CNAS College Committees

CNAS Committee Assignments 2022-2023

Ad hoc CNAS Mentoring Policy Committee

Charge - Committee will present to the dean a CNAS mentoring policy by late 2022 or very early 2023 for implementation in spring of 2023. The committee will only meet until the policy is adopted.

  • Matt Siebert, CHM/CNAS Dean Fellow, CHAIR
  • Chris Lupfer, BIO
  • Gautam Bhattacharyya, CHM
  • Mukulika Ghosh, CSC
  • Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, EGR
  • Gary Michelfelder, GGP
  • Albert Barreda, HSP
  • Steven Senger, MTH
  • Kartik Ghosh, PAMS

Ad hoc CNAS Undergraduate Research Committee

Charge - Committee will present to the dean recommendations for changes to undergraduate research day by Dec. 15, 2022, for implementation in 2023. The committee needs to recommend if their work is done or whether this committee needs to exist in the future.

  • Doug Gouzie, GGP/CNAS Dean Fellow, CHAIR
  • Avery Russell, BIO
  • Natasha DeVore, CHM
  • Yassine Belkhouche, CSC
  • Rohit Dua, EGR
  • Melida Gutierrez, GGP
  • Tasnuba Jerin, GGP
  • Nancy Kageyama, HSP
  • 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, GGP
  • Chuck Rovey, GGP

CNAS Awards Committee

Charge – Review the policies and procedures for CNAS awards by November 1, 2022 and recommend any revisions to dean. After discussion with the committee members, the dean will adopt a revised policy soon after November 1, 2022. Awards Committee will choose award winners in April of 2023 for the late April/early May awards ceremony.

  • Mark Rogers, MTH, CHAIR
  • Paul Durham, BIO
  • Brian High, CHM
  • Razib Iqbal, CSC
  • Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, EGR (FA22)
  • Matt Pierson, EGR (SP23)
  • Kevin Evans, GGP
  • Nancy Kageyama, HSP
  • 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 committee for the year as well as any recommendations from the AA budget committee. Review college budgets and make recommendations to dean and AA budget committee for reallocations, incentive programs and new initiatives. 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, GGP/CRPM (a/2023)
  • Alan Schick, CHM (e/2023)
  • Jamil Saquer, CSC (e/2024)
  • Matt Bekebrede, HSP (e/2024)
  • Shelby Kilmer, MTH (e/2024)
  • Saibal Mitra, PAMS (e/2024)
  • ^Doug Gouzie, GGP (e/2024)
  • Matt Pierson, EGR (e/2025)
  • Julie Vaughan, CNAS (a/2022)
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS (a/2022)

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

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (DEI)

Charge - Review CNAS Diversity 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 diversity and inclusion to be included in CNAS NEWS for all to attend.

  • Albert Barreda, HSP, CHAIR
  • Helena Metzker, CHM
  • Sarah Morrison, PAMS
  • Avery Russell, BIO
  • Mukulika Ghosh, CSC
  • Theresa Odun-Ayo, EGR
  • Tasnuba Jerin, GGP
  • Tara Herring, BIO
  • Fan Zhou, MTH
  • Yue Cui, MTH
  • Nandita Nag, PAMS
  • Ridwan Sakidja, PAMS
  • Dorian DeHart, GGP (Student Representative)

Equipment Repair/Service Committee

Charge – Makes recommendations to the dean regarding the equipment repair and service budget within CNAS. Reports to the dean quarterly.

  • Michelle Bowe, BIO, CHAIR
  • Erich Steinle, CHM
  • Hui Liu, CSC
  • Rohit Dua, EGR
  • Xin Miao, GGP
  • Wajeana White, HSP
  • Tiglet Besara, PAMS

Instructional Technology Committee

Charge – Reviews all SCUF proposals and makes recommendations to the dean. Committee may also review college-wide software purchases for faculty and student use.

  • Liza Cobos, HSP, CHAIR
  • Matt Wright, MTH
  • Sean Maher, BIO
  • Brian High, CHM
  • Lloyd Smith, CSC
  • Jeff Thomas, EGR
  • Damon Bassett, GGP
  • Tiglet Besara, PAMS
  • Ken McCrory, CNAS
  • Mike Murphy, CNAS

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.

  • Chris Lupfer, BIO, CHAIR
  • Kyoungtae Kim, BIO
  • Alan Schick, CHM
  • Lloyd Smith, CSC
  • DJ Perkins, GGP
  • Xingping Sun, MTH
  • Ridwan Sakidja, PAMS
  • 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. 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.

