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Academic Council

Primary function:

The Academic Council provides an organizational structure where faculty can discuss issues related to teaching and learning and make recommendations to the vice president for academic affairs. The Council will promote and improve communications and mutual understanding between faculty and the administration, students, and staff.  

Specific functions:

  • Solicit and advocate questions from the representative department. 
  • Considers issues and recommendations referred by the vice president for academic affairs.
  • Facilitate bilateral communications with college representatives on relevant matters consistent with the purpose of the Council. 
  • Study and process issues of importance to faculty by forming standing and ad hoc faculty committees.
  • Appoint members to represent the Council on other college committees.
  • Appoint non-members to serve on ad hoc committees.
  • Serve as the sounding board for proposed policies that affect teaching and learning.
  • Make recommendations to the vice president for academic affairs.
  • Report Council activities to faculty within the represented academic dean area.
  • Review the Counci Charter annually and make changes necessary to conform to the purpose of the Council.
  • Perform other functions consistent with the purposes of the Council which are adopted by the Council.

Reports to:

Thomas McDonnell, vice president for Academic Affairs

Chair:

Faculty member elected annually by Council members  - Al Cox

Membership:

Administrators:

  • Interim Dean, Humanities and the Arts - Susan Trinkle
  • Associate Dean, Industrial Technology - Scott Broady

Faculty representatives:

  • Business and IT - Richard Carter (ECON)
  • Business and IT - Gary Sparks (INFO)
  • Career and Technical Education - Al Cox (AUTT) - Chair
  • Career and Technical Education - Kevin Ingalls (DESL)
  • Health Careers - Candy Ryan (RESP)
  • Health Careers - Carol Widman (HIMS)
  • Humanities and the Arts - Andrea Lang (ENGL)
  • Humanities and the Arts - Bob Maass (VACA)
  • Math and Natural Sciences - Steve Bell (CHRM)
  • Math and Natural Sciences - Dylan Drake-Wilhelm (CHEM)
  • Social Sciences - Joy Schulz (HIST)
  • Social Sciences - Cindy Cusick (HMSV)
  • Curriculum Design Studio - Cindy Catherwood
  • Adjunct faculty (general ed/transfer area) - Brock Hanisch
  • Adjunct faculty (career program area) - Lauren Balak 

Non-voting members:

  • Vice president for Academic Affairs - Tom McDonnell
  • Vice president of Student Affairs - Maria Vazquez (or designee)
  • Faculty ex-officio - Janet McCarthy
  • Past chair of the Council - Deb Holst
  • Secretary for the Council - Sally Swanger

Steering Committee comprised of Council chair, one full-time faculty member and one administrator.

Academic Council Meeting Minutes

Academic Council Charter

Academic Council Annual Summaries