Student Advisory Council

History Department Student Advisory Council

 

The Student Advisory Council was established in the spring of 2016.  Its purpose is to provide the History Department Faculty with systematic and timely student perspectives on all facets of its work at the College.  

The Student Advisory Council will provide the History Department with regular advice on matters of:

  1. curriculum, including major and minor requirements, honors, research funding and internships;
  2. educational programming, such as speakers series, film series and other co-curricular programming;
  3. social programming, such as student-faculty dinners, end of semester celebrations, commencement socials;
  4. recruitment of majors and minors, the broader "marketing" of Department course offerings, orientation of prospective students and incoming first years, and alumnae outreach. 
  5. any other matters that the Council, representing the Department's student constituency, sees fit to bring to the attention of the Departmental Committee (tenured and tenure-track faculty members).

The Advisory Council may also be asked to participate in the process of new faculty hiring should the need arise.  The Council serves as a liaison between the Department and its student constituency.  It is not expected to sponsor its own activities as a club, nor does it substitute for a student club focused on history.

Composition: 

The Student Advisory Council will be elected annually by a general meeting of the Department's majors (including IR-History) and minors.  The Council should consist of 5 members prepared to represent the broad concerns and perspectives of the History Department's student constituencies.  Candidates will be nominated at the first general meeting of majors and minors of the academic year.  Majors and minors should vote for five candidates and send their selections to Susan Wood, the Department administrative assistant, by email.  The five candidates receiving the largest number of votes will be elected.

Responsibilities:

The Student Advisory Council should meet at least twice a semester and call at least one general meeting of majors and minors each semester.  Lunches for meetings will be funded by the department.  Council members will be asked by the chair or the Departmental Committee as a whole, to represent, to the best of their ability, the perspectives of students on the matters outlined above.