Academic Affairs Committee

2019-2020 Chair:   Joe Dwyer

The Academic Affairs Committee will concern itself with the University’s instructional programs and academic support, including computer and informational services and university advising.

The chair of this committee should attend meetings as an observer to the Institutional Programs and Services Committee of the Board of Trustees and also to the Systems Academic Planning Committee.

Reports and motions need to be forwarded electronically to the Agenda Committee for review and placement on the agenda, which will be sent to Senators on the Thursday or Friday before the Senate meeting. Every effort will be made to include reports and motions as electronic back-ups for each Faculty Senate meeting so that Senators have access to the material ahead of time and can be prepared to deliberate on the materials. The Committee’s assistance with preparing and submitting the documents to assist the Senate is greatly appreciated.

Corresponding Administrators:   Provost; Dean’s/Provost Council

2019-2020 Charges - Not yet published

Academic Affairs Committee Membership 2019-20

CHAIR:  Joe Dwyer, Physics, CEPS

Patty Bedker, Biological Sciences, COLSA

Erik Berda,  Chemistry, CEPS

Elizabeth Evans, serving as a proxy for Joyce Cappiello, Nursing   HHS

Christopher Kies,  Music,  COLA

Inchan Kim, Decision Sciences, PAUL

Jo Laird, Earth Science,  CEPS

Tu Lan, Anthropology/Geography,  COLA

Vidyalakshmi Sundar, Occupational Therapy,  HHS


2018-2019 Charges


Academic Affairs Committee

Recurring Charges

 1. Continue Monitoring J-Term and UNH Online. (See Item IX from senate minutes of April 14, 2013.). Gather information from the registrar’s office and/or Senior Vice Provost and provide a report annually regarding enrollments, programs, and general comments regarding positives and challenges.

2. Work with registrar’s office to review and update rolling five-year calendar.  As per faculty senate motion (AY2017–18), we now keep a five-year rolling calendar rather than approve a block five-year calendar in the fourth year of the previous block. The most recent calendar approved April 2017 goes from AY 2018-19 to AY 23-24.

Charges for Academic Year 2018–19

3. Review proposal to allow online writing intensive courses. In consultation with Writing Program Director Ed Mueller (see letter and proposal dated March 29, 2018) and the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, review proposal for removing the moratorium on online WI courses and make a recommendation whether to do so or not, and if so, under what parameters.

4. Work with registrar’s office, the Vice-Provost for Academic Affair, and the Dean of Students to create an emergency exam policy in case of inclement weather during exam period.

5. Review proposal by UNH-Manchester to pilot a dual/concurrent credit course at Pinkerton Academy and make a recommendation whether to support such a piloting of the course and create a broader list of advantages and disadvantages whether UNH should invest in this as a whole, in part (UNH-M), or not at all.

6. Review policies and address faculty concerns regarding the use of confidential student course evaluations in investigations of faculty misconduct with the affirmative action office. If possible, seek proof that all student evaluation are in fact confidential, and if not, by what means their identities can be revealed.

7.  Continue to monitor Admission’s proposal to move to an optional standardized testing for undergraduate admissions.

8. Monitor the GaoKao initiative and offer guidance whether to continue the program, and in what way. If time allows, consider whether the admissions criteria for GaoKao could be extended to other nations’ students with similar national tests.

Standing Charge

The charges from the Agenda Committee shall comprise the major and first-order work of the Academic Affairs Committee. However, the Committee may pursue additional issues in pursuit of its mission, stated above. If the additional issue interferes with the timelines stated in the charges above, the Committee must receive permission from the Agenda Committee before proceeding. If the additional interest does not interfere with the established timelines, the Committee must inform the Agenda Committee.

Academic Affairs Committee Membership 2018-19 

  • Shelley Mulligan, Occupational Therapy, CHHS, chair
  • Briggs Bailey, English, COLA
  • Patty Bedker, Biological Sciences, COLSA (not serving F18)
  • Rose Came, Earth Sciences, CEPS
  • Drew Conroy, TSAS, COLSA
  • Andrew Coppens, Education, COLA
  • Christopher Kies, Music, COLA 
  • Jo Laird, Earth Sciences, CEPS
  • Subhash Minocha, Biological Sciences, COLSA (proxy F18)
  • Sarah Rigg, Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems, COLSA
  • Fatemeh Rahmanifard, GSS representative
  • Carley Rotenberg, Student Senate representative