• Standing and Special Committees of the Faculty
    The faculty develops and carries out policy through its standing and special committees. The faculty members of the standing committees are identified by the Committee on Nominations and approved via a vote of the faculty at the May faculty meeting each year.
    • Standing Committees of the Faculty
      • Academic Performance, Committee on // Membership // Charles Stewart, Chair// Stephen Pepper, Staff

        The Committee on Academic Performance is concerned with the academic performance of undergraduates.

        The Committee on Academic Performance is concerned with the academic performance of undergraduates.  It makes recommendations to the faculty on such matters as minimum scholastic standards, calendar changes, examinations, and grading, in consultation with the Committee on Graduate Programs on those matters which also relate to graduate students.  The Committee acts with power on petitions from individual undergraduate students relating to exceptions to established academic standards, and on applications for readmission at the undergraduate level.  At the conclusion of each regular examination period, the Committee shall hold meetings with representatives of the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and of the second-year, third-year, and fourth-year Faculty Advisors, in order to review the academic records of undergraduate students and to takeappropriate action in the name of the Faculty.  The Committee presents to the Faculty its recommendations on candidates to be awarded Bachelor's degrees, and also a summary of its other actions.

      • Campus Planning Committee // Membership // Muriel Medard, Chair

        The Committee on Campus Planning serves as the standing Faculty advisory body to the MIT administration on campus planning.

        The Committee on Campus Planning serves as the standing Faculty advisory body to the MIT administration on campus planning. It provides Faculty perspectives and counsel on campus planning issues, including, but not limited to, future academic and research needs of the community. The committee seeks to understand the needs of the Faculty for the campus environment and ensure communication with the Faculty on important matters related to the MIT campus and surroundings. The chair of the committee serves ex officio on the MIT Building Committee, and members may be called upon to serve on task forces and/or other ad hoc committees concerned with campus planning.

      • Curricula, Committee on // Membership // Dennis Kim, Chair// Joan Flessner-Filzen, Executive Officer

        The Committee on Curricula serves to implement the General Institute Requirements and Course Curricula for undergraduates, including acting with power on: a) proposals for changes in the Institute requirements and making recommendations to the...

        The Committee on Curricula serves to implement the General Institute Requirements and Course Curricula for undergraduates, including acting with power on: a) proposals for changes in the Institute requirements and making recommendations to the Faculty; b) proposals for Science Distribution and Laboratory subjects; c) requests from individual students for exceptions to the General Institute Requirements; d) proposals for changes in undergraduate subjects of instruction; e) proposals for new curricula, changes in existing curricula, and the discontinuation of existing curricula; in addition to, f) reviewing departmental reports on individual student's programs that include major departures from an approved curriculum. 

      • Discipline, Committee on // Membership // Suzanne Flynn, Chair// Kevin Kraft, Staff

        The Committee on Discipline (COD) shall consider such cases of alleged misconduct by students and student organizations as shall be brought to its attention.

        The Committee on Discipline (COD) shall consider such cases of alleged misconduct by students and student organizations as shall be brought to its attention. The Committee shall act with power in all circumstances, including suspension and expulsion of a student from the Institute, revocation of a degree, revocation of recognition for a student group, and loss of a student organization residence. A COD decision to suspend or expel a student, revoke a degree, revoke recognition of a student group, or terminate a student organization residence may be appealed to the Chancellor on grounds described by the COD Rules and Regulations.

      • Faculty Policy Committee // Membership // Steven Hall, Chair// Lynsey Fitzpatrick, Staff

        The Faculty Policy Committee shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

        The Faculty Policy Committee shall have the following duties and responsibilities:

        1. Formulate policy on matters of concern to the Faculty, for approval by the Faculty; interpret and implement policy as approved by the Faculty.
        2. Coordinate the work of the other Committees of the Faculty, establishing liaison with them, providing guidance and direction, and referring issues to particular Committees or establishing Ad Hoc Committees as appropriate.
        3. Maintain a broad overview of the Institute's academic programs, coordinating and reviewing proposals from the Standing and Ad Hoc Committees for presentation to Faculty meeting.
        4. Maintain a broad overview of the activities of the Office of Corporate Relations and other similar efforts as they relate to the activities of the members of the Faculty.
        5. Communicate with the Faculty as a whole on important matters of policy, reporting regularly at Faculty meetings.
        6. Meet periodically with the President, Academic Deans, and others to enhance the interchange between the Faculty and the Administration on matters of concern to the Faculty.
        7. Consider issues involving relationships between Administration and both Faculty and other academic staff with teaching responsibilities.
        8. Establish the manner in which the academic program is presented in official Institute publications, delegating to other Standing Committees such parts of the responsibility as deemed desirable.
      • Graduate Programs, Committee on // Membership // Nicolas Hadjiconstantinou, Chair// Jessica Landry, Staff

        The Committee on Graduate Programs shall consist of six elected faculty members, the Associate Chair of the Faculty, two graduate student members, and ex officiis, the Dean for Graduate Students and the Vice President for Research (or their...

