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Revised April, 2015

1. Mission Statement

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) is:

(1) to provide rigorous and high quality graduate-level training for researchers, teachers, curriculum specialists, and administrators at all levels of instruction who are concerned with aspects of second language acquisition, learning, and teaching; (2) to facilitate scholarly communication and collaboration among faculty with different disciplinary traditions and identities at The University of Arizona who have expertise and interests in language acquisition, learning, and/or teaching; (3) to enhance the quality of undergraduate foreign language education at The University of Arizona and other institutions; and (4) to provide outreach support to the community, state, and beyond in relation to social needs and policy issues concerning language learning and multilingualism.

To fulfill its mission in the context of the University, the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching reports through the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs to the Provost’s Office.

2. Faculty Membership in SLAT

‘Regular’ faculty membership on the Interdisciplinary Committee on Second Language Acquisition and Teaching is intended to be broadly representative of faculty who have tenured or tenure-track appointments in any department or program at The University of Arizona and a significant level of interest and expertise related to second language acquisition and teaching, including language analysis, language use, language processes, and language pedagogy or assessment. ‘Affiliate’ faculty membership in SLAT is available to non-tenure-track personnel at The University of Arizona who have comparable interest/expertise. ‘Associate’ faculty membership is available to tenure-track faculty who have expertise in an area related to SLAT, such as literature, literacy, or statistics, and also some level of interest/expertise in second language acquisition and teaching. Affiliate and Associate faculty members may not chair comprehensive examinations or dissertation committees.

Qualifications for membership in SLAT are reviewed by the Executive Council (ExCo) and recommendations for appointment to the Committee are submitted by the ExCo the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs for approval and processing. Any faculty member may request withdrawal of his/her membership in SLAT, or termination of membership may be recommended by the ExCo in the case of members who do not maintain interest/expertise in scholarly activities related to SLAT. Recommendation by the ExCo for termination of membership is subject to approval from the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs.

Expectations of faculty members differ depending on their role and level of activity in language research and teaching, but include willingness to mentor SLAT students and to serve on examination and dissertation committees, as well as to teach courses related to SLAT interests/requirements.

All members of the Committee are to be informed of SLAT activities and the ExCo proceedings on a regular basis, and invited to have input on all matters related to SLAT. A meeting of the full SLAT faculty must be called at least once each year. Additional meetings must be scheduled on petition from ten or more regular faculty members on the Committee.

In the event that one or more faculty lines are assigned to SLAT, recommendation for appointment of internal members to such lines requires a two-thirds vote of the ExCo. Recruitment of external candidates for such lines involves appointment of a search/review committee by the ExCo, including a student representative as a non-voting member, and proceedings in accord with all University regulations regarding affirmative action. All search/review committees report to the ExCo. The ExCo determines the acceptability of candidates by a two-thirds vote, and submits its recommendation(s) for appointment to the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs for approval and processing.

3. Executive Council

The Executive Council is charged with determining policy and procedures related to student admission and evaluation, to program implementation (including curricular requirements), and to selection/appointment of Committee membership and administrative officers. Any of these responsibilities may be delegated to individuals or subcommittees with a two-thirds vote of the ExCo. All ExCo members are appointed to the council by the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs.

The ExCo consists of nine to twelve members selected from the regular SLAT faculty, appointed by the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs for three-year terms. All faculty terms begin and end with the academic year. Members may serve consecutive terms on ExCo. To insure interdisciplinary representation, membership should draw equally from the colleges participating in SLAT. ExCo members who are on leave may be replaced by a temporary appointment, preferably from the same department.

Nominations for ExCo membership will be invited from all SLAT Committee members. Recommendations for appointment will be made by vote of the current Executive Council. In addition, two student representatives will meet with ExCo on an ad hoc (non-voting) basis. These representatives will be elected by the student association (SLATSA) for one-year, staggered terms, and will be eligible to serve one additional term in office. The student representatives will not participate in any discussions relating to faculty or student admission/evaluation. ExCo will meet at least twice each semester. A quorum consists of one more than half of ExCo membership.

Click here to see the list of current members of the Executive Council.

4. Administrative Officers

The Chair of ExCo also serves as Director of the Ph.D. Program in SLAT. S/he will be a tenured faculty member on the SLAT Interdisciplinary Committee, nominated by vote of ExCo and appointed by the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs.

The Chair will normally serve a three-or five-year term, and may be appointed for no more than two consecutive terms.. It is expected that the primary affiliation of this administrative officer will rotate among various departments that contribute to the SLAT program faculty membership. In the event of a vacancy in this office, ExCo will nominate an Acting Chair to fill out the term.

The Chair represents the program to the administration and to the community. S/he will handle the daily administration of the program and will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of program operation, including budget and personnel. S/he will call and preside at meetings of ExCo as needed but not less than twice per semester, and call and preside at meetings of the full SLAT Interdisciplinary Committee at least once per year and as needed. The Chair will represent SLAT at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Advisory Council (GIDPAC) or a designated representative will be elected by ExCo.  Specific administrative duties may be delegated to other individuals or to committees with the advice and consent of ExCo.

A Graduate Advisor will be appointed by the Chair from the regular membership on the SLAT Interdisciplinary Committee, with approval of ExCo. S/he will be responsible for student advising, and for scheduling and coordinating the qualifying examinations. S/he will be recommended for appointment to ExCo, and will serve as a voting member upon invitation by the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs.

5. Promotion and Tenure Review

All faculty members on the SLAT Interdisciplinary Committee who are undergoing review for promotion or tenure will have input from this program to that process, in accord with university policies and procedures. All members of ExCo who are of appropriate rank will be involved in P & T reviews, unless ExCo decides that there is already adequate SLAT representation on the departmental review committee. Similar input will be provided for second and fourth year reviews at the request of a candidate and/or department head.

Annual Performance Review: The SLAT Interdisciplinary Committee will provide input for the Annual Performance Reviews of ‘regular’ faculty members. For this purpose ExCo will appoint an Annual Performance Review Committee (APRC), which will solicit information from faculty members regarding their contributions to the Program. Based on the information submitted by the faculty member, the APRC will write a letter to the appropriate department head (or in the case of faculty who are department heads, to the appropriate dean) describing each faculty member’s contributions to SLAT. Faculty members may opt to appeal the APRC’s review with the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs or the Graduate Interdisciplinary Review Committee, in accordance with Graduate College procedures.

6. Adoption and Amendment of Bylaws

A draft of suggested bylaws and any subsequent amendments will be circulated for input from all faculty members on the SLAT Interdisciplinary Committee and from all SLAT students. Adoption/amendment requires a two-thirds vote of the Executive Council. The ExCo vote will occur no earlier than thirty days after distribution of the document to faculty and students. The by-laws are reviewed and approved each year by the Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs. All revisions or amendments to the by-laws are reviewed by GIDPAC before receiving final approval by the Director.