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Full-time faculty members, students, and administrators contribute in the decision-making process at the college through participation in the governance process. Governance committees are established in accordance with the MSCA, APA, and AFSCME union contracts.

Brief guidance is provided to committee members to help guide their work and set member expectations. This includes information about roles and responsibilities, reporting structures, advice, and best practices. 


One of the goals in MassArt's strategic plan is We organize to implement our strategic priorities. Many of the actions under this goal revolve around governance and decision making, and include improving committee effectiveness through better support and guidance. 

Please feel free to reach out to Kate Russell in the President's Office if you have any questions or want more information either about specific committees or MassArt's plans to bring more clarity, transparency, and efficiency to our governance and decision making processes.


In accordance with the MSCA faculty contract, MassArt maintains a standing governance body composed of several committees governed by faculty, staff, and students. In general, MSCA governance committees are primarily comprised of faculty members recommended by the chapter president of the faculty association, administrators assigned by the president, and student members recommended by the Student Government Association (SGA). For All-University Committee, the Tenure Committee, and the Promotions Committee, faculty are elected in the spring for the following academic year. 

Written charges to establish new or revised policies, curriculum, and academic reorganization are reviewed and passed through a variety of committees before being presented to the president for final approval. These must be addressed to the chairperson of the All University Committee (AUC) and submitted to the AUC Recording Secretary, Katie Duvernay, in the Office of Academic Affairs. 


A listing of MassArt's MSCA governance committees for the 2020-2021 academic year, including charges and membership, can be found here. Please note that at the time of this posting, student members have not yet been assigned.


The Office of Academic Affairs publishes a schedule of designated governance days at the start of the academic year, and attached is the schedule for the 2020-2021 academic year. In general, governance committee meetings are held in the designated 1:00 – 3:00 block on Wednesday afternoons, though committees may choose to schedule additional meetings depending on their workloadA committee can choose to meet at another time, but only if ALL members of the committee agree and can meet at that other time.

Each committee’s chair is responsible for securing a location to hold meetings and contacting committee members. The first meeting of the committee in a new academic year should be called and facilitated by the previous year’s chair.


There are several different types of committees outlined in the MSCA contract and the rules a committee has to follow depends on the type of committee. The number of faculty, students, and administrators serving on AUC, the Standing Committees, and Graduate Education Council is contractual for all state universities and can not be changed. In addition, their responsibilities (charges) are outlined in the contract.

More information regarding some of the specific governance committees can be found on these groups' pages:

  • All-University Committee (AUC)

  • Standing Committees

  • Graduate Education Council

  • Ad Hoc Committees

    • Includes:

      • Awards Committee
    • Formed by AUC upon request of the president or by a majority vote of either the faculty, the student body, or the administration

    • Must consist of an equal number of faculty, students, and administrators. Number of members is determined by AUC. 

  • Special Committees

    • Includes:

    • Must be formed in agreement with the president, the MSCA chapter president, and the majority vote of AUC.

    • Formed only for defined time periods established when the committee is created. Committees end when the defined period is over or upon the agreement of the president, the MSCA chapter president, and a majority vote of the AUC.

  • University-Wide Advisory Committees

    • Includes:

      • Travel Course Review Committee

      • Committee on Institutional Scholarships

      • JEDI

      • Student Enrollment Management Retention Council

    • Created by the president; MSCA chapter president provides names of faculty to the president.


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