Committee Participation

Electable Positions

Rhetoric & Writing Graduate Advisory Council: “RWGC shall meet regularly with the Graduate Director and the Assistant Directors to provide advice on, among other matters, program curriculum, graduate student admissions, graduate student financial support and awards, graduation certification, programming, and program expenditures. RWGC may adopt internal procedures, including the appointment of subcommittees to accomplish these tasks. The representatives shall serve a 1-year term (Representatives may serve a maximum of two terms during their graduate program). In addition, graduate student representatives should recuse themselves whenever they have reason to believe that their participation in such deliberations creates a conflict of interest or constitutes an ethical dilemma in regards to other students (or potential students) in the program. Graduate student representatives should not participate in or vote on matters involving evaluation or review of current graduate students in the program” (WRAC By-Laws).

PW Curriculum Committee: “Because PW courses at the 400 level are among those required for the MA-DRPW, the program seeks a graduate student representative from the DRPW MA program to serve on the committee. The Professional Writing Program Committee meets every other week during the academic year to:

  • advise the director of the PW program
  • discuss matters relevant to the program, such as advising, recruitment, professional development workshops and field trips
  • discuss policy changes for the program
  • review applications from graduate teaching assistants applying to teach in the PW program
  • review applications for travel support from PW students
  • review proposals for curricular changes” (description from Laura Julier, Director of PW).

Call for Names (to be submitted to WRAC Chair and RW Director)

WRAC Academic Grievance & Hearing Board – “The WRAC Hearing Board serves as the initial Hearing Board for academic grievance hearings involving graduate and undergraduate students who allege violations of academic rights and graduate students seeking to contest an allegation of academic misconduct (academic dishonesty, violations of professional standards or falsifying admission and academic records). For hearings involving graduate students, the WRAC Hearing Board shall include the Chair of the Department or a designee, and an equal number of faculty and graduate students appointed by the Chair of the Department, in consultation with the Advisory Council. Members shall serve a term of one academic year. The chair of the WRAC Hearing Board shall be the faculty member of rank. Members of the WRAC Hearing Board are expected to respect the confidentiality of the hearing process” (WRAC By-Laws).

College Advisory Committee – “The College Advisory Council shall serve as a deliberative body for faculty and students to participate in the policy-making of the College. The College Advisory Council shall serve as a deliberative body which recommends policies to the Dean. The College Advisory Council shall act as an agency through which individual faculty or students may initiate action in the academic governance of the College; it may refer such matter to an appropriate College committee, and shall receive reports as required from College representatives to University committees. The College Advisory Council shall advise and consult with the Dean on problems concerning the welfare of the College. Student members shall serve one-year terms” (College By-Laws).

College Curriculum Committee – “The College Curriculum Committee shall review and evaluate College educational policies, including those governing pedagogy and educational objectives, and bring before the College any issues that might, in the opinion of this Committee, require deliberation by the College faculty as a whole. The College Curriculum Committee shall deal with problems presented to it or issues defined within the Committee as a result of its concern for curricular matters inside and outside the College. In consultation with the faculty of the Departments, the College Curriculum Committee shall decide on the establishment and elimination of courses and curricula within the College. The graduate student representatives shall serve one-year terms” (College By-Laws).

College Graduate Council – “The College Graduate Council shall be the legislative and policy-making organ of the College in all matters dealing with graduate work. In consultation with the faculty of the Departments, the College Graduate Council shall make decisions on existing and proposed graduate programs and courses within the College. The graduate student representatives must be enrolled in an advanced degree program within the College of Arts and Letters and in good academic standing. The graduate student representatives shall serve a one-year term, to commence at the beginning of the fall semester” (College By-Laws).

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