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, Committee Chair, History (term ends S2025)
Kris De Brabanter, Statistics (term ends S2027)
Alexander Hall, WLC (term ends 2026)
Ali Jannesari, Computer Science (term ends 2027)
Kate Padgett Walsh, Philosophy & Religious Studies (term ends S2025)
Karen Scheel, Psychology (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, Committee Chair, Physics & Astronomy (term ends S2029)
Soma Chaudhuri, Computer Science (term ends S2028)
Tina Coffelt, English (term ends S2030)
Domenico D’Alessandro, Mathematics (term ends S2030)
Neysa Goodman, WLC (term ends S2030)
Shannon Harper, Sociology and Criminal Justice (term ends S2030)
Brent Kreider, Economics (term ends S2030)
Monica Marsee, Psychology (term ends S2027)
Eric Underbakke, BBMB (substitute, term ends S2029)
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.

Petruta Caragea, Committee Chair, Statistics (term ends S2025)
Chad Cardani-Trollinger, Psychology/Leadership Studies (term ends S2027)
Chunhui Chen, Physics & Astronomy, LAS Faculty Success Advisor (term ends S2026)
Sarah Dees, Philosophy & Religious Studies (term ends S2027)
Wei Le, Computer Science (term ends S2027)
Tao Wang, History (term ends S2025)
Monic Behnken, LAS Associate Dean

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.

Pavan Aduri, Committee Chair, Computer Science (term ends S2026)
Diane Bassham, Chair, GDCB (term ends S2026)
Gordon Miller, Chemistry (term ends S2025)
Cristina Pardo-Ballester, WLC (term ends S2027)
Stacy Tye-Williams, English (term ends S2025)
Yu Wang, Political Science (term ends S2027)
Mara Fleming, LAS College Staff
TBA, 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.

Jonathan Hassid, Committee Chair, Political Science (term ends S2027)
Elena Cotos, English (term ends S2025)
Julie Courtwright, History, (term ends S2026)
Zhe Fei, Physics & Astronomy (term ends S2026)
Tracy Heath, EEOB (term ends S2025)
Bernard Lidicky, Mathematics (term ends S2025)
Jonathan Sharp, Music & Theatre (term ends S2026)
Andrew Smith, Psychology (term ends S2027)
Yulia Zaikina, Chemistry (term ends S2027)
Mara Fleming, LAS College Staff
TBA, 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, Committee Chair, WLC (term ends S2026)
George Archer, Philosophy and Religious Studies (term ends S2025)
Rachel Meyers, WLC (term ends S2025)
Corinna Most, EEOB (term ends S2025)
Christina Svec, Music & Theatre (term ends S2025)
Geetu Tuteja, GDCB (term ends S2027)
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)

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.

Jarad Niemi, Committee Chair, Statistics (term ends S2025)
Jason Chan, Psychology (term ends S2026)
Jonathan Hassid, Political Science (term ends S2025)
Dennis Lavrov, EEOB (term ends S2026)
Jason McCullough, Mathematics (term ends S2027)
Jayme Wilken, English (term ends S2025)
Robin Jones, LAS Academic Fiscal Officer
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, Committee Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies (term ends S2025)
Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen, English (term ends 2026)
Carly Manz, GDCB (term ends 2026)
Alison Phillips, Psychology (term ends 2026)
Matthew Tancreti, Computer Science (term ends S2027)
Shenglan Zhang, WLC (term end 2026)
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.

Michael Golemo, Committee Chair, Music and Theatre (term ends S2026)
Dean Adams, EEOB (term ends S2027)
Myra Cohen, Computer Science (term ends S2027)
Reuben Peters, BBMB (term ends S2026)
Matthew Sivils, English (term ends S2025)
Amy Erica Smith, Political Science (term ends S2027)
Rebecca Baldwin, LAS College Staff
Arne Hallam, LAS Associate Dean

Budget Advisory Council

The LAS Budget Advisory Council (BAC) advises the dean on setting budget priorities for the college. It meets regularly with the dean or the dean’s designee, receives budget-related information and responds in a timely fashion to requests for recommendations regarding budgetary matters.

While not yet a formal committee of the Representative Assembly, the LAS College has a Budget Advisory Committee with representation as laid out in section 1.4 of the LAS Governance Document.

Dan Krier, Committee Chair, Sociology and Criminal Justice (Faculty and Representative Assembly)
Bethany Gray, English (Faculty)
Karen Kedrowski, Political Science, (Faculty, Faculty Senate and Representative Assembly)
Cullen Padgett-Walsh, Philosophy and Religious Studies (Faculty, Faculty Senate and Representative Assembly)
Amanda Weinstein, Physics and Astronomy (Faculty)
Aaron Wood, Geology and Atmospheric Science (Faculty)
Dan Nettleton, Statistics (Department Chair)
Suzanne Ankerstjerne (Professional and Scientific Staff)
Robin Jones (Professional and Scientific Staff)

Arne Hallam, Ex Officio
Ben Withers, Ex Officio