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University Committees

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Function: Promotes communication, training, and the assessment of advising to foster quality student service experiences across campus. Members review and discuss policies and procedures to develop resolutions to increase student success, retention, and graduation.

Membership: General membership shall consist of representatives from the following UAFS units:

  • Professional Advisors (PA) include all college advisors and first-year advisors 
  • Two Faculty Advisors (FA) appointed by the college’s leadership 
  • Director of Adult Degree Completion Program
  • ADA Coordinator, Director of Academic Programs Support, Registrar, Associate Registrar (Graduation/Degree Completion), Executive Director of Student Retention, APSSR, Associate Provost, Student Support Services Representative(s), and Academic Success Center Representative(s), and Student Workday Implementation Representative.

Executive Council membership shall consist of representatives from the following UAFS units:

  • 1 Professional Advisor and 1 Faculty Advisor from each college which will be appointed by the college’s leadership
  • Director of the ROAR First-Year Advising Center and 1 Professional Advisor from the center • Director of the Adult Degree Completion Program
  • Assistant Provost of Student Success and Retention
  • Secretary, if not a voting member

Co-Chair: Julie Mosley, director of R.O.A.R. First-Year Academic Advising Center

Co-Chair: Amber Bergthold, advising coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences

Members: TBD

Function: Reviews any appeals to a student's academic standing as it relates to academic suspension and dismissal. Students provide their appeals in writing with supporting documentation. The committee has an opportunity to review those appeals prior to meeting for discussion.

Membership: Faculty and staff appointed by the vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and the provost.

Chair: Julie Mosley, director of R.O.A.R. First-Year Academic Advising Center

Members:

Tina Root            Sherry Burnett
Monica Riley   TBD
TBD    

Function: Strives to engage alumni and strengthen participation for the roughly 45,000 living UAFS, Westark, and Fort Smith Junior College alumni.

Membership: Alumni selected by a nominating committee

Chair: Stephanie London '06

Members:

Rham Cunningham '01            Mike Daniels '77
Sharon Daniels '78            Brenda Frederiksen '89
Jerry Frederiksen '84            Jerry Glidewell '91
Taylor Goodson '15            Stacey Jones '71
Tony Jones '16            Jennifer Kelly '91, '98, '15
Sarah May '17            Hannah Osborne '08
John Sturrock '15             

Function: A faculty-led, student-learning committee. Coordinates assessment activities for the entire campus for the purpose of continuous improvement in learning. Quality of learning at UAFS is assessed through two primary sets of learning outcomes: one specific to each academic program and one  that targets general education competencies . Measures include such approaches as portfolios, practical demonstrations, projects, presentations, comprehensive examinations, embedded exam items, class assignments, labs, and case studies.

Membership: Faculty liaisons from each college.

Co-Chair: Lisa-Marie Norris, director of Academic Assessment and Accountability
Co-Chair: Shelli Henehan, professor / coordinator of assessment / director of early childhood education

Members:

Derek Goodson            Ahmad Rahal
CBI Representative (TBD)            Eric Baker
Daniel Maher            Chris Knubley
CAS Representative (TBD)            Brandy Weidman
Lisa Bailey            Jason Byrd
Faculty Senate Representative (TBD)   Curriculum Committee Representative (TBD)

Function: Evaluates, reviews, and updates each other on the eligibility rules and regulations of the NCAA DII bylaws to insure every student-athlete is recognized by the institution's system as an athlete for monitoring and certification procedures.

Membership

Chair: Tommye Robinson, assistant athletic director for compliance / senior women's administrator

Members:

Becky Mroczek            Julie Mosley
Jenny Jones            Wayne Womack
Karen Jeffers            Shanna Turney
Blake Bedsole             

 

Function: Advises, educates, and advocates for an inclusive athletic community that values other cultures, feelings, and history in a non-assimilating way that builds community through common goals.

Membership: Volunteers from the UAFS Athletic Department, faculty, staff, student-athletes, and community leaders.

Co- Chair: Wesley Hooks, director of campus center
Co-Chair: Tommye Robinson, assistant athletic director for compliance / senior women's administrator

Members:

Becky Mroczek            SAAC Member
Nicolas Pattillo            SAAC Member
Crystal Lougin            Mason Rhoades
Curtis Janz             

 

Function: Reviews university revenues and brings a recommended and balanced budget for consideration and approval by the university chancellor. Subcommittees recommend ways to increase revenues, decrease expenses, increase efficiencies, and/or improve communication. Subcommittees have been formed using input received from faculty, staff, and students through an anonymous survey instrument sent to all employees and students.

