CNAS College Committees

CNAS Committee Assignments 2023-2024

CNAS Mentoring Policy Committee

Charge – Committee will present to the dean a CNAS mentoring policy recommendation by December 2023 for implementation in spring of 2024. 

  • Matt Siebert, CHM, CHAIR
  • Sean Maher, BIO
  • Gautam Bhattacharyya, CHM
  • Mukulika Ghosh, CSC
  • Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, EGR
  • Gary Michelfelder, SEES
  • Steven Senger, MTH
  • Kartik Ghosh, PAMS

CNAS Undergraduate Research Committee

Charge –  Provide advice and guidance to CNAS staff regarding CNAS Undergraduate Research Day.  Identify 2 judges/8 posters for the event for each category.  Provide communication to department regarding graduate research events – 3MT and EIDF.

  • Tasnuba Jerin, SEES, CHAIR
  • Avery Russell, BIO
  • Natasha DeVore, CHM
  • Indigo Tran, CNAS
  • Gale Lininger, CNAS
  • Yassine Belkhouche, CSC
  • Daniel Moreno, EGR
  • Rohit Dua, EGR
  • Melida Gutierrez, SEES
  • Sarah Morrison, PAMS

Bull Shoals Field Station Committee 

Charge – Works with the director of the station to oversee the budget and operations of the station. Makes recommendations to the dean for enhancements and reallocations. Annual report to dean.

  • Sean Maher, BIO, CHAIR
  • Cyren Rico, CHM
  • Krista Evans, SEES
  • Chuck Rovey, SEES
  • Asif Ishtiaque, SEES

CNAS Awards Committee

Charge – Review the policies and procedures for CNAS awards by November 1, 2023 and recommend any revisions to dean. After discussion with the committee members, the dean will adopt a revised policy soon after November 1, 2023. Awards Committee will choose award winners in April of 2024 for the late April/early May awards ceremony.

  • Kevin Evans, SEES, CHAIR
  • Paul Durham, BIO
  • Brian High, CHM
  • Razib Iqbal, CSC
  • Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, EGR
  • Mark Rogers, MTH
  • Kartik Ghosh, PAMS

CNAS Budget Committee

Charge – The committee must meet in early September to determine members to send to executive (1 faculty) and academic affairs (2 faculty and dean) committees.  The committee follows recommendations from the executive budget. Review college budgets and make recommendations to dean. The deans are responsible for leading the process in a manner that serves the students, faculty and staff of the college as well as the larger organization. 

  • Tamera Jahnke, CNAS, CHAIR
  • Angela Plank, BIO (e/2024)
  • Jason Ray, SEES/CRPM (a/2024)
  • Alan Schick, CHM (e/2026)
  • Jamil Saquer, CSC (e/2024)
  • Shelby Kilmer, MTH (e/2024)
  • Saibal Mitra, PAMS (e/2024)
  • Doug Gouzie, SEES (e/2023)
  • Krista Evans, SEES (e/Jan 24 - Dec 24)
  • Julie Vaughan, CNAS (a/2024)
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS (a/2024)

e-elected, a-appointed
^Member elected to serve on Executive Budget Committee

Inclusive Engagement in CNAS

Charge - Review CNAS Inclusive Engagement website annually.  Plan and propose activities/events for the year with a proposal to the dean for funding.  Monitor professional development and other opportunities related to inclusive engagement to be included in CNAS NEWS for all to attend.

  • Helena Metzker, CHM, CHAIR
  • Avery Russell, BIO
  • Tara Herring, BIO
  • Mukulika Ghosh, CSC
  • Theresa Odun-Ayo, EGR
  • Tasnuba Jerin, SEES
  • Emily Frazier, SEES
  • Fan Zhou, MTH
  • Yue Cui, MTH
  • Nandita Nag, PAMS
  • Ridwan Sakidja, PAMS
  • Sarah Morrison, PAMS

Equipment Repair/Service and IT Committee

Charge – Makes recommendations to the dean regarding the equipment repair and service budget within CNAS.  Reports to the dean quarterly.  Review all SCUF proposals and make recommendations to dean in Jan/Feb each year.

  • Michelle Bowe, BIO, CHAIR
  • Erich Steinle, CHM
  • Scott Curtis, CHM
  • Ken McCrory, CNAS
  • Mike Murphy, CNAS
  • Hui Liu, CSC
  • Rohit Dua, EGR
  • Xin Miao, SEES
  • Adam Beck, PAMS
  • Tiglet Besara, PAMS

MNAS Committee

Charge – Recruit, admit and monitor progress of graduate students in MNAS program. Distribute assistantships to graduate students in CNAS MNAS program.  Continue to work on PSM action plan.  Work with Career Services to place PSM students in internships.  Develop a routine schedule/action plan for MNAS and PSM programs. Committee reports quarterly to CNAS heads and the dean.

