Committees

Committees are either faculty elected or appointed by the President or Provost and Dean. Appointments are typically made prior to the beginning of the academic year. The terms for faculty-elected committees are staggered; elections are ongoing throughout the year.

President-Appointed

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Process Advisors

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Process Advisors (which include students, faculty, and staff), are appointed by the president or president's designee. Advisors are available to all members of the community seeking advice and assistance regarding sexual harassment and the College’s policy and procedures (Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures (PDF) and Nondiscrimination Statement).

Any member of the College community who believes that he/she has been sexually harassed may seek the assistance of a Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Advisor (see below). Advisors are ready to listen and discuss a concern, provide suggestions about possible courses of action, and assist/accompany anyone seeking help with pursuing a sexual harassment complaint.

Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Process Advisors

Students

Student advisors will be trained during the Fall 2016 term

Staff
Faculty

If you have questions regarding the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Advisors, please contact Dean of Students Xenia Markowitt (x4390; off campus 802-440-4390). If you have questions regarding the Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Policy and Procedures, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives David Rees (x4302; off campus 802-440-4302) or the Deputy Title IX Coordinator Director of Library and Information Services Oceana Wilson (x4606; from off campus 802-440-4606).

Updated: March 2016

Safety Committee

The Safety Committee, made up of faculty and staff and chaired by the Director of Campus Safety, is responsible for reviewing matters pertaining to safety on campus. The Committee reviews practices and procedures associated with ongoing College operations, ensures that adequate and appropriate safety training occurs, and seeks to identify hazards on campus in need of correction. Campus community members may bring safety concerns to the attention of the Chair of the Safety Committee.

Updated: March 2016

  • Ken Collamore, chair
  • Janet Foley
  • Duncan Dobbelmann
  • Heather Faley
  • Angel Kwasniak
  • David Rees
  • Andy Schlatter

Land and Building Use Committee

This Committee is charged by the President to set policies governing the ongoing management of the physical environment of the campus. Utilizing the campus master plan as a touchstone, the Committee is responsible for evaluating proposals for projects that interface with Bennington’s buildings and landscape. While preserving and enhancing the aesthetic quality and character of the campus as a whole is a central objective, the Committee also reviews projects with a view to considerations such as accessibility, safety, maintenance, and environmental impact. Proposals for alterations to any exterior or interior spaces or the installation of sculpture or art (outside of VAPA) belonging to the College must be made on forms available from the Office of the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning. Temporary art exhibitions must be approved by the appropriate offices. The Committee is chaired by the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning.

Updated: March 2016

  • Andy Schlatter, chair
  • Ken Collamore
  • Angel Kwasniak
  • Erin McKenny
  • Forest Purnell
  • Donald Sherefkin
  • John Umphlett
  • Kerry Woods

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee is made up of staff, faculty, and students from all areas of the College. The Committee's mission is to advance a shared sense of responsibility towards the social, economic, and environmental well being of the College and beyond in order to educate Bennington students and lead by example. The Committee's goals are to advance the ethic of sustainability in College operations, academics, and campus life and to build bridges between the College, the local community, and the world at large. The Committee is chaired by the Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning.

Updated: March 2016

Provost and Dean of the College–Appointed

Curriculum Planning Committee

The Curriculum Planning Committee, composed of the Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment, the Registrar and Director of Enrollment Services, the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, and faculty representatives from each of the disciplines, is responsible for short- and long-term curriculum planning as well as for reviewing and approving the curriculum. The Committee presents the curriculum for final approval to the Academic Policies Committee and the Provost and Dean's Office.

Updated: September 2017

  • Zeke Bernstein, Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment, co-chair
  • Jaime Babic, Registrar and Director of Enrollment Services
  • Terry Creach, Acting Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Ben Anastas, literature
  • Barry Bartlett, visual arts
  • David Bond, CAPA
  • Katie Montovan, science, mathematics, and computing
  • Jean Randich, drama (spring)
  • Dana Reitz, dance
  • Kerry Ryer-Parke, music (spring)
  • Chip Schoonmaker, drama (fall)
  • Tim Schroeder, environment
  • Allen Shawn, music (fall)
  • Eileen Scully, society, culture, and thought
  • Ikuko Yoshida, languages

Judicial Committee

This Committee hears cases concerning infractions of community standards. The Judicial Committee will be made up of seven students (a minimum of three hear any given case); three staff members (a minimum of one hears any given case); and three faculty members (a minimum of one hears any given case). The Assistant Dean of Students chairs the committee. Cases before the committee are brought by the Dean of Students.

Faculty and staff members are appointed each academic year in consultation with the Provost and Dean of the College. Student members (in good standing, academically and disciplinary) are selected via an application process by the Office of Student Life. Selected students are re-appointed annually until graduation or resignation.

Updated: May 2017

Administrative Review Committee

The Administrative Review Committee is a disciplinary board constituted as needed to hear appeals from the rulings of the Judicial Committee, appeals from the rulings of administratively resolved cases, and any offense referred directly to it by the Provost and Dean of the College. The Committee normally consists of three senior members of the administration appointed by the Provost and Dean of the College.

Updated: May 2017

Committee on Research with Human Participants

The Committee ensures that research conducted by Bennington College faculty members, students, and staff adequately protects the welfare of human subjects who participate in it. Committee approval is required for all research on human subjects conducted by College faculty members, students, and staff. Three appointed members. Guidelines and other information.

