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Standing Committees

Assignments & Descriptions - 2016-2017 Academic Year

Standing Committees of the Faculty Assembly

NOTE: The composition of this committee is exclusive to tenured faculty and faculty on tenure track. Membership in this committee is "automatic" for these faculty members and, as such, there is no need to bid for membership in this committee.

The Tenure and Promotion Committee is a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Campus as well as the Faculty Assembly and is charged with the responsibility of:

  1. Implementing the Tenure and Promotion Policies described herein (UNM-Valencia Handbook) and in accordance with the policies described in the UNM Faculty Handbook.
  2. Proposing, advocating, and implementing procedures consistent with this Tenure and Promotion Policy and the mission of Valencia Campus;
  3. communicating the policy, procedures and rationale of tenure and promotion to the Valencia Campus community, particularly the faculty;
  4. Planning, proposing, and helping fill new full-time faculty positions for tenure and promotion; and
  5. Reviewing and recommending, to the Dean of Instruction and to the Executive Director, rank or code advancement.

The membership of the Tenure and Promotion Committee shall consist of all faculty in the Tenure and Promotion system.

NOTE: Membership in this committee is "automatic" for the Librarian, Registrar, and Dean of Instruction. Everyone else who wishes to serve on this committee (e.g., "seats" the five faculty, one staff, and one student) must submit a bid in order to be considered for membership.

The Curriculum Committee is a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Campus as well as the Faculty Assembly and is charged with the responsibility of:
  1. Creating and recommending all new curricula;
  2. Reviewing and recommending all proposed changes in existing curricula;
  3. Overseeing the periodic review of existing programs; and
  4. Serving as a branch liaison with the Curriculum and Undergraduate Committees on main campus.

All recommendations and actions by the Curriculum Committee, with appropriate signatures, are forwarded to the campus Executive Director. With the Executive Director's concurrence, the committee then forwards its recommendations to the UNM Faculty Senate for appropriate Senate action.

Reporting at each of the Assembly's meetings and to the FEC, Dean of Instruction and Executive Director on an ongoing basis.

Curriculum Committee membership will consist of:

    • faculty representatives from the Business and Technology Division;
    • faculty representatives from departments in the Arts and Sciences Division;
    • "at large" faculty representative;
    • The Campus Registrar;
    • The Campus Librarian;
    • professional staff member;
    • The Dean of Instruction (ex officio); and
    • student (ex officio).

The Curriculum Committee’s chair will be elected annually from among and by the committee's voting membership.

Members of the Curriculum Committee include:

    • Justin Bendell
    • Frances Duran
    • Marji Campbell
    • Barbara Lovato
    • Alex Sanchez
    • Laura Musselwhite
    • Tracy Owen
    • Adan Etling
    • Annette Hatch

The Adjunct Faculty Committee was created to discuss and make recommendation on issues of importance to part-time faculty, in particular, but not exclusively. Membership composition is open.

Members of the Adjunct Faculty Committee include:

  • Sandra Alden
  • Cindy Goodman
  • Chuck Schick
  • Ben Flicker

The Faculty Professional Development Committee is a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Campus Faculty Assembly and is charged with the responsibility of organizing, implementing and evaluating appropriate opportunities for professional development.

The membership of the Faculty Professional Development Committee shall consist of three (3) faculty, including one (1) part-time instructor.

Members of the Faculty Professional Development Committee include:

  • Sarah Garde
  • Clifton Murray
  • Heather Wood
  • Alice Lawson

The Faculty Program Development Committee is a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Campus Faculty Assembly and charged with the creation, review, implementation, and maintenance of faculty professional development and other programs such as the Faculty Forums Program.

The membership of the Faculty Program Development Committee shall consist of four (4) faculty members.

The Faculty Program Development Committee reports to the Faculty Assembly at each of its meetings and to the FEC at the end of each academic year.