        The Committee on Graduate Programs shall consist of six elected faculty members, the Associate Chair of the Faculty, two graduate student members, and ex officiis, the Dean for Graduate Students and the Vice President for Research (or their designated representatives). The Chair of the Faculty shall appoint the Chair of the Committee from the group consisting of the six elected faculty members. The Chair of the Committee and the Dean for Graduate Students shall jointly appoint one departmental or program graduate administrator to the committee.

      • Library System, Committee on the // Membership // Jeffrey Ravel, Chair// Rebecca Bisbee, Staff

        The Committee on the Library System shall formulate policy for the administration of the Libraries, with the advice of the Director of Libraries, consistent with the objectives of the Institute.

        The Committee on the Library System shall formulate policy for the administration of the Libraries, with the advice of the Director of Libraries, consistent with the objectives of the Institute. It serves as a liaison between the Libraries and their users. The committee shall review budget allocations as prepared annually by the Director of Libraries. The committee shall monitor and uphold the MIT Faculty Open-Access Policy, which details the process for disseminating scholarly research.

      • Nominations, Committee on // Membership // Andrea Campbell, Chair// Lynsey Fitzpatrick, Staff

        The Committee on Nominations shall consist of seven Faculty members appointed by the President, each member to serve for a three-year term. At least two new members shall be appointed each year.

        The Committee on Nominations shall consist of seven Faculty members appointed by the President, each member to serve for a three-year term. At least two new members shall be appointed each year. The President shall designate the Chair from among the membership. The Committee shall nominate the following in the appropriate years: a Chair-elect, an Associate Chair, and a Secretary of the Faculty; and shall also nominate candidates for the elected membership of the Standing Committees. The Committee shall circulate the list of nominees to all members of the Faculty not later than the April meeting of the Faculty. The Committee shall have power to fill any vacancies that may occur during the year in the offices of Chair, Chair-elect, Associate Chair, and Secretary, and in the elected membership of the Standing Committees.

      • Outside Professional Activities, Committee on // Membership // Sheila Widnall, Chair

        The Committee on Outside Professional Activities will inform itself of potential conflicts of interest, counsel the interested parties, and report periodically to the Faculty.

        The Committee on Outside Professional Activities will inform itself of potential conflicts of interest, counsel the interested parties, and report periodically to the Faculty. It will recommend appropriate modifications of policies and procedures to the Faculty.

      • Student Life, Committee on // Membership // Hazel Sive, Chair// Anna Pope, Staff

        The Committee on Student Life (CSL) shall be concerned with the quality of the learning and living environment of the MIT community.

        The Committee on Student Life (CSL) shall be concerned with the quality of the learning and living environment of the MIT community. The duties and responsibilities of the CSL shall include (a) effecting Institute-wide support services to students by maintaining formal and informal relationships among students, the Institute, and the Faculty; (b) modifying policies pertinent to student life and making recommendations to the Faculty and the Dean for Student Life; (c) encouraging innovation in programs, including the coordination and review of initiatives; (d) interacting with other Faculty Committees and student governing organizations and communicating with the MIT community; and (e) serving as the standing Faculty advisory body to the Dean for Student Life.

      • Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, Committee on // Membership // David Jerison, Chair

        The Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid shall be responsible for formulating and reviewing policies on admission of all undergraduate students, including college transfers, except in cases of students applying for readmission...

        The Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid shall be responsible for formulating and reviewing policies on admission of all undergraduate students, including college transfers, except in cases of students applying for readmission, and on financial aid to students, including undergraduate scholarships, loans, and student employment. The committee shall also exercise prior review of MIT publications and formal releases directed toward the prospective undergraduate student.

      • Undergraduate Program, Committee on the // Membership // Anne McCants, Chair// Genevre Filiault, Executive Officer// Eileen Milligan, Staff

        The Committee on the Undergraduate Program exercises oversight for the undergraduate academic program including the freshman year, the General Institute Requirements, and other interdepartmental educational activities.

        The Committee on the Undergraduate Program exercises oversight for the undergraduate academic program including the freshman year, the General Institute Requirements, and other interdepartmental educational activities. The Committee considers proposals that would establish or change educational policies related to the undergraduate program, and it makes appropriate recommendations on these proposals to the MIT Faculty. One of the CUP’s particular responsibilities is in encouraging innovation and experimentation in undergraduate education and therefore, it has the authority to approve limited educational experiments and grant exceptions to existing policy and procedure in these cases. More details on the responsibilities of the CUP can be found in its charge in Rules and Regulations of the Faculty.

    • Other Faculty Committees
      • Communication Requirement, Subcommittee on the // Membership // Anne Whiston Spirn, Co-Chair// Eric Alm, Co-Chair// Kathleen MacArthur, Executive Officer

        It is the responsibility of the CUP subcommittee to maintain a membership consisting of one faculty co-chair from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) and one faculty co-chair from the School of Engineering or the School of...

