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2014-2015 Faculty Council

  • I: Arts & Humanities
    Sebastian Birch
    Thomas Norton-Smith (Chair)
    Leslie Heaphy (Treasurer)

  • II: Social Sciences
    Mitch McKenney
    J. Brad Shepherd
    Deirdre Warren (Cabinet)

  • III: Science & Mathematics
    Robert Hamilton (Cabinet)
    Gro Hovhannisyan
    Matthew Lehnert

  • IV: Language Arts
    Keith Lloyd (Vice-Chair)
    Jayne Moneysmith (Secretary)
    Rob Sturr

  • V: Professional Programs
    Peter Dorff
    Scott Tobias (Cabinet)
    Deb Shelestak

  • VI: Non-Tenure Track
    Greg Blundell
    Don Thacker (Cabinet)
    Beth Campbell


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 2013 - August 2014
  • 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: Lee Fox (Chair), Cindy Barb, Keith Lloyd, Shelly Heron, Greg Blundell

  • Committee II
    Serves Council for the numerous general tasks requiring short-term attention.
    • Claudia Khourey-Bowers (Chair), Chris Post, Jan Kover, Mitch McKenney, Kim Garchar
  • Faculty Colloquium Committee
    Plans faculty colloquia and other faculty seminar series.
    • Members: Kim Finer (Chair), Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Joel Carbonell, James Rhodes
  • Handbook Committee
    Proposes timely revisions to the Stark Campus Faculty Handbook in response to changes in university and campus policies and procedures.
    • Members: Jayne Moneysmith (Chair), Don Thacker, Mary Gallagher, Oliver Ruff, Lucas Englehart

  • Social Committee
    Plans various social events, e.g., holiday and spring dinners. This committee is chaired by the Council Treasurer.
    • Members: Leslie Heaphy (Chair), Ken Kramer, Lee Fox, Partha Rajagopal, Stephen Neaderhiser

  • Technology Committee
    Evaluates and advocates for the appropriate uses of instructional technology at Kent State Stark.
    • Members: Moon-Heum Cho (Chair), Sebastian Birch, Erin Hollenbaugh, Clarke Earley, Deepraj Mukherjee, Adeel Bhutta

Stark Campus Committees

  • Academic Planning Committee
    Term: September 2013 - August 2014
    Plans the campus theme and advises the dean on curricular and programmatic development. This committee has a representative from each faculty constituency group.
    • Members: Dee Warren (Chair), Lindsay Starkey, Ran Li, Jennifer Cunningham, Deb Shelestak, Pete Dorff, Anne Haas

  • Activities Budget Committee
    Term: September 2013 - August 2014
    Plans the budget for campus activities.
    • Members: Mary Rooks (Chair), Brandon Vaccaro, Claudia Gomez, Beth Butler, Ryan Bucher (Student Services)

  • AURCO Representative
    Term: September 2013 - August 2014
    One year appointment to represent our campus to the Association of University Regional Campuses of Ohio.
    • Representative: Brad Shepherd

  • Black History Committee*
    Develops, organizes and implements all Black History Month (February) events.
    • 2013 Members: Leslie Heaphy (Chair), Robert Hamilton, Verena Murphy
    • 2014 Members: Robert Hamilton (Chair), Leslie Heaphy, Brian Chopko

  • 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.
    • 2014 Members: Carey McDougall (Chair), Bei Cai, P. Bagavandoss, Paula Sato, Bob King

  • Diversity Committee*
    Enhances diversity on campus.
    • 2013 Members: Brad Shepherd (Chair), Shelly Heron, Leslie Heaphy, Katrina Bloch, Will Casterlow (Admissions), Lisa Givan (Admissions)
    • 2014 Members: Brenda Smith (Chair), Katrina Bloch, Robert Hamilton, Cyndi Trocchio, Robert Miltner, Lynn Adams, Will Casterlow (Admissions), Lisa Givan (Admissions)

  • 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.
    • 2013 Members: Katrina Bloch (Chair), Sebastian Birch, Dee Warren, Jay Sloan, Lori McGee
    • 2014 Members: Katrina Bloch (Chair), Allyson Drinkard, Dee Warren, Jay Sloan, Margie Lehnert, Sebastian Birch

  • Speaker Series Committee*
    Solicits, reviews and recommends proposals to the Dean for Faculty Speaker Series. Supports chosen speakers in terms of facilitating the event.
    • 2013 Members: Mitch McKenney (Chair), P. Bagavandoss, Oliver Ruff, Lisa Waite
    • 2014 Members: Mitch McKenney (Chair), Melissa Bauer, Leslie Heaphy

  • 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.
    • Term: July 2013 - June 2014
      Members: Rob Kairis (Chair), Kim Garchar, Joel Carbonell, Rob Sturr, Dawn Zwick (alternate), student representatives to be named
    • Term: July 2014 - June 2015
      Members: Rob Kairis (Chair), Daniel Castaneda, Bei Cai, Joel Carbonell, P. Bagavandoss (alt)

  • Student Research Travel Committee
    Term: September 2013 - August 2014
    Allocates money to students who will be presenting conference papers. Needs three faculty members.
    • Members: Leslie Heaphy (Chair), Julie Cremeans-Smith, Brian Chopko, Loretta Aller

  • Student Scholarship Committee
    Term: September 2013 - August 2014
    Selects recipients for scholarships available from Kent State Stark foundation accounts.
    • Members: Kurt Drotleff (Chair; Financial Aid), Rob Sturr, Allyson Drinkard, Andy Burns, Matthew Lehnert, Carolina Webber, Christina Convertino, Amanda Paulus, Lisa Givan, Ashley Brightbill, Ryan Bucher, Monica Conley, Chris Paveloi, Amanda Weyant, Lisa Hart, Linda Fergason (Ex Officio; Advancement)

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant Committee
    Term: September 2013 - August 2014
    Reviews applications from students and faculty, matching students with appropriate faculty research projects.
    • Members: Angela Guercio (Chair), Chris Post, Gro Hovannisyan, Jay Sloan

  • Women’s History Committee*
    Plans, organizes and publicizes events for the celebration of Women’s History Month (March).
    • 2013 Members: Brad Shepherd (Co-Chair), Cyndi Trocchio (Co-Chair), Partha Rajagopal, Beth Campbell
    • 2014 Members: Cyndi Trocchio (Chair), Angela Guercio, Brad Shepherd, Lindsay Starkey, Partha Rajagopal