The Council serves as the faculty governance body for the school and operates within the broader governance framework at American University as outlined in the AU Faculty Manual.
The Council provides a forum for faculty to discuss the two key areas for which faculty are responsible: (1) curriculum, and (2) tenure and promotion policies and procedures. The Council also considers matters and policies of general and strategic interest to the faculty and to KSB. The Council serves as the final faculty voice in faculty governance and oversight.
The Kogod School of Business Faculty Council (KSB Faculty Council, or Council) was created by faculty vote in April 2014.
Kogod Faculty Council Leadership
All individuals who serve as full-time faculty in the Kogod School of Business are members of the Kogod Faculty Council, including full-time faculty members whose principal duties are administrative. Adjunct faculty are welcome to attend but do not vote.
The Chair of the Council may invite staff, students and other individuals to attend meetings as non-voting guests.
Agendas & Minutes from the KSB Faculty Council Meetings are posted below.
Agendas are typically posted between 7-14 days before each senate meeting. Meeting recordings can be accessed only by faculty and staff, login required.
Chair: Don Williamson, Vice-Chair: Heather Elms
- October 11, 2016 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts ]
- November 1, 2016 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts ]
- December 6, 2016 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts ]
- February 7, 2017 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts ]
- March 7, 2017 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts ]
- April 4, 2017 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts ]
Chair: Leigh Riddick, Vice-Chair: Prof. Don Williamson
- October 13, 2015 [ Agenda, Minutes Handouts]
- December 1, 2015 [ Agenda, Minutes Handouts]
- February 9, 2016 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts]
- March 5, 2016 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts]
- April 5, 2016 [ Agenda, Minutes, Handouts]
Chair: Jack Swasy, Vice-Chair: Leigh Riddick
Below you will find information about the bylaws and committees:
The Kogod School of Business at American University was founded in 1955. It was the first business school to be established in Washington, D.C. The school has a rich history of business education and research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Kogod School of Business (KSB) is led by its Academic Dean. One or more Associate Deans aid the dean in implementing the academic mission of the school. The school has a traditional departmental structure in key disciplinary areas of business; each department has a Department Chair who plays a significant role in providing academic leadership in the department. Additionally, a member of the faculty typically will serve as the academic director for undergraduate and graduate programs and for research centers and institutes.
The authority and responsibilities of the faculty in the Kogod School of Business are derived from expectations for faculty responsibilities as described in the American University Faculty Manual (the Faculty Manual). The Dean is the chief academic leader of the school, and provides both academic leadership and oversight of academic activities. (See section 5.d in the Faculty Manual) The faculty has three collective responsibilities in support of the academic mission of the school: to produce original research, to provide a high quality academic experience for our students, and to provide service to the AU community, including department and school or college level service, and to the greater academic community. (See sections 7 and 12 in the Faculty Manual and the Appendices to this document)
The Faculty Governance By-laws in this document are structured to support the activities of the faculty in its teaching, research, and service activities. The By-Laws also serve to provide a clear and concise statement of structures and processes that support the academic mission of the school and the faculty role in that mission. The Appendices to these By-Laws provide important detail related to the implementation of the general principles and aims of the By-Laws.
The Faculty Manual (Section 5.b) requires that the faculty of each academic unit should have at least one governance council. This council should ensure that all faculty have a voice in governance, and it is collectively responsible for developing, maintaining, and implementing governance policies at the academic unit level that also comply with policies in the Faculty Manual. It is through this council that the faculty also exercises its oversight responsibilities for academic affairs: in particular the curriculum, the degrees and any certificate offerings of the school and matters related to the responsibilities and review of tenure track faculty for tenure and promotion. Policies regarding other matters and topics of general interest to the faculty may also be considered by this council. The Kogod Faculty Council is the faculty council in the Kogod School of Business that fulfills these requirements and that is the final faculty voice in faculty governance and oversight.
- All individuals who serve as full-time faculty are members of the Kogod Faculty Council, including full-time faculty members whose principal duties are administrative. Adjunct faculty are welcome to attend but do not vote. The Chair of the Council may invite staff, students and other individuals to attend meetings as non-voting guests. If adjunct faculty or guests are present, the full-time faculty members may call for a closed meeting comprised of only voting members (full-time faculty members) with a majority (50% +1) vote.
