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University Committee Descriptions

Academic Appeals Committee

Reporting Line: The Academic Appeals Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of nine tenured faculty members from different departments. It also includes one student appointed by Student Body President and one student appointed by the Executive Vice President and Provost.

Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The Academic Appeals Committee hears student complaints pertaining to unfair academic treatment by faculty.

Academic Freedom and Responsibility Committee

Reporting Line: The Academic Freedom and Responsibility Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and to the Faculty Senate.

Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 12 faculty, including ten rotating members and two members selected by the Faculty Senate. One of the two Senate appointees serves as chair. The chair must be a tenured faculty member.

Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The Academic Freedom and Responsibility Committee promotes a positive academic environment at Baylor; investigates issues of academic freedom and responsibility; and makes recommendations concerning these matters to the Faculty Senate.

Athletic Council

Reporting Line: The Athletic Council reports to the President.

Composition of Membership:

  • The committee is composed of fourteen faculty members (including a Senate representative appointed by the Faculty Senate), and a student representative appointed by the Student Body President.
  • The faculty members, excluding the chair and vice-chair, shall be divided into four subcommittees (Governance and Rules Compliance, Academic Integrity, Fiscal Integrity, and Commitment to Equity) as recommended in the 1996 NCAA Athletics Self-Study Certification.
  • One-half of the members must be familiar with women's intercollegiate athletics, and one-half of the members must be familiar with men's intercollegiate athletics. All members should be familiar with or be willing to become familiar with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
  • Attention should be given to minority representation among both faculty and students.
  • The chair and vice chair may be selected from any academic unit.
  • Committee terms are for five (5) years.
  • ex-officio: Faculty Athletic Representative

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The Athletic Council reviews matters related to the intercollegiate athletic program, including mission, governance, and rules compliance; academic integrity; fiscal integrity; and commitment to equity.

    Baylor University Press Committee

    Reporting Line: The committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policy.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 12 faculty members and 1 student representative. The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policy serves as an ex officio member.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The Baylor University Press Committee serves as the editorial advisory board for the Baylor University Press. The committee serves in conjunction with the Director to establish editorial policies and select scholarly manuscripts to be published by the BUP.

  • The committee typically meets 4 times a year. Meetings during summer terms are held by email. Meetings typically last 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • The Director of the University Press sends out a 30 to 45 page booklet describing proposed projects to all committee members prior to each meeting.
  • It is preferable that faculty members have some familiarity with one or more of the academic fields for which that the University Press publishes: philosophy, theology, rhetoric and religion, politics and religion, biblical studies, and popular culture and religion are the major fields. This would help the member review projects and enhance proposals.
  • Bookstore Committee

    Reporting Line: The Bookstore Committee reports to the Assistant Vice President for Campus Services and Vice President for Finance and Administration.

    Composition: The committee is composed of the following members:

  • Three faculty members selected by Committee on Committees
  • Ex officio: Assistant Vice President for Campus Services
  • Ex officio: Bookstore manager
  • Ex officio: Bookstore textbook manager

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The committee's duties include the following:

    1. Will be an effective medium to communicate the mission and services of Baylor's campus bookstore.

    2. Ensure textbook adoption information is received by the bookstore in a timely manner.

    3. Monitor the bookstore to help ensure that textbooks are available on a timely basis for all classes.

    4. Recommend products such as supplies, software, trade books ect., to fulfill the academic mission of the University.

    5. Serve as a "sounding board" for new services and products offered in the bookstore.

    Calendar Committee

    Reporting Line: The Calendar Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice President for Student Life.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of nine faculty members, including a faculty chair, one staff representative, and two student representatives. Ex-officio members include: Deans, Athletic Director, University Host, Student Foundation Co-Presidents, Chamber of Commerce Faculty Adviser, Baylor Round Table President, Executive Director of the Alumni Association, Student Body President, Baptist Student Ministries Director, Director of Bill Daniel Student Center, Assistant Provost for Academic Services

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The committee recommends, three years in advance, the schedule for the academic year, including number of class days, examination days, and holidays; sets non-academic events such as Parents' Weekend, Homecoming, and Diadeloso.

