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Dean's Advisory Committee

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee (DAC) serves as a liaison between CAS Faculty and the Dean. The committee advises the Dean on issues and concerns of interest to faculty, including issues ranging from college academic and budgetary policy to social justice on campus. Composed of faculty members from across the College of Arts and Sciences, the DAC has recently worked collaboratively with faculty on a variety of topics, including governance, communication and transparency, promotion and salary, research/teaching/service, work-life balance, the university's role in responding to global refugee crises, and the College's role in improving racial and other forms of equity and inclusion at AU.

To establish open communication with faculty and to gather feedback on important issues, the DAC regularly organizes informal coffee sessions, hosts Town Hall meetings with the Dean, and conducts surveys. Based on this feedback, the DAC pursues relevant work and makes recommendations to the Dean and the College. Past committees have researched and generated reports on topics relating to salary compression, salary and gender equity, merit, faculty satisfaction and decision-making power, budget transparency at the department level, grade inflation, and bureaucratic efficiency.

The DAC is always interested in hearing faculty input about our work and priorities. We encourage faculty to attend our coffee sessions and town halls and to send ideas and comments via our Anonymous Feedback Form (on SurveyMonkey) or by email to estockre@american.edu. Thank you in advance. We look forward to working together!

DAC Members

Elke Stockreiter, Chair (History)
Alida Anderson (School of Education)
Meg Bentley, Chair, Term Faculty Task Force (Biology)
Cyndee Finkel (Physics)
Boris Gershman (Economics)
Sherburne Laughlin (Performing Arts)
Gemma Sune Minguella (World Languages and Cultures)
Laurie Stepanek (Biology)
Jessica Uscinski, Co-Chair, Term Faculty Task Force (Physics)

Term Faculty Task Force

The Term Faculty Task Force was formed in March 2012 by the Dean's Advisory Committee. The original aims of the task force were to acknowledge, study, and reflect on topics of concern to the College's term faculty with the goal of offering recommendations to the College. To that end, the task force used and analyzed interviews, surveys, university and College demographic data, scholarship, and analysis compiled by outside experts to create a report, circulated to faculty and administration, on the state of College term faculty. Additionally, the Term Faculty Task Force chair and vice chair began to serve as standing members on the Dean’s Advisory Committee. 

The ongoing charge of the task force includes exploring and studying the issues of greatest concern to term faculty and communicating this work to the faculty and administration. Examples of this work include conducting a survey of term faculty on service and governance, with results reported in writing and discussed in an open forum for faculty, as well as hosting forums on term faculty reappointment, multi-year contracts, and promotion. Reflecting the commitment of American University to career academic positions for term faculty, the Term Faculty Task Force advocates for the inclusion of Term Faculty in all academic life and promotes the professional development of Term Faculty in the College.

Members

Meg Bentley (chair)
Jessica Uscinksi (co-chair)
Mary Ellen Curtin
Donna Dietz
Sean Doyle
Ludy Grandas
Noemi Enchautegui-de Jesus
Martinique Free
Wade Kothmann
Jason Snyder
Mary Switalski
Amy Trietiak
Stef Woods
Naoko Wowsugi
Svetlana Xu

Reports

Please find the following materials in the DAC OneDrive repository:

  • Final Report on Faculty Concerns and Recommendations
  • Report on CAS Salary Compression
  • Recommendations on Improving the Diversity of CAS Faculty
  • Diversity Data for AU, CAS, and Competitors
  • Recommendations on Improving Department Budget Transparency

Please see also Faculty Senate.