Teaching and Academic Programs


The Committee on Teaching and Academic Programs is responsible for advising the provost on multi-school curricula and on undergraduate curricular issues and policies arising from recommendations from the Undergraduate Studies Committee (UGSC); on unit requirements, residency requirements, and broad-based policies and issues related to the academic appeals process under the purview of the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP); on student conduct matters under the purview of the Office of Student Affairs; on policies and programs related to the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET), including the improvement of faculty teaching or training for classroom technology; on setting priorities and launching initiatives in support of interdisciplinary teaching; and on policies and initiatives recommended by the Graduation and Retention Committee (GRC). The committee also advises the provost on strategic issues that fall under the purview of the Coupling Implementation Committee, the University Writing Committee, the Provost’s Oversight Committee on Athletic Academic Affairs (OCAAA) and the Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid Committee (UAFAC).

Meetings: Contact committee chair for the date/locations of the committee meetings.

Specific Charge for 2018-2019 Academic Year

For 2018-19, the Committee on Teaching and Academic Programs will be focusing primarily on examining issues related to faculty teaching in the future. The initial draft of the USC Teaching 2030 report was created by CTAP last year, and this year’s committee will further examine the needs and challenges that USC faculty will face, and specifically, the kind of data that we should capture university-wide to be able to provide insight into teaching methods and excellence. The focus will be on the potential disruptions and innovations that will affect the university environment, with implications for how USC faculty will prepare for teaching and research excellence in these new environments. CTAP is also in the process of exploring additional priorities to examine this year, and would welcome suggestions from the Senate.


Michael Nichol (Co-Chair) – mnichol@usc.edu

Tracy Tambascia (Co-Chair) – tpoon@usc.edu

Committee members