The Bloomington Faculty Council maintains a committee structure where most policy, legislative, and consultative authority is exercised. Committees are comprised of both elected BFC members and volunteer members from among faculty, students, and staff.
What are the different committee types?
Standing committees are permanent committees of the Bloomington Faculty Council that are required to meet regularly. Sections 16 and 17 of the Bylaws of the Bloomington Faculty Council of Indiana University outline what the BFC standing committees are, as well as any specific guidelines, requirements, duties, and functions.
The BFC has 15 standing committees, each with its own webpage, with information regarding current or past projects and meeting minutes, when available.
The BFC has five elected committees, each with a specific purpose and structure. Faculty members can volunteer to serve. The Nomination Committee then selects candidates to run, and the Bloomington faculty elects the final members.
The elected committees, save the Faculty Athletics Committee, focus on dispute resolution, misconduct, and grievance proceedings. Terms are one to two years, depending on the committee. Most committees meet only as-needed.
Each elected committee has a specific policy to guide its functions. Links to these policies can be found on each committee's page.
Offices and organizations throughout the campus seek faculty representation on their committees and boards. Each year, the Nomination Committee of the Bloomington Faculty Council appoints these faculty representatives, based on those individuals who volunteered that year.
The scope and time-commitment varies widely from committee to committee. Please visit the campus committees page to learn more about each of these opportunities.
Task forces & special committeesUnlike committees, task forces and special committees are typically short-term groups, with a specific and narrow scope. This year the BFC expects to conclude the work of a couple of task forces and create a couple new joint task forces.
Subcommittees provide a tool for committees to divide into smaller or more specialized groups to address a particular issue or set of related issues. Each standing committee may, itself, create and staff subcommittees, but it should do so in consultation with the Executive Committee.