Updated: July 2016

  • Zeke Bernstein, Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment, chair
  • David Bond, faculty
  • Betsy Sherman, faculty

Production Committee

Committee members from music, dance, and drama meet regularly with the Production Manager to review matters pertaining to the production calendar, performance spaces, publicity, and special events.

Updated: March 2017

  • Michael Giannitti, chair
  • Kitty Brazelton
  • Nicholas Brooke
  • Kirk Jackson
  • Sue Rees
  • Dana Reitz
  • Bruce Williamson

Faculty-Elected

Academic Policies Committee

The Academic Policies Committee (APC), composed of an elected faculty chair, six other elected faculty members, the President, the Provost and Dean of the College, the Associate Provost and Dean of Studies, and the Dean of Field Work Term, reviews academic programs, curriculum, academic budgeting, and the hiring of new faculty members. The APC is authorized to recommend new academic initiatives and work with the Dean's Office concerning budgetary matters.

Updated: September 2017

  • Nick Brooke, chair
  • Barbara Alfano
  • Noah Coburn
  • Sarah Harris
  • Kirk Jackson
  • Sherry Kramer
  • Kate Purdie (not serving 17-18)
  • Michael Wimberly (alternate, serving 17-18)
  • Mariko Silver, President, ex officio
  • Isabel Roche, Provost and Dean of the College, ex officio
  • Laurie Kobik, Dean of Studies, ex officio

College Steering Committee

The College Steering Committee (CSC), composed of three faculty committee representatives, elected internally, three elected faculty members and one alternate, the President, the Provost and Dean of the College, and the Associate Provost and Dean of Studies, has regular engagement and participation in College decision making around administrative policies and procedures, admissions and market positions, financial position, advancement and alumni engagement, faculty affairs, health/safety, and diversity/inclusion. The CSC will also co-set the faculty meeting agenda and run the faculty-only portion of meetings as well as meet regularly with the Board of Trustees.

Updated: September 2017

  • Mariko Silver, President, co-chair
  • Paul Voice, co-chair
  • Noah Coburn (APC representative)
  • Karen Gover (alternate)
  • Jon Isherwood (FPRC representative)
  • Andrew McIntyre
  • Katie Montovan (CPC representative)
  • Sue Rees
  • Isabel Roche, Provost and Dean of the College

Faculty Committee on Grievances

The Faculty Committee on Grievances (FCG) hears (1) alleged violations of the College’s Academic Freedom Policy (outside of the review process), (2) grievances regarding alleged discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, disability, age, affectional preference, marital status, and (3) complaints against faculty by faculty or by those referred by the Provost and Dean of the College. Three elected members, one alternate. The Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs participates.

Updated: September 2017

  • Terry Creach, Acting Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Thorsten Dennerline (alternate)
  • Andrew McIntyre
  • Mirka Prazak (sabbatical)
  • Kerry Ryer-Parke

Faculty Review Appeals Committee

The Faculty Review Appeals Committee (FRAC) hears alleged violations of faculty performance review procedures, including violations of the College’s Academic Freedom Policy during the review process. Three elected faculty members, one alternate.

Updated: January 2017

  • Marguerite Feitlowitz (alternate)
  • Amie McClellan
  • Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly
  • Elizabeth Sherman

Faculty Performance Review Committee

The Faculty Performance Review Committee (FPRC) reviews and makes recommendations regarding faculty reappointments. Five elected faculty members, two alternates, and the Provost and Dean of the College.

Updated: September 2017

  • Sue Rees, chair
  • Michael Dumanis (first alternate) 
  • John Bullock 
  • Terry Creach (not serving 17-18)
  • Jon Isherwood (second alternate, serving 17-18)
  • Carol Pal
  • Isabel Roche, Provost and Dean of the College
  • Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly

Student Governance

Budget and Events Committee

Every year, the College allocates funds to support the Student Activities Fund, which is overseen by the Budget and Events Committee in collaboration with Office of Student Life. Students can request monies for supplies, speaker honoraria, or general event support, either through a registered student organization, or as an independent event. Students apply for money through the Office of Student Life and the Budget and Events Committee reviews proposals and makes allocation decisions bi-weekly.

Updated: March 2016

Program Activity Council (PAC)

Students on the Program Activity Council (PAC) plan and coordinate student events, such as dance parties, guest performers, and bands. Any student on campus may submit a proposal to the board for an event and suggest ways in which PAC's annual budget should be spent.

Updated: March 2016

Student Educational Policies Committee (SEPC)

The Student Educational Policies Committee (SEPC) is a group of students—two for each discipline—who represent the student body in issues affecting academic life at Bennington. These SEPC representatives, who are elected by the student body, serve as a liaison among students, faculty, and administration. The SEPC also considers larger questions of academic policy and articulates their concerns and interests to the campus community.

Updated: March 2016

Student Endowment for the Arts (SEA)

The mission of the Student Endowment for the Arts (SEA) is to financially support and educate the artists of Bennington College while strengthening the role of the arts within the entire community. It aims to stimulate grant writing, proposing and allocating funds in a realistic scenario. SEA offers exposure and experience in the process for both applicants and members of the board. As an all-student board, it strives to maintain an accessible relationship with the student body, undergraduate and graduate students alike. Proposals are reviewed anonymously and are judged on the strength and clarity by which they are presented, their supporting materials, and their artistic excellence.

Updated: March 2016