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College of Education

College of Education

Richard W.  Riley College of Education Committees

There are eight standing committees of the College of Education Faculty Assembly. Five are governance standing committees and three are accreditation standing committees.

The Faculty Assembly governance standing committees are:

1. Promotion and Tenure Committee

2. Faculty Development Committee

3. Curriculum Committee

4. Elections Committee

5. Rules Committee

The Faculty Assembly accreditation standing committees are:

1. Unit Assessment Committee

2. Field Experience and Clinical Practice Committee

3. Diversity Committee

Committee Descriptions

Promotion and Tenure Committee is responsible for making recommendations to the Dean on all matters concerning promotion and tenure of faculty. The committee is also responsible to the Faculty Assembly for making recommendations concerning policies and procedures for appointments, reappointments, promotion, and tenure.

 The Promotion and Tenure Committee includes a tenured faculty member elected by each academic department in the Richard W. Riley College of Education. Two tenured, full-time faculty at-large members are elected by the Faculty Assembly to serve on the College Promotion and Tenure Committee.  Subsequent to their election to the College Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Faculty Assembly elects one of these persons to serve as the College’s representative to the University Personnel Committee.

The term of office for each committee member is three years. During the spring semester, the Promotion and Tenure Committee elects one of its continuing members to serve as chair for the next academic year.

 Each academic department establishes a departmental promotion and tenure committee responsible for reviewing departmental faculty applications for promotion and tenure and for making recommendations to the Department Chair and the Promotion and Tenure Committee. Each academic department elects five tenured faculty members from within the department, if possible; otherwise, the department elects tenured faculty members from outside the department but within the college.  The committee selects its own chair.

The Faculty Development Committee is responsible for developing guidelines related to faculty requests for development funds from the Richard W. Riley College of Education, reviewing faculty requests for funds, and for recommending the dispersement of funds to the Dean. Each academic department is responsible for the dispersement of faculty development funds allocated at the departmental level.

The Faculty Development Committee membership consists of one faculty member elected from each academic department and two at-large members elected by the Faculty Assembly, one of whom is untenured. The term of office is two years. The committee elects its chair.

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for reviewing all graduate and undergraduate curricular proposals and for making recommendations to the Faculty Assembly. Membership consists of one faculty member elected from each academic department and two at-large members elected by the Faculty Assembly. One at-large member is untenured. The term of office for all members is two years. The committee elects its chair.

The Elections Committee is responsible to the Faculty Assembly for the preparation, distribution, and recording of all ballots and other nomination and election materials, the conducting of elections, and certifying to the faculty all elections. The committee makes recommendations to the Faculty Assembly on the methods for voting. The committee includes three members elected by the Faculty Assembly. The term of office is two years. The committee elects its chair.

The Rules Committee is responsible for recommending to the Faculty Assembly special rules of order and appropriate changes in the Bylaws of the Faculty Assembly and for reviewing guidelines or bylaws of all standing and select committees, task forces, or constituent assemblies of the Richard W. Riley College of Education to determine consistency with these Bylaws. Membership consists of one member elected by each academic department and one at-large member elected by the Faculty Assembly. The term of office is two years. The committee elects its chair.

The Unit Assessment Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the system for data collection, analysis, and evaluation and for the use of data for program improvement for graduate and undergraduate programs in the Richard W. Riley College of Education.  The committee is responsible for monitoring compliance with SACS assessment standards for the College and all programs in the College, with NCATE Standards One and Two for the College, and with program accreditation standards.   The committee assists in preparation of the NCATE Institutional Report and other College and program accreditation reports as needed.  The Unit Assessment Committee reviews all SACS Program Assessment Template Plans and program annual assessment reports and provides written feedback to program faculty on an annual basis.  The Unit Assessment Committee also reviews aggregated unit data and provides written reviews to the Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education and other bodies as appropriate. 

Membership consists of at least one faculty representative from each academic department, one faculty member representing graduate programs in the college, one faculty member representing undergraduate programs, one teacher education faculty representative from the College of Arts and Sciences, one teacher education faculty representative from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, one faculty member representing non-teacher education programs, and the following administrators from the College: NCATE Coordinator,  Unit Assessment Coordinator,  Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Student Academic Services, and chairs from each academic department.  The committee has at least one representative from a school or agency partner.  The committee can recommend additional members to the Dean of College of Education.

The Field Experiences and Clinical Practice Committee is responsible for overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical and field experiences for graduate and undergraduate programs.   The committee monitors compliance with NCATE Standard Three and assists in preparation of the NCATE Institutional Report.  The committee also supports compliance with other program accreditation requirements related to field experiences or clinical practice.

Membership consists of a minimum of two faculty representing initial teacher certification programs, two faculty members representing graduate programs involving clinical practice, one teacher education faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences, one teacher education faculty member from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, one faculty member representing non-teacher education programs, and at least two representatives from school and/or agency partners.  The NCATE Coordinator and the following College administrators from Student Academic Services hold membership on this committee: Director of Student Academic Services, Coordinator of Supervision, and Coordinator of Field Placements. The committee can recommend additional members to the Dean of College of Education.


The Diversity Committee is responsible for overseeing the Diversity Plan for the Richard W. Riley College of Education.  The committee supports compliance with diversity standards and goals for all College of Education programs, including monitoring compliance with NCATE Standard Four, and assisting in preparation of the NCATE Institutional Report and other accreditation reports. This includes design, implementation and evaluation of curriculum and field experiences that address needs of diverse learners, as well as recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students. 

Membership consists of at least one faculty member from each academic department, one  faculty member with expertise in working with diverse populations from the College of Arts and Sciences and one from the College Visual and Performing Arts, one faculty member representing non-teacher education programs and at least two representatives from school and/or agency partners.  At least one faculty member represents undergraduate programs and one graduate programs.  The NCATE Coordinator and the Director of Student Academic Services serve on this committee.  The committee can recommend additional members to the Dean of College of Education.