DEPARTMENTAL GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
Introduction: The department is governed primarily through a)
various committees-- each with specific roles and responsibilities--and
b) Faculty and Departmental Meetings. The relationship between
the two is one of "advice and consent," with individual committees
having most of the responsibility for policy development and
Faculty and Departmental meetings having a primarily policy enactment
role. As part of this process, committees are frequently asked
by the Faculty and/or the Department to develop recommendations
on specific issues to bring back to Faculty or Department Meetings.
The agendas of individual committees, as well as those of Faculty
and Departmental meetings, are posted on the department's private
computer drive, and any faculty or staff member can attend any
committee meeting or Faculty and Departmental meeting to discuss
issues of particular interest to them.
Faculty and Departmental Meetings- Department Head, Chair
One of the primary roles of Faculty and Departmental meetings
is to determine the overall direction of the department. This
includes defining and, on an ongoing basis, operationalizing
the department's mission, goals, and objectives.
Faculty Meetings are also the primary governing structure of
the Department. As such, Faculty Meeting members regularly review
and evaluate the development and implementation of the MSW program.
The also act upon the policy recommendations of individual departmental
committees, accepting, rejecting, and/or modifying these recommendations.
Once a semester, faculty review the progress of every student
and, when appropriate, make decisions regarding remediation and/or
dismissal pursuant to the Department's remediation and dismissal
policy. Acting on the recommendations of the Admissions Committee,
faculty also annually determine the number of new students to
be admitted into the program. Faculty and student participants
of Faculty Meetings have special responsibilities for monitoring
curriculum and, when appropriate, making recommendations for
the Academic Affairs Committee to explore particular curriculum
issues. Faculty Meetings are comprised of all teaching faculty
and up to two representatives from the MSW Student Association.
Executive Committee- Department Head, Chair
This committee consists of the Department Head, the Director
of Graduate Studies, and the directors of American Indian Projects,
Field, and the UMD Center for Regional & Tribal Child Welfare
Studies. It provides consultation to the Department Head on a
range of issues. This includes consultation about personnel,
curriculum, program development, and budgetary issues. The Committee
also helps the Department Head set agendas for Faculty and Departmental
Meetings. Although the primary role of the Executive Committee
is advisory to the Department Head, it is also responsible for
developing specific recommendations to the Faculty and Departmental
Meetings in relationship to, 1) major policy proposals that could
impact on the department as-a-whole, and 2) all matters affecting
the overall governance of the department. Additionally, it acts
on policy issues that need resolution during the summer or at
other times when Faculty and/or individual committees aren't
Center for Regional and Center Associate Director, Chair
Tribal Child Welfare Studies
This committee sets overall vision and priorities of the Center.
It also, a) coordinates the activities of IV-E and other grants,
including curriculum development, student support, faculty development,
outreach and evaluation; b) sets standards and policies for the
administration of the IV-E and other grants; c) monitors the
Center's overall budget, including the budgets of its individual
grants; and d) and develops grant proposals. It meets with the
Center Community Advisory Committee quarterly.
American Indian Projects Committee AIP Director, Chair
The mission of American Indian Projects (AIP) and of the AIP
Committee is to develop and oversee programs and initiatives
related to serving American Indians students and community members.
This includes providing support, advocacy, and services that
support the recruitment and retention of American Indian students.
It also includes American Indian curriculum development within
our program, as well as the provision of linkages to the American
Indian community. AIP core membership includes all American Indian
Faculty and the AIP staff, as well as non American Indian faculty
and staff that are selected on a year-by-year basis by the AIP
Director on the basis of their being able to make major contributions
to AIP's program objectives during that year. In addition to
its regularly scheduled meetings, AIP maintains a relationship
with an eight member American Indian Community Advisory Council
that provides guidance, recommendations, and sanction to AIP
initiatives and activities.
Academic Affairs DGS, Chair
Academic Affairs reviews and recommends graduation requirements
and academic standards; and develops and monitors curriculum
consistent with CSWE accreditation guidelines, including core
and required courses. Subcommittees of Academic Affairs include
the following tracks: policy, practice, field, human behavior,
research and American Indian content.
Field Committee Field Director, Chair
This committee provides ongoing dialogue between field liaisons
including discussions of issues related to students' field placements
and (field) seminars. It also makes decisions on special requests
of students and/or special issues that arise in placements (e.g.,
it rules on student requests to change placements). In addition,
the Field Committee also helps to organizes annual field activities,
such as fall training and field portion of incoming student orientation(s).
Membership is made up of field faculty and coordinator.
Budget Committee Department Head, Chair
The Budget Committee consists of the Department Head, the Director
and Associate Director of the UMD Center for Regional & Tribal
Child Welfare Studies, and the Executive Administrative Specialist.
Its primary purpose is to work with the Department Head to make
ongoing budget decisions and to regularly monitor expenditures
and balances. The Committee makes
annual recommendations to the full faculty about (line-by-line)
Staff-Department Head Group Department Head, Chair
The Staff-Department Head Group consists of the Department Head
and all support staff members. Its primary purpose is to maintain
ongoing dialogue between the staff and the Department Head about
staff workloads and staff's overall work climate, and to mutually
problem-solve around any issues that arise. This group periodically
reports to the full faculty on workload issues that arise.
Student Affairs Committee Director of Graduate Studies, Chair
This committee reviews new student applications for admission
and makes recommendations to admit or deny admission; develops
and implements methods of recruiting prospective students; reviews
and modifies application materials; sets standards for administering
financial aid; reviews financial aid applications and makes recommendations
to Director of Graduate Studies; promotes advising and student
retention; develops and implements procedures for meeting special
needs of diverse students; reviews student performance and makes
recommendations to the faculty regarding remedial action and
dismissal. Student Affairs meets every other week as necessary
during the academic year and weekly from mid-January through
February during admissions review.