Members of the Faculty Program Development Committee include:

  • Sarah Garde
  • LeAnn Weller
  • Jinxia Xie
  • Amiee Stahlman

Members of the Faculty Communication Committee include:

  • Alexa Wheeler
  • Melanie Sanchez-Dinwiddie
  • Richard Melzer

The Faculty Conflict Resolution Committee (FCRC) was created at a Faculty Assembly meeting during the 1999 spring semester. Accordingly, the FCRC shall be a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Faculty Assembly; committee members will be "on call" should a dispute arise and will act in accordance with UNM-Valencia Faculty Grievance Procedures. The FCRC chair will be available to immediately respond to any faculty-involved dispute as soon as the dispute comes to the chair’s attention. The FCRC committee structure and process may be the first step of a coordinated grievance procedure that also involves the established procedures published in the UNM-Valencia Faculty Procedural Handbook (latest issue). It is hoped that such an informal faculty conflict resolution team will be able to do its work quickly and effectively to resolve any faculty dispute before positions harden to a point where the more formal grievance procedures are requested.

I. Structure

  • The UNM-Valencia Faculty Conflict Resolution Committee(FCRC) shall be composed entirely of volunteers recruited from full- and part-time faculty ranks and subject to procedures for standing committees of the Assembly
  • Committee members shall choose a chair who serves for a one year term
  • Upon notification of a faculty-involved dispute--by a department chair/coordinator or other campus administrator, Faculty Assembly President, or faculty involved in the dispute--the FCRC Chair shall initiate a Faculty Conflict Resolution Process as outlined below

II. Process

  • The FCRC Chair shall recommend that the disputants immediately attempt a resolution, of the conflict, in a face-to-face meeting
  • If the dispute is not resolved at step 1, the FCRC Chair or a designated committee member shall meet with the parties--as a neutral mediator--to informally resolve the dispute.
  • If the dispute is not resolved at step 2, the FCRC shall call 2 volunteers from the FCRC roster--whose affiliations are most relevant to the conflict and disputants--to hear a more detailed discussion of the dispute. The disputants shall have two weeks from the day these volunteers are named by the chair, to submit a written, detailed report of the dispute to the FCRC volunteers for their suggested resolution. Those FCRC members designated to resolve the dispute shall have five working days, after receiving the report (s) to submit their resolution to the disputants.
  • If the dispute is not resolved at step 3, The FCRC Chair shall convene a hearing to be held before the entire Committee assembled for this purpose. The hearing shall proceed following the principles of a judicial proceeding, with each party presenting its case together with necessary evidence and/or witnesses, including the opportunity to rebut any evidence and consider the testimony of any witness. The FCRC assembled for this dispute will then submit its recommendation in writing to each of the concerned parties, in no more than one week after the hearing, and to the relevant department chair/coordinator, and the Dean of Instruction for the resolution of the dispute within two weeks.

It should be emphasized that faculty members involved in any dispute always have the opportunity to take whatever steps they feel are appropriate to deal with the conflict. However, it is the sincere hope of the FCRC that the structure and process for faculty mediation, outlined above, will be able to resolve every dispute that comes to its attention. If either or both parties to a faculty dispute decide that the informal FCRC process has failed, the more formal Faculty (Academic Freedom) Grievance Procedure may be initiated.

Members of the Faculty Conflict Resolution Committee include:

  • Joseph Barbour
  • Mary Moser Gautreaux
  • Teresa Goodhue
  • Laura Musselwhite
  • Virginia Chang

The Faculty Handbook Committee creates and updates the UNM-Valencia Faculty Handbook according to the policies in Section F of the UNM Faculty Handbook.

Members of the Faculty Handbook Committee include:

  • Marji Campbell
  • Marsha Cline
  • Julia So
  • Tina Hite

Standing Committees of Instruction

The Teaching & Learning Assessment Committee is under the general jurisdiction of the Dean of Instruction and is charged with encouraging and monitoring sound assessment of teaching & learning both for preparation for accreditation and on an ongoing basis to improve teaching & learning at UNM-Valencia.

Membership of the Teaching & Learning Assessment Committee is open to all interested faculty members and includes the Dean of Instruction (who appoints all other members), Manager of the Teaching & Learning Center and the Institutional Researcher.

