Faculty committees—elected, ad hoc, and standing—are at the heart of faculty governance.

These committees advise the administration and faculty on policy and act for the faculty in specified areas. In addition, during the academic year, faculty meet once a month in plenary sessions or small group meetings to collectively deliberate on topics and policies. As an assemblage, the faculty determines the shape of the curriculum and academic requirements for graduation.

Faculty within individual departments and programs help ensure the contours of the liberal arts curriculum. Department Chairs and Program Directors play a vital role in enacting policies.


External Reviews

In 1996-97, the academic administration began the practice of conducting—as a norm—three external reviews of academic departments and programs each year, with a goal of reviewing each department or program every 10 years. An external review provides an opportunity to enhance and improve our academic programs and to shape the future of the curriculum. It also offers an occasion for chairs/directors to anticipate future staffing needs, and for faculty to reflect on pedagogical practices and the role of their department or program within the College.