Stark 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 2018 - August 2019

  • 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: Erin Hollenbaugh (chair), Lori Wilfong, Cindy Barb, Jayne Moneysmith, Deepraj Mukherjee
  • Committee II
    Serves Council for the numerous general tasks requiring short-term attention.
    Members: Claudia Gomez (chair), Mary Gallagher, Erin Hollenbaugh, John Lovell, Stephen Neaderhiser
  • Faculty Colloquium Committee
    Plans faculty colloquia and other faculty seminar series.
    Members: Greg Blundell (chair), P. Bagavandoss, Amy Damrow, Anne Haas, Paul Sommer
  • Handbook Committee
    Proposes timely revisions to the Stark Campus Faculty Handbook in response to changes in university and campus policies and procedures.
    Members: Ian Anderson (chair), Loretta Aller, Paula Sato, Brad Shepherd, Relja Vulanovic
  • Social Committee
    Plans various social events, e.g., holiday and spring dinners. This committee is chaired by the Council Treasurer.
    Members: Leslie Heaphy (chair), Younghan Chae, Ann Martinez, Parthasarathy Rajagopal
  • Technology Committee
    Evaluates and advocates for the appropriate uses of instructional technology at Kent State Stark.
    Members: Greg Smith (chair), Clarke Earley, Angela Guercio, Tatjana Hrubik-Vulanovic

Stark Campus Dean's Committees

  • Academic Planning Committee
    Term: September 2018 - August 2019
    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), Bei Cai, Peter Dorff, Kim Garchar, Chrissy Kauth, Rob Sturr
  • Campus Activities Budget Committee
    Term: September 2018 - August 2019
    Plans the budget for campus activities.
    Members: Chih-ling Liou (chair), John Alexopoulos, Sebastian Birch, Jack McWhorter, Mary Rooks
  • AURCO Representative
    Term: September 2018 - August 2019
    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.
    2018 Members: Amy Damrow (chair), Robert Hamilton, Jessica Jones
    2019 Members: Robert Hamilton (chair), Chris Post, Robin Shura
  • 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.
    2018 Members: Matt Lehnert (chair), Lindsay Starkey, Brian Betz, Lisa Waite, Carrie Schweitzer
    2019 Members: TBD
  • Diversity Committee*
    Enhances diversity on campus.
    2018 Members: Chih-ling Liou (chair), Jay Sloan, Amy Damrow, Jennifer Hall, Andrea Myers
    2019 Members: Patrick Dillon (chair), Katrina Bloch, Alan Chu, Robert Hamilton, Andrea Myers
  • 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.
    2018 Members: Jay Sloan (chair), Mason Shuman, Lori Fatchet-McGee
    2019 Members: Katrina Bloch (chair), Ted Guedel, 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.
    2018 Members: Robert Kairis (chair), Kim Garchar, Ran Li, Deepraj Mukherjee, Brian Chopko (alt)
    2019 Members: Joel Carbonell, Cherie Mountain, Brenda Smith
  • Student Research Travel Committee
    Term: September 2018 - August 2019
    Allocates money to students who will be presenting conference papers. Needs three faculty members.
    Members: Leslie Heaphy (chair), Julie Cremeans-Smith, Keith Lloyd
  • Student Scholarship Committee
    Term: September 2018 - August 2019
    Selects recipients for scholarships available from Kent State Stark foundation accounts.
    Members: Andrea Dale (chair; Financial Aid), Melissa Bauer, Victor Berardi, Andrew Burns, Matthew Hollstein, Ran Li, Oliver Ruff
  • Undergraduate Research Assistantship Committee
    Term: September 2018 - August 2019
    Reviews applications from students and faculty, matching students with appropriate faculty research projects.
    Members: Haithem Zourrig (chair), Paul Andaloro, Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Matthew Lehnert, Ralph Menning, Scott Tobias
  • Women’s History Committee*
    Plans, organizes and publicizes events for the celebration of Women’s History Month (March).
    2018 Members: Andrea Myers (chair), Marty Daniels, Brenda Smith, Partha Rajagopal
    2019 Members: Andrea Myers (chair), Marty Daniels, Alicia Pieper
  • Ad Hoc Faculty Budget Committee
    Members: Deepraj Mukherjee, Don Thacker, Mary Gallagher, Chris Post, Erin Vaughn