Standing Committees and Individual Positions (members appointed by Faculty Council)
Academic Planning Committee
Irene Girton, Jorge Gonzalez, Gretchen North, Damian Stocking, Woody Studenmund, Andrew Udit, Kristi Upson-Saia, Linda Besemer (ex officio), Amy Lyford (ex officio), John Swift (ex officio)
The academic planning committee (APC) considers the overall direction of the College's academic program, including proposals generated by the APC and proposals submitted to the committee for consideration. The committee makes recommendations to the dean of the College regarding faculty hiring, faculty expansion, allocation of faculty resources, and long-range faculty planning following guidelines established by the dean. The committee also receives and makes decisions on proposals for new courses, oversees general education and curricular policy, and makes recommendations to the faculty regarding academic requirements, new departments and programs, and substantial changes to existing departments and programs.
Jorge Gonzalez, Scott Bogue, Elizabeth Braker, Anthony Chase, Mary Christianakis, Salvador Fernandez, Sharla Fett, Regina Freer, Mary Beth Heffernan, Warren Montag, additional member TBD
The 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 council consists of 11 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 the advisory council; and the dean of the college, ex officio, and with the president of the faculty council. The dean of the college serves as chair with vote.
Student Progress Comittee
Dennis Eggleston (JE), Irene Girton, Arthur Saint-Aubin (JE), John Swift (Core), Vic Egitto (ex officio)
The student progress committee provides oversight of student progress through the academic program of the College, handling matters such as petitions, independent patterns of study, and academic standing. SPC decisions about individual student progress are reported back to the student by the registrar. SPC also monitors issues related to student academic success and makes proposals to appropriate governing bodies.
Linda Besemer (chair), Mary Lopez,, Leila Neti, George Schmiedeshoff, Dolores Trevizo, Lisa Wade
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 the Academic Planning Committee.
National Fellowships and Awards
Dale Wright (chair), Tom Burkdall, Lan Chu, Caroline Heldman, Gary Martin, Movindri Reddy, David Kasunic, Alexandra Puerto, Chris Craney, Eileen Spain
The NFA Committee is an umbrella entity for a number of externally funded fellowship opportunities, some of which are for student use during their Occidental career, others for post-graduate study and development. 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. The foundation fellowships promoted by the committee include Bienecke, Marshall, Rhodes, Fulbright, NSF, Truman, Luce, Boren and Pickering, and Morris. K. Udall. The committee as a whole meets monthly to discuss general issues, organize fellowship fairs and recruiting lunches, coordinate fellowship opportunities and set up proposal writing workshops.
International Programs Committee
Michael Near (chair), Hanan Elsayed, Eric Frank, Michael Gasper, Robin Craggs (ex officio)
Andrew Shtulman (chair), Marla Stone, Dan Pondella, 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. The Committee should also explore ways to enhance opportunities for all students, regardless of academic discipline, to engage in research-based, high-impact academic projects at the College, and provide proposals to FC and APC regarding ways to enhance the goals and outcomes of the varied programs the provide research opportunities to students at the College.
Subcommittee on Finance
Mike Hill (chair), Jim Whitney, Brandon Lehr, Joseph Schulz, Kirsten Wandschneider (FC liaison)
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 Council for its use in making recommendations to the administration and the Trustees.
Application and Proposal Evaluators
John Bouchard, Don Deardorff, Peter Dreier, Nina Gelbart, Laura Hebert, Diana Linden, Martha Matsuoka, Richard Mora, John McCormack, Juergen Pelzer, James Sadd, La Mont Terry
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 specific service duties at the start of each academic year, after the National Fellowships & Awards, International Programs, and Undergraduate Research committees coordinate their needs and workload.
Faculty Appointments and Representatives
Dennis Eggleston, Arthur 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. The Judicial Examiner performs an initial examination of such evidence, including interviewing witnesses and reviewing source material in cases of plagiarism, and decides whether or not to proceed with an inquiry. If the decision is to proceed, the J.E. interviews the accused student, acquaints the student with the evidence against him/her in the case, evaluates evidence that the student may present, and either then dismisses the charge or accepts the student's plea of guilty or innocent. If the student acknowledges that the charge is accurate, the J.E. informs the student about the penalty. If the student denies the charge, the J.E. forwards the relevant information to the Chair of the Student Progress Committee, who arranges a hearing; the J.E. then presents all relevant evidence to the hearing board at the hearing.
Linda Lyke, Lynn Mehl
Diversity Advisory Committee
Danielle Dirks, Heather Lukes, Jaclyn Rodriguez, Kerry Thompson (Fall), John Swift (ex officio), Julie Prebel (FC liaison)
The faculty members of the Diversity Advisory Committee work with the 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. Committee members should both draw on prior reports and recommendations regarding diversity, and also consult with Faculty, Staff, Administrators, and Students in order to make specific proposals about how to achieve a more inclusive, tolerant community; how to enhance the intersections between curricular and co-curricular diversity planning; and how to implement policies and practices. Faculty members of the DAC should report their progress to FC in both Fall and Spring semesters.
