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University Catalog 2015-2016 
University Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Councils, Committees, Commissions

The President and the appropriate Vice President are ‘ex-officio’ members of all councils and committees.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND PLANNING COUNCIL. Purpose: Serves as the comprehensive review, assessment, and planning Council for Louisiana Tech University. The Council is chaired by the President, and the membership includes administrators representing all areas of the University. Members: Les Guice (Chair), Terry McConathy, Stan Napper, Jim King, Corre Stegall, Lisa Cole, Sam Wallace, Rita Franks, Hisham Hegab, Donald Kaczvinsky, Gary Kennedy, Christopher Martin, Don Schillinger, Sheryl Shoemaker, Dickie Crawford, Pamela Ford, Tommy McClelland, Dave Guerin, Dave Norris, University Senate President, SGA President, Carrie Flournoy (ex-officio), and Ryan Richard (ex-officio).

ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW BOARD. Purpose: Hears only appeals from recommendations of the Behavioral Standards Committee, and is vested with appellate jurisdiction only. Members: Vice President for Student Advancement (Chair), Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the College in which the student is registered.

AESTHETICS COMMITTEE. Purpose: To review proposed campus projects and make recommendations to the President as to the aesthetic merit of the proposed project and its conformity to standards of tradition and appearance of the campus. Members: Ryan Richard (Chair), Carrie Flournoy, Dave Guerin, Jim King, Corre Stegall, and Sam Wallace.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COUNCIL. Purpose: Established to review issues relative to compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to forward recommendations to the appropriate administrative level, and to serve as a grievance review board for appeals. Members: Coordinator, Special Programs (Chair); Assistant Dean, Student Development; Coordinator, Testing and Disability Services; Director, Counseling and Career Services; and representatives from Academic Affairs, Admissions, Human Resources, Residential Life, SGA, Campus Engineering, Behavioral Sciences, Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitative Services.

ARCHIVES AND MUSEUM COMMITTEE. Purpose: Establishes policies and guidelines for the operation of the Archives and Museum and assists the Director of Archives with acquisitions and publicity matters. Members: Peggy Carter (Chair), Amy Yates, and Gary Zumwalt.

ASTRONOMY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Purpose: Oversees astronomical observing activities and serves in an advisory role to the planetarium at Louisiana Tech University. The Committee arranges star parties and observation of interesting astronomical events such as eclipses and comets, and is available to serve as a source of information. Also aids in improving the equipment at the planetarium. Members: William Deese, and Lee Sawyer (ex-officio).

ATHLETICS COUNCIL. Purpose: Reviews intercollegiate athletic programs and activities and makes recommendations to the President for his consideration. Athletics Council members are appointed by the President. Members: Donna Thomas (Chair), Lisa Cole, Steve Davison, Sean Dwyer, Marvin Green, Guthrie Jarrell, Gary Kennedy, Terry McConathy, Judith Roberts, Sam Speed, Heath Tims, SGA representative, Mary Kay Hungate (non-voting), and Thomas McClelland II (non-voting).

BEHAVIORAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE. Purpose: Serves as the disciplinary agent of the University in cases referred to it by the Vice President for Student Advancement or his representative. The Committee has appellate jurisdiction by a student from an adverse decision of the Vice President for Student Advancement which directly affects the complainant in his individual capacity. Members: The Committee members shall be selected from a roster composed from the following: twelve faculty members appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; twelve staff members appointed by the Vice President for Student Advancement, six SGA upperclassmen and six underclassmen appointed by the President of the University, and four chairpersons appointed by the Vice President for Student Advancement. Four rotating committees, composed of faculty, staff, students and a chairperson, meet to hear discipline cases involving students.

BIOSAFETY AND RADIONUCLIDES INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW COMMITTEE. Purpose: Ensures that all hazards associated with teaching and research are identified, monitored, and controlled. Members: Don Braswell (Chair), Danny Eddy, William Green, Dick Greenwood, Ed Griswold, Patrick Hindmarsh, Melissa Hughes, Thomas Larry, David Mills, Patrick O’Neal, Bala Ramachandran, Neven Simicevic, and James Spaulding

CAMPUS COMPUTING SERVICES COORDINATING COMMITTEE. Purpose: Assess the campus needs for computing services and assign priorities to those needs. Members: (Chair), Jim King, Bala Ramachandran, Sam Wallace, and Roy Waters.

COMMENCEMENT COMMITTEE. Purpose: Reviews activities associated with the graduation ceremony and make appropriate recommendations to the President. Members: Bob Vento (Chair), William Deese, Marilyn Robinson, Jim Robken, Corre Stegall, and Adam McGuirt.

