Changes to CALS governance in the faculty association

The CALS governance system is being revitalized and some changes have occurred.  During two meetings since April 2012, the “Constitution for Shared Governance” has been edited and approved by the college.

The following are the current committees:

  1. Committee on Academic Program Policy
    1. To study, formulate, and recommend to council policies and procedures concerning academic matters including: student recruitment, student academic progress, advising, academic program evaluation, instructional pedagogy and effort, teaching evaluation, teaching facilities and other matters affecting the student’s academic environment
    2. To be filled with seven faculty members elected by the faculty association.** Also members include Director of Academic Programs, Associate Dean of Research, Staff member elected by CALSSA, student selected from CALS ambassadors and student selected from CALS graduate council
    3. The chair for this committee will be elected and the committee will meet approximately 3-4 times per year depending on need.
  2. CALS Curriculum Committee (NEW)
    1. To review undergraduate and graduate course proposals, check sheets, changes in curriculum, new academic programs, and review of materials on 15-day review from other colleges.
    2. This new committee role will take over the previous CAPP committee role and will be consist of current CAPP members
    3. The chair for this committee will be elected and the committee will meet approximately 3-4 times per year depending on need.
  3. Committee on Extension and Research Program Policy
    1. To study, formulate, and recommend strategies to integrate the functions of research, cooperative extension and continuing education.  This committee serves as a conduit for communicating the importances and impact of integrated research and extension programs.
    2. To be filled with five faculty members elected by the faculty association.** Also, members are the Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, three agent faculty elected by VESA, one non-agent faculty, college representative to the university commission on outreach and international affairs, college representative to university commission on research, two staff members elected by CALSSA, one student from CALS graduate committee.
    3. The chair for this committee will be elected and the committee will meet approximately 3-4 times per year depending on need.
  4. Committee on International Program Policy
    1. To study, formulate and recommend to Council policies and procedures concerning international programs.  Areas for consideration include: promoting international research, education, development, public service, extension and other matters related to international activities.
    2. Members include: CALS international programs coordinator, one faculty from each CALS department, nominated by department head, one agent faculty nominated by VESA, an Extension specialist or project leader, one non-agent administrative/professional faculty member, one staff member elected by CALSSA, and a CALS representative from the university council for international affairs.
    3. The chair for this committee will be elected and the committee will meet approximately 3-4 times per year depending on need.

The biggest change is that the former CAPP committee has been split into two separate committees. The CALS Curriculum Committee will now serve in the role that the former CAPP committee had (reviewing curriculum) and the CAPP (Committee on Academic Program Policies) will have a new role dealing with academic program policies instead of curriculum issues.

CALSFA has the role of filling two of these committees, CAPP and Committee on Extension and Research Program Policy. We are soliciting nominations for either of these committees. Please contact me if you are interested in serving on these committees.  Depending on the amount of interest and cross section of departments represented by those that volunteer, we may need to hold an election.

Thanks so much and please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns that I can bring to the association and deans.

**(to include one faculty member from an AREC)

— Renee Boyer, CALS faculty association president

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