        It is the responsibility of the CUP subcommittee to maintain a membership consisting of one faculty co-chair from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) and one faculty co-chair from the School of Engineering or the School of Science; and in addition, one faculty member from each of the five Schools; two undergraduates; and ex officiis, the Dean for Undergraduate Education, the Dean of SHASS, and the Head of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, or their designates. The Subcommittee shall work towards the high-level goals of:

        • Supporting, encouraging and monitoring the development of new, innovative subjects and changes to the Communication Requirement; and
        • Ensuring regular review of new and existing subjects to ascertain that the educational goals of the Communication Requirement are met while maintaining MIT’s high educational standards.
        • In doing so and subject to final review by the CUP, SOCR acts with power to:
          • Set guidelines for Communication Intensive subjects in each undergraduate major program (CI-M); review and approve designation of these subjects through a process that includes collaboration with the Committee on Curricula (CoC).
          • Establish guidelines for CI-H and CI-HW subjects and adjust them as appropriate; review and approve designation of these subjects through a process that includes collaboration with the CoC.
          • Maintain the official list of CI subject designation in consultation with the CoC.
          • Oversee the evaluation of the writing abilities of entering undergraduates and establish the standards to exempt students who display competency in expository writing from being required to enroll in designated CI-HW subjects during their first year at the Institute.
          • Define priorities for instructional support of CI subjects throughout the Institute.
          • Monitor policies associated with the Communication Requirement and revise or develop new ones as necessary.
          • Working with the CoC, oversee individual student requests for exceptions or substitutions to the Communication Requirement.
          • Collaborate with the Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) to ensure student compliance with the pace of the Communication Requirement.
          • Propose to the CUP limited educational experiments that the Subcommittee deems appropriate for assessing changes to the curriculum and educational policies and practices.
          • In consultation with professionals in educational assessment, periodically review and assess the effectiveness of specific CI subjects as well as the overall efficacy of the Communication Requirement and its administration. SOCR will report to the CUP yearly.
      • Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award Selection Committee for 2014-15, Harold E. // Membership // Peter Child, Chair// Lynsey Fitzpatrick, Staff

        Each year the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award Selection Committee chooses one individual from among the junior members of the MIT faculty to be awarded the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award.

        Each year the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award Selection Committee chooses one individual from among the junior members of the MIT faculty to be awarded the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award. The award, resulting from contributions by faculty during the Leadership Campaign, was established in the fall of 1982 as a permanent tribute to Institute Professor Emeritus Harold E. Edgerton for his great and enduring support for younger faculty members over the years. The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional distinction in teaching, in research, and in scholarship. The Selection Committee consists of four faculty members elected by vote of the Faculty from a slate prepared by the Faculty Nominations Committee.

      • Faculty Newsletter Editorial Board, MIT // David Lewis, Managing Editor

        The MIT Faculty Newsletter Editorial Board is a voluntary faculty group overseeing content and production of the newsletter.

        The MIT Faculty Newsletter Editorial Board is a voluntary faculty group overseeing content and production of the newsletter. Rotating subcommittees of the board meet regularly to solicit articles for specific issues and oversee the work of the Managing Editor.

      • HASS Requirement, Subcommittee on the // Membership // Helen Elaine Lee, Chair// Kathleen MacArthur, Executive Officer

        It is the responsibility of the CUP subcommittee to guide the next phase of implementation of the revisions to the HASS Requirement, and to govern the HASS Requirement as laid-out in the motion approved by the Faculty on May 20, 2009.

        It is the responsibility of the CUP subcommittee to guide the next phase of implementation of the revisions to the HASS Requirement, and to govern the HASS Requirement as laid-out in the motion approved by the Faculty on May 20, 2009. To that end, subject to final approval by the CUP and the Faculty, the subcommittee shall act with power to:

        • Engage academic departments, the School deans, the Committee on Curricula (COC), the HASS Education office and other interested parties to participate in the process as appropriate.
        • Establish criteria, procedures, and guidelines for the distribution or designation of HASS subjects that will satisfy the HASS Requirement and communicate these to the appropriate parties.
        • Evaluate proposals from all Schools and assign new or modified HASS subjects to categories in accordance with criteria. These efforts should be coordinated with departments and sections, the CoC, and others as necessary.
        • Review and approve any new or modified Concentrations within the HASS Requirement. This process should include collaboration with the departments and sections, the CoC, and others as necessary.
        • Monitor policies associated with the HASS Requirement and revise or develop new ones as necessary.
        • Maintain the official list of HASS subject category designation, HASS subjects to complete the HASS Requirement, and the official list of Concentrations. Report to the CUP yearly.
        • Working with the CoC and the HASS Education Office, shall oversee individual student requests for exceptions or substitutions to the HASS Requirement.
        • Propose to the CUP limited educational experiments that the Subcommittee deems appropriate for assessing changes to the curriculum and educational policies and practices.
      • Killian Faculty Achievement Award Selection Committee for 2014-15, James R. Jr. // Membership // Roberto Rigobon, Chair// Lynsey Fitzpatrick, Staff

        Each year the James R. Killian, Jr., Faculty Achievement Award Selection Committee chooses one member of the MIT faculty to be the Killian Award Lecturer for the following academic year.