    Campus Diversity Committee

    Reporting Line: The Campus Diversity Committee reports to the Office of the President.

    Composition: The committee is composed of the following members:

  • Six at-large faculty members selected by Committee on Committees
  • Five staff members selected by Staff Council
  • Two undergraduate students selected by the Student Body President
  • One graduate student selected by the Graduate Student Association
  • Ex officio: Chief of Staff to the President
  • Ex officio: Representative from Office of General Counsel
  • Ex officio: Campus affirmative action officer
  • Ex officio: Head of Multicultural Activities Office, Student Life
  • Ex officio: Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment
  • Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The committee's duties include the following:

  • Support and encourage campus wide diversity efforts by providing ideas and suggestions for programs that could benefit faculty, staff and students.
  • Assist with implementation of ideas generated.
  • Establish criteria and review applications for campus diversity initiative grants.
  • Campus Sculpture Committee

    Reporting Line: The Campus Sculpture Committee reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

    Composition: The committee is composed of nine faculty members selected by Committee on Committees, along with one student representative.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The Campus Sculpture Committee considers proposals for the construction, purchase, or exhibition of sculpture and the construction of memorials/monuments and their placement in the University environment. Following careful review, the committee forwards its recommendations to the administration.

    Care and Use of Animals in Research

    Reporting Line: The Care and Use of Animals in Research Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition: Members of this committee are selected by the Vice Provost for Research. Federal law mandates appointments of a veterinarian, a scientist, a non-scientist, and a layperson from the community.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The Care and Use of Animals in Research Committee oversees federal regulations regarding use of animals in research by reviewing all proposed use of animals for teaching research or educational purposes; inspects animal care facilities at least every six months; prepares documents required by federal regulatory agencies.

    Career Services Advisory Committee

    Reporting Line: The committee reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 9 faculty members and one student representative. A staff member from Career Services serves as an ex-officio member.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The Career Services Advisory committee acts as a resource for the Director of Career Services. Committee members review existing approaches and suggest new ones. The committee has a one hour meeting once each semester. Faculty members serving on this committee should have a genuine interest in assisting the Paul L. Foster Success Center Career Services office to be as beneficial to all of its constituencies as possible.

    Centennial Faculty Development Review Committee

    Reporting Line: The Centennial Faculty Development Review Committee reports to the Office of the Provost.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of six tenured faculty members selected by the Committee on Committees. Three of these members should be on the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the other three members must represent different colleges and schools. All appointed committee members serve three-year terms.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: This committee reviews potential nominees for the Baylor Centennial Professor Award, which is given annually during the spring semester. The description of the award is as follows:

    The Class of 1945-the Baylor Centennial Class-established an endowment fund to support faculty development. Each year a tenured faculty member is designated as the Baylor Centennial Professor and is provided with funds for a project that will facilitate the development of his or her ability to function as a university professor and contribute to academic life.

    Civil Rights Resolution Committee

    Reporting Line: The Civil Rights Resolution Committee reports to the President and Vice President for Human Resources.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of the following:

  • Eleven faculty, including two from Arts and Sciences and one each from the following schools: Education, Music, Law, Business, Nursing, Seminary, Libraries, Engineering and Computer Science, and the Honors College.
  • One student nominated by the Student Congress, approved by the Vice President for Student Life, for student issues only.
  • Ex officio: Representatives from the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:Responsible exclusively to resolve allegations by an individual of a violation of his or her civil rights established by law or regulation, including prohibitions of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), age, disability, or veteran's status.

