College Committees

Curriculum and Assessment Committee

Duties: Review and make recommendations to the dean on 1) new undergraduate and graduate courses; 2) new undergraduate and graduate programs; 3) changes in departmental major and minor programs; 4) studies and policies relevant to general education requirements; 5) matters relating to grading and academic standards. The chair of this committee serves on the Academic Planning and Assessment Committee.

Composition: Six (6) members, one elected from each department, to serve three-year staggered terms, plus a chair appointed by the dean from the committee membership. Appointments should adhere to the following restrictions:

1) One member from each department

2) No more than two department chairs

3) A chair appointed by the dean from the committee membership for a two-year term.

Janet Wilson, CH, Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology (2019)

Jesse Butler , Philosophy/Religion (2020)

Stephanie Bellar, Political Science (2020)

Glenn Jellenik, English (2019)

Vaugn Scribner, History (2021)

Suzanne Johnston, Languages/Linguistics (2021)


Research Committee

Duties: Review faculty research proposals to be funded by the university and make recommendations to the University Research Council. Also, the chair of this committee serves on the University Research Council.

Composition: Six (6)  members, one elected from each department, to serve three-year staggered terms. Appointments should adhere to the following restrictions:

1) One member from each department

2) No more than two department chairs

3)  A chair appointed by the dean from the committee membership for a two-year term

Clayton Crockett, CH, Philosophy/Religion (2020)

Heather Yates, Political Science (2021)

Stacy Lom, Sociology (2019)

Bi-Ling Chen, English (2021)

Katelyn Knox, Languages/Linguistics (2020)

Vaughn Scribner, History (2020)


Promotion and Tenure Committee

Duties: Receive and evaluate each application for promotion and previous recommendations and make recommendations to the dean. The duties and responsibilities of this committee are further outlined in the May 2006 edition of the UCA Faculty Handbook, page 23.

Composition: Six (6)  members elected to three-year terms; one alternate

1) Only regular, full-time tenured faculty

2 ) One member from each department elected by the faculty of that department. Each  department will also elect an alternate. The alternate will serve should a committee member have a conflict of interest that induces a recusal, be on leave, or apply for promotion

3) No department chairs

4) Chair selected from the committee membership by the dean

John Toth, Sociology (2021)

Jesse Butler, Philosophy/ Religion (2021)

John Passe-Smith, Political Science (2021)

Paige Reynolds, English (2021)

John Parrack, Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures (2020)

Mike Rosenow, History (2021)

 

College of Liberal Arts EDGE Committee

This committee is a standing committee that provides direction and support for the college’s Educating for Diversity and Global Engagement (EDGE) plan.

Duties: Advises the dean on 1) new directions for the EDGE plan; 2) definite ways to expand and develop the EDGE plan; 3) any other matters relating to the development and assessment of the EDGE plan.

Composition: Six (6)  members, one elected from each department, to serve three-year staggered terms.  The chair of this committee is the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts.  Appointments should adhere to the following restrictions:

1 ) One member from each CLA department

2 ) No department chairs

Current Members

Peter J. Mehl, Chair

Sonya Fritz, English (2020)

Zach Smith, History (2021) 

Phillip Spivey, Philosophy/Religion (2021)

Mary Beth Sullivan, Political Science (2021)

Duncan McKinnon, Sociology (2020)

Kristin Okoli, Languages/Linguistics (2020)


Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Advisory Committee

Mission: This committee is a standing committee of faculty committed to the value of general studies.  Although the BGS degree is administrated by the College of Liberal Arts, because the degree includes concentrations in education and health science, the committee includes a member from the College of Education and from the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.

Duties: Review and make recommendations to the Dean on 1) new courses proposed that may be included in the program; 2) any overall changes in the program’s curricular structure; 3) matters relating to assessment of the program.

Composition: Six (6) voting members, one elected for each of the four concentrations in the College of Liberal Arts, to serve three-year staggered terms. The Dean of the College of Education appoints a member from that college. The Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences appoints a member from that college. The chair of this committee (non-voting) is the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, who also directs the program. Department chairs do not serve. Two additional members are ex-officio: One of the CLA Education Counselors, and a representative from the UCA Online program.

 

Current Members

Peter J. Mehl, Chair

Dr. Kimberly Little, History, Social Science Concentration (2019)

Dr. Stephanie Bellar, Political Science, American Studies Concentration (2020)

Dr. Ramon Escamilla, Languages & Linguistics, Humanities Concentration (2019)

Dr. Rifat Akhter, Sociology, Criminology & Anthropology, Global Studies Concentration (2021)

Dr. Anita Sego, College of Health and Behavorial Science (2021)

Dr. Jason Trumble, College of Education (2020)

Ms. Cheryll Theall, CLA Education Counselor

Mr. Michael Judge, UCA Online 

College of Liberal Arts Diversity Committee

Mission:  Promote, facilitate, and report on diversity within the College of Liberal Arts in accordance with the UCA Diversity Mission (https://uca.edu/diversity/).

Duties: Review and advise departmental diversity plans to bring alignment with college and university strategic plan.  Develop and continuously revise college diversity strategic plan in alignment with the university plan.  Assess CLA initiatives for reporting to Institutional Diversity in accordance with ID Strategic Plan Report (https://uca.edu/diversity/files/2016/01/diversity-strategic-plan.pdf).  Assist departments in targeting and networking with university and community partners for diversity outreach–including service learning, study abroad, internships, speakers, and research oriented to the promotion of diversity.   Nominate for Diversity Award.

Composition:  Six (6) members, one elected from each department, to serve three-year staggered terms, plus a chair appointed by the dean from the committee membership.  Appointments should adhere to the following restrictions:

1. One member from each department

2.  No more than two department chairs

3.  A chair appointed by the dean from the committee membership for a two-year term

Taine Duncan, CH, Philosophy/Religion(2021)

Gizachew Tiruneh, Political Science (2021)

Desmond Jones, Sociology, (2020)

Story Matkin-Rawn, History (2020)

Alejandro Gonzalez, Languages/Linguistics (replaces Alana Reid (2019) for fall 2018)

Biling Chen (English (2019)

 Liberal Arts Advocacy Committee

This committee is a standing committee that provides direction and support for efforts to promote the value and relevancy of liberal arts study both within the university and to the wider community and region.
Duties: Advises the Dean on 1) new directions for promoting the liberal arts; 2) definite ways to expand and develop outreach that champions liberal arts study; 3) any other matters relating to the development and assessment of efforts to spread the value of liberal arts education.

Composition: Six (6) members, one elected from each department, to serve three-year staggered terms. The chair of this committee is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Appointments should adhere to the following restrictions:

1) One faculty member from each CLA department.
2) No more than one Chair.
3) Two student members (from two different departments).

 

Clay Arnold, Political Science (2020)

Glenn Jellenik, English (2020)

Sharon Mason, Philosophy/Religion (2019)

Roger Pauly, History (2021)

Jennifer Parrack, Languages/Linguistics (2019)

Sherry Skaggs, Sociology (2021)