Committees & Councils

Arts & Sciences Committees

Academic Planning Committee

Please see the entry for the Dean's Advisory Committee. 


Affirmative Action Monitoring Committee

Committee Guidelines

Current members: 

Anne Margaret Baxley, Philosophy
Letty Chen, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Romance Languages and Literatures, Convener

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

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.

Committee Guidelines

Current members: 

Matt Erlin, Germanic Languages and Literatures
Andrea Friedman, History
Liz Haswell, Biology
Clarissa Hayward, Political Science
Henric Krawczynski, Physics
Rebecca Lester, Anthropology
Tabea Linhard, Romance Languages and Literatures 
Timothy Moore, Classics
Nan Lin, Mathematics and Statistics

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 faculty 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. To nominate someone, please use this webform.

Current members: 

Jean Allman, African and African-American Studies and the Center for the Humanities
Rebecca Copeland, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Denise Head, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Joe Jez, Biology
Henric Krawczynski, Physics
Rachel Roberts, Mathematics and Statistics
Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Romance Languages and Literatures
Yongs Shin, Economics
Adia Harvey Wingfield, Sociology

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 9 members are drawn from associate and full professors from elected committees in Arts & Sciences, three from each area. 


Council Guidelines

Current members: 

Amy Cislo, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 
Hedwig Lee, Sociology
Beth Martin, Environmental Studies
Shanti Parikh, African and African American Studies
Phil Skemer, Earth and Planetary Sciences 
Jeffrey Zacks, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Spring 2021 Ad-hoc Committee on Faculty Hiring:

Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Biology
Henric Krawcyznski, Physics
Hedy Lee, Sociology
Paige McGinley, Performing Arts
Guillermo Rosas, Political Science
Phil Skemer, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Elzbieta Sklodowska, Romance Languages and Literatures
Jeff Zacks, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Rafia Zafar,  English

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 Marissa Kaltwasser, (, registrar for The College of Arts & Sciences, at 314-935-7239.

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 Dean of the College, the Faculty Council, and the Faculty for improvement of the quality of undergraduate teaching.
  5. The Committee advises the 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 Faculty, or the Dean of the College.
  7. The Chairperson of the Committee regularly reports to the Faculty.

Current members: 

Stan Braude, Biology
Renee Thompson, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Eric Brown, Philosophy
Bob Dymek, Earth and Planetary Sciences
David Strait, Anthropology
Amanda Carey, Romance Languages and Literatures

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

Current members: 

Rebecca Copeland, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Marie Griffith, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
TR Kidder, Anthropology
Richard Loomis, Chemistry
Rachel Roberts, Mathematics and Statistics
Viatcheslav Solomatov, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Lynne Tatlock, Germanic Languages and Literatures
Corinna Treitel, History
Desiree White, Psychological & Brain Sciences

Committee on Academic Integrity

The Academic Integrity Committee adjudicates academic integrity complaints for the College of Arts & Sciences. For questions regarding this committee, please contact the Academic Integrity Officer for the College, Maya Ganapathy.  For information about bringing a complaint, please see visit the policies and procedures page for the College of Arts & Sciences.



University Committees & Councils

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