Members of the Teaching & Learning Assessment Committee include:

  • Tracy Terry
  • Alfonso Heras Llanos
  • Jami Huntsinger
  • Laura Musselwhite
  • Ben Flicker
  • Jinxia Xie
  • LeAnn Weller

Members of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Committee include:

  • Virginia Chang
  • Miriam Chavez
  • Elaine Clark
  • Ben Flicker
  • James Hart
  • Annette Hatch
  • Alfonso Heras Llanos
  • Kevin Hobbs
  • Clifton Murray
  • Tracy Terry
  • Jinxia Xie

Membership of the Computer Use Committee is open to all interested faculty members.

Members of the Computer Use Committee include:

The Cultural Enrichment Committee is charged with the responsibility of:

  • Sponsoring cultural activities at the UNM-Valencia to help in the cultural development of our service area;
  • Assisting in the promotion and development of various cultural activities in our service area; and
  • Reviewing program reports and making program suggestions to the Campus Executive Director. The membership of the Cultural Enrichment Committee shall be open, depending on activity levels and interest, and shall include student, staff, faculty and administrators.
Members of the Cultural Enrichment Committee include:

  • Rosa Auletta
  • Marji Campbell
  • Ben Johnsen
  • Justin Romine
  • Rita Logan
  • Laura Musselwhite
  • Michael Carriere
  • Alexa Wheeler
  • Richard Sylvestre

Standing Committees of the Staff Association

The Staff Benefits Committee is a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Campus Staff Association. It is charged with the responsibility of studying wage and benefits.

Appointments to this committee is made by the President of the Staff Association.

The membership of the Staff Benefits Committee varies in size and is open only to staff.

Members of the Staff Benefits Committee include:

The Rewards and Recognition Committee is a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Campus Staff Association and is charged with the responsibility of working to promote and enhance productivity and morale through reward and recognition programs for UNM-Valencia employees.

The membership of the Rewards and Recognition Committee varies in size and is now open staff and faculty.

Appointments to this committee is made by the President of the Staff Association.

Members of the Rewards and Recognition Committee include:

  • Jami Huntsinger

The Staff Professional Development Committee is a standing committee of the UNM-Valencia Campus Staff Association and is charged with the responsibility of organizing, implementing and evaluating appropriate opportunities for professional development.

The membership of the Staff Professional Development Committee shall consist of five (5) staff, including one part-time staff member.

Appointments to this committee is made by the President of the Staff Association.

Members of the Staff Professional Development Committee include:

Standing Committees of Student Services

The Scholarship Committee is under the general jurisdiction of the Director, Student Affairs and is charged with the responsibility of:

  1. Setting guidelines regarding the selection criteria, application process, awarding, and distribution of UNM-Valencia scholarships; and
  2. Soliciting and receiving a representative pool of scholarship applicants.

Appointment to this committee is made by the Director, Student Affairs.

The membership of the Scholarship Committee shall consist of:

  • Three (3) staff;
  • Three (3) faculty; and
  • One (1) student.

Members of the Scholarship Committee include:

  • Miriam Chavez
  • Lucille Farrington
  • Annette Hatch
  • Joe Barbour
  • Kristina Martinez
  • Maisie Baca
  • Student Member

The Student of the Month Committee is under the general jurisdiction of the Director for Student Affairs and selects the winner of the Student of the Month Award in accordance with the award's established guidelines.

The membership of the Student of the Month Committee shall consist of:

  • staff; and
  • faculty

Appointment to this committee is made by the Director, Student Affairs.

Members of the Student of the Month Committee include:

  • Patricia Gillikin
  • Khaled Kassem

The Student Affairs Committee is under the general jurisdiction of the Director for Student Affairs and is charged with the responsibility of:

  • Adhering to the policies and procedures of the Financial Assistance Satisfactory Progress Requirements;
  • Adhering to the policies and procedures of the Student Grievance Procedure and the Probation/Suspension Policy as stated in the 2014-16 Valencia Campus catalog; and
  • Addressing those procedures and policies in fair and timely hearings.

The membership of the Student Affairs Committee shall consist of:

  • staff;
  • faculty;
  • student; and
  • academic advisor (ex officio); and
  • representative from Financial Aid

Appointment to this committee is made by the Director, Student Affairs.

