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College Committees

The College of Arts and Sciences has established a number of committees to advise the Office of the Dean and encourage collaborative participation among faculty,  staff, and administrators.  Additionally, elected faculty from each CAS academic unit represent the college in the university's Faculty Senate.

APCG members meet monthly and provide advice to the Dean’s Office on a variety of issues related to academic planning for the future as well as curriculum planning, including enhancing interdisciplinarity, new degree programs, and curriculum innovation. This group works with the dean and associate deans to enhance the educational quality of our academic offerings.

Membership consists of one elected faculty member per department and academic program.

  • African-American Studies, Deena Isom-Scott
  • Anthropology, Sherina Feliciano-Santos
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bobby Brame
  • English, Elaine Chun
  • Film and Media Studies, Lauren Steimer
  • Geography, Caroline Nagel
  • Global Studies, Agnes Mueller
  • History, Allison Marsh
  • Linguistics, Anne Bezuidenhout
  • Mathematics, Douglas Meade
  • Philosophy, Justin Weinberg
  • Physics and Astronomy, Brett Altschul
  • Political Science, Katherine Barbieri
  • Religious Studies, Marco Geslani
  • School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment, Lori Ziolkowski
  • School of Visual Art and Design, Simon Tarr
  • Sociology, Jennifer Augustine
  • Southern Studies, Matthew Simmons
  • Statistics, Tracey Gunter
  • Theatre and Dance, Tanya Wideman-Davis
  • Women's and Gender Studies, Emily Mann
  • Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Judith Kalb
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry, Leslie Lovelace
  • Jewish Studies, Saskia Coenen Snyder
  • Biological Sciences, Daniel Speiser

The Dean’s Advisory Group (DAG) consists of tenure-track faculty, professional faculty, and staff across the disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences.  Each member is appointed for a 1-year term and meets every other week with the dean.  DAG works with the dean to advise the Dean on a variety of issues pertinent to the College’s goals. The focus for this year will be on “big ideas” and directions for the CAS over the next five years.

2020-2021 Dean’s Advisory Group
  • Lacy K. Ford, Dean
  • Rebecca Boyd, Staff - SVAD
  • Kate Flory, Professor - Psychology
  • Jennifer Frey, Associate Professor - Philosophy
  • Pat Gehrke, Professor - English
  • Gwen Geidel, Research Professor - SEOE
  • Andrew Graciano, Professor - SVAD
  • Yvonne Ivory, Associate Professor - LLC
  • Susan Lang, Associate Professor - SEOE
  • Leslie Lovelace, Instructor - Chemistry
  • Wayne Outten, Professor - Chemistry
  • Fabienne Poulain, Assistant Professor - Biological Sciences
  • Beth Powell, Staff - Physics and Astronomy
  • Ronda Sanders, Senior Instructor - Statistics
  • Todd Shaw, Associate Professor - Political Science
  • Mark Smith, Professor - History
  • Eric Tappa, Staff - SEOE

The CAS Diversity Committee includes faculty, students and staff representatives from throughout the college's departments and programs. Members focus on recruitment, retention, advancement, engagement, and training.  Please see the Diversity and Inclusion website for a complete list of current members and other ongoing activities.

The Faculty Senate is a governing body established by the Board of Trustees with representative faculty members selected by each college or school. Senators are elected for a three-year term in the spring, with the term beginning with the fall semester.  Every faculty member has the right to attend and address the senate, but only senators may vote.

Aerospace Studies

Sherina Feliciano-Santos

Biological Sciences

  • Sofia Lizarraga
  • Trey Franklin
  • Minglu Xu (new)
  • Kristy Welshhans (new)
  • Joshua Stone (new)

Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Natalia Shustova
  • [Three Senators TBD]

Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Robert Kaminski
  • Hayden Smith

Earth, Ocean and Environment, School of


  • Hannah Rule (expiring 2023)
  • Michael Dowdy (expiring 2023)
  • Ed Madden (expiring - 2023)
  • Anthony Jarrells (expiring - 2023)
  • Rebecca Stern (expiring - 2023)
  • Mark Minett (expiring - 2021)
  • Erik Doxtader (expiring - 2022)


  • Caroline Nagel
  • Zhenlong Li


Languages, Literatures, & Cultures


  • Paula Vasquez
  • George McNulty
  • [Two Senators TBD at 8/25 Faculty Meeting]

Military Science (Army)

Naval Science
Capt. Robert Osterhoudt


  • Kathryn Lindeman
  • George Khushf

Physics & Astronomy

  • Yuriy Pershyn (expiring 2020/2021)
  • Steven Rodney (expiring 2021/2022)
  • [Third Senator TBD] (expiring 2022/2023)

Political Science

  • Robert Oldendick
  • [Second Senator TBD]


  • Doug Wedell (expiring 2022)
  • Amanda Fairchild (expiring 2023)
  • Scott Huebner (expiring 2023)
  • Rutvik Desai (expiring 2022)

Religious Studies
Noah Gardiner

Mathieu Deflem

David Hitchcock

Theatre & Dance

  • Andre Megerdichian
  • Kristy Hall (new)

Visual Art & Design, School of

  • Peter Chametzky
  • Hyunji Kwon
  • Marius Valdes

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