- Role of the Chair and Vice-Chair: The Chair of the Faculty Council manages the agenda and meetings of the Council. Any unresolved procedural issues that arise during a Faculty Council meeting are resolved by the Chair. The Chair serves as a conduit for communications between the Dean and the faculty as a group. The role of the Chair is to provide a window into the views of the faculty as a whole, rather than at a departmental level. Department Chairs cover the latter role. The Vice-Chair assists the Chair in these duties, keeps minutes of the Council Meetings, and serves in place of the Chair in meetings when the Chair cannot be present. In addition, to insure continuity in governance, the Chair and Vice-Chair work together to prepare a brief report at the end of each Council year; this report should summarize important events, completed activities and on-going activities of the Council and it's Committees that will continue into the future Council year.
- Term of the Vice-Chair and Chair: At the beginning of each year the Council will elect a Vice-Chair from among its tenured faculty membership. The Vice-Chair serves a one year term to be followed automatically by a one-year term as Chair. This arrangement provides continuity across Academic Years, as the business of the faculty does not necessarily end at the close of a school year. Faculty may serve again after a two year break in service.
- Qualifications to Serve as Chair or Vice-Chair: A faculty member must be tenured to serve as Chair or Vice-Chair. Customarily the Vice-Chair and Chair will be a faculty member at the Full Professor rank. In the event a Full Professor is unable to fill the role of Vice-Chair and subsequently Chair, an Associate Professor may be elected to the position. No faculty member below the rank of Associate Professor may serve as Vice-Chair or Chair.
Meeting Schedules, Notifications and Record Keeping
- Meetings Schedule: The Kogod Faculty Council meets at least once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. Depending on the business of the Council, additional meetings may be called. Notice will typically be given of future potential meeting dates at the beginning of the school year. Unanticipated special meetings may be called as required.
- Who May Call a Meeting: While meetings are typically called by the Chair of the Faculty Council, a Council meeting may also be called by petition on the part of the full-time faculty. Petitions may be used to call meetings when the Chair or Vice-Chair is unavailable or when the Chair deems a meeting unnecessary but a majority of faculty disagree and wish to meet. Petitions to hold meetings require the signatures of at least 33% of the full-time faculty. In either case the meeting that is called will be chaired by the Vice-Chair unless the petition specifically states that a designate of the faculty will be chosen to chair the meeting. In this latter case the decision as to who will chair is determined by a faculty vote at the beginning of the meeting. Such a vote does not remove the Chair or the Vice-Chair of the Council from their positions, but replaces them in their roles for the single meeting in question.
- Agenda: A meeting agenda is prepared by the Council Chair and Vice-Chair and sent to faculty a few days in advance of each meeting. Any faculty member may request that an item be placed on the agenda. Faculty may also bring additional items not on the agenda to the floor at the end of the meeting, as time allows. Members of the administration, staff, as well as elected members of the student organizations may request that an item be placed on an agenda, but final decisions as to agenda content are up to the Council Chair.
- Roberts Rules of Order: Unless specifically changed by a vote of the Council, procedures in meetings that are not outlined in this document will follow Robert's Rules of Order.
- Minutes and Reports of Meetings: Minutes are taken by the Vice-Chair or, in the absence of the Vice-Chair, by a faculty member designated at the beginning of the meeting which the Vice-Chair cannot attend. The annual Council report, Council minutes, and committee reports will be made available to the AU community on the Kogod Faculty Governance and Policy web page.
Eligibility to vote: For most actions, all full-time faculty members are vested with voting privileges. For those actions related to tenure standards and processes, only tenure track faculty may vote.
Quorum requirements: A quorum is established if more than half (a threshold of 50% + 1 vote of full-time faculty eligible to vote) of the full-time faculty are physically present at any meeting.
