Committees & Councils

Arts & Sciences Committees and Councils

Learn more below about the various committees and councils that help inform and govern Arts & Sciences administration, faculty, curriculum, and academic integrity.

Committees on Personnel and Academic Administration

Academic Integrity Committee

The College of Arts & Sciences is committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity.  This committee calls to the attention of undergraduate students and faculty the importance of high standards of academic integrity and the methods of achieving those standards. The Committee regularly reviews and may recommend changes in the College’s official statements of Student Academic Integrity and of Faculty Responsibilities.  Members of the committee also adjudicate all allegations of student academic integrity brought by faculty or students in the College.  Members of the Committee are drawn from Arts & Sciences leadership, students, and faculty.  All Committee proceedings are confidential. For more information please see the Academic Integrity webpage.

Committee Guidelines

Current members: 

Ana Babus, Economics
Housni Bennis, Jewish, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Biology
Erika Conti, Romance Languages
Francesc Ferrer, Physics
Kasey Grady, College Writing Program
Julie Hamdi, Chemistry
Josh Jackson, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Suzanne Loui, Enviornmental Studies
Ke Nie, East Asian Language and Cultures
Kun Wang, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Aileen Waters, College Writing Program
Emily Wroblewski, Anthropology

Advisory Committee on Tenure, Promotion and Personnel

This Committee advises the Dean of Arts & Sciences on all recommendations from Departments for the award of tenure, for promotion to the ranks of associate professor and full professor, for promotion to the ranks of research associate professor and research professor, and for new appointments that carry tenure. An expanded committee reviews promotions to the rank of teaching professors.

Committee Guidelines

2023-2024 members: 

Willem Dickhoff, Physics
Matt Erlin, Germanic Languages and Literatures
George-Levi Gayle, Economics 
Erik Herzog, Biology
Stephanie Kirk, Romance Languages and Literatures
Rebecca Lester, Anthropology
Matthew McGrath, Philosophy
Diana O'Brien, Political Science
Douglas Wiens, Earth and Planetary Sciences

2023-2024 expanded committee members: 

Sudeshna Bandyopadhyay, Economics 
Wilhelm Cruz, Biology 
Mungai Mutonya, African and African American Studies

A&S Faculty Council

This Council is the executive and steering committee of the Faculty; it also acts as an advisory committee to the Dean of Arts & Sciences. The Faculty Council also convenes the Ad-hoc Committee on Faculty Hiring. This committee is constituted on an annual basis to evaluate the merits of each search request and provide input to the Dean's Advisory Committee and the Dean on search authorizations. The members are drawn from associate and full professors from elected committees in Arts & Sciences, three from each area. 


Council Guidelines

2023-2024 members: 

Brian Carpenter, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Douglas Chalker, Biology
Peter Kastor, History
Beth Martin, Environmental Studies
Shanti Parikh, African and African American Studies
Trevor Sangrey, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Affirmative Action Monitoring Committee

Committee Guidelines

2023-2024 members: 

Anne Margaret Baxley, Philosophy, Convener
Letty Chen, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Jonathan Fenderson, African and African-American Studies

Social Science
George-Levi Gayle, Economics
Clarissa R. Hayward, Political Science
Crickette Sanz, Anthropology, Convener

Natural Science
Michael Ogilvie, Physics
Himadri Pakrasi, Biology, Convener
Rachel Roberts, Mathematics

Curriculum Committee

This Committee reviews undergraduate curriculum of The College of Arts & Sciences, and may recommend to any credit-granting unit of The College the addition, deletion, or modification of courses and academic programs. Proposals for the Committee should be received by the first day of the semester, to ensure they can be included in course listings for the following semester. For questions, please contact Isaac Bondurant, assistant registrar for The College of Arts & Sciences, at 314-935-7669.

Committee Guidelines
Curriculum Implementation Update
Resolution to Reinstate Credit for ROTC Courses

This Committee is responsible for reviewing the entire undergraduate curriculum of the College and may recommend to any credit-granting unit of the College the addition, deletion, or modification of courses and academic programs.

