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AOSC Committees

 

 

Below is a list of the AOSC Department Committees. Click the title to expand for more information. 

A. Jones (Chair), A. Ruiz-Barradas, L. Rodeo

AOSC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee Information

Charge:

  • Discuss and evaluate ideas for improving AOSC as a more welcoming place for all: undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty.
  • Work with Chair and department to implement ideas
  • Pursue diversity and inclusivity initiatives

APT: AOSC

R. Dickerson (Chair), G. Cooper

Charge: 

  • Evaluate requests for Advancement, Promotion, and Tenure (including emeritus requests) in AOSC. 
  • Create APT subcommittees and oversee the promotion process
  • Organizes/supervise the AOSC APT votes. 
  • Create faculty search committees, in consultation with the Chair.

 

Charge to the APT subcommittees:

  • Compile dossiers in accordance with University and CMNS regulations  
  • Draft objective report-Summary of Professional Achievements- in conjunction with the candidate. 
  • Ensure that all necessary elements of dossier have been compiled
  • Propose list of appropriate external evaluators, with feedback from CMNS
  • Draft Department APT report and other related documents.   

 

Charge to the Search Committees: 

  • Advertise for and recruit outstanding candidates for faculty and staff positions within the Department. 
  • Recommend candidates that will enhance the academic and scientific standing of AOSC
  • Seek candidates that will enhance the diversity in AOSC
  • Solicit feedback on search candidates from all areas of the department: Faculty, Students, Staff
  • Present findings and recommendations to faculty and Chair. 

 

APT: CMNS

J. Carton (Chair)

  • Represent the Department on the CMNS APT committee.

R. Salawitch (Chair), Z. Li, W. Lau

Charge: 

  • Organize the submission of faculty nominations to national and international awards. 
  • Meet at least once a semester to plan strategy. 
  • Make recommendations for Departmental, foundation, and other awards. 
  • Proactively identify and submit recommendations/nominations for appropriate awards outside of the department and/or university: Faculty, students, staff

K. Ide

Charge:  

  • Enhance the campus fluid dynamics program.  
  • Coordinate with the Burgers Program to advance fluid dynamics as interdisciplinary science and technology
  • Recruit new faculty and students with expertise in these areas. 

Computer

J. Henrikson (Chair), W. Tribett, J. McCurry

Charge:

  • Evaluate the state of computational facilities in the department and recommend enhancements.
  • Interface with HPC Committee Chair when developing recommendations for high-performance computing.
  • Develop policies for an equitable allocation of computer resources among faculty, staff, and students, and among various buildings occupied by AOSC personnel.
  • Refine the algorithm for a legal and equitable allocation of charges for computer use in AOSC and to support staff.

 

High Performance Computing (HPC)       

K. Ide

Charge: 

  • Manage the AOSC DT2 allocation. 
  • Approve new users 
  • Coordinate with teaching committees to develop instruction in multi-processing techniques and its inclusion in pertinent courses
  • Make recommendations for improvement to AOSC’s HPC capabilities

J. Sherer (Chair)

Charge: 

  • Track maintenance and renovation work on AOSC facilities and keep department informed. 
  • Evaluate current allocation of office space, lab space, and other facilities and make assignments as necessary consistent with the AOSC space policy. 
  • Collaborate with the graduate student association on the assignment of student office space.  
  • Coordinate space with corresponding ESSIC committee. 
  • Pursue material and financial support to enhance space and facilities, from both outside sources and within the University.

R. Salawitch

  • Represent AOSC in Faculty Senate
  • Attend Senate meetings and report back relevant information/updates to the department

S. Nigam, J. Poterjoy

Below is a list of the AOSC Acedemic Committees. Click the title to expand for more information. 

