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Academic Council


Primary function: Serve as the primary council body in the College’s Employee Involvement System to consider issues related to teaching and learning.

Specific functions:

  • Identifies important issues related to teaching and learning.
  • Reviews curriculum procedures and changes to curriculum procedures.
  • Considers issues and recommendations including but not limited to those raised by the Outcomes Assessment Committee, Learning-Community Steering Panels, and the Faculty Ex Officio Member of the Board of Governors.
  • Creates ad-hoc charter groups to explore key issues related to teaching and learning.
  • Makes recommendations to Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Reports Council activities to constituents.

Reports to: Thomas McDonnell, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chair: Faculty member elected annually by Council membership - Laura Chambers


Two administrators:

  • Mike Flesch - Math and Natural Sciences
  • Daryl Hansen - Business & Human Services

Representatives from each of the following areas:

  • Applied Technology - Don Gilliland 
  • Business and Human Services - TBA
  • Culinary, Hospitality, and Horticulture - Steve Bell
  • English, English-as-a-Second-Language, and Reading - TBA
  • Health and Public Services - Candy Ryan
  • Humanities and Visual Arts - Laura Chambers (chair)
  • Information Technology & E-Learning - TBA
  • Math and Natural Sciences - TBA
  • Social Sciences - Jim Van Arsdall 
  • Curriculum Design Studio - Cindy Catherwood
  • Adjunct Faculty (general ed/transfer area) - Molly Dewell
  • Adjunct Faculty (career program area) - Don Glenn 

Steering Committee comprised of Council chair, one full-time faculty member, and one administrators.

Academic Council Meeting Minutes

Academic Council Charter

Academic Council Annual Summaries

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