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College of Education

College of Education

College of Education Bylaws

Article VII

Committees

Section 1.  There shall be five governance standing committees of the Faculty Assembly and three accreditation standing committees. The Faculty Assembly standing committees are:

1. Promotion and Tenure Committee

2. Faculty Development Committee

3. Curriculum Committee

4. Elections Committee

5. Rules Committee

The accreditation standing committees are:

1. Unit Assessment Committee

2. Field Experience and Clinical Practice Committee

3. Diversity Committee

The Faculty Assembly may create select committees or task forces upon request by its members or by the Faculty Conference, Graduate Faculty Assembly, the President, or the Vice-president for Academic Affairs of Winthrop University. Decisions of all select committees or task forces are subject to approval by the Faculty Assembly. No select committee or task force may be created to replace the responsibilities of standing committees as described in these Bylaws.

Section 2. Each standing committee shall develop its own procedures subject to review and approval by the Faculty Assembly. Procedures shall be consistent with all provisions of the Bylaws of the Richard W. Riley College of Education and those of the University. Each governance standing committee will elect its chair from its membership. A chair shall serve no more than one consecutive term as chair. All members of standing committees shall be elected to staggered terms as determined by the Elections Committee and must hold tenure or be in a regular tenure-track appointment. No one in an administrative position (including departmental chairs) may serve on the following committees: Promotion and Tenure and Faculty Development.

 Faculty members on the accreditation standing committees are appointed by the Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education for staggered three-year terms.  Individual three-year terms are renewable. The chair of each accreditation standing committee shall be a faculty member and shall be appointed by the Dean of the Richard W. College of Education. Chairs may serve multiple terms. Each accreditation committee will have one representative from the College of Arts and Sciences and one representative from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.  Those representatives will be jointly appointed by the Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education and the Dean of the respective college. Each accreditation standing committee will have at least one member representing school or agency partners, which will be nominated by members of the committee.  College administrators serving on accreditation committees do not have term limits.

Section 3. 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. Two tenured, full-time faculty at-large members 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.

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.

Section 4. The Faculty Development Committee shall be 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 disbursement of funds to the Dean. Each academic department will be responsible for the disbursement of faculty development funds allocated at the departmental level.

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

Section 5. 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 two at-large members elected by the Faculty Assembly. One at-large member shall be untenured. The term of office for all members shall be two years. The committee shall elect its chair.

Section 6. 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 three members elected by the Faculty Assembly. The term of office shall be two years. The committee shall elect its chair.

Section 7.  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.

Section 8. 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 will assist in preparation of the NCATE Institutional Report and other College and program accreditation reports as needed.  The Unit Assessment Committee shall review all SACS Program Assessment Template Plans and program annual assessment reports 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: NCATE Coordinator,  Unit Assessment Coordinator,  Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Student Academic Services, and chairs from each academic department.  The committee will have at least one representative from a school or agency partner.  The committee can recommend additional members to the Dean of College of Education.

Section 9. The Field Experiences and Clinical Practice Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical and field experiences for graduate and undergraduate programs.   The committee will monitor compliance with NCATE Standard Three and will assist in preparation of the NCATE 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 NCATE 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.


Section 10.  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 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 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 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 NCATE 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.


Article VII, section 3, paragraph 2 amended and approved by Faculty Assembly on November 14, 2003.

Article VII, section 1, paragraph 1; section 2, paragraph 1 and 2; section 3, paragraph 1; section 8, 9, and 10 added to bylaws. Amended and approved by Faculty Assembly on March 5, 2010.