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1.314 Committee on Faculty Affairs

SECTION Organization NO. 1.314
CHAPTER Committees--School of Medicine DATE ISSUED
SUBJECT Committee on Faculty Affairs


  1. Policy
    The School of Medicine shall establish a committee on committees known as the Committee on Faculty Affairs.
  2. Purpose
    To make recommendations to the Dean concerning appointments to standing committees and identification of faculty candidates for awards and honors. The purpose of the Committee on Faculty Affairs is also to review the School of Medicine By-laws. This committee shall serve as an advisory committee to the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Development and shall interface regularly with the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Development on all matters related to faculty.
  3. Procedure
    1. The Committee on Faculty Affairs submits to the Dean names of individuals to serve on committees of the School of Medicine or other University committees requiring General Faculty elections, such as the Executive Committee of the Faculty, Committee on Faculty Affairs, the Faculty Senate and Secretary of the Faculty.
    2. The Committee on Faculty Affairs recommends to the Dean the formation of additional standing committees as deemed appropriate by changes in the conduct or climate of medical education, biomedical research and clinical practice and submits the name, function, composition and service tenure of members on such new committees.
    3. The Committee on Faculty Affairs serves as a resource for information concerning fellowships and awards, is active in the identification of candidates for awards and honors and is concerned with fostering the environment of scholarship. The committee may receive the grievances of individual faculty members. Faculty grievances shall be handled by complying with University procedures as outlined in the Faculty Manual.
    4. The Committee on Faculty Affairs formally reviews the Faculty By-laws at least every three years, or as necessary, and recommends such changes to the faculty as the Committee deems appropriate. The Committee puts recommended revisions to the faculty by-laws to the general faculty for approval by vote.
    5. The general faculty shall elect the following officers from the full-time ranked faculty: the Chair, Chair-elect and Secretary of the Committee on Faculty Affairs. There shall be seven At-large members elected by the ranked faculty: two members from the full-time pre-clinical and four from the full-time clinical faculty. The Chair of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Assembly will attend as a non-voting ex officio member. An elected adjunct, part-time or voluntary faculty member may serve on the Committee in a non-voting capacity. Elected members will serve staggered terms of three years and can be re-elected provided that their terms do not exceed six successive years. The Chair shall serve one year as Chair-elect, two years as Chair and one year as Past-Chair; the Past-Chair shall serve in a non-voting capacity. The candidates for Chair must alternate every election between the basic sciences and the clinical full-time faculty.
    6. The Chairperson, appointed by the Dean, shall serve three years. The year is defined from July 1 to June 30. The election shall be held prior to the General Faculty Meeting in June so that the results may be announced at that time. The term of an elected member shall begin on July 1 following the June election.
    7. The Committee on Faculty Affairs shall act as a nominating committee in selecting candidates for committee appointments to be voted by electronic ballot. The call for nominations will be announced by both electronic messaging (email) and as an agenda item at the general faculty meeting held in the winter. The Chair of the Committee must give final approval to the electronic ballot before it is sent for the vote. The electronic ballots shall be sent by email to all ranked faculty at least twice in four weeks. Voting must be final by the date of commencement in May. Election of members to the Committee shall be by majority vote of the ranked faculty who participated in placing a vote.
    8. If an elected member of a committee cannot fulfill the term of office, a temporary appointment will be made by the Dean upon recommendation by the Faculty Secretary in accord with the procedure stated in Article III, Section B of the Constitution of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. If an appointed committee member cannot fulfill the term of appointment, a temporary appointment will be made by the Dean, upon the recommendation of the Committee on Faculty Affairs. The individual appointed shall represent the appropriate faculty group and complete the unexpired term. Elections must then be held at the end of the completion of the unexpired terms.
    9. The Committee on Faculty Affairs shall meet at least six times per year. Other meetings may be called at the request of the Chairperson, any two members of the Committee, by the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development or by the Dean. The Chairperson of the Committee shall preside over the meetings, maintain minutes, and shall report to the Executive Committee of the Faculty, the general faculty and the Dean on a regular basis. The Secretary of the Committee on Faculty Affairs in consultation with the Chair and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development, shall issue an agenda to the committee members at least 24 hours prior to meeting. The Secretary shall issue notice of all meetings at least fourteen days before scheduled meetings and maintain minutes of the meetings.
  4. Reference
    Constitution and By-laws of the School of Medicine
    Membership List
  5. Rescission
  6. Review Date
    Reviewed annually and revised when necessary and appropriate.

Approved: Philip O. Alderson, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine

Faculty Affairs Committee Membership List (2015-2016)   




Jacki Kornbluth, Ph.D.

Committee Chairperson  



Jula Veerapong, M.D.

Chair Elect



John T. Chibnall, Ph.D.

Neurology & Psychiatry


Richard Di Paolo, Ph.D.

Molecular Microbiology & Immunology


Terrance M. Egan, Ph.D.

Pharmacology and Physiology


Gilad Gross, M.D.

Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health


Abhay Laddu, M.D.

Internal Medicine


Debra Zand, Ph.D.




Policy 1.314 - Members will serve terms of three years and may be re-elected but must not serve more than six years consecutively.

*   Indicates reappointment for additional term. 

Ex Officio

Jane McHowat, Ph.D.
Chair, Faculty Assembly

Angela Sharkey, M.D.
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development

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