    Communications/Media Committee

    Reporting Line: The Communications/Media Committee reports to the Vice President for University Relations and the Associate Vice President for External Relations.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 12 faculty members and one student representative. Due to a possible conflict of interest, the chair should not be from the Department of Journalism. Ex-officio member: Associate Vice President for External Relations

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: Reviews publication and non-print media proposals submitted by individuals and organizations to assure compliance with University publication guidelines and to provide quality control.

    Compensation and Benefits Committee

    Reporting Line: The committee reports to the Vice President for Human Resources and the Assistant Vice President and Director of Compensation and Benefits.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 12 faculty, five staff, and one Senate Representative. The committee should have a balanced female-male presentation, and every academic unit should be represented. Two resource persons (non-voting) from Personnel Services and Personnel Benefits and Payroll should be available to the committee if their expertise is required at certain committee meetings.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The committee initiates and serves as a sounding board for compensation and benefit changes.

    Faculty Center Committee

    Reporting Line: The Faculty Center Committee reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and Assistant Vice President, Facilities and Operations.

    Composition: The committee is composed of nine faculty members and one University Operations and Host Services ex officio member.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The committee's duties include the following:

  • Discuss policy
  • Offer food service ideas
  • Provide input regarding needs of the McMullen-Connally Faculty Center
  • Faculty Development Committee

    Reporting Line: The Faculty Development Committee reports to Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 12 faculty members selected by the University Committee on Committees.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The Faculty Development Committee supports and encourages faculty development by providing ideas and suggestions for programs that can be offered to faculty, by assisting in implementing such ideas, by reviewing applications for faculty development grants, and by reviewing and making recommendations concerning the process of student evaluation of faculty.

    Faculty Dismissal Committee

    Reporting Line: The Faculty Dismissal Committee reports to the President and Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition: The Faculty Dismissal Committee consists of two tenured faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences and one tenured faculty member from every other academic unit (Business, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Honors, Law, Libraries, Music, Nursing, Truett Theological Seminary, and Social Work) for a current total of 12. Each member shall be appointed for a three-year term, with approximately one-third of the committee rotating each year (4-4-4). Unless circumstances dictate due to the limited size of an academic unit, no member shall serve more than one term on the Faculty Dismissal Committee.

    Over a period of three years, the President appoints six members to the Faculty Dismissal Committee according to the composition specified above. The Faculty Senate likewise appoints six members to the Faculty Dismissal Committee according to the composition specified above.

    Therefore, in every three-year cycle, the appointments shall be as follows:

    Year One: President - 2 members, Faculty Process - 2 members (Total 4);

    Year Two: President - 2 members, Faculty Process - 2 members (Total 4);

    Year Three: President - 2 members, Faculty Process - 2 members (Total 4).

    Should a vacancy occur on the Faculty Dismissal Committee for any reason, the party responsible for the original appointment (President or Faculty Senate) shall make a replacement appointment in a timely fashion for the remainder of any unexpired term and convey the decision to the Chair of the Committee on Committees and to the Faculty Dismissal Committee.

    In addition to the provisions described above:

  • No department chairs may serve on this committee.
  • At the beginning of each academic year, the Dismissal Committee elects its own chair from among those members who have served at least one year on the Committee; no member may serve as chair for more than one year.
  • A faculty member who rotates off the committee is ineligible for reappointment for at least one year.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:Serves as the hearing committee when charges filed against a tenured faculty member could lead to dismissal from the university. Specific responsibilities of the Faculty Dismissal are set forth in BU-PP 705: Faculty Dismissal Policy.

    Faculty Senate

    Reporting Line: The Faculty Senate reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition: Members of the Faculty Senate are elected according to procedures set forth in the Faculty Senate's Constitution and Bylaws.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The Faculty Senate provides a forum for the full and free discussion of all matters affecting the Baylor University Faculties and seeks to express collective faculty judgment on campus issues and to encourage effective faculty participation in the formation of University policy.

    The official University policy regarding the Faculty Senate is contained in BU-PP 711: Faculty Senate. The Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws are available here.

