Committees

Academic Standards and Admissions Committee

The duties of this committee shall be to discuss and make recommendations on problems relevant to academic standards, to consider the readmission of students dropped from the College, and to report to the University Academic Standards Committee each fall. This committee is responsible for reviewing standards and procedures relating to admission of students to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and for recommending admissions policies to the Representative Assembly.

Brian Behnken, Chair, History (term ends S2025)
Xuan Hien Nguyen, Mathematics (term ends S2024)
Cristina Pardo-Ballester, WLC (term ends S2023)
Karen Scheel, Psychology (term ends S2025)
Michael Shogren-Knaak, BBMB (term ends S2024)
Kate Padgett Walsh, Philosophy and Religious Studies (term ends S2025)
Mason Babcock, LAS Student Academic Services
Kent Kerby, LAS Assistant Dean

Curriculum Committee

This committee shall make recommendations to the College faculty on matters of educational policy related to the structure and content of the College curricula. The committee shall prepare the portions of the University Catalog related to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, according to the guidelines from the University Curriculum Committee.

Charles Kerton, Physics and Astronomy, Chair (term ends S2023)
Jenny Aune, ENGL (term ends S2024)
Soma Chaudhuri, Computer Science (term ends S2028)
Travis Chilcott, Philosophy and Religious Studies (term ends S2024)
Brent Kreider, Economics (term ends S2024)
Monica Marsee, Psychology (term ends S2027)
Megan Myers, WLC (term ends S2027)
Amy Erica Smith, Political Science (term ends S2024)
Eric Underbakke, BBMB (substitute, term ends S2023)
Stephanie Hamilton, LAS College Staff
Amy Slagell, LAS Associate Dean

Find more information on the Curriculum Committee page.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The primary responsibility of the LAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to review
existing LAS policies and implementation practices to ensure they promote an inclusive learning
and working environment. The Committee will recommend new or revised policies or
implementation practices at College and Department levels as needed to meet these goals.
Further, the Committee will advise the Dean and Department Chairs on the full range of
diversity issues encountered by the College. These include issues related to the recruitment and
retention of a diverse faculty, staff, and student population; the quality of the college and
university environments for diverse populations; and the appropriateness of the curriculum in
providing students with the necessary knowledge, attitudes, and skills to function as global
citizens. The LAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will coordinate with its university
counterpart and advise the Dean regarding recommendations from the university committee
and their implementation.

Clark Coffman, Chair, GDCB (term ends S2024)
Tina Coffelt, English (term ends S2024)
Gary Lyn, Economics (term ends S2025)
Man Basnet, Math (term ends S2025)
Petruta Caragea, STAT (term ends S2025)
Amy Rutenberg, History and College Equity Advisor
Monic Behnken, LAS Associate Dean

Find more information on the LAS College Diversity page.

Faculty Awards Committee

The committee shall concern itself with general modes and procedures for faculty and alumni recognition. It shall consider and make recommendations to the Dean on nominations for Faculty Citations, Alumni Awards, Distinguished Professorships, Outstanding Teacher Awards, and other awards as requested by the Dean.

Diane Bassham, Chair, GDCB (term ends S2023)
Pavan Aduri, Computer Science (term ends S2023)
Nathan Dishman, Music & Theatre (term ends S2024)
James McCormick, Political Science (term ends S2024)
Gordon Miller, Chemistry (term ends S2025)
Stacy Tye-Williams, English (term ends S205)
Megan Walker, LAS College Staff
Leslie Hogben, LAS Associate Dean

Find more information on Awards for Faculty and Staff.

Faculty Development Committee

The committee shall concern itself with matters pertaining to the professional growth of faculty members. It shall attempt to promote an atmosphere generally conducive for maximum development in the areas of teaching, research and service and ensure faculty awareness of opportunities. It shall support individual departments toward these ends. At the request of the Dean, the committee shall review and make recommendations upon proposals for faculty development involving university or collegiate resources, including Faculty Professional Development Assignments, Foreign Travel Grants, University Research Grants, and other similar programs.

