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Note: the policies of the College of Arts and Sciences do not supersede the policies of the university, which are found in the University Faculty Handbook.
The three members of this committee, elected for a two-year term by the faculty, are charged with authorizing funds for bringing educational opportunities to campus such as lectures, concerts, or exhibitions. Faculty who wish to sponsor an event should apply to this committee for funding.
The Curriculum Committee of the College meets at least once a quarter and as needed to review all curricular proposals submitted by departments and programs in the College.
The Committee is composed of four members elected by the faculty, and one member appointed by the Dean. Each member serves a two-year term. The Chair is appointed by the Dean. Associate Deans serve as ex officio members of the Curriculum Committee.
The Curriculum Committee's primary obligation is to ensure that professional standards and due processes are observed in the content and form of all proposals submitted to its review. The committee is responsible for assuring that proposed and existing programs do not overlap, are meeting the educational needs of the college, and are likely to receive the support of the university.
In addition to reviewing curricular changes, the Curriculum Committee appoints a liaison to each department conducting a program review. The full committee reviews the program review and advises the dean in the preparation of the dean's letter of response to the review.
Annual Orientation Meeting:
During the first two weeks of October, the Curriculum Committee chair schedules an orientation meeting for members of the committee.
Procedures for Making Major Curricular Changes:
Procedures for Making Minor Curricular Changes:
Department chairs should consult with the chair of the committee to determine the required forms for curricular changes.
Departments are required to submit the proper forms for minor changes to the committee by November 1 of the year in which the changes are to be made.
October 1: Major Proposals for the current Academic Year due
November 1: Minor Proposals for the current Academic Year due
Spring Quarter: Meetings to discuss major proposals for the upcoming academic year
The Rank and Tenure Committee is composed of five tenured faculty members of the College who are not currently applicants for promotion. Three members are elected for set, staggered terms by a majority of voting tenure-track and tenured faculty members. Candidates cannot be nominated if they are from the same department as continuing members, and members of the committee whose terms expire must wait a year before again becoming eligible for nomination. Two other members from any department are appointed by the Dean.
The Rank and Tenure Committee recommends faculty for tenure and promotion in the Fall quarter, reviews the files of faculty in the third year of the tenure process in the Spring quarter, and recommends policy on all matters affecting promotion and tenure.
Election to the Rank and Tenure Committee is held at the end of the Spring quarter in order to allow the Committee to meet as soon as possible in the Fall. The vacancy to be filled by the election of the Assembly is filled by a faculty member elected for a three-year term. If a Dean's appointment falls vacant, the vacancy is also filled by a three-year appointment.
Policy on Recusal in College of Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure Decisions (Adopted in May, 2001)
The College Grievance Committee reviews student academic grievances such as grade challenges and academic honesty violations. The Committee consists of three faculty members of the college, elected by the faculty for three year, staggered terms of office. For procedures related to this committee please see the Academic Honesty Policy and the Grading Grievance Challenging a Course Grade forms.
The Global Affairs Committee was created to lead the college in the advancement of global engagement through academic excellence, scholarship development and program quality. The committee supports the efforts of academic departments, programs and faculty that are international in character. The committee coordinates and oversees international initiatives; develops policy for international programs and projects in the college; oversees all faculty- taught courses and programs with a travel component; supports international dimensions of teaching, research and faculty service initiatives; collaborates with university leadership; and assumes fiduciary responsibility for budget allocations. This committee includes three faculty members elected at large by the CAS faculty for one, two and three year terms; one of which is representative of the graduate programs; one of which shall be tenured; the Associate Dean with leadership authority for international courses and programs; ex officio members may include the second Associate Dean in CAS; Education Abroad staff members; key program directors; students appointed by the Student Executive and Graduate Student Executive committees; or other university community members at the discretion of the elected members.
The Student Executive Council is an association of select undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences whose mission is to act as 1) an advisory board to the Dean on important policy issues that affect students, and 2) a leadership council that works with the Dean on various campus and outreach events (e.g., staging political debates, meeting with prospective students, meeting with alumni, etc.).
Membership is limited to approximately 25 students who are nominated by each department or program. The members meet with the Dean or Assistant Dean in a luncheon format approximately once every three weeks during the academic year, and at such other times as may be mutually agreed upon.