    General Education Committee

    Reporting Line: The General Education Committee reports to the Senior Vice Provost.

    Composition: Sixteen members including the following:

  • Eight members from the College of Arts & Sciences, with members representing diverse academic interests among departments.
  • One member of each of the following colleges and schools: Computer Science and Engineering; Business; Libraries; Nursing; Education; Honors College; Music; and Social Work.
  • Ex officio members include the Senior Vice Provost and a representative from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
  • Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The General Education Committee has the primary responsibility over the following two broad goals: (1) To define the college-level competencies expected of all Baylor graduates; and (2) To assess the extent to which graduates have attained the competencies.

    More specific tasks of this committee include the following:

  • Examination of assessment results annually;
  • Direction of additional analysis of the results, if needed;
  • Dissemination of results to the appropriate constituents;
  • Recommendations of any needed action based on the results;
  • Continuation of regular assessment of the college-level competencies;
  • Preparation of a regular report summarizing the assessment process.
  • Health Committee

    Reporting Line: The Health Committee reports to the Vice President of Student Life.

    Composition: The committee is composed of nine faculty members, two student members appointed by the Student Body President, and one staff representative recommended by the University Staff Council. Ex officio members include the Dean of Student Services, the Medical Director of the Health Center, the Director for Business Affairs, & the Director for Community Partnerships.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The committee oversees and make recommendations concerning the Health Center, Counseling Center, and Wellness Program.

    Honor Council

    Reporting Line: The Honor Council reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost through the Director of the Office of Academic Integrity.

    Composition: The faculty members, one from each school and the University Libraries, are appointed for three-year terms by their respective deans (no representative is appointed by the Graduate School because its faculty hold appointments in the other schools and colleges). A chair and vice chair are appointed by the President from among the faculty members of the Honor Council.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The Honor Council's duties include the following:

    1. Determine through the process of a hearing whether an accused student has violated the Honor Code.

    2. Recommend one or more sanction(s) for students who have violated the Honor Code.

    3. Assist in educating the University community about the Honor Code.

    Jurisdiction:The Honor Council has exclusive jurisdiction over all academic matters involving dishonorable conduct that are not resolved between the student and the faculty member in whose class the incident occurred.

    Honorary Degrees Committee

    Reporting Line: The Honorary Degrees Committee reports to the President and the Executive Vice President and Provost; however, all recommendations are made to the Faculty Senate, which then makes the recommendations to the President

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 12 members, including a chair from the tenured faculty.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The committee makes or responds to proposals for the awarding of honorary doctorates.

    National and International Scholarships Committee

    Reporting Line: The National and International Scholarships Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 12 faculty members appointed by the University Committee on Committees and up to six appropriate faculty members, annually appointed or re-appointed by the Provost, who are actively involved with students in making application and preparing for interviews for the various national and international scholarships

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The committee promotes national and international scholarships (Rhodes, Fulbright, etc.) with each member serving on at least one subcommittee to work with a particular scholarship, to distribute applications, and to screen, advise, and prepare applicants.

    Premedical and Predental Advisory Committee

    Reporting Line: The Premedical and Predental Advisory Committee reports to the co-directors of the pre-health program within the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Composition: The co-directors, in consultation with the University Committee on Committees, select members of the Premedical and Predental Advisory Committee.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The committee's duties include the following:

    1. Hold advising / informational meetings for both incoming students as well as for those preparing for application to professional schools.

    2. Provide presenters for the Fall, Winter, and Spring premiers to promote Baylor's Pre-Health programs.

    3. Interview students applying to professional school. Each year approximately 150 students go through this committee interview. The interviews last approximately 30 minutes each. These interviews consist of three faculty members reviewing a student's resume detailing their academic performance and extracurricular activities while in college here at Baylor (and transfer work when applicable). In addition, a personal autobiographical statement which the student prepares is reviewed. Following the interview, each faculty member writes an evaluation which is compiled with the others into an institutional Health Professions Evaluation report. This report is subsequently sent to schools the student requests through the Pre-Health Office. Through the years these Evaluations have garnered a great deal of respect as far as their accuracy and benefit to the professional schools in evaluating our students.