        Each year the James R. Killian, Jr., Faculty Achievement Award Selection Committee chooses one member of the MIT faculty to be the Killian Award Lecturer for the following academic year. The Award was established in the spring of 1971 as a permanent tribute to Dr. James R. Killian, Jr., President of the Institute from 1948 to 1959 and Chairman of the MIT Corporation from 1959 to 1971. The purpose of the Award is to recognize extraordinary professional accomplishments by MIT faculty members and to communicate these accomplishments to members of the MIT community. The recipient of the Killian Award holds the title of Killian Award Lecturer for one academic year and during the course of this year presents one or more lectures to the MIT community on his or her own professional activities. The Selection Committee consists of faculty members elected by vote of the Faculty from a slate prepared by the Faculty Nominations Committee.

  • Institute Committees Appointed by the President
    Responsibility for policy development and review is often vested in committees that are appointed by the President and that report to a senior officer.
    • Animal Care, Committee on // Membership // Barbara O'Pray, Chair// Laura Kandziolka, CAC Program Administrator

      The purpose of the Committee on Animal Care is to ensure humane treatment of animals used in experimentation, to reduce animal use by encouraging alternative ways of conducting research, and to support research which benefits both humans and...

      The purpose of the Committee on Animal Care is to ensure humane treatment of animals used in experimentation, to reduce animal use by encouraging alternative ways of conducting research, and to support research which benefits both humans and animals through compassionate and health-promoting care of experimental animals.

    • Assessment of Biohazards and Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight, Committee on // Membership // David Housman, Chair// Marissa Cardwell, Executive Secretary

      The Committee on Assessment of Biohazards will review investigations involving potential health and safety problems associated with biological research.

      The Committee on Assessment of Biohazards will review investigations involving potential health and safety problems associated with biological research.

    • Baker Memorial Foundation Advisory Board, Everett Moore // Membership // Anisha Gururaj, Chair// William Broadhead, Faculty Advisor

      The Everett Moore Baker Foundation is administered by a committee of five students who are charged with implementing the ideals and objectives of Everett Moore Baker that included the provision of a dynamic extracurricular program and a congenial...

      The Everett Moore Baker Foundation is administered by a committee of five students who are charged with implementing the ideals and objectives of Everett Moore Baker that included the provision of a dynamic extracurricular program and a congenial physical and intellectual environment at MIT. They identify needs at MIT and undertake projects that will contribute to the fulfilling of these objectives. It is the role of the Baker Foundation advisors to meet with the student committee to act as a resource and provide advice and support.

    • Commencement Committee // Membership // W. Eric Grimson, Chair// Rebecca Tyler, Staff

      The Commencement Committee, composed of members of the faculty, administration, and student body, has charge of the arrangement and conduct of commencement exercises.

      The Commencement Committee, composed of members of the faculty, administration, and student body, has charge of the arrangement and conduct of commencement exercises.

    • Community Giving at MIT Campaign Committee // Membership // Michael Owu, Chair// Traci Swartz, Staff

      The Community Giving at MIT Campaign Committee provides vision and guidance to the Community Services Office for the Institute’s annual charitable giving effort.

      The Community Giving at MIT Campaign Committee provides vision and guidance to the Community Services Office for the Institute’s annual charitable giving effort. It provides this guidance by engaging members of the community in campaign activities, actively pursuing feedback on the campaign processes and strategies, and seeking out new opportunities for solicitation and awareness education as well as proposing how they might be carried out. The committee will help to develop programs aimed at achieving increased participation in the annual Community Giving Campaign and increased levels of gifts made by individuals to the campaign, particularly encouraging gifts at the Leadership level (+$1,000).

    • Community Service Fund Board // Membership // Jean De Monchaux, Chair// Ashley Richard, Staff

      The Community Service Fund Board provides financial support to charitable organizations in which MIT student/employee/faculty volunteers participate.

      The Community Service Fund Board provides financial support to charitable organizations in which MIT student/employee/faculty volunteers participate. The board solicits contributions from all members of MIT and outside sources, and then reviews requests for help from projects utilizing MIT volunteers. The board consists of members throughout MIT representing the Corporation, faculty, students, administration, and alumni/ae.

    • DAPER Advisory Board // Membership // Michael Owu, Chair// Lauren Haynie

      The DAPER Advisory Board is composed of faculty members, alumnae, students, and ex-officio members of the Administration all of whom are appointed by the President of MIT to advise on all matters of policy and procedure related to the Institute...

      The DAPER Advisory Board is composed of faculty members, alumnae, students, and ex-officio members of the Administration all of whom are appointed by the President of MIT to advise on all matters of policy and procedure related to the Institute programs in physical education, intercollegiate athletics, club and intramural sports along with informal recreational pursuits.

    • Distinguished Scholarships, Presidential Committee on // Membership // Prof. John Ochsendorf, Co-chair// Prof. Rebecca Saxe, Co-chair// Kimberly Benard, Staff

      The members of the Committee on Foreign Scholarships conduct interviews in October and November with applicants for various international scholarships.

      The members of the Committee on Foreign Scholarships conduct interviews in October and November with applicants for various international scholarships. The committee then meets to evaluate and rate the applicants for the Fulbright Grant, to select two nominees for the Churchill Scholarship, and to nominate one or more principal candidates and alternates for the DAAD Scholarships.