  1. The Committee receives for recommendation to the Faculty all proposals by Departments or Area Studies Committees for new undergraduate courses and academic programs. In case the Committee does not approve, the proposing body may bring the new proposal directly to the Faculty for action. At the pleasure of the Graduate Council, the Committee also brings before the Faculty proposals for new graduate courses.
  2. The Committee may recommend to the Faculty, through the Faculty Council, and to the Council of Students of Arts and Sciences changes in the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree and changes in the grading system.
  3. The Committee may initiate proposals and recommendations to appropriate Faculty bodies and administrators for new curricula that it deems desirable.
  4. The Committee makes recommendations to the vice dean of the College, the Faculty Council, and the Faculty for improvement of the quality of undergraduate teaching.
  5. The Committee advises the vice dean of the College on procedures in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  6. The Committee considers such other matters as are directed to it by the Faculty Council, the Dean of Arts & Sciences, or the vice dean of the College.
  7. The Chairperson of the Committee regularly reports to the Faculty.

2023-2024 members: 

Stan Braude, Biology
Panill Camp, Performing Arts
Kasey Grady, College Writing Program
Anna Jacobsen, Anthropology
Jia Luo, Chemistry
Renee Thompson, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Review Committee on Faculty Personnel Procedures

A candidate for the award of tenure or promotion within tenured ranks who has been considered and rejected by his or her Department or by the Dean of Arts & Sciences may, within 21 days after receiving written notification of the reasons for such rejection, request the Committee examine whether or not the Department; the Dean; and the Advisory Committee on Tenure, Promotion, and Personnel have followed established University procedures permitting adequate and fair consideration of the case.

Committee Guidelines

2023-2024 members: 

Mark G. Alford, Physics
Nancy Berg, Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies
Len Green, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Clarissa Hayward, Political Science
Robert Hemke, Performing Arts 
Joe Jez, Biology
TR Kidder, Anthropology
Rachel Roberts, Mathematics and Statistics
Lynne Tatlock, Germanic Languages and Literatures

Advisory Committees

A&S Capital Planning Committee

This committee advise the Dean on space priorities for Arts & Sciences departments, programs and centers, makes recommendations on long term capital planning that best supports the academic mission of Arts & Sciences, and helps the Dean provide input to university-level capital planning.

Current members:

Ian Bogost, Film and Media Studies
Denise Head, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Joe Jez, Biology
TR Kidder, Anthropology
James Kolker, (co-chair) Associate Vice Chancellor and University Architect
Paige McGinley, Performing Arts and American Culture Studies
Erin McGlothlin, the College and Germanic Languages and Literatures
Dzenana Mruckovski, (co-chair) Director of Facilities in Arts & Sciences
Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Romance Languages and Literatures
Adia Harvey Wingfield, Sociology

A&S Graduate Advisory Council

The Advisory Council advises the Vice Dean and the OGS team on policies, planning and programming, implementation of strategic initiatives, curricular proposals, and emerging issues and opportunities related to graduate education in Arts & Sciences. The Advisory Council consists of the Vice Dean, OGS leadership, and graduate faculty members from each of the following areas: natural sciences & math; social sciences; humanities; and DBBS. The Vice Dean of Graduate Education shall appoint Advisory Council members following a nomination process each year. Student liaisons from natural sciences & math, social sciences, and humanities form part of the Council as well.