  • Ridwan Sakidja, PAMS, CHAIR
  • Babur Mirza, BIO
  • Alan Schick, CHM
  • Lloyd Smith, CSC
  • DJ Perkins, SEES
  • Xingping Sun, MTH (sabbatical 2023)
  • Bill Bray, MTH
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS ex-officio
  • Tamera Jahnke, CNAS ex-officio

Personnel/Sabbatical Review/College Compensation Committee

This committee will serve as the personnel committee, the sabbatical review committee, and the college compensation committee. 1) Advice will be given to the dean in regard to promotion/tenure decisions which includes distinguished professor. 2) Review applications for sabbaticals, prepare short lists of strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations to the dean. 3)  Committee reviews PSIP applications.  Evaluations and recommendations are forwarded to dean. 

  • Jun Luo, SEES, CHAIR
  • Laszlo Kovacs, BIO
  • Rich Biagioni, CHM (FA23)
  • Mark Richter, CHM (SP24)
  • Lloyd Smith, CSC
  • Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, EGR
  • Kishor Shah, MTH
  • Mike Reed, PAMS 

Scholastic Appeals Committee

Charge – Meets with students who have been suspended to make a recommendation to the associate dean regarding readmission and advice. Meets three times each year.

  • Razib Iqbal, CSC, CHAIR
  • Brian Greene, BIO
  • Reza Herati, CHM
  • Daniel Moreno, EGR
  • Ron Malega, SEES
  • Carolyn Shand-Hawkins, MTH
  • Emmett Redd, PAMS
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS ex-officio

Student Leadership Board Committee

Charge – Board meets with dean and/or associate dean to provide feedback regarding CNAS strategic plan. Top priorities – student engagement and student success.

  • Emma Loder, BIO

  • Jaslyn Johnson, BIO

  • Madison Witt, BIO

  • Victoria Ogbeifun, CHM

  • Samantha Ball, CHM

  • Joe Truong, CHM

  • Collin Johnson, CHM

  • Allen Joswick, CSC

  • Mariana Ascanio, CSC

  • Tony Astuhuaman, CSC

  • Nathan Vo, CSC

  • Khloe Laurie, EGR

  • Marissa Perks, SEES

  • Abby Momberg, SEES

  • Ellen Anderson, MTH

  • Yashasvi Moon, PAMS

  • Betime Begzati, PAMS
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS ex-officio

CNAS Student Recruitment Committee

Charge – Ensure participation of the college in university recruitment events by communicating to department to coordinate volunteers for recruitment events. It is not the job of committee members to recruit students – that is everyone’s responsibility. Committee may make recommendations to the dean regarding enhancements to recruitment. Reports to the dean each semester.

  • Dylan Earnshaw, CNAS, CHAIR
  • Angela Plank, BIO
  • Gary Meints, CHM
  • Yassine Belkhouche, CSC
  • Sanjay Tewari, EGR
  • Matt McKay, SEES
  • Les Reid, MTH
  • Mike Reed, PAMS
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS

CNAS Student Scholarship Committee

Charge – Review applications for student scholarships in the college and select award winners. All award winners must be selected by May 1 of each year so that the college can recognize the award winners at a reception in the fall. Reports to the dean annually.

  • Paul Durham, BIO, CHAIR
  • Gary Meints, CHM
  • Hui Liu, CSC
  • Sanjay Tewari, EGR
  • Damon Bassett, SEES
  • Steven Senger, MTH
  • Shyang Huang, PAMS
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS ex-officio

CNAS College Council Representatives

The primary purpose of each discipline-based undergraduate college council is to act upon curricular matters that are referred to it by departments/schools within the college. Each discipline-based undergraduate college council is empowered to approve a departmental/school proposal, reject and return a proposal to the originating department/school, or amend and approve the proposal. A discipline-based undergraduate college council shall consist of one member from each academic department/school of the college, and one student representative majoring in a discipline in that college. The academic dean of the college shall be an ex officio member of the council without vote. (See Article II of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Faculty)

  • Alan Schick, CHM, 2025, CHAIR
  • Quinton Phelps, BIO, 2024
  • Mukulika Ghosh, CSC, 2025
  • Damon Bassett, SEES, 2025
  • Ngoc Do, MTH, 2024
  • Saibal Mitra, PAMS, 2024
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS ex-officio


CNAS Faculty Senate Representatives (two-year term)

  • Jay McEntee, BIO-2025
  • Fei Wang, CHM-2024
  • Razib Iqbal, CSC-2024
  • Melida Gutierrez, SEES-2024
  • Richard Belshoff, MTH-2025
  • Mike Reed, PAMS-2025


CNAS Graduate Council representatives (two-year term)

  • Deb Finn, BIO-2024
  • Fei Wang, CHM-2024
  • Alan Schick, CNAS-2025
  • Siming Liu, CSC-2025
  • Matt McKay, SEES-2024
  • Cameron Wickham, MTH-2025
  • Ridwan Sakidja, PAMS-2025