CONTRACT REVIEW COMMITTEE. Purpose: Reviews all contracts between a state university and a member of its faculty or a company in which faculty members have an ownership interest under specified circumstances, and certify to the Board of Regents, semiannually, that entering into the contract will contribute to economic development of the state and serve the public interest. Members: Les Guice (Chair), Courtney Hilton, Rich Kordal, and Lisa Cole.

COUNCIL OF ACADEMIC DEANS. Purpose: Coordinates academic programs and policies for the University. The Council considers actions taken by the Instructional Policies Committee and the Graduate Council. Recommendations of the Council of Academic Deans are forwarded to the President for consideration and final approval. Members: Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chair), Deans of each academic college, Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Enrollment Management, Dean of Library Services, and University Registrar.

ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. Purpose: Monitors, evaluates, and makes recommendations on matters related to recruiting and retention of undergraduate students. Members: Dean of Enrollment Management (Chair), Associate Deans for Undergraduate Studies, Student Success Specialists from College of Business and Engineering and Science, Associate Registrar/NCAA Academic Compliance, Associate Registrar/Records & Registration, Computing Center representative, Comptroller’s Office representative (Bursar) Dean of Student Life/Auxiliary Services, Director of Financial Aid, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, and a student representative.

The RETENTION COMMITTEE is a subcommittee of ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL and consists of all of the Enrollment Management Council members plus the following additional members: College of Education representative, Director of the Career Center, Department of Mathematics representative, General Studies representative, and representatives from the various departments in the Bulldog Achievement Resource Center.

The ACADEMIC RENEWAL COMMITTEE is a subcommittee of the ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. Members: Joan Edinger (Chair), Pamela Ford, Donna Hood, Bob Vento, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, College of Engineering and Science.

The DEVELOPMENTAL SUSPENSION APPEALS COMMITTEE is a subcommittee of the ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT COUNCIL. Members: Stacy Gilbert (Chair), Joan Edinger, Melanie Peel, and the Associate Deans for Undergraduate Studies.

The EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM. Purpose: Provides important information in the event of an emergency or natural disaster that occurs within Louisiana Tech University or the general area and impacts normal university operations. The team works to anticipate emergencies and helps to initiate the appropriate response. Members: Les Guice, Don Braswell, Ron Cathey, Dickie Crawford, Bill Davis, Carrie Flournoy, Dave Guerin, Randal Hermes, Case Ingram, Jim King, Joe Peel, Sam Speed, Bob Vento, Sam Wallace, and Roy Waters.

EQUIPMENT DONATIONS COMMITTEE. Purpose: Reviews all proposed equipment donations to any part of the University (including the Foundation). Members: (Chair), Debbie Forney and Jim King.

FEE COMMITTEE. Purpose: Serves to review proposals regarding University fees and to make recommendations regarding fees to the President and the University of Louisiana System, as appropriate. Members: Vice President for Academic Affairs; Vice President for Student Advancement; Vice President for University Advancement; Vice President for Research and Development; Assistant Vice President for Finance; Assistant Vice President for Administration & Facilities; University Senate representative; and SGA President.

FINANCIAL PLANNING TASK FORCE. Purpose: Advisory group to the President and to the Administrative and Planning Council on budget matters and budget priority funding. Members: President Les Guice, Vice President Terry McConathy, Vice President Jim King, Vice President Corre Stegall, Vice President Stanley Napper, Assistant Vice President Lisa Cole, Assistant Vice President Sam Wallace, SGA President, University Senate President, and Carrie Flournoy.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS COMMITTEE. Purpose: Assess the effectiveness of the General Education Requirements as mandated by the Board of Regents and to forward recommendations relative to Tech’s General Education Requirements as appropriate. Members: Jeffery Hankins (Chair), Dawn Basinger, Jenna Carpenter, Marcia Dickerson, and Janet Pope.

GRADUATE COUNCIL. Purpose: Reviews and recommends proposals for graduate courses and curricula, and may initiate or consider recommendations concerning instructional policies of the Graduate School. Members: Sheryl Shoemaker (Chair), Bruce Alford, William Campbell, John Harrison, Teresa Murray, Jim Palmer, Monte Parker, Janet Pope, Boris Teske, Steve Webre, Saul Zalesch, SGA Representative, Marilyn Robinson (ex-officio), and Bob Vento (ex-officio)

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE. Purpose: Provides for an independent body to consider the grievances of faculty and other unclassified personnel. This committee is composed of nine selected/elected members and a chairperson (non-voting) appointed by the President of Louisiana Tech University. The Executive Committee of the University Senate shall select six faculty members (one from each College and one from a designated College on a rotating three-year basis) to serve on the University Grievance Committee. The divisions of Louisiana Tech University (Academic Affairs, Research and Development, Finance and Administration, Student Affairs, and University Advancement) shall be represented by three elected representatives to the University Grievance Committee. Only unclassified staff personnel may be elected to represent the divisions. Members: Joe Pullis (Chair), Bruce Alford, Charles Cicciarella, Donna Hood, and Kim Theodos.

