Standing, elected and ad-hoc committees

Standing Committees for 2022-2023

Committee on Academic Standards

The committee reviews student appeals of academic suspension. The committee also serves as the official college review body to hear student appeals on charges of academic dishonesty. The committee also serves as the official faculty body advisory to the Dean and to the faculty in matters related to student academic progress policies and regulations within the college.

Address all correspondence concerning this committee to Executive Assistant Dean Robert Steltman, 2002 Lincoln Hall, MC-446.

  • Mauro Nobili, Associate Professor, History
  • Manisha Basu, Associate Professor, English
  • John Barnard, Associate Professor, Comparative & World Literature
  • Bob Pahre, Professor, Political Science
  • David Albouy, Professor, Economics
  • Anna Sokac, Associate Professor, Cell & Development Biology
  • Alison Anders, Associate Professor, Geology
  • TBD Electoral Group VIII
  • Petra Jelinek, Lecturer, Anthropology
  • Sarah Bruckler, Graduate Student

Awards Committee

The committee reviews all nominations and selections for the LAS College Awards, which include: Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Instructional Staff, LAS Staff Awards, and LAS Academic Professional Awards.

The committee also reviews nominations for the following campus only awards: Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research, Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching, Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching.

Address all correspondence concerning this committee to Amy Lawrence Elli, 2090 Lincoln Hall, MC-448.

  • Rana Hogarth, Associate Professor, History
  • Alexander Shakar, Associate Professor, English
  • TBD Electoral Group III
  • Helaine Silverman, Professor, Anthropology
  • Howard Berenbaum, Professor, Psychology
  • Erik Nelson, Associate Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Martin Gruebele, Professor, Chemistry
  • M. Burek Erdogan, Professor, Mathematics
  • Isaac Dilanni, Senior Lecturer, Economics
  • Gary Wszalek, Head Undergraduate Advisor, Psychology

Courses and Curricula Committee

The committee reviews all proposals for new or revised courses and curricula in the college.

Address all correspondence concerning this committee to Associate Dean Stephen R. Downie or Andrea Ray, 2090 Lincoln Hall, MC-448.

  • Richard Layton, Associate Professor, Religion
  • Natalie Lira, Assistant Professor, Latina/Latino Studies
  • TBD Electoral Group III
  • Michele Kovin, Professor, Communication
  • John Hummel, Professor, Psychology
  • Catherine Christian-Hinman, Associate Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
  • Ryan Sriver, Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Yue Shen, Associate Professor, Astronomy
  • Mikhail Lyubansky, Teaching Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Florencia Henshaw, Director of Advanced Spanish Language, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Sabrina Lee, Graduate Student
  • Kostas Yfantis, Assistant Director, Teaching and Learning with Technology, ex-officio

General Education Committee

The committee oversees the implementation of the college general education program, under the umbrella of campus-wide general education. The committee determines which courses are appropriate for general education in each of the respective distributional areas, periodically reviews approved courses and establishes guidelines regarding the interpretation and administration of general education policies.

Address all correspondence concerning this committee to Associate Dean Stephen R. Downie or Andrea Ray, 2090 Lincoln Hall, MC-448.

  • Shelley Weinberg, Associate Professor, Philosophy
  • Jamie Jones, Assistant Professor, English
  • Dan Maroun, Assistant Professor, French & Italian
  • John Murphy, Professor, Communication
  • Nathan Todd, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Kai Zhang, Associate Professor, Biochemistry
  • Nicole Riemer, Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Steven Bradlow, Professor, Mathematics
  • Eman Saadah, Teaching Associate Professor, Linguistics
  • Susan Frankenberg, Program Coordinator, Spurlock Museum
  • Kyle Hubert, Undergraduate Student

Honors Council

The Honors Council oversees the LAS honors programs, policies, and practices.

Address all correspondence concerning this committee to Associate Director Allison Holden, 2002 Lincoln Hall, MC-446.

  • Dov Weiss, Associate Professor, Religion
  • Janice Harrington, Professor, English
  • TBD Electoral Group III
  • Asef Bayat, Professor, Sociology
  • Nu-Chu Liang, Associate Professor, Psychology
  • K.V. Prasanth, Professor, Cell & Development Biology
  • Scott Silverman, Professor, Chemistry
  • TBD Electoral Group VIII
  • Shawna Naidu, Senior Coordinator, Molecular & Cellular Biology
  • Maritza Quiñones-Rivera, Academic Advisor, Anthropology

Policy and Development Committee

The committee is charged with advising the dean and the faculty on current policy and long-range planning issues.

Address all correspondence concerning this committee to Associate Dean Stephen R. Downie, 2090 Lincoln Hall, MC-448.

  • TBD

LAS Elected Committees

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Executive Committee 2022-2023

The committee assists and advises the dean in the conduct of college business and appointments of tenured faculty, and promotions of the faculty.

Address all correspondence concerning this committee to Donna Miller, 2090 Lincoln Hall, MC-448

  • Leslie Reagan, History
  • Tim Dean, English
  • Tania Ionin, Linguistics
  • Virginia Dominguez, Anthropology
  • Stefan Krasa, Economics
  • Alison Bell, Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior
  • Tom Johnson, Geology
  • Jared Bronski, Mathematics

Faculty Appeals Committee 2022

The committee will consider appeals of personnel decisions, especially in the following areas: rollbacks, promotion and/or tenure, sabbatical leaves, leaves of absence without pay, and terminations.

Address all correspondence concerning this committee to Amy Elli, 2090 Lincoln Hall, MC-448 or to any member listed below:

  • David Sepkoski, History
  • Justine Murison, English
  • Roxana Girju, Linguistics
  • Brian Dill, Sociology
  • Aron Barbey, Psychology
  • Brian Freeman, Cell & Developmental Biology
  • Julie Cidell, Geography & Geographic Information Science
  • Joaquin Vieira, Astronomy

LAS Ad Hoc Committees

STAR (Strategic Advisory Review) Team 2020-2021

  • Carla Caceres, School of Integrative Biology
  • John Caughlin, Communication
  • Brenda Farnell, Anthropology
  • Soo Ah Kwon, Asian American Studies
  • Tim Liao, Sociology
  • Leslie Looney, Astronomy
  • Mariselle Melendez, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Catherine Murphy, Chemistry
  • Robert Rauber, School of Earth, Society, and Environment
  • Chilin Shih, East Asian Languages & Cultures
  • James Slauch, Microbiology
  • Siobhan Somerville, Gender & Women's Studies
  • Jeremy Tyson, Mathematics