T. Canty, A. Jones, G. Cooper

Charge:

  • Direct the undergraduate program. 
  • Implement policy decisions made by the faculty. 
  • Act on student petitions and resolve disputes. 
  • Ensure that degree requirements are fulfilled in a timely fashion. 
  • Represent the program in College and University committees. 
  • Survey and maintain database of undergraduate students.
  • Respond to queries about undergraduate studies in atmospheric and oceanic science. 
  • Meet once a semester with the Chair to review the undergraduate program, including quality of life, course syllabi, admissions and recruitment, etc.

T. Canty (Co-Chair), A. Jones (Co-Chair), S. Farrell, J. Poterjoy, C. Kropiewnicki, S. Smith, G. Cooper

Charge:

  • Review and update the content and catalog description of all AOSC undergraduate courses.
  • Advise on course textbook choices as needed
  • Review the undergraduate curriculum and the delivery of undergraduate courses
  • Consult with Faculty as new undergraduate courses are formulated to ensure the content and delivery follow College and University guidelines, as well as fulfilling departmental curriculum needs.
  • Schedule classroom visits: 1 visit per course by 1-2 committee members.  This should be followed with a report for AOSC files and constructive feedback to instructor.  Priority should be given to courses taught by new instructors or faculty eligible for promotion.
  • Pursue increased course offerings for undergraduate students that address more varied topical issues and explore interdepartmental collaborations.

J. Carton (Chair), D. Zhang, A. Thompson, A. Jones, L. Rodio, G. Cooper

Charge:

  • Review and update the content and catalog description of all AOSC graduate courses.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding CORE course content
  • Advise on course textbook choices as needed
  • Schedule classroom visits: 1 visit per course by 1-2 committee members.  This should be followed with a report for AOSC files and constructive feedback to instructor.  Priority should be given to courses taught by new instructors or faculty eligible for promotion.
  • Meet with the graduate students at least once per year to solicit feedback on teaching and course content
  • Recommend ways to boost enrollment in graduate classes.  i.e.: how often to offer, electives that can attract more students, how to collaborate with other departments, etc.

J. Poterjoy (Chair), J. Wenegrat, H. Daley, E. Buckley, T. Hendershot

Charge: 

  • Respond to queries and requests for information about the graduate program
  • Screen graduate applicants and recommend top candidates for admission. 
  • Assign academic and research advisors to prospective graduate students, based on research interests. 
  • Coordinate with Graduate Program Manager to determine the available funding and how to best to disperse to candidates.  This includes Fellowships, TA positions and other AOSC controlled funding.
  • Recruit applicants, with an emphasis on academic excellence, potential for scientific productivity and diversity within the student body. 

X. Liang (Chair), D. Zhang, Z. Li, T. Hendershot

Charge: 

  • Solicit oral comp exam topics from faculty and coordinate with Graduate Manager to facilitate timely distribution
  • Establish 5 person committees for each student participating in comp exams: 4 faculty and 1 advisor
  • Organize meetings of faculty to evaluate results as needed. 
  • Report exam results, in writing, to Chair, faculty, and Graduate Program Manager for the record, draft Chair’s letters to students. 
  • Periodically review department exam policy and propose updates as necessary to make more efficient and evaluative.Solicit feedback from students and faculty.
  • Grad: Graduate Director, Admissions Chair, AOSC Chair; T. Hendershot
  • UG: UG Program Directors, AOSC Chair; G. Cooper        

J. Wenegrat (Chair), R. Pinker, J. Knisely, G. Cooper

Charge: 

  • Invite speakers to present weekly seminar, with an emphasis on exceptional research, varied subjects of interest, and diversity. 
  • Distribute seminar information through an email list that includes students, faculty, institutions and laboratories of the Washington/Baltimore area, and alumni. 
  • Arrange for travel and lunch for speakers- as possible (a small budget will be provided). 
  • Maintain the seminar website, keeping all seminar information up to date.

A. Ring (Chair), W. Tribett, J. Warner, C. Martin, K. Eure, N. Shan 

Charge:

  • Track alumni and maintain an updated directory. 
  • Facilitate alumni connections to the department: events, seminars, Facebook pages, newsletters, etc.
  • Help organize AOSC alumni events at AMS and AGU annual meetings