HEALTH SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Purpose: Addresses collective issues relating to health care education and serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Members: Dean of Applied & Natural Sciences (Chair), Representatives of the Departments of Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Health Informatics and Information Management; Directors of programs in Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD - HUMAN USE COMMITTEE. Purpose: Ensures that the University follows the regulations for the protection of human research subjects as set forth by the Department of Health and Human Services. All research projects involving human subjects, both sponsored and non-sponsored projects, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for Use of Human Research Subjects before the research project is initiated as well as periodically during the conduct of the research project. Members: Mary Livingston (Chair), Bruce Alford, Nancy Bergeron, Ed Griswold, Stan Napper, Lisa Maxedon, Heather McCollum, Virginia Pennington, Gary Stokley, Latoya Pierce, and Mike Shipp.

INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL CARE AND USE COMMITTEE. Purpose: Oversees the welfare of any animals used in experimental research, their care and facilities, as directed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. Members: James Spaulding (Chair), Don Braswell, William Green, Steven Jones, Yuri Voziyanov, William Wolf, Stan Napper (ex officio) and one community representative.

INSTRUCTIONAL INNOVATION COMMITTEE. Purpose: Established in 1995 with the responsibility to enhance communications among faculty about campus instructional technology capabilities and about experimentation with instructional techniques and to schedule development programs to meet identified needs of the faculty. Members: Stephen Webre (Chair), David Cargill, Bill Deese, Marcia Dickerson, David Hall, and Jeffrey Walczyk.

INSTRUCTIONAL POLICIES COMMITTEE. Purpose: Considers problems of college life in the areas of courses, curricula, and instruction in undergraduate studies. Also, serves as an instrument of control to avoid course duplication and proliferation. Members: Chairperson elected each September. Two representatives from each academic college, one representative from the library and TECH-Barksdale, a student representative from the SGA, and the University Registrar (ex-officio).

INSURANCE AND RELATED BENEFITS COMMITTEE. Purpose: Periodically reviews and makes recommendations to the President regarding new benefit programs and changes to existing plans in order to keep the University’s fringe benefit program competitive. This Committee is designated as the plan administrator for the University’s Cafeteria (Section 125) Plan. Members: Sheila Trammel (Chair), Lisa Cole and Sam Wallace.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE. Purpose: Oversight of intellectual property, policies, and procedures for the University. Members: Rich Kordal (Chair), Niel Crews, Leon Iasemidis, Gary Kennedy, Bill McCumber, Jennifer Riley, and a student representative.

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE. Purpose: To promote greater understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Members: (Chair), Dan Erickson, Jeffery Hankins, Jeremy Mhire, Bogdan Strimbu, Jerry Tobacyk, and an SGA representative.

PARKING AND TRAFFIC COMMITTEE. Purpose: Responsible for the establishment and annual review of the parking and traffic regulations as set forth in the University “Vehicle Regulations Manual.” This committee is also charged with reviewing appeals, proposals, and recommendations submitted by members of the University community pertaining to parking and traffic concerns. Members: Vice President for Student Advancement or his designee (Chair), Chief of University Police, representative from Division of Student Affairs, representative from the Physical Plant, one representative from each of the five academic colleges, two members of the Student Government Association appointed by the SGA President, and one student Housing Representative and a University Senate representative.

PREMEDICAL/PREDENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Purpose: Advises Premedical and Predental students, conducts personal interviews of applicants to medical and dental school and prepares recommendations for these applicants. Members: William Wolf (Chair), Marilyn Cox, Sven Eklund, Rebecca Giorno-McConnel, Bryant Hollins, Michelle Jimmerson, Steven Jones, Paul Ramsey, D’eane Sheehan, Jeffry Shultz, and J. Nicole Webb.

RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION COUNCIL. Purpose: researches and develops plans to enhance quality and efficiency of recruitment and retention initiatives across the University. Members: Dean, Student Development (Chair); Academic Associate Deans for Undergraduate Studies; Sophomore Class President; Dean, Enrollment Management; Director, Co-Curricular Programs; Representatives from other disciplines as determined by Strategic Planning Council.

