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Faculty Governance/Committee System

Adopted at the Robins School of Business Faculty Meeting, November 17, 2008

Committees in Robins School serve as an avenue for faculty expression and communication in recommending policy and curriculum changes. Depending upon their scope and purpose, recommendations and proposals developed by committees may be presented to Robins School faculty for discussion and approval by a majority vote of a quorum of the faculty (e.g., proposals regarding curriculum or strategic planning) or to the appropriate dean (e.g., recommendations regarding technological expenditures or program committees). In some specified instances (e.g., tenure and promotion) recommendations are forwarded directly to the Dean and/or Provost. All committee chairs will deliver an annual report of each committee's activities to the faculty. Unless otherwise noted, standing committees will have at least three faculty members and reflect a range of Robins School faculty and departmental interests. When appropriate, other members of the University community or Robins School constituencies may be appointed to serve on committees.

Provision is made for election of members to certain committees as set forth below under the committee description. With regard to the selection of faculty members for committees where no election process is specified, the following shall apply. First, faculty will be asked for their committee preferences. Second, committees will be named by the Dean in coordination with the Robins School representative to the University’s Committee on Committees. Third, committee members and chairs will have an opportunity to review the committee appointments and express any reservations or suggestions for change. Finally, with this input from the faculty a final list of committees and committee chairs will be submitted to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Committee chairs are elected by committee members at their first meeting of an academic year.

Committees shall represent as broad a spectrum of the faculty as possible, and when appropriate, members of other constituencies of the Robins School. The committee structure shall reflect the interests of and the purposes of the Robins School as set forth in its mission statement, as well as the interest of the faculty and the aims of its efforts. Committees are responsible for making recommendations to the Faculty, Dean, Provost, President, and Board of Trustees.

Modifications to the committee structure may be proposed by any member of the Robins School faculty at any time. Modifications by the Dean will be made after consultation with the Academic Council.

Standing Program Committees

(a)       Academic Council

See http://facultygovernance.richmond.edu/Ch_I/index.html.

(b)       Graduate Council

See http://facultygovernance.richmond.edu/Ch_I/index.html.

(c)       Center for Active Business Education (CABE) Committee

The CABE Committee consists of the center’s director and two to four volunteer faculty members.  The committee continuously reviews programs offered by CABE and evaluates potential new programs.

(d)       Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Committee

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee consists of at least one faculty member from each of the Robins School departments that has a course in the program, and may also include other faculty members who are interested in the program, whether or not they are members of the Robins School faculty. The committee provides guidance and feedback to the Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program regarding potential new courses, program requirements, program initiatives, including those of an interdisciplinary nature, and activities of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program serves as the chair of the committee.

(e)       Executive Education Advisory Committee

The Executive Education Advisory Committee consists of the Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Programs (Chair), faculty members from the Robins School, and a minimum of one at-large member from the business community appointed by the Dean in consultation with the Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Programs. The purpose of the committee is to offer an academic and corporate perspective to guide the strategic mission of Executive Education. The committee chair contacts individual members to serve as expert consultants on particular issues. Meetings of the entire committee are held on an as-needed basis.

(f)       International Business Committee

The International Business (IB) Committee is composed of the Associate Dean for International Programs (Chair) and members of the Robins School faculty with an interest and expertise in international business. The Dean appoints the committee in consultation with the Associate Dean for International Programs. The IB Committee serves as the policy making and faculty oversight body for the Robins School International Business Programs. In this capacity, it deals with matters such as curricula and standards pertaining to the international business concentration as well as issues concerning study abroad programs and international partnerships. Finally, the committee is charged with fostering, encouraging, and supporting efforts to increase the international awareness, interest, and focus of Robins School faculty and students.

Standing Planning, Resource, and Faculty Committees

(a) Assessment Committee

The Assessment Committee works to guide the assurance of learning activities of the Robins School; advise the Director of Assessment and Accreditation;  help create review, and implement learning goals and assessment plans; receive, discuss, and disseminate assessment data; and to consider curricular changes based on those data. 

The membership of the committee is determined by the Dean of the Robins School in consultation with the Director of Assessment and Accreditation who serves as chair of the committee.  There is a student member of the committee and each of the five departments is represented.  Given the separate accreditation associated with the Accounting Department, its chair is included in the membership.  The chairs of the Strategic Planning and Curriculum committees serve on the Assessment Committee when practical given other relevant considerations.  If those committee chairs are not on the Assessment Committee, each of them is consulted on matters associated with assurance of learning initiatives and attends Assessment Committee meetings as appropriate.  (Approved as a Standing Committee by Academic Council on January 11, 2011)

(b) Curriculum Committee

The Curriculum Committee consists of one faculty member from each academic department with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education serving in an ex officio capacity. The committee continuously reviews undergraduate course offerings in the Robins School and evaluates proposals for new courses as well as proposed changes in core competencies are evaluated by the committee. The committee's recommendations are presented to the Robins School faculty, Provost, President, and Board of Trustees for approval.