- Vote Requirements and Procedures: Once a quorum is established, votes of the Council are binding. Actions that receive supporting votes of at least 67% of the faculty present pass. Actions that receive supporting votes of less than 40% of the faculty present fail. Actions that receive supporting vote totals that lie between these two measures are moved to a second vote. This second vote typically occurs within ten days of the initial meeting bringing the matter forward. A second meeting to have the vote is not required, unless a majority of faculty attending the initial meeting request a second meeting. In the event a second meeting is not necessary, the second vote may be implemented electronically. In either case, for an action to pass on the second vote, more than 50% of all possible faculty votes must support it (50% + 1 vote based on the number of full-time faculty eligible to vote). The Chair typically decides when paper ballots are necessary for votes held in Council meetings; but an individual faculty member may request paper ballots for any vote.
- Proxy votes: While the Faculty Council encourages all members to be present and participate in deliberative processes, proxy votes are allowed for Faculty members who cannot attend a Faculty Council meeting due to conflicts, at the requesting faculty member's professional discretion (e.g., for legitimate conflicts such as faculty teaching, other business, or emergencies). The request for a Proxy Vote must be delivered in writing (email preferred) to the Faculty member's Department Chair and to the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Faculty Council no later than close of business (5PM) on the day before the affected Council Meeting. The request should designate the individual to whom the proxy has been given. A Faculty member who expects to be in this situation for an entire semester due to a teaching conflict may elect to make, prior to the first Council of that semester, a single request covering all Kogod Councils of that given semester.
Per section 5b in the Faculty Manual the faculty of the Kogod School of Business may have both standing and ad hoc or advisory committees to assist in governance and academic policies. The Faculty Council also reserves the right to meet as a committee of the whole. Standing Committees are listed below with a brief summary of their role in the school. Ad hoc and advisory committees will, by their nature, change over the course of any school year and are not listed here.
The details of each standing committee's structure and policy are included as addenda to this governance document. Changes to the standing committees' mandates and/or structures require a review by and a vote of the Kogod Faculty Council. Each committee in the Kogod School of Business will report on its work at least once during each academic year to the Kogod Faculty Council.
- Rank and Tenure Committee - section 11.d in the Faculty Manual specifically charges the faculty in each academic/teaching unit with reviewing requests from tenure track colleagues for evaluations of progress towards tenure for reappointment, receipt of tenure, and requests for promotions in rank. One required level of review is unit-wide; within the Kogod School of Business the Rank and Tenure committee (RTC) is responsible for the unit wide review. The Faculty Manual also requires review at the unit level for promotions for term faculty; the RTC is charged with that responsibility in the Kogod School of Business. The RTC also reviews recommendations made to change the process and criteria within Kogod School of Business for the process in and review of faculty actions, and reports a recommendation to the Faculty Council. All changes to review processes and criteria must be approved by the Faculty Council.
- Educational Policy Committee - the Educational Policy Committee has oversight responsibility to the Faculty Council to report on suggested changes in individual course offerings and programmatic level reviews and initiatives. The results of the committee's deliberations are reported to the full Kogod Faculty Council to aid the Council in its review of and vote on these matters. Changes to the curriculum and programmatic offerings require approval by the Faculty Council.
- Curriculum Assessment Committee - the Curriculum Assessment Committee conducts ongoing assessment activities to assure learning standards are being met, both for accreditation reviews and for internal use within the Kogod School of Business. The committee also provides yearly assessments of academic program curricula. The committee coordinates its activities with the EPC, Department Chairs, Program Directors, and individual faculty members as needed.
The Kogod Forum serves as the vehicle for the administration, faculty, and staff to meet to discuss strategic planning, academic, and policy issues that cross the boundaries of the work of the three groups. It also provides an opportunity for building ties between individuals working across the wide variety of functions necessary for the school to achieve its mission. Policy related to faculty governance is not set in this body, but the discussion in the Forum serves an important role as it informs policy decisions within the school.
All faculty and staff of the Kogod School of Business are members of the Kogod Forum. Two students represent the student body as members of the Kogod Forum. The Graduate Business Association (GBA) and the Undergraduate Business Association (UBA) each appoint a representative, with consent from the Office of Academic Programs. Student members serve a one-year term beginning on September 1st of the year appointed and ending on August 31st of the following year.
- The Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs serves as chair of the Kogod forum and is responsible for the Agenda. The Senior Associate Dean may appoint another faculty member to serve as acting chair during his or her temporary absence.
