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Standing Committees

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.

  • 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, or their designee (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.

    • James Diller (PSY '22) Chair 
    • Josh Idjadi (A&S BIO ’21) Co-Chair 
    • Kim Dugan (A&S SOC ’22)
    • Greg Kane (ED&PS KPE ’21)
    • Andrew Utterback (COM '22)
    • Chris Drewry (ADM ’21)
    • Angela Walker (LIB, Coaches, Counselors  or Trainers ’21)
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
    • Vice President, Academic Affairs or designee (non-voting)
    • Jennifer C. Huoppi, University Registrar (non-voting)
  • The Academic Program Review Committee oversees the assessment process for all academic programs; notifies programs that are due for self-assessment, external review and goal statement; checks and comments on the completion of self-assessment reports; review and recommend the nominated external reviewers who will also review and comment on the program and its self-assessment 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.

    • Alycia Bright-Holland (PAD ’22) Co-Chair
    • Travis Houldcroft (ADM ’22) Co-Chair
    • MD Nasid Anjum (CSC '23)
    • Maeve Doyle (ART '23)
    • Vijaykumar Veerappan (BIO '23)
    • Susan DeRosa (ENG ’21)
  • 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.

    • Steve Muchiri (ECO ’21) Co-Chair 
    • Julia DeLapp (ADM - Center for Early Childhood Education '22) Co-Chair 
    • Angela Walker (LIB ’21)
    • Christopher Dorsey (ADM ’21)
    • Lori Runksmeier (Athletics '22)
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
    • Vice President, Finance & Administration or designee (non-voting member)
  • 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, KPE, ECO and Business; one from Humanities (Art, PAD, Phil, Eng, WLC); one from Natural Sciences/Math (Bio, EES, KPE, Math/CS); one from Social Sciences (His, Geo, Poli Sci, Psych, Soc, Ant, Crim & Soc Work); one from Support Services (Lib, Counseling, Athletics, Academic Affairs, Student 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 on membership are set forth in bylaws, with the exception of the at-large seat.

    • Maryanne Clifford (ED&PS ECO ’22) Co-Chair 
    • Meredith James (At-Large ’21) Co-Chair 
    • Maeve Doyle (ART '22)
    • Kim Ward (Natural Sciences/Math MAT ’21)
    • Scott Moore (Social Sciences HIS ’21)
    • David Stoloff (ED&PS EDU ’21)
    • Damali Abbensetts (Support Services ’21)
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
    • Jennifer C. Huoppi, University Registrar (non-voting)
  • 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.

    • Peter Bachiochi (PSY ’22) Co-Chair
    • Janice Patry (ADM ’23) Co-Chair
    • Christine Garcia (ENG '23)
    • Bryan Oakley (EES '23)
    • Courtney Broscious (PPG ’22)
    • Christopher Dorsey (ADM ’22)
    • LAPC representative
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
    • Director of First Year Program (non-voting)
    • Director of Academic Success Center or designee (non-voting)
    • Vice President for Student Affairs or designee (non-voting)
  • 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, Economics, or KPE; 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 on membership are set forth in bylaws.

    • Brianna Halladay (ED&PS, ECO ’21) Co-Chair 
    • David Vrooman (LIB ’21) Co-Chair 
    • David Pellegrini (Humanities, PAD ’21)
    • Kedan He (Natural Sciences/Math, PHY ’22)
    • Stefan Kamola (Social Sciences ’23)
    • David Stoloff (ED&PS ’23)
    • Michael Downs (ADM ’23)
    • Curriculum Committee representative
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
    • LAC Coordinator Margaret Letterman (non-voting)
    • LAC Assessment Coordinator (non-voting)
    • Cheryl Le Beau provides secretarial assistance
  • 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.

    • Boya Li (A&S Art & Art History ’21) Chair
    • Vijay Veerappan (A&S BIO ’21)
    • Emily Riggs (PA '23)
    • Fatma Pakdil (ED&PS BA ’21)
    • This position is open (ED&PS '23)
    • Yulia Tikhonova (ADMIN '23)
    • Director of the Center for Internships and Career Development
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
    • 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)
  • 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.

    • Jonathan Hulvey (BIO ’21) Co-Chair 
    • Phyllis Lee (PSY ’21) Co-Chair 
    • Brianna Hallady (ECO '23)
    • Indira Petoskey (ADMIN '23)
    • Boya Li (Art & Art History ’21)
    • Phyllis Lee (PSY ’21) Co-Chair 
    • Senate VP/Instructional Faculty ex-officio, voting
    • Senate VP/Administrative Faculty ex-officio, voting
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
  • 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 all employees covered by the CSU-AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement 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 eight members: seven full-time faculty elected by the University Senate and the chief human resources officer (or designee, non-voting): at least two full-time Instructional Faculty from A&S and at least two full-time Instructional Faculty from ED&PS; one full-time Instructional faculty member from Librarians, Counselors, Coaches, or Athletic Trainers; not more than one faculty member can be from the Administrative faculty. Members cannot be from the same academic department.

    • Josh Idjadi (A&S BIO ’21) Chair
    • Kim Ward (A&S MAT ’21) Co-Chair 
    • Fatma Pakdil (M&M '22)
    • Michelle Ferrer (ED&PS KPE ’21)
    • Sandra Rosado (Librarians, Counselors, Coaches, or Athletic Trainers Athletics ’22)
    • Manuel Otero (ENG '22)
    • Nicole Krassas (PPG ’22)
    • Lourdes Ardel, Chief Human Resources Officer or designee (non-voting)
  • 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 and the Director of the Academic Advisement Center regarding academic advising. The Committee has eight 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 Support Services (or designee, non-voting). There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

    • Stefan Kamola (A&S HIS ’21) Chair
    • Brian Day (A&S PA ’22)
    • Laura Rodriguez (ED&PS EDU ’21)
    • Fatma Pakdil (ED&PS M&M ’22)
    • Jessica Ruddy (ADM ’21)
    • Raena Beetham (ADM ’22)
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
    • Director of Academic Success Center or designee (non-voting)
  • 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.

    • Sierra Colon (ADM ’21)
    • Anya Sokolavskaya (PAD ’21)
    • Mehdi Khorami (MAT ’21) 
    • Patrick Vitale (PPG '22)
    • Natalie Clark (ADM ’21)
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative 
  • The purpose of the University Assessment Committee is to ensure that Eastern implements and maintains a systematic assessment of student learning in the major, the liberal arts core curriculum program and outside-the-classroom experiences, with a focus on educational improvement. In addition, this committee shall be the consulting body for which University-wide assessments are approved and/or conducted. There are fourteen members: ten voting members and four non-voting members, as follows. Voting members: Three from A&S; three from ED&PS; two Administrative Faculty; one member from the Librarians, Counselors, and Coaches; one student elected by the Student Senate. Non-voting: The Vice President for Academic Affairs; the University Assessment Coordinator; the Director of Institutional Research; and the Coordinator of the Liberal Arts Program Committee. There cannot be more than one member from the same academic department on the Committee.

    • Niti Pandey (ED&PS BUS ’22) Chair
    • Bryan Connolly (BIO '23)
    • Steve Ferruci (A&S ENG ’22)
    • Bradley Davis (A&S HIS ’21)
    • Nicole Krassas (A&S PPG ’21) 
    • David Stoloff (ED&PS EDU ’23)
    • This seat is open (ED&PS ’23)
    • Bill Bisese (ADM, Division of Student Affairs ’22)
    • Raena Beetham (ADM ’23)
    • David Vrooman (LIB ’22)
    • Student Government Association (SGA) representative