COVID-19 Update

All university offices have resumed in-person operations. Students, faculty & staff must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption to return to campus in the fall.

Standing Committees

 

All Standing Committee meetings are currently being held online. All tenured, tenure-track, and full-time contractual faculty are eligible to serve on Standing Committees of the Faculty Senate, with the following specific stipulations:

Academic Standards and Policies

One Faculty member elected from each academic department with a rank of Assistant Professor or higher and three years of continuous service 
Chair: Jake Johnson | Department of Counseling (jajohnson@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: 3rd Tuesday | 3:00pm | 

Responsibilities

  1. To formulate and recommend general standards for all academic areas of the University.
  2. To formulate and recommend standards and policies for academic degrees.
  3. To recommend the establishment of new academic structures and the merging or discontinuation of academic structures.

Appointment, Rank and Tenure

One Faculty member elected from each academic department with a rank of Full Professor and three years of continuous service 
Department Chairs may NOT serve on this committee
Chair: Mehran Mahdavi | Department of Mathematics (mmahdavi@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: This committee does not meet monthly; meetings are held as outlined by the ART schedule

Responsibilities

  1. To make recommendations to the Provost of the University regarding the granting of continuous tenure, promotion in rank, permanent status sabbatical leave, honorary degrees, emeritus status and other related matters.
  2. To follow procedures and policies document in the Bowie State University Policy on Appointment, Rank and Tenure of Faculty.

Assessment of Student Learning & Experience
(formerly University Student Learning Assessment)

One Faculty member elected from each academic department 
Chair:  Art Vidrine | Department of Fine & Performing Arts (avidrine@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: 3rd Tuesdays | 3:30pm |

Faculty Constitution

One Faculty member elected from each College and one faculty member appointed by the Faculty Senate 
Acting Chair: Joseph Spears | Department of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development (jcspears@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: This committee does not meet monthly; it meets as needed when constitutional matters are presented by the Senate

Responsibilities

  1. To consider and make recommendations to the Faculty Senate on proposed amendments to the Constitution.
  2. The Committee shall review the Constitution annually to ensure that it is in compliance4 with changes in USM documents.

Faculty Evaluation

One Faculty member elected from each academic department 
Chair: Cubie Bragg | Department of Counseling (cbragg@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: 3rd Tuesday | 1:00pm | 

Responsibilities

  1. To make recommendations concerning evaluation policies.
  2. To structure and revise, as needed, instruments, procedures, methods and techniques for faculty evaluation of faculty, department chairpersons, academic support staff and administrators, and propose recommendations regarding their use.
  3. To cooperate with committees and task forces of other University units and/or external authorities concerning evaluation.

Faculty Elections

Two Faculty members elected at-large from each College + one faculty member appointed by the Faculty Senate
Acting Chair (appointed): Makeba Green | Department of Social Work (mkthomas@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: This committee does not meet monthly; it meets as needed when elections are scheduled or requested by the Senate. 

Responsibilities

  1. To conduct balloting of faculty when requested by the Faculty Senate and it shall conduct the elections of faculty representatives from the faculty at-large for internal and external governance structures, as required by the Faculty Constitution.
  2. To conduct, prior to May, the election of persons from the faculty at-large for all Faculty Senate Committees (The persons to be elected include the elected members of the Faculty Elections Committee itself} Each Faculty Senate standing committee shall elect its own chair.
  3. To conduct balloting of members of the Faculty Association when necessary.

Faculty Grievance

Seven tenured Faculty members elected at-large from the university 
Chair:   TBA
Meeting details: This committee does not meet monthly; it meets as needed when faculty grievances are presented to the Committee

Responsibilities

  1. To consider eligible grievances made by a faculty member, again another faculty member, provided that an attempt to resolve the matter at the departmental level was made and failed.
  2. To formulate a recommendation to the parties involved and to the Provost.
  3. To report the recommendation to the parties involved and to the Provost.
  4. To recommend grievance procedures and policies to the Faculty Senate.

Faculty Handbook (new)

Two Faculty members elected at-large from each College + one faculty member appointed by the Faculty Senate
Chair (appointed): Velma Latson | Department of Technology & Security (vlatson@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: TBD

Responsibilities

  1. To engage in a systematic review of the BSU Faculty Handbook, using a two-year continuous improvement cycle, to make recommendations for improvements to the faculty workplace for teaching and conducting research.
  2. Review all chapters in the BSU Faculty Handbook and the most recent USM policies that align with policies described in the BSU Faculty Handbook.
  3. Propose and implement adopted revisions and changes to the BSU Faculty Handbook. 

Faculty Online Learning (new)

One Faculty member elected from each academic department 
Chair:  TBA
Meeting details: TBA

Responsibilities

  1. To explore, develop and recommend policies and best practices pertaining to the development and deployment of online learning.

Faculty Salary & Workload (new)

One Faculty member elected from each academic department 
Chair:  TBA
Meeting details: 3rd Tuesday | 3:00pm | TBA

Responsibilities

  1. To explore, develop and recommend policies pertaining to faculty salary, including, but not limited to salary equity, contracts, grants.
  2. To explore, develop and recommend policies pertaining to faculty workload, including but not limited to workload equityy, definition and scope of teaching, research and service.

Faculty Welfare

One Faculty member elected from each academic department 
Chair: 
Meeting details: 3rd Tuesday | 3:00pm | 

Responsibilities

  1. To explore, develop and recommend policies pertaining to faculty protection, security, employment, morale and academic freedom.
  2. To monitor and to recommend modifications or procedures of, additions to, or deletions from faculty support services.

General Education

One Faculty member elected from each academic department 
Chair: Tyesha Burks | Department of Natural Sciences (tburks@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: 3rd Tuesday | 3:30pm | 

Responsibilities

Graduate Council

One Faculty member from each academic department with a graduate or certificate program
Chair: Cubie Bragg
Meeting details: TBA

Responsibilities

  1. To serve as the centralized unit for consideration of all program matters and degree regulations at the graduate level.
  2. To consider and recommend admission requirements, degree requirements, addition, deletion and modification of courses, and programs; and consideration of student appeals for exceptions to requirements and other student grievances.
  3. Council actions are forwarded to the Curriculum Committee, Academic Standards and Policies Committee as appropriate.

University Curriculum

One Faculty member from each academic department with the rank of Assistant Professor or higher 
Interim Chair: Jayne Cubbage | Department of Communications (jcubbage@bowiestate.edu)
Meeting details: 3rd Tuesday | 3:00pm | 

Responsibilities

  1. To recommend additions to, deletions from, and changes in credit and non-credit courses.
  2. To recommend new programs.
  3. To study the overall curriculum of the University and the feasibility of changes to strengthen it and make recommendations to the Faculty Senate.