Membership: Chancellor's Cabinet, budget director, Deans Council, one representative of Student Government Association, one representative of Faculty Senate, and one representative of University Staff Council

Chair: Carey Tucker, vice chancellor for finance and administration

Members:

Terisa Riley            Jennifer King
Shadow Robinson           

Lee Krehbiel

Blake Rickman          

Ken Warden

Chris Kelly  

Ellen Binford

Chuck Ramseyer  

Margaret Tanner

Blake Johnson  

Latisha Settlage

Paul Hankins  

Dean Cantu

Dave Stevens  

Andrew Martinez

Jennifer Holland  

Ca Nguyen

Cheryl Holden  

Nick Huisman

 

Function: Reviews and discusses the behavior of students who may be a threat to themselves or the campus community. Seeks to have positive interventions and interactions with these students and manage any situations that may pose a threat to the individual or the campus community.

Membership: Faculty and staff from different service areas across campus.

Chair: Dave Stevens, dean of students

Members:

Joe England            Curtis Janz
Nicolas Pattillo            Karen Martindale-Orite
Amy Keener            Meighan Pendergrass
Tiffany Johnson            Dana Andreassen
Ray Ottman   Jennifer Holland
Lynette Thrower   Kim Hurst

Function: Plans, reviews, revises, and executes the university's commencement ceremonies for both fall and spring semesters.

Membership: Staff members directly involved in the planning of commencement ceremonies

Chair: Wayne Womack, registrar

Members:

Shadow Robinson

          

Lee Krehbiel
Sherry Burnett            Ashley Goodson
Chastadee Bailey            Wesley Hooks
Stacey Jones            Ray Ottman
Finn Waters    

 

Function: Advances the educational mission of the university and addresses issues of concern related to academic programs, including adding and sunsetting programs, program delivery, Program review, quality of programs, and advising. Also provides a conduit for discussion of issues within the colleges to ensure uniformity in implementing university policies and procedures.

Membership: Associate provost and academic deans

Chair: Shadow Robinson, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs

Members:

Latisha Settlage

 

Paul Hankins
Dean Cantu            Margaret Tanner
Blake Johnson      

 

Faculty Council: Voting members of the Faculty Council are those full-time employees of the university with teaching included as 50 percent or more of their appointment and professional librarians.

Faculty Senate: The Faculty Senate and its constituent committees serve as the faculty voice of the university. The Faculty Senate is elected by and from voting members of the Faculty Council. A faculty member becomes eligible to serve on the Senate after being a voting member of the Faculty Council for two years.

Chair: Janet Renwick, professor of computer and information sciences

Members:

Virginia Hardgraves            Shelli Henehan
Kristin Tardif           

David McClellan

Becky Mroczek           

Janine Chitty

 

Function: Insures the development of basic policies for graduate education at UAFS and the facilitation, improvement, and evaluation of graduate programs throughout the university.

Membership: Composed with the director of Graduate Studies as chair. Voting faculty members shall be appointed by the UAFS provost, in consultation with the deans, for a term of two years with one-half of the council changing each year.

Chair: Margaret Tanner, director of Graduate Studies

Members:

Micki Voelkel            Debbie Koch
Laura Witherington            James Benjamin
Ahmad Rahal            Jim Wollscheid
Monica Riley           

 

Function: Reviews the grant writing process to ensure that faculty and staff who wish to apply for a grant has an easy-to-understand process that guides them from researching the grant to submitting it.

Membership: Faculty, staff, vice chancellors, and other senior leaders.

Chair: Shadow Robinson, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs

Members:

Paulette Meikle            Paul Hankins
Monica Riley            Blake Rickman
Christy Williams            Cammie Sublette
             Linda Word

Function: Devises policies, provides guidance, assesses the security of network infrastructure, and reviews pertinent operating procedures and response plans; develops, implements, and maintains a comprehensive information security program that includes a risk-based framework for identifying and managing threats, establishing security standards, responding to incidents, restoring impaired services, and assessing progress towards program goals.

Membership: Director of Information Technology Services; manager of ITS infrastructure; manager of ITS customer support; ITS security analyst; registrar; chief of police; human resource representative; faculty representative.

