At-Large Committees

At-Large Committee Membership

The following committees elect members in online elections targeting specific constituencies (faculty, administration, etc.). 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 Misconduct Committee (Three year term)

The Academic Misconduct Committee reviews all cases of academic misconduct brought under the University Policy on Academic Misconduct, hears appeals by students accused of academic misconduct, and may impose additional sanctions when requested by the faculty member bringing the claim. The Committee has eight members: Three members of the full-time Instructional Faculty elected at-large, the Dean of Students (or designee), one student elected by the Student Senate, two full-time Instructional Faculty Alternate members who serve in cases where a Committee member is unable to attend a meeting or has brought a misconduct case to the Committee, and the University Judicial Officer (non-voting). In no case shall there be more than one member from any academic department or more than one member from the non-teaching Instructional Faculty (i.e., the Librarians, Counselors, Coaches, and Athletic Trainers). There must be at least one regular Committee member from A&S and one regular member from ED&PS.

  • Greg DeVito (ATH ’17)
  • Barbara Murdoch (BIO ’17)
  • Emiliano Villanueva (BUS ’18)
  • Walter Diaz (Dean of Students)
  • SGA representative
  • Alternate – Martin Mendoza-Botelho (PPG ’19)
  • Alternate – Nick Parsons (SOC ’18)
  • Angelo Simoni (Director of Judicial Affairs, non-voting)

CSU Professorship Awards Advisory Committee (Three year term)

The CSU Professorship Awards Advisory Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the President of the University in all matters pertaining to the selection of faculty for the title CSU Professor. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) Soliciting nominations for recipients from students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, 2) reviewing such nominations, and 3) submitting advice to the President of the University in accordance with Article 5.6 of the CSU/AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement. The committee may also offer advice for improvement to these operating guidelines provided that such advice does not conflict with Board policy or the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Committee is composed of three full professors and three full professor alternates from among the tenured, full-time Instructional Faculty. There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

  • Catherine Carlson (EES ’18)
  • Okon Hwang (PAD ’18)
  • Nanette Tummers (KPE ’18)
  • Liz Cowles (BIO ’18) – Alternate
  • Jeffrey Trawick-Smith (EDU ’18) – Alternate
  • Theresa Severance (SOC ’19) – Alternate

Diversity and Social Justice Committee (Two year term)

The Diversity and Social Justice Committee will serve in an advisory role to the Associate Vice President of Equity and Diversity (AVPED). The primary purpose of the Diversity and Social Justice Committee is to represent the University community by providing input and advice to the AVPED on equity and diversity policies and their implications, and to assist the AVPED in periodically administering a campus climate survey to maintain data on diversity and inclusion at the University. The Committee will make periodic reports to the University Senate including reports at the beginning and end of each academic year. The Committee has nine members: the seven voting members include 2 AAUP and 1 SUOAF faculty members elected by Senate, and 1 AAUP, 1 SUOAF and 2 other campus union members appointed by the University President; and the two ex-officio members include the Associate Vice President of Equity and Diversity, and the Provost or designee.

  • Theresa Bouley (EDU ’17)
  • Megan Heenehan (MCS ’17)
  • Indira Petoskey (SUOAF ’17)
  • Eunice Matthews (SWK)
  • Cara Bergstrom-Lynch (SOC)
  • SUOAF member appointed by University President
  • Union member 2 appointed by University President
  • Associate Vice President of Equity and Diversity, ex-officio
  • Provost or designee, ex-officio

Faculty Development Committee (Three year term)

The Faculty Development Committee proposes policies to promote faculty development (through the Personnel Policies Committee); conducts ongoing assessments of faculty development activities; provides advice to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs; and reports to the University Senate each semester. The Committee has seven members: Five members from the full-time Instructional Faculty, one member the full-time Administrative Faculty, and one Alternate member from the full-time Instructional Faculty to take the place of a regular member if required. There cannot be more than one member from any academic department or more than one member from the non-teaching Instructional Faculty (i.e., the Librarians, Counselors, Coaches, and Athletic Trainers).

