, NSF, Truman, Luce, Boren, Pickering, Udall, and others). Some are for students during their Occidental career, while others are for post-graduate study and development. They organize fellowship fairs and recruiting lunches, coordinate fellowship opportunities and set up proposal writing workshops. Committee members singly or in teams of 2-3 recruit and interview eligible students, then assist them in navigating the application process from initial inquiry, through essay writing, to final selection. While not required, the committee works best wehn it has faculty members committed to staying on the committee for at least two years.
Non-Tenure Track Committee
The NTT Committee represents the interest of the non-tenure track faculty and advocates for them. Members (2 NTT full-time (elected by NTT) , 2 NTT part-time (elected by NTT), and one tenured faculty member (appointed by FC) convene meetings of the NTT fculty to foster community, to give NTT's a voice and forum to be heard, and to ensure that NTT policies are implemented and followed.
Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board
Movindri Reddy (chair)
This committee will conduct ongoing review of policies, practices, procedures and programming relevant to sexual misconduct using data on reporting and outcomes from the offices of the Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students office, and Campus Safety, and will make evidence-based recommendations for changes to policies and practices to the President and Vice Presidents at the end of each academic year.
Damian Stocking (chair)
The Undergraduate Research Committee reviews student proposals for summer research opportunities funded by a variety of different sources. After selecting the recipients of summer research support the Committee members serve as Area Coordinators for their respective disciplines during the 10 week summer research period.Sustainability Committee
This committee will review and monitor the College’s use of resources, pursue new projects in sustainability in order to increasing campus sustainability. The committee will develop and maintain a Sustainability Action Plan, and establish priorities to inform the annual operation and capital budget priorities. Members include: two faculty, three students, the Director of UEPI, Director of Facilities, two Facilities/staff members and the Sustainability Coordinator.
Dennis Eggleston, Anthur Saint-Aubin
The Judicial Examiner helps in the adjudication of cases of academic dishonesty such as accusations of cheating or plagiarism. In order to insure consistency of procedure and penalties, as well as the accurate tracking of previous offense records, all cases of suspected academic dishonesty flagged by either faculty or students along with relevant evidence are forwarded to the Judicial Examiner.
Faculty Athletic Representatives
Linda Lyke, Lynn Mehl
The two representatives help ensure the proper balance between athletic opportunities and academic excellence, working with the Athletic Director to certify the eligibility of all student athletes to compete for the college. They represent the college at meetings of their peers from colleges belonging to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). In this capacity they promote the college’s interests within the larger organization, and also oversee Occidental’s compliance with rules, regulations and other stipulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and SCIAC.
Representatives on Trustee Committees
Faculty selected for these positions are ex-officio members assigned to standing committees of the Occidental Board of Trustees. They attend and offer input during quarterly meetings of the Trustee committees and inform Faculty Council about issues under discussion.
Academic Affairs: Marla Stone
Budget and Finance: Michael Hill
Buildings and Grounds: Keith Naylor
Honorary Degrees: Peter Dreier, Nalsey Tinberg
Institutional Advancement: Movindri Reddy
Investments: Woody Studenmund
Student Affairs: Jaclyn Rodriguez
Faculty Council Task Forces for 2014-2015:
Strategic Planning Working Groups
These committees will report their progress to FC both in November and the following April. Staff and administrators are to be added to the new groups.
Arts Working Group
Brody Fox (chair)
This committee will continue to work again this year building on their plan to implement key strategic goals related to the integration of Arts programming into the fabric of the College. Starting with the recommendation of the Arts Task Force, it will create a prioritized list of specific initiatives that might be funded starting in 2013-2014.
Urban Curriculum Initiative Working Group
This committee will continue its work to develop a plan to implement key strategic goals related to the enhancement of Occidental’s interdisciplinary programs that focus on urban issues around the world. This would include identifying programs and curricular structures that need additional funding and support starting in 2013-2014 (including those which might be pushed forward to external funding sources or agencies.)
Other Institutional Committees
Budget and Strategic Plan Advising Group
Diversity Advisory Committee
Occidental College Commons Working Group
Federally Mandated Committees
In compliance with federal regulations, the College has established three committees, listed below, responsible for overseeing research in specific areas. They are required to review and approve all proposed research in regulated areas that will be conducted under the College’s auspices. Approval is required regardless of funding status or sponsorship. Federal regulations on research practices are designed to protect the rights and safeguard the welfare of research subjects. Members are appointed by the Dean of the College, not the Faculty Council.
Human Subjects Research Review Committee
Eric Frank (chair, Fall), Andrea Hopmeyer (chair, Spring)
This committee reviews and approves research carried out by faculty, students and staff of Occidental College that involves human subjects.
Institutional Animal Care and Use
Nancy Dess (chair)
This committee, the institution's program for the humane care and use of nonhuman vertebrate animals, reviews and approves projects involving covered animals, and inspects all of the institution's laboratory animal facilities.
Roberta Pollock (chair)
This committee reviews and approves all research and teaching activities using infectious agents, recombinant DNA, and genetically altered organisms.