Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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Our Committees

Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee (APCC)

Dean’s Office Liaison: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs.

APCC’s key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and maintain academic policies and procedures;
  • Maintain a repository of all SPH policies on the SPH website/intranet;
  • Coordinate approvals for all SPH policies with the OHSU and PSU Provost’s offices;
  • Review and make recommendations for course, curriculum, and program changes;
  • Develop and maintain policies regarding syllabus format;
  • Provide oversight of academic program review and assessment activities of the School;

Academic Personnel Committee

Dean’s Office Liaison: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs

The APC undertakes the following responsibilities in compliance with applicable institutional policies related to academic personnel:

  • Maintain policies, procedures, and criteria for assignment of rank, promotion, tenure, post tenure review, post continuous appointment, and annual review of all faculty
  • Serve annually on PSU and OHSU committees for selected faculty reviews (third year tenure-related review at PSU, promotion at both OHSU and PSU, PSU NTTF review, emeritus/emerita at OHSU and PSU, PSU Post-Tenure Review)
  • Review and make recommendations to the Dean for nonpaid faculty appointments
  • Recommend to the Voting Faculty the membership of all SPH standing committees based on an annual survey conducted each spring by the AD/AFA’s office, as described in VI.1.A.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Dean’s Office Liaison: Associate Dean for Social Justice
Primary responsibilities of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee include:

  • Develop and maintain the School’s Diversity Plan;
  • Develop metrics and monitor the School’s compliance with the Diversity Plan, university policies, and accreditation guidelines relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Support the development of cultural humility through curricula, training events, and workshops;
  • Advise and collaborate with the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) and admissions committees to recruit and admit a diverse student body;
  • Develop and maintain guidelines for social justice-informed course/syllabus content; and
  • Propose specific school-wide goals for increasing representation and supporting student success.

Student Affairs Committee

Dean’s Office Liaison: Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Community Engagement

    Primary responsibilities of the Student Affairs Committee include:

    • Develop and maintain policies and procedures to address student issues and interests, including student academic and career advising;
    • Facilitate and ensure continuity of academic and career advising to student groups and student-led activities;
    • Facilitate the appointment of student representatives to SPH standing and ad hoc committees, work groups, and task forces, through the Student Leadership Council (SLC);
    • Establish and maintain processes to celebrate, acknowledge, and honor students;
    • Develop and maintain policies consistent with both universities to enable students to communicate formal complaints and grievances;
    • In conjunction with the DEIC and the SPH AD/SJ, develop and maintain a trauma-informed “care team” to support SPH students;
    • Develop and maintain policies and practices regarding student recruitment;
    • Develop and maintain policies and procedures dealing with student admissions

Professional Workforce Development Committee

Dean’s Office Liaison: Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Community Engagement

    Key responsibilities of the PWDC involve the support and monitoring of compliance with School policies and accreditation guidelines relevant for workforce development, including:

    • Identify the school’s professional workforce partners of interest;
    • Conduct and compile professional development and technical assistance needs assessments, with feedback from professional workforce partners;
    • Develop, provide, and compile a range of topical and skills-based professional development offerings;
    • Develop and maintain continuing education policies, programs, and activities for the public health workforce;
    • Assure that SPH professional development and technical assistance offerings are provided across a range of formats, according to workforce partner needs;
    • Monitor and periodically revise SPH-delivered continuing education policies, programs, and activities for the public health workforce;
    • Develop workforce alliances to facilitate professional development and technical assistance initiatives.

Community Engagement Committee

Dean’s Office Liaison: Associate Dean for Social Justice

    The CEC provides support, guidance, and recommendations on interactions with members of the community. Key responsibilities of the CEC include:

    • Develop and maintain guidelines for engaging with, and supporting the needs of, our communities, prioritizing historically oppressed and marginalized communities;
    • Develop and maintain mechanisms of accountability to ensure the School is centering and elevating these communities;
    • Develop and maintain guidelines for community engagement competencies in our curricula;
    • Develop and maintain opportunities for community partners to share their expertise;
    • Determine and disseminate best practices for faculty working with communities; and
    • Work with the Provosts’ offices from both universities through the AD/SJ to develop and maintain guidelines for compensation of community members who support the School.

Research Committee

Dean’s Office Liaison: Associate Dean for Research

The Research Committee’s key responsibilities include:

  • Identify and facilitate promotion of research opportunities to SPH faculty;
  • Assist the Dean and Associate Dean for Research to design and disseminate internal research funding opportunities (e.g. pilot awards);
  • Advise the Dean and Associate Dean for Reearch on faculty mentoring to support individual and collective research activities;
  • Coordinate a regular research seminar series featuring SPH faculty, doctoral students, and guest speakers;
  • Create faculty development opportunities for SPH researchers;
  • Select the SPH Researcher of the Year for PSU and OHSU;
  • Support the development of an external research presence for the SPH, including procedures for collecting and posting information about SPH faculty research activities for the SPH website; and
  • Support faculty in the research enterprise.