Mike Hill, Brandon Lehr, Joseph Schulz, Kirsten Wandschneider, Jim Whitney
Emergency Preparedness Committee
Stuart Rugg, Saul Traiger
Federally Mandated Faculty Athletic Representatives
Linda Lyke, Dan Pondella
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.
Human Subjects Research Review Committee
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 Committee
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.
Institutional Biosafety Committee
This committee reviews and approves all research and teaching activities using infectious agents, recombinant DNA, and genetically altered organisms.
Faculty selected for these positions are ex-officio members assigned to standing committees of the College’s Board of Trustees. They offer input during quarterly meetings of the Trustee committees and occasionally by email or telephone exchange.
Budget & Finance: Mike Hill
Buildings & Grounds: Saul Traiger, Stuart Rugg
Academic Affairs: Kristi Upson-Saia
Honorary Degrees: Derek Shearer, Laura Hebert
Institutional Advancement: Dale Wright
Investments: Ramin Naimi
Student Affairs: Carolyn Brighouse
Academic Culture and Intellectual Life
Dan Snowden-Ifft (Chair), Shana Goffredi, Susan Grayson, Clair Morrissey, Eric Newhall
Develop a plan to enhance and support the academic and intellectual culture at the College among faculty, in consultation with the Dean of the College, Associate Dean for Research, APC, and AC. 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. Identify gaps in departmental, divisional, and college-wide practices that might weaken academic culture. Make recommendations to Faculty Council, Dean of the College, AD of Research and APC about how to improve academic program and intellectual culture for both faculty-student and faculty communities.
Faculty Handbook Review
Carolyn Brighouse, Carmel Levitan, Robby Moore, Nalsey Tinberg
Drawing on the work done by the 2011-12 Task Force on the Faculty Handbook, which prioritized areas needing both review and revision, conduct research on best practices in Faculty Handbooks at other Colleges and Universities. Focus on the specific issues prioritized by the previous Task Force and develop proposals for specific revisions to the Occidental Faculty Handbook, in consultation with Faculty Council, the VPAA, College Counsel, and other Faculty Committees as needed. Make recommendations to Faculty Council for changes to the Handbook, and report to FC on progress in both Fall and Spring.
Roberta Pollock (Chair), Brian Kim, Renee Baran, Linda Lasater, Eileen Spain, Angela Wood (ex officio)
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, 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. Report results of work and present plan to FC.
Working Groups for 2012-13 (related to implementation of Strategic Plan)
Working Group on Community Engagement
Dan Fineman, Felisa Guillen, Jan Lin, Donna Maeda, Bhavna Shamasunder, Ella Turenne (ex officio), Celestina Castillo (ex officio)
Develop a plan to implement key strategic goals around community engagement for the College in light of the Strategic Plan. Create a prioritized list of specific initiatives that might be funded to begin achieving broad community engagement goals in 2012-13. Indicate which faculty committees, campus units, and/or individuals should bear responsibility for implementation. Engage Faculty, Staff and Admin in implementation discussions, and report results to FC of working group progress in November 2012 and again late Spring 2013.
Working Group on Research and Scholarship
Don Deardorff, Robert Ellis (Spring), Janet Scheel, Lisa Sousa, Scott Bogue (ex officio), URC Director (ex officio), Marsha Schnirring (ex officio)
Develop a plan to implement key strategic goals related to the enhancement of undergraduate and faculty scholarship in light of Strategic Plan. This would include identifying programs and curricular structures that need additional funding and support in 2013-14 (including those which might be pushed forward to external funding sources or agencies). Identify members of the working group to spearhead specific projects related to the enhancement of research and scholarship at the College, in consultation with Dean, Assoc Deans, Director of CTE and CAE. Report to FC on working group’s progress with implementation goals in November 2012 and late spring 2013.
Working Group on Career Discernment
Allison de Fren, Bob Gottlieb, Deb Martinson, Valerie Savior (ex officio), Brett Schraeder (ex officio), Angela Wood (ex officio)
Develop a plan, in consultation with the CDC, for a holistic, four-year model of career discernment for students in light of the Strategic Plan - including ways to implement a robust job-shadowing and academic internship program. Investigate and consider the varied campus constituents that provide high-impact activities for students, including faculty and course-related academic internships and research; working with community partners on mutually beneficial programs, and enhancing formal connections and relationships with community partners (across all disciplines) in Los Angeles and Southern California. Make recommendations about the structure of internships including course credit and costs; the best way to connect medical school advising, fellowships advising, and the CDC; how to support faculty who work with students on academic internships; how to engage alumni; and other modes of information-gathering that we might work into the ongoing data collection of the CDC. Report to FC in November 2012 and late Spring 2013.