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Department Committees

Many of the administrative and policy activities of the Department of Biological Sciences are conducted through committees involving faculty, staff, and students.  The committees have specific purposes with many objectives such as defining and updating the policies and procedures of the department. Each section explains the purpose of the committee and lists the active members.

The department is led by Mike Thomas (Chair) and Janet Loxterman (Assistant Chair).

Undergraduate Education    Graduate Education   |  Research  Space, Equipment, & Safety  |  Planning Committee   Promotion & Evaluation  |    Awards & Recommendations    |  Development & Outreach  |   Ad Hoc

Approved by the Department Chair: 11 August 2018
Terms expire in May of year in parentheses.

Undergraduate Education

The Undergraduate Education Committee makes decisions about undergraduate teaching in the department, interacts with the Undergraduate Curriculum Council, and approves the course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog. Meetings are held every month.

  • Janet Loxterman (chair, 2020)
  • Jennifer Abbruzzese (2020)
  • Devaleena Pradhan (2021)
  • Ian Stewart (2021)
  • Vern Winston (2019)
  • Joyell Bedwell

Graduate Education

The Graduate Education Committee provides oversight of policy, provision and standards for graduate education and research following the policies set out by the Graduate School. They also make decisions about graduate teaching in the department and approve the course descriptions in the Graduate Catalog. Meetings are held every month.

  • Colden Baxter (chair, 2020)
  • Julia Martin (2020)
  • Rebecca Hale (2019)
  • Keith Reinhardt (2018)
  • Kinta Serve (2021)
  • Jackie Coffin
  • BGSA Faculty Advisor

Research Development

The research development committee makes decisions on research strategy and academic training in the department. Meetings are held monthly. 

  • Bruce Finney (co-chair 2020)
  • Kathleen Lohse (co-chair 2019)
  • David Delehanty (2019)
  • Jeff Hill (2019)
  • Yaqi You (2021)
  • Greg Stowell

Space, Equipment, & Safety Committee

The Space, Equipment, & Safety Committee manages departmental space, maintains a current inventory of accessible equipment, identifies institutional resources such as core equipment, and provides information to facilitate safety in the department. Meetings are held weekly.

  • Ken Aho (chair, 2019)
  • Mark Austin (2020)
  • Jack Rose (2019)
  • Erin Miller-Powell
  • Cindy Russell

Promotion & Evaluation

The Promotion & Evaluation Committee makes sure that all appropriate promotion and tenure procedures and policies are followed for; 1) third year review of untenured assistant professors and other faculty performance reviews, 2) evaluation for promotion and tenure, 3) initial appointments with tenure, and 4) promotion to full professor. Meetings are held monthly.

  • Shawn Bearden (2021)
  • Jason Pilarski (2021)
  • Ernest Keeley (2020)
  • Pete Sheridan (2019)
  • Jeff Meldrum (2019)
  • Jackie Coffin

Awards & Recommendations

The Awards & Recommendations Committee designates awards for the Combined Biological Sciences Scholarships and Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Undergraduate, and Graduate Student Awards based on application materials.

  • Ken Aho (chair)
  • Kathleen Lohse

Development & Outreach

The Development & Outreach Committee is composed of several public relations working groups that are responsible for informing the public about departmental activity. The committee is also charged with communicating strategically with other organizations to build mutually beneficial relationships

Coordinator: Curt Anderson (2020)


  • Catherine Black (2020)
  • Jack Shurley (2020)
  • Rhesa Ledbetter (2021)
  • Reiko Scalarone (2020)
  • Shannon Curran (2019)
  • Chuck Peterson (2019)
  • Sunshine Denney
  • Cindy Russell

Seminar, Website, & Social Media

  • Tim Magnuson (2019)
  • Jessica Fultz (2020)
  • Katrina Rhett (2021)
  • Joyell Bedwell

Ad Hoc

Division of Health Sciences (DHS)

  • Devaleena Pradhan
  • Jason Pilarski
  • Jeff Meldrum
  • Shawn Bearden

Planning Committee

The Planning Committee is charged with developing and maintaining a strategic plan for the department in order to provide direction and help our faculty and staff reach their full potential.

  • Baxter
  • Keeley
  • Loxterman
  • Magnuson
  • Martin
  • Rose
  • Serve
  • Thomas
  • Fultz
  • Frank
  • Coffin
  • Dudko