Committee Structure and Membership


Standing Administrative and Academic Committees:

    • Academic Integrity Committee
      • The AIC includes faculty and student representatives who serve on integrity hearing panels when needed. As Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, John Hain manages academic integrity cases.
    • Department Chairs
      • The chairs of the 13 departments meet regularly with the dean and senior associate deans to review policies and make recommendations on School-wide topics.
    • Eastman Centennial Committee
      • This committee was formed in September of 2018 and is co-chaired by Sylvie Beaudette and Mark Scatterday. Members are charged with making plans for the celebration of Eastman’s centennial during the 2021-2022 academic year. Faculty and staff members of the committee are:
        • Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon
        • Reinhild Steingrover
        • Mark Watters
        • Christopher Azzara
        • Holly Watkins
        • Nathan Laube
        • Vincent Lenti
        • James VanDemark
        • Seth Monahan
        • Stephen Carr
        • Michael Burritt
        • Cathy Hain
        • Donna Brink Fox
        • Jessica Kaufman
        • Mike Stefiuk
        • Wendy Borden
        • Petar Kodzas
        • James Doser
        • Dan Zager
    • Eastman Diversity Committee
      • The EDC meets monthly to develop diversity-related programming and to review EDDI proposals for guest presenters from departments. Faculty Diversity Officers Clay Jenkins and Katherine Ciesinski serve as co-chairs, and the membership includes faculty, staff, and students.
    • Eastman Faculty Council
      • The Eastman Faculty Council is a 5-member faculty group that considers a wide range of issues and meets with faculty or the dean to address concerns. Members are nominated and elected from among the full-time tenure-track faculty, with one position delegated for a pre-tenure person; the council self-selects a chair. A name change is planned for fall, 2018, to appropriately identify this group within the committee structures of the University.
    • Eastman Leadership Council
      • The ELC comprises the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and the Department Chairs. This group meets as scheduled by the Dean to review topics of interest and concern.
    • E-COOL
      • The Eastman Committee on On-Line Learning (E-COOL) meets regularly to identify online teaching possibilities and interests among the faculty and staff. Jim Doser, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership, is the chair; both faculty and staff are E-COOL members. The committee collaborates with the University COOL initiatives to provide support for developing online course offerings.
    • Enrollment Management Committee
      • The EMC meets bi-weekly to review policies and practices related to the admissions and retention of students. Matthew Ardizzone, Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, chairs the meetings, which involve representatives from the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs; along with Senior Associate Deans of Academic Affairs, Graduate Studies, and Administration and Finance.
    • International Advisory Committee
      • This committee was created as a consulting group to the Dean on matters of global engagement. The Associate Dean for Academic and International Affairs chairs the committee.
    • Safety and Security Committee
      • Michele Gibson, Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, chairs this committee with representatives from University Public Safety and various Eastman offices along with students and one faculty member. Regular meetings often include officers from the Rochester Police Department.
    • Senior Leadership Team
      • The SLT meets weekly with the Dean to discuss matters of importance to the School. The group comprises leaders from the offices of advancement, communications, academic affairs, graduate studies, admissions, administration/finance, and the Institute for Music Leadership along with the Senior Advisor to the Dean.
    • Student Support Team (Staff from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs)
      • The SST group meets weekly with the Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs to address issues of concern reported about undergraduate and graduate students. Members include the Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs; Academic Counselor; Director of Graduate Advising and Services; Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Assistant Director for Residential Life; and Assistant Director for Student activities and Engagement. The CARE Network is one primary source for identifying students of concern, and when reports are submitted, the SST responds as appropriate.

Curricular Committees:

  • Graduate Professional Committee
  • Graduate Research Committee
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Curricular changes may be initiated by the faculty or administration. After consultation with relevant students, faculty and administration, the person or department wishing to propose a curricular change, policy change, new course, or new program should submit a written proposal to the UCC, GRC, or GPC. Specific instructions and guidelines on offering a new course are available on the Academic Affairs Office website. The UCC (Undergraduate Curriculum Committee) approves changes in the BM curriculum. The GPC (Graduate Professional Committee) approves changes to the MM and DMA curricula. The GRC (Graduate Research Committee) approves changes to the MA and PhD curricula. All three committees have a broad membership from across the entire school. Proposals approved by any of these committees must be ratified by a vote of the full faculty (only) if the change will broadly affect all students in the curriculum governed by that committee.

Awards/Funding/Recognition Committees:

  • All-Eastman Events Committee
    • The All-Eastman Events Committee awards funds for faculty-initiated programming that will benefit a broad population of Eastman students. Events must be co-sponsored by at least two funding sources to be eligible for these AEEC funds. Application forms, available on the Academic Affairs webpage, are reviewed by a four-person faculty committee. Applications are accepted until the annual budget cap is reached.
  • Eastman Departmental Diversity Initiative (EDDI)
    • EDDI provides funding for on-campus presenters in support of diversity and inclusion activities. Departments may request up to $1500 in support of guests, and must submit application requests (available on the Academic Affairs webpage) for review by the Eastman Diversity Committee
  • Eisenhart Teaching Award
    • The Eisenhart Teaching Award is given annually to a faculty member at the May commencement ceremony. Nominations are solicited in the spring semester, and a committee of former recipients meets to select the new awardee. Full-time and part-time faculty may be nominated, and the committee retains nominations for up to 5 years.
  • Lecture-Recital Prize
    • The Graduate Studies Office manages the annual Lecture-Recital Prize, given for exceptional presentations of the lecture-recital by students in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program. Students are nominated and their presentations are reviewed by a standing committee of faculty members.
  • Pi Kappa Lambda
    • Academic deans nominate outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for recognition through membership in this music honorary society. Nominees are voted on by members of the Eastman PKL chapter, which inducts new members in May of each year.
  • Professional Development Committee
    • The PDC meets three times a year to review proposals for funding for professional activities in the categories of faculty, individual student, and chamber group. Guidelines for submissions are posted on the Office of Academic Affairs webpage
  • Teaching Assistant Prize
    • The annual TA Prize is given each spring, following a rigorous process of review by students, nomination by departments, and observations by a faculty committee. Up to six individuals may be recognized each year. The overall process is managed through the Office of Academic Affairs.

Review Committees for Individual Programs:

  • Eastman Immersion (Gap Year): Irina Lupines, Director. Eastman Immersion is a one-year program for post-high-school students seeking an intensive musical year of musical study, which enrolled the first students in fall of 2014. A Steering Committee meets twice a semester to monitor the progress of Immersion students in the current academic year program.
  • Musical Arts Advisory Committee: Applications for this self-designed major are accepted in the sophomore year. James VanDemark, Professor of Double Bass, chairs this committee; John Hain is Academic Affairs Office liaison.

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