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Off-Term Elections Announced

In Spring 2016, an election was held to bring new members onto a number of Academic Council committees.  However, seven of our thirteen committees still need members to help with the important work we do, so Academic Council agreed to hold an "off-term" election.

This election has a different structure than our Spring elections.  The following reflects the agreed-upon Guidelines and Procedures for these "off-term" Elections, voted on in our September 23, 2016 meeting of Academic Council:

Election guidelines  – Summer or Autumn semesters:

•   If additional committee members are needed during summer or autumn semester, an individual committee may make a call for membership, routed through the Academic Council Faculty Fellow. If interest exceeds the number of vacancies, considering divisional representation, an election will take place within the individual committee. This process should be followed rather than appointing new members.

•   If current Academic Council committee members would like to change committees, this process applies.

Here is the timeline and procedure for requesting membership:
1)  Review the list of committees below.  If you are interested in joining any of these committees, or if you are a current member of a committee and wish to join another committee, please select one committee you would like to join.  (If you have questions about the specific committees, you can contact the committee Co-Chairs, who are listed with the lists of committees below.)
2)  Submit your request for membership to Judith Anderson, Faculty Fellow for Academic Council, at, no later than Monday, December 5, by 5:00 P.M.  Please include in your email request: the name of the committee you would like to join, your full name, rank, department/program, division—very important!
3)  On Tuesday, December 6, the Faculty Fellow for Academic Council will then forward membership requests to the Co-Chairs of the specific committees.  As the above Guidelines and Procedures indicate, if "interest exceeds the number of vacancies", the members of the specific committees will vote on the faculty requesting membership. The committees will inform the Faculty Fellow of their vote no later than Tuesday, December 12. The results of the election will be sent to faculty by the end of Finals week. The new members can begin serving in Spring 2017.

Below is a list of Academic Council Committees that need new members.  Included with each committee is:
1)  The number of members needed, by division.
2)  The scope and tasks of each committee.
3)  The committee Co-Chairs (as of Autumn 2016).

Academic Pathways:  1 member from A&S
  Scope: Oversight of review and implementation of both Arts and Sciences and Career and Technical Programs pathways to insure maximum alignment with four year institutions and two year degrees.
•  Tasks: Review existing pathways documents for alignment purposes. Review the programs and degrees that potentially align with both two and four year degrees to determine whether separate pathways need to exist for students with either two or four year degree aspirations. Review, with appropriate Student Affairs representation, the presentation and advising related to pathway programs. Participate in the Guided Pathways initiative under the direction of OAA and American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
•  Co-Chairs: Crystal Clark, A&S (English); Jeff Bates, BET (Environmental Science, Safety & Health)

Curriculum Committee:  2 members from HHS; 1 member from BET
•  Scope: Oversight of approval and monitoring of standards for degrees, programs, certificates and courses in all modes of instruction.
•  Tasks: Course approval forms for all courses in all modes of instruction. Monitoring processes for frequency of instruction to ensure degree and certificate progress. Create processes for monitoring credentials and course oversight in all dual enrollment programs. Create, with the Assessment Committee, a schedule and processes for the program review of all programs and pre-majors. Monitor the impact of new curricula across existing programs.
•  Co-Chairs: Marc Lord, A&S (Biological and Physical Sciences); Jack McCoy, HHS (Fire Science)

Delaware Campus: 1 member (from downtown campus) either HHS or BET
•  Scope: The Delaware Campus Faculty Committee was established when Columbus State Community College's Delaware Campus opened in 2010. This provided an opportunity for regular communication between Delaware Campus faculty and the Delaware Campus Dean to mutually create and build a vision for the Delaware Campus. While the Delaware Campus continues to grow, it lacks a plan, identity, or clear purpose. The need for specific academic programs and pathways for students to complete on the Delaware Campus (some with partnering institutions) is evident. The scope for the Committee is academic programming, including relevant nonacademic activities and support services on the Delaware Campus. The Committee plays an integral role in the planning and initiation of the Delaware Campus course offerings and student activities at Columbus State Community College.
•  Tasks: Work in coordination with the Delaware Campus Dean and college leadership/administration to help develop and promote academic programming and nonacademic activities and support services needed for this second campus of Columbus State. Continue to promote student success by researching the needs of Delaware Campus students and opportunities for growth of academic programs/degrees offered through Columbus State Community College at the Delaware Campus.  Help plan and initiate such programs/certificates. The Committee plays an integral role in the planning and initiation of the Delaware Campus course offerings and student activities at Columbus State Community College.
•  Co-Chairs: Nancy Pine, A&S (English); Ben Pugno, A&S (Humanities)