    • Endicott House Board // Membership // Israel Ruiz, Chair

      The Board of Governors of Endicott House was established in 1955.

      The Board of Governors of Endicott House was established in 1955. The duties of the board include: to set policies that will maximize the use of this conference center, within prescribed bounds; to review and approve the operating budget; and to select and support the management of this facility. The board also approves capital improvement to the property.

    • Environmental Health and Safety, Institute Council on // Membership // Maria Zuber, Chair

      The Institute Council on Environmental Health and Safety is responsible to the President for coordinating the policy development and the assessment of procedures of the several Institute committees concerned with specific areas of environmental...

      The Institute Council on Environmental Health and Safety is responsible to the President for coordinating the policy development and the assessment of procedures of the several Institute committees concerned with specific areas of environmental health and safety. The council serves as a forum in which overlapping and joint areas of concern of these committees are reviewed and clarified and wherein questions in dispute by individual committees will be resolved. The council is also responsible for identification of those new environmental health and safety matters that may emerge as new activities are undertaken and as new technologies develop or old ones change direction. In instances where such new activities do not fall within the purview of an existing committee, the council may expand the area of concern of an existing committee or recommend the creation of a new committee.

    • Family and Work, Council on the // Membership // Dr. James Bales, Co-Chair// Prof. Joseph Doyle, Co-Chair// Lucy Sonner, Staff

      MIT's Council on the Family and Work serves in an advisory and deliberative capacity concerning family and work-related issues as they impact MIT's faculty, staff, and students.

      MIT's Council on the Family and Work serves in an advisory and deliberative capacity concerning family and work-related issues as they impact MIT's faculty, staff, and students. It is the Council's responsibility to: 1) identify family and work-related issues, 2) establish a process to evaluate and respond to these issues, and 3) make periodic recommendations to MIT's senior officers about courses of action relevant to these specific issues.

    • Hobby Shop, Committee on the // Membership // Alexander Slocum, Chair

      The Committee on the Hobby Shop encourages and promotes the use of the Hobby Shop by students.

      The Committee on the Hobby Shop encourages and promotes the use of the Hobby Shop by students.

    • Intellectual Property, Committee on // Membership // Maria Zuber, Chair// Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Staff

      The Committee on intellectual Property recommends to the administration policy guidelines for intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, and agreements.

      The Committee on intellectual Property recommends to the administration policy guidelines for intellectual property, including patents, copyrights, and agreements. It considers issues of the ownership and distribution of MIT intellectual property, conflict of interest, and MIT-industry interactions. Its policy recommendations balance a desire to transfer MIT technology to industry or other institutions for the public good, with a need to maintain an environment at MIT that promotes openness and excellence in education and research.

    • Lincoln Laboratory - Campus Interaction Committee // Membership // Tomas Palacios, Chair

      The Lincoln Laboratory - Campus Interaction Committee encourages expansion in the scope and character of the interactions between the Campus and Lincoln Laboratory.

      The Lincoln Laboratory - Campus Interaction Committee encourages expansion in the scope and character of the interactions between the Campus and Lincoln Laboratory. Particular attention is devoted to the development of joint research projects and policy seminars, as recommended by the November 1989 Ad Hoc Committee on the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Report. The committee advises the President, Provost, and Lincoln Laboratory Director on issues that are important to the Lincoln Laboratory - Campus relationship.

    • Medical Consumers' Advisory Council // Membership // Craig Keast, Chair// Maria Bachini, Staff

      The Medical Consumers' Advisory Council serves as a communications link between the Medical Department and its users.

      The Medical Consumers' Advisory Council serves as a communications link between the Medical Department and its users. Its objectives are to keep the MIT community informed of the services available through the Medical Department and to discuss criticisms and suggestions for the modification or addition of services to meet the changing needs of the community. The council reports annually to the Medical Management Board, which is the governing board of the Medical Department within the MIT structure.

    • MIT Medical Management Board // Membership // Saul N. Weingart, Chair// Rosanna Huntress, Staff

      According to the bylaws of the MIT Medical Department, adopted by the Corporation in the fall of 1984, the MIT Medical Management Board serves as a board of directors for the Medical Department, operating within the Institute's structure.

      According to the bylaws of the MIT Medical Department, adopted by the Corporation in the fall of 1984, the MIT Medical Management Board serves as a board of directors for the Medical Department, operating within the Institute's structure. The board shall consist of nine to twelve voting members including members of the Corporation, Medical staff, and presidential appointments.

    • MIT Press Editorial Board // Membership // Bruce Tidor, Chair

      The MIT Press Editorial Board consists of MIT Faculty and others. The Director of the Press, a representative nominated by the Provost and to whom the Press reports, and a representative of the MIT Libraries are ex officio, non-voting members.

      The MIT Press Editorial Board consists of MIT Faculty and others. The Director of the Press, a representative nominated by the Provost and to whom the Press reports, and a representative of the MIT Libraries are ex officio, non-voting members. The Board meets four or five times annually. In conjunction with the Director of the Press, it is responsible for the editorial quality of the publishing programs at the Press and it advises the Press on editorial matters. The Editorial Board reviews publishing proposals as appropriate, provides guidance to the Press Acquisitions department, participates in the formulation of editorial strategies for both the Books and Journals divisions of the Press, and fosters the exchange of ideas about new developments in scholarly research, especially as they relate to publishing opportunities.

