Faculty Committees

Dean's Executive Committee

Membership:
Dean (Chair) Professor Duncan Ivison
Head of School - SLC Associate Professor Yixu Lu
Acting Head of School - SLAM Professor Vanessa Smith
Acting Head of School - SOPHI Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice
Head of School - SSPS Professor Simon Tormey
Head of School - Economics Professor Colm Harmon
Pro-Dean Academic Associate Professor Jennifer Barrett
Pro-Dean Teaching and Learning Professor Colm Harmon
Pro-Dean Research Professor Allan McConnell
Associate Dean PG Coursework Dr Mark Melatos
Associate Dean PG Research Associate Professor Kirsten McKenzie
Associate Dean Undergraduate Dr Melissa Hardie
Associate Director - Finance Ms Christina Yao

Meeting Frequency: Every two weeks

Servicing: Ms Mandy Nelson, Manager, Strategic Planning and Operations

Terms of Reference:

  • Provide the Dean with Executive advice.
  • Overview the development and implementation of the Faculty Strategic Plan.
  • Consider policy matters as referred from the Dean, Heads of School and Committees of Faculty.
  • Identify policy and practice issues and refer to Committees of Faculty as appropriate.
  • Receive reports from Associate Deans and Chairs of Committees.
  • Make recommendations to Faculty Board.

WHS DEC sub-committee

Membership:
Dean (Chair) Professor Duncan Ivison
Head of School - SLC Professor Yixu Lu
Head of School - SOPHI Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice
School Administration Manage Suzanne Busby
Manager, Strategic Planning and Operations Ms Mandy Nelson
WHS Adviser Ms Maria Nicolaou

*2yr appointment in the first instance, appointment set to end December 2014

Meeting Frequency: Once a quarter or as required

Servicing: Ms Zoe Morrison, Administration Officer, Strategic Planning and Operations

Terms of Reference:

  • To ensure a well documented system is in place for identifying, reporting and responding in a timely manner to all actual and potential WHS hazards.
  • To eliminate or minimise health and safety risks by ensuring appropriate resources are available and processes are in place.
  • To ensure that the Faculty’s WHS framework is consistent and aligned with the University's broader strategic planning processes.
  • To promote awareness and to ensure a proactive approach to WHS management across the Faculty.
  • To review the Faculty’s WHS policy and procedural framework to ensure it meets the Faculty’s current and emerging needs.
  • Report to DEC on WHS issues and hazards
  • Promote best practice by developing and implementing WHS procedures consistent with University guidelines.

Administration Committee

Chair: Ms Karen Walker, Interim Head, Course Delivery and Student Services

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Ms Jenny Ward, Administration Officer, Strategic Planning and Operations

Terms of Reference:

  • Implement the strategic priorities of the Dean’s Executive Committee and align its activities and outputs with the Faculty Strategic Plan and academic mission, and engage with broader University initiatives.
  • Receive a monthly report on IS projects and activities (exact nature of IS governance to be determined).
  • Report regularly to DEC on the progress of the Administration Committee and IS projects and advise on related policy and operational issues.
  • Keep the appropriateness of the Faculty’s administrative structure, processes and resourcing under review and identify and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Oversee the development of online processes and central information stores.
  • Develop and make recommendations pertaining to Faculty internal communication and collaborative strategies.
  • Oversee substantial and/or relevant Faculty infrastructure projects including, but not limited to, refurbishments, space planning and office moves.
  • Develop local provisions to ensure a best practice, client focused culture in the Faculty that serves the needs of all staff and students.
  • Consider issues related to Human Resources.
  • Oversee the development of contingency plans to mitigate risk and consider WHS when planning and implementing projects.
Membership:
Interim Head, Course Delivery and Student Services (Chair)  Ms Karen Walker
Manager, Strategic Planning and Operations Ms Mandy Nelson
SLAM School Administration Manager Ms Elizabeth Connor
SLC and SSPS School Administration Manager Mr Drasko Mitrikeski
SOPHI School Administration Manager Ms Nikki Whipps
Economics School Administration Manager Ms Suzanne Busby
Technology Innovation Manager Mr Brian Bailey
 Faculty Research Manager Ms Ruth Graham


Finance Committee

Chair: Professor Duncan Ivison

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Ms Christina Yao, Associate Director of Finance

Terms of Reference:

  • Advise the Dean and Heads of School on the management of Faculty and School budgets.
  • Evaluate the resource implications of proposals forwarded by Committees.
  • Conduct compliance activities.
Membership:
Dean (Chair) Professor Duncan Ivison
Pro-Dean Academic Associate Professor Jennifer Barrett
Head of School - SLC Professor Yixu Lu
Head of School - SLAM Professor Vanessa Smith
Head of School - SOPHI Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice
Head of School - SSPS Professor Simon Tormey
Head of School - Economics Professor Colm Harmon
Finance Director Mr Mark Molloy
Associate Director Finance (Acting) Ms Christina Yao
Faculty Accountant Vacant
SLC Finance Manager Vacant
SLAM Finance Manager Mr Jay Chandra
SOPHI Finance Manager Mr Cam Pham
SSPS Finance Manager Ms Magda Ghali
Economics Finance Manager Ms Angela Collins


Library Committee

Chair: Dr Robert Cowan

Meeting Frequency: Generally twice per semester

Servicing: Faculty Research Manager

Terms of Reference:

  • Receive direction from the Research Committee in matters related to Library resources that support the teaching and Research requirements in the Faculty
  • In consultation with the Faculty provide feedback to the library regarding resources and services.
  • Verify and oversee the annual distribution of funds from the Faculty of Arts monograph budget to departments and programs
  • Advise on the Library’s serial allocation to the Faculty.
  • Ensure the Committee aligns its activities with the Faculty Strategic Plan
  • Report regularly to DEC on progress and advise on related policy and operational issues
Membership:
University Librarian of nominees: Ms Libby O’Reilly
Representative from Library Arts service: Dr Marian De Saxe
SLAM Representatives (2) Dr Amanda Card
SOPHI Representative (2) Dr Cindy McCreery
SLC Representatives (2)
Dr Lucia Sorbera; Dr Sonia Wilson
SSPS Representatives (2)
Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia
Economics Representatives (1) Dr Stella Huangfu


Postgraduate Coursework Committee

Chair: Dr Mark Melatos

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Ms Susan Cowin, Manager Curriculum Support and Scholarships

Terms of Reference:

  • Maintain oversight of, and shape policies and strategies relating to Postgraduate curriculum, including, where appropriate, curriculum reform.
  • Consider the academic merit of proposals for new and amended units of study and ensure their consistency with University and Faculty policy.
  • Consider curriculum initiatives, such as proposals for new and amended coursework programs, ensure these are consistent with the Strategic Plan and that resource implications are fully costed.
  • Maintain, where possible, a strong link between Postgraduate Coursework programs and the Faculty's broader Postgraduate Research culture.
  • Implement and assist in developing current and future Faculty Strategic Plans, including:
    + Contribute to the development of a sustainable curriculum across the Faculty, confirming that new unit of study proposals reflect the sustainable curricular plan submitted by the School and approved by the Postgraduate Coursework Committee
    + monitoring trends in and market demand for Postgraduate Coursework offerings, their links to industry and other relevant external connections (Strategic Plan LT3.1)
    + developing a 5 year plan for Postgraduate Coursework programs with a review of their impact on resources, academic and administrative staff requirements, and facilities and services for international students. (Strategic Plan CA1.3)
    + liaising with the Teaching and Learning Committee on issues related to Postgraduate Coursework (Strategic Plan CA3.2)
    + developing strategies to enhance the student experience (Strategic Plan SE4).
  • Report regularly to DEC on progress and advise on related policy and operational issues.
  • Members of the Committee report regularly on Committee business and policies to the School that they represent and bring to the Committee's attention any School issues.
  • Representatives provide feedback and regularly update the committee regarding consultations they have undertaken.
Membership:
Associate Dean PG Coursework (Chair)  Dr Mark Melatos
Interim Head, Course Delivery and Student Services Ms Karen Walker
SLC Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator
Dr Wei Wang
SLAM Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator Dr Alana Mann
SOPHI Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator Dr Anthea Taylor
SSPS Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator Dr Megan MacKenzie
Economics Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator Dr Pablo Guillen Alvarez
Postgraduate Coursework students (2) Mr Christian Dunk; Vacant
Library Representative Ms Karen Chilcott


Postgraduate Research Committee

Chair: Associate Professor Kirsten McKenzie

Meeting Frequency: Monthly February – November inclusive

Servicing: Ms Anne McMillan, Postgraduate Research Manager

Terms of Reference:

  • Maintain oversight of all policies relating to Postgraduate Research candidature.
  • Assess recommendations of Examiners for completions of Research Degrees.
  • Ensure procedures and practices are in place to promote excellence and best practice
    in Postgraduate Research supervision and mentoring (Strategic Plan R2)
  • Identify and develop opportunities to better integrate Postgraduate Research students into the research and teaching culture of the Faculty including induction, training and ongoing support.
  • Collaborate with PGARC Director to ensure the PGARC resource meets the needs of its research students.
  • Ensure Faculty representation on relevant Academic Board Committees as required.
  • Ensure the Committee aligns its activities with the Faculty Strategic Plan.
  • Report regularly to DEC on progress and advise on related policy and operational issues.
  • Members of the Committee report regularly on Committee business and policies to the School they represent and bring to the Committee's attention any School issues.
Membership:
Associate Dean PG Research (Chair) Associate Professor Kirsten McKenzie
PGARC Director Dr Laura Ginters
Postgraduate Research Manager Ms Anne McMillan
SLC Representatives (2) Dr Matthew Stavros; Dr Antonia Rubino
SLAM Representatives (2) Dr Richard Stanton
SOPHI Representatives (2) Vacant;  Dr Kristie Miller
SSPS Representatives  (2) Vacant; Dr Adam Kamradt-Scott
Economics Representative  (1) Dr Stephen Whelan
Library Representative Ms Karen Chilcott
Postgraduate Research Student representative Ms Janin Bredehoeft


Research Committee

Chair: Professor Allan McConnell

Meeting Frequency: Monthly from February to November

Servicing: Ms Ruth Graham, Faculty Research Manager

Terms of Reference:

  • Identify and articulate the Faculty’s current and emerging research strengths and their desired strategic development
  • Develop strategies to improve the Faculty’s research funding base
  • Report regularly to DEC on progress and advise on related policy and operational issues
  • Make recommendations to DEC about initiatives to improve research performance
  • Ensure the Committee aligns its activities with the Faculty Strategic Plan
  • Develop and initiate opportunities for staff to increase high quality research output
  • Assess applications to faculty research support schemes
  • Conduct ongoing reviews of faculty research support schemes to ensure that their outcomes support the research objectives of the faculty [Strat Plan 15.2]
  • Develop mechanisms for communicating Faculty research funding objectives and priorities to all staff [Strategic Plan 16.1]
  • Develop processes for the more strategic management of the ERA process and FoR codes [Strategic Plan 15]
  • Advise on strategies to better manage and integrate research planning and evaluation for all staff [Strategic Plan 14.2]
  • Advise on strategies to better collect, analyse and communicate research data, information and performance [Strategic Plan 14.1]
  • Develop varied initiatives to activate mentoring relationships for all staff [Strat Plan 14.3 & 14.4]
  • Ensure Faculty representation on relevant central University Committees as required
  • Members of the committee report regularly on committee business and policies to the School that they represent and bring to the Committee’s attention any School issues.
Membership:
Pro Dean Research (Chair)  Professor Allan McConnell
Director of Research Development Professor Graeme Gill
SLC Representative Dr Georgia Alu
SLAM Representative Dr Kate Lilley/Dr Sarah Gleeson-White
SOPHI Representative Associate Professor Peter Wilson
SSPS Representative Professor Robert van Krieken
Economics Representative Professor Robert Slonim


Student Advisory Committee

Chair: Professor Duncan Ivison

Meeting Frequency: Twice per Semester

Servicing: Ms Deborah Rodrigo, Programs Coordinator, Student Support Programs

Terms of Reference:

  • Provide advice on issues of interest and concern relating to students in the Faculty.
  • Receive advice from the Dean regarding developments in the Faculty relating to students.
  • Provide timely input on the development and appraisal of new initiatives.
  • Ensure effective liaison with the Student Support Unit of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Network.
  • Identify opportunities to build and develop the relationship between students and staff in the Faculty.
Membership:
Dean (Chair) Professor Duncan Ivison
Sub Dean Student Affairs
Dr Rebecca Johinke
Student Support Programs Co-ordinator Ms Deborah Rodrigo
Faculty Student Representatives

Ms Janin Bredehoeft, Mr Jun Vincent Chang, Mr Christopher Dunk, Mr Thomas Gardner, Mr Joshua Han, Mr Patrick Magee,

Ms Emily  May
School Student Representatives TBC
President, Sydney Arts Students’ Society (SASS) Mr Callum Walker


Teaching and Learning Committee

Chair: Associate Professor James Curran, Deputy Pro-Dean Teaching and Learning


Meeting Frequency: Bi-monthly

Servicing: Ms Maegan Baker, Executive Officer, Teaching and Learning

Terms of Reference:

  • Encourage alignment of educational strategies and practices at School and Departmental level with the teaching and learning priorities identified in University and Faculty strategic plans.
  • Develop strategies to improve learning and teaching pedagogies across the Faculty, and monitor educational performance with reference to standard ITL datasets and other indicators relevant to teaching quality and the student experience.
  • Contribute via relevant SEG committees to the development of University policy on teaching enhancement strategies, including the development of teaching and learning compacts, and on other matters relating to teaching, learning and the student’s whole experience.
  • Support curriculum renewal and best practice throughout the Faculty, in line with overarching University priorities.
  • Oversee the Faculty’s annual review of student load and mix to ensure educational and financial sustainability, including proposing Faculty targets for recruitment and retention of low SES, Indigenous and rural and remote students.
  • Provide expert input into Faculty projects on curriculum development, degree levels and pathways, and assessment.
  • In consultation with the UG and PG Coursework Commitees, oversee Faculty reviews of degree programs as required and make recommendations to DEC and other appropriate University bodies for reform and improvement.
  • Assess the strategic fit, business case and appropriateness of all new degree proposals and make recommendations to DEC as to whether these proposals should be sent to senior decision-making bodies for approval.
  • Oversee the activities of the eLearning Steering Group and act as the Faculty’s primary source of strategic advice, expertise and coordination of activity in relation to eLearning and technology-supported learning.
  • Report annually to DEC and SEG on progress against agreed teaching compacts and targets.
  • Report regularly to DEC and SEG on progress towards achieving the University’s commitment to attracting and supporting promising students from a diversity of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Encourage development and innovation across the Faculty through the promotion of staff participation in teaching development activities coordinated by ITL, Sydney eLearning and the DVC (Education) portfolio
  • Encourage the development of School and Faculty teaching innovation projects and assist staff with making application to external funding sources as appropriate.

Membership:
Deputy Pro Dean Teaching and Learning (Chair) Associate Professor James Curran
Pro-Dean Academic Associate Professor Jennifer Barrett
Associate Dean PG Coursework Dr Mark Melatos
Associate Dean Undergraduate Dr Melissa Hardie
Head of School , Economics and Pro Dean, Teaching and Learning Professor Colm Harmon
Head of School, SLC Associate Professor Yixu Lu
Head of School, SLAM Professor Vanessa Smith
Head of School, SOPHI Professor Andrew Fitzmaurice
Head of School, SSPS Professor Simon Tormey
Manager, Academic Programs Ms Ainslie Bulmer
Sub Dean, Student Affairs
Dr Rebecca Johinke
Executive Officer Ms Maegan Baker


Undergraduate Committee

Chair:Dr Melissa Hardie

Meeting Frequency: To be determined by the committee

Servicing: Ms Susan Cowin, Manager Curriculum Support and Scholarships

Terms of Reference:

The Undergraduate Committee considers new or amended undergraduate units of study, new undergraduate award programs, variations to existing undergraduate award programs and policy issues pertaining to undergraduate matters.

Terms of Reference:

  • Maintain oversight of all policies relating to both the undergraduate curriculum and undergraduate candidatures.
  • Propose and develop policies relating to undergraduate curriculum and candidature ensuring coherence with postgraduate coursework policies where relevant.
  • Consider the academic merit of proposals for new and amended degree programs, in conjunction with and as directed by the Dean’s Executive Committee, including combined degrees involving other Faculties, against any Faculty guidelines or plan, and including oversight of appropriate timelines as agreed between Chairs of UGC, PGRC, PGCWC, Honours Committee and Faculty Executive Director.
  • Consider the academic merit of proposals for new subject areas and majors, new and amended units of study and other curriculum initiatives, including cross listings, against any Faculty guidelines or plan.
  • Ensure that consultation and collaboration occurs between departments and across Schools, in the development of new subject areas and majors, new units of study and other curriculum initiatives.
  • Develop initiatives in conjunction with T&L, to ensure best practice behaviour in relation to the development and use of Unit of Study outlines.
  • Contribute to curriculum reviews to be undertaken at least every five years by Departments, as directed by the Dean’s Executive Committee.
  • Initiate developments in areas of potential growth or need
  • Ensure Faculty representation on relevant central University Committees as required and Academic Board Undergraduate Studies Committee, including bringing to that Committee’s attention matters of concern to this Faculty, and ensuring that Academic Board policies and initiatives on undergraduate matters are translated into Faculty policy and procedures
  • Ensure the Committee aligns its activities with the Faculty Strategic Plan
  • Report regularly to DEC on progress and advise on related policy and operational issues
  • Members of the committee report regularly on committee business and policies to the School that they represent and bring to the Committee’s attention any School issues.
Membership:
Associate Dean Undergraduate (Chair)
Dr Melissa Hardie
Interim Head, Course Delivery and Student Services Ms Karen Walker
SLC Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator: Dr Anthony Dracopoulos
SLAM Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator: Dr Megan Le Masurier
SOPHI Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator: Dr Anne Rogerson
SSPS Undergraduate Curriculum Representative: Dr Greg Martin
Economics Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator: Dr Matthew Smith
Representative of the Library: Ms Rena McGrogan
Two UG student members: Ms Emily May; Mr Thomas Gardner