Bioinformatics Advisory Committee Charge and Structure


Sep 29, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)


Bioinformatics Advisory Committee

Charge and Structure


Several units and departments within the university have joined together to establish an
interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in bioinformatics. The program is housed in the School of
Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) and is governed by a group established by
program documents and whose makeup includes representatives of the participating units
according to the number of participating departments in each unit.

SPHIS has three departments – Bioinformatics and Biostatisics, Environmental and Occupational
Health Sciences, and Epidemiology and Population Health – and has two representatives on the
governing group, which is the maximum for a unit.

The governing body has original jurisdiction over the academic aspects of the program, including
curriculum, admissions, student financial support, administration, and assignment of mentors.
SIGS is the oversight and approval body for the program and its governing group. Students in the
program are enrolled in SIGS.

Original jurisdiction of a course included in the curriculum is with the unit offering the course;
the unit is also responsible for scheduling and delivery of the course and for providing faculty,
staff, and resources needed to schedule and deliver the course.

Each unit participating in the program is also responsible for providing faculty effort for
mentoring, up to a limit agreed to by the program governing group and the unit. Many units are
fulfilling this responsibility by naming specific faculty and level of work effort for each. SPHIS
is fulfilling our mentoring responsibility by committing to an overall level of effort by our
faculty with a dynamic list of faculty who are available.

SPHIS participation in the bioinformatics program is managed by Dr. Susmita Datta with
administrative assistance from Dr. Pete Walton in the dean’s office.


The Bioinformatics Advisory Committee is charged to advise chairs, deans, and SIGS
bioinformatics program representatives on all aspects of SPHIS's involvement, including
operations, personnel commitment levels, and other resources. Final decisions in these areas are
made by the Dean with recommendations from the SPHIS bioinformatics manager and the
Dean’s Executive Committee.

The Bioinformatics Advisory Committee may choose to recommend or comment on other
aspects of the bioinformatics program, including academics and admissions, but does so with the
understanding that the program governing body has jurisdiction in these areas. Similarly the


committee may choose to recommend or comment on SPHIS courses in the bioinformatics
program but does so with the understanding that the Faculty Forum, acting on behalf of the
Executive Faculty, has jurisdiction in these areas with recommendations from the parent
department and SPHIS Curriculum Committee.


The Bioinformatics Advisory Committee is an ad hoc committee of the dean and the Dean’s
Executive Committee. The dean’s office provides a liaison and recording secretary to the

The committee’s membership is as follows:

Bioinformatics program participation manager (chair)
Dean’s offices administrative liaison (non-voting)
Chair, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, or designee
Chair, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, or designee
Chair, Epidemiology and Population Health, or designee
Chair, Health Management and Systems Sciences, or designee
Chair, Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, or designee

Each department is entitled to representation at each meeting of the committee; a department
chair may attend or send a designee who may vary from meeting to meeting.

Parliamentary procedures of the committee are Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

Issued by Dean’s Office, 02/25/11