Standing Committees

Standing Committee Membership

The following committees report to the Senate and members are elected during elections held within the Senate. The chairperson of each standing committee serves on the Senate Executive Committee, along with the Senate officers. The abbreviated year date next to a committee member’s name (e.g., ’15) refers to the last spring semester of service in the member’s current term.

Academic Affairs Committee (Two year term)

The Academic Affairs Committee considers academic matters including, but not limited to, the following: academic policy, calendar, catalog, standards of admissions and retention, advisement, standards for major/minor requirements, transfer credit from other institutions, and credit earned by life experience and learning. The Committee has ten members: Three members from the different departments of A&S; two members from different departments of ED&PS; one member from the Administrative Faculty; one member from the Librarians, Counselors, and Coaches; one student elected by the Student Senate; the Vice-President for Academic Affairs (non-voting); the University Registrar (non-voting, unless elected by Senate to be the voting representative of the Administrative Faculty). There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

  • Steve Ferruci (A&S ENG ’16)
  • Joshua Idjadi (A&S BIO ’17)
  • Martin Mendoza-Botelho (A&S PPG ’16)
  • Andrew Utterback (ED&PS COM ’17)
  • Open Seat (ED&PS ’17)
  • June Dunn (ADM ’17)
  • Kathy Manizza (ATH ’16)
  • TBA (SGA rep)
  • Vice President, Academic Affairs (non-voting)
  • Jennifer C. Huoppi, University Registrar (non-voting)

Academic Program Review Committee (Three year term)

The Academic Program Review Committee oversees the assessment process for all academic programs; notifies programs that are due for self-assessment; reviews and comments on the written report; selects the outside consultants who will also review and comment on the program and its report. There are six members: Five members from the full-time Instructional Faculty, and one member from the full-time Administrative Faculty. There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

  • Dickson Cunningham (EES ’18)
  • Steve Ferruci (ENG ’17)
  • Huan-Yu Tu (MCS ’17)
  • Maline Werness-Rude (ART ’16)
  • Don Petkov (BUS ’17) (Fall 2015)
  • Bill Salka (PPG ’16) (Spring 2016)
  • Pat Banach (ADMIN ’16)

Budget & Resource Allocation Committee (Two year term)

The Budget and Resource Allocation Committee informs and advises the University Senate on matters of budget and allocation of human and material resources. The Committee is responsible for: overall assessment of present and proposed budgets of the University; recommendation of ways to strengthen the University’s effort to secure resources and to distribute them equitably; advisement to the University Senate on ways of handling financial matters. The Committee has seven members: Five faculty elected by the University Senate; one student elected by the Student Senate; the Vice-President for Finance & Administration or designee (non-voting). There must be at least one member from the Administrative Faculty and at least one member from the Instructional Faculty.

  • Maryanne Clifford (ECO ’16)
  • Kris Jacobi (LIB ’17)
  • Anita Lee (KPE ’17)
  • Stephen Nathan (EES ’17)
  • George Whiting (ADM ’16)
  • TBA (SGA rep)
  • Vice President, Finance & Administration or designee (non-voting member)

Curriculum Committee (Two year term)

The Curriculum Committee is concerned with the development of any curriculum offered for credit in the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs of the University. Major concerns are the introduction, growth, reduction, or discontinuance of departments or programs, proposed majors and minors, shifts in program emphasis, and new courses. The Committee has nine members: Two from different departments of Education, Communication, HPE and Business; one from Humanities (VA, PAD, Phil, Eng, WLC); one from Natural Sciences/Math (Bio, EES, Phys Sci, Math/CS); one from Social Sciences (His, Geo, Poli Sci, Eco, Psych, Soc & Soc Work); one from Support Services (Lib, Counseling, Athletics, Ac Affairs, Stud Affairs, Special Programs); one instructional faculty elected at-large; one student elected by the Student Senate; the University Registrar or designee (non-voting). Specific restrictions are on membership are set forth in bylaws, with the exception of the at-large seat.