  • Jennifer Brown (ECO ’17)
  • Mehdi Khorami (MCS ’18) – Co-Chair
  • Xing Liu (EDU ’17) – Co-Chair
  • Weiping Liu (BUS ’18)
  • Sandy Rosado (LIB ’18) – Chair
  • Anik Vasington (ADM ’19)
  • Alternate – Jehoon Jeon (COM ’17)

Grade Appeals Committee (Three year term)

When there is an appeal, the Grade Appeals Committee is convened by the Dean of the school where the appeal originated. The Committee reviews grade appeals for all cases not involving claims of Academic Misconduct, as outlined in the Student Handbook. There are four members: the Dean of the school concerned (or designee); one full-time member of the teaching faculty; one student elected by the Student Senate; and one alternate member of the full-time teaching faculty to take the place of the regular member if required.

  • Appropriate Dean (or designee)
  • Megan Heenehan (MCS ’18)
  • Alternate – Wendi Everton (PSY ’18)
  • TBA (SGA representative)

Individualized Major – Advisory Committee (Three year term)

The Individualized Major – Advisory Committee has these purposes: To serve as a source of information about the option/program to faculty and students; to monitor the types of individualized majors being pursued and the progress of students; and to oversee the periodic Academic Program Review required of all departments or programs at ECSU. The Committee consists of eight members: five voting members from the full-time Teaching Faculty (three from A&S and two from the ED&PS), and three non-voting members – the Registrar or designee, ex-officio; the Director of the Advising Center or designee, ex-officio; and the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management or designee, ex-officio. There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

  • Alycia Bright-Holland (A&S PAD ’19)
  • Susan DeRosa (A&S ENG ’17) – Spring 2017
  • Mehdi Khorami (A&S MAT) – Fall 2016
  • Bryan Oakley (A&S EES ’18)
  • Weiping Liu (ED&PS BUS ’18)
  • Susannah Richards (ED&PS EDU ’17)

Information Technology Committee (Two year term)

The Information Technology Committee serves in an advisory role to the Chief Information Officer. The Committee’s primary purpose is to receive updates on technology issues from the CIO and represent the University community by providing input and advice to the CIO on technology policy and its implications. The Committee makes periodic reports to the University Senate throughout the academic year as appropriate, but must report to the University Senate at least twice a year, at the beginning and end of each academic year. The Committee has eight members: Three members from the full-time Instructional Faculty, with at least one member from A&S and at least one member from ED&PS; one member from the full-time Administrative Faculty; two members of the full-time Instructional Faculty appointed by the President of the University; the Director of the Library or designee; and the Chief Information Officer or designee (non-voting). There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

  • Garrett Dancik (MCS ’17)
  • Bruce Johnston (LIB ’17)
  • Denise Matthews (COM ’18)
  • Mike Palumbo (ADM ’17)
  • Presidential appointee
  • Presidential appointee
  • Pat Banach, Director of Library Services or designee
  • CIO or designee (non-voting)

Mediation Committee (Three year term from 9/1 – 8/31)

The Committee shall assist the parties in attempting to affect a resolution in Procedures for Dismissal for Adequate Cause, as outlined in the CSU-AAUP Bargaining Agreement section 16.6.3. The committee shall consist of six members from among the tenured full-time Instructional Faculty. There shall be three regular voting members – at least one member from the School of Education and Professional Studies, and at least one member from the School of Arts and Sciences. There shall be three alternate members to take the place of regular members if required – at least one alternate member from the School of Education and Professional Studies, and at least one alternate member from the School of Arts and Sciences. Members cannot be from the same academic dept. (Members and alternates of the Mediation Committee shall not be members or alternates of the Termination Hearing Committee.)

  • Theresa Severance (SOC 9/1/16 – 8/31/19) – A & S Regular seat
  • Alternate seat open (9/1/16 – 8/31/19) – A & S
  • Nanette Tummers (KPE 9/1/14-8/31/18) – ED & PS Regular seat
  • Theresa Bouley (EDU 9/1/14-8/31/18) – ED & PS Alternate seat
  • Kris Jacobi (LIB 9/1/14 – 8/31/17) – “other” Regular seat – Spring 2017
  • Niti Pandey (BUS) – Fall 2016
  • Kin Chan (A & S WLC – 9/1/14 – 8/31/17) – “other” Alternate seat

Promotion & Tenure Committee (Two year term)

The Committee recommends, relative to Instructional Faculty, Librarians, Counselors, Coaches and Athletic Trainers, promotions and/or tenure, to the University President. The Committee is composed of nine tenured Instructional Faculty, Librarians, Counselors, Coaches, and Athletic Trainers. There are seven regular voting members: Four Full Professors, Librarians, Counselors, Coaches, or Athletic Trainers and three Associate Professors, Librarians, or Counselors. There are also two alternate members to take the place of regular members if required: One Full Professor, Librarian, Counselor, Coach, or Athletic Trainer Alternate, and one Associate Professor, Librarian, or Counselor Alternate. Specific restrictions are on membership are set forth in bylaws.