    4. Certain members of the committee are involved in evaluating prospective freshman students as candidates for the "Baylor Square" program with Baylor College of Medicine. This program allows for provisional acceptance to Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) for four students each year. This evaluation process involves reviewing a few hundred applications being sent to qualified students with about one-half being returned and subsequently inviting 50 to 60 students for an interview on the Baylor Campus. This process also typically includes faculty interaction with these students' parents as well. Each of these interviews is approximately 30 minutes. When all interviews have taken place the committee evaluates those files to determine which ones to forward to BCM. BCM will ultimately determine which students to accept into this program. After interviewing and acceptance to BCM, the Pre-Health committee then decides which student of these four to award an $80,000 scholarship.

    5. A similar program exists with Baylor Dental School; however, there are no more than 40-50 students eligible to apply.

    6. Oversee and review the advising of pre-health students.

    Professional Sports Counseling Panel

    Reporting Line: The Professional Sports Counseling Panel reports to the Director of Athletics.

    Composition: The NCAA authorizes the Professional Sports Counseling Panel's composition. Members of this committee are selected by the President of the University, and membership is non-rotating. NCAA guidelines dictate that only one Athletic Department employee may serve on this committee.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:As required by the NCAA, the Professional Sports Counseling Panel counsels student athletes who have the potential of playing professional sports.

    Protection of Human Subjects in Research Committee

    Reporting Line: The Protection of Human Subjects in Research Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition: The committee consists of 12 members, including nine faculty members selected by the Vice Provost for Research. The committee must also include as non-rotating members a physician, a community representative, and an attorney. The attorney should be a staff attorney with the Office of General Counsel.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The Protection of Human Subject in Research Committee reviews research protocols involving human subjects to determine risk-benefit ratio, assures that appropriate steps have been taken to minimize risks, and informs participants of such risks and of how their rights as subjects are properly protected.

    Public Exercises Committee

    Reporting Line: The Public Exercises Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition: The committee consists of the following members:

    (a) Six rotating faculty, the Chief Usher, and the two Chief Marshals

    (b) Two students selected by the Student Body President

    (c) Ex Officio Members: Assistant to the Office of the Provost for Commencement, Director of Public Safety, Director of Registration, Coordinator of Administrative Service for the Registrar's Office, Computer Center/Telephone representative, Director of Ferrell Center, ARAMARK Physical Facilities representative

    The Assistant to the Office of the Provost for Commencement serves as chair of this committee.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The Public Exercises Committee plans, reviews, and makes recommendations concerning each commencement.

    The committee meets once each semester for an hour to an hour and a half. The purpose of the meeting is to review plans for the coming graduation and consider any needed or requested changes, plan for the number of students graduating, discuss parking and other logistical issues.

    Faculty members most often appointed to the committee are those who have been involved as marshals or ushers at Commencement. These faculty members bring a first-hand experience to committee discussions.

    Spiritual Life Advisory Committee

    Reporting Line: The Spiritual Life Advisory Committee reports to the Vice President for Student Life and the Dean for University Ministries.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of the following members:

  • 16 faculty members, 12 rotating and four non-rotating due to denominational positions (Chair of the Religion Department, Director of the Center for Christian Education, Liaison with Woman's Missionary Union, Director of Ministry Guidance);
  • One staff representative recommended by the University Staff Council;
  • ex officio: Director of Denominational Ministries, and Coordinator of Baptist Student Ministries at the School of Nursing
  • The committee chair must be a faculty member.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The Spiritual Life Advisory Committee exists to support, consult and provide guidance to Baylor entities charged with religious programming and oversight. The committee represents faculty to these entities and helps the University fulfill its Christian mission and nurture the life of faith throughout the Baylor community. The Committee may sponsor or co-sponsor religious events and activities that include faculty as needed or requested.

