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Tell ‘Em What You Think

At the faculty meeting on Monday, Phil said that he was soliciting faculty input regarding the decision to grow the size of the undergraduate student body. He has asked for an opinion from each of the standing committees of the Arts & Sciences. I have listed them below.

If you know any members of any of these committees, please don’t hesitate to contact them to express your thoughts on Phil’s College-bloating plan. To find an e-mail address for any individual with whom you wish to communicate, please go to the College’s Dartmouth Name Directory site and type in the name of the person you are seeking.

It will be interesting to see if the members of the various committees pull their punches, or if, finding safety in numbers, they tell Phil what they really think.

Comprised of the chairs of the departments and programs of the A&S and several ex officio members, the Committee of Chairs acts on behalf of the A&S faculty in all matters except those involving major changes in policy.

Chairs Of Departments and Programs
Arts & Humanities: Allen Hockley (Art History), Jonathan Smolin (Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures), Håkan Tell (Acting, Classics), Andrew McCann (English), Mary Desjardins (Film and Television Studies), Andrea Tarnowski (French and Italian), Ellis Shookman (German), Michael Casey (Music), Christine Thomas (Philosophy), Randall Balmer (Religion), Mikhail Gronas (Russian), Silvia Spitta (Spanish and Portuguese), Graziella Parati (Studio Art), Laura Edmondson (Theater)

Sciences: Kathryn Cottingham (Biological Sciences), Dean Wilcox (Chemistry), Hany Farid (Computer Science), Carl Renshaw (Earth Sciences), Erland Schulson (Engineering Sciences), Scott Pauls (Mathematics), John Thorstensen (Physics and Astronomy)

Social Sciences: John Watanabe (Anthropology), Christopher Snyder (Economics), Ann Clark (Education), Susanna Freidberg (Geography), Dean Lacy (Government), Robert Bonner (History), David Bucci (Psychological and Brain Sciences),
John Campbell (Sociology)

Interdisciplinary Programs:
Michael Chaney (African and African-American Studies), Dennis Washburn (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies), Adina Roskies (Cognitive Science), David LaGuardia (Comparative Literature), Richard Howarth (Environmental Studies), Susannah Heschel (Jewish Studies), Deborah Nichols (Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies), Donald Pease (Liberal Studies), Lindsay Whaley (Acting, Linguistics and Cognitive Science), Yusaku Horiuchi (Acting, Quantitative Social Sciences), Melanie Taylor (Native American Studies), Susan Ackerman (Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies), Joshua Compton (Acting, Writing). Ex Officio Members: Elizabeth Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Chair, Ex Officio); Philip J. Hanlon ‘77, President of the College; Rebecca Elizabeth Biron, Dean of the College; Richard G. Mills, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer; Meredith H. Braz, Registrar; Lindsay Whaley, (Chair, Committee on Organization and Policy); Andrew Samwick, (Chair, Committee on Priorities)

The Faculty Coordinating Committee identifies and approves items to be placed on the agendas of meetings of the Committee of Chairs and the Faculty of Arts & Sciences. The Committee coordinates the work of the committees and councils and assists the Dean of Faculty in the elaboration of matters of policy and implementation strategies.

Elizabeth Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Vice-Chair, Committee of Chairs (pending election), Andrew Samwick, (Chair, Committee on Priorities), Lindsay Whaley, (Chair, Committee on Organization and Policy), D.G. Webster, (Chair, Committee on Student Life), José del Pino, (Chair, Committee on Off-Campus Activities), Stephen Brooks, (Chair, Committee on the Faculty), Kathleen Wine, (Chair, Committee on Instruction)

The Committee on Priorities formulates, articulates, and promotes the priorities of the faculty of the A&S as they relate to the budget and allocation of resources.

Elizabeth Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Christopher Strenta, Associate Dean; Richard Mills, Executive Vice-President; Michael Wagner, Chief Financial Officer; Carolyn Dever, Provost; Laura Ogden, James Stanford, Andrew Samwick (Chair), John Thorstensen, Jonathan Smolin, Scott Pauls, Mary Coffey

The Committee Advisory to the President consults with the President on matters of appointment and promotion, faculty leaves of absence, and other topics as appropriate.

Elizabeth Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Colleen Boggs, John Carey, Hany Farid, Amy Lawrence, Mary Lou Guerinot, Jonathan Skinner

The Committee on Organization and Policy considers and makes recommendations on general policies which affect the faculty. The Committee ensures that committees and councils are fully invested and representative of the voting faculty members of the Arts & Sciences.