  • Barbara Liu (Humanities ENG ’16) (Fall 2015)
  • Maline Werness-Rude (Humanities ART ’16) (Spring 2016)
  • Matthew Graham (Natural Sciences/Math BIO ’17)
  • Open Seat (Social Sciences ’17)
  • Mark Fabrizi (ED&PS EDU ’17)
  • Weiping Liu (ED&PS BUS ’16)
  • Tracy Sutherland (Support Services LIB ’17)
  • Emily Riggs (At-Large PA ’17)
  • TBA (SGA rep)
  • Jennifer C. Huoppi, University Registrar (non-voting)
  • Kim Renaud provides secretarial assistance

First Year Program Committee (Three year term)

The First Year Program Committee is concerned with the program, procedures, and policies relating to the curriculum and structure of the First Year Program. These concerns include approval and oversight of Curriculum Committee-approved courses to serve as components of the First Year Program and the categorization of courses within the program. The Committee advises the First Year Program Director on the administration of program. The Committee has eleven members: Four members from the full-time Instructional Faculty; two members from the full-time Administrative Faculty; one member from the Liberal Arts Program Committee; one student elected by the Student Senate; the Director of the First Year Program (non-voting); the Director of the Academic Advisement Center or her/his designee (non-voting); the Vice President for Student Affairs or her/his designee (non-voting). There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee, with the exception of the LAPC rep.

  • Kin Chan (WL&C ’17)
  • Susan DeRosa (ENG ’17)
  • Kristen Morgan (PA ’16)
  • Janice Wilson (LIB ’16)
  • Janice Patry (ADM ’17)
  • Paul Serignese (ADM ’16)
  • LAPC representative
  • TBA (SGA rep)
  • Director of First Year Program (non-voting)
  • Director of Academic Advisement Center or designee (non-voting)
  • Vice President for Student Affairs or designee (non-voting)

Liberal Arts Program Committee (Three year term)

The Liberal Arts Program Committee is concerned with the program, procedures, and policies relating to the program of liberal arts education of students at Eastern, including: leadership for the program, approval and oversight of courses to serve the liberal arts core curriculum, and the categorization of courses within the program. The Committee works closely with the appropriate Senate committees, academic officers, department chairs, academic program directors, and administrators. The Committee has eleven members; the nine voting members are: One from Humanities; one from Social Sciences; one from Natural Sciences and Mathematics; two from different departments of Education, Communication, Business or HPE; one from the Administrative Faculty; one from the Library Faculty; the chair of the Curriculum Committee (or its designee); and one student member elected by the Student Senate. The two non-voting members are: The LAC Coordinator and the LAC Assessment Coordinator. (If both are the same person, there is only one non-voting member.) There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee with the exception of the Curriculum Committee rep. Specific restrictions are on membership are set forth in bylaws.

  • Tao Chen (Humanities, ART ’18)
  • Meredith Metcalf (Natural Sciences/Math, EES ’16)
  • Margaret Letterman (Social Sciences PSY ’16)
  • Sukeshini Grandhi (ED&PS, BUS ’16)
  • Open Seat (ED&PS, ’18)
  • Julia DeLapp (ADM ’17)
  • David Vrooman (LIB ’18)
  • Curriculum Committee representative
  • TBA (SGA rep)
  • LAC Coordinator (non-voting)
  • LAC Assessment Coordinator (non-voting)
  • Cheryl Le Beau provides secretarial assistance

Liberal Arts Work Committee (Terms vary)

The Liberal Arts Work Committee is responsible for approving the proposals of individual departments to fulfill the LAW graduation requirement. The Committee will assist in developing a procedure to assess whether programmatic learning goals are met by those approved experiences and to create and administer a process for granting exemptions and substitutions to the LAW requirement. The Committee will also be responsible for developing and administering the non-credit bearing transcript notation system. The Committee has thirteen members, eight voting members and five non-voting members, as follows. Voting members: Two from A&S; two from ED&PS; one from either School; one Administrative Faculty; the Director of Career Services; one student elected by the Student Senate. Non-voting: Coordinator of LAW; the Dean of the School of Continuing Education (or designee); the Vice President for Academic Affairs; one representative from Alumni Affairs; the University Registrar (or designee). There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

  • Garrett Dancik (A&S MCS ’18)
  • Joseph Dracobly (A&S PSY ’18)
  • Bryan Oakley (A&S EES ’17)
  • Ari De Wilde (ED&PS KPE ’18)
  • David Stoloff (ED&PS EDU ’17)
  • Polly Silva (ADM ’17)
  • Director of the Center for Internships and Career Development
  • TBA (SGA rep)
  • LAW Coordinator (non-voting)
  • Dean of Continuing Education or designee (non-voting)
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs (non-voting)
  • Representative from Alumni Affairs (non-voting)
  • Jennifer C. Huoppi, University Registrar or designee (non-voting)
  • Kim Renaud provides secretarial assistance