SEC Member Website with Current Representatives
For membership information, please see list of Standing Committee Members
The College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) provides graduate students of the College a core group of student representatives. These representatives will communicate and collaborate directly with the Office of the Dean.
The primary mission of the Council is to be the voice of the graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. The focus will be on creating dialogue between administration and students; fostering academic interdisciplinary partnerships amongst graduate programs, and building community within the College as a whole.
The vision is to provide leadership, advocacy and enrichment for all Arts and Sciences graduate students.
Membership is limited to two students from each graduate program. The members will meet with the Dean in approximately once every three weeks during the academic year, and at such other times as may be mutually agreed upon.
Graduate Student Advisor Council Website
The Chairs of departments are responsible for developing the faculty, reviewing and revising the curricula, and managing the resources of their departments. In discharging these responsibilities, Chairs assume many duties including the following: drawing up the yearly schedules of the departments; supervising peer reviews of faculty; conducting the annual professional review; assisting tenure-track faculty with preparation of files for tenure; assisting tenured faculty toward promotion; advising all faculty about opportunities for professional development; hiring tenure-track and adjunct faculty; leading departmental discussions about curricular and professional matters; preparing the annual budget; and advocating with the appropriate divisional Associate Dean for departmental resources.
In recognition of the time needed to fulfill these responsibilities, Chairs are provided released time from teaching and a modest stipend. The term of office for a Chair is three years and may be extended for another term or terms after consultation with the department and approval of the Dean.
The Dean will ask the department to choose a colleague to chair the process for selecting the next chair; that person must not be the present chair. The department will first discuss the needs of the department, guided, in part, by the criteria on the chair's annual evaluation form. Volunteers will be solicited, among whom the present chair may be included. The candidate(s) should leave the room while discussion takes place about the merits of the candidate(s). All tenured or tenure-track members of the department may vote. A written vote should be taken, the results tabulated by the chair of the process, and the results forwarded to the Dean.
Download the Faculty Performance Review of Chair Form
The College of Arts and Sciences offers several research and promotion fellowships annually. Applications for these fellowships are reviewed by a faculty committee that makes a recommendation to the Dean. Eligibility and application requirements are described in the call for applications (below). Applications for the FRF are judged by the following criteria: 1) Potential of the project to lead to peer-reviewed publication or presentation of creative work (including factors such as quality of the project design, evidence of prior preparation, and having a publisher or performance/presentation venue in mind), and 2) Equitable distribution of research assistantships among faculty. For the Promotion Fellowships, applications are judged by the above criteria and, in addition, preference will be given to applicants whose scholarly or creative record suggests that they are within a couple of years or so of achieving promotion, but need the additional development support to actually achieve it. Dean's Research Fellowships support student and faculty scholarship in the College of Arts and Sciences. Funding provides stipends for students and grants to faculty to work together on scholarly activities. Awards are made annually by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Click here for the Application 2012-2013 for the A&S Faculty Research Fellowships (FRF), Promotion Fellowships, and the Dean's Research Fellowships. Deadline for submission February 15, 2013.
The College of Arts and Sciences has funding available for several student research assistantships each academic year. These assistantships are intended to support faculty scholarship and creative work. Each award consists of approximately $525 in work-study wages, which is usually enough to fund fifty hours of research assistance by a student.
A call for applications for the assistantships is issued in October. Applicants are asked to submit a one- to two-page description of the proposed scholarly or creative project and up to a one-page description of the specific responsibilities of the student research assistant Applications are assessed by a faculty committee, using the following criteria: 1) Potential of the project to lead to peer-reviewed publication or presentation of creative work (including factors such as quality of the project design, evidence of prior preparation, and having a publisher or performance/presentation venue in mind), 2) Learning opportunities for the student assistant, and 3) Equitable distribution of research assistantships among faculty.
The following summarizes faculty hiring procedures for the College of Arts and Sciences. University faculty hiring procedures may be found here. For policies regarding full time lecturers, please see the section on Lecturers.
Many undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences offer honors in the major (department honors). These programs offer an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal professional goals. As of 2010, the following departments and programs will offer Department Honors programs: Cultural Anthropology, Criminal Justice, English, Fine Arts, French, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish Theology and Religious Studies and Women Studies.