RESEARCH COUNCIL. Purpose: Coordinates the research activities of the University, strengthens interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research, serves as a vehicle for discussion of problems involving the administration of research projects and grants, recommends to the University administration policies concerning research and other sponsored programs, and fosters, stimulates, and advances the research effort of the University. Members: Stan Napper (Chair), Melinda Bryan, William Campbell, Kevin Cuccie, John Francis, Mark Gibson, Dick Greenwood, Jamie Hancock, John Harrison, Courtney Hilton, Tony Inman, Lindsey Keith-Vincent, Bala Ramachandran, Bonita Smith, Steve Webre, and Beth Free (ex officio).

SPACE UTILIZATION COMMITTEE. Purpose: Ensures that all campus space is usable by all members of the campus community who can justify its use in total consideration of the nature of the space. Members: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Advancement, Vice President for Research and Development, Assistant Vice President for Finance, and Assistant Vice President for Administration and Facilities.

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE. Members: Terry McConathy (Chair), Les Guice, Pamela Ford, Donald Kaczvinsky, Jim King, Rich Kordal, Stan Napper, Corre Stegall, Tommy McClelland, University Senate President, and SGA President.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS COMMITTEE. Purpose: Serves as the governing committee for all matters involving student organizations. Members: Director of Student Development (Chair), Faculty/Staff member appointed by the Vice President for Student Advancement, University Senate Representative, Interfraternity Council President, Panhellenic President, SGA President, Chief of University Police, IFC Advisor, Panhellenic Advisor, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs, and Union Board President.

STUDENT SELF-ASSESSED FEES OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. Purpose: Monitors and evaluates the need for student self-assessed fees. Members: One student representing the SGA, one student representing the Union Board, one student representing KLPI, one student representing Multicultural Affairs, one graduate student representing Housing Operations, two faculty members appointed by the President, one staff person representing the Assistant Vice President for Finance, one staff person representing the Assistant Vice President for Administration & Facilities, two staff persons representing the Vice President for Student Advancement, two ex-officio members, and Chief Business Affairs officer and Chief Student Affairs officer.

STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FEE BOARD. Purpose: Serves as the final recommending body for expenditures from the Student Technology Fee. Members: President Leslie K. Guice (Chair), SGA President, SGA Vice-President, Senior Class President, Junior Class President, Sophomore Class President, Freshman Class President, Lisa Cole, Terry McConathy, Roy Waters, Jim King (ex officio), Carrie Flournoy (ex-officio), and Kim Barlow (ex officio).

THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM. Purpose: Serves as a central network and clearinghouse for identification and early intervention of students exhibiting indications of extreme distress or those engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors. Members: Dickie Crawford (Chair), Tara Haskins, Randal Hermes, and Jim King.

TRADITIONS COMMITTEE. Purpose: Defines the traditions of Louisiana Tech University and enhances the culture of the University. Members: SGA President (Chair) Richard Crawford, Corre Stegall, Union Board President, University Senate Representative, Library Representative, and Athletic Department Representative.

UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE. Purpose: To review unit reports and develop a summary report and feedback for the ADMINISTRATIVE PLANNING COUNCIL. Members: Terry McConathy (Chair), 2 representatives from each college; 2 representatives each from VP Academic Affairs, VP Student Affairs, AVP Finance, and AVP Administration.

UNIVERSITY BRANDING AND LICENSING COMMITTEE. Purpose: To support and advise the Department of University Communications in matters related to the licensing, merchandising, and reproduction of official Louisiana Tech visual marks (i.e. logos, institutional and athletics team names/references, photographic and video images, etc.). Members: Dave Guerin (Chair), Elena Parker, Jim King, Marco Born, Jay Luksis, Nate Warren, CLC representatives.

UNIVERSITY CATALOG COMMITTEE. Purpose: Charged with the responsibility to review the catalog to insure accuracy of approved policies and procedures prior to printing. Members: Bob Vento (Chair), Kim Barlow, Dawn Basinger, Aimee Baxter, William Campbell, Joshua Chovanec, Richard Crawford, Joan Edinger, Pamela Ford, Stacy Gilbert, Richard Harrison, Jim Palmer, Janet Pope, Marilyn Robinson, Sheryl Shoemaker, Lori Theis, Steve Webre, and a Student Representative.

UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE. Purpose: To provide effective and efficient communications to external audiences, as it pertains to public/media relations functions, information dissemination, and the marketing of the University. The Committee will act as a catalyst for developing a campus-wide communications network to ensure the consistency and accuracy of information being distributed by the University and its internal units. The Committee will present all consequential recommendations and proposed actions impacting the University to the President for consideration. Members: Dave Guerin (Chair), Carrie Flournoy, Pamela Ford, Tommy McClelland, Reggie Owens, Janet Pope, Dorothy Robbins, Don Schillinger, Corre Stegall, University Senate President, and SGA President.

