Committee on Appointments & Promotions

The Committee on Appointments and Promotions (CAP) is composed of 3 faculty, 3 staff, and no students (3-3-0).

The CAP advises the President and Trustees on appointment and advancement of faculty, allocation of faculty positions to departments and programs, granting of sabbatical and assistant professor leaves, and on College policies governing such matters. The CAP also serves as the nominating committee for various national fellowships. The CAP also reviews new curricular initiatives for their staffing implications before the CEA brings them to the faculty for a vote.

The CAP consists of three tenured full professors, one of whom is elected from each of the three divisions. The President, the Provost, and the Dean of the Faculty are members of the Committee. The Dean of the Faculty serves as chair.

Members of the Faculty Interview Panel join the CAP to interview candidates for faculty positions.


  • Lara Shore-Sheppard (Chair)
  • Sarah Jacobson
  • Protik Majumder
  • Maud Mandel
  • Christopher Nugent
  • Eiko Siniawer

Election to the CAP

Terms for the elected members of the CAP are for three years on a staggered basis. A full professor elected for the first time must commit to serving for a minimum of two years. Members are eligible for re-election. First 3 coordinators are not eligible to serve on the CAP for a period of six years following their service in this role. When a vacancy occurs, the eligible members of the faculty vote for two persons in the appropriate category. The three receiving the highest number of votes are then nominees for a run-off ballot where each eligible member of the faculty votes for each nominee ranked in order of preference. If any one of the three receives a majority of first-place votes, that candidate is appointed. If no candidate receives a majority of first-place votes, then the candidate with the fewest first-place votes is dropped. The second-place votes on the ballots of the dropped candidate are then added to the first-place vote totals of the remaining two candidates. The candidate receiving the highest number of first-place votes after this redistribution is then appointed. If a vacancy occurs before the three-year term expires, a replacement is elected for a new term, except in cases of a mid- year election, in which case the term is two and one-half years.