Officers and Committees
The term of the memberships on all standing committees is two or three years and members may succeed themselves, unless otherwise specified. Members of P&T cannot succeed themselves. See the Mason Science Faculty Bylaws.
The Faculty of COS may create additional standing committees to those described below. Currently, standing committees shall include the following:
Promotion and Tenure Committee
This is an advisory committee that receives the results of the first-level evaluation concerning promotion and tenure that is conducted by the Academic unit(s). Based on an independent evaluation that includes review of the first-level evaluation, the Committee develops a recommendation, which is submitted to the Dean and Provost. Copies of the recommendation are also sent to the candidate and his/her academic unit(s). Each School and Department will have a representative on the Promotion and Tenure Committee. In addition, four at-large members will be elected. These at-large members must be Full Professors. No academic unit will be represented by more than two faculty members. No faculty member being considered for promotion in that academic year shall be a member of the Promotion and Tenure committee. In addition, a member of the committee should disqualify him/herself from cases where close personal friends are being considered as well as in those cases of members from within her/his home academic unit. Committee members serve for three years.
The principal tasks of this committee are to review and make recommendations on the approval, change, or discontinuation of academic degrees, certificate programs, and courses. This committee will have representation from each – Academic unit. Academic units cannot be represented by an individual who is a member of another academic unit. Committee members serve for three years.
The Committee will consist of at least five (5) members of the tenured Faculty of the College. Members of this committee are elected by the Faculty, subject to the restriction that no more than one member shall be from a given academic unit. The purpose of this committee is to hear faculty grievances concerning (i) alleged violations of academic freedom; (ii) other conditions of employment, such as work assignments, salaries, facilities, and support services, and (iii) charges of unprofessional or unethical conduct brought by one faculty member against another. These committees are particularly charged to be alert to instances of inequitable treatment. The term of membership is for three years.
Nominations Committee and Membership Committee
This four (4) member committee will solicit nominations for all other committees, the Executive Council, and for the Faculty Senate. The slate of nominees that it compiles shall be presented to the Faculty (with the nominee’s consent) during a meeting of the Faculty, at which time additional nominations may be made from the floor, with election carried out by a mail ballot. Nominations for the Nominations Committee itself can only come from the floor of a meeting of the Faculty. The term on this committee is for two years, and members of this committee cannot be nominated by the committee to serve on other committees, although they may be so nominated from the floor of a meeting.
A representative to the Graduate Council shall be appointed by the Dean. Additional representatives, when permitted under Graduate Council bylaws, will be elected by the College of Science faculty for a three-year term. If any elected representative is unable to complete a term, a new representative will be elected to a three-year term. Any representative to the Graduate Council must meet the requirements for membership specified in the bylaws of the Graduate Council.
COS Faculty Committees for 2023-2024
Mason Science Faculty Officers (one year term; all at-large)
|Peter Plavchan (PHYS/ASTR)||Chair||2024|
|Barney Bishop (CHEM)||Chair pro tem.||2024|
|Patrali Banerjee (CHEM)||Secretary||2024|
Nomination and Membership Committee (two year term; all at-large)
|Randolph (Randy) McBride||AOES||2024|
Curriculum Committee (three year term)
|Dale Scott Rothman||CDS||2024|
|Ramin Hakami (Chair)||SSB||2026|
Promotion and Tenure Committee (three year term)
|Flavia Colonna||at-large MATH||2024|
|Michael Summers||at-large PHYS/ASTR||2024|
|Chip Petricoin||at-large SSB||2024|
*tenured faculty only; at-large must also be full professors; cannot succeed themselves
Faculty Senate (three year term; all at-large)
|Fernando Miralles-Wilhem||Mason Science Dean||ex officio|
Grievance Committee (three year term; all at-large; only one rep per department)
Executive Council (three year term)
|Kathleen Hunt||at-large (BIO)||2024|
Graduate Council Representatives (three year term)
|Natalie Burls||AOES||2026 (elected)|
|Gerald Weatherspoon||Mason Science||(appointed)|
Undergraduate Council Representatives (two year term)
|Christine Rosenfeld||GGS||2025 (elected)|
|Gerald Weatherspoon||Mason Science||(appointed)|