Membership on most committees for the academic year are determined in early fall. Faculty indicate their committee preferences using an online form at the end of August. 

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.


Term: September 2020 - August 2021

  • 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), Cindy Barb, Katrina Bloch, Patrick Dillon, Angela Guercio
  • Committee II
    Serves Council for the numerous general tasks requiring short-term attention.
    Members: Chris Post (chair), Ian Anderson, Daniel Castaneda, Oliver Ruff, Don Thacker, Lori Wilfong
  • Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism Committee
    Works with ideas organically generated by faculty, staff, and students, producing outcomes that will shape a better future for the campus within an umbrella of equity.
    Members: Leslie Heaphy (co-chair), Bathi Kasturiarachi (co-chair), Bei Cai, Robert Hamilton, Ann Martinez, Lester Sanders (administration, Rising Scholars), Sarah Schmidt (administration, global education), Greg Smith, Haithem Zourrig
  • Faculty Colloquium Committee
    Plans faculty colloquia and other faculty seminar series.
    Members: Alan Chu (chair), Amy Damrow, Erin Hollenbaugh
  • Handbook Committee
    Proposes timely revisions to the Stark Campus Faculty Handbook in response to changes in university and campus policies and procedures.
    Members: Brad Shepherd (chair), Greg Blundell, Lucas Engelhardt, Mary Rooks
  • Social Committee
    Plans various social events, e.g., holiday and spring dinners. This committee is chaired by the Council Treasurer.
    Members: Leslie Heaphy (chair), Mary Gallagher, Vaneet Kaur
  • Technology Committee
    Evaluates and advocates for the appropriate uses of instructional technology at Kent State Stark.
    Members: Ian Anderson (chair), Clarke Earley, Ran Li, Stephen Neaderhiser, Relja Vulanovic



  • Academic Planning Committee
    Plans the campus theme and advises the dean on curricular and programmatic development. This committee has a representative from each faculty constituency group.
    Members: Jim Seelye (chair), Loretta Aller, Leslie Heaphy, Matthew Hollstein, Jayne Moneysmith, Oliver Ruff
  • AURCO Representative
    One year appointment to represent our campus to the Association of University Regional Campuses of Ohio.
    Representative: Eric Taylor
  • Campus Activities Budget Committee
    Plans the budget for campus activities.
    Members: Jack McWhorter (chair), Michelle Bagwell, Relja Vulanovic, La Tarsha Miller (administration, business services)
  • Faculty Budget Committee
    Advises the Dean on campus budget issues from the faculty perspective.
    Members: La Tarsha Miller (chair; administration, business services), Sebastian Birch, Chrissy Kauth, Ralph Menning, Carrie Schweitzer
  • Student Research Travel Committee
    Allocates money to students who will be presenting conference papers. Needs three faculty members.
    Members: Leslie Heaphy (chair), Brian Chopko, Paula Sato, Lindsay Starkey
  • Student Scholarship Committee
    Selects recipients for scholarships available from Kent State Stark foundation accounts.
    Members: Andrea Dale (chair; administration, financial aid), Victor Berardi, Andrew Burns, Ran Li, Cherie Mountain, Alicia Pieper, Scott Tobias
  • Undergraduate Research Assistantship Committee
    Reviews applications from students and faculty, matching students with appropriate faculty research projects.
    Members: Matthew Lehnert (chair), Melissa Bauer, Angela Guercio, Ran Li, Chih-Ling Liou, Ralph Menning, Stephen Neaderhiser

Spring Semester Dean's Committees  /  Term: January 2021 - December 2021

  • Black History Committee
    Develops, organizes and implements all Black History Month (February) events.
    Members: Robert Hamilton (chair), Bei Cai, 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.
    2020-21 Members: Deepraj Mukherjee (chair), Katrina Bloch, John Lovell, Mark Nowakowski, Deb Shelestak, Lisa Waite
  • Diversity Committee
    Enhances diversity on campus.
    Members: John Lovell (chair), Laura Brison, Beau Gannon (administration, admissions), Matthew Holstein, Lori Mirkin-McGee, Sarah Schmidt (administration, global education)
  • 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.
    Members: Jay Sloan (chair), Ted Guedel, Stephen Neaderhiser
  • 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.
    Members: Rob Kairis (chair), Heather Bracken, Joel Carbonell, Haithem Zourrig, Catherine Lentini (alternate)
  • Women’s History Committee
    Plans, organizes and publicizes events for the celebration of Women’s History Month (March).
    Members: Claudia Gomez (chair), Melissa Bauer, Marty Daniels, Leslie Heaphy, Alicia Pieper