  • Full Professors
    • Drew Hyatt (EES ’17)
    • Nicole Krassas (PPG ’17)
    • Rita Malenczyk (ENG ’18)
    • Diana Pepin (ATH ’17)
    • Alternate Full – Christian Yankov (MAT ’18)
  • Associate Professors
    • J.J. Cobb (PA ’17)
    • Kristalyn Salters-Pedneault (PSY ’18)
    • seat is open (’18)
    • Alternate Associate – seat is open (’18)

Research Reassigned Time Committee (Two year term)

The Research Reassigned Time Committee reviews applications of Instructional Faculty for Reassigned Time for Research and recommends candidates to the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Dean of Education and Professional Studies. The Committee meets each spring semester to review applicants and make recommendations to the Dean and each fall semester to review the policy for awarding research release time and makes recommendations to the Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding possible changes to that policy. The Committee is composed of nine members of the Instructional Faculty, with eight regular voting members: Four from A&S and four from ED&PS. There is one alternate member to take the place of regular member if required.

  • Arts & Sciences
    • Caitlin Carenen (HIS ’17)
    • Okon Hwang (PAD ’18)
    • Patty Szczys (BIO ’17)
    • Jordan Youngblood (ENG ’18)
    • Alternate – Jenna Scisco (PSY ’17)
  • Education and Professional Studies
    • Amy Bataille (KPE ’17)
    • Xing Liu (EDU ’18)
    • Fatma Pakdil (BUS ’18)
    • seat is open (’17)

Sabbatic Leave Committee (Three year term)

The Committee reviews requests of Instructional Faculty eligible for sabbatic leave and recommends candidates to the University President. The Committee is composed of eight members from among the full-time Instructional Faculty, seven of whom are regular voting members, with one alternate member to take the place of a regular member if required. There may not be more than one member from any academic department or more than one member from the non-teaching Instructional Faculty (i.e., the Librarians, Counselors, Coaches, and Athletic Trainers).

  • Michèle Boškovic (WLC ’19)
  • Robert Collins (PHY ’19)
  • Kim Dugan (SOC ’19)
  • Amy Groth (BIO ’17)
  • Drew Hyatt (EES ’18)
  • Sandy Rosado (LIB ’18)
  • Jeffrey Trawick-Smith (EDU ’17)
  • Alternate – Kenneth McNeil (ENG ’17)

Termination Hearing Committee (3 year term)

The Termination Hearing Committee fulfills all responsibilities designated in the CSU-AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement regarding procedures for dismissal. The Committee consists of six members from among the tenured full-time Instructional Faculty. There are five regular voting members, with at least two members from ED&PS and at least two members from A&S.There is also one alternate member to take the place of a regular member if required. There may not be more than one member from any academic department. Members and alternates of the Termination Hearing Committee shall not be members or alternates of the Mediation Committee.

  • Arts & Sciences
    • Catherine Carlson (EES ’18)
    • David Belles (PA ’19)
    • Alternate – Darrell Koza (PHY ’17)
  • Education and Professional Studies
    • Andrew Utterback (COM ’19)
    • Branko Cavarkapa (BUS ’18)
  • Either or Non-Teaching
    • Kim Dugan (SOC ’19)

University Writing Board (Three year term)

The University Writing Board works with the Academic Affairs Committee and the University’s Transfer Articulation Officer to establish a sequence of University Writing Competence Requirements, and with the Curriculum Committee to establish criteria for courses to meet those requirements. The Board also works with the Office of Academic Affairs to solve staffing and funding problems for the examinations and courses. Every five years, the Board works with the Academic Program Review Committee to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. The Board advises the Director of the Writing Program in the administration of established requirements and oversight of the placement and competency examinations. The Board makes appropriate recommendations to the Director and, where special circumstances exist, hears appeals. The committee consists of six voting members – three from the School of Arts and Sciences: one from the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (Biology, Environmental Earth Science, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science); one from Humanities (Art and Art History, Performing Arts, English, World Languages and Cultures, and Philosophy); and one from Social Sciences (History, Political Science, Geography, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology). Two members shall be from different departments within the School of Education and Professional Studies; the Writing Director, who shall serve as ex-officio member.

