Faculty Committees

Dean's Executive Committee

Chair: Professor Barbara Caine, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Meeting Frequency: Every two weeks

Servicing: Mr Ben Alfred, Executive Officer, 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.


Membership:
Dean (Chair) Professor Barbara Caine
Head of School - SLC Professor Yixu Lu
Head of School - SLAM Professor Annamarie Jagose
Head of School - SOPHI Associate Professor Richard Miles
Head of School - SSPS Professor Simon Tormey
Head of School - Economics Professor Colm Harmon
Pro-Dean Teaching and Learning Professor Colm Harmon
Pro-Dean Research Professor Allan McConnell
Associate Dean PG Coursework Associate Professor Gaby Ramia
Associate Dean PG Research Associate Professor Kirsten McKenzie
Associate Dean Undergraduate Dr Melissa Hardie
Associate Dean Internships Dr Lynne Chester
Director, Strategic Planning and Operations Ms Gillian Luck
Acting Associate Director - Finance Ms Cam Pham


WH&S Sub Committee

*2yr appointment, appointment set to end December 2016

Chair: Professor Barbara Caine, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Meeting Frequency: Once a quarter or as required

Servicing: Ms Danielle Seesink, Senior 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.


Membership:
Dean (Chair) Professor Barbara Caine
Director, Strategic Planning and Operations Ms Gillian Luck
Head of School - SLC Professor Yixu Lu
Head of School - SOPHI Associate Professor Richard Miles
Economics School Administration Manager Ms Laura Wilson
WHS Adviser Ms Maria Nicolaou


Administration Committee

Chair: Ms Gillian Luck, Director, Strategic Planning and Operations

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Ms Danielle Seesink, Senior 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:
 Director, Strategic Planning and Operations (Chair)
Ms Gillian Luck
Head, Student Affairs and Engagement Ms Karen Walker
Manager, Student Services Ms Anne MacMillan
Executive Officer, Strategic Planning and Operations Ms Jenny Ward
SLAM School Administration Manager Ms Elizabeth Connor
SLC School Administration Manager Dr Drasko Mitrikeski
SOPHI School Administration Manager Ms Niki Flame
Economics School Administration Manager Ms Laura Wilson
SSPS Acting School Administration Manager Ms Priya Shaw
Technology Innovation Manager Mr Brian Bailey
 Faculty Research Manager Ms Ruth Graham


Finance Committee

Chair: Professor Barbara Caine, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Ms Cam Pham, Acting 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 Barbara Caine
Head of School - SLC Professor Yixu Lu
Head of School - SLAM Professor Annamarie Jagose
Head of School - SOPHI Associate Professor Richard Miles
Head of School - SSPS Professor Simon Tormey
Head of School - Economics Professor Colm Harmon
Director,Strategic Planning and Operations Ms Gillian Luck
Finance Director Mr Mark Molloy
Acting Associate Finance Director
Ms Cam Pham
Business Analyst
Mr Kelvin Hui
SLC Finance Manager Ms Wendy Ju
SLAM Finance Manager Mr Jay Chandra
SOPHI Finance Manager Mr Harry Nguyen
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: Ms Ruth Graham, 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: To be advised
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: Associate Professor Gaby Ramia

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Mr Dave McManamon, Administrative Assistant, 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)  Associate Professor Gaby Ramia
Director, Academic Planning and International Engagement
Ms Ainslie Bulmer
Manager, Student Services Ms Anne Macmillan
SLC Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator
Dr Mats Karlsson
SLAM Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator Dr Alana Mann
SOPHI Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator Dr Anthea Taylor
SSPS Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator Dr Frank Smith
Economics Postgraduate Curriculum Coordinator Dr Hayley Fisher
Postgraduate Coursework students
Ms Giorgia Ortholino; Mr Thomas Greenway
Library Representative Ms Karen Chilcott


Postgraduate Research Committee

Chair: Associate Professor Kirsten McKenzie

Meeting Frequency: Monthly February – November inclusive

Servicing: Ms Vyvyan Nickels, Student Services Officer (Research)