    • MIT Press Management Board // Membership // Appointment Pending, Chair

      The MIT Press Management Board was initially established in 1972 to supply guidance on management and fiscal matters. Its role has evolved to that of a board of directors of the Press within the Institute framework.

      The MIT Press Management Board was initially established in 1972 to supply guidance on management and fiscal matters. Its role has evolved to that of a board of directors of the Press within the Institute framework. The chair of the MIT Press Editorial Board and the Director of the MIT Press are ex-officio members, and the Management Board is chaired, ex officio, by the Director of Libraries to whom the Press reports. The other members are MIT faculty and staff and outside publishers. The board ordinarily meets twice a year to review Press operations, to receive reports, and to consider strategy and policies for the future.

    • MITAC Advisory Council // Membership // Clifton Fonstad, Chair// Diane Tavitian, Staff

      The MITAC program was established in 1983 by the Support Staff Working Group to plan, promote, and administer low-cost recreational and cultural events and activities for MIT employees and retirees.

      The MITAC program was established in 1983 by the Support Staff Working Group to plan, promote, and administer low-cost recreational and cultural events and activities for MIT employees and retirees. The MITAC Advisory Council provides guidance to the MITAC program and the MIT Activities Committee on issues concerning Institute priorities, policies, business practices, long-range planning, and the administration of the employee- benefit program. The Advisory Council meets 3-4 times per year, and is comprised of representatives from campus and Lincoln Laboratory, including faculty, administrative and support staff, members of the collective bargaining units, and retirees.

    • Prehealth Advising Committee // Membership // John M. Essigmann, Chair// Dr. Charles E. McClinton, Staff

      The Prehealth Advising Committee is charged with the oversight of prehealth education at MIT and the evaluation and advocacy of MIT applicants to health profession schools.

      The Prehealth Advising Committee is charged with the oversight of prehealth education at MIT and the evaluation and advocacy of MIT applicants to health profession schools. Responsibilities include conducting interviews, for the purpose of assessing applicants' readiness and preparation for application to a health profession school; providing evaluation of applicants' academic performance, research involvement, and overall preparedness for a health profession; reviewing, calibrating, and approving committee letters on behalf of the students; and advocating as needed during the application process.

    • Race and Diversity, Committee on // Edmund Bertschinger, Co-Chair// Alyce Johnson, Co-Chair

      MIT is committed to creating and maintaining a culturally and racially diverse environment, but this diversity is hollow unless the individuals that comprise MIT can communicate with each other.

      MIT is committed to creating and maintaining a culturally and racially diverse environment, but this diversity is hollow unless the individuals that comprise MIT can communicate with each other. The Committee on Race and Diversity's job is to make sure communication happens, demonstrating MIT's high-level recognition that numerical diversity is necessary, but not sufficient, for a vital campus.

    • Radiation Protection, Committee on // Membership // Peter Dedon, Chair

      The Committee on Radiation Protection is responsible for the establishment and continuing review of an adequate radiation protection program at the Institute and its off-campus sites.

      The Committee on Radiation Protection is responsible for the establishment and continuing review of an adequate radiation protection program at the Institute and its off-campus sites. The committee is also responsible for the Institute's compliance with radiation protection regulations promulgated by state, federal, and local agencies.

    • Reactor Safeguard Committee // Membership // James Litster, Chair

      The primary concern of the Reactor Safeguard Committee is with matters of nuclear safety related to the MIT Research Reactor, including the safety of personnel on and off site.

      The primary concern of the Reactor Safeguard Committee is with matters of nuclear safety related to the MIT Research Reactor, including the safety of personnel on and off site. The committee reviews and approves all new operating plans and policies, all significant modifications thereto, and all new experiments involving significant changes in procedure prior to implementation. The committee verifies that nuclear reactor operation is consistent with MIT policy, rules, approved operating procedures, and license provisions.

    • ROTC Oversight Committee // Membership // Michael Yaffe, Chair// Lisa Stagnone, Staff

      The ROTC Oversight Committee monitors the partnership between the campus ROTC programs and MIT, working closely with the senior MIT administrator responsible for ROTC.

      The ROTC Oversight Committee monitors the partnership between the campus ROTC programs and MIT, working closely with the senior MIT administrator responsible for ROTC. The committee responds to issues as they arise and makes recommendations for changes in policy and operational matters where appropriate.

    • Staff Diversity and Inclusion, Council on // Membership // Alyce Johnson, Chair

      The Council on Staff Diversity is an advisory body charged with encouraging and informing efforts to utilize the diversity of MIT’s staff to advance the work of departments, laboratories, and centers.

