Academic Technology Steering Committee (ATSC)

Academic Technology Steering Committee Charge

 The Academic Technology Steering Committee (ATSC) is charged with identifying needs, providing feedback, recommending policy, and helping to shape academic technology on campus.  The ATSC is composed of representatives from Academic Affairs, primarily faculty, and representation from the Center for Engagement, Learning and Teaching (CELT), appointed by the Provost in consultation with the deans.  The ATSC contributes to the development and integration of academic technology on campus and makes recommendations to the College Information Technology Committee (CITC).  Ways to accomplish this charge include:

 Create an informed campus relative to technology and pedagogical practices:

  •  Pursue opportunities to inform faculty and staff about issues related to academic technology.
  • Encourage the open dialog of technology-related best-practices by working with campus constituencies (including the Deans, the Information Technology Group, and faculty) to discuss changes and global concerns.
  •  Provide non-financial support to faculty in meeting stated academic technology goals.

 Enhance the on-campus community of learners around academic technology by:

  • Facilitating workshops by peers in incorporation of pedagogically sound practices utilizing academic technology
  • Send faculty and staff to learn about pedagogically sound practices utilizing academic technology
  • Present our work at conferences

 Contribute to the consideration of needs related to existing academic technology and enhancements of emerging academic technology by:

  • Serving on project workgroups
  • Having representation on CITC
  • Bringing forth initiatives
  • Recommending policies related to academic technology.

 To facilitate this work, it is suggested that ATSC will:

  • Hold regular meetings and keep minutes
  • Share documentation on broader issues to IT (i.e., give CIO a list of faculty to contact for more information on a particular topic).
  • ATSC representatives will have much great visibility and accountability to serve as the liaison between their schools/departments and ATSC.
  • ATSC representatives will have a presence during start-up so that schools/departments know they are available to them.
  • ATSC representatives will hold at least one “talk to your ATSC rep day” in which faculty will have the opportunity to voice their technology-related concerns or ideas.
  • Help to document the process by which academic technology concerns should be handled and addressed.
  •  Hold open meetings on topics of concern for faculty (for example, how to submit a strategic initiative). ATSC will have a presence- even if no one else attends, ATSC will better understand this process, which will allow ATSC to help faculty.

Committee membership:

 2 faculty representatives each from A&H, S&SS, P&GS

1 faculty representative from Mason Library

2 representatives from CELT

1 Academic Affairs Liaison from the Provost’s Office

2013-2014 ATSC members:
Angela Barlow (S&SS)
Cynthia Cahoon (P&GS)
Karen Cangialosi (S&SS)
Jenny Darrow (CELT)
Jonathan Gitelson (A&H) 
Jonathan Schwartz (A&H) 
Jeff Timmer (S&SS)-Chair 

Charge Revised Spring 2012
Subpages (2): Charge Committee Workspace