Guidelines for Department Honors Programs ( Adopted by A&S Curriculum Committee, January 22, 2000)
Admission requirements: In order to be admitted to department/major honors, a student must have both a cumulative and major/program G.P.A. of 3.5. Departments will individually specify any prerequisite courses for admission to department/major honors.
Transcript notation: Students who complete the department/major honors program will receive the honors degree in that discipline. In order to receive this notation, students must not only complete the requisite course work, but must also maintain both a cumulative and major/program G.P.A. of 3.5. In addition, the grade for the course in "Departmental Honors Thesis Supervision" must be at least an A-.
"Products required of A&S departmental honors programs (e.g., theses, papers, presentations) are the sole property of the student and authorship should be limited solely to the student. In the tradition of the thesis or dissertation, faculty involvement should be limited to mentoring and guiding the student's independent work. Substantial contributions on the part of the faculty advisor (which might merit dual authorship in alternative situations) should be discouraged."
The College offers annual funding to department honors students and events related to department honors programs.
The following funds are available:
College of Arts and Sciences policies regarding Non-tenure Track (NTT) Faculty
Approved by Executive Committee, May 10, 2006
Note: The following policies in the College of Arts and Sciences do not supersede any provisions of the university Faculty Handbook. These policies do not constitute a contractual commitment on the part of the College or the university.
Ranks for NTT Faculty:
Visiting Faculty: From the University Faculty Handbook (revised Feb. 26, 2004), Section 2.5 Visiting Faculty
"Such faculty members normally hold or have held academic rank at another institution of higher education or have equivalent recognition in their field and are appointed on a temporary basis to the faculty of Seattle University. The temporary rank of a visiting faculty member is the rank conferred by the resident institution."
Visiting Assistant Professor: In the College of Arts and Sciences, the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor is normally assigned to faculty for one to two years during a period of mutual evaluation prior to the possible offer of a tenure track position. The use of this rank, or any Visiting rank, requires the approval of the dean. Faculty assigned the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor must qualify for the rank of Assistant Professor (e.g., they must possess the terminal degree). Before a Visiting Assistant Professor position is converted to a tenure-track position, the faculty member will undergo an interview process. The appointment of a Visiting Assistant Professor to a tenure-track position will follow the usual approval process used for tenure-track hires.
Lecturer: In the College of Arts and Sciences, the title of "Lecturer" is given to adjunct faculty (see University Faculty Handbook for policies regarding appointment of adjunct faculty).
Core Lecturer: In the College of Arts and Sciences, the title of "Core Lecturer" is given to full time non tenure-track faculty who are hired to teach primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in the Core Curriculum.
Senior Lecturer: The title of Senior Lecturer may be given to a Lecturer who has fulfilled the following criteria:
1. possession of the terminal degree in one's field
2. five or more years of service at Seattle University
3. record of excellent teaching
The title of Senior Lecturer is given by the department chair in consultation with the appropriate divisional Associate Dean.
Tenured, tenure-track and/or FTNTT faculty for whom scholarship and/or creative works are an articulated component of their job responsibilities are eligible for development funds in all categories. They may also apply for student assistantships and research fellowships offered within the College.
FTNNT faculty for whom scholarship and/or creative works are not an articulated component of their job responsibilities are eligible for development funds in Category IV.
Part-time faculty are not eligible for development funds.
Only expenses incurred for the approved event are eligible for reimbursement. Unused funds will revert to the faculty development funds pool.
Faculty may submit more than one application, but may only select one category per application. Faculty Development Fund Application - Download Form
Examples of multiple application scenarios may be viewed by clicking here.
Full time Visiting Faculty: Visiting Assistant Professors, Visiting Associate Professors, and Visiting Professors have a standard workload of 6 courses and one release for research (contingent on their continuing to pursue an active scholarly/creative agenda).
Lecturers, Core Lecturers, and Senior Lecturers have a standard workload of seven courses. One or more sevenths of their load may be assigned to advising or to a significant service project, with the approval of the department chair and the appropriate divisional Associate Dean. Expectations for attendance at department meetings, availability to students, and other standard service is included in the salary for teaching.