Chair: Terry Meadows, director of Information Technology Services

Members:

Cheryl Davis            Mike Ming
Michael Madzar            Wayne Womack
John Hightower            Ray Ottman
Brittany Slamons    

 

Function: Advances the educational mission of the university and addresses issues of concern related to academic programs including adding and sunsetting programs, program delivery, program review, quality of programs, and advising. Also provides a conduit for discussion of issues within the colleges to ensure uniformity in implementing university policies and procedures.

Membership: Vice chancellors and other direct reports of the chancellor

Chair: Terisa Riley, chancellor

Members:

Shadow Robinson            Lee Krehbiel
Blake Rickman           

Jennifer King

Carey Tucker           

Ken Warden

            

Chris Kelly, ex officio

 

Function: USC facilitates participation in university governance, thus fostering staff development and commitment to university goals, and operates in an official capacity with authority delegated by the chancellor. 

Chair: Jennifer Holland, executive director of student retention

Members:

Meighan Pendergrass, chair elect            Jasmine Smith, past chair
Lynette Thrower, secretary                     

Kimberly Taylor

Kristen Merritt Beck                     

Amanda Seidenzahl

Emily Forshee                     

Derek Hill

Helen Seibold           

Alina Storm

Danielle Ritch           

Rachel Putman

Katie Beineke           

Ashley Goodson

 

Function: Oversees implementation of the Strategic Enrollment Plan and periodic re-formulation.

Membership: UAFS faculty and staff 

Chair: Lee Krehbiel, vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Members:

Chris Kelly            Curtis Janz
Wayne Womack            Ken Warden
Dave Stevens            Monica Riley
Jennifer Holland            Karen Jeffers
Margaret Tanner            Andrea McCaleb
Meagan Bowling-Fudge            Nicolas Pattillo
Dennis Siler            Terry Meadows
Tina Root            Blake Bedsole
Brittany Slamons            Dejon Jordan
Blake Johnson    

Function: Plans, implements, and oversees all activities related to technology in the support of effective student learning and teaching. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating, refining and implementing the Blackboard Learning System (BLS) training and certification of faculty.
  • Aiding in the transition to and implementation of new and improved technology products on our campus and serve as champions and/or models for how the new products can best be used.
  • Adopting a set of best practices for all UAFS BLS courses to ensure established quality practices for online and distance learning are shared and used in development of courses.
  • Providing and maintaining a rubric based on the aforementioned best practices for evaluation of the quality of courses to be used within each college to assure ongoing success of existing and new courses.
  • Evaluating new technologies that enhance student learning and effective instruction and providing recommendations to appropriate faculty, deans, and/or support personnel.
  • Exploring strategies related to technology requested by faculty that support teaching and learning.
  • Providing or assisting in the planning for specialized workshops to showcase technology tools to be used in the classroom.
  • Preparing an annual report of activities of the TSI committee for the provost/senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and/or the associate provost.

Membership: Two members from each college to serve three-year terms with one-third of the members being selected each year. (Initial terms will range from one to three years and will be determined by the Office of the Provost). Terms will end in the spring semester. Key staff members in information systems and information technology are also included.

Chair: Tara Mishra, director of Instructional Support

Members:

Justina Buck            Matt McCoy
Virginia Hardgraves            Chizuko Iwaki
Clint Brooks            Sky Zhang
Michael Ming            Pam Fout
Margaret Tanner            Becky Mroczek

 

Function: Reviews each faculty promotion portfolio to determine whether the process for attaining a promotion to senior instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor has been followed. If there is not unanimous agreement on the promotion from the college, members will review the portfolio to ascertain whether the faculty member meets promotion guidelines.

Membership: Representatives from each college.

Chair: TBD

Members:
Virginia Hardgraves
Shelli Henehan
Kristin Tardif
David McClellan
Becky Mroczek
Janine Chitty
TBD by Provost
TBD by Provost

Function: Oversees the creation and implementation of the UAFS Strategic Plan for 2023-2028.

Membership: UAFS faculty and staff 

Chair: Carey Tucker, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration

Members:
Shadow Robinson
Margaret Tanner
Jennifer King
Blake Bedsole
Blake Johnson
Jason Byrd
Lisa Norris
Maurice Testa
Blake Rickman
Meighan Pendergrass
Jade Ulmer
Jim Beard
Kendall Ross
Curtis Janz
Jack Jackson
Lisa Bailey
Brett Arrington

For updates or additions, please contact the Office of the Chancellor at 479-788-7007 or email Jennifer.King@uafs.edu.