Standing Committees

Deans’ Council (DC)

This group consists of the academic deans, the Dean of Students, and members of the Academic Affairs executive staff who directly support the TTU ACAF Farr bldgcolleges and schools. Its main purpose is to advise the Provost and Vice President for Academic affairs on any issues pertaining to the faculty, programs, and student academic life on the campus. It also serves as the chief communication link between the Office of Academic Affairs and the faculty and academic staff of the University. Although it is not a decision-making body, through its members it does execute important academic business. The Council meets on the third and subsequent Wednesdays of each month.

Academic Affairs Executive Council (AAEC)

This group consists of the deans and all other leaders of units reporting directly to the Office of Academic Affairs. Its main purpose is communication—i.e., to keep its members abreast of the latest developments in campus academic life. It also advises the Provost and Vice President for Academic affairs on any issues pertaining to the faculty, programs, and student academic life at the University. Although it is not a decision-making body, through its members it does execute important academic business. The Council meets on the second Wednesday of each month. For its current membership, see the AAEC section of the Faculty Handbook.

Academic and Student Affairs Council (ASC)

This group consists of all members of the AAEC together with the unit leaders reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs. Its main purpose is communication: to keep its members abreast of the latest developments in both academic and student life on campus. It also advises the two vice presidents—for Academic Affairs and for Student Affairs—on issues involving both areas of University life. Although it is not a decision-making body, through its members it does execute important campus business. The Council meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

Retention Roundtable

This group consists of the leaders of units or programs whose activities have a direct bearing on the retention of students at Tennessee Tech. Its main purpose is to discuss problems and possible improvements in the structures and processes that affect retention. At times it also serves the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs as an advisory group and sounding board for issues and ideas pertaining to retention. Although it is not a decision-making body, through its members it does execute important campus business. The Roundtable meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Learning Villages Advisory Committee

This group consists of representatives from Student Affairs administration, Academic Affairs administration, Business and facilities administration, University Advancement, the Faculty Heads council, and other faculty members. Each is selected and appointed jointly by the Vice Presidents for Academic and Student Affairs because of his or her interest in the development of learning villages at Tennessee Tech. The Committee’s main purpose, in consultation with the Vice Presidents of Student and Academic Affairs,· is to resolve issues, set policies, oversee operations, and evaluate key personnel involved in the learning villages. The Committee meets at least once per semester as scheduled by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Information Systems Coordinating Committee

This committee focuses on communication and issue resolution among units that are pursuing projects or purchasing major items of software that affect other units or imply involvement by the office of Information Technology Services.  The emphasis is on “communication,” and any issues that cannot be resolved through collaboration will be referred by this group through the regular administrative chain of authority.  The membership is appointed by the co-chairs, i.e., Drs. Armistead and Stinson, and is intended to draw together individuals whose units have the technical expertise to become involved in major IT projects or software. The committee is not intended to replace or overlap with the functions of the Information Technology Committee (ITC).

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University Assembly

The University Assembly consists of the Academic Council and the Administrative Council meeting together as one body. The chairperson of the University Assembly is the President of the University.

Committees Reporting to the University Assembly

  • Information Technology Committee
    The Information Technology Committee of TTU monitors the administrative and academic computing needs of the University.
  • International Education Committee
    The committee's purpose is to advise the president in all matters concerning International Affairs at TTU.

Academic Council

Committees Reporting to the Academic Council

  • Admissions & Credits Committee (link to web page)
    The committee assists the President and the Vice President for Academic Affairs by recommending policies, standards, and regulations for the admissions and retention of students.
  • Committee on Commencement, Convocations, and Academic Ceremonies
    The committee serves the President by establishing the policies and procedures for academic ceremonies, including commencements, convocations, inaugurations, commemorations, and dedications.
  • Committee on Extended Education
    This advisory committee assists the President, the Chief Academic Officer, and the Division of Extended Services of TTU by providing advice concerning services provided through the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Extended Programs.
  • Curriculum Committee (link to web page)
    The Curriculum Committee assists the President and the Chief Academic Officer of TTU by proposing actions to be taken, or legislating when authorized on matters which relate to the regular undergraduate curricula of the various colleges.
  • Faculty Research Committee
    The committee promotes interest in research on the part of the faculty, establishes and administers policies and standards in connection with faculty research funds, and assists in research dissemination through publications.

  • Graduate School Executive Committee (link to web page)
    The function of this committee is to act for the faculty and the administration in the governance, regulations and policies of the graduate program of the University.
  • Faculty Development Steering Committee (formerly IIFD)
    The committee's purpose is to promote the continuing development of an academic atmosphere; institute programs and activities for evaluation, enhanced instruction, support services, and communications.
  • Non-Instructional Faculty Assignment Committee
    The purposes of the non-instructional assignments are to contribute to the professional growth of the faculty, improve teaching and curriculum across the University, and to enhance scholarship and academic excellence of the University in ways that cannot be accomplished under the constraints of the regular workload assignments.
  • Teacher Education Committee
    The committee assists and advises the Dean of the College of Education of TTU regarding policies, procedures, standards and criteria related to the Teacher Education Program.

