LAS Curriculum Committee

Committee Members

Jason Crockett
Anthropology/Sociology

Cristen Rosch
Biology

Charlie Shim
Computer Science & Information Technology

Lindsey Runell
Criminal Justice

Jennifer Forsyth
English

Moira Conway
Geography

Patricia Kelleher
History

David Beougher
LAS Dean's Office

Paul Ache
Mathematics

Carolina Moctezuma
Modern Language Studies

Joseph Jedwab
Philosophy

Matthew Junker
Physical Science

George Hale
Political Science & Public Administration

Derek Mace
Psychology

Sharon Lyter
Social Work

TBD
Student Representative

Schedule

Fall 2021

Proposal Deadline               Tuesday, 8/24/2021
Meeting                                Thursday, 9/2/2021 at 11am
Continuation Meeting         Friday, 9/3/2021 at 11am (if needed)

Proposal Deadline               Tuesday, 9/28/2021
Meeting                                Thursday, 10/7/2021 at 11am

Proposal Deadline               Tuesday, 10/26/2021
Meeting                                Thursday, 11/4/2021 at 11am

Spring 2022

Proposal Deadline               Tuesday, 1/25/2022
Meeting                                Thursday, 2/3/2022 at 11am
Continuation Meeting         Friday, 2/4/2022 at 11am (if needed)

Proposal Deadline               Tuesday, 2/22/2022
Meeting                                Thursday, 3/3/2022 at 11am

Proposal Deadline               Tuesday, 3/29/2022
Meeting                                Thursday, 4/7/2022 at 11am

  • Bylaws

    I. Purpose

    The Curriculum Committee of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) functions as the representative body of the College in all curricular matters.

     II. Membership and Selection

    A. The Committee shall have 15 or 16 members as follows.

    a. One representative from each of the 14 CLAS departments
    b. The Dean of the College or designee
    c. One CLAS student representative

    B. Each department of the College shall elect one representative from its full-time faculty who have served in a tenured/tenure-track position for at least two continuous years.

    C. The student representative shall be selected in a manner decided by the Student Government Board. The student representative must be a major in CLAS.

    D. In the event a representative is not able to attend a meeting, the representative shall select a Substitute representative from the department to attend, alerting both the Dean’s office and the Chair of the Substitute’s name.

     III. Terms

    A. Faculty terms shall have no limit.

    B. The student representative term shall be one year and may be renewed.

     IV. Voting

    A. All members of the Committee have full voting rights.

    B. Substitute members shall enjoy full voting rights.

    C. Voting shall require an absolute majority (8 votes) of those present and voting in all cases except:

    1. amending the Bylaws, which shall require an extraordinary majority of two-thirds (10 votes), and

    2. those actions which normally require an extraordinary majority according to Robert’s Rules of Order, e.g., to shut-off debate or suspend the rules.

    V.  Officers and Representatives

    A. The Committee shall elect 3 Officers: Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary. The term of each Officer is for two years and may be renewed.

    B. The Committee shall elect 2 Representatives and at least 1 Alternate to the University Curriculum Committee (UCC). The term of each Representative/Alternate shall be staggered with one Representative serving a one year term and the other Representative serving a two year to provide continuity. All terms may be renewed.

    C. The Committee shall elect 1 Representative and at least 1 Alternate to the General Education Committee (GEC). The term of each Representative/Alternate shall be two years to provide continuity. All terms may be renewed.

    D. The last business meeting of the year is used for Committee business and any necessary elections. If the current Chair has resigned, then the meeting shall be called by the Dean of the College or designee to preside until a new Chair has been elected.

    E. The Chair (or the Vice Chair acting in the Chair’s absence) shall:

    1. agree to the schedule of the meetings set by the CLAS Dean’s office;

    2. conduct meetings;

    3. appoint subcommittees when necessary;

    4. sign and date approved curricular proposals;

    5. call necessary Committee Officer and Representative/Alternate elections;

    6. coordinate with the CLAS Dean, Dean’s office staff, and Chairs of the UCC and GEC; and

    7. perform such other duties as the Committee may direct or as specified in Robert’s Rules of Order.