Initial Hiring and Renewal of Contracts for Continuing NTT Faculty:
Hiring for full time lecturer positions should follow the College policy, which is as follows:
College Policy for hiring full-time non-tenure-track faculty (Adopted May 9, 2001)
1. Continuing appointments: If the department recommends rehiring a faculty member who is in a full-time non-tenure-track position already, an annual performance review must be conducted and submitted to the dean's office by April 1, beginning with the first year of the faculty member's employment at SU. The recommendation to rehire must be approved by the department and submitted to the dean's office at the same time as the annual review.
2. New appointments: All new hires must be approved by the Provost and the Dean. For new full-time non-tenure-track appointments, the position must be advertised, including at least one advertisement outside Seattle University. Candidates should be interviewed for the position and references should be checked. The recommendation to hire must be approved by the department and submitted to the dean's office for approval before a verbal offer is made to the candidate.
Part time non tenure-track faculty: Department chairs or program directors should review the teaching evaluations of part time faculty prior to hiring a part time faculty member for the second year. Before hiring a part time faculty member for the third year, the chair should arrange a peer review of the faculty member's teaching.
Full time non-tenure-track faculty are reviewed on an annual basis at the same time as tenure track faculty in January.
All full time non tenure-track faculty should have a peer review of teaching during the first year.
Lecturers will use the special APR form designed for their use. Visiting faculty will use the APR form for tenure-track faculty, but it will be due in April rather than in January.
Part time lecturers should be reviewed every three years by means of a peer review of teaching and the chair's review of teaching evaluations.
Full time visiting faculty and lecturers are invited to attend the university's New Faculty Institute and Seminars as well as the College of Arts and Sciences New Faculty Training. The A&S Associate Deans work with New Faculty Institute to ensure that content overlap is minimal.
Non tenure-track faculty who are serving as academic advisers will work with the Advising Coordinator and/or the department whose majors they are advising to receive ongoing training, mentoring, and supervision.
Departments are encouraged to provide an orientation and mentorship to new non tenure-track faculty. Additional orientations may be required by the university.
The Dean's office periodically receives requests from individual faculty members to increase their base salaries on the grounds of equity in relation to other members of the College. The "Salary Equity Appeals Process" is intended to strengthen procedural fairness, professionalism in administrative decision-making, and shared governance. Appeals are granted based upon available funds.
Initiating an equity review
A faculty member may initiate an equity review by writing a letter to the Associate Dean. The letter should make the case that the faculty member's base salary appears to be less than that of others in the College having similar rank, years of experience, and career merit. Faculty members will receive from the Dean's office, upon request, scatter-plots for the College showing the relationship between salary and years since receiving the terminal degree.
Review process and criteria
An advisory committee of three tenured faculty members will review any salary equity appeals, and then make a recommendation to the Dean.
An equity appeal could be justified if a faculty member's base salary is less than that of others in the College in comparable fields and having similar rank, years of experience, and career merit. Other considerations such as salary compression, comparisons to salaries beyond the College (or beyond the control of the College), or comparisons to a particular individual will not be considered as part of this process. Equity adjustments, if made, will not apply retroactively. Equity appeals will apply to base salary rather than to annual increments.
Equity appeals due in the Dean's office: November 1
(Policy last revised: May 10, 2000)
The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes a number of staff and faculty members each year with an award announced at the All College Dinner in early June. Faculty and staff are invited in April to submit nominations for these awards, which are reviewed by a faculty committee of previous recipients that submits a recommendation to the dean.
Faculty and staff members who received an Outstanding Staff or Faculty Award in the previous year are not eligible to receive an award during the current year. Nominations should be based primarily on work faculty and staff members have done during the previous calendar year.
Categories and Criteria:
The Outstanding Administrative Staff Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize a member of the administrative staff who has made an outstanding contribution to the staff, faculty, and students of the College.
The Outstanding Teaching Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize the successful embodiment of the Jesuit and Catholic ideal of liberal education by a colleague whose courses are recognized by students and faculty alike as being uncommonly rigorous and challenging, and whose delivery of these courses is again recognized by students and faculty members as having a major impact on the intellectual, spiritual, and/or personal development of the students. Innovative student-centered teaching methods deserve special recognition.
The Outstanding Scholarship Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize the publication of a book, the production of a creative work, or the publication of a series of articles by a colleague that scholars in her or his discipline judge as representing a significant contribution to the field.
The Outstanding Service Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize a colleague who has given generously of his or her time and energy to the department, the College, the University, the community, or the profession, and whose service has had a significant positive impact on those to whom it has been given.