Rachel Haywood, Chair, WLC (term ends S2023)
Helle Bunzel, Economics (term ends S2023)
Elena Cotos, English (term ends S2025)
Jonathan Hassid, Political Science (term ends S2024)
Tracy Heath, EEOB (term ends S2025)
Mei-Hsuan Huang, Music and Theatre (terms ends S2023)
Bernard Lidicky, Math (term ends S2025)
Peter Orth, Physics & Astronomy (term ends S2025)
YuYu Zhou, GEAT (term ends S2023)
Megan Walker, LAS College Staff
Leslie Hogben, LAS Associate Dean

Honors Committee

This committee shall review on behalf of the College the programs of study proposed by students wishing to participate in the Honors Program. It shall attempt to ensure that the programs approved satisfy the College’s basic criteria regarding a liberal education while allowing students with superior scholastic ability an extended range of possibilities for enhancement of their educational experience.

William Carter, Chair, WLC (term ends S2023)
Joydeep Bhattacharya, Economics (term ends S2024)
Rachel Meyers, WLC (term ends S2025)
Christina Svec, Music & Theatre (term ends S2025)
Jonathan Tsou, Philosophy and Religious Studies (term ends S2025)
Geetu Tuteja, GDCB (term ends S2024)
Mason Babcock, LAS Student Academic Services
Kent Kerby, LAS Assistant Dean

Find more information on the Honors Program.

LASCASTLE (LAS Committee on the Advancement of Student Technology for Learning Enhancement, formerly known as LAS Computer Advisory Committee)

The committee seeks and reviews proposals for computer-based instructional support. It also reviews policy regarding the University student computer fee. The university-wide student computer fee was established to provide improved computer facilities throughout the University and to stimulate the use of computer-based instruction. This committee leads the pursuit of those goals for the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences. LASCASTLE has the responsibility to allocate money for academic computing in the College. The committee allocates over $500,000 per year collected from student computer fees.

Charlie Nagle, WLC, Chair (term ends S2023)
Jayme Wilken, English (term ends S2025)
Jason Chan, Psychology (term ends S2023)
Jonathan Hassid, Political Science (term ends S2025)
Dennis Lavrov, EEOB (term ends S2023)
Jarad Niemi, Statistics (term ends S2025)
Arne Hallam, LAS Associate Dean

Student membership varies by year.

Outcomes Committee

The LAS Outcomes Committee will advise the Dean/College on issues related to student learning outcomes, the value of a liberal arts and sciences degree, and the impact of general education. The Committee will also serve as a resource to support departments and programs in meeting their responsibilities for establishing and assessing student learning outcomes and using results to improve their programs and courses.

David Alexander, Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies (term ends S2025)
Tonglu Li, WLC (term ends S2024)
Tracy Lucht, Greenlee (term ends 2024)
Gurpur Prabhu, Computer Science (term ends S2023)
Susan Stewart, Sociology (term ends S2025)
Robert Wallace, EEOB (term ends S2023)
Stephanie Hamilton, LAS College Program Coordinator
Amy Slagell, LAS Associate Dean

Find more information about Outcomes Assessment.

Promotion and Tenure Review Committee

The committee shall concern itself with general modes and procedures for faculty promotions and tenure, and act as a review and advisory panel to the Dean on departmental promotion and tenure recommendations. It will not be an appellate committee for individual faculty members.

Theresa Windus, Chemistry, Chair (term ends S2023)
Myra Cohen, Computer Science (term ends S2024)
Michael Golemo, Music and Theatre (term ends S2023)
Reuben Peters, BBMB (term ends S2023)
Matthew Sivils, English (term ends S2025)
Alex Tuckness, Political Science (term ends S2024)
Gaye Simonson, LAS College Staff
Arne Hallam, LAS Associate Dean

Find more information on Promotion and Tenure.