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The College Executive Committee (CEC) serves an important advisory function to the Dean and Associate Deans on issues critical to the operation of the College, particularly the strategic development of the College. It is one of two standing faculty committees.

The CEC also considers faculty promotion and tenure recommendations, reviews sabbatical applications, and other issues as identified by the College leadership.

The CEC is comprised of six tenured faculty members (three from each division of the College) who are selected following a vote of the faculty in their respective division.

Faculty members are selected to serve on this committee for a term of three years (the terms are staggered in one-year increments) and may serve no more than six consecutive years.

Only one faculty member from any department may serve at any one time.

A member of the Chairs’ Council is appointed by the Dean to serve as an additional ex officio member.

Committee Members

  • Tom Klein, English & Philosophy (Term: 2017-2020)
  • Karen Hartman, Communication, Media & Persuasion (Term: 2018-2021)
  • Tara Young, Theater & Dance (Term: 2016-2019)
  • Shannon Lynch, Psychology (Term: 2018-2021)
  • Mark McBeth, Political Science (Term: 2017-2020)
  • DJ Williams, Sociology, Social Work, & Criminology (Term: 2016-2019)
  • Thom Hasenplfug, Ex-officio Member, Chair of Music (Term: 2018-2021)


The Cultural Events Committee's mission is to bring together University and Idaho communities through rich cultural activities. The Committee sponsors artistic, intellectual, and cultural events that enrich campus and community experiences and that link people of different backgrounds through common interest.

The committee has two grant programs that are used to help sponsor appropriate events.

The Cultural Events Committee logo is available for download.


Committee Members

The following faculty members serve three-year terms on the Cultural Events Committee:

  • Amanda Zink, College of Arts & Letters (English & Philosophy)
  • Mona Xu, College of Arts & Letters (Psychology)
  • Vanessa Ballam, College of Arts & Letters (Theatre & Dance)
  • Kristi Austin (Library)
  • Yan Chen (College of Business)


The College of Arts & Letters has various committees that help the College continue to thrive. Below is a list of the different committees and the faculty members who serve on them.

Faculty Senate

  • Laura Ahola-Young, Art (Term: 2015-2019)
  • James Stoutenborough, Politcal Science (Term: 2018-2021)
  • Amanda Zink, English and Philosophy (Term: 2018-2021)
  • Sonja Launspach, English & Philosophy (Term: 2017-2020)
  • Justin Stover, History (Term: 2016-2019)
  • Jeremy Thomas, Sociology, Social Work, & Criminology (Term: 2017-2020)

Graduate Council

  • Matt Levay, English & Philosophy (Term: 2017-2019)
  • Kevin Marsh, History (Term: 2018-2020)
  • Sonja Launspach, English & Philosophy, Alternate (Term: 2017-2019)
  • Robert Rieske, Psychology, Alternate (Term: 2018-2020)

University Library Committee

  • Erika Kuhlman, History (Term: 2018-2021)
  • David Lawrimore, English & Philosophy (2018-2021)
  • Zac Gershberg, Communication, Media, & Persuasion (Term: 2015-2018)
  • Jeehoon Kim, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology (Term: 2018-2019)

Curriculum Council

  • Deirdre Caputo-Levine, Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology (Term 2018-2021)
  • Carrmen Febles, Global Studies & Languages (Term: 2017-2020)

General Education Requirements Committee (GERC)

  • Jim Skidmore, Philosophy (Term: 2016-2019)
  • Kathleen Kole de Peralta, History (Spring 2019)

Research Council

  • D. Jasun Carr, Communication, Media, & Persuasion (Term: 2017-2020)
  • Katrina Running, Sociology, Social Work, Criminology (Term: 2018-2021)

Academic Standards Committee

  • Brett Wolter, English & Philosophy (Term: 2016-2019)

 Faculty Professional Policies Council

  • Evan Rodriguez (English and Philosophy) will serve as the Fine Arts and Humanities (Term: 2019-2021)
  • Kellee Kirkpatrick (Political Science) will serve as the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Term 2019-2022) 

Academic Standards Committee: Either Division

Samantha Blatt

Margaret Johnson

Jeehoon Kim

Robert Rieske

Curtis Whitaker

Paul Yeates

Cultural Events Committee: (Not from English & Philosophy or Psychology)

Vanessa Ballam

Patrick Brooks

Chris Pickett

Shin Kue Ryu

Jeremy Thomas


Fine Arts & Humanities


College Executive Committee (CEC): (Not English & Philosophy or Communication, Media, and Persuasion)

Vanessa Ballam

Chad Gross

Shandra Helman

Diana Livingston Friedley

Faculty Senate:

Jasun Carr

Sonja Launspach

Amanda Zink

General Education Requirements Committee (GERC):

Jennifer Attebery

Jonathan Fardy 

Paul Yeates

Graduate Council: (1 position, 1 alternate)

Jonathan Fardy

Terry Ownby

Cathleen Tarp


Social and Behavioral Science 


Faculty Senate:

Justin Lee

Jim Stoutenborough

University Library Committee:

Samantha Blatt

Jeehoon Kim

Robert Rieske

Shin Kue Ryu

Joshua Swift