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Committee on Curricula

Standing Bylaw Committee of the
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Jackson College
2017-2018


MEMBERSHIP: 2017-2018

Term: Five (5) years

Name and Link to
Directory Listing
Department Title Term Role Note
Proctor, David  History Senior Lecturer 2012-2020 Chair currcomm@tufts.edu
Blumer, Anselm Computer Science Associate Professor 2004-2019    
Borgers, Christoph Mathematics Professor 2015-2020
Downes, Tom Economics Associate Professor 2013-2018    
Harder, David Psychology Professor 2015-2020    
Hardman, Anna Economics Senior Lecturer 2013-2018    
Hirata, Hosea International Literary and Cultural Studies Professor 2015-2020   LV AY 17-18
Kryatov, Sergiy Chemistry Senior Lecturer 2016-2021    
Mahoney, Anne Classics Senior Lecturer 2013-2018
Rosenberg, Joel International Literary and Cultural Studies Associate Professor 2016-2018    
Stoessel, Saskia International Literary and Cultural Studies Senior Lecturer 2011-2021    
TBD TCU Senate Undergraduate student representative 2017-2018    
TBD TCU Senate Undergraduate student representative 2017-2018    
TBD Graduate Student Council Graduate student representative 2017-2018    
Auner, Joe Arts and Sciences Dean of Academic Affairs   Ex officio, nonvoting  
Barber, Kendra Undergraduate Education Associate Dean   Ex officio, nonvoting  
Downing, Carol Registrar Associate Registrar   Ex officio, nonvoting  
Lowe, Carmen Undergraduate Education Dean of Undergraduate Studies   Ex officio, nonvoting  
Kelehan, Martha Tisch Library Associate Director, Teaching and Research   Ex officio, nonvoting  

 


DESCRIPTION AND WORKLOAD

The function of the Committee on Curricula, also known as Curr Com, is to care for the wise adjustment of the curricula. All proposed changes in the curricula should be referred to this committee before being referred to the faculty for final action. The committee reviews all requests for changes to the A&S curricula from faculty and departments including changes with individual courses, major/minor program requirements, and general A&S degree requirement policies. This committee shall serve as a joint committee for the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Jackson College.

The LA&J Curricula Committee consists of seven or more faculty members; up to three student members, including two undergraduate students designated by the TCU Senate and one graduate student designated by the Graduate Student Council; and a member of the Tisch Library staff. The following administrators or their designees serve as ex officio and without vote: the dean of academic advising and undergraduate studies, the dean of arts and sciences, the registrar for arts, sciences and engineering. Members are appointed to a five-year term.

It is very helpful if committee members are careful readers and have some thoughtfulness and imagination about where courses similar to those proposed may already exist in other departments. The committee's major task is not only to review proposals, but also to assist proposers to consult other faculty members who teach courses with similar and potentially complementary or overlapping content. While the chair of the committee facilitates those conversations, he or she is greatly aided by committee members who read carefully and ask questions or make suggestions.

Meetings are typically held three to four times a semester or via email correspondence when possible. Meetings typically range from sixty to ninety minutes in duration, but require at least one hour of preparation for each meeting. This committee is appropriate for tenure-track faculty members, but not for recent hires who will be unfamiliar even with their own departments' curricula.


COMMITTEE BUSINESS: 2017-2018

Meetings information:

TBA

 

SEMESTER HOUR UNITS FORMULA (based on one full semester):
# Hour Units How it's calculated
1 semester hour unit 1 hour or 50-90 minutes per week of instruction/contact, plus 2 hours homework per week (or 3 hours per week of combined instruction, practice, and rehearsal for performance-based courses; or 15 hours of instruction/contact over semester plus 30 hours of homework over semester)
2 semester hour units 2 hours or 100-140 minutes per week of instruction/contact, plus 4 hours homework per week (or 7 hours per week of combined instruction, practice, and rehearsal for performance-based courses; or 30 hours of instruction/contact over semester plus 60 hours of homework over semester)
3 semester hour units 3 hours or 150-190 minutes per week of instruction/contact, plus 6 hours homework per week (or equivalent)
4 semester hour units 4 hours or 200-250 minutes per week of instruction/contact, plus 8 hours of homework per week
5 semester hour units 5 hours or 250-290 minutes per week of instruction/contact, plus 10 hours of homework per week
6 semester hour units 6 hours or 300-340 minutes per week of instruction/contact, plus 12 hours homework per week
7 semester hour units 7 hours or 350-390 minutes per week of instruction/contact, plus 14 hours homework per week

 


BYLAWS

Visit the Liberal Arts and Jackson College Bylaws for more information regarding this committee's bylaws.


SUBMISSIONS TO THE COMMITTEE ON CURRICULA

Submission Deadlines 2017-2018:
TBA

Forms and Documentation
The following forms may be filled in online and submitted electronically. Once filled in and submitted, the form will be automatically routed to the appropriate department chair/program director, and once the department chair/program director approves, the form will be sent to the Committee on Curricula. Exceptions to this process include the Change A&S foundation or distribution requirements form, which should be submitted by email to the chair of the Committee on Curricula, and the Cross-list a course form, which should routed to the assistant registrar.

If you encounter any difficulties with this new submission system, please contact committee chair David Proctor directly at currcomm@tufts.edu.

New courses (including those previously taught as Special Topics being given a permanent number) to be offered in spring 2016/fall 2016 should be approved by the faculty prior to registration. New courses submitted after the start of registration will be available for the term only if they are using a Special Topics course number.