2023-2024 members:

Sophia Hayes, Vice Dean of Graduate Education
William Acree, Associate Vice Dean of Graduate Education
Julie Bugg, Psychological & Brain Sciences 
Rowhea Elmesky, Education
Michael Krawcyznski, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Rebecca Lester, Anthropology
Petra Levin, Biology
Jamie Newhard, East Asian Languages and Cultures 
Nancy Reynolds, History

Dean's Advisory Committee

The charge of the Dean’s Advisory Committee (DAC) is to provide counsel that focuses on the long-range development, growth, and excellence of Arts & Sciences. The DAC advises the Dean on significant academic matters including faculty searches, changes pertaining to an academic unit, and departmental external reviews. The DAC will provide regular reports from committee meetings to the Faculty Council and/or present on their activities at faculty meetings. The DAC was formerly known as the Academic Planning Committee. At the Arts & Sciences Faculty meeting of September 28, 1984, the following resolution was passed: A committee on academic planning shall be added to the list of standing committees of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The members of this committee shall be appointed annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences in consultation with the Faculty Council. 

Member selection process:
The Dean of Arts & Sciences will solicit nominations and applications from the chairs and directors each spring and will choose from nominees. The DAC will have nine members, three from each division. Members should be full professors and will be appointed for a three-year term. Repeat terms will be allowed but cannot be consecutive. Chairs and directors should use the following webform to submit their nominations.

2023-2024 members: 
Marlon Bailey, African and African American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Limor Golan, Economics
Clarissa Hayward, Political Science
Lori Markson, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Kater Murch, Physics
Gary Patti, Chemistry
Corinna Treitel, History
Abram Van Engen, English
Brett Wick, Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty Board of Research

This committee advises A&S leadership and helps strategize, generate ideas, and provide critical input on programs and initiatives focused on pushing forward the research goals of Arts & Sciences. In addition, this board evaluates proposals to the Seeding Projects for Enabling Excellence & Distinction (SPEED) program, which funds innovative work led by tenure-track and research faculty through semiannual seed grant competitions.

2023-2024 members:

Ryan Bogdan, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Daniel Butler, Political Science
Tili Boon Cuillé, Comparative Literature and French
Jonathan Myers, Biology
Timothy Parsons, History and African and African-American Studies
Anca Parvulescu, English
Jake Rosenfeld, Sociology
Crickette Sanz, Anthropology
Li Yang, Physics
Deanna Barch, Psychological & Brain Sciences, ex officio

Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee

This Committee advises the Vice Dean of Undergraduate Affairs on academic matters pertaining to undergraduate education.  Its charge is to consider priorities for teaching and learning in Arts & Sciences and to make recommendations regarding pedagogical practice and policies.

The Vice Dean of Undergraduate Affairs solicits nominations and self-nominations from the faculty on an annual basis. The Committee has ten members, three from each division and one representative from the Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee. Members are drawn from tenure-track and teaching track faculty. Repeat terms are allowed. 

2022-2023 members:

Colin Burnett, Film and Media Studies 
Andrew Butler, Education and Psychological & Brain Sciences 
Jennifer Arch, English 
Kate Bloomquist, College Writing Program 
Amanda Carey, Spanish
Frank Lovett, Political Science and Legal Studies 
Philip Osdoby, Biology 
Shanti Parikh, African and African-American Studies and Anthropology 
Karl Schaefer, Mathematics 
Elise Walck-Shannon, Biology

University Committees & Councils

Washington University Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate consists of all voting members of the Faculty of all the constituent schools. It expresses itself on matters of major University policy. 

Washington University Senate Council

The Senate Council is often viewed as the governing body for the Faculty Senate. It consists of 15 elected faculty members, who assess present University policies relating to matters of University-wide concern and to academic personnel.

University Council

The University Council (UC), comprised of senior university leaders responsible for key academic and administrative units, provides strategic and operational guidance to the chancellor and UC colleagues on challenges and opportunities related to the mission of the university. UC members are charged with carrying out this responsibility through discussion that places emphasis on inclusion of broad perspectives, collaboration, transparency, and thoughtful engagement of expertise from across the leadership team with the goal of advancing and building consensus around strategic priorities. 

Washington University Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of members from the corporate, professional, educational, governmental, and volunteer sectors. It is legally responsible for the institution whose assets it holds in trust, and for which it exercises a policy-making and oversight role.