UNIVERSITY COMPUTING POLICY AND PLANNING COUNCIL. Purpose: Makes final decisions concerning the allocation of computer related resources for the University. Members: Les Guice (Chair), Jim King, Terry McConathy, Stan Napper, Lisa Cole, and Sam Wallace.

UNIVERSITY HONOR COUNCIL. Purpose: Provides due process in cases involving violations of the Louisiana Tech University Honor Code. Members: Three faculty members appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; one staff member appointed by the Vice President for Student Advancement; five students with three being upper-class undergraduates appointed by the SGA President, and 2 graduate students appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School; and one faculty chairperson appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. Purpose: Studies library needs in view of the academic program and advises the Director of Libraries on matters of general library policy, the development of library resources, and upon means which may integrate the library program with other academic activities of the University. The Committee serves as a liaison group between the faculty and the Library. Members: Nancy Darland, Laura Flurry, Rita Franks, Daphne Jewell, Mary Livingston, Mike Luehlfing, Taylor Mack, Teresa Murray, Balachandran Ramachandran, Boris Teske, Amy Vessel, Steve Webre, one undergraduate student and one graduate student.

UNIVERSITY REACCREDITATION LEADERSHIP TEAM. Purpose: Assessment and self-study leadership panel for reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Members: President Leslie K. Guice (Chair), Terry M. McConathy, Sheryl S. Shoemaker (SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison), Carrie M. Flournoy (Executive Assistant & Title IX & Compliance Coordinator).

UNIVERSITY SAFETY COMMITTEE. Purpose: Reviews and recommends the adoption of University safety standards. The Committee works through safety representatives to inform departments of new procedures and to assist in the implementation of safety regulations. Members: Environmental Safety Officer (Chair), Director of Nuclear Center, Director of Physical Plant, Director of Human Resources, Department Head of Chemistry, Director of the School of Biological Sciences, Director of University Housing, Chief of University Police, and Director of the Division of Nursing.

UNIVERSITY SENATE. Purpose: Promotes the general welfare of the University; discusses and expresses views on matters of general concern to the faculty; effectively communicates between the faculty and the administration; initiates policy proposals; makes recommendations on policy proposals submitted to it by the administrative officials of the University; and requests, through appropriate channels, from the administrative officials of the University, information which might influence policies and recommendations of the Senate. Members: The membership includes elected representatives from the Faculty who are employed full time and professional personnel engaged in Specialized Academic Services. Members shall serve for a term of three years.

UNIVERSITY SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMMITTEE. Purpose: Hears and considers testimony and other relevant evidence to make findings of fact, to determine whether the University’s policy on sexual harassment has been violated, and if so to recommend appropriate relief and disciplinary action(s). Members: James M. King (Chair), Jeanette Futrell, Reggie Owens, Paige Pickett, Devery Rowland, Tilman Sheets, Sam Wallace, Amy Yates, and Carrie Flournoy (ex officio).

UNIVERSITY TENURED FACULTY COMMITTEE. Purpose: Provides due process in cases involving action taken by the University which could result in the discharge, termination of contract, or demotion in rank of a tenured faculty member. Members: Jerome Tobacyk (Chair), Jeffery Hankins, Donna Hood, Tony Inman, University Senate President, and University Senate Vice President.

UNIVERSITY TOUR COMMITTEE. Purpose: Ensures that any tour recommended by the University falls within the mission of the University, that is, teaching, research and public service. Members: Don Kaczvinsky (Chair), Dan Erickson, Lisa Cole, Sam Wallace, and SGA President.

UNIVERSITY VIOLENCE FREE WORKPLACE COMMITTEE. Purpose: Developing and maintaining a comprehensive plan to ensure that the campus workplace is free of violence. Members: Sheila Trammel (Chair), Don Braswell, Ron Cathey, Jeanette Futrell, Randal Hermes.

UNIVERSITY WEB COMMITTEE. Purpose: Provides guidelines for the maintenance of the Louisiana Tech web site and makes web-related technology recommendations. Members: Tom Soto (Chair),Kim Barlow, Dawn Basinger, Aimee Baxter, Mark Coleman, Donny Crowe, David Deal, Dan Erickson, Pamela Ford, Bryan Fuller, Dave Guerin, Janet Pope, Elena Parker, Marilyn Robinson, Danny Schales, Sam Speed, John Swart, Sam Wallace, and Chris Womack.