Temporary or Ad Hoc Committees

American Shakespeare Center Consortium Task Force

The ASC (American Shakespeare Center) Consortium Task Force will organize, plan, and execute the annual events and programming that W&L's consortium alliance with the ASC makes possible. The task force will work in conjunction with existing W&L offices such as communications, Lenfest Center, and the Provost's office to make the consortium benefits and opportunities available to the full W&L community.

General Education Implementation Committee

GEIC will implement changes to the Foundation and Distribution Requirements (FDR) according to the general education program approved by the undergraduate faculty. GEIC's membership will be established following a similar process to that by which GEDC was formed. GEIC will be made up of three faculty members elected by the faculty in an at-large election, with no categories or divisions, though no more than one member per department can be elected.

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Task Force

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Task Force (ad hoc, 2019-2021) will issue a report to the Provost that summarizes findings and makes recommendations about means of addressing concerns or improving policies and practices about non-tenure-track faculty (NTT). This report will be shared in its entirety with the full faculty.

SACSCOC Interim Report Committee (IRC)

The SACSCOC Interim Report Committee will collaborate to assemble, prepare, and review the evidence necessary to demonstrate the University’s compliance with an abbreviated list (22 standards) of the Principles of Accreditation.

Science, Society, and the Arts (ad hoc)

Science, Society, and the Arts Planning Committee (SSA) plans the March 2023 SSA multi-disciplinary conference involving Washington and Lee students in the presentation of their academic achievements before an audience of their peers and the faculty. Conference participants may make oral presentations of research papers on traditional academic-conference-style panels, deliver research results in poster sessions, or present creative work. Students may also choose to participate in colloquia organized around common readings proposed by interested students and faculty.

SPoT (Student Perceptions of Teaching) Development Committee

The SPoT (Student Perceptions of Teaching) Development Committee was created in March 2023. The committee membership will consist of six undergraduate faculty members. The SPoT Development Committee is charged with: Developing a standardized method that will be used by faculty members and department heads to systematically summarize and interpret SPoT results.

University Committee on Teaching Evaluations

It is critically important that our tenure and promotion process be as fair as possible, and therefore, our evaluation of teaching must be as well. Research has demonstrated bias based on gender and race in student evaluations. Variation across departmental instruments can also cause inequities. The Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the President concerning cases of undergraduate tenure and promotion, has encouraged us to consider whether we should standardize teaching evaluation and how best to mitigate bias.