Organization Committee (Two year term)

The Organization Committee acts as the nominations and elections committee for University Senate. The Committee maintains a roster of all University Committees and an elections list; it oversees the Senate committee structure and makes recommendations to the Senate for establishing or abolishing committees, changing the composition or structure of committees, and resolving jurisdictional disputes. Every five years in academic years ending in zero and five, the Organization Committee will begin the process of conducting a systematic review of the Senate bylaws, including the existing Standing and At-Large committee structure. At the request of the Senate, the Committee can propose revision of the Constitution and/or the Bylaws of the Senate. The Committee is composed of five Faculty elected by the University Senate, the two Senate Vice-Presidents, and one student elected by the Student Senate. At least one faculty member must be from the Administrative Faculty, and at least one faculty member must be from the Instructional Faculty.

  • Natalie Clark (ADMIN ’16)
  • Stacy Dzuik (PA ’17)
  • Kehan Gao (MCS ’16)
  • Lyndsey Lanagan-Leitzel (PSY ’17)
  • Brett Mattingly (BIO ’17)
  • Maryanne Clifford, Senate VP/Instructional Faculty ex-officio, voting
  • Paul Serignese, Senate VP/Administrative Faculty ex-officio, voting
  • TBA (SGA rep)

Personnel Policies Committee (Two year term)

The Personnel Policies Committee develops, reviews, and revises University policies and procedures pertaining to 1) the evaluation of faculty for renewal, promotion, and tenure; 2) professional assessment; and 3) sabbatic leave. The Committee reviews departmental procedures for evaluation and assessment of faculty to make them as consistent and fair as possible and aids in developing guidelines for departments to use in their deliberations on renewal, promotion and tenure, including definitions of equivalencies. The committee has six members: Five Faculty elected by the University Senate and the chief human resources officer (or designee, non-voting). Not more than one faculty member can be from the Administrative Faculty.

  • Anthony Cornicello (PAD ’16)
  • Sandy Jin (PSY ’17)
  • Nicole Krassas (PPG ’16)
  • Niti Pandey (BUS ’16)
  • Patty Szczys (BIO ’17)
  • Chief Human Resources Officer or designee (non-voting)

Student Academic Advising Committee (Two year term)

The Student Academic Advising Committee considers all matters related to academic advising, including the faculty advising system and advising support services. The Committee (1) provides ongoing assessment of the academic advisement system; (2) develops goals, initiatives, and recommendations to strengthen the academic advisement system and increase student retention; and (3) makes recommendations to the University Senate, the Director of the Academic Advisement Center, and the Dean of Continuing Education regarding academic advising. The Committee has nine members: Two full-time Instructional Faculty from A&S; two full-time Instructional Faculty from ED&PS; two full-time Administrative Faculty; one student appointed by the Student Senate; the Director of the Academic Advisement Center (or designee, non-voting); the Dean of Continuing Education (or designee, non-voting). There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

  • Kristen Morgan (A&S PA ’17)
  • Bill Salka (A&S PPG ’16)
  • Emiliano Villanueva (ED&PS BUS ’16)
  • Open Seat (ED&PS ’17)
  • Bill Bisese (ADM ’17)
  • Peter Dane (ADM ’16)
  • TBA (SGA rep)
  • Susan Heyward, Director of the Academic Advising Center or designee (non-voting)
  • Dean of Continuing Education or designee (non-voting)

Support Services Committee (Two year term)

The Support Services Committee facilitates understanding between the University Senate and all support services including Administrative and Fiscal Affairs, University Relations, Institutional Research, Student Affairs, Admission & Enrollment Management, and Records. The Committee serves as a forum for Support Services personnel to present problems, ideas, and recommendations. There are six members: Five Faculty elected by the University Senate and one student elected by the Student Senate. At least one faculty member must be from the Administrative Faculty, and at least one faculty member must be from the Instructional Faculty. The Committee consults with the appropriate Vice President as needed.

  • Sarah Baires (SOC ’17)
  • Meredith James (ENG ’16)
  • Mehdi Khorami (MCS ’17)
  • Lisa Kortfelt (ADMIN ’16)
  • Niki Kunene (BUS ’17)
  • TBA (SGA rep)