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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. Curriculum Committee

2. Elections Committee

3. Faculty Development Committee (committee work suspended by faculty 3/6/2020)

4. Promotion and Tenure Committee

5. Rules Committee

The Faculty Assembly accreditation standing committees are:

1. Dispositions Committee

2. Diversity Committee

3. Field Experience and Clinical Practice Committee (committee membership will be reconsidered in 2020-2021)

4. Unit Assessment Committee


2020-2021 COE Committees (PDF - 21 KB)

2020-2021 COE and WU Meeting Dates (PDF - 83 KB)

See the Faculty Conference page for University Committee information.


Committee Descriptions

    The purpose of the Promotion and Tenure Committee of the Richard W. Riley College of Education is to make recommendations to the Dean on all matters concerning promotion and tenure of faculty. The committee shall also be responsible to the Faculty Assembly for making recommendations concerning policies and procedures for appointments, reappointments, promotion, and tenure. Committee members dissenting from a majority recommendation may submit a minority report. If different members dissent in different ways, more than one minority report may be submitted. Any minority report will be sent with committee report.

    The Promotion and Tenure Committee shall include a tenured faculty member elected by each academic department in the Richard W. Riley College of Education. One tenured, full-time faculty at-large member shall be 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 shall elect one of these persons to serve as the College’s representative to the University Personnel Committee.

    A faculty member cannot serve on both the department and college promotion and tenure committees at the same time. However, if a departmental level review committee is unable to form a departmental committee that includes a sufficient number of tenured members from that department, simultaneous service of not more than one member shall be permissible within the department committee and the college faculty assembly personnel committee only.

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

    Each academic department shall establish 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 shall elect five tenured faculty members from within the department, if possible; otherwise, the department shall elect tenured faculty members from outside the department but within the college. The committee shall select its own chair.

    The Faculty Development Committee will be suspended until Academic Year 2022-2023. During that year the Faculty Assembly will reevaluate its’ purpose. This change was made by vote of the Faculty Assembly on 3/6/2020.

    The Curriculum Committee shall be responsible for reviewing all graduate and undergraduate curricular proposals and for making recommendations to the Faculty Assembly. Membership shall consist of one faculty member elected from each academic department and one at -large member, tenured or untenured, elected by the Faculty Assembly. The term of office for all members shall be two years. The committee shall elect its chair.

    The Elections Committee shall be 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 shall make recommendations to the Faculty Assembly on the methods for voting. The committee shall include one member from each department, elected by the Faculty Assembly. The term of office shall be two years. The committee shall elect its chair.

    The Rules Committee shall be 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 shall consist of one member elected by each academic department and one at-large member elected by the Faculty Assembly. The term of office shall be two years. The committee shall elect 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 SACSCOC assessment standards for the College and all programs in the College, with CAEP Standards for the College, and with program accreditation standards. The committee will assist in preparation of the CAEP Institutional Report and other College and program accreditation reports as needed. The Unit Assessment Committee shall review all SACSCOC Program Assessment Template Plans and program continuous improvement plans and provide written feedback to program faculty on an annual basis. The Unit Assessment Committee also shall review aggregated unit data and provide written reviews to the Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education and other bodies as appropriate.

    Membership shall consist 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: CAEP Coordinator, Unit Assessment Coordinator, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Student Academic Services, and chairs from each academic department. The committee can recommend additional members to the Dean of College of Education.

    The Field Experience and Clinical Practice Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical and field experiences for initial certification graduate and undergraduate programs. The committee will monitor compliance with CAEP Standards and will assist in preparation of the CAEP Institutional Report. The committee will also support compliance with other program accreditation requirements related to field experiences or clinical practice.

    Membership shall consist 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 CAEP Coordinator and the following College administrators from Student Academic Services shall 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 shall be responsible for overseeing the Diversity Plan for the Richard W. Riley College of Education. The committee will support compliance with diversity standards and goals for all College of Education programs, including monitoring compliance with CAEP Standard Four, and assisting in preparation of the CAEP 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 shall consist 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 of 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 should represent undergraduate programs and one graduate programs. The CAEP Coordinator and the Director of Student Academic Services shall serve on this committee. The committee can recommend additional members to the Dean of College of Education.

    The Dispositions Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the Dispositions system for the Richard W. Riley College of Education. The committee will provide oversight to the process and the materials used to collect dispositional data on preservice teacher development throughout the program. Specific annual tasks may include: reviewing relevant procedures and materials; analyzing data to share with faculty/clinical partners; and providing resources and support for faculty/clinical partners. Other tasks may include updating the materials and website and providing training for faculty/clinical partners.

    Membership shall be appointed to consist of at least seven faculty that meet the following categories: (Note a faculty member may meet more than one category) One representative from CLES, one representative from the Core, one representative from C & P, one representative from the College of Arts and Sciences Education faculty, one representative from the College of Visual and Performing Arts Education faculty, one ad hoc representative, one representative from school and/or agency partners, and faculty from both undergraduate and graduate programs.

    Members will serve a three-year term. The Dean of the College of Education will appoint the chair and College of Education faculty. Education faculty appointed from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts will be appointed by the Dean of the College of Education and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the Dean of The College of Visual and Performing Arts. The committee will nominate a representative from a school and/or agency partner.

    The following individuals will serve as ex-officio members and may be asked to participate when appropriate: Director of Field and Clinical Experiences, Director of Student Academic Services, Educator Services Coordinator, and/or Unit Assessment Coordinator.

For complete information on committees and expectations see the faculty manual.

Last Updated: 10/27/20