Ad Hoc Committees

When the Senate Agenda Committee determines that a matter warrants dedicated attention to investigate an issue, the Agenda Committee has the responsibility of creating an ad hoc committee to complete the work on behalf of the Senate. The charge and membership of the ad hoc committee is determined by the Agenda Committee.  Changes to either the charge or membership are the responsibility of the Senate Agenda Committee.

An ad hoc committee should work until the committee’s charge has been met. The ad hoc committee should provide ongoing reports to the Agenda Committee, as well as the full Senate body. The conclusions and recommendations of the ad hoc committee should be presented to the Agenda Committee and full Senate body in a final report. Once the ad hoc committee’s final report has been presented, the ad hoc committee is disbanded.

The following Senate ad hoc committees are conducting work during the 2022-23 University Senate term:

Bylaws Ad Hoc Committee

Charge: November 30, 2021

Building on the results of the Senate Standing Committee Audit conducted in the Spring of 2021, the Senate Agenda Committee charges the ad-hoc Bylaws committee to:

  • Conduct an overall review of Senate committee structure
  • Consider the possible consolidation of the following committees:
    1. Merger of the AFTPE and Appointment and Promotions Committees
    2. Merger of the Computing Services and Administrative Operations Committees
      1. with the possible inclusion of the Services to Faculty and Staff Committee
  • Based on current University Senate bylaws and structure, assess the feasibility of establishing a new standing committee on Accreditation and Assessment.
    1. Review committee proposal and make recommendations for the potential function, membership, and scope of the proposed committee.

Identify any additional recommendations, including the possible creation, elimination, merger, or restructuring of committees, that will ensure that the University Senate is working effectively and efficiently to meet its commitments to the Syracuse University community.

Charge Update: May 1, 2022

Building on the Agenda Committee’s previous charge, and the work that the ad-hoc bylaws committee has completed to date, the Agenda Committee wishes to update the charge, including:

  • Consideration of possible expansion of Senate representation, including:
    1. Staff, both exempt and non-exempt (currently 8 exempt and 4 non-exempt seats)
    2. Part-time instructors (currently 2 seats)
  • Clarification of term limits for both Senators and committee chairs, addressing inconsistencies across the board


  • Amanda Brown, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Harriet Brown, (Chair) S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • John Dannenhoffer III, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Gabriel Nugent, Office of University Counsel
  • Brittany Zaehringer, Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Gender Pay Equity Ad Hoc Committee

Charge: January 27, 2022

The goal of the ad-hoc committee on Gender Pay Equity is to review and propose processes, including monitoring mechanisms, to prevent future gender pay inequities and to suggest remedies for eliminating gender-based salary and promotion inequities faced by women at Syracuse University.

In response to the ad hoc committee report of March 31, 2021, the Senate Agenda Committee charges the newly reconstituted committee to:

  • Review the previous Senate report and recommendations for remedies for the long-term effects of past inequities.
  • Investigate and report on efforts already underway to address and monitor concerns about gender pay equity and promotion.
  • Work with the University administration (the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, specifically) to establish systems of accountability in the processes of correcting gender pay equity issues and ensuring equitable promotion among faculty, as well as mechanisms to establish greater transparency in the effort to avoid gender pay discrimination moving forward. Specifically:
    • Revisit/administer the survey designed by the previous ad hoc committee, which seeks to understand how faculty salaries are determined upon hiring and how raises are distributed in each college.
    • Establish training/assistance for department chairs/committees and deans who make salary recommendations and decisions
  • Develop an oversight and reporting strategy for salary equity appeals which operates outside of schools and colleges.
  • Consult with the ad-hoc Bylaws Committee to decide whether a Senate standing committee should be established to address and monitor gender pay equity issues, and whether these concerns should fall under the purview of an already-existing committee or a university-wide ‘Faculty Gender Equity Council’, as outlined in the March 31, 2021 report of the ad hoc committee.
  • Identify pathways to address pay equity for part-time and non-tenure-track faculty and women staff.


  • Alan Middleton, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Harriet Brown, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Andrew London, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Shobha Bhatia, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Laurel Morton, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Pamela Socker, Human Resources
  • Arlene Kanter,  College of Law
  • Sandra Ifeanyichukwu Ajaja, Graduate Student, Whitman School of Management
  • Christopher Dean Arnell, Ph.D. Candidate, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Triston Ezidore, Undergraduate Student, Maxwell School, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Shared Competencies Ad Hoc Committee

Charge:  To Senate Instruction Committee  2017

  • Form an ad hoc Committee with representation from
    • Instruction, Academic Affairs, and Curricula Committees
    • Syracuse 4+4 ad hoc committee
  • Review draft of 8 competencies emerging from the 4+4 work group
  • Develop a mechanism to have the Provost’s Office regularly review those outcomes and bring to the Senate any updates

Charge Update: To Senate Ad hoc Shared Competencies Committee, December 2022

Whereas curricular matters are the purview of the Senate, and the Shared Competencies are institutional learning goals to be embedded within the curriculum, until this work becomes the responsibility of a standing committee of the Senate, the Ad Hoc Committee on Shared Competencies is charged with:

  • Providing feedback to the Senate on the implementation of the Shared Competencies, Syracuse University’s institutional learning goals;
  • Promoting the integration of the competencies into the undergraduate curriculum;
  • Oversight of the establishment of an effective and sustainable assessment process to determine the level of student attainment of the competencies; and
  • Review and communication of assessment findings to the Senate to identify follow-up areas for curricular innovation.
  • Working towards the establishment of a long-term charge for a Senate standing committee


  • Christine Ashby, College of Arts and Sciences
  • John Dannenhoffer III, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Kelly Delevan, Syracuse University Libraries
  • Luke Elliott, Student Representative
  • Carol Faulkner, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Gerry Greenberg, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chris Johnson, Associate Provost for Academic Programs
  • Amanda Johnson Sanguiliano, Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
  • Sultan Kilinc, School of Education
  • Bruce Kingma, School of Information Studies
  • Anne Mosher, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Danielle Smith, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Maureen Thompson (Chair),  David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Joyce Zadzilka, Martin J. Whitman School of Management