      The Council on Staff Diversity is an advisory body charged with encouraging and informing efforts to utilize the diversity of MIT’s staff to advance the work of departments, laboratories, and centers. The diversity of staff includes racial, cultural, demographic, cognitive, and technical characteristics. The council provides a forum for identifying, sharing, and implementing effective diversity management programs and practices; encourages new programs and practices; and recognizes successful efforts. It also identifies and suggests ways to address problems and concerns related to equal employment opportunity and works to create synergy among faculty, staff, and student diversity management efforts. The Executive Vice President and the Vice President for Human Resources are the council’s executive sponsors.

    • Student Information Policy, Committee on // Membership // Mary Callahan, Co-Chair// Paul Lagace, Co-Chair

      The purpose of this committee is to oversee the Student Information Policy, which includes interpreting the policy; establishing processes to facilitate its implementation; and resolving attendant disputes.

      The purpose of this committee is to oversee the Student Information Policy, which includes interpreting the policy; establishing processes to facilitate its implementation; and resolving attendant disputes. The policy incorporates the privacy rights and protections provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). To carry out these functions, the committee will periodically review and update the policy and present its recommendations to the appropriate senior officers. Additional responsibilities include reviewing compliance and insuring community awareness of the most current information policy. The committee may be called upon to hear student complaints and answer questions relating to the policy.

    • Supplemental 401(k) Plan Oversight Committee // Membership // Israel Ruiz, Chair// Kenneth Davies, Staff

      The Supplemental 401(k) Plan Oversight Committee was established by the Executive Committee on September 4, 1998, in order to help MIT meet its fiduciary responsibilities to participants in response to the decision to outsource the operations of...

      The Supplemental 401(k) Plan Oversight Committee was established by the Executive Committee on September 4, 1998, in order to help MIT meet its fiduciary responsibilities to participants in response to the decision to outsource the operations of the Supplemental 401(k) Plan. The committee is responsible for the selection and monitoring of investment options and shall consist of no less than seven members, appointed from time to time by the President from among the senior officers, faculty, and staff of the Institute.

    • Technology Broadcasting Corporation // Membership // Marianna Parker, President// Todd Glickman, Clerk

      Technology Broadcasting Corporation is a separate corporation that operates the radio station WMBR, with the participation of MIT students. MIT has the right to appoint TBC's Board, but it is not a member of TBC.

      Technology Broadcasting Corporation is a separate corporation that operates the radio station WMBR, with the participation of MIT students. MIT has the right to appoint TBC's Board, but it is not a member of TBC.

    • Toxic Chemicals, Committee on // Membership // Rick Danheiser, Chair

      The Committee on Toxic Chemicals is responsible for reviewing current practices with regard to the effects on human subjects of toxic chemicals, including carcinogens.

      The Committee on Toxic Chemicals is responsible for reviewing current practices with regard to the effects on human subjects of toxic chemicals, including carcinogens. The committee is also responsible for formulating policies necessary to control the risks and exposure to personnel working with such agents and for compliance with governmental regulations.

    • Transportation and Parking, Committee for // Membership // Michael Owu, Chair// Lawrence Brutti, Secretary

      The Committee for Transportation and Parking reviews and advises on policy governing the operation of the transportation and parking system at MIT.

      The Committee for Transportation and Parking reviews and advises on policy governing the operation of the transportation and parking system at MIT. It further serves to monitor and make recommendations concerning transportation-related issues that affect the MIT community.

    • Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects, Committee on the (COUHES) // Membership // Leigh Firn, Chair// Judith Medeiros-Adams, Human Research Compliance Administrator

      The Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects is responsible for reviewing every research project utilizing humans as research subjects, and for devising effective procedures to ensure the adequate review of all protocols.

      The Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects is responsible for reviewing every research project utilizing humans as research subjects, and for devising effective procedures to ensure the adequate review of all protocols. Its principal role is to determine whether subjects used in any research project are protected against undue risk and to ensure that their rights, privileges, and privacy are protected.

    • Women's Advisory Group // Membership // Toni Robinson, Convener// Katherine Schenck, Staff

      The Women's Advisory Board is representative of many women at MIT. Its members are selected from various constituencies and from various areas of the Institute.

      The Women's Advisory Board is representative of many women at MIT. Its members are selected from various constituencies and from various areas of the Institute. The committee meets quarterly and works with and advises the Special Assistant to the President on areas of concern to the constituent groups and serves as a communications link with her office.

  • Additional Links and Resources
    • Administrative Advisory Committee (AAC) // Amanda Tat, Chair

      AACII is also charged with providing a formal mechanism by which central administrative offices contemplating change can obtain input; and with identifying administrative processes or systems that place undue stress and workload on administrators...

      AACII is also charged with providing a formal mechanism by which central administrative offices contemplating change can obtain input; and with identifying administrative processes or systems that place undue stress and workload on administrators across the Institute and recommending steps to alleviate those situations.

    • Building Committee // Membership // Martin Schmidt, Co-Chair// Israel Ruiz, Co-Chair// Thayer Donham, Staff

      The role of the Building Committee is largely unchanged since its inception in 1949. It is responsible for long-range space planning and utilization for the Institute and for land acquisition strategy.

