Committees

Advising Network

The Advising Network of the Office of the Provost provides a forum for faculty and professional academic advisors from across campus to advise the University’s senior leadership, address issues of common concern, work on joint projects, and share ideas and best practices for guiding and supporting undergraduate students’ education and overall development.  The Advising Network reaches out to all faculty advisors and professional advisors by organizing opportunities for advisors to meet and work together.

For more information, please visit the Advising Network website.

BU Arts Council

The BU Arts Council is a new University-level, standing committee composed of faculty, students and staff that works with the Managing Director of the BU Arts Initiative and is charged with further developing the vision, planning, and implementation of the University-wide Arts Initiative for full-scale launch in Fall 2013.

For more information, please visit the BU Arts Council website.

BU Women’s Guild

Established in 1956 by then Dean of Women Elsbeth Melville, the Guild is a woman-to-woman organization that provides the women of BU with a forum to discuss topics of common interest and with the opportunity to meet women from across the campuses whom they otherwise might not get to know.

For more information, please visit the BU Women’s Guild website.

Council of Deans

The Council of Deans, presided over by the University Provost, meets biweekly to discuss issues and policies that affect the administrative and academic operations of the University’s schools and colleges. Council members include the deans of the 16 schools and colleges as well as selected senior administrators, as determined by the University Provost.

For more information, please visit the Council of Deans website or contact the Office of the Provost at 617-353-2230.

Faculty Advisory Board on Distance Education

The Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board on Distance Education provides broad faculty input on the academic aspect of distance education at Boston University. More information on the membership and mission of the advisory board can be found on its website. (Kerberos Required)

Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is the elected representative body for faculty at Boston University. Each school and college elects at least one representative and one alternate to serve on the council. The Faculty Council is an open forum in which the policies and activities of the University are discussed. It meets once per month during the academic year.

For more information, please visit the Faculty Assembly Council website.

Graduate Council

The Graduate Academic Council meets once per month to consider matters that affect the quality of the graduate experience at Boston University. Its membership is set by the University Provost and normally includes the associate and assistant deans of the schools and colleges with graduate programs, as well as representatives from key University administrative offices. The council is chaired by Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs Timothy Barbari.

For more information, please visit the Graduate Council website.

Provost’s Cabinet

The Cabinet is comprised of the Provost’s senior administration. The group meets weekly with the Provost to discuss issues and topics that affect the University. Members can access meeting materials on the Provost’s Cabinet webpage.

Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee

The Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee recommends to the president the winners of the Metcalf Cup and Prize and Metcalf Awards, and selects the United Methodist Church Scholar-Teacher of the Year and the recipients of other university-wide awards for excellence in teaching. The committee is chaired by Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Elizabeth Loizeaux.

For more information, please visit the Provost’s Faculty Teaching Awards Committee website.

Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

The Undergraduate Student Advisory Board advises the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs on a range of issues affecting the undergraduate academic experience. Comprising representatives from across BU’s 10 undergraduate schools and colleges, the board meets monthly with the Associate Provost, sharing concerns of fellow students and ideas for improving undergraduate education.

For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board webpage.

Task Force on General Education

In November 2014, University Provost Jean Morrison appointed a Task Force on General Education, comprising distinguished faculty from across BU. The Task Force is charged with developing a coherent set of core knowledge, skills and habits of mind that will equip BU graduates- to thrive in their personal, professional and civic lives. This will involve broad consultation with faculty, students, and staff, and exploration of the relevant literature on general education and of the practices of high-quality research universities with successful general education programs.

For more information, please visit the Task Force on Undergraduate Education website.

Undergraduate Council

The Undergraduate Academic Council meets once per month to consider matters that affect the quality of the undergraduate experience at Boston University. Its membership is set by the University Provost, and normally includes the associate and assistant deans of the schools and colleges with undergraduate programs. The council is chaired by Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Elizabeth Loizeaux.

For more information, please visit the Undergraduate Council website.

University Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee

The University Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (UAPT) is comprised of 16 senior faculty members selected by the University Provost and the Chair of the Faculty Council by mutual agreement. The normal term of service is two years. The list of current UAPT Committee members may be viewed here: 2014-2015 UAPT membership. This committee is advisory to the Provost.

The UAPT Committee reviews individual cases submitted by the deans for tenure and/or promotion, as well as initial faculty appointments at the rank of Associate or full Professor, regardless of tenure status. The UAPT reviews promotions and senior appointments for faculty on the Charles River Campus only; promotions for faculty in the School of Medicine, Goldman School of Dental Medicine and School of Public Health are reviewed on the Medical Campus.

For a complete description of the appointment, promotion, and tenure process, please see the Faculty Handbook.

University Council

The University Council meets at least twice per semester to consider and recommend action on any matter that is of common concern to faculty and administrators. The council shall consider and recommend action, or act, as appropriate, on such other matters as may be referred to it by the President, the Faculty Council, or the Council of Deans.

For more information, please see the Faculty Handbook, visit the University Council website or contact the Office of the Provost at 617-353-2230.