Honors:  2 members from HHS; 2 members from BET
•  Scope: Establishment and oversight of a college honors program that serves all academic divisions well and that aligns with national standards.
•  Tasks: Recommend options and timelines for establishing a college-wide honors program. Recommend options for monitoring honors program outcomes. Establish, with the Curriculum Committee, a set of standards and a process for the approval and evaluation of honors courses. Review existing graduation honors and propose new ones that fit with high student achievement as members of an honors program.
•  Co-Chairs: Rita Rice, A&S (English); Amy Delorenzo, HHS (Human Services)

Instructional Success: 1 member from HHS; 1 member from BET
•  Scope: Oversight of best practices in all modes of instruction for all categories of faculty.
•  Tasks: Review alignment of course prerequisites with course content and student success. Review structure of syllabus for alignment with student success. Review best instructional practices for student success and high quality in all modes of instruction. Review technology support of instruction in all modes of instruction. Review various aspects of best instructional practices in a dual enrollment environment. Review existing recruitment and placement programs at the course and program level
•  Co-Chair:  Tracy Koski, A&S (Developmental Education); (Vacant Autumn 2016) HHS  or BET

Promotion and Tenure Process:  1 member from HHS, 1 member from BET
•  Scope: Review, oversight and monitoring of the tenure and promotion standards, processes, and procedures.
•  Tasks: Review, in consultation with Deans and Chairs as appropriate, current standards, policies, and procedures, and make recommendations for change if necessary. Review Annual Appraisal process and align it with the timing and purposes of the tenure and promotion processes. Develop process to monitor the outcomes of the tenure and promotion decisions. Examine the impact of the current tenure and promotion policy on Senior Professors. Examine the impact of tenure and promotion policies on hiring policies and procedures.
•  Co-Chairs: Holly Finnegan, A&S (Developmental Education); (Vacant Autumn 2016) BET, HHS

Service Learning:  2 members from A&S, 1 member from HHS; 1 member from BET
•  Scope: Establishment and oversight of a college service learning program that serves all academic divisions well and that aligns with national standards.
•  Tasks: Review existing service learning courses and work with the Curriculum Committee to develop a set of course approval standards that align with both academic division needs and national standards. Recommend options for organizing service learning as a college-wide program. Construct evaluation process for service learning courses that aligns with academic division needs and national standards. Construct a training program for faculty with an interest in service learning instruction.
•  Co-Chairs:  Mary Lewis, A&S (Psychology); Lisa Briggs, BET (Business Programs)

The following Academic Council Committees do not currently need new members:  Academic Rules and Policies, Assessment, Digital Learning, Dual Enrollment, Faculty Entry, Training, and Professional Development, and Student Support.

Academic Council Nominees 
Election results to the Academic Council will be announced shortly.

Nicole Brandt, Instructor, Psychology 
Rachel Brooks-Pannell, Assistant Professor, English
Dianne Fidelibus, Associate Professor, Social and Human Services
Susan Flatt, Assistant Professor, English
Brent Funderburk, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Lydia Gilmore, Associate Professor, Business Programs
Daniel Hare, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Nicholas Lakostik, Assistant Professor, English
Tammy Montgomery, Professor, Nursing
Gene Sprang, Associate Professor, Aviation Maintenance Technology 


Committee Vacancy Procedure

•    OAA Committee Procedures or internal policies(1).pdf .