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Committees and Councils

Faculty governance is at the core of the well being of our school. Our faculty and staff serve on essential committees both within Arts & Sciences and at the University level.

List of Committees

Academic Planning Committee

This Committee advises the Dean of Arts & Sciences regarding planning and strategic development.

At the Arts & Sciences Faculty meeting of September 28, 1984, the following resolution was passed: A Committee on Academic Planning shall be added to the list of standing committees of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The six members of this committee shall be appointed annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in consultation with the Faculty Council. The Dean or a member of the Committee shall regularly review with the Faculty Council the general nature of the matters under discussion by the committee.

Current members: 
Jean Allman, History
Julia Driver, Philosophy
Mary Ann Dzuback, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Lee Epstein, Political Science and Law
Matt Gabel, Political Science
George Levi Gayle, Economics
Joseph Jez, Biology
Peter Kastor, History
T.R. Kidder, Anthropology
John McCarthy, Mathematics
Richard Smith, Anthropology
Adia Harvey Wingfield, Sociology
Deanna Barch, Psychological & Brain Sciences (Ex Officio)
Bill Tolman, Chemistry, (Ex Officio)
Kit Wellman, Philosophy (Ex Officio)
Gerhild Williams, Germanic Languages and Literatures (Ex Officio)

Affirmative Action Monitoring Committee

Committee Guidelines

Anne Margaret Baxley, Philosophy
Letty Chen, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Romance Languages and Literatures, Convener

Social Science
George-Levi Gayle, Economics
Clarissa R. Hayward, Political Science
Crickette Sanz, Anthropology, Convener

Natural Science
Michael Ogilvie, Physics
Himadri Pakrasi, Biology, Convener
Rachel Roberts, Mathematics

Advisory Committee on Tenure, Promotion and Personnel

This Committee advises the Dean of Arts & Sciences on all recommendations from Departments for the award of tenure, for promotion to the ranks of associate professor and full professor, for promotion to the ranks of research associate professor and research professor, and for new appointments that carry tenure.

Committee Guidelines

Gaetano Antinolfi, Economics
Daniel Bornstein, History and Religious Studies
Rebecca Copeland, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Julia Driver, Philosophy
Sophia Hayes, Chemistry
Joseph Jez, Biology
Michael Ogilvie, Physics
Margit Tavits, Political Science
Rafia Zafar, English

Faculty Council

This Council is the executive and steering committee of the Faculty; it also acts as an advisory committee to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.

Email: ArtSci-fcc@email.wustl.edu

Council Guidelines

Megan Daschbach, Chemistry
Stephanie Kirk, Romance Languages and Literatures
Frank Lovett, Political Science
Paige McGinley, Performing Arts
Rachel Roberts, Mathematics
Jonathan Weinstein, Economics

Curriculum Committee

This Committee reviews undergraduate curriculum of The College of Arts & Sciences, and may recommend to any credit-granting unit of The College the addition, deletion, or modification of courses and academic programs. Proposals for the Committee should be received by the first day of the semester, to ensure they can be included in course listings for the following semester. For questions, please contact Marissa Kaltwasser, (MKaltwasser@wustl.edu), registrar for The College of Arts & Sciences, at 314-935-7239.

Committee Guidelines
Curriculum Implementation Update
Resolution to Reinstate Credit for ROTC Courses

This Committee is responsible for reviewing the entire undergraduate curriculum of the College and may recommend to any credit-granting unit of the College the addition, deletion, or modification of courses and academic programs.

  1. The Committee receives for recommendation to the Faculty all proposals by Departments or Area Studies Committees for new undergraduate courses and academic programs. In case the Committee does not approve, the proposing body may bring the new proposal directly to the Faculty for action. At the pleasure of the Graduate Council, the Committee also brings before the Faculty proposals for new graduate courses.
  2. The Committee may recommend to the Faculty, through the Faculty Council, and to the Council of Students of Arts and Sciences changes in the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree and changes in the grading system.
  3. The Committee may initiate proposals and recommendations to appropriate Faculty bodies and administrators for new curricula that it deems desirable.
  4. The Committee makes recommendations to the Dean of the College, the Faculty Council, and the Faculty for improvement of the quality of undergraduate teaching.
  5. The Committee advises the Dean of the College on procedures in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  6. The Committee considers such other matters as are directed to it by the Faculty Council, the Dean of Faculty, or the Dean of the College.
  7. The Chairperson of the Committee regularly reports to the Faculty.

Yahuda Ben-Shahar, Biology
Liz Borgwardt, History
Francesc Ferrer, Physics
Bill McKelvey, English
Betsy Sinclair, Political Science
Julie Singer, Romance Languages and Literatures

Review Committee on Faculty Personnel Procedures

A candidate for the award of tenure or promotion within tenured ranks who has been considered and rejected by his or her Department or by the Dean of Arts & Sciences may, within 21 days after receiving written notification of the reasons for such rejection, request the Committee examine whether or not the Department; the Dean; and the Advisory Committee on Tenure, Promotion, and Personnel have followed established University procedures permitting adequate and fair consideration of the case.

Committee Guidelines

Nancy Berg, Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Pascal Boyer, Anthropology
Allan Larson, Biology
Yongseok Shin, Economics
Elzbieta Sklodowska, Romance Languages and Literatures
Doug Wiens, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Martin Israel, Physics
David Lawton, English
Richard Smith, Anthropology

Committee on Academic Integrity

This Committee investigates allegations of student academic dishonesty. It is composed of two student members and two faculty members, plus a non-voting chairman. Please contact the chair with any questions: Sean McWilliams (smcwilliams@wustl.edu), Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Committee Chair

Washington University Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate consists of all voting members of the Faculty of all the constituent schools. It expresses itself on matters of major University policy.

See the Faculty Senate page for further information and current policies. 

Washington University Senate Council

The Senate Council is often viewed as the governing body for the Faculty Senate. It consists of 15 elected faculty members, who assess present University policies relating to matters of University-wide concern and to academic personnel.

Washington University Board of Trustees

The Washington University Board of Trustees consists of approximately 55 men and women who are from the corporate, professional, educational, governmental, and volunteer sectors. It is legally responsible for the institution whose assets it holds in trust, and for which it exercises a policy-making and oversight role.