  • Tayo Obafemi-Ajayi, EGR, CHAIR
  • Saibal Mitra, PAMS (FA22 - Substituting for Mike Reed while he is on sabbatical)
  • Mike Reed, PAMS (SP23 - Returns from sabbatical)
  • Kyoungtae Kim, BIO
  • Rich Biagioni, CHM
  • Jamil Saquer, CSC
  • Jun Luo, GGP
  • Albert Barreda, HSP
  • Songfeng Zheng, MTH (FA22 - Substituting for Cameron Wickham while he is on sabbatical)
  • Cameron Wickham, MTH (SP23 - Returns from sabbatical)

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
  • Emmett Redd, PAMS
  • Brian Greene, BIO
  • Reza Herati, CHM
  • Daniel Moreno, EGR
  • Ron Malega, GGP
  • Wajeana White, HSP
  • Carolyn Shand-Hawkins, MTH
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS ex-officio

STEM K-12 Education Committee

Charge – This group meets as needed and needs to be involved in all issues related to education in CNAS. Committee members or department heads may contact the dean's office to schedule a meeting. The agenda must be distributed when the meeting is scheduled.

  • Melanie Carden-Jessen, GGP, 
  • Gigi Saunders, BIO, 
  • Gautam Bhattacharyya, CHM
  • Bryan Breyfogle, CHM
  • Adam Harbaugh, MTH
  • Kurt Killion, MTH
  • Gay Ragan, MTH
  • Patrick Sullivan, MTH
  • Alicia Mathis, BIO
  • Adam Wanekaya, CHM
  • Toby Dogwiler, GGP
  • Bill Bray, MTH
  • Bob Mayanovic, PAMS
  • Tamera Jahnke, CNAS

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.

  • Liv Johnson, BIO
  • Madison Witt, BIO
  • Nadia Koch, CSC
  • Allen Joswick, CSC
  • Yashasvi Moon, PAMS
  • August Schwoebel, PAMS
  • Erik Netzer, EGR
  • Damion Quintanilla, PAMS
  • Joe Truong, CHM
  • Victoria Ogbeifun, CHM
  • Oluchi Nweke, CHM
  • Ayreana Shephard, HSP
  • Rosie Buckner, MTH
  • Jaren Schuette, GGP
  • Allison Glass, HSP
  • Drew Minnis, HSP
  • Krusha Bhakta, CHM
  • Angela Duran, GGP
  • Mariana Ascanio, CSC
  • Samantha Ball, CHM
  • Tara Schnelting, BIO
  • Lexi Hunsucker, EGR
  • 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, Co-CHAIR
  • Katy Seery, HSP, Co-CHAIR
  • Angela Plank, BIO
  • Gary Meints, CHM
  • Yassine Belkhouche, CSC
  • Sanjay Tewari, EGR
  • Emily Frazier, GGP
  • Les Reid, MTH
  • Sarah Morrison, PAMS (FA22 - Substituting for Mike Reed while he is on sabbatical)
  • Mike Reed, PAMS (SP23 - Returns from sabbatical)
  • 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
  • Gary Meints, CHM
  • Hui Liu, CSC
  • Sanjay Tewari, EGR
  • Asif Ishtiaque, GGP
  • Matt Bekebrede, HSP
  • Steven Senger, MTH
  • Ridwan Sakidja, 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, 2023, CHAIR
  • Siming Liu, CSC, 2023
  • Nancy Kageyama, HSP, 2023
  • Damon Bassett, GGP, 2023
  • Quinton Phelps, BIO, 2024
  • Ngoc Do, MTH, 2024
  • Saibal Mitra, PAMS, 2024
  • Jorge Rebaza, CNAS ex-officio


CNAS Faculty Senate Representatives (two-year term)

  • Richard Belshoff, MTH-2023
  • Jay McEntee, BIO-2023
  • Albert Barreda, HSP-2023
  • Saibal Mitra, PAMS-Representative substitute for FA22 while Mike Reed is on sabbatical
  • Mike Reed, PAMS-2023
  • Fei Wang, CHM-2024
  • Razib Iqbal, CSC-2024
  • Melida Gutierrez, GGP-2024


CNAS Graduate Council representatives (two-year term)

  • Gay Ragan, MTH-Representative substitute for FA22 while Yingcai Su is on sabbatical
  • Yingcai Su, MTH-2023
  • Dave Cornelison, PAMS-2023
  • Melanie Carden-Jessen, CNAS-2023
  • Lloyd Smith, CSC-2023
  • Deb Finn, BIO-2024
  • Fei Wang, CHM-2024
  • Doug Gouzie, GGP-August 2022 to August 2023 - Representative substitute while Matt McKay is on sabbatical
  • Gary Michelfelder, GGP-August 2023 to January 2024 - Representative substitute while Matt McKay is on sabbatical
  • Matt McKay, GGP-2024
  • Nancy Kageyama, HSP-2024