BU's Curriculum Committee serves as the faculty recommending body to the provost and vice president for academic affairs on all matters affecting the development, modification, change, adoption, and implementation of the curriculum.
BUCC provides procedures and mechanisms for the systematic review, evaluation, and change of the curriculum at the institution-wide level. In addition, all such procedures and mechanisms shall be in compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between Bloomsburg University/State System of Higher Education and APSCUF. BUCC is responsible for acting upon curricular proposals at the institution-wide level, serves as a coordinating committee of the curricular proposals emanating from all components of the academic community, serves as a faculty advisory committee to the provost and vice president for academic affairs recommendations for improving the curriculum at BU. In acting upon curriculum proposals from each of BU colleges and other academic units, BUCC reviews and make recommendations on:
- The additions or deletions of courses
- Change in title, number, prerequisites, or other protocol for a course
- The addition or deletions of degree programs
- Changes in requirements for degrees, majors, minors, and career concentrations
- The designation of a sequence or group of courses such as general education, honors programs, or programs within or among departments
In order to improve the academic curriculum, BUCC formally recommends to the provost and vice president for academic affairs changes in academic policies and practices emanating from all components of the university academic community and/or when such changes are referred to the committee by the provost and vice president for academic affairs. BUCC holds at least one advisory meeting per semester with the provost and vice president for academic affairs and acts in the role of an advisory committee to discuss issues in addition to the functions listed above. The provost and vice president for academic affairs and the BUCC chairperson will jointly develop the agenda and establish the dates for such meetings of the BUCC.
BUCC has 14 voting faculty members. In addition, there are non-voting, ex-officio members: two undergraduate students (selected by the CGA from two different colleges), and one ex-officio graduate student (selected by the Graduate Council), the provost and vice president for academic affairs, and one ex-officio administrator (the president's designee). Ten of the faculty shall be chosen by a faculty election to serve for a two-year term. No more than one faculty member from any single department or work group will be eligible to serve on the BUCC at the same time. The ten elected faculty members shall include at least one member from each of five academic areas: business, professional studies, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. With the exception of the first election, all elected faculty shall serve a two-year term. In addition to the elected faculty, one faculty representative will be chosen by each of the following College Curriculum Committees: business, liberal arts, education, and science and technology. Members from the curriculum committees shall be chosen each year after the election by their respective curriculum committees with the understanding that in order to achieve as broadly based representation as possible, each member should be chosen from an academic department not represented by the elected faculty.
Current BUCC Members
Kenneth Hall, Co-Chair, Marketing & Professional Sales
Christopher Donahue, Languages & Cultures
Rebecca Toothaker, Nursing
Karen Hamman, Academic Enrichment
Kristie Byrum, Media & Journalism
Johan van der Jagt, Exceptionality Programs
Julie Kontos, Psychology
William Calhoun, Mathematical & Digital Sciences
Safa Saracoglu, History
Michael Patte, Teaching & Learning
Robin Drogan - COE, Exceptionality Programs
Carolyn LaMacchia - COB, Information Technology, Analytics & Business Education
Mykola Polyuha - COLA, Languages & Cultures
Patricia Beyer - COST, Environmental, Geographical & Geological Sciences
*All meetings will be held via Zoom, from 3 to 5 p.m., and a link will be sent out with the agenda prior to the meeting*
Faculty Election Procedures
Except for the first election, faculty members are elected on a staggered basis with five members being elected each year for a two-year term. With the exception of the first election, the period of service begins immediately after the annual fall elections. At each election, the eligible candidates with the highest vote tally from each of the five academic areas, which have no representation, fill the open positions first. The remaining positions are filled on the basis of the vote plurality. During the first election, the three candidates with the highest vote tally from the five academic areas are elected for two-year terms. The candidates with the highest vote tally from the remaining two academic areas are elected for a one-year term. If no candidate from each of the five academic areas runs for election, that position is considered vacant and is filled according to the procedure outlined below. The remaining two two-year term positions are filled on the basis of vote plurality and upon the eligibility requirements set above. The remaining elected positions are filled on the basis of election plurality and the eligibility set forth above. BUCC's chairperson appoints new members to fill any vacant positions. Vacancies are filled on the basis of the vote-count in the last election with the understanding faculty from the five academic areas should fill vacancies in those areas. The appointed academic members serve for one year. Such appointments may be made only with the advice and consent of the BUCC and in accordance with above.
Amendments to the BUCC bylaws
Amendments to these bylaws are made based upon recommendations from the BUCC (by majority vote), approved by the majority of faculty, according to the faculty governance structure, and then by the university's "Meet and Discuss" Committee. Changes shall take effect immediately after an agreement is reached with management on the proposed amendments.