The following standing committees shall be constituted, by appointment or election,
during the spring semester and assume duties with the beginning of the academic year
on July 1.
The Academic Evaluation Appeals Committee consists ex officio of the Associate Chair,
Undergraduate Committee and the elected student presidents of Phi Alpha Theta and
the Student Advisory Committee. The committee shall hear all student appeals relative
to dismissal from or academic evaluation in undergraduate History courses and make
a recommendation to the Department Chair.
The Bullough Lecture Committee is appointed by the department chair to plan the annual
Vern and Bonnie Bullough Lecture in the History of Gender and Sexuality in cooperation
with the Gender Studies Program and other agencies as appropriate.
The Executive Committee consists of six persons consisting of the Department Chair,
Associate Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies ex officio (non-voting), and an
assistant professor, an associate professor, and professor elected by rank. The Executive
Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the chair on matters of departmental
administration. The three members elected by rank shall constitute a Budget Committee
to make annual salary recommendations to the chair.
The Graduate Appeals Committee consists ex officio of the Director of Graduate Studies,
the Graduate Committee, and the elected student presidents of the History Graduate
Student Association and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. The committee shall
hear all student appeals relative to a grade in a graduate course, evaluation of graduate
exams, or dismissal from the graduate program and make a recommendation to the Department
The Graduate Committee is appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies to assist
with the supervision of the graduate program. In selecting members, the director shall
take into account field and rank representation.
The Miller Lecture Committee is appointed by the Department Chair to plan the annual
David E. Miller Lecture on the History of Utah and the West in cooperation with the
American West Center, Utah State Historical Society, and other agencies as appropriate.
The Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Advisory Committee consists of one person, normally
a tenured full professor, who shall be elected to supervise RPT deliberations in accordance
with departmental policies and procedures.
The Review of Tenured Faculty Committee consists of one person, normally a tenured
full professor, shall be elected to supervise the Review of Tenured Faculty process
in accordance with department policies and procedures.
The Strategic Planning Committee consists of seven persons including the Department
Chair and Associate Chair and five members of the faculty appointed by the chair to
staggered three-year terms and selected with attention to field and rank considerations.
The Strategic Planning Committee will recommend department hiring priorities, pursue
and encourage programmatic grant-writing initiatives, and consider opportunities for
collaborations across fields and among disciplines, especially where they support
University programs, centers, and initiatives. The Strategic Planning Committee will
recommend a Strategic Plan to the department for adoption and implementation as appropriate.
The Teaching Committee consists of a Chair elected from the Professor and Associate
Professor ranks of the Department by vote of the regular faculty; five additional
persons to be elected as follows: one from each rank (professor, associate, assistant)
and two chosen at large from the professor and associate professor ranks. The function
of the committee is to coordinate student evaluations of each History class taught
each semester, solicit senior exit interviews from majors, maintain files of all material
pertaining to teaching evaluations, assist ad hoc RPT, RTF, and teaching awards committees
in evaluating the teaching of History faculty, participate in auxiliary faculty reviews
as outlined in faculty regulations, and undertake such other activities as relate
to the teaching mission of the department. At the discretion of the committee, other
faculty members may be asked to assist in the peer evaluation of faculty undergoing
RPT or RTF review.
The Undergraduate Committee is appointed by the Associate Chair to assist with monitoring
the undergraduate curriculum and degree requirements. In selecting members, the director
shall take into account field and rank representation. The Undergraduate Advisor also
sits on the Undergraduate Committee ex officio.
The O. Meredith Wilson Lecture and Visiting Scholars Committee consists of three persons elected from among all regular faculty members to select and coordinate the annual O. Meredith Wilson Lecture on the philosophy and craft of history, and to select and coordinate the visits of additional historians on campus other than the Bullough and Miller lecturers. For the Wilson Lecture, nominations shall be solicited from the faculty at large and selection shall be made by the committee from the nominees.