(c) Full Professors Committee

The Full Professors Committee is composed of all full professors in the Robins School. The committee reviews candidate credentials for promotion to full professor; votes on the candidacy; and writes a letter to the Dean conveying its vote and rationale for the vote. Full detail on the tenure and promotion process is provided in Section 6 to Appendix VI of the Faculty Handbook.

(d) Pedagogy Committee

The Pedagogy Committee is composed of five faculty members, one elected by each academic department as a representative. Each representative serves a three-year term. (Terms are staggered so that no more than two representatives may rotate off the committee in any given year.) Members determine the committee chair from among its members. The committee advises the Dean on the awarding of pedagogy support including summer pedagogy grants. Summer pedagogy grants are awarded to full time, tenure track or tenured members of the RSB faculty so that they may pursue substantive pedagogy projects that reach above and beyond regular assignments. The total dollar amount of grants is determined annually by the Dean and provided to the committee. The committee forwards its recommendations to the Dean who makes the final decisions. Awards are based on the strength of the proposal and individual productivity. (Approved as a Standing Committee by Academic Council on October 9, 2012.)

(e) Research Committee

The Research Committee is composed of five faculty members, one elected by each academic department as a representative. Each representative serves a three-year term. (Terms are staggered so that no more than two representatives may rotate off the committee in any given year.) Members determine the committee chair from among its members. The committee advises the Dean on the awarding of research support including summer research grants. Summer research grants are awarded to full time, tenure track or tenured members of the RSB faculty so that they may pursue substantive research projects leading to publication. The total dollar amount of grants is determined annually by the Dean and provided to the committee. The committee forwards its recommendations to the Dean who makes the final decisions. Awards are based on the strength of the proposal and individual productivity.

(f) Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee includes five faculty members, one from each academic department, selected by the Dean in consultation with the department chair, and the Dean of the Robins School of Business (ex officio).  One of the five faculty members on the committee will be elected as chair by the committee.The committee will develop strategic plans, annually review the current plan, and set priorities, within the objectives and guidelines of the Robins School mission and the University Strategic Plan.  Various stakeholders shall be consulted as appropriate.  These stakeholders include Robins School faculty, staff, students, alumni, and advisory groups.  Revisions to an existing strategic plan (including changes in mission or vision), or a new strategic plan, will be subject to a vote of approval by the Robins school faculty.  The committee also reviews and makes recommendations to the Dean regarding proposals from faculty and staff regarding plan implementation.  (Approved by Robins School Faculty October 8, 2010)

(g) Technology Committee

The Technology Committee is comprised of the Robins School Technology Manager, a staff member, and five faculty members, one from each academic department. The committee reviews and recommends proposals regarding expenditures for technology within the Robins School. These recommendations serve as input to the Strategic Planning Committee and/or Dean.  The Technology Committee also acts as a liaison between the Robins School and the Business Librarian.  A member of Technology Committee also serves as a member of the University Library Committee. (Changes approved by Academic Council March 5, 2013.)

(h) Tenure and Promotion Committee

The Tenure and Promotion Committee is composed of one tenured faculty member elected from each of the academic departments. Each member is elected by the department’s tenured faculty members; serves a three-year term; and does not participate in the department’s deliberations on its own candidates. Terms are staggered and the committee chooses its chairperson annually. The committee reviews candidate credentials for tenure and/or promotion to associate professor; votes on the candidacy; and writes a letter to the Dean conveying its vote and rationale for the vote. Full detail on the tenure and promotion process is provided in Section 6 to Appendix VI of the Faculty Handbook.

Ad Hoc Committees

Ad hoc committees may be appointed when there is a short-term, usually one year, need for consideration of a specific subject. Ad hoc committees are appointed by the Dean to recommend action, policy changes, or procedures for approval by the Robins School Faculty, Dean, Provost, President, and Board of Trustees.

Coordinators

(a)        Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Coordinator reviews requests for scholarship monies to be awarded from the Robins School scholarship fund. The Coordinator makes recommendations to the Director or an Associate Director in the University's Financial Aid office who assures that the criteria for each scholarship is fully met. In unusual circumstances, the Coordinator discusses issues with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies or the Dean of the Robins School.

(b)        Faculty Evaluation

The Faculty Evaluation Coordinator processes course evaluation results and generates reports. The coordinator periodically reviews the course evaluation process and makes recommendations to the faculty. The coordinator might also serve on or chair ad hoc committees to review broader aspects of the course evaluation process or other aspects of faculty evaluation within the Robins School. Recommendations are subject to approval by the faculty, Dean, Provost, and President.

(c)        Governance

The Governance Coordinator periodically reviews Robins School policies regarding faculty governance. The coordinator may propose recommendations for change to the governance structure. Recommendations are subject to approval by the faculty, Dean, Provost, and President.

(d)       Research Seminars

The Research Seminar Coordinator schedules monthly faculty research seminars within the Robins School.

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