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4.E Central Faculty Governance Committees

The Senate Assembly established several kinds of advisory and standing committees to carry out its responsibilities for oversight and advice on areas of University policies and operations. These committees report to the Senate Assembly on a regular basis and, as needed, propose actions to the Assembly. One kind of Senate Assembly committee advises and consults with the vice presidents, vice provosts, and executive officers of the Ann Arbor campus on matters within the areas of their respective responsibilities; these committees also advise SACUA and the Assembly in these areas. The other main kind of Senate Assembly committee advises other University officials and/or assists SACUA and the Assembly in carrying out their responsibilities. From time to time, special Senate Assembly committees are created to assist the Assembly with its work.

The members of all Senate Assembly committees are nominated by SACUA and approved by the Senate Assembly. Some of these committees also have student members, appointed by appropriate units of student governments. SACUA also appoints or nominates faculty members to a number of other University committees that are not committees of the Senate Assembly.

All members of the University Senate are solicited on an annual basis to nominate themselves or their colleagues for these various kinds of committees. All faculty are encouraged to participate in this nomination procedure. For further information about these committees, check the central faculty governance website facultysenate.umich.edu/sacua/ or email the specific committee at the address listed in sections 4.E.1 Senate Assembly Committees Advising Executive Officers and Vice Presidents and 4.E.2 Other Senate Assembly Standing and Special Faculty Committees.

4.E.1 Senate Assembly Committees Advising Executive Officers and Vice Presidents

The following committees advise Executive Officers and Vice Presidents.

Academic Affairs Advisory Committee (AAAC)
Identifies, advises, and consults with the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on academic issues of importance to the entire University in conjunction with SACUA and Senate Assembly. For more information, email the committee at academic.affairs.committee@umich.edu.

Communications and External Relations Advisory Committee

  • Advises and consults with the Vice President for Government Relations regarding state and community relations, state outreach activities, government relations at the local, state, & federal levels, and long-range planning.
  • Advisory to the Vice President for Development. The committee identifies, advises, and consults on development issues of importance to the entire University in conjunction with SACUA and Senate Assembly.
  • Advises and consults with the Vice President for Communications regarding public relations, internal and external communications, and long-range planning.

Financial Affairs Advisory Committee
Advises and consults with the executive vice president and chief financial officer on matters of finance. For more information, email the committee at Financial.Affairs.Advisory.Committee@umich.edu.

General Counsel's Advisory Committee
Advises and consults with the vice president and general counsel on legal issues confronting the University. For more information, email the committee at general.counsel.advisory.committee@umich.edu.

Medical Affairs Advisory Committee
Advises and consults with the executive vice president for medical affairs on relevant issues and fosters better communication among the Medical School, the medical center, and the executive vice president. For more information, email the committee at EVPMA.advisory.committee@umich.edu.

Research Policies Committee
Advises and consults with the vice president for research on matters of research and research personnel. For more information, email the committee at Research.Policies.Committee@umich.edu.

Secretary of the University Advisory Committee
Advises and consults with the vice president and secretary of the university on matters involving the Board of Regents. For more information, email the committee at: SAC-SenateAssembly@umich.edu.

Student Relations Advisory Committee
Advises and consults with the vice president for student affairs and serves as a medium of communication between the assembly and the agencies of student government. For more information, email the committee at student.relations.advisory.committee@umich.edu.

 

4.E.2 Senate Assembly Standing and Special Faculty Committees

Administration Evaluation Committee
Advises and consults on policy and procedure issues related to the broad range of University activities. The committee’s advice shall be sought and given in a timely manner so that the advice could affect the decision-making outcome. administration.evaluation.committee@umich.edu

Building, Facilities, and Infrastructure
Advises and consults with the University community regarding policy, planning and procedure issues related to the broad range of university activities involving building, facilities, and infrastructure. For more information, email the committee at BFI.senateassembly@umich.edu.

Committee for an Inclusive University
Advises and consults with the University community regarding policy, planning and procedure issues related to the broad range of university activities involving multiculturalism and inclusivity. For more information, email the committee at InclusiveU@umich.edu.

Committee on the Economic Status of the Faculty
Advises and consults with the Regents and the University administration on budgetary matters as they pertain to the economic status of the faculty; formulates specific requests regarding salaries and fringe benefits for faculty members; presents detailed results of its findings and recommendations to Senate Assembly. For more information, email the committee at Economic.Status.of.the.Faculty@umich.edu.

Faculty Judicial Committee (Standing)
The Faculty Judicial Committee consists of twelve tenured faculty members, appointed by SACUA to three-year terms, which may be renewable (four positions turn over each year). Three members of the committee will be appointed to the hearing committee assembled to hear and evaluate the evidence in a complaint brought against a faculty member under Regents' Bylaw 5.09.

Information Technology Committee
The Information Technology Committee (ITC) advises and consults with the University community regarding policy, planning and procedure issues related to the broad range of university activities involving information technology. For more information, email the committee at ITC.senateassembly@umich.edu.

Rules, Practices and Policies Committee
At the request of the Senate, Senate Assembly, SACUA, or another committee of Senate Assembly, the Rules Committee reviews and suggests modifications, if appropriate, in the “Rules of the University Senate, the Senate Assembly, and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs” or other Senate Assembly legislation. For more information, email the committee at RPP.senateassembly@umich.edu.

Tenure, Promotions, and Professional Development Committee
Advises Senate Assembly on questions regarding tenure policy; initiates studies of tenure questions; reports findings and recommendations to SACUA and Senate Assembly. For more information, email the committee at Tenure.Committee@umich.edu.

University Undergraduate Scholarship Committee (Inactive)
Manages the Faculty Undergraduate Scholarship (FUS) that provides need-based support to outstanding U-M applicants from all three campuses. For more information, see facultysenate.umich.edu/senate-assembly/committees/university-undergraduate-scholarship-committee/.

4.E.3 Other University Committees with Faculty Members Recommended by SACUA

University Advisory Committees

• Advisory Board on Intercollegiate Athletics

• Military Officer Education Program

• Residency Appeals Panel

• Honorary Degrees

For more information about faculty awards, see Chapter 13, “Faculty Awards.”

 

Last updated July 2020.

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