General Meeting Procedures
- Meetings: The Kogod Forum meets at least once a semester with the specific dates and times announced as far ahead of time as possible prior to the start of each semester. Meetings previously scheduled but for which no agenda develops may be cancelled by the Dean or the Senior Associate Dean. Special meetings may be called by the Dean, the Senior Associate Dean or the Dean's Executive Committee.
- Minutes: Minutes are the responsibility of the Forum Chair. Minutes will be posted in a timely manner on the Kogod Faculty Governance and Policy web page.
- Voting and other Procedures: Because the Kogod Forum is not a governance body, votes are infrequent. However, should a vote other than a general "show of hands" be required, a simple majority rule will apply. Voting and other procedures in meetings that are not outlined in this document will follow Robert's Rules of Order. The Forum Chair makes the final decision on all procedural matters in the event of a disagreement on procedure. Votes taken on an issue in the Forum do not determine faculty policy and as a consequence do not supersede votes in the Faculty Council.
- Agenda: A meeting agenda is prepared by the Senior Associate Dean and the Dean and sent to the membership a few days in advance of each meeting. Minutes of the previous meeting are sent at the same time. Any member of the Kogod Forum may request that an item be placed on an agenda, but final decisions as to agenda content are up to the Council Chair. Forum members may also bring additional items not on the agenda to the floor at the end of the meeting, as time allows.
As approved by the tenure line faculty on February 16, 2011
(Edited March 16, 2014 to reflect change from Kogod Council to Kogod School of Business Faculty Council as faculty governance body)
The authority establishing the Kogod School of Business's Rank and Tenure Committee (RTC) is derived from the structure and process for faculty actions described in the American University Faculty Manual. Specifically, an academic unit can establish a designated committee to review a candidate's file and provide a written recommendation, as outlined in the American University Faculty Manual, Section 11.
The RTC represents the faculty of the Kogod School as a whole (as distinct from representing department and other representative levels) in matters of reappointment, tenure, promotion, hiring of full-time faculty members, and related faculty matters. Specifically, the RTC reviews and votes on reappointments to tenure-track positions, tenure decisions, promotion decisions, and hiring faculty with tenure. The RTC adheres to the Kogod School of Business Guidelines for Recommending Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure and Hiring Tenured Associate Professors and Guidelines for Recommending Promotion to Full Professor and Hiring Full Professors in its evaluation of candidates. In addition, the RTC is informed of and allowed to comment on related faculty matters such as sabbaticals, leaves, professorships, and titles. The RTC may also have ad hoc responsibilities that relate to faculty actions as directed by the faculty and/or the executive committee. A matrix of RTC responsibilities is given below.
|Responsibilities||RTC Review and Vote||RTC Informed|
|Reappointment to tenure track||Yes|
|Promotion of full-time faculty
|Distinguished professorship or university professorship
|Sabbatical and leave of absence||Yes|
|New faculty tenure-track hire without tenure||Yes|
|Kogod professorship and fellowship||Yes|
|Term faculty appointment and reappointment||Yes|
|Titles for non-KSB employees: Scholars, Fellows, and others||Yes|
|Titles and positions not listed here||Yes|
"Informed" is defined as follows: Within two weeks of a decision by the Dean of the Kogod School of Business, the RTC must be informed of the decision. The RTC and the Dean may also request a discussion of a case with each other. In the event of disagreement between the Kogod dean and an earlier level review, the RTC must review and comment on the case.
Membership and Terms:
The RTC is comprised of one faculty member from each academic department. Tenured associate professors and full professors (except the Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and Department Chairs) are eligible to serve on the RTC with a preference for full professors and Academically Qualified faculty. Each department will elect a member to serve on the RTC. Each member of the RTC will serve a two-year term beginning on August 15th of the year elected and ending on August 14th of the second year. A faculty member may not serve more than two consecutive two-year terms on the RTC. If a member resigns before the completion of his/her term, the department will hold an election to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term. At the first meeting following August 15th, members of the RTC will elect a chair and vice chair who both serve until August 14th of the following year.