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
Manager, Student Services Ms Anne MacMillan
SLC Representatives (2) Dr Francoise Grauby; Dr Matthew Stavros
SLAM Representatives (2) Dr Keith Broadfoot; Dr Mark Byron
SOPHI Representatives (2) Prof Catherine Driscoll;  Dr Kristie Miller
SSPS Representatives  (2) Dr Michael Beggs; Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan
Economics Representative  (1) Dr Kadir Atalay
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 (Humanities)
Professor Vanessa Smith
Director of Research Development (Social Sciences) Professor Ariadne Vromen
SLC Representative Professor Sahar Amer
SLAM Representative Dr Sarah Gleeson-White
SOPHI Representative Professor Peter Wilson
SSPS Representatives

Professor Robert van Krieken (Sem 1, 2016), Associate Professor Melinda Cooper (Sem 2, 2016)

Economics Representative Professor Robert Slonim


Student Advisory Committee

Chair: Professor Barbara Caine, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Meeting Frequency: Twice per Semester

Servicing: Ms Zinnia Sahukar

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 Barbara Caine
Sub Dean Student Affairs
Dr Rebecca Johinke
Student Support Programs Co-ordinator Ms Zinnia Sahukar
Faculty Student Representatives

Callum Walker, Chiara Angeloni, Alexander Blackwell, Maxwell Hall, Georgia Mantle, Riki Scanlan, Isabella Hellig-Smith

School Student Representatives

Sam Kwon (SLC), Jessica Geraghty (SLC), Tiffany Wong (SLC), Yiming Yuan (SLC), Salina Alvaro (SSPS), Jenna Schroder (SSPS), Hayden Tonazzi (SSPS), James Stratton (Economics), Nick Cao (Economics), Lauren Pearce (SLAM), Brian Tran (SLAM), Lachlan Anderson (SOPHI), James Whitfield (SOPHI)

President, Sydney Arts Students’ Society (SASS) Edward McCann


Teaching and Learning Committee

Chair: 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) Professor James Curran
Associate Dean PG Coursework Associate Professor Gaby Ramia
Associate Dean Undergraduate Dr Melissa Hardie
Sub Dean, Student Affairs Dr Rebecca Johinke
Sub Dean, Appeals and Progression
Associate Professor Mark Melatos
Head of School , Economics and Pro Dean, Teaching and Learning Professor Colm Harmon
Head of School, SLC Professor Yixu Lu
Head of School, SLAM Professor Annamarie Jagose
Head of School, SOPHI Associate Professor Richard Miles
Head of School, SSPS Professor Simon Tormey
Director, Academic Planning and International Cooperation
Ms Ainslie Bulmer
Executive Officer Ms Maegan Baker


Undergraduate Committee

Chair: Dr Melissa Hardie

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Mr Dave McManamon, Administrative Assistant, 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
Director, Academic Planning and International Cooperation
Ms Ainslie Bulmer
Manager, Student Services Ms Anne MacMillan
SLC Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator: Dr Anthony Dracopoulos
SLAM Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator: Dr Louise Marshall
SOPHI Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator: Dr Nick Eckstein
SSPS Undergraduate Curriculum Representative: Dr Beatriz Carrillo Garcia
Economics Undergraduate Curriculum Coordinator: Dr Matthew Smith
Representative of the Library: Ms Rena McGrogan
Two UG student members: Ms Georgia Mantle, Mr Maxwell Hall


Infrastructure Committee

Chair: Ms Gillian Luck, Director, Strategic Planning and Operations

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Ms Danielle Seesink, Senior Administration Officer, Strategic Planning and Operations

Terms of Reference:

  • To administer University policy and develop provisions and procedures for the efficient and effective use of space, accommodation and infrastructure across the Faculty;
  • To examine and agree on standards for the use of space allocated;
  • Monitor the progress of projects to ensure projects are completed within planned timelines and within project budget;
  • Determine the Faculty’s potential and final top priorities to submit to the University biannual Capital Projects Prioritisation (CPP) process;
  • Review projections of future infrastructure needs and requirements including capital programs and deferred maintenance;
  • Approve user-funded Faculty capital infrastructure and renovations projects.