Courses that are being renumbered, retitled, or new courses submitted using a number that is currently being used by another active course, must have been voted prior to the date departments submit their course offerings for the term (late January for fall semesters and early September for spring semesters).
*This new course information will be available on the Registrar's website of course offerings but, depending on the date voted, may not appear in the Course Offerings Booklet.

Please see Guidelines and Procedures for submitting requests to the Curricula Committee.

The Committee on Curricula accepts submissions at any time, but cannot guarantee that they will be reviewed in time for approval at the target A&S faculty meeting unless they are received by the deadline. When submitting large items such as new or greatly revised majors or minors, department-wide renumberings, or new courses that may stir debate, faculty are advised to consult the chair of the Committee on Curricula and to submit their proposals as early as possible to allow for additional consultation before presentation at an A&S meeting. In particular, proposers of new courses are advised to contact faculty who teach in related areas (in their own or other A&S or Engineering departments) to discuss the complementarity of proposed offerings to those currently established in the curriculum of any A&S&E department. Results of such discussion should be briefly reported in the proposal rationale. Submissions to the committee generally fall into one of the following categories.

  • Require A&S vote:
    • New courses, including those moving from Special Topics to independent status
    • New programs (majors, minors, certificates, etc.)
    • Minor changes to existing courses and programs
    • Major changes to existing courses and programs
    • Changes to A&S foundation or distribution requirements
       
  • Require CC vote only:
    • Changes to existing courses that already have independent status
    • Deletions of courses from a department's or a program's Bulletin listing (requested by chairs and program directors only)

Other actions, such as cross-listing courses. Requests to cross-list existing courses should be submitted directly to the assistant registrar. Once approved, course numbers should be included in the description of the proposal to the Committee on Curricula.

Add a New Course or Program
"New" courses and programs are those not currently listed in the official version of the Bulletin. All requests for new items must be approved by faculty vote.

Consult the Bulletin's section on areas of study for programs and departmental requirements, and follow the link on that page to view official course descriptions. Do not use departmental web sites to check for Bulletin listings, as they may contain temporary or non-Bulletin listings of special topics offerings.

Note that courses previously taught as special topics are still considered new if they do not have a unique, dedicated listing in the Bulletin. Any course whose existing Bulletin entry could potentially be shared with other versions (sections) of a special topics course must be submitted for consideration by the Committee on Curricula as new.

Change an Existing Course or Program
Submissions in this category involve changes to items already listed in the Bulletin. If the item does not already have a unique Bulletin entry, the request should be submitted as a new item. Changes that significantly alter the content or scope of an existing course or program require faculty approval, while the Committee on Curricula can approve minor changes without faculty vote.

As with new courses and programs, consult the Bulletin's section on areas of study for the latest requirements for programs and departments, and follow the link on that page for official course descriptions. Do not use departmental web sites to check for Bulletin listings, as they may contain temporary or non-Bulletin listings of special topics offerings.

Changes that require action by the Committee on Curricula include the following.

  • Changes to individual courses
    • Course title
    • Course number
    • Course description, wording, or content
    • Course prerequisites
    • Minor changes require a vote of the Committee on Curricula only; major changes require a vote of the faculty
       
  • Changes to programs (majors, minors, etc.)
    • Program title
    • Program requirements (for example, the list of courses that fulfill major or minor requirements)
    • Program description

Changes that do not require action by the Committee on Curricula include the following.

  • Changing the instructor listed in the course description. Instead, make such changes on the registrar's semi-annual request for department listings.
  • Cross-listing a course with another department. Instead, submit such requests directly to the registrar. For convenience, the appropriate form is included among this committee's forms.
  • Changing the A&S distribution, world civilization, or culture option classification of an existing course. Direct such requests to the Academic Review Board

Delete a Course
Only department chairs and program directors can submit lists of courses their faculty have decided to remove from the Bulletin. All departments and programs should do this periodically to keep the Bulletin current and accurate. Although it does not act on such requests, the Committee on Curricula instead is a clearinghouse so the registrar can keep program listings and lists of required courses throughout the Bulletin up to date. The committee also reports deletions during its meeting with the A&S faculty.

Change A&S Foundation or Distribution Requirements
A faculty member, group of faculty, dean, or committee may request a change, addition, or deletion to A&S foundation or distribution requirements. Such proposals usually involve consultation with a wide spectrum of groups on campus, including many who are not initially a part of the group submitting the proposal.

The Committee on Curricula facilitates this activity, which often involves consultation with the Committee on Educational Policy as well as various deans. After these consultations the committee generally tries to reach a consensus and votes on such proposals, recommending them to the faculty for a vote of approval, sending them back for revision, or rejecting them and not sending them to the faculty for a vote.

The Committee on Curricula is not the only avenue for such change, but if the change involves only A&S requirements, the committee is the logical organization to field the request. Proposals of this type have also been sent directly to deans or the Committee on Educational Policy for inclusion in the agenda of the A&S faculty meeting, so that the faculty can vote on them; but the Committee on Curricula is usually asked to review A&S issues first.

Other Actions
To initiate an action that falls outside the categories listed above, please contact the chair of the Committee on Curricula (currcomm@tufts.edu) for instructions.

Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting Requests
Please use the instructions in this downloadable form, which outlines the Guidelines and Procedures for Submitting Requests.


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