Governance

Lewis College of Business Committee Structure

Dean’s Cabinet (DC): The Dean’s Cabinet consists of the Dean of the Lewis College of Business, Brad D. Smith Schools of Business, the Associate Dean for Academic Programs, the Associate Dean for Accreditation and Strategic Initiatives and the department chairs. The Dean’s Cabinet is the senior leadership team of the college that works closely with the dean, the college advisory board, and university leadership to provide advice, develop and implement college-wide initiatives, and oversee operations of the college. The Dean’s Cabinet meets approximately every other week during the academic year, and during the summer if needed.

The Extended Dean’s Cabinet (EC): The Dean’s Extended Cabinet consists of the Dean’s Cabinet members, graduate program directors and coordinators, the College’s Associate Director of Graduate Programs, the Director of Undergraduate Student Services, and the Director of Stakeholder Engagement. The Extended Cabinet provides a broader perspective in developing and implementing college-wide initiatives. The Extended Cabinet meets approximately every other week during the academic year.

Standing Committees

The faculty of each department elect their representatives for all standing committees listed below on an annual basis. Faculty may serve a maximum of 4 consecutive years on a standing committee starting the 2017-18 academic year. The members of each standing committee will hold an election for the chair of their committee and provide the deans a recommendation. The deans’ office has the right to reject the nominated chair and request the committee to nominate another committee member.

Research & Scholarly Activities Committee: (2 faculty per division) Ex officio: Associate Dean for Accreditation and Strategic Initiatives.

The Research & Scholarly Activities Committee is responsible for encouraging a culture of research and scholarship among faculty and students in the Lewis College of Business. The committee will focus on promoting basic and applied research that addresses economic impact and emerging business challenges. The Research & Scholarly Activities Committee will support research initiatives including holding research boot camps and research day events, conducting the college’s summer-research grant process, reviewing the journal list policy and any exception requests, promoting grant writing, and engaging in other research and scholarly activities.

Teaching & Learning Committee: (2 faculty per division) Ex officio: Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

The Teaching & Learning Committee is responsible for helping faculty members improve their teaching, helping students improve their learning, and developing opportunities for conversation and reflection among faculty, students, and staff around topics of teaching and learning. The committee will develop and implement targeted educational seminars and workshops, offer input to teaching evaluation processes, assist with implementation of assessment initiatives, assess needs and use of teaching technologies, and engage in other teaching and learning support for the college.

Graduate Curriculum Committee: (2 faculty per division) Ex officio members: Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Associate Dean for Accreditation and Strategic Initiatives and Associate Director of Graduate Programs.

The Graduate Committee is responsible for overseeing the curriculum management process for all graduate programs in the college, with the goal of continuously increasing student learning and outcomes. This includes leading the faculty in the development of mission-consistent learning goals and objectives for each graduate program, facilitating the AOL loop-closing process in graduate programs, and instituting resulting changes in the graduate curriculum. The Graduate Committee will review and approve new graduate programs, course additions and deletions and is responsible for setting and reviewing admission standards and graduate curricula.

Promotion & Tenure Committee: (2 tenured faculty per division)

The Promotion & Tenure Committee evaluates promotion and tenure applications at the college level and makes a recommendation to the Dean. Committee membership will be limited to tenured faculty and, where possible, to full professors. To vote on a candidate’s promotion or tenure, committee members must be the rank or higher than the rank level being sought.

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee: (2 faculty per division) Ex officio members: Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Associate Dean for Accreditation and Strategic Initiatives and Director of Undergraduate Student Services.

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is responsible for overseeing the curriculum management process for all undergraduate programs in the college with the goal of continuously increasing student learning and outcomes. This includes leading the faculty in the development of mission-consistent learning goals and objectives for each program, facilitating the AOL loop-closing process, and instituting resulting changes in the college’s undergraduate curriculum. The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will review and approve new undergraduate programs, course additions and deletions, and is responsible for setting and reviewing undergraduate curricula.

Task Forces

Task forces are mission specific and can be temporary. The Dean, in consultation with associate deans and department chairs, will choose members of each task force based upon individual skills and expertise. Members will typically serve as long as the task force exists. The Dean will also choose the chair of the task force. All task forces report to the deans and are expected to periodically report recommendations and actions to the deans.

Assurance of Learning Task Force: Ex officio: Associate Dean for Accreditation and Strategic Initiatives. Chair: Director of AOL (appointed by Dean)

The Assurance of Learning Task Force is responsible for implementing college AOL. This includes working with the undergraduate and graduate curriculum committees to facilitate the development of mission-consistent learning goals and objectives for the programs and the assessment of these learning goals and objectives. The Task Force will work with the AOL Director to ensure the collection, reporting, and storage of all assessment data and documentation. Department Chairs will work with the AOL Director and the deans to ensure all college programs are represented on the Committee.

Strategic Planning Task Force: Ex officio and co-chair: Associate Dean for Accreditation and Strategic Initiatives, other co-chair appointed by Dean)

The Strategic Planning Task Force is responsible for continually monitoring the relevance of the college’s mission, vision, and strategic plan, and recommending revisions when necessary. This includes assessing the current state and establishing priorities and goals. It also includes overseeing the collection of implementation data. The committee is also responsible for creating and maintaining the strategic and operational dashboards as posted on the college’s website.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force

The purpose of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force is to develop, promote, and implement strategies and best practices to create a welcoming environment for multicultural and minority students, faculty, and staff in the Lewis College of Business. The task force will provide expertise, advice, and insights on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the college and will ensure these efforts are integrated with those of the university. The ultimate goal of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force is to improve and enhance the college’s culture so that all stakeholders are provided with a holistic educational, professional and inclusive experience.

Undergraduate Core New Curriculum Task Force

The purpose of the undergraduate core new curriculum task force is to review the current undergraduate core curriculum, identify gaps, and suggest improvements to the curriculum committee. This task force will get faculty and other stakeholder input, do a comparative analysis with other programs, and present findings to the college.

New Building Task Force

The purpose of the new building task force is to envision important components of the new building for the Lewis College of Business. Members will be a conduit for stakeholder input to the design and architectural firms involved in creating the new building.

DBA Launch Task Force

The main goal of the task force is to ensure a successful launch by Fall 2021. There will be bi-monthly meetings at minimum and much communication and work in between meetings. Activities or the task force include promoting the program, developing admission criteria, screening applicants, interviewing candidates, selecting the first cohort of students, attending to programming details, and planning for on-campus visits. The task force will also serve in a supporting role for reviewing courses, setting up AOL, and deciding on student computer and software resources.

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