Membership:
Director, Strategic Planning and Operations (Chair)
Ms Gillian Luck
Dean
Professor Barbara Caine
SLAM School Administration Manager
Ms Elizabeth Connor
SSPS Acting School Administration Manager
Ms Priya Shaw
SLC School Administration Manager
Dr Drasko Mitrikeski
SOPHI School Administration Manager
Ms Niki Flame
Economics School Administration Manager
Ms Laura Wilson
Manager Digital Media Unit
Mr Phillip Glen
Precinct Manager
Mr Alf Del Pizzo
Design Manager
Mr Alan Crowe
Project Manager
Mr Christopher Burns


IS Strategy Group

Chair: Mr Brian Bailey, Technology Innovation Manager

Meeting Frequency: Monthly

Servicing: Mr Brian Bailey, Technology Innovation Manager

Terms of Reference:

  • Ensure the Faculty has robust and sustainable information systems, built on University agreed and supported enterprise infrastructures, to minimise inefficient activities, satisfy compliance requirements, and allow the Faculty to respond quickly to changes.
  • Provide workflow and enterprise integration technologies to assist with the automation of the Faculty's business processes and implement effective security and governance practices.
  • Work with ICT to deliver a comprehensive range of services to underpin the Faculty's research, teaching and learning, planning, management and business operations functions.
  • Work with ICT to coordinate the development and maintenance of the Faculty's IT operational and strategic plans, and also oversee all IT compliance activities involving security, audit, risk, hosted services, disaster recovery and business continuity, to mitigate risk.
  • Work with ICT to ensure the implementation of the Faculty Roadmap, and its regular renewal, to ensure ICT services are meeting the Faculty's needs.
  • Provide regular reports to the Dean's Executive Committee on projects and priorities and make recommendations pertaining to Faculty web strategies and BPM projects.
  • Assess proposals for projects, web architectural changes and developments and make recommendations to the Dean's Executive Committee on the approval of proposals.


Membership:
Technology Innovation Manager (Chair) Mr Brian Bailey
Director, Strategic Planning and Operations Ms Gillian Luck
Executive Officer, Strategic Planning and Operations  Ms Jenny Ward
Executive Officer, Teaching and Learning Ms Maegan Baker
Faculty Research Manager Ms Ruth Graham
ICT Relationship Manager Ms Sally Anderson
ICT Director, Faculty Engagement (Humanities) Mr Mat Myers
Manager, Student Services Ms Anne MacMillan
Head, Student Affairs and Engagement Ms Karen Walker
Economics School Administration Manager Ms Laura Wilson
SLAM School Administration Manager Ms Elizabeth Connor
SLC School Administration Manager Dr Drasko Mitrikeski
SOPHI School Administration Manager Ms Niki Flame
SSPS Acting School Administration Manager Ms Priya Shaw
Web Administration Manager Mr Michael Rosas
Software and Assets Officer (SLAM) Dr Simon Barker


Social Inclusion Committee

Chair: Dr Huw Griffiths

Meeting Frequency: Three times per semester

Servicing: To be advised

Terms of Reference:

  • Provide advice on issues of interest and concern relating to social inclusion in the Faculty.
  • Provide a point of coordination for activity and information relating to social inclusion (i.e., schools outreach, equity admission programs, Study Hall, relevant sections of the Disability action plan, relevant sections of the ATSI Implementation plan).
  • Liaise regularly with the University's Social Inclusion Unit.
  • Provide timely input on the development and appraisal of new initiatives relating to social inclusion.
  • Members to report regularly on committee business and policies to the School that they represent and bring to the Committee's attention any School issues.
  • Ensure the committee aligns its activities with the Faculty Strategic Plan.
  • Receive advice from the Dean regarding developments in the Faculty relating to social inclusion.
  • Ensure effective liaison with the Dean's Executive Committee.


Membership:
Co-ordinator, Social Inclusion (Chair)
Director, Student Support Programs
Disability Liaison Officer/DAP
Economics Representative
SLAM Representative
SLC Representative
SOPHI Representative
SSPS Representative
Faculty Student Representative