Elizabeth Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Christopher Bailey-Kellogg, Irene Kacandes (18W), Jennifer Lind, Lindsay Whaley (Chair), Carl Renshaw, Leslie Butler (18W, 18S), Roger Sloboda, Bruce Sacerdote

The Review Committee, at the request of the Dean of Faculty, reviews matters of academic freedom as brought forth by faculty members, certain recommendations for disciplinary actions, and appeals by faculty members regarding reappointment, promotion, and tenure decisions.

C. Robertson McClung, Deborah Nichols, Susan Ackerman

The Committee on Instruction is responsible for reviewing matters relating to educational policies, including those pertaining to the curriculum, undergraduate degree requirements, majors and minors, culminating experience, First-Year seminars and advising, among others.

Elizabeth Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Meredith Braz, Registrar; Christiane Donahue (Director, Writing and Rhetoric Program), Lynn Patyk, John Watanabe, Kathleen Wine (16F), Robyn Millan, Sharon Bickel, William Wohlforth, two undergraduate students

The Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid maintains and reviews policies governing admissions to the undergraduate college and financial aid while acting as an advisory body to the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Lee Coffin, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid; Dino Koff, Director of Financial Aid; Jody Diamond, Bradley Duchaine, Reiko Ohnuma, James Wu,

The Committee on Senior Fellowships oversees the administration of the senior fellowship program, which supports up to 10 fourth-year students per year in independent research outside the usual Dartmouth curriculum.

Marc Dixon (Chair), Nancy Canepa, Robert Johnson, Bob Maue, Ted Levin, Anne Gelb, Teoby Gomez, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Students;
Margaret Funnell, Assistant Dean of Faculty for Undergraduate Research

The Committee on Off-Campus Activities manages matters relating to off-campus educational programs and activities, including the submission of proposals for new programs and changes to existing programs.

Deborah Tyson, Associate Dean of Residential Life; Dennis Washburn, Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies & Interdisciplinary Programs; Matthew Ayres (Chair 17F, 18S), Douglas Bolger, Laurie Churba Kohn, José del Pino (Chair 16F, 17W), James Dorsey, Sergei Kan (18W, 18S); Steven Ericson, Victoria Somoff, Three undergraduate students

The Committee on Standards reviews and takes action on alleged violations of the Academic Honors Principle and the Code of Conduct, cases of unsatisfactory scholarship, certain student petitions, and rules concerning the disciplinary system.

Sonu Bedi, Noelia Cirnigliaro, Michelle Clarke, Ayo Coly, Laura Edmondson, Meredith Kelly, Kristina Lynch, Kevin Peterson, John Voight, Paul Whalen, Timothy Rosenkoetter, Enrico Riley, Bethany Moreton, Cynthia Huntington (18W)

The Committee on Graduate Fellowships evaluates all candidates from Dartmouth for prestigious national scholarships and fellowships, including Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Fulbright, DAAD, Truman, Goldwater, Luce, Gates and others. The Committee evaluates applications for Dartmouth-funded fellowships and graduate research opportunities for graduating seniors, including the Dartmouth General and Reynolds grants.

Jessica Smolin, Assistant Dean of Faculty for Scholarship Advising; Randall Balmer, Jesse Casana, Vladimir Chernov, David LaGuardia, Brian Pogue, Kirk Vandewalle, Mark Williams, James LaBelle,

The Committee on Student Life works in close partnership with the Offices of the Dean of Faculty and the Dean of the College to manage matters relating to the intersection of academics and student life.

Rebecca Biron, Dean of the College; Meredith Braz, Registrar; Michael Hoppa (17W), Jamie Horton, Brendan Nyhan, Patricia Stuelke, D.G. Webster, two undergraduate students

The Committee on the Faculty has a broad mandate to consider matters that affect the professional development and well-being of the faculty of the Arts & Sciences and to advise the President, the Dean of the Faculty, or other officers of the College in these matters.

Elizabeth Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Christopher Strenta, Associate Dean for Finance and Operations; Susan Ackerman (18W, 18S), Stephen Brooks (Chair), Udi Greenberg, Samuel Levey, Sara Muñoz-Muriana, Peter Winkler, Dale Mierke, Rosa Orellana, James Feyrer

Addendum: That’s a lot of committees.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

An inverse relationship exists between the number of committees and the production of meaningful work!


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