COS Governance

Organizational Structure

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Dean’s Cabinet

The Dean’s Cabinet consists of the Dean of the College of Science, the Associate Dean, and the college’s department chairs. The Dean’s Cabinet is the college’s senior leadership team that works closely with the Dean and university leadership to provide advice, develop, and implement college-wide initiatives, and oversee the college’s operations. The Dean’s Cabinet meets every other week during the academic year, and during the summer if needed.

College Committees

The general guidelines for College Committees include:

  • Members of all committees shall be elected or appointed for a term of three (3) years.
  • The decision to elect or appoint members is made by the chair of the department, in consultation with faculty.
  • No member shall serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms or for more than one full and one partial term.
  • Members of all committees must be full-time faculty (tenure-track, tenured, term, or temp faculty).
  • All committees serve in an advisory capacity to the Dean and report to the Dean.

Curriculum Committee

Guidelines for the Curriculum Committee

  • Membership: One (1) full-time faculty members elected or appointed by each department.
  • The COS Associate Dean is a member.
  • Functions: In accordance with BOG, university, and COS policy, to review and approve
    • course additions, changes, or deletions;
    • program, major, minor, area of emphasis, and certificate additions, changes, deletions, or intents to plan;
    • policies regarding majors, minors, and graduation requirements;
    • Core II natural science requirements;
    • academic procedures proposed by COS departments;
    • route and track curriculum documents through subsequent review levels, through approval.

Current Members of the Curriculum Committee

The membership of this committee will be updated in August to reflect the new departmental structure in the college.

Department Current Representative Term Begins Term Expires
Biological Sciences TBD TBD TBD
Chemistry TBD TBD TBD
Criminal Justice & Criminology Leslie Quick Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Cyber Forensics & Security Bill Gardner Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Geology TBD TBD TBD
Mathematics Avishek Mallick Aug. 2021 Aug. 2024
Natural Resources & the Environment TBD TBD TBD
Physics Maria Hamilton Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025

Faculty Advancement Committee

Guidelines for the Faculty Advancement Committee

  • Membership is limited to tenured faculty.
  • Membership: Two (2) full-time faculty members, at least one of which must be a full professor, elected or appointed by each department.
  • Functions:
    • to review and evaluate applications for tenure and promotion in accordance with BOG, university, and COS policy and the applicant’s contract requirements, including the recommendations of departmental committees and Chairs;
    • to provide the Dean with a written rationale for the Committee’s decision on each application;
    • to direct the development of criteria for use in evaluating applications and for the awarding of tenure and promotion. [Note: Changes in criteria must be approved by a majority vote of all full-time faculty before implementation.];
    • to evaluate and prioritize applications for sabbatical leave.

Current Members of the Faculty Advancement Committee

Department Current Representative Term Begins Term Expires
Biological Sciences Wendy Trzyna Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Biological Sciences TBD TBD TBD
Chemistry Leslie Frost Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Chemistry TBD TBD TBD
Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensic Sciences Wendy Perkins Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensic Sciences John Sammons Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Mathematics & Physics Huong Nguyen Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Mathematics & Physics TBD TBD TBD
Natural Resources & Earth Sciences TBD TBD TBD
Natural Resources & Earth Sciences TBD TBD TBD

Faculty Concerns Committee

Guidelines for the Faculty Concerns Committee

  • Membership: One (1) full-time faculty member elected or appointed by each department, and one (1) member appointed by the Dean.
  • Functions: Within the spirit of shared governance, the Faculty Concerns Committee is a representative body charged by the Dean of the College of Science to advise, offer consent, and make recommendations to the Dean regarding a range of concerns affecting the welfare of the College. The Faculty Concerns Committee may consider matters the Dean brings to the Committee. Reciprocally, the Committee may bring the Dean recommendations for consideration, specific questions, and other matters of interest to the college’s faculty, staff, and students.
  • The committee must maintain a portal through which to gather concerns with or without anonymity, and that portal should be advertised to students, staff, and faculty.
  • The Committee will convene
    • at least one meeting per semester to discuss faculty concerns;
    • one open meeting per semester to meet with students.

Current Members of the Faculty Concerns Committee

Department Current Representative Term Begins Term Expires
Biological Sciences Pam Puppo Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Chemistry John Markiewicz Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Criminal Justice, Criminology, and Forensic Sciences Stephen Young Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Mathematics & Physics Shannon Miller-Mace Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Natural Resources & Earth Sciences Aley El-Shazly Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Dean’s Appointment Sean McBride Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025

Research & Scholarships Committee

Guidelines for the Research & Scholarships Committee

  • Membership: One (1) full-time faculty member elected or appointed by each department.
  • Functions:
    • to direct the development of criteria and eligibility for the awarding of university and COS research and travel monies;
    • to evaluate and prioritize applications for faculty development and research grants;
    • to evaluate applicants and award scholarships housed in the Dean’s office

Current Members of the Research & Scholarships Committee

The membership of this committee will be updated in August to reflect the new departmental structure in the college.

Department Current Representative Term Begins Term Expires
Biological Sciences TBD TBD TBD
Chemistry John Markiewicz Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Criminal Justice & Criminology Wendy Perkins Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Cyber Forensics & Security Bill Gardner Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Geology Michael Caudill Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Mathematics Anna Mummert Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Natural Resources & the Environment TBD TBD TBD
Physics TBD TBD TBD

Retention Committee

Guidelines for the Retention Committee

  • Membership: One (1) full-time faculty member elected or appointed by each department.

Current Members of the Retention Committee

The membership of this committee will be updated in August to reflect the new departmental structure in the college.

Department Current Representative Term Begins Term Expires
Biological Sciences Brian Antonsen Aug. 2018 Aug. 2024
Chemistry Mike Castellani Aug. 2021 Aug. 2025
Criminal Justice & Criminology Stephen Young Aug. 2021 Aug. 2025
Cyber Forensics & Security Bill Gardner Aug. 2018 Aug. 2025
Geology TBD TBD TBD
Mathematics Laura Stapleton Aug. 2022 Aug. 2025
Natural Resources & the Environment Min Kook Kim Aug. 2018 Aug. 2024
Physics Curt Foltz Aug. 2018 Aug. 2024