Committees

Stark Campus Faculty Committees 

Membership on most committees for the academic year are determined in early fall. Committees marked with an asterisk are spring semester committees. Faculty indicate their committee preferences using an online form at the end of August. Faculty have an additional opportunity at the end of the fall semester to renew their preferences for the spring committees.

Faculty Council Cabinet, with advice from the deans, nominate individuals for committee membership, which is then submitted for approval to Faculty Council at the September and January meeting. Except for the Technology Committee, all chairs of Committees of Council are required to be members of Faculty Council. 

Membership on all committees is open to all faculty.


Committees of Council

Term: September 2019 - August 2020

  • Committee I: Professional Activities Advisory Committee (PAAC)
    Advises the dean on matters such as faculty travel approval requests, sabbaticals, load lifts and grants. This committee is chaired by the Vice-Chair and includes five faculty members.
    Members: Bathi Kasturiarachi (chair), Jim Seelye, Brian Chopko, Lori Wilfong, Michelle Bagwell
  • Committee II
    Serves Council for the numerous general tasks requiring short-term attention.
    Members: Stephen Neaderhiser (chair), Brian Betz, Greg Smith, Leslie Heaphy, Claudia Gomez
  • Faculty Colloquium Committee
    Plans faculty colloquia and other faculty seminar series.
    Members: Ran Li (chair), Daniel Castaneda, Alan Chu
  • Handbook Committee
    Proposes timely revisions to the Stark Campus Faculty Handbook in response to changes in university and campus policies and procedures.
    Members: Relja Vulanovic (chair), Ian Anderson, Brad Shepherd, Greg Blundell
  • Social Committee
    Plans various social events, e.g., holiday and spring dinners. This committee is chaired by the Council Treasurer.
    Members: Leslie Heaphy (chair), Bei Cai, Partha Rajagopal, Lee Fox, Amy Damrow
  • Technology Committee
    Evaluates and advocates for the appropriate uses of instructional technology at Kent State Stark.
    Members: Patrick Dillon (chair), Sebastian Birch, Younghan Chae

Stark Campus Dean's Committees

  • Academic Planning Committee
    Term: September 2019 - August 2020
    Plans the campus theme and advises the dean on curricular and programmatic development. This committee has a representative from each faculty constituency group.
    Members: Bathi Kasturiarachi (chair), Leslie Heaphy, Erin Hollenbaugh, Jayne Moneysmith, Angela Guercio, Loretta Aller
  • Campus Activities Budget Committee
    Term: September 2019 - August 2020
    Plans the budget for campus activities.
    Members: Matthew Hollstein (chair), Lee Fox, Keith Lloyd, Chih-ling Liou, La Tarsha Miller
  • AURCO Representative
    Term: September 2019 - August 2020
    One year appointment to represent our campus to the Association of University Regional Campuses of Ohio.
    Representative: Eric Taylor
  • Black History Committee*
    Develops, organizes and implements all Black History Month (February) events.
    2019 Members: Robert Hamilton (chair), Chris Post, Robin Shura
    2020 Members: Robin Shura (chair), Robert Hamilton, Paula Sato
  • Distinguished Teaching Award Committee*
    Seeks out and selects recipients for the Kent State Stark Distinguished Teaching Award (full-time faculty) and the Award of Recognition (part-time faculty). Please note that members of this committee are not eligible for the award.
    2019-20 Members: Mason Shuman (chair), Mark Nowakowski, Julie Cremeans-Smith, John Lovell, Deepraj Mukherjee, Lisa Waite
  • Diversity Committee*
    Enhances diversity on campus.
    2019 Members: Patrick Dillon (chair), Katrina Bloch, Alan Chu, Robert Hamilton, Andrea Myers
    2020 Members: Jay Sloan (chair), Andrea Myers, Robin Shura, Katrina Bloch
  • LGBT Faculty Committee*
    Promotes educational events to raise awareness of LGBT issues at Kent State Stark and to support faculty in the development of the LGBT minor on campus.
    2019 Members: Katrina Bloch (chair), Ted Guedel, Jay Sloan
    2020 Members: Katrina Bloch (chair), P. Bagavandoss, Jay Sloan
  • Student Complaint Committee*
    Receives and reviews information from all parties involved in a student complaint. The committee then identifies possible solutions and makes recommendations to the campus dean.
    2019 Members: Joel Carbonell, Cherie Mountain, Brenda Smith
    2020 Members: Rob Kairis (chair), Joel Carbonell, Mary Rooks, Anne Haas, Haithem Zourrig (alt)
  • Student Research Travel Committee
    Term: September 2019 - August 2020
    Allocates money to students who will be presenting conference papers. Needs three faculty members.
    Members: Leslie Heaphy (chair), Haithem Zourrig, Paul Andaloro
  • Student Scholarship Committee
    Term: September 2019 - August 2020
    Selects recipients for scholarships available from Kent State Stark foundation accounts.
    Members: Andrea Dale (chair; Financial Aid), Andy Burns, Scott Tobias, Urmila Pal Chaudhuri
  • Undergraduate Research Assistantship Committee
    Term: September 2019 - August 2020
    Reviews applications from students and faculty, matching students with appropriate faculty research projects.
    Members: Deb Shelestak (chair), Ralph Menning, Paul Sommer, Gro Hovhannisyan, Melissa Bauer
  • Women’s History Committee*
    Plans, organizes and publicizes events for the celebration of Women’s History Month (March).
    2019 Members: Andrea Myers (chair), Marty Daniels, Alicia Pieper
    2020 Members: Andrea Myers (chair), Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Dee Warren, John Alexopoulos, Alicia Pieper
  • Ad Hoc Faculty Budget Committee
    Members: La Tarsha Miller (chair), Ralph Menning, Oliver Ruff, Carrie Schweitzer, Greg Blundell