The Outstanding Academic Advising Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize a colleague who has had a major impact on the intellectual, spiritual, and/or personal development of students through serving as their academic adviser.
The Outstanding Contract Faculty Award provides the occasion for the College to recognize a colleague in a full-time non-tenure track position who has met the criteria for the Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship, or Service Award (or who has made an outstanding contribution in a combination of areas).
Awards are presented each spring to honor contributions made during the previous calendar year.
The University's sabbatical policies are found in the Faculty Handbook. Eligible faculty will be reminded by the dean's office to submit an application. In the College of Arts and Sciences, sabbatical applications are due by November 1st of the year preceding the proposed sabbatical. Applications may be obtained from the dean's office or downloaded here.
If a faculty member wants to make any change to his or her workload, he or she must first consult with the department chair. If a faculty member's workload is to be adjusted by someone outside of the college, the chair must be informed and consulted with first. (This paragraph added by vote of Executive Committee, June 2005) Update: Adjustments to workload must be approved by the Dean and Provost.
This form is used to confirm a request for a letter of reference and is required when a student or former student seeks a reference letter. References include the following: recommendations for employment, for receipt of an honor or honorary recognition, for admission to an educational institution, for application for a scholarship or similar award, or any other pursuit of a student or former student in which a reference is necessary or desired. Download the Reference Letter Request Form
In the College of Arts and Sciences, John Bean of the English Department serves as the assessment coordinator and Associate Deans serve supporting roles for their divisions. By September 15, each academic program must submit an annual assessment plan for the upcoming year and a report for the previous year.
Templates and instructions for the annual assessment reports and plans may be downloaded at:
Copies of assessment reports from previous years are available at: https://insite.seattleu.edu/provost/Assessment%20Links/PLANS.asp
The Hickey Award honors the memory of Dr. Richard P. Hickey, professor of English, a beloved and respected teacher at Seattle University from 1947 until his death in 1968. The award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior who has earned a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA, contributed to the academic life at Seattle University, and is active in the campus and community. The Assistant Dean for Student Academic Support manages the nomination and selection process on behalf of the Dean. Interdepartmental nominations are encouraged.
LeRoux Leadership Award
The LeRoux Leadership Award honors the memory of Fr. William Le Roux, S.J., who served as Dean of the College. The award is presented annually to an outstanding graduating senior who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, shown academic excellence, and performed significant service to the College. The recipients personify in character and action the qualities of a liberal education, which constitute the "spirit" of our College. The Assistant Dean for Student Academic Support manages the nomination and selection process on behalf of the Dean.
The LeRoux Scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding junior student in the College of Arts and Sciences chosen by the Dean from a list of eligible students provided by Student Financial Services. The award varies in amount each year and is not renewable.
Each year during the first two weeks of Spring Quarter the Dean in conjunction with the moderator solicits nominations on behalf of the Naef Scholarship Program. Faculty recommend students who excel both as scholars and leaders on campus and in their communities. College nominees are chosen according to merit. The College nomination committee is appointed annually by the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services and consists of two to three faculty members from different departments within the College. Candidates must meet the following criteria:
Students participate in special events under the leadership of the director of the program. Advisors are requested to promote qualified students by nominating candidates for this program. Final Selections follow interviews with a university-wide committee.
For more information, please contact David Madsen, History Department.
The Wallace Loh Academic Excellence Award honors the impact that Dr. Wallace Loh had upon graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Loh served as Dean of the College from 1999-2008. Under his leadership, four of the seven Arts & Sciences Graduate Programs were created. The award is presented annually to the outstanding graduating student of the College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Programs. Selection is based upon exceptional graduate work in the classroom, with qualification evidenced by paper/article submission, conference presentations, fellowship or scholarship awards, and interdisciplinary scholarship work. The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) manages the nomination and selection process on behalf of the Dean with oversight by the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Support.
The College of Arts & Sciences Leadership & Social Justice Award recognizes the graduating student in the College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Programs who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities and commitment to social justice by the academic work in their program and their work in the community. The award is presented annually to an innovative forward thinker, making new roads in their chosen field and carrying with them the founding principles of a Jesuit education, making choices as a leader for a just and humane world. The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) manages the nomination and selection process on behalf of the Dean with oversight by the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Support.