    The Committee will:

  • Review and recommend policies concerning religious activities on campus.
  • Review charter requests for student religious organizations and recommend approval or disapproval to the Vice President for Student Life.
  • Advise the Chaplain and other Baylor administrators regarding sensitive matters to which they must respond.
  • Support and assist Spiritual Life and other entities on campus in programmatic and academic efforts to nurture the life of faith within the University as appropriate.
  • Assist and consult in calendar coordination and compilation of religious activities sponsored by various entities.*
  • Support Conference and Events Management staff as needed when hosting religious groups on campus.
  • Sponsor or co-sponsor religious activities as appropriate.
  • *These may include but are not limited to:

  • Institute for Faith and Learning
  • Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership
  • Center for Christian Music Studies
  • Department of Religion
  • Ministry Guidance Program
  • Truett Seminary
  • J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies
  • Christian Ethics in Business
  • Student Activities
  • Conference and Events Management
  • Center for Christian Ethics
  • Center for Family and Community Ministries
  • Center for Christian Education
  • Institute for Studies of Religion
  • Medical Humanities
  • Various Lecture Series

    Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors

    Reporting Line: The Selection Committee for Outstanding Professors reports to the President and Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of twelve faculty members. Each academic unit must be represented. No department will have two faculty members selected for the committee. The University Committee on Committee selects names of faculty and submits these names to the Faculty Senate.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The committee's duties include the following:

    1. Reviews recommendations for outstanding professor awards that have been submitted by the various departments.

    2. Recommends persons for outstanding faculty awards following the approved nomination process.

    Sing Procedures Committee

    Reporting Line: The Sing Procedures Committee reports to the Vice President for Student Life and the Dean of Student Campus Life.

    Composition of Membership: Members of the Sing Procedures Committee include the following:

  • Six faculty members, including at least one from Theatre and one from Music.
  • Two students selected by the Student Body President, one former Sing participant, and one student who is not a member of any participating group.
  • ex-officio, non-voting: Director of Student Activities, Coordinator

    of Special Performances, and Manager of Waco Hall.

  • Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The committee establishes and enforces guidelines for All University Sing.

    Student Life and Services Committee

    Reporting Line: The Student Life and Services Committee reports to the Vice President of Student Life and to the Faculty Senate.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of the following:

  • 11 faculty (nine rotating plus two Senators). The Faculty Senate appoints two of members to serve and designates the chair;
  • Two student representatives, including one male and one female, who are appointed by the Student Body President
  • ex-officio: Dean for Student Development
  • Committee Charge/Responsibilities:Reviews and makes recommendations to the Faculty Senate and the Student Life Division concerning issues related to students.

    Teaching, Learning, and Technology Committee

    Reporting Line: This committee reports to the Office of the Provost.

    Composition: The committee consists of the following members:

  • Two faculty representatives from the College of Arts & Sciences (one from the humanities and one from the sciences)
  • One faculty representative from each of the other schools: Graduate School, Honors College, Law School, School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Truett Seminary
  • One faculty representative from the University Libraries
  • Two student representatives (1 undergraduate, 1 graduate)
  • One representative from ITS, ex officio
  • One representative from the Electronic Library, ex officio
  • One executive staff member from the Office of the Provost, ex officio
  • One representative (director or assistant director) from the Academy for Teaching & Learning, ex officio
  • Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The goal of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Committee includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Identifying effective combinations of teaching methods and technology.
  • Sharing successful implementations.
  • Investigating new tools and capabilities.
  • Providing a campus focal point for the distribution of information to faculty about instructional technology.
  • Serving as an advisory group for the Electronic Library.
  • Tenure Committee

    Reporting Line: The Tenure Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition: The University Tenure Committee consists of three tenured faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences (one from the Arts & Humanities departments, one from the Natural Sciences departments, and one from the Social & Behavioral Sciences departments) and one tenured faculty member from every other academic unit (Business, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Honors, Law, Libraries, Music, Nursing, Truett Theological Seminary, and Social Work) for a total of 13. Each member shall be appointed for a three-year term, with approximately one-third of the committee rotating each year (i.e., 5-4-4). Unless, due to the limited size of an academic unit, circumstances dictate otherwise, no member shall serve more than one term on the Tenure Committee.