      The role of the Building Committee is largely unchanged since its inception in 1949. It is responsible for long-range space planning and utilization for the Institute and for land acquisition strategy. In conjunction with the Committee for Renovation and Space Planning (CRSP), the Building Committee provides oversight for all aspects of campus planning and stewardship - consistent with MIT 2030 - to enable emerging research directions, changes in educational delivery, on-campus housing for undergraduates, affordable housing for graduate students, and enhancements to student life and learning. It is responsible for reviewing and approving new capital projects valued at $5 million and over. In addition to guiding the long-range planning for MIT's campus environment and its facilities, it oversees planning, design, and construction for international collaborations.

    • Committee for Renovation and Space Planning (CRSP) // Karen Gleason, Co-Chair // Anthony Sharon, Co-Chair

      The Committee for Renovation and Space Planning (CRSP), an advisory group to the Provost and Building Committee, is the Institute's primary functioning body for making decisions and recommendations about all projects and assignments related to...

      The Committee for Renovation and Space Planning (CRSP), an advisory group to the Provost and Building Committee, is the Institute's primary functioning body for making decisions and recommendations about all projects and assignments related to space, planning, and capital projects. Current membership (pdf) is available on the CRSP site.

    • Corporation Joint Advisory Committee on Institute-Wide Affairs // Chris Taylor, Associate Secretary

      The purpose of CJAC (established in 1969) is to associate with the Corporation a representative group at MIT to which the Corporation can turn for consideration and advice on special Institute-wide matters requiring Corporation attention.

      The purpose of CJAC (established in 1969) is to associate with the Corporation a representative group at MIT to which the Corporation can turn for consideration and advice on special Institute-wide matters requiring Corporation attention.

    • Council on Educational Technology // Hal Abelson, Co-Chair// Daniel Hastings, Co-Chair// Vijay Kumar, Executive Officer

      In its role providing continuous strategic guidance and vision for institutional activities related to the application of information technology to education, the Council advises the Provost on priorities, policies, and new opportunities.

      In its role providing continuous strategic guidance and vision for institutional activities related to the application of information technology to education, the Council advises the Provost on priorities, policies, and new opportunities.

    • Employee Benefits Oversight Committee

      The Employee Benefits Oversight Committee (EBOC) is charged with providing integrated oversight of all employee benefits matters including cost, funding, programs, competitiveness, employee benefit rate impacts, and benefits philosophy.

      The Employee Benefits Oversight Committee (EBOC) is charged with providing integrated oversight of all employee benefits matters including cost, funding, programs, competitiveness, employee benefit rate impacts, and benefits philosophy. Chaired by the Vice President for Human Resources, EBOC is comprised of the Oversight Committee and three standing subcommittees in the areas of health, work-life and retirement.

    • Environment, MIT Council on the

      MIT is committed to health and safety, and environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus, in the communities of which we are a part, and globally.

      MIT is committed to health and safety, and environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus, in the communities of which we are a part, and globally.

    • Graduate Student Council

      The GSC exists to enhance the overall graduate experience at MIT by promoting the general welfare and concerns of the graduate student body, creating new programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for growth and interaction, and...

      The GSC exists to enhance the overall graduate experience at MIT by promoting the general welfare and concerns of the graduate student body, creating new programs and initiatives to provide opportunities for growth and interaction, and communicating with the MIT Administration and Faculty on behalf of graduate students.

    • International Advisory Committee // Claude R. Canizares, Co-Chair// Philip S. Khoury, Co-Chair

      In spring 2007 Provost Reif charged the International Advisory Committee (IAC) "with designing a strategy to target countries and regions where MIT should focus its international efforts and identifying cross-cutting topics and themes".

      In spring 2007 Provost Reif charged the International Advisory Committee (IAC) "with designing a strategy to target countries and regions where MIT should focus its international efforts and identifying cross-cutting topics and themes". The IAC is co-chaired by Associate Provost Philip S. Khoury and Vice President for Research and Associate Provost Claude R. Canizares. 

    • International Coordinating Committee // Michelle Christy, Co-Chair// James Morgan, Co-Chair

      The International Coordinating Committee (ICC) was charged in the spring of 2012 to strengthen the support provided by MIT’s administrative offices and functions for MIT international activities.

      The International Coordinating Committee (ICC) was charged in the spring of 2012 to strengthen the support provided by MIT’s administrative offices and functions for MIT international activities. Co-chaired by the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and the Director of the Office of Major Agreements, the ICC works closely with the faculty-led International Advisory Committee (IAC) to coordinate international activities.

    • LBGT Issues Group

      MIT and its surrounding communities offer a broad spectrum of services, activities, and resources for LBGT, questioning, and supportive individuals.

      MIT and its surrounding communities offer a broad spectrum of services, activities, and resources for LBGT, questioning, and supportive individuals.

    • Working Group on Support Staff Issues // Shirley Entzminger, Senior Co-Convener// Coleen Milley, Junior Co-Convener

      The MIT Working Group on Support Staff Issues consists of employees throughout the Institute who have a special interest in working together toward creative solutions in areas of concern to support staff.

      The MIT Working Group on Support Staff Issues consists of employees throughout the Institute who have a special interest in working together toward creative solutions in areas of concern to support staff.