Acronyms, Slang & Shorthand

  • AAA – Academic Administrative Assistant ( “AAA” or “Triple A”) – Academic buildings on campus are managed by one or more AAAs.  They make your life possible.  Be really nice to them.

 

  • AAACS – Programs in African American and American Cultural Studies (“Triple ACS“).

 

  • AAC – Academic Affairs Council – The body that, by recent legislation, replaces the “Committee of Five”.  This council is charged with oversight of both the curriculum and its personnel resources and meets twice weekly.  It includes the four division chairs and the dean of faculty.  The two associate deans of faculty also attend in a non-voting capacity.

 

  • ACS – Program in American Cultural Studies; occasionally used in reference to the current president of Bates, Ava Clayton Spencer (who goes by Clayton).

 

 

  • BFAC – Budget and Finance Advisory Committee

 

  • BFDF – Bates Faculty Development Fund — managed by the Faculty Scholarship Committee, the BFDF offers support for faculty research across the disciplines.  More information here.

 

  • The Bill – Roger Williams Hall (in a prior incarnation the Bill was a dorm alumni remember with an affection equal to their penchant for partying).

 

  • Blue Slip – The process by which you reserve space on campus.  In the Middle Ages,  administrators, no doubt used blue slips.  Now the office of Conferences and Campus Events uses a web-site to manage space reservations.  Your AAA can make the reservations for you.

 

  • CRC – Curriculum Review Committee – Reviews proposals for new courses and sets grid for each semester and Short Term’s academic calendar.

     

  • CFG – Committee on Faculty Governance: Sets the agenda for faculty meetings, devises the slates for elections, appoints standing committees, supervises elections and legislative voting.

 

  • The CFG is in the process of proposing revisions to the committee structures.

 

  • CFS – Committee on Faculty Scholarship (“Faculty Scholarship Committee“) – This committee reviews applications for internal grant awards from the Bates Faculty Development fund in support of teaching and scholarship.

 

  • COP – Committee on Personnel (or, the “Personnel Committee,” or “Personnel”)

 

  • DOF – Dean of Faculty – usually used in reference to the entire office.

 

  • ES – Program in Environmental Studies

 

  • FYS – First Year Seminar – Almost all students take an FYS.  After your first year at Bates you will have the opportunity to teach an FYS depending on your interests, your department’s obligation to provide a course and the DOF’s need to staff the courses.  FYS instructors serve as academic advisors to students until they choose their major.

 

  • IACUC – Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee – If your research involves animal subjects, please consult the IACUC (pronounced eye-AH-cook).

 

  • IRB – Institutional Review Board – If your research involves human subjects, you will need to obtain approvals from the IRB.

 

  • Lane Hall – Used in two senses: a) the building (between Pettigrew and Pettengill); and b) the college administration.
  • MLK Day Committee or MLK Committee – Martin Luther King Day Planning Committee  – Every year, Bates celebrates the legacy of Dr. King with a “day on.”  Classes are cancelled and students and faculty attend a rich and diverse array of programs, speakers and events on a theme chosen by the MLK Committee.  The MLK committee will send out an email calling for programming proposals early in the fall semester.

 

  • PEPC – Physical Education Personnel Committee “PePsi”

 

  • WGS – Program in Women and Gender Studies
    **if you have any suggestions for this list, please pass them on to Margaret Imber or Lori Ouellette.