  • University Library Committee
    The committee serves as an advisory unit to the President, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Director of Library Services regarding the library services to the University.
  • University Research Advisory Committee (URAC)
  • The function of the University Research Advisory Committee (URAC) is to advise the University on strategies to stimulate growth in research and externally funded scholarly activities within the univesity community and to develop a system to support these activities. 

Administrative Council

Committees Reporting to the Administrative Council

  • Advisory Committee on Patents & Copyrights

    In concert with the University Policy on Patents and Copyrights and Guidelines for Implementation, the Advisory Committee advises and assists the President in matters involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
  • Athletics Committee
    The Committee serves the President and the Athletic Director in an advisory capacity and assists them by reviewing and/or making recommendations relative to athletics governing policies, the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and NCAA.
  • Chapter 606 Student Monies Allocations Committee
    The Chapter 606 committee, with subsequent approval by the University President, shall authorize the expenditure of monies generated by a one dollar per full-time student fee collected at registration each academic term. The committee makes spending recommendations for student projects, activities, and scholarships based on written requests submitted by students and student organizations.
  • Commission on the Status of Blacks
    The purpose of this Commission is to advise the University President on matters of concern to black faculty, staff, and students.
  • Commission on the Status of Women
    The purposes of this Commission is to provide a supportive campus climate for women students, women in faculty, staff, and administrative positions, to promote awareness of women's issues, to oversee the TTU Women's Center, and to initiate programs of interest to women members of the community.
  • Committee on Campus Space Utilization & Allocation
    The Committee on Campus Space Utilization and Allocation monitors the administrative and academic utilization and allocation of space in the buildings and constructed facilities operated by the University.
  • Institutional Committee for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals in Experimentation
    This committee provides for and protects the welfare of laboratory animals used for research and pedagogy as set forth by the University and in accordance with the Public Health Service Act mandated by the Health Research Extension Act of 1985.
  • Institutional Review Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects
    The primary purpose of the Committee is to serve as the Institutional Review Committee (IRC) for the Protection of Human Subjects in research, special projects, and related activities of the University.
  • Faculty and Staff Traffic Appeals Committee
    This Committee is charged with the responsibility of hearing and resolving appeals in cases where faculty and staff members have been cited for violation of the Tennessee Tech Safety and Security Parking and Traffic Regulations.
  • Campus Recreation Committee
    The purpose of this committee is to advise and make recommendations relative to activities, programs, and the general operation of the University Recreation and Fitness Center.
  • University Safety and Environmental Committee
    Committee purpose is to develop and recommend policies and procedures that relate to safety and environmental issues on campus when appropriate.
  • Military Affairs Advisory Committee
    The primary purpose is to act in an advisory capacity to the Professor of Military Science and the President.
  • Public Media Committee
    The Public Media Committee promotes and defends freedom of inquiry and expression in the University media. It is responsible for formulating broad policies designed to acquaint the public with the various activities, programs and projects of the University and for otherwise facilitating desirable public relations.
  • Student Affairs Committee
    The Student Affairs Committee assists the President, the Administrative Council, and the Vice President of Student Affairs of TTU by creating an environment in which learning experiences in academic, social, and cultural areas may be extended beyond the classroom.
  • University Art Committee
    The Art Committee assists the University by: stimulating the awareness, interest, appreciation, and knowledge of art and objets d'art on the part of students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
  • University Committee on Buildings and Grounds
    The University Committee on Buildings and Grounds serves as an advisory unit to the President and the Administrative Council regarding the physical facilities of the University.
  • University Committee on Student Financial Aid
    The Committee serves the University by establishing policies for the effective channeling of various forms of financial assistance to worthy students.
  • University Judicial Council
    The University Judicial Council is one of four judicial procedures which have been established to hear student disciplinary cases. University Disciplinary Guidelines have been drawn up and are administered through the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. The University Judicial Council is composed of eight faculty/administrative staff members.
  • TTU Sports Hall of Fame Committee
    The Hall of Fame Committee serves the President and the Athletics Director in an advisory capacity and assists them by reviewing and/or making
    recommendations relative to procedures, membership, and recommendations.
  • University Strategic Planning and Assessment Committee
    The Committee advises the President and the Provost on strategic planning, goals, assessment, actions, outcomes, and more.

Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate serves as a representative voice of the teaching and research faculty. It provides a forum for the free discussion of any issue of interest or of concern to members of the faculty. It also serves in an advisory capacity by conveying the results of such discussions to the administrative officers and to the faculty.

  • Faculty Affairs Committee
    The primary role of the Faculty Affairs Committee is to resolve grievances in a mutually satisfactory manner. To do so the Committee must have the confidence and respect of both the faculty and the administration. Hence, the Committee must make effort to fully inform itself about the issue in question and must attempt to reach a just and impartial solution.

Committees Reporting Directly to the President

  • Outstanding Professional Awards Committee
    This Committee recommends the recipients of the Outstanding Professional Award to the President.
  • Outstanding Staff Awards Committee
    To meet with and act in an advisory capacity to the President and/or the President's staff for the purpose of generating and recommending ideas, philosophies, procedures, and policies on topics deemed important to the University's staff.
  • Staff Advisory Committee to the President
    The purpose of this committee is to represent the policies, procedures and topics related to the university's staff and non-excempt employees and acting as a liaison with the office of the president.