Sam Fox School Faculty Committees Policy
Sam Fox School Faculty Council
The Sam Fox School Faculty Council is responsible for addressing academic and administrative policies with the responsibility of making recommendations to the Dean of the Sam Fox School, the Director of Architecture, the Director of Art, or to the faculty as appropriate. The Council consults with the Dean of the Sam Fox School on new policies or changes to existing policies and brings forward changes to the faculty on promotion and tenure matters that require discussion and approval. The Council will review University policy changes with the Dean of the Sam Fox School and faculty when appropriate and vet policy proposed by ad hoc committees or other bodies within the School. The Council may take up issues brought forth by any member or members of the faculty, including all full-time, part-time, and visiting faculty members. The Council will meet four times during the academic year and additional meetings will be added as needed at the initiative of the Council or at the request of the Dean of the Sam Fox School.
The Sam Fox School Faculty Council is composed of six tenured faculty members from the Colleges of Art and Architecture (even split between Art and Architecture faculty). Faculty with administrative appointments are not eligible to serve on the committee. Faculty Council members will be nominated and elected by eligible voting members in their respective college faculties to serve up to 3-year terms with an annual staggered rotation. The nomination process should give consideration to faculty across the multiple disciplines within each college. Faculty may not serve consecutive terms. The three members of the Council from Art and the three members from Architecture will each be regarded as subgroups representing their college with the ability to make decisions within the council that are college-specific and call college faculty votes. All matters should first be brought to the attention of the entire Faculty Council; the Council will determine whether a matter can be handled on the college level.
A chair of the Council will be elected by the voting members to serve a two-year term. The election for chair should be conducted as needed during the last meeting of the academic year. In addition to setting the agenda for Council activities, the chair may appoint ad hoc committees for the development of policy when needed in consultation with the Dean of the Sam Fox School, the Director of Architecture, or the Director of Art. As needed, the Council will invite members of the faculty, staff, and administration of the School and Kemper Art Museum to meetings as non-voting participants.
Sam Fox School Dean’s Advisory Committee on Tenure and Promotion
The Sam Fox School Dean’s Advisory Committee on Tenure and Promotion reviews tenure and promotion cases and advises the Dean of the Sam Fox School on all recommendations from each College for the award of tenure, for promotion to the ranks of associate professor and full professor, and for new appointments that carry tenure.
The Committee comprises three full professors with tenure from Art and three full professors with tenure from Architecture. Members serve three-year staggered terms and are elected by each college’s eligible voting members. A chair will be elected at the first meeting of the academic year. Faculty may not serve consecutive terms. The Dean of the Sam Fox School, the Director of Architecture, and the director of Art serve as non-voting ex-officio members.
Sam Fox School Exhibitions Committee
The Sam Fox School Exhibitions Committee reviews proposals to determine faculty-curated exhibitions in the Garen Gallery and to award the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund visiting residency with a corresponding faculty-curated exhibition in the Museum. The committee broadly oversees exhibition spaces across the School, including the Des Lee Gallery.
Members of the Committee include the Director of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Director of Art; Director of Architecture; one Museum curator; and one tenured or tenure-track faculty representative each from Art and Architecture, appointed by the college director for a two-year term. Faculty may not serve consecutive terms. The Dean of the Sam Fox School serves as a non-voting ex-officio member.
Sam Fox School Committee for Fairness and Diversity
The Sam Fox School Committee for Fairness and Diversity advises the SFS Dean’s Office on related issues, including the improvement of recruitment and retention efforts; strengthening the environment for women and members of minority groups; and stimulating and responding to opportunities that promote and encourage diversity, tolerance, and equity among all groups in the Sam Fox School. The Committee meets once each semester with additional meetings scheduled as needed.
Members of the Committee include four tenured or tenure-track faculty members, two from Art and two from Architecture, and a Kemper Art Museum representative. Members serve two-year staggered terms. Faculty committee members are appointed by the college directors. The Kemper Art Museum representative is appointed by the Director of the Museum. Additional administrators and staff within the Sam Fox School may serve as non-voting ex-officio members.
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Director’s Advisory Committee
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Director’s Advisory Committee, representing the scholarly interest of Washington University, will serve to support and advise the Director of the Museum on realizing the institution’s mission and vision. Particular areas of attention include the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, public and academic education programs, and publications, and their curricular and scholarly intersection with the University. The Committee will meet every other month during the academic year and additional meetings will be added as needed.
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Director’s Advisory Committee will be composed of five faculty members and one PhD student, including two appointed tenured or tenure-track faculty members from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts: one from the College of Art and one from the College of Architecture. In addition, the Committee will include two faculty members and one PhD student from humanities departments in Arts & Sciences, including one from the Department Art History & Archaeology and two from other humanities departments (to be determined by the Dean in Arts &Sciences), and one faculty member from one of the professional schools (business, engineering, law, medicine, or social work). Faculty committee members will be appointed by the Deans and Department Chairs of the respective schools/humanities departments to serve up to three-year terms with an annual staggered rotation. Faculty may not serve consecutive terms. The Dean of the Sam Fox School, the Director of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and the two curators of the Kemper Art Museum will serve as non-voting ex-officio members.
Original policy approved by faculty vote February 1, 2016
Revisions approved by faculty vote on May 16, 2018