Academics Committee


Review proposals and make recommendations to the Faculty Senate regarding the creation, suspensions, and cancellation of academic programs, policies, degrees, and courses.


  • Matthew Heitzman (CAS, English), Chair
  • Kevin Basile (CHS, Medical Science)
  • Foram Bhukhanwala (School of Education)
  • Michael Dwyer (CAS, Media & Communications)
  • Daniel Pieczkolon (CAS, English)
  • Michelle Reale (Landman Library)
  • Logan Fields (CAS, Psychology) (Non-Senator Appointed Member)
  • Sarah Woldoff (School of Education) (Non-Senator Appointed Member)


Academics Committee Correspondence

All questions for the Academics Committee should be sent to  All proposal materials should be sent to the Committee through the online submissions forms.

Senate Academics Committee - Submissions Portal 

All proposals submitted for review by the Academics Committee should be sent using the following forms. Printed proposals will no longer be accepted for review by the Committee.

Academics Committee Deadlines

If you wish to offer a new course for the first time it does not have to be reviewed by the Academics Committee, unless the course is a specific requirement for a major or minor. First-time offered courses are given a temporary number of either a 185, 285 or 385 such as US285.  However, first-time courses that are required for a major or minor, which must be reviewed by the Academic Committee, would have a permanent number assigned.

If you wish to offer a 185, 285 or 385 for a second time it needs to be reviewed by the Academics Committee. 

The deadline for submitting a Fall 2022 course proposal is Tuesday, February 1, 2022. This is a true deadline.

The deadline for submitting all other proposals to the Academics Committee for review, including new program proposals, program revisions, and program suspensions is Friday, April 15, 2022.  This is a true deadline.

Additional Note: If you are planning to market a new or revised undergraduate program, including summer programs, the deadline to submit proposals for Faculty Senate review is October 15th each academic year.

New AUC Designations for Fall 2022 Courses

The deadline to submit a proposal for an AUC Designation for a Fall 2022 course is Tuesday, January 25, 2022. This is a true deadline. Please send submissions to Alex Otieno.  Below is a list of all the curriculum directors if you have any questions about a designation.

AUC Curriculum Directors and Coordinators

Please contact the following members of the Steering Committee if you have any further questions about specific areas of the Curriculum.

  • AUC Steering Committee Chair: Alex Otieno, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences,
  • Director of First-Year Academic Experience: Rachel Collins (English),
  • Director of University Seminars: Christopher Varlack (English),
  • Director of Global Connections: Jojo Lucena (Modern Languages),
  • Director of University Writing:  Jennifer Matisoff (English),
  • Visual Literacy Coordinator: Adam Hess (Library),
  • Quantitative Reasoning Coordinator: Logan Fields (Psychology),

Additional Forms & Resources

Meeting Minutes 2020-2021

September 17 2020: Agenda | Minutes

October 6 2020: Agenda | Minutes

October 27 2020: Agenda | Minutes

October 29 2020: Agenda | Minutes

November 3 2020: Agenda | Minutes

December 1 2020: Agenda | Minutes

February 2 2021: Agenda | Minutes

February 23 2021: Agenda | Minutes

March 23 2021: Agenda | Minutes

April 6 2021: Agenda | Minutes

May 4 2021: Agenda | Minutes

Meeting Minutes 2021-2022

September 7 2021: Agenda | Minutes

October 5 2021: Agenda | Minutes

November 2 2021: Agenda | Minutes

November 9 2021: Agenda | Minutes

November 30 2021: Agenda | Minutes

February 1 2022: Agenda | Minutes

March 1 2022: Agenda | Minutes

April 5 2022: Agenda | Minutes

May 3 2022: Agenda | Minutes