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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), Janet Loxterman (Assistant Chair), and Shawn Bearden (Assistant Chair).

Undergraduate Education    Graduate Education   |  Research  Space, Equipment, & Safety 

Planning Committee  |  Promotion & Evaluation  |  Development & Outreach  |   Ad Hoc

 

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)
  • Barbara Frank (2019)
  • Carolyn Bunde (2018)
  • Jeff Meldrum (2018)
  • Gene Scalarone (2018)
  • Vern Winston (2018)
  • Pam Christensen

 

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)
  • Janet Loxterman
  • Noreen King

 

Research Development


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

  • David Delehanty (chair, 2019)
  • Bruce Finney (2020)
  • Jeff Hill (2019)
  • Kathleen Lohse (2019)
  • Jason Pilarski (2018)
  • Shawn Bearden
  • 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.

  • Jim Groome (chair, 2018)
  • Mark Austin (2020)
  • Ken Aho (2019)
  • Shawn Bearden
  • Emily Baergen
  • David Barber

 

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. Meetings are held monthly.

  • Shawn Bearden (chair)
  • Janet Loxterman
  • Colden Baxter
  • Dave Delehanty
  • James Groome
  • Rosemary Smith

 

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.

  • Rosemary Smith (chair, 2018)
  • Ernest Keeley (2020)
  • Pete Sheridan (2019)
  • Catherine Black (2019)
  • Ken Rodnick (2018)
  • Mike Thomas

 

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: Mike Thomas (2018)

Outreach

  • Curt Anderson (2020)
  • Katrina Rhett (2020)
  • Jack Shurley (2020)
  • Jessica Fultz (2020)
  • Shannon Curran (2019)
  • Chuck Peterson (2019)
  • Antonio Castro (2018)
  • Sunshine Denney
  • Cindy Russell

Seminar, Website, & Social Media

  • Keith Reinhardt (2018)
  • Tim Magnuson (2019)
  • Jessica Fultz (2020)
  • Pam Christensen
  • Sacha Johnson

External Advisory (EAC)

  • Jack Rose (chair, 2019)
  • Gene Scalarone (2018)
  • Rick Williams (2018)

 

Ad Hoc


Division of Health Sciences (DHS)

  • Curt Anderson (2020)
  • Jason Pilarski (2020)
  • Shannon Curran (2019)
  • Jeff Meldrum (2018)

Cell Search Committee

  • Shawn Bearden (chair)
  • Kathleen Lohse
  • Jason Pilarski
  • Tim Magnuson

Physiology Search Committee

  • Shawn Bearden (chair)
  • Rebecca Hale
  • Jeff Meldrum
  • Jack Rose

Microbiology Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee

  • Shawn Bearden (co-chair)
  • Ken Aho (co-chair)
  • James Groome
  • Vern Winston
  • Caryn Evilia

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