Committees Reporting to the Provost

  • Advisory Committee on Promotion and Tenure.
    To advise the Provost in his decision to grant or deny promotion and/or tenure to faculty who are candidates.

  • Biosafety Committee.
    To ensure compliance with the University Policies and state and federal policies relating to potentially hazardous biological materials.

  • Council of Deans.
    The Provost presides over the Council of Deans, which includes the Deans of the Schools, the Dean of Central University Libraries, the Dean of Graduate Studies, and the Associate Provosts. Through monthly meetings and yearly retreats, the Council of Deans discusses academic issues throughout the University and helps implement the academic mission of the University.

  • Council of Library Directors.
    To coordinate issues and practices relating to the University libraries.

  • Education Abroad Council.
    To review and approve new education-abroad programs, and to address issues relating to such programs. When appropriate, a given program might require review by both the EAC and the EPC.

  • Educational Programs Committee.
    To function as a standing, University-wide curriculum committee that reports to and is advisory to the Provost. For new degree proposals or major curricular changes, review by the EPC takes place after each School’s internal vetting processes. The EPC also helps ensure that accrediting agencies receive proper notice of and information about substantive academic changes.

    Click here to view the 2012-2013 Education Programs Committee members.

  • Institutional Review Board.
    To review research involving human subjects to judge whether or not subjects are placed at risk.

  • Master of Liberal Studies Program Academic Council.
    To assist with policy governance and in the advancement of the program

  • Research Policy Committe.
    To review and revise policy on sponsored research.

  • Strategic Enrollment Management.
    To serve as a strategic and consultative group by gathering information and providing guidance about the University’s overall mission relating to enrollment services.

  • University Intellectual Property Committee.
    To oversee implementation of the Intellectual Property Policy of the University and to monitor its effectiveness and to recommend changes, if necessary, that would serve to advance the dissemination and distribution of knowledge.

  • Community Engagement Council.
    The Community Engagement Council (CEC) is a standing Council with membership appointed jointly by the Provost and the Vice-President of Student Affairs. It will have an advisory role, reporting directly to the Provost and Vice-President of Student Affairs. Its primary mission is to identify, recommend, and facilitate ways in which SMU can become an even more engaged partner with the Greater Dallas area in addressing the human and civic issues of the Greater Dallas area.

Research and Study Initiatives

  • Task Force on General Education (2008-2009).
    This Task Force has been charged by the President and Provost with completing a review of the University’s current General Education curriculum, formulate recommendations for any needed changes, and present to the Provost a proposal for a new general education curriculum by April 2009, ideally for implementation in Fall 2010.

  • Accreditation by Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
    Southern Methodist University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Baccalaureate, Master's and Doctoral degrees. The university was first accredited in1921; the most recent reaffim1ation of accreditation was in 2000. Individual academic programs are accredited by the appropriate national professional association. SMU will be reviewed for reaffirmation of accreditation in 2010, and is currently engaged in that self-study and preparation.

  • Implementation Committee for Classroom Scheduling Software.
    This university-wide committee has been appointed by the Provost to develop a plan for implementation of campus-wide classroom scheduling software, with a target implementation of Spring 2009.

  • Task Force on Honors Programming (2006-2007).
    This Task Force, appointed by the Provost, was charged with studying and making recommendations relating to honors-related programming throughout the University. The Task Force submitted its report to the Provost in Spring 2007, and implementation of it is ongoing.

  • Task Force on International Education (2006-2007).
    This Task Force, appointed by the Provost, was charged developing a comprehensive strategic plan for international education at SMU, including topics such as curriculum, education abroad, international students, and faculty. The Task Force submitted its report to the Provost in Spring 2007, and implementation of it is ongoing.

    Click to view Progress Report from the Task Force on International Education