Faculty Council

All core faculty members of the College of Allopathic Medicine (M.D. College) are members of the Faculty Council, as defined by the bylaws. The purpose of the Faculty Council shall be to represent and serve as a voice for the faculty of the M.D. College. The Faculty Council shall provide a forum for discussion and communication and shall collaborate with and advise the Dean, academic leadership, and other appropriate individuals or committees on matters related to the well-being and future of the M.D. College as well as its students and faculty. The Faculty Council will report to and be accountable to the faculty and will carry out its responsibilities in collaboration with the Dean and the leadership of the M.D. College.

The Faculty Council shall, on its own initiative, consider matters of concern to the M.D. College and shall also consider any matter brought before the faculty, the Dean, or other M.D. College committees. Faculty Council will find facts relative to such matters, and formulate principles and objectives so as to report its proposals and recommendations or advise the Dean, or other individuals or groups as appropriate.

Leadership

The officers of the Faculty Council shall consist of a president, a vice president, and the immediate past president, who comprise the Leadership Team of the Council. Terms of office of officers shall begin at the beginning of the Academic Year.

Faculty Council Committees

The Nominating Committee shall have the responsibility of preparing a slate of candidates from among the Core Faculty for the office of vice president and, when it becomes active, for the positions for the Faculty Council Representative committee. The Nominating Committee is also responsible for making recommendations to the Dean identifying recommended faculty members for service on College committees. To promote a broad viewpoint in all issues affecting faculty, the committee will consider all forms of diversity in its identification of candidates for open positions. Members of the Nominating Committee may not be candidates for these positions.

The Representative Committee is composed of the Faculty Council Leadership Team and elected Core Faculty representatives from appropriate units/departments. The committee charge is to consider and formulate short- and long-term goals of the Faculty Council and the College of Allopathic Medicine.

College Committees

The Merit and Promotion Committee assists the Dean in developing standards for assessing the accomplishments of faculty with regard to faculty promotion and eligibility for continuing contract status. Committee reviews the credentials of all prospective faculty who are proposed to be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor, reviews applications for promotion of faculty to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and reviews the credentials of those eligible faculty being considered for multi-year contracts. Following review, the Committee makes recommendations regarding appointments, promotions and multi-year contracts to the Dean.

Information on the Admissions Committee will be available after receiving Preliminary Accreditation from LCME.

The Curriculum Committee advises the Dean on matters related to undergraduate medical education. The Committee develops, reviews, assesses, and recommends changes to the content, curricular structure, learning environment, assessment methodologies, and educational goals of the Undergraduate Medical Education (M.D.) program and shall evaluate the courses, curriculum, and program outcomes as a whole.

The Student Progress and Advising Committee (SPAC) is responsible for reviewing the progress of each student and determining the status of each student’s enrollment and/or academic progress in the M.D. College, including continuation, promotion to the next academic year, academic probation, remediation, dismissal, or any variation thereof that the Committee deems appropriate.

Academic Performance

The Student Progress and Advising Committee continuously monitors a student’s academic performance. Information upon which assessment of satisfactory progress is made includes: mastery of competency-based behaviors, skills, and knowledge; letter grades; written evaluations; data submitted by the faculty regarding cognitive and non-cognitive skills; scores on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE); and scores on Clinical Skills Examinations.

Competencies

Students’ mastery of the graduation competencies is monitored by the Committee. Students are expected to progress in their attainment of clinical competency. Assessment of student competency during basic science courses and clerkships will be evaluated independent of the actual course grade. 

The Diversity Committee advises the Dean on matters related to diversity in the College, including the identification of diversity goals, the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, administrators and staff, and maintenance of a welcoming environment to all associated with or who come in contact with the M.D. College. The Committee develops, reviews, assesses, and recommends changes to College goals, policies and practices related to diversity.

The Faculty Practice Committee advises the Dean on matters related to the clinical activities of the M.D. College. The Committee develops, reviews, assesses, and recommends changes to College activities related to College’s clinical operations (this may include the operation of residency programs/GME). The Committee shall evaluate the need for specific service lines or faculty, the adequacy of the support systems for the faculty’s clinical activities, the evolving nature of patient care delivery systems, potential strategies to respond productively in the changing world of health care. 

The Quality and Policy Committee is broadly responsible for coordinating, directing and conducting comprehensive M.D. College continuous quality improvement activities. Its members will represent both College and NSU constituencies and interests and will work collaboratively to thoughtfully review, assess, and improve the College’s activities and ensure they are effective and adhere to LCME accreditation standards and that necessary policies are appropriately adopted and disseminated. 

The purpose of the Library and IT Resource Committee is to provide guidance to the Dean and to responsible NSU departments in the areas of:

  • Library mission and resources
  • Library policy and functions
  • Management and acquisition of learning resources for the M.D. College
  • IT mission and resources
  • IT policy and functions
  • Management and acquisition of learning and other electronic resources for the M.D. College

The Committee shall review the M.D. College bylaws every two years or as needed, and shall consider proposed changes brought to it as well as changes proposed by its own members. The Bylaws Committee will make recommendations regarding such changes to the Faculty Council Leadership. 

The Dean may appoint Ad Hoc committees to gather information appropriate to their charge and forward advice and recommendations concerning M.D. College policies to the Dean and the Executive Committee for consideration and approval. 

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