James Madison University

CHBS Committees and Groups

Dean's Faculty Advisory Council

The Dean's Faculty Advisory Council will be comprised of at least one faculty member from each of the academic units within the College (to be selected by processes agreed upon within that unit) plus other faculty invited to serve by virtue of their service/leadership on other College level committees and groups. The Dean serves as a member of this body. The Chair of the Council shall be a faculty member selected by the Council. The Council will provide the Dean advice relative to the ongoing functioning and long range planning for the College, inclusive of program development and performance, resource allocation, policies and practices of the College, and the continuing evaluation of the College's progress. The Council is one means of ensuring faculty input into considerations and decision-making at the College level, and ensuring communication of information and perspectives to the faculty.

Dean's Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council will be comprised of two students from each of the academic units of the College, the Dean and the Associate Dean of the College. Each unit will select their student representatives being careful to consider representation from undergraduate and graduate programs if appropriate. The Council serves as a means of presenting the student perspective and any concerns to the Dean and Associate Dean for consideration by the College leadership.

Diversity Council

The James Madison University College of Health and Behavioral Studies' Diversity Council is committed to facilitating diversity among CHBS faculty, staff and students. The mission of the Council is to promote inclusiveness within the College by removing the barriers which prevent the full participation of all individuals and groups including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, culture and nationality, sexual orientation, disabilities, socio-economic background, or religion. CHBS is committed to preparing future leaders and enlightened individuals who have been educated in environments that are enhanced through diversity and who are committed to the belief that all people are enriched by the diversity within our communities. To this end, we will increase awareness of the merits of diversity through educational events, ensure that our curricula address diversity and provide a supportive environment that celebrates diversity.

Faculty Development Committee

The Faculty Development Committee is comprised of one faculty representative from each of the academic units in the College. Faculty serving on the Committee are not permitted to submit proposals for educational leave or research and teaching grants during their time of Committee service. The Faculty Development Committee solicits proposals for educational leaves, teaching grants and research grants, and then makes recommendations to the Dean regarding the funding of proposals. The Committee is also charged with selecting the College's Outstanding Teacher, Madison Scholar, and recipient of the Award for Outstanding Service from nominations forwarded by the individual academic units. Recommendations by the Committee come directly to the Dean for decisions.

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council will be comprised of the coordinator from each graduate program in the College, one representative from each academic unit without a graduate program, and the Associate Dean. An academic unit may choose to have fewer representatives than the coordinator from each graduate program based on structural differences within each unit. The Dean serves as an ex officio member of the Council. The Graduate Council is charged with overseeing curricula matters of the graduate programs of the College. The Council is also charged with being proactive in working with interested, designated faculty early in the program conceptualization stage and being analytic in addressing the long range benefits and costs involved in course and program development. The Council should seek to encourage and support curricular development congruent with the 29 Characteristics of the institution and the goals of the College. The Council will be active in facilitating discussion and sharing among all program coordinators. The Committee will accomplish its work by maintaining good communication with faculty regarding proposals, considerations and decisions. The Council will make recommendations and report through the Associate Dean to the Leadership Council and the Dean, and to the Dean's Faculty Advisory Council through representation on that body.

IIHHS Steering Committee

The IIHHS Steering Committee unites the Institute leadership with representatives of each College and of selected academic units with emphasis on health and human services. Anchoring the governance of the Institute to the interests of the faculty, the Steering Committee ensures that interprofessional and interdisciplinary opportunities for education, scholarship, community connections and practice are fostered through decisions about IIHHS courses, activities, programs and resources. Members are selected according to the processes of their academic unit and/or by requests of the IIHHS Director to the appropriate Dean. The IIHHS Director serves as Chair of the Committee.

Leadership Council

The CHBS Leadership Council is comprised of the Dean, the Associate Deans, the heads of each of the academic units of the College, the director of Lab Operations, the director of TSEC, one member selected by the Dean's Faculty Advisory Council, and the Dean's Administrative Assistant. The Dean serves as chair of this body. The Council is a deliberative, decision-making body with the charge of administering the College in such a way as to achieve the goals of the College. As the administrative structure of the University is based on colleges and departments/ schools for the allocation, monitoring and reporting of resources (personnel, equipment, operating budget), the Leadership Council ensures fair and effective use of College resources, and serves as the vehicle for distributing and tracking resources within the College. The Council considers issues and conducts strategic planning within the context of the mission of the institution and the broader perspective of changes in higher education and the state of the Commonwealth. This Council ensures that decisions reflect full consideration of all aspects of the College including, not only the individual academic units, but also undergraduate and graduate academic programs, outreach programs, and research programs. The Council is also charged with planning and coordinating all official functions of the College and ensuring College representation at appropriate University events.

Undergraduate Curriculum Council

The Undergraduate Curriculum Council is comprised of two representatives from each of the academic units within the College and the Associate Dean. The Associate Dean will chair the Council. The selection of the two representatives is the prerogative of the academic unit and may or may not include the unit's head (as has been tradition). The Undergraduate Curriculum Council continues in its role of overseeing curricular matters of the undergraduate programs of the College. However, this Council is also charged with being proactive in working with interested, designated faculty early in the program conceptualization stage and being analytic in addressing the long range benefits and costs involved in course and program development. The Council should seek to encourage and support curricular development congruent with the University's Defining Characteristics and the goals of the College. The Council will be active in facilitating discussion and sharing among all program coordinators. The Council will accomplish its work by maintaining good communication with faculty regarding proposals, considerations and decisions. The Council will make recommendations and report through the Associate Dean to the Leadership Council and the Dean, and to the Dean's Faculty Advisory Council through representation on that body. The Dean serves as an ex officio member of the Council.