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University Councils and Committees

The Provost oversees approximately twenty standing committees and councils, serving variously in chair, co-chair and ex officio roles, for faculty groups charged with advising University leadership on institutional priorities and resource allocation.

Committees and Councils Chaired or co-Chaired by the Provost:

The Provost serves ex officio on the following standing committees and councils:


Deans’ Committee on Administrative Practices (DCAP)
DCAP serves as a forum for discussion of administrative issues affecting faculty University-wide. These include faculty career development, standards for letters of appointments, promotions issues, conflicts of commitment, conflicts of interest, retirement, and legal matters.

University Deans' Council
The University Dean’s Council is comprised of the senior deans of the University’s six schools. Convened by the Provost, the council meets monthly for the purpose of sharing information, enhancing coordination, and considering joint endeavors.

Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees
The University grants honorary degrees to individuals of great scholarly, artistic, public service, and/or philanthropic accomplishment. The Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees, composed of a representative from each school of the University, votes on all honorary degree nominations before they are forwarded to the President and the Board of Trustees for final approval.

University Standing Committee for Promotion
The University Standing Committee for Promotions is appointed by the provost in consultation with the president from a list of names submitted by the school deans based upon recommendations of department chairs. Fifteen tenured faculty serve on three subcommittees: Arts & Humanities; Physical & Biological Sciences; Social Sciences. The committees receive the materials submitted by candidates for promotion--detailed description of their research, teaching, and service activities, and letters of evaluation—which have been forwarded to the provost with the support of their dean. Based on its review, the promotion committee makes recommendations to the president and provost, who review the recommendation and subsequently make their own recommendation (when positive) to the Board of Trustees, whose decision is final.