  • Pete Johnson (Natural Sciences/Math MCS ’18)
  • Timothy Cochran (Humanities PAD ’19)
  • Courtney Broscious (Social Sciences PPG ’19)
  • Mark Febrizi (ED&PS EDU ’17)
  • seat is open (ED&PS ’19)
  • Rita Malenczyk – Director of the Writing Program

Other At-Large Elected Positions

At-Large Senators (Two year term)

Four faculty members are elected at large from the entire Instructional and Administrative Faculty of the University.

  • Margaret Letterman (PSY ’18)
  • Rita Malenczyk (ENG ’17)
  • Catherine Carlson (EES ’17)
  • Elena Tapia (ENG ’18)

At-Large Alternate Senators (Two year term)

  • Steve Ferruci (ENG ’18, except Fall 2016)
  • Emiliano Villanueva (BUS ’18)
  • Empty
  • Empty

At-Large Representative Serving on the Curriculum Committee (Two year term)

  • Emily Riggs (PA ’17)

At-Large Elected Positions on Administration Committees

Excellence Awards Committee (Two year term)

  • Sukeshini Grandhi (BUS ’18)
  • Anita Lee (KPE ’18)
  • Janice Wilson (LIB ’18)
  • George Whiting (ADMIN ’18)
  • seat is open (ADMIN ’18)

Honorary Degree Committee (Three year term)

  • Thomas Balcerski (HIS ’19)
  • Sukeshini Grandhi (BUS ’19)
  • Jenna Scisco (PSY ’19)

At-Large Elected Positions on System-wide Committees

Design Review Committee (Two year term)

The Design Review Committee was set up under the Board of Trustees. The purpose is to ensure continuity in design across the campus. The campus has design guidelines for the spaces between the buildings and the exterior of the buildings – this group reviews landscape plans and building site plans to verify that the design is either within the design guidelines or that the committee wants to allow a change based on this design. They make a recommendation that is taken to the University President by the Design Review Committee Chair, Renee Keech. This does not involve review of the interior aspaces of the buildings. Meetings are monthly as needed; Senate recommends, then University President appoints 2 Instructional Faculty and 2 Administrative Faculty.

  • Anne Dawson (ART ’18)
  • James Diller (PSY ’18)
  • Chris Dorsey (ADM ’18)
  • Roxanne Deojay (ADM ’17)

Teaching Faculty Representative to the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) to the Board of Regents (BOR) (Two year term)

See Public Act No. 12-7.

  • William Lugo (SOC – 1/1/16-12/31/17)

Board of Regents Faculty Technology Advisory Committee (Two year term)

The Faculty Technology Advisory Committee offers a forum for identifying system-wide needs, including administrative and academic, that can be enabled by technology solutions. Members of the committee serve as the sounding board for constituents and bring concerns and issues to the attention of the Chief Information Officer of ConnSCU. Members of the committee also make recommendations tot he Information Technology Policy Committee on technology policies, procedures, and standards. The committee is chaired by the BOR CIO, and will convene once per semester or as needed.

  • Robert Collins (PHY ’18)
  • Alternate – seat is open (’18)

Board of Regents Information Technology Policy Committee (Two year term)

The Information Technology Policy Committee (ITPC) is the primary body to advise the Board of Regents on policy regarding computers, communication networks, security, and other aspects of Information Technology at Connecticut State Colleges and Universitites. The committee is chaired by the BOR CIO, and will convene as needed.

  • Elena Tapia (ENG ’17)
  • Alternate seat is open (’17)

Board of Regents TAP Implementation & Review Committee (Two year term)

The TAP Framework Implementation and Review Committee has primary responsibility to oversee the general education portion of transfer associate’s degrees created under TAP, to monitor how the TAP Framework is integrated into pathways, to review learning outcomes assessment data about general education outcomes provided by campuses, and to make advisory recommendations for adjustments to the TAP Framework. The Committee determines if the general education portion of TAP pathways constructed by Work Groups is consistent with the TAP Framework; other recommendations from the committee are advisory and do not bind campuses or disciplines. Membership includes 17 faculty members, one elected representative from each ConnSCU institution. The Committee is expected to meet monthly, except in June, July and August.

  • Gail Gelburd (ART 9/1/16-8/31/18)