Other University Committees

The Faculty Senate values the opportunity to provide faculty representation and input on various system-wide committees that have faculty impact. Throughout the year, the faculty senate receives requests for faculty representatives to various committees across the system on matters of interest and impact to WSU faculty. If you are interested in being contacted to serve on one of the task forces, councils, and/or general committees that include faculty representation, please let us know by filling out the form below.

Other Committees

Faculty Status Committee

The Faculty Status Committee (FSC) is an independent investigative faculty committee that reports and makes recommendations directly to the president.  The FSC deals with disputes between faculty and administration and among other functions deals with appeals of tenure and promotion decisions on certain grounds.

Presidential Committees

Members of the president’s committees are appointed by the president from the faculty, administrative and professional personnel, classified staff, students, or others. Committees are responsible to the president, either directly or through other general administrative officers of the institution.

Campus & Community Health Task Force

The Campus and Community Health Task Force is co-sponsored by Washington State University (WSU) Office of the President and the Faculty Senate. The Task Force will identify barriers to expanding community healthcare at WSU, Pullman, and surrounding communities. Whereas immediate needs may focus on expanding mental healthcare services, the Task Force’s larger charge is to consider comprehensive healthcare needs of the campus and community.

Course Materials Value & Effectiveness Committee

Working in partnership with the provost’s office, the faculty senate is forming a joint committee charged with identifying innovative ways of reducing student course expenses while maintaining high quality.

Distinguished Faculty Address Committee

Each year the University recognizes the work of one faculty member whose achievements in research, scholarship, and teaching place that person in the front ranks of his or her discipline. In partnership with the Office of the Provost, this committee is responsible for providing their recommendation for the recipient of this award. Chair – Brian French

Responsibilities Of The General University Classrooms Committee

The Committee Chair meets periodically with the Provost to report on current projects, future planning, usage statistics and progress toward state classroom usage targets.  The Chair prepares summaries and reports to the Provost, President’s Council and Budget Committee as needed and presents the classroom budget requests during the university allocation cycle

The Faculty Senate standing committees and their subcommittees have been assigned functions by the Senate to enable the Senate to carry out its purposes. All Senate standing committees are responsible to the Senate; their subcommittees are responsible to the parent committees. Both the standing committees and their subcommittees may in some cases also report committee views to an administrative officer(s) of the institution. The official year for the Faculty Senate extends from August 16 to August 15 of the following year.

Members of the standing committees and their subcommittees of the Senate, except where the contrary is indicated, are elected by the Senate on the basis of nominations from the Committee on Committees and from the Senate floor. Campus faculty governance units can request that the Committee on Committees reserve a seat on the specified committee to be appointed by the campus faculty governance unit. Any individual may be elected by the Senate to its committees, and subcommittees may include members who are not members of the parent committee. With the exception of the Admissions & Enrollment Committee, Budget Committee, the Faculty Affairs Committee, the Committee on Committees, and the Steering Committee, there must be student representation equivalent in number to at least twenty-five percent of the voting faculty members. All committees should have representation from at least three geographical regions.

Unless otherwise indicated, the terms of members and chairs (other than assigned or ex officio members) are staggered three-year terms that expire on August 15 of the year indicated. Normally, a committee member can serve up to two consecutive terms before taking a one-year minimum break prior to serving again. Only  under extenuating circumstances and by vote of the Committee on Committees can committee assignments extend beyond two consecutive terms (six years).  In such cases, a one-year extension will be standard but can be extended to a full three-year term at the discretion of the Committee on Committee.  Vacancies on Senate committees and subcommittees of less than one academic year will be filled by action of the Senate Steering Committee based upon nominations submitted by the Committee on Committees. Such action will be reported to the Senate. Vacancies of one academic year or longer will be filled through nomination by the Committee on Committees and Senate election.

Whenever possible, all Faculty Senate committee meetings should be scheduled in ADA compliant facilities.

Committee assignments are updated as needed.