Standing Committees

College-wide Standing Committees

Applications for College-wide Standing Committees are first sent out in mid-April in order to seek out members for the following academic year. Positions with willing candidates are filled based on each application essay after review and recommendation from the Student Affairs Chair. Mid-summer, applications are sent out again in order to fill remaining open positions. Committees including P1 positions are filled early in the fall semester. The Pharmacy Council Executive Committee and the Dean of Student Affairs review and approve all recommendations made by the Student Affairs Chair. Recommendations are sent to the Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for final approval. Students serving on College-wide committees are notified of their appointment by the chairs of the respective committees.


Standing Committee Application

Standing Committee Descriptions:
The following list summarizes the available student positions. Rank the top 3 committees that you are interested in. Brief committee descriptions are below.  Some of the committees are far more time consuming than others; for that information, please feel free to contact Student Affairs chair, Kristen Curry, or review the frequently asked questions.


Academic Support
(1)P1, (1)P2, (1)P3 = 3 positions available

  • Address the computer and instructional facilities in the college.
  • Evaluate the college’s library and other resources within the LRC.
  • Time Commitment: Meets throughout the year. Each meeting is probably not longer than one hour.

Admissions Committee
(2)P2, (2)P3 = 4 positions available

  • Review applications during the spring semester for admission to the Pharm.D. program.
  • Assist the Assistant Dean for Admissions in designing application materials, and serve as substitute interviewers as needed.
  • Make policy recommendations to the Dean regarding admissions
  • Time Commitment: Several meetings throughout the year, especially during the admissions cycle.

Cultural Proficiency Committee
(1)P1, (1)P2, (1)P3 = 3 positions available

  • This committee will address the cultural proficiencies of the College and also work with the other committees on issues concerning cultural competence.
  • Recommend strategies for disseminating information about cultural competency issues to faculty, students, staff and the broader community.
  • Time Commitment: A couple of meetings throughout the year. Each meeting is probably not longer than one hour.

Curriculum Committee
(1)P1, (1)P2, (1)P3, (1)P4 = 4 positions available

  • Address any curricular issues at the college.
  • Evaluate course evaluations after each semester.
  • Review proposals for new courses, course deletions, and changes in sequence.
  • Report all substantive curricular changes to the faculty for faculty vote.
  • The P4 student can attend meetings via the Polycom link.
  • Time Commitment: Meets twice a month. Each meeting lasts two hours.

Honors Program/PharmD/PhD Oversight Committee
(student currently enrolled in the program) = 1 position available

  • Recommend to the Dean the admission standards and advising and administrative procedures for students pursuing the College’s Honors program.
  • Recommend to the Curriculum Committee programs for honors students to study in the areas of pharmacy practice, advanced clinical practice, and the basic pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Monitor the PharmD/PhD program in order to maintain the quality of the program and to modify the program as necessary.
    Coordinate development of new tracks, academic certificate programs, and dual degree structures associated with the professional (Pharm.D.) for College approval.

Post-Graduate Teaching Credential Committee
(1)P2, (1)P3 = 2 positions available

  • Determine graduate TA needs for academic support of the professional program.
  • Develop mechanisms to match graduate student and upper-level professional student expertise with the College’s curricular needs.
  • Determine graduate TA assignments for the college.
  • Formulate the TA budget request to the Dean based on the teaching needs of the College.
  • Assess the performance of the TAs, with the authority (following due process) to dismiss or reassign TA’s who are not performing at an acceptable level.
  • Develop guidelines, review assignments, and assess the performance and impact of academic assistants and tutors on the professional program.
  • Develop guidelines for and monitoring the utilization of post-docs, residents, fellows, and external (ad hoc) teaching within our professional (Pharm.D.) program.
  • Develop conflict of interest statement for external participants teaching in our professional (Pharm.D.) program. [Will be handled administratively]

Professional Development Convocation Committee
(1)P2, (1)P3 = 2 positions available

  • Set the direction and course requirements for the professional development convocation course sequence.
  • Time Commitment: This is a new committee and initially will probably be meeting fairly regularly in the next few years.

Program Assessment Team
(1)P1, (1)P2, (1)P3, (1)P4 = 4 positions available

  • Evaluate the Pharm.D. program as a whole.
  • Facilitate Self-Study committees in their assessment of compliance with ACPE accreditation standards.
  • Develop and implement assessment plans to meet SACS accreditation requirements.
  • The P4 student can attend meetings via the Polycom link.
  • Time Commitment: Will meet more frequently during the self-study process for accreditation.

Region Assignment Appeals Committee
(1)P2, (1)P3 = 2 positions available

  • Review region re-assignment requests (appeals) from students with compelling justification based on extenuating circumstances.
  • Time Commitment: Meets a few times per year. Each meeting is probably not longer than one hour.

Pharm.D. Student Success Committee
(1)P1, (1)P2/P3 = 2 positions available

  • Monitor processes and quality of the College’s:
    – Student academic advising & counseling
    – Career advising
    – Academic performance intervention, including the Tutoring Program; – Transition issue intervention, including referrals
    – Policies concerning the handling academic and professional misconduct; – Policies concerning disability accommodations
    – Student complaint/grievance policies
    – Student representation and governance
  • Using appropriate elements of the College’s assessment inventory, monitor compliance with ACPE accreditation standards addressing relevant components under “Student Services” and the “Academic Environment” with annual compliance reporting to Pharmacy Assessment Council.

Teaching Excellence Committee
(1)P1, (1)P2/P3 = 2 positions available

  • University (or higher) Teaching Awards:
    – Develop College-based processes for the identification and submission of nominees for University or higher (e.g. UT System, National) teaching awards.
    – Identify appropriate faculty nominees for University (or higher) teaching awards.
    – Assist nominees in developing teaching award dossiers for submission.
  • Develop the College’s Teaching Evaluation process (independent of CIS) and monitor its implementation.
    – Monitor College’s Teaching Evaluation Policy
    – Monitor the College Peer Observation Process
    – Periodically review the College’s Peer Observation Policy make recommended changes.
    – Monitor (annually) that all faculty are undergoing peer observation as prescribed

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can a member of Pharmacy Council Executive Committee apply?
A: Yes

Q: Can an individual hold more than one position if selected?
A: Yes, but the preference would be to get more students involved so they are not overburdened.

Q: Can those planning to be a part of other Pharmacy Council committees apply?
A: Yes

Q: Can a P3 student assigned to San Antonio for rotations apply?
A: Yes

Q: How will I know if I was selected to serve on a College-wide Standing Committee?
A: Students serving on College-wide committees are notified of their appointment by the chairs of the respective committees.

Q: What is the time commitment for the following committees?
A: Academic Support – Meets throughout the year. Each meeting is probably not longer than one hour.
Admissions Committee – Several meetings throughout the year, especially during the admissions cycle.
Cultural Proficiency Committee – A couple of meetings throughout the year. Each meeting is probably not longer than one hour.
Colloquium for Professional Development Committee – This is a new committee and initially will probably be meeting fairly regularly in the next few years.
Curriculum Committee – Meets twice a month. Each meeting lasts two hours.
Program Assessment Team – Will meet more frequently during the self-study process for accreditation.
Public Affairs Committee – A couple of meetings throughout the year. Each meeting is probably not longer than one hour.
Region Assignment Appeals Committee – Meets a few times per year. Each meeting is probably not longer than one hour.


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