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

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: July 2020

  • Ken Collamore, chair
  • Natalie Basil
  • John Bullock
  • Heather Faley
  • Abbey Killam
  • Angel Kwasniak
  • Meredith McCoy
  • Brian Murphy
  • 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

Retirement Plan Committee

The Retirement Plan Committee is made up of faculty and staff from across the College. The purpose of the Committee shall be to provide oversight of the College’s employee retirement plan; as such term is defined in the College's 403(b) plan.

Members of this committee include:

  • Paige Bartels
  • Angela DeLuca
  • Heather Faley
  • Michael Giannitti
  • Brian Murphy
  • Jonathan Pitcher
  • Dwaine Stevens

Updated: December 2019

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 Curriculum and Pedagogy, 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 2020

  • Zeke Bernstein, Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment, co-chair
  • Noah Coburn, Associate Dean for Curriculum and Pedagogy, co-chair
  • David Bond, CAPA (F19-S22)
  • Michael Giannitti, dance and drama (F20-S21)
  • Marguerite Feitlowitz, literature (S20-F21)
  • Ann Pibal, visual arts (S20-F20)
  • Kerry Ryer-Parke, music (F17-F20)
  • Paul Voice, society, culture, and thought (S20-F20)
  • Kerry Woods, science/mathematics (F20)
  • Ikuko Yoshida, cultural studies and languages (S20-F22)

Judicial Committee

The Judicial Committee hears cases concerning infractions of community standards. The committee consists of selected and trained members of the student body, faculty and staff from which three-to five members, including one chair, are designated by the Associate Dean of Student Life to determine individual cases. Members will be excused from a hearing if a conflict or potential conflict of interest exists, and the committee may proceed with the remaining members to which the Dean of Students may or may not designate substitutions.

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: July 2020

Administrative Review Committee

The Administrative Review Committee is a disciplinary board constituted as needed to hear appeals from the rulings of the Judicial Committee, and any offense referred directly to it by the Dean of Students for which the possible sanction could include suspension or separation from the College. The Committee normally consists of three senior members of the administration, including the Dean of Students who serves as chair. In cases in which a member of the Committee is unable to participate (for example, if a conflict or potential conflict of interest exists), the Dean of Students will appoint a substitute member of the committee. See full policy in the Student Handbook.

Updated: April 2018

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 2019

  • Zeke Bernstein, Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment, chair
  • John Hultgren, faculty (F18-S21)
  • Amie McClellan, faculty (F19-S22)

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: July 2020

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

Faculty-Elected

Academic Policies Committee

The Academic Policies Committee (APC), composed of an elected faculty chair, six other elected faculty members, one elected faculty alternate, the President, the Provost and Dean of the College, the Associate Provost and Dean of Studies, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration, 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: July 2020

  • Brian Michael Murphy, chair (7/1/20-6/30/21)
  • John Bullock, Acting Provost and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, ex officio
  • Manuel Gonzales (7/1/20-6/30/23)
  • Thorsten Dennerline (1/1/18-12/31/20) 
  • Michael Dumanis (2/20/18-12/31/20)
  • Laurie Kobik, Dean of Studies, ex officio
  • Thomas Leddy-Cecere (7/1/20-6/30/23)
  • Amie McClellan (7/1/20-6/30/23)
  • Brian Murphy, Vice President for Finance and Administration, ex officio
  • Tim Schroeder (9/3/19-6/30/22)
  • Don Sherefkin, alternate (7/1/18-6/30/21) 
  • Laura Walker, President, ex officio

College Steering Committee

The College Steering Committee (CSC), composed of six elected faculty members, two elected faculty alternates, the President, the Provost and Dean of the College, and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, 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: July 2020

  • Laura Walker, President, co-chair
  • Lopamudra Banerjee (7/1/19-6/30/22)
  • J Blackwell (1/1/20-6/30/22)
  • John Bullock, Acting Provost and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Hugh Crowl, 1st alternate (7/1/20-6/30/23) (serving 20-21)
  • Vanessa Lyon (7/1/18-6/30/21)
  • Carol Pal (1/1/20-6/30/21) (sabbatical F20, not serving 20-21)
  • Sue Rees (1/1/20-6/30/22)
  • Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly (1/1/20-6/30/21)
  • Stephen Shapiro, 2nd alternate (7/1/20-6/30/23)

Faculty Committee on Grievances

The Faculty Committee on Grievances (FCG), composed of three elected faculty members, one elected faculty alternate, and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, 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. 

Updated: January 2020

  • John Bullock, Acting Provost and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Ginger Lin (1/1/18-12/31/20)
  • Carol Pal (1/1/20-12/31/22)
  • Stephen Shapiro (1/1/18-12/31/20)
  • Paul Voice, alternate (1/1/20-12/31/22)

Faculty Performance Review Committee

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

Updated: July 2020

  • Sue Rees, chair (7/1/19-6/30/22)
  • John Bullock, Acting Provost and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Andrew Cencini (7/1/18-6/30/21) (sabb 20-21, not serving)
  • John Hultgren (7/1/19-6/30/22)
  • Jon Isherwood (7/1/18-6/30/21) 
  • Kirk Jackson, 1st alternate (7/1/20-6/30/23) (serving 20-21)
  • Jennifer Rohn, 2nd alternate (7/1/19-6/30/22)
  • Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly (7/1/20-6/30/23) 

Faculty Review Appeals Committee

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

Updated: January 2020

  • Allen Shawn, chair (7/1/18-6/30/21)
  • Andrew McIntyre (7/1/20-6/30/23)
  • Michael Wimberly (1/1/20-12/31/22)
  • Ikuko Yoshida, alternate (1/1/18-12/31/20)

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) represents the student body on matters of academic policy, working to communicate and collaborate with students, faculty, and administration on academic matters at the classroom, discipline and institutional levels.

SEPC consists of a group of elected students who represent the student body on issues affecting academic life at Bennington. In addition to the head and secretary of the committee, two representatives per discipline serve as liaisons between students, faculty, and the administration. They know the ins and outs of each discipline and are available resources for other students, faculty, and staff regarding each area of study. SEPC coordinates mid-term and end-of-term course evaluations that provide a forum for students to supply course feedback to the college. In addition to evaluating individual courses and teachers, SEPC also considers larger questions of academic policy and articulates concerns and interests of the student community.

For more information, please visit their website

Updated: August 2019

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