    Over a period of six years, the President appoints thirteen members to the Tenure Committee according to the composition specified above. The Faculty, through the Committee on Committees and Faculty Senate, appoints thirteen members to the

    Tenure Committee according to the composition specified above. Each year, the President shall make his or her selections from the academic units from which the Faculty Senate selected three years earlier. Following the President's selection(s), the Committee on Committees makes its recommendation of faculty members to the Faculty Senate for its approval at its May meeting; these shall be drawn from the units from which the President selected three years earlier.

    Therefore, in every six-year cycle, the appointments shall be as follows:

    Year One: President - 2 members, Faculty Process - 3 members (Total 5);

    Year Two: President - 2 members, Faculty Process - 2 members (Total 4);

    Year Three: President - 2 members, Faculty Process - 2 members (Total 4).

    Year Four: President - 3 members, Faculty Process - 2 members (Total 5);

    Year Five: President - 2 members, Faculty Process - 2 members (Total 4);

    Year Six: President - 2 members, Faculty Process - 2 members (Total 4).

    Should a vacancy occur on the University Tenure Committee for any reason, the party responsible for the original appointment (President or Faculty Senate) shall make a replacement appointment in a timely fashion for the remainder of any unexpired term and convey the decision to the Chair of the Committee on Committees and to the University Tenure Committee. A member of the Committee who is selected in this way and participates in tenure deliberations for less than three years during the unexpired term shall be eligible to be appointed for an additional full term on the Committee. This member will not automatically serve for the term that immediately follows the term that he or she is completing, but he or she may be appointed to that term or a subsequent one by either appointing party.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The responsibilities of the Tenure Committee are set forth in BU-PP 704: Tenure Policy and Procedures at Baylor University.

    Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

    Reporting Line: The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition:

  • Deans of the following colleges and schools select nine members of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee: Arts & Sciences (2), Business, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Honors College, Music, Nursing, and Social Work.
  • Committee on Committee selects the remaining seven members. These members should represent diverse departments, including the libraries but not including the Law School.
  • Committee on Committees selects the committee's chair.
  • Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee advises the Executive Vice-President and Provost concerning undergraduate curriculum issues.

    Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee

    Reporting Line: The Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee reports to the Vice Provost for Research.

    Composition: The URSA Steering Committee consists of 14 members including the following:

  • Director of URSA (appointed by the Vice Provost for Research)
  • Assistant Vice Provost for Research (ex officio)
  • An associate dean or other administrator with responsibilities oriented toward undergraduate education (ex officio appointed by the Vice Provost for Research)
  • 9 at large faculty members selected by the Vice Provost for Research in consultation with the Committee on Committees. These members should preferably be actively contributing to research and scholarship in their respective fields, and/or be experienced in submitting grant proposals. The membership should represent at least five of the undergraduate schools and colleges, and should include representatives from STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), humanities and arts, and the professional fields.
  • Two undergraduates (selected by the Vice Provost for Research from the membership of student organizations committed to research and scholarship)
  • Committee Charge/Responsibilities: Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement Steering Committee is responsible for advising the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice Provost for Research on the advancement of undergraduate opportunities for research, scholarship and creativity on the Baylor campus, and the enhancement of the interface with off-campus options, such as National Science Foundation funded undergraduate programs. The URSA Steering Committee administers the URSA small grant program, organizes Scholars Week and other university venues for presentation or publication of undergraduate research and creative activity, oversees an institutional website communicating undergraduate research opportunities, and promotes development of faculty mentors.