Members of the Student Affairs Committee include:

  • Maisie Baca
  • Student Member
  • Marji Campbell
  • Melanie Sanchez-Dinwiddie

Standing Committees of the Executive Director's Office

NOTE: Membership in this committee is "automatic" for individuals in some positions (e.g., Advisory Board member(s), presidents of constituency groups, and chief officers). There are, however, other unspecified "seats" available (i.e, unspecified in number and position) for which a bid is necessary in order to be considered for membership.

The Strategic Planning Committee is under the general jurisdiction of the Executive Director and is charged with the development and updating of a strategic plan for UNM-Valencia, taking into consideration changing socio-demographic factors and learning needs of our service area.

The membership of the Strategic Planning Committee shall consist of:

  • One or more representatives from the local Advisory Board;
  • Presidents of the Staff, Faculty and Student Associations;
  • Chief officers (Executive Director, Dean of Instruction, Associate Director for Student Services, and Associate Director for Business & Finance, and Assistant Director); and
  • Other campus representatives who are appointed to participate in this process.

All appointments to this committee will be made by the Executive Director.

Members of the Strategic Planning Committee include:

  • John Abrams
  • Allison Lucero
  • Rosa Auletta
  • Alex Sanchez
  • Barbara Lovato
  • Dani Martinez
  • Glen Lantz
  • Jon Lechel
  • Alice Letteney
  • Rita Logan
  • Paul Luna
  • Kristina Martinez
  • Laura Musselwhite

Staff resources for the Strategic Planning Committee include:

NOTE: The composition of this committee is exclusive to the Executive Director and the three presidents of the Campus' constituency groups. Membership in this committee is "automatic" for individuals who hold these positions and, as such, there is no need to bid for membership in this committee.

The Executive Director’s Advisory Committee is under the general jurisdiction of the Executive Director and is charged with the responsibility of providing an opportunity for communication between and among campus groups; and to review, recommend changes, and improve and enhance the quality of institutional programs and support services.

The membership of the Executive Director's Advisory Committee shall consist of the UNM-Valencia Executive Director and the elected Presidents of the Student, Staff and Faculty Associations.

All appointments to this committee will be made by the Executive Director.

Members of the Executive Director's Advisory Committee include:

  • Alice Letteney
  • Annette Hatch
  • Adan Etling

The Advisory Board Budget Committee is under the general jurisdiction of the Executive Director and is charged with reviewing and revising the Valencia Campus budget and recommending its approval to the Advisory Board. Faculty members on the Budget Committee will report to the FEC before each Faculty Assembly meeting and at each of the Assembly's meetings.

The membership of the Advisory Board Budget Committee shall consist of:

Advisory Board members;

  • faculty;
  • staff; and
  • student.

All appointments to this committee will be made by the Executive Director.

Membership runs for one year only.

Members of the Advisory Board Budget Committeeinclude:

  • Stephen Takach

NOTE: Membership in this committee is "automatic" for individuals in some positions (e.g., Associate Director for Business & Finance, Dean of Instruction, Systems Administrator, and Help Desk Coordinator). There are, however, four other "seats" available (see specifications listed below) for which a bid is necessary in order to be considered for membership.

The Advisory Council on Technology Committee (ACT) is charged with reviewing all policies and operational procedures of computer systems, audio/visual instructional equipment and other information technology at the Valencia Campus and with making recommendations to the Associate Director for Business and Finance, Dean of Instruction and Computer Systems Administrator for improving the performance and effectiveness of computer systems. In addition, the ACT will meet on a monthly basis throughout the entire year to review priorities for the maintenance and installation of equipment and software.

Membership in the Advisory Council on Technology Committee will consist of:

  • The Associate Director for Business and Finance;
  • The Dean of Instruction;
  • The Computer Systems Administrator;
  • The Help Desk Coordinator;
  • Institutional Researcher;
  • A manager-level representative from Student Services;
  • The Campus Librarian;
  • The manager of the Teaching & Learning Center;
  • A faculty representative from any department in the Business and Technology Division; and
  • A faculty representative from any department in the Arts & Sciences Division

All appointments to this committee will be made by the Executive Director.

Members of the Advisory Council on Technology Committee include: