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Constitution Committee

Committee Members
Role Name Term
Full-time Professor elected by Faculty Assembly (Chair) Dr. Scott Tomar 2015
Full-time faculty member at large (Vice Chair) Dr. Wellington Rody 2016
Full-time Associate Professor elected by Faculty Assembly Dr. Ozlem Yilmaz 2016
Full-time Assistant Professor elected by Faculty Assembly Dr. Kathleen Neiva 2017
Full-time faculty member at large Dr. Susan Nimmo 2015
Full-time faculty member at large Ms. Lorie Primosch 2017
Ex officio: Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Dr. Clay Walker
Ex officio: Interim Dean Dr. Boyd Robinson
Support staff Ms. Sheila Altizer

Committee Composition

The term of office on this committee is three years with staggered terms. No member will serve for successive terms. The committee consists of one full-time faculty member from each of the academic ranks of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Full Professor, and three full-time faculty members at-large. Chairpersons or administrators are not eligible to fill elected positions on this committee.  The Dean and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs will be ex-officio members.

Standing Committee Charge

As stated in the College of Dentistry’s Constitution and Bylaws, it is the responsibility of this committee to monitor the governance of the college and to insure that the principals of shared governance are being followed.  This committee monitors and assesses the functioning of all components of the colleges’ governance system and reports their findings with recommendations annually to the FAB.  The committee is responsible for the review of the College’s Constitution and Bylaws annually for its utilization, applicability, and appropriateness to the progressive management of the college.  The committee works in conjunction with the dean to review all the standing committees of the Faculty Assembly, specify their responsibilities, monitor their productivity and assess the rules and regulations governing their operations.

Additional duties of the Constitution Committee include the following:

  • Develop qualified slates of candidates for elected positions in the leadership of the Faculty Assembly and for all standing committees of the Faculty Assembly.
  • Monitor how well the College’s Constitution and By-laws serve the faculty and the College.
  • At the direction of the Dean, to nominate candidates for specific awards, honors, or recognition.

Additional Charge from the Dean for 2013–2014

In addition, for the upcoming year, I am asking the Constitution Committee to:

  • Develop guidelines regarding the number of committees on which junior faculty at the rank of assistant professor should serve.
  • Develop a method for handling the nominations of a junior faculty member to insure that any individual does serve on more than the recommended number of committees.
  • Establish and publish a listing of committee meetings for the 2012-13 academic year.
  • To examine the composition of all standing committees and determine if vacancies exist which are to be filled by election by the Faculty Assembly. If a vacancy or vacancies exist, the committee is charged with developing a qualified slate of candidates to fill such vacancies.
  • Determine if any changes or modifications are needed in either the Constitution and/or the By-Laws and bring suggestions for such changes to the Faculty Advisory Board.
  • Determine, for those committees that specify that certain committee positions be filled by an individual of a specific academic rank, e.g. either clinical or tenure track assistant or associate professor, if one of the individuals is promoted to the next rank, should that person be replaced on the committee or allowed to serve out the elected or appointed term.

This year, each standing faculty committee will be charged with reviewing relevant outcome measures from the new college strategic plan. The measures which should be reviewed by the Constitution Committee include:

  • Functionality of each standing committee under the College’s Constitution and by-laws.
  • Provide an assessment of each aspect of the College of Dentistry shared governance model highlighting both strengths and weaknesses
  • Review of the College’s Constitution and Bylaws for its utilization, applicability, and appropriateness to the progressive management of the college

The committee should evaluate performance on these measures and when appropriate, action plans for improvement should be instituted using the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle. The PDCA is the college’s model for outcomes assessment and evaluation.

Schedule of Meetings

The Constitution Committee meets from 8:00-9:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

2013-2014
Date Room Agenda Final Minutes Attachments
June 17, 2014 D4-16 Meeting canceled
May 20, 2014 D4-16 View N/A N/A
April 15, 2014 D4-16 Meeting canceled
March 11, 2014 D4-16 Meeting canceled
February 18, 2014 D4-16 View N/A N/A
January 21, 2014 D4-16 View View N/A
December 17, 2013 D4-16 Meeting canceled
November 12, 2013 D4-16 View View N/A
October 15, 2013 D5-10 View View View
September 17, 2013 D4-16 View View N/A
August 13, 2013 D4-16 View View N/A
July 9, 2013
8:30-9:30 a.m.
D8-11 View View N/A
2012-2013
Date Room Agenda Final Minutes Attachments
June 25, 2013 1329 Bldg., Room 4223 N/A N/A N/A
May 28, 2013
8:30-9:30 a.m.
D4-16 View N/A N/A
April 23, 2013 1329 Bldg., Room 4223 N/A N/A N/A
March 26, 2013 D4-16 N/A N/A N/A
February 26, 2013 1329 Bldg., Room 4223 View N/A N/A
January 22, 2013 D5-10 View View N/A
December 24, 2012 D5-10 N/A N/A N/A
November 26, 2012 1329 Bldg., Room 4223 View View N/A
October 22, 2012 D5-10 N/A View View
September 25, 2012 D5-10 View View N/A
August 27, 2012 D5-10 N/A View View
July 27, 2012 D11-11 N/A N/A N/A
Annual Reports
Date Report Supplemental Documents
2012–2013 View