    University Committee on Committees

    Reporting Line: The University Committee on Committees reports to the President and to the Faculty Senate.

    Composition: The Faculty Senate appoints members of the committee as well as the chair of the committee. Members should be selected from each of the academic units on campus. The Chair of the Faculty Senate serves as an ex officio member of the Committee on Committees.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The University Committee on Committees nominates eligible faculty and staff to fill vacancies on university-wide committees. The committee reviews committee descriptions and advises the Faculty Senate about the necessity to add new committees, eliminate existing committees, or make changes to existing committees.

    The Chair of the Committee on Committee should present recommendations for University committee rosters at the Faculty Senate's May meeting.

    University Committee on Intellectual Property

    Reporting Line: The University Committee on Intellectual Property (UCIP) reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition: The UCIP consists of 17 members, including the following:

  • Vice Provost for Research (ex officio)
  • General Counsel (ex officio)
  • Director of Sponsored Programs and Contracts (ex officio).
  • Half of the remaining faculty members of the UCIP are appointed by the President or his or her designee and the other half by the faculty, through the Committee on Committees, such that each of the following colleges and schools is represented:

  • College of Arts and Sciences (three from the sciences, one from humanities),

  • School of Business (one member),
  • School of Education (one member),
  • School of Computer Science and Engineering (one member),
  • School of Music (one member),
  • School of Nursing (one member),
  • Honors College (one member),
  • School of Social Work (one member),
  • University Libraries (one member),
  • School of Law (one member), and
  • Seminary (one member).
  • The Vice Provost for Research serves as chairperson of the UCIP, and the Director of Sponsored Programs and Contracts serves as secretary.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The University Committee on Intellectual Property is responsible for advising the Executive Vice President and Provost on whether Baylor should release its ownership interest in intellectual property for those intellectual properties referred to the UCIP. The UCIP is also responsible for periodically reviewing the procedures for implementing this Intellectual Property Policy and proposing amendments to it. The UCIP shall convey its recommendations on the release of intellectual property and/or revisions of the Intellectual Property Policy to the Executive Vice President and Provost or his or her designee.

    Additional guidelines pertaining to the UCIP are available in BU-PP 721: Intellectual Property Policy of Baylor University.

    University Grievance Committee

    Reporting Line: The University Grievance Committee reports to the President and the Executive Vice President and Provost.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of the following members:

  • 12 faculty members, including two from the College of Arts and Sciences and one from each of the other schools and colleges;
  • Two students selected by the Student Body President;
  • Two staff members.
  • Note: student representatives participate in the proceedings only when a student is either the grievant or the respondent, and staff representatives participate only when a staff member is either the grievant or the respondent.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities:The committee assists in the formal resolution of grievances between or among university faculty, staff, and students.

    University Lecturers Committee

    Reporting Line: The University Lecturers Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and to the Faculty Senate.

    Composition of Membership: The committee is composed of 12 at-large members selected by the Committee on Committees.

    Committee Charge/Responsibilities: The University Lecturers Committee assists departments in bringing outstanding lecturers to the campus to benefit the entire university community.

    University Research Committee

    Reporting Line: The University Research Committee reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice Provost for Research.

    Composition: The committee consists the following members:

  • Vice Provost for Research (ex officio)
  • Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Contracts (ex officio)
  • Dean of Libraries and Vice President for Information Technology (ex officio)
  • Dean of the Graduate School (ex officio)
  • 12 at-large members selected by the University Committee on Committees, in consultation with the Vice Provost for Research. These members should have experience with writing and submitting grant proposals.
  • Committee Charge/Responsibilities:To promote and encourage faculty research and external funding of that research, the University Research Committee is charged with the responsibility of distributing funds for the support of scholarly research projects.