Policies and Procedures
(Revised January 24, 2011; Revised Feb. 2, 2015 for changes in mechanism for student participation)
(Edited March 16, 2014 and April 26, 2016 to reflect changes from Kogod Council to Kogod School of Business Faculty Council as faculty governance body)
The authority of the Kogod School of Business's Educational Policy Committee is derived from university governance expectations described in the American University Faculty Manual. Specifically, each academic unit should have at least one governance council (Kogod School of Business Faculty Council) and, as appropriate given the unit's bylaws, form additional committees such as an educational policy committee, as outlined in the American University Faculty Manual, Section 5.b).
The Educational Policy Committee (EPC) is subordinate to the Faculty Council and is responsible for the thorough review and submission of recommendations with supporting rationale regarding all KSB educational policy matters. Faculty Council reserves the right to consider by itself, as a committee of the whole, without prior EPC review and recommendation, any educational policy matter it so votes to undertake in this manner.
Matters affecting graduate or undergraduate curricula related to a specific faculty department shall be first approved by the faculty of the department and then submitted by the department chairperson to EPC with a written rationale, supporting documentation, and a request for the action to be considered. This policy does not preclude an individual faculty member, academic program director, dean, or other professional staff member from sending to the EPC items that he or she wishes to be considered.
Examples of educational policy matters that the EPC may review and recommend to the KSB Council include:
- KSB degree programs (new, revisions, and termination proposals)
- Courses (new, revised, or terminated)
- General curriculum changes
- New or revised interdisciplinary programs with other AU academic units
- Continuous quality improvement or other forms of educational quality control
The Educational Policy Committee (EPC) will include both voting and non-voting members. The voting members are one representative from each department in the Kogod School of Business. The non-voting members are the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, or their designees. Working with the Dean's Office, the EPC may solicit input from representatives of the undergraduate and graduate student body as required. The GBA and UBA Presidents will be kept informed of EPC meeting dates and provided with EPC materials that concern their programs. The GBA and UBA may send a representative to attend meetings of the EPC to provide input and counsel with respect to proposed EPC actions that affect their programs.
Tenured, tenure-track, and term faculty members are eligible to serve on the EPC. Each department will elect its representative. Each member of the EPC will serve a two-year term beginning on August 16th of the year elected and ending on August 15th of the second year. Departmental representatives may be re-elected.
At the first meeting following August 16th, members of the EPC will elect a faculty chairperson from the committee members, who will serve in that capacity until August 15th of the following year. An individual faculty member may serve as EPC chair for a maximum of four consecutive years.
EPC may initiate a review of a KSB educational policy matter or may respond to a matter referred to it by a faculty department, program director, the dean's office, Faculty Council, an individual faculty member or student in KSB.
- Frequency and duration of EPC meetings will depend on the volume and urgency of matters requiring review and recommendation by the EPC. Generally, meetings are scheduled for once a month and will take place approximately two (2) weeks before a regularly scheduled monthly Faculty Council meeting.
- Special meetings including virtual meetings requiring an electronic vote may be called by the committee chairperson. Meetings may be cancelled by the chairperson or by majority vote of the committee members. The EPC chairperson may appoint another voting faculty member to serve as acting chairperson during his or her temporary absence.
- A quorum will be defined as at least two-thirds of the voting members present.
An agenda of action items (with supporting documentation) for all regularly scheduled and special EPC meetings should be prepared and distributed in advance by the EPC chairperson to all voting and non-voting committee members.
- EPC actions annually are organized and categorized as reportable actions and informational items.
- Reportable actions consist of all motions passed by the EPC and recommended for formal approval by a vote of the Faculty Council. Common examples include changes in course prerequisites, course titles, and course descriptions.
- Information items consist of administrative actions that provide explanatory information or clarification to the Faculty Council and/or faculty. Common examples include reporting on minor changes in course prefixes and scheduling. At the last Faculty Council of the spring term, an EPC Information Report will be submitted listing any unfinished agenda items from the EPC.
- Review of an educational policy matter may be made by the EPC in whole or, in part, by an ad hoc subcommittee with or without augmentation by non-EPC members.
- KSB's dean (or designee) can assign non-EPC members to form an ad hoc subcommittee, working group, or taskforce to review an educational policy matter.
