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Office of the Provost

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 Academic Leadership
    The Provost presides over the Council of Academic Leadership, which includes the Deans of the Schools, the Dean and Director of Central University Libraries, the Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, the members of the Provost’s Forum, the Director of SMU-in-Plano, the Director of SMU-in-Taos, and the Director of Guildhall.

  • 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 2014-2015 Education Programs Committee members.

  • University Curriculum
    SMU’s University Curriculum launched in Fall 2012 with 24 College Level Competencies. This curriculum will fully serve General Education Requirements for all SMU undergraduates.

  • 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.

  • SMU-in-Taos Advisory Board
    Bring together representatives of the faculty, the Taos community, and external consultants as appropriate to assist in articulating a vision for this program in the years to come.

  • 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.

  • Teaching Technology Group
    To explore pedagogical uses of technology (such as computers, courseware, and the Web) to enhance the quality of instruction, establish programs for training faculty in the use of this technology, and participate in recommendations relating to acquisition of appropriate Web software.

  • 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.

  • 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