     VI. Agenda

    A. The agenda shall consist of the following in order of priority:

    1. announcements, including one-time only courses, Distance Education courses, Special Topics courses, and First Year Seminar courses;

    2. matters considered by the Chair to be of an emergency nature;

    3. procedural matters;

    4. reports (e.g. from UCC and GEC);

    5. old business;

    6. curricular proposals from departments, which are given LAS ID numbers in the order in which they are received by the Dean’s office. Proposals will be considered in numerical order, but may be considered out of order by the vote of the Committee; and

    7. any matter submitted to the Chair by any member of the faculty, administration, or student of the College, which, in the judgment of the Chair, should be appropriately considered by the Committee.

    B. A copy of the agenda for meetings and minutes of the previous meeting, as well as copies of any curricular proposals to be considered at the forthcoming meetings, shall be available to the members of the Committees at least one week in advance, if possible.

    VII. Format for Curricular Proposals

    A. All formatting of curricular proposals to be submitted to the Committee must follow the requirements of UCC and/or GEC, which can be found on Kutztown University’s website.

    B. The submitting department is responsible for providing the Dean’s office with a coversheet that has been signed and dated by the department Chair and all the required proposal documents.

    VIII. Approval Signatures

    A. All formatting of curricular proposals to be submitted to the Committee must follow the requirements of UCC and/or GEC, which can be found on Kutztown University’s website.

    B. The submitting department is responsible for providing the Dean’s office with a coversheet that has been signed and dated by the department Chair and all the required proposal documents.

    IX. Amendment of the Bylaws

    The Bylaws may be amended at any time with the approval of two-thirds (10 votes) of the full membership of the Committee.

     XI. Rules of Order

    A. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Committee’s procedures in all cases where applicable.

    B. A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of the members of the full Committee (8 members).

    C. Voting shall be by simple majority of those present and voting in the presence of a quorum in all cases except:

    1. amending the Bylaws which shall require an extraordinary majority of two-thirds of the full Committee (10 votes); and,

    2. those actions which normally require an extraordinary majority according to Robert’s Rules of Order, e.g., to cut off debate or suspend the rules.

    D. No member of the faculty, administration, or student body will be barred from meetings, or prevented from expressing his/her views, so long as s/he is ruled in order by the Chair and so long as the physical facilities will accommodate him/her.

      

    Approved 03/14/90
    Rev. 05/08/1990; 11/10/1998; 9/12/2000; 4/21/2020

  • Procedures

    Department level:

    1. Obtain a yellow Curriculum Proposal Cover Sheet from your department secretary.

    2. Check appropriate Action Items (Table 1).

    3. Produce the required supplementary documentation (Table 3).

    4. Get approval of your department for the changes (department vote/Table 2).

    5. Obtain an LAS-CC Identification Number* from the LAS-CC support - Lisa Meyers by email (lmeyers@kutztown.edu). Please indicate this is LAS-CC business in the subject line. You must indicate the following in your email request:

      • Prefix and course number for existing courses

      • The exact title of your proposal

      • Contact person with their email address and/or phone number

      • Type of proposal (e.g., new course, change in syllabus, etc. See Table 1 of cover sheet.)

    Examples:

    MAT 105

    College Algebra

    Paul Ache

    ache@kutztown.edu

    change in syllabus

    AST XXX

    Stars, Galaxies and Black Holes

    Phill Reed

    preed@kutztown.edu

    new course

    AST XXX

    Stars, Galaxies and Black Holes

    Phill Reed

    preed@kutztown.edu

    online

    SOC 224

    Immigration and Assimilation

    Mauricia John

    john@kutztown.edu

    online


    *IF you are creating a new course AND it is to be offered online via Distance Education you will need to request separate routing numbers (one for the new course, one for the online part).

    1. Neatly type or write your LAS-CC Identification Number in ink in the appropriate box on your yellow Curriculum Proposal Cover Sheet.

    2. Print one original yellow Curriculum Proposal Cover Sheet, with an original signature by your department chair in blue ink. This is your “ONE ORIGINAL.” Using blue ink will indicate an original copy. *** Until further notice please route your PDF proposals to Lisa Meyers at lmeyers@kutztown.edu. ***

    Routing Your Proposal for LAS-CC:

    Deliver the ONE ORIGINAL to the LAS Dean’s Office (Graduate Center 205) by the appropriate deadline indicated in the schedule.

    Delivery exceptions*:
    One-time only proposals are to be delivered directly to UCC.
    Distance Education (online) proposals for existing courses are to be delivered directly to UCC.
    Selected topics proposals (if the department already has a general selected topics course on the books) are to be delivered directly to UCC.

     *Even though it is not required to send these to the LAS Dean’s Office, please send one courtesy copy.

     At the LAS-CC meeting:

    1. Paperwork must be submitted by the deadlines in order for your proposal to appear on the agenda. When it appears on the agenda your department representative, accompanied by optional backup faculty, should present your proposal during the meeting.

    2. The four things that can happen to your proposal at the meeting and what to do about it:

      1. If your proposal passes with no corrections or amendments then: 

        • The LAS-CC Chairperson will sign your ONE ORIGINAL in the presence of your department representative during or immediately following the LAS-CC meeting.

          • If your representative is unable to stay after the meeting while the proposal is being signed, they must make arrangements with Lisa Meyers in order to pick up the signed proposal from the LAS Dean’s Office.

        • Follow the UCC Routing procedures below.

      2. If your proposal was approved with revisions pending signature (small changes, but still ok), then:

        • After the meeting, take the ONE ORIGINAL with you. It will NOT have the LAS-CC chair signature.

        • Make the suggested changes and seek department approval if necessary.

        • Email a revised copy to the LAS-CC chair, copy Lisa Meyers (lmeyers@kutztown.edu).

        • Once the revisions are confirmed by the LAS-CC chair, you (or the contact person) must arrange a time to meet the LAS-CC chair for a signature on the ONE ORIGINAL coversheet.

        • Follow the UCC Routing procedures below.

      3. If your proposal was tabled, then: You (and the contact person) must address the concerns of the committee.

        • Once the changes have been made, you may choose to resubmit the proposal for a future meeting.

          • If this is done within the same academic year, the same LAS-CC routing number may be used. LAS-CC routing numbers expire at the end of the academic year.

      4. If the proposal was rejected, then:

        • Your (and the contact person) must address the concerns of the committee.

    3. After the meeting, department reps should:
      1. Let your department and contact person know if the proposal was a) approved, b) approved with revisions pending signature, c) tabled, or d) rejected.

      2. Take the appropriate action

     Routing your proposal for the University Curriculum Committee (UCC)

    1. Scan and upload the ONE ORIGINAL proposal to the UCC Share Point website: http://intranet/sites/committees/ucc/submissions/SitePages/Home.aspx

    2. Name the document with the LAS ID number.

    3. At this time, you can deliver your ONE ORIGINAL to the UCC Secretary (Lisa Brennan, Provost Office, 319 Stratton Administration Center, brennan@kutztown.edu) by the deadline indicated in the schedule.

    4. It is your responsibility to make sure your proposal is delivered by the deadline for the next UCC meeting. You can verify this by calling Lisa Brennan (3-4220). It is important that you or someone from your department represent your proposal(s) at the UCC meeting. The UCC meeting schedule is at https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administration/committees/university-curriculum-committee/meeting-dates-and-deadlines.htm

    IMPORTANT NOTE: It is the responsibility of your representative to get department approval and provide the appropriate materials by the designated deadlines. The LAS Dean’s office is a drop-off site and works in coordination with the LAS-CC Chairperson to distribute your proposals to LAS-CC.

    Please note the time between approval in LAS-CC and the UCC deadline is very short.

    Reviewed  9/18/20 JF

    Lisa Meyers (lmeyers@kutztown.edu) maintains the proposal ID database. Please contact her via email to get ID numbers assigned for your proposals.

  • Links to UCC and GEC
  • Link to D2L LAS-CC page

    The LAS D2L page contains the meeting documents including the agenda and minutes. Please reach out to your committee members for details.