- All reportable actions of educational policy matters, regardless of how the review was conducted, shall be discussed and voted on in a regular or special meeting of the whole EPC with a quorum present.
- Reportable actions shall be considered approved for consideration by the Faculty Council with a majority vote.
Implementation of Reportable Actions
- After approval by the EPC, reportable actions (with supporting rationale and documentation) are distributed to the Faculty Council for review prior to the next scheduled council meeting.
- All approved reportable actions will be placed on the agenda at the next regularly scheduled council meeting and will become KSB policy if approved by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.
- At the discretion of the dean, an educational policy matter that has not been previously reviewed by the EPC may be included on the Faculty Council meeting agenda. Educational policy matters require formal approval by the Faculty Council but do not require prior review by the EPC. Generally, primary review and approval of an educational policy matter by the Faculty Council is rare.
- All approved EPC reportable actions, unless otherwise specified, are scheduled to take effect during the next fall term following approval of the action by the Faculty Council.
- The Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee shall ensure that all reportable actions approved by the Faculty Council and any other informational items are recorded accurately and in a timely manner by the University Registrar, Office of the Provost, or other appropriate university office.
Revised January 10, 2011
(Edited March 16, 2014 to reflect change from Kogod Council to Kogod School of Business Faculty Council as faculty governance body)
The authority of the Kogod School of Business's Curriculum Assessment Committee (CAC) is derived from university governance expectations described in the American University Faculty Manual (Section 5.b., May 15, 2010). Specifically, each academic unit should have at least one governance council (KSB Council) and form additional committees that are appropriate and necessary based on the unit's bylaws.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) accreditation includes assurance of learning standards, which require the assessment of student learning outcomes in the curriculum management process. AACSB-accredited institutions must define program level learning goals, assess student achievement against those goals, and utilize an internal assessment process continuously to improve curricular programs and teaching pedagogy. It is expected that full-time faculty play a primary role in the assessment process.
The Curriculum Assessment Committee is subordinate to the Faculty Council and maintains responsibility to plan ongoing assessment activities and execute yearly assessments of academic program curricula. Specific responsibilities of the CAC include:
- Developing and or refining plans that establish regular multi-year academic program assessment cycles.
- Executing assigned curricula assessment plans based on established cycles.
- Organizing, interpreting, and communicating assessment results to relevant audiences.
- Proposing specific curricular, programmatic, and pedagogical improvements based on assessment findings.
- Collaborating with department chairpersons, program directors, and individual faculty on all assessment related activities as needed.
The membership of the CAC will be comprised of one representative from each faculty department in the Kogod School of Business. Committee membership shall also include the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Academic Programs (or their designees).
All full-time KSB faculty members are eligible to serve on the CAC. Each department will elect its representative, and each faculty representative will serve a two-year term beginning on August 16th of the year elected and ending on August 15th of the second year. Departmental representatives may be re-elected.
At the first meeting following August 16th CAC committee members will elect a faculty chairperson, who will serve in that capacity until August 15th of the following year. An individual may serve as CAC chair for a maximum of four consecutive years.
- January 23, 2018 ( Forum )
- February 6, 2018 (Council)
- March 6, 2018 (Council)
- April 3, 2018 (Council)
- May 1, 2018 (Forum)
Rank and Tenure Committee
- Augustine Duru, Chair, ACCT
- Kent Baker, Vice-Chair, FIN
- Jennifer Oetzel, IBUS
- J. Alberto Espinosa, ITEC
- Mark Clark, MGMT
- John Swasy, MKTG
Educational Policy Committee
- Nandini Lahiri, Chair, MGMT
- Robert Hauswald, FIN
- Yujin Jeong, IBUS
- Rick Gibson, ITEC
- Yinqi Zhang, ACCT
- Girish Ramani, MKTG
Curriculum Assessment Committee
- Chair to be elected at first fall meeting
- Sheila Bedford, ACCT
- Catalin Stefanescu, FIN
- Ghiyath Nakshbendi, IBUS
- Joseph Mortati, ITEC
- Jay Pope, MGMT
- Sanal Mazvancheryl, MKTG