Teaching & Scholarship: Welcome
Formed in 1994, the Committee on Teaching and Scholarship supports excellence in faculty teaching and research, and works to sustain faculty development. The committee has been entrusted by the Provost with the responsibility for managing the dissemination of funds from the Arthur Butine Development Fund, established in 1993. The Fund itself is administered by the Provost. Funds are disseminated twice during an academic year, once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester (supplemental funding). Additionally, the committee is responsible for selecting from among a pool of nominees the University's award winners of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship. The committee plans the annual faculty development day in May, oversees student evaluations of faculty, and provides other opportunities for faculty development throughout the academic year. The committee is also responsible for the periodic review of all documents pertaining to the management of the Butine Fund, as well as documents pertaining to the faculty awards. The committee is not responsible, however, for revising the Butine guidelines which were established when the Arthur Butine Development Fund was originally permanently endowed by its donors.
The committee consists of nine senior faculty members. The chair is elected annually by the Academic Senate, and the other eight faculty members are appointed by the Committee on Committees to represent academic units throughout the University. Appointed members will normally serve three-year terms; members of the committee may not be appointed to consecutive terms. Committee members are eligible for Butine funds but may not be present for the discussion of their proposals. The chair of the committee is not eligible for any Butine awards. Both the chair of the committee and committee members are not eligible for the faculty awards.