Committee Structure

The Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University is supported by a number of committees from which it receives recommendations about all aspects of University business. The committees meet on a regular basis throughout the year to consider a wide range of issues.

Faculty governance committees

Assurance of Learning Council

Scope and charge

  • Reports to the faculty.
  • Designs and implements an assessment strategy for the assessment plans as defined by the undergraduate and graduate education programs.
  • Works with the Undergraduate Program Committee and Graduate Program Committee on the ongoing development of direct assessment measures and their implementation.
  • Consolidates, evaluates and monitors assessment data and identifies trends and concerns in assessment methods and outcomes.
  • Communicates assessment information with Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate Program Committee, Graduate Program Committee, faculty and administration.
  • Logs and monitors actions taken by faculty in response to outcomes assessment.

Membership

One coordinator for each learning goal topic identified at the BBA/MBA levels (each coordinator is responsible for topic at both undergraduate and graduate levels), appointed by the Haworth College of Business leadership team (dean and associate deans), with consultation of the ALC chair. It is required that each department has at least one, but not more than two representatives on the council. The associate dean for undergraduate programs and associate dean for graduate programs serve as ex-officio members. 

Term

Two-year staggered terms.

Chair

One tenured/tenure track chair appointed by the dean. 

Undergraduate Programs Council 

Scope and charge

  • Reports to the associate dean for undergraduate programs.
  • Evaluates the undergraduate core curriculum with the goal of preparing students for the dynamic business environment.
  • Reviews the undergraduate core curriculum and recommends changes to the direct learning objectives at least every three to five years.
  • Examines emerging business issues and recommends appropriate changes to the direct learning objectives and undergraduate core curriculum.
  • Serves as an integrating body that reviews where specific business concepts and principles are taught within the undergraduate core curriculum and recommends logical, systematic and appropriate coverage.

Membership

One tenured or tenure-track member from each academic department. The associate dean for undergraduate programs serves as a non-voting member. New members appointed by dean.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

Elected by voting members of committee.

Graduate Programs Council

Scope and charge

  • Reports to associate dean for operations and graduate programs.
  • Serves as a liaison between the faculty and the MBA program (solicit ideas from and provide information to faculty and to MBA program director and associate dean).
  • Reviews reports associated with the MBA program (for example, those generated by the head of the MBA program and staff as well as the Assessment Committee) and make recommendations.
  • Provides advice and acts as a sounding board to the head of the MBA program on educational, operational and strategic issues.
  • Assists the head of MBA program with gathering data about the MBA (helping with focus groups, reviewing surveys, helping to distribute surveys, etc).
  • Attends and encourages attendance of faculty at non-classroom MBA events (graduation reception, workshops, possible orientation sessions, open houses, etc.)
  • Recommends possible changes to graduate DLOs.
  • Maintains a catalog of master syllabi for all MBA core courses.

Membership

One tenured or tenure-track member from each academic department. MBA program director, associate dean for graduate programs and the coordinator of MBA student support services serve as nonvoting members. New members appointed by the dean.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

Elected by voting members of the committee.

Curriculum Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to the faculty.
  • Provides oversight (not implementation) of the curriculum review process within the college of business.
  • Reviews curriculum change proposals from faculty according to guidelines established by the WMU Faculty Senate. These changes may include, but are not limited to, programmatic degree changes (e.g., new majors, changes in major requirements, change in degree requirements for the college) and course changes (e.g., new courses, change in course names and content), and should be consistent with AACSB and North Central accreditation requirements.
  • Provides advice to the various departments, the Undergraduate Programs Council and the Graduate Programs Council as needed regarding drafting and submitting curriculum proposals according to Faculty Senate guidelines.

Membership

One tenured or tenure-track member from each academic department. The director of academic advising, associate dean(s) or director(s) of undergraduate and graduate programs serve as non-voting members. New members elected by departmental faculty by end of spring semester; if department does not elect members by this date, dean has option to appoint new members to fill impending fall vacancies.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

Elected by voting members of committee.

Faculty Enhancement Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to the dean.
  • Organizes, manages and promotes faculty research, teaching and technology seminars in the college of business.
  • Evaluates annually the faculty nominees for the college of business research, teaching and service awards, and selects recipients.

Membership

One tenured or tenure-track member from each academic department. New members elected by departmental faculty by end of spring semester; if department does not elect members by this date, dean has option to appoint new members to fill impending fall vacancies.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

Elected by committee members.

International Business Education Committee 

Scope and charge

  • Reports to the dean.
  • Recommends policy and strategy regarding internationalization opportunities for the curriculum, students, faculty and staff.
  • Initiates and promotes international opportunities including, but not limited to, dual degree program agreements and other exchange arrangements, funded grants which support international travel, international scholar exchanges, study abroad programs and other endeavors including research in the international area.
  • Evaluates international opportunities and programs. Promotes cultural diversity within the college. 

Membership

A minimum of one (maximum of two) tenured or tenured track members from each academic department. New members elected by departmental faculty by end of spring semester; if department does not elect members by this date, dean has option to appoint new members to fill impending fall vacancies. The director of the Global Business Center is a voting member.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

The director of the Global Business Center serves as chair.

Promotion Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to the dean.
  • Evaluates faculty applications being considered for promotion or tenure and forwards a written recommendation to the dean.
  • Evaluates untenured tenure-track faculty members for second and fourth year reviews and forwards written recommendations to the dean.   

Membership

One member from each academic department at the full professor level elected by departmental faculty.

Term

Three-year terms.

Chair

Elected by committee members.

Technology and Learning Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to associate dean for operations and graduate programs.
  • Provides a two-way conduit between all college departments and Business Computing Services regarding training, technology, electronic classroom teaching techniques, and data and equipment security in support of the college of business mission.
  • Supports and assists BCS in the development of technology planning.
  • Coordinates with the Faculty Enhancement Committee, Staff Enhancement Committee and the college of business Faculty Senate technology representative where appropriate.

Membership

One tenured or tenure-track member from each academic department; one staff representative from a nonacademic area of the college. The associate dean for operations and graduate programs and representatives from BCS and Media/Learning Services serve as non-voting members. New members elected by departmental faculty by end of spring semester; if department does not elect members by this date, dean has option to appoint new members to fill impending fall vacancies.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than two new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

Elected by voting committee members.

Faculty Governance Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to the faculty.
  • Represents general faculty’s viewpoint on all matters that require coordination between administration of the college and the general faculty (includes all tenure-track faculty, term and part-time faculty).
  • Provides input to college administrators regarding academic and administrative matters. 
  • Periodically reviews academic and professional qualification standards to ensure alignment with the college of business mission.
  • Convenes general faculty meetings at least once a semester to conduct business related to faculty governance.
  • Committee chair is a voting member of Policy Council.

Membership

One tenured or tenure-track member from each academic department elected by departmental faculty. 

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

Elected by committee members.

Non-faculty governance committees

Scholarship Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to associate dean for undergraduate programs.
  • Meets annually, usually in February, to select winners of the college of business scholarships.

Membership

One tenured/tenure-track member from each academic department appointed by dean and department chairs; manager of recruitment and outreach.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

Elected by committee members.

Staff Enhancement Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to dean.
  • Works with the dean to provide programs about technology and other innovations that support staff career development and improved service to faculty and students.
  • Evaluates annually the staff nominees for the college of business staff awards and selects recipients.

Membership

Voluntary

Term

Membership of this committee has no terms. 

Chair

Elected by committee members.

Career Center Advisory Committee 

Scope and charge

  • Advises the Zhang Career Center director.
  • Provides advice and guidance to center on matters related to the center.
  • Meets at least twice a semester

Membership

One tenured or tenure-track member from each academic department appointed by dean and department chairs (departments with multiple majors can appoint an individual to represent each major if desired), director of academic advising, associate dean for undergraduate programs and director of the Zhang Career Center.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year). 

Chair

Elected by committee members.

Emergency Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to dean.
  • Supports building safety in case of emergencies such as fire, tornado, workplace violence, chemical release, or bomb threat.
  • Provides training opportunities for committee members including fire safety and fire extinguisher training, tornado safety, emergency preparedness, first aid, CPR, AED, bomb threat awareness, chemical release/handling suspicious mail, information on assisting individuals (blind or low vision, hearing impairment, wheelchair) and workplace violence.

Membership

Voluntary 

Term

Membership of this committee has no terms. 

Chair

Elected by committee members.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Scope and charge

  • Reports to dean.
  • Addresses diversity and inclusion issues within the college including, but not limited to, student, faculty and staff recruitment; awareness and sensitivity to diversity and inclusion issues; and diversity and inclusion-related programs/events

Membership

One member from each academic and non-academic unit in the college appointed by the dean.

Term

Two-year staggered terms, (i.e., no more than three new members appointed in any one year).

Chair

Elected by committee members.