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Archived June 2006


Faculty Handbook Part I (Issued January 2002)
The Government of the University
The Organization of the University

Section 16: The Faculties

Approved by: Board of Trustees
History: Issued --Jan. 2002
Revised --
Additional History
Responsible Official:

Provost (202)319-5244



The Faculties:

As a corporate entity, a Faculty is a body of teachers empowered to act in such matters as the appointmentand pro­motion of its members, the admission of students, the prescription of curriculum requirements, and the recommendations of candidates for degrees. The term, however, is often used unofficially to denote the body of teachers in the entire institution or in a component part of a Faculty, such as a Department.

Only those who hold appointments in faculty rank (i.e., the rank of Instructor or higher rank) are members entitled to vote on matters before a Faculty. Requirements and procedures for appointments as members and associates of a Faculty are explained in Part II of this Handbook. It will be noted that privileges of participation in meetings without the right to vote may be extended to associates and to students and that in certain matters, especially in appointments and promotions and in consultations prior to the appointment of a Dean or Chairman of a Department, separate votes may be required of tenured members of a Faculty or of those higher in rank than a candidate for appointment or promotion.

There are at present nine Faculties corresponding to the nine Schools of the University.[3] In order of seniority, they are the School of Religious Studies, the School of Philosophy, the Columbus School of Law, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering and Architecture, the National Catholic School of Social Service, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, and the School of Music. Each School is administered by a Dean who reports to the Provost and the President (see Part III).

Three Schools are subdivided into departments. Each Department is administered by a Chairman who is responsible to the Dean and Faculty of the School (see Part III).

The School of Arts and Sciences[4] has Departments of Anthropology, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Economics and Business Management, English Language and Literature, Greek and Latin, History, Library and Information Science, Mathematics, Modern Languages and Literatures, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, and Sociology.

The Council of the School, composed of the Chairmen of the Departments with the Dean presiding, is the standing committee of the Faculty with primary responsibility for the administration of the School.

The School of Engineering and Architecture has Departments[5] of Architecture and Planning, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Chairmen of the Departments constitute the Executive Committee of the School, over which the Dean presides.

The School of Religious Studies has Departments of Biblical Studies, Canon Law, Church History, Religion and Religious Education, and Theology. This School also has an Executive Committee composed of the Dean and the Chairmen of Departments.