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Standing Committees

Committees of the Faculty Senate 2014/2015

Academic Policies and Services 
To be concerned with new schools, new programs and new degrees. To consider policies regarding academic honors, leaves, grants, promotions, departmental and divisional chairmanships, programs abroad, the academic calendar, career planning and placement, Vanderbilt University Library, Information Services, the bookstore, and the University Press. 

Committee Members: 
Brian Christman, Chair, Medicine (2017)
Jeffrey Johnston, A&S, ex officio [Executive Committee Liaison]  
Betsy Kennedy, Nursing (2016)
David Wright, A&S (2016)
Lynn Enterline, A&S (2015)
James Steiger, Peabody (2016)
Tom Talbot, Medicine (2017)
Caglar Oskay, Eng (2017)
Donna Webb, A&S (2017)

Faculty Life
To be concerned with policies relating to wages and salaries, fringe benefits, management of investments, employment of non-academic personnel, faculty intellectual property including copyrights and patents, buildings and grounds, space, campus communications, traffic, parking, food services, and campus security.

Committee Members: 
Mel Zeigler, Chair, A&S (2016)
Donald Brady, Medicine, ex officio [Executive Committee Liaison]
Christopher Lind, Medicine (2015)
Claire Smrekar, Peabody (2015)
Scott Guelcher, Engineering (2015)
Stephanie Spottswood, Medicine (2016)
Robin Fountain, Blair (2015)
Mark Cannon, Peabody (2017)
Holly McCammon, A&S (2017)
Scott Pearson, Medicine (2017)

To be concerned with grievances arising under Part IV, Chapter 2, Section B of the Faculty Manual (those that arise from issues other than reappointment, tenure, and promotion). 

Committee Members:
Agnes Fogo, Chair, Medicine (2015)
Paul Lim, Divinity (2015) [Executive Committee Liaison]  
Jonathan Lamb, A&S (2016)
Terry Maroney, Law (2016)
Graham Reside, Divinity, (2016)
Tom Christenbery, Nursing (2017)
Bill Walsh, Med (2017)
Richard Haglund, A&S (2017)

Senate Affairs 
Concerned with all matters pertaining to the functioning of the Senate. Responsible for a continuing review of the Rules of the Faculty Senate, recommending new rules when appropriate, and assisting in the interpretation of existing rules. Considers proposed revisions of the Constitution of the Faculty Assembly and Faculty Senate when this duty is assigned by the Senate. 

Committee Members: 
Buddy Creech, Chair, Medicine (2016)
Ann Price, Chair, Medicine (2016)[Executive Committee Liaison] 
Leslie Hopkins, Nursing (2015)
Jeffrey Blume, Medicine (2015)
Sarah Rohde, Medicine (2015)
Marc Hetherington, A&S (2016)
James Wittig, Engineering (2016)
David Cliffel, A&S (2017)
Peter Martin, Medicine (2017)
Erin O'Hara O'Connor, Law (2017)

Strategic Planning and Academic Freedom Task Force
To be concerned with long-term strategic planning and governance issues of the university. To be concerned with policy regarding professional ethics, conscience, and academic freedom under Article II, Section 3e of the Senate Constitution.

Committee Members:
Joyce Johnson, Chair, Medicine (2016) 
Richard Willis, Owen (2016) [Executive Committee Liaison]
Sandra Barnes, Peabody (2016)
Eric Delpire, Medicine (2016)
John Greer, Medicine (2016)
Leah Marcus, A&S (2016)
Ray Friedman, Owen (2017)
Xenofon Koutsoukos, Eng. (2017)
Charlene Dewey, Medicine (2017)
Joel Harrington, A&S (2017)

Student Life 
To be concerned with policies relating to student matters including residential colleges, rules and discipline, future composition of the student body, fraternities and sororities, intercollegiate athletics and club sports, intramurals, the Honor System, faculty-student relations, religious affairs, and the student health service.

Committee Members:
Joe Wehby, Chair, Peabody (2015)
Rolanda Johnson, Nursing (2015) [Executive Committee Liaison]
Adam Anderson, Engineering (2015)
Celeste Hemingway, Medicine (2015)
Houston Baker, A&S (2015)
Alyssa Hasty, Medicine (2016)
Michael Slayton, Blair (2016)
Edward Wright-Rios, A&S (2016)
TBD (Mark Schoenfield replacement), A&S (2015)
Brian Bachmann, A&S (2017)
Tony Brown, A&S (2017)

Faculty Manual Ad Hoc Committee


Margaret Tarpley, Chair, Medicine (2015), Senior Associate in Surgical Sciences
Myrna Wooders, A&S (2016), Professor of Economics
Brian Heuser, Peabody (2017), Assistant Professor of the Practice, International Education Policy
E. Duco Jansen, Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Becky Keck, Senior Associate Dean, Administration & Operations,  Chief Administrative Officer, &  Assistant Professor of Nursing
Amanda Rose, Associate Professor of Law


Greek Life Task Force


David Weintraub, Co-chair, Professor, A&S (Physics & Astronomy)
Gregory Melchor-Barz, Co-chair, Associate Professor, Blair; and Head of North House
Brooke Ackerly, Associate Professor, A&S (Political Science)
Donald Brady, Professor, Medicine & Past Senate Chair
John Braxton, Professor, Peabody
Roger Cone, Professor & Chair, Biomedical Science
Catherine Fuchs, Associate Professor, Medicine & Director of Psychological Counseling Center
Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice, International Education Policy
Chalene Helmuth, Senior Lecturer, A&S (Spanish & Portuguese) and Head of Sutherland House
Paul Lim, Associate Professor, Divinity; Senate Chair-elect; and Head of Crawford House
William H. Robinson, Associate Professor, Engineering
Kyla Terhune, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Joe Wehby, Associate Professor, Peabody & Student Life committee liaison

Online Education Task Force


Ranga Ramanujam, Chair, Owen 
Nicole McCoin, Medicine (2017)
Bobby Bodenheimer, Associate Professor, Engineering
Tim Hanusa, Professor, A&S (Chemistry)
Bonnie Pilon, Professor, Nursing
Tyler Reimschisel, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Kevin Stack, Professor, Law
Douglas Clark, Associate Professor, Peabody
Volney Gay, Professor, Divinity
Jay Clayton, Professor, A&S (English)
Sal March, Professor, Owen
Doug Fisher, ex officio, Associate Professor, Engineering & Director of Institute for Digital Learning