Committees and Individual Appointments
Committee Reports for 2012-2013 are posted on FC Moodle Site
Descriptions and Membership
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), Donna Maeda, Aram Nersissian, Julie Prebel, Dan Snowden-Ifft, Kirsten Wandschneider
Subcommittee on Finance (SCOF)
Mike Hill (chair), Dan Fineman, Sanjeev Khagram, Brandon Lehr, Joseph Schulz, Kirsten Wandschnedier (FC Liaison fall), Nalsey Tinberg (FC Liaison 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), Carolyn Brighouse, Elizabeth Braker, Mary Christianakis, Donald Deardorff, Salvador Fernandez, Regina Freer, Nina Gelbart, Mary Beth Heffernan, Alexandra Puerto, Kerry Thompson
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):
Irene Girton (chair fall), Amy Lyford (chair spring), Jorge Gonzalez, Marcia Homiak, Gretchen North, Dolores Trevizo, Andrew Udit, Kristi-Upson-Saia, Linda Besemer (ex-officio) Nalsey Tinberg(ex-officio), John Swift(ex-officio)
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 Culture and Intellectual Life
Anthony Chase, Maryanne Horowitz, Eric Newhall, Alec Schramm, Saul Traiger, Daniel Snowden-Ifft (FC liaison)
This committee returns as a standing committee. This committee’s responsibility is to enhance and support the academic and intellectual culture at the college among faculty, in consultation with the Dean of the College, and in coordination with APC. Members will analyze and conduct research about best practices at other colleges related to academic rigor and intellectual culture (issues as raised at May 2012 Teaching Faculty Retreat) and suggest campus initiatives/activities to further campus intellectual life.
Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee
Linda Besemer (chair), Ron Buckmire, Hanan Elsayed, Michael Gasper, Thalia Gonzalez, Elmer Griffin, Diana Linden, Adelaida Lopez, Leila Neti, Heather Lukes, Julie Prebel (FC liaison)
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.
Application and Proposal Evaluators
Brian Kim (coordinator), Sarah Chen, Richard Mora, Margi Rusmore, James Sadd, Eric Sundberg, Jean Wyatt
This group assists the National Fellowships & Awards, and Undergraduate Research committees, primarily with the evaluation of student proposals / applications, but also with secondary tasks that support those committee’s charges. Members of this group will be assigned (by the committee’s Coordinator) specific service duties at the start of each academic year, after the National Fellowships & Awards and Undergraduate Research committees coordinate their needs and workload.
Community Based Learning and Research Committee
Lisa Sousa (chair), Felisa Guilllen, Alan Knoerr, Carmel Levitan, Celestina Castillo (ex-officio)
This committee focuses on enhancing curriculum-connected community engagement and community based research. 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.
International Programs Committee
Eric Frank (chair), Tsung Chi, Susan Grayson, Tamas Lengyel, John McCormack, Robin Craggs (ex-officio)
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
Dale Wright (chair), Hussein Banai, Ron Buckmire, Leslie Chiou, Lan Chu, Chris Craney, Laura Hebert, Caroline Heldman, Gary Martin, David Kasunic, Clair Morrissey, Gretchen North, Martha Matsuoka, Moivndri Reddy, Bhavna Shamasunder, Eileen Spain, Marla Stone
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.
Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board
Mary Christianakis, Donna Maeda, TBD
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.
Bevin Ashenmiller, Dan Snowden-Ifft
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.
Andrew Shtulman (chair), Marta Matsuoka, Janet Scheel, Damian Stocking, Scott Bogue (ex-officio)
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.
Dennis Eggleston (fall), Anthur Saint-Aubin (spring)
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: Heather Lukes
Faculty Council Task Forces for 2013-2014:
Task Force on the MCAT Revision
Renee Baran (chair), Brian Kim, Linda Lassater-Munson, Stuart Rugg, Anne Schell, Angela Wood (ex-officio)
This task force builds on its previous work to develop a plan to ensure that Occidental can prepare students for the new MCAT and health programs. With Pre-Health Advising Office, APC, and relevant academic departments, the task force will determine necessary adjustments to curricula, identify corresponding gaps in resources (equipment, space, tenure-track faculty, etc.) that must be addressed to implement an effective plan.
Task Force on the Faculty Handbook
Robert Moore, Nalsey Tinberg
This task force will continue to make suggestions to Faculty Council to update the Faculty Handbook based on best practices in consultation with the Dean of the College.
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.
Working Group on Community Engagement
Robert Gottlieb, Jan Lin, Bhavna Shamasunder, Donna Maeda (FC liaison), Heng Lam Foong (ex-officio), Celestina Castilla (ex-officio), Ella Turenne (ex-officio), Susan Young (ex-officio)
This working group continues this year to complete its plan to implement key strategic goals around community engagement for the college. This group will continue to engage faculty, staff and administrators to create a prioritized list of specific initiatives that might be funded to begin achieving broad community engagement goals in the near future. One or two faculty would serve on the Community Based Learning and Research Committee as well.
Arts Working Group
John Bouchard, Thomas Burkdall, Allison De Fren, Brody Fox, Shanna Lorenz, Martha Ronk
This committee will develop a 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.
Residential Life Working Group
Bevin Ashenmiller, Andrew Jalil, James Ford
This committee will develop a plan to implement key strategic goals related to the integration of academic and co-curricular activities and the enhancement of a residential experience that fosters students’ personal growth and behavior consistent with their social, emotional and cognitive development.
Urban Curriculum Initiative Working Group
Peter Dreier, Rmain Naimi, LaMont Terry, Xiao-huang Yin
This committee will 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.)
Strategic Plan Advising Group
Jorge Gonzalez (chair)
Barbara Avery (ex-officio)
Amos Himmelstein (ex-officio)
Gretchen North (APC)
Kirsten Wandschneider (SCOF)
Nalsey Tinberg (ex-officio)
Hanna Spinosa (ex-officio)
Diversity Advisory Committee
Jorge Gonzalez (co-chair)
Barbara Avery (co-chair)
Affirmative Action/Diversity (TBD)
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, Lynn Mehl, Andrea Hopmeyer-Gorman, John Lang, Michael Shelton, Scott Bogue (ex-officio)
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), Chris Craney, Karn Molinder, Roberta Pollock, Dale Chapman
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.
Shana Goffredi (chair fall), Roberta Pollock (chair spring), Cheryl Okumura
This committee reviews and approves all research